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Walking your dog

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Where to walk your dog

Taking your dog for a walk is the perfect way to have fun and stay fit. It is also an effective way to reduce barking problems and socialise your dog.

The Woollahra municipality has 43 hectares of parks and reserves for you and your dog to enjoy. Whether you want your dog to have a run off the lead or you want to take them for a swim, Woollahra has somewhere for you and your dog to have fun.

Remember to take a bag or two to pick up your dog's faeces because no one likes stepping in dog poo! On the spot fines of $275 apply for the non removal of poo! You must also keep your dog on a lead at all times when in public unless in a sign-posted off-the-leash area. On the spot fines of $220 apply.

It is also important that while your dog is at an off-leash area you still have effective control of your dog. This means that you are able to call your dog back to you reliably and quickly. Remember that dog off-leash areas are a shared space, so please ensure your dog does not bother or harrass other users of the park.

Within the municipality, Council has classified areas suitable for walking your dog. Below is a list of the locations where you can walk your dog and also where you cannot.

Where dogs are prohibited at all times

Dogs are generally prohibited, by the Companion Animals Act 1998, from the following public areas:

  • children's play areas - dogs must be a minimum of 10 metres from any playing equipment provided for children
  • food preparation/consumption areas - dogs must be a minimum of 10 metres from any area where food is prepared or consumed unless the food is being consumed in an outdoor dining area. In this case, a dog is permitted to be in the area as long as it is leashed, on the ground, and is not fed by the owner. If the outdoor dining area is within an off-leash dog park, the dog is permitted to be unleashed, fed, and sit on the owner's lap as long as they do not make contact with any utensils or the table and chairs.

In addition, Council has prohibited dogs from the following parks, reserves and public places:

  • Blackburn Gardens, Double Bay
  • Murray Rose Pool, Double Bay
  • Double Bay Beach, Double Bay
  • Percival Park, Rose Bay
  • Gap Park, Watsons Bay
  • Robertson Park, Watsons Bay
  • Chiswick Gardens Reserve, Woollahra
  • McKell Park, Darling Point
  • Parsley Bay Reserve, Vaucluse
  • Nielsen Park, Vaucluse
  • Trumper Park Oval playing surface
  • Woollahra Oval playing surface
  • Tingira Memorial Park and beach, Rose Bay
  • Royal Hospital For Women Park, Paddington (Sundays ONLY between 10am-8pm)

Where dogs are allowed at all times on a leash

The Companion Animals Act 1998 requires that dogs are to be on a lead at all times when in public, unless in a sign-posted off-the-leash area. This means that whenever you are walking on a public footpath, roadway or pathway, you must have your dog on a lead.

The simple rule is NO SIGNAGE, your dog must be on a lead.

With regard to Council's parks and reserves, dogs are permitted in the following public areas at all times but only on a lead:

  • Woollahra Oval (excluding the playing surface) & Playing Fields, Rose Bay
  • Harbourview Park, Woollahra
  • Trumper Park (excluding the Oval playing surface), Paddington
  • Harris Street Reserve, Paddington
  • Samuel Park, Vaucluse
  • Signal Hill Reserve, Vaucluse
  • Bellevue Park, Bellevue Hill
  • Cooper Park, Bellevue Hill
  • Steyne Park, Double Bay
  • Camp Cove Reserve, Watsons Bay
  • Darling Point Reserve, Darling Point
  • Rose Bay Park & beach, Rose Bay

Where dogs are allowed off the leash at all times

Council has declared that dogs are permitted off-leash in the following areas at all times;

  • Steyne Park (Northern End), Double Bay, except during organised sailing events
  • Yarranabbe Park, Darling Point
  • Lighthouse Reserve, Vaucluse
  • Rose Bay Foreshore (between Dumaresq Reserve and Percival Park)

Where dogs are allowed on the leash at all times and off the leash between 3:30pm & 10:30am

Council has declared that dogs are permitted off-leash in the following parks and reserves between 3.30pm and 10.30am - at all other times dogs must be on a lead:

  • Rushcutters Bay Park
  • Lyne Park, Rose Bay
  • Christison Park, Vaucluse
  • Royal Hospital for Women Park, Paddington

Where dogs are allowed on the leash at all times and off the leash between 4:30pm & 8:30am

Council has declared that dogs are permitted off-leash in the following parks and reserves between 4.30pm and 8.30am - at all other times dogs must be on a lead:

  • Lough Playing Fields, Double Bay
  • Lower Cooper Park, Double Bay
  • Dumaresq Reserve, Rose Bay

Always check the signs in the park if you are unsure about the regulations governing a particular area. In some areas, the requirements differ throughout the park.

Dog poo

Attention all dog owners! are you POO-lluting our environment?

No one likes to step in dog poo, however, most people are not aware that every time it rains, everything on our roads, footpaths, parks and beaches (including dog poo) washes down our stormwater drains and into Sydney Harbour.

The nutrients in dog faeces can contribute to toxic algae blooms in our waterways. These algal blooms can affect our water quality and those marine organisms that contribute to the health of our waterways. As responsible pet owners, please pick up your dog’s waste and help keep our waterways clean.

What can you do to help?

  • Cleaning up after your dog is easy. You can use plastic or biodegradable bags, trowels or pooper scoopers. Personal bag carriers are available to attach to your dog’s leash so that you always have plenty of plastic bags for use during walks. Once collected, please dispose of your dog’s waste either in a Council bin in the street or park, or in your bin at home.
  • Do not let your dog out without supervision. Not only is this an offence in itself that attracts a penalty of $220, when not supervised your dog may defecate on your neighbour’s property or in the street. Be a responsible owner, don’t make your dog’s poo someone else’s problem.
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