Arts, Culture & Recreation

Dog Exercise Areas


Under the Companion Animals Act 1998, all local councils have a responsibility to productively manage dog exercise in their area, and council aims to provide adequate areas for dogs to exercise both on and off the leash.

Under the Companion Animals Act 1998, dog owners have a number of responsibilities when taking their dog(s) into a public place:

  1. Dogs must be under effective control by means of a chain, cord or leash that is being held by (or secured to) the person unless in a designated off leash exercise area; and
  2. Dogs are prohibited in the following places (whether they are leashed or otherwise controlled):
    a. Within 10 metres of any playing apparatus provided in a public place or part for the use of children;
    b. In a public place that that is used for public bathing or public recreation, in which council has ordered dogs prohibited, eg. between the flags at the beach;
    c. Within a public place provided or set aside by council for public recreation or the playing of organised games in which council has ordered dogs prohibited;
    d. A public place set apart by council for the protection of wildlife and in which the council has ordered that dogs are prohibited, eg. COSS lands.

This does not apply to a police dog, a corrective services dog or a dog that is an assistance animal being used bona fide by a person with a disability.

Dogs in off leash areas

Some responsibilities under the Act specific to exercising dogs in off leash areas include:

  • If your dog is being exercised in an approved off leash area it must always be under effective control of a competent person;
  • You are not permitted to walk more than four dogs at any one time in an on leash area or an off leash area.

For more information about the responsibilities of pet owners see the Department of Local Government's Information for Dog Owners in NSW brochure.

Narara Dog Exercise Park

Following a key recommendation of council's Dogs in Open Spaces Strategy, a fully enclosed dog exercise park has been installed at Sensory Park, Showground Road, Narara. 

Opened in early December 2015, it is the first fully enclosed dog park to be installed in the Gosford Local Government Area.

Chosen because of its central location, flat and open grassed area, established trees, available parking and optimal passive surveillance across the facility, the park is fully accessible to dogs and their owners during daylight hours. 

A double gated exercise area has been provided to control access, with the park enclosed with chain mesh wire fencing at the northern end and additional low level fencing running along the Narara creek line.

Further installations at the facility include:

  • 240L waste bin
  • New drinking fountain with dog bowl
  • Car parking works
  • Signage
  • Tree planting along outside of northern fence line

Dog off-leash area maps

More information on dog exercise areas

Dogs in Open Space Policy

Dogs in Open Spaces Strategy

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