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.
Dogs are generally prohibited, by the Companion Animals Act 1998, from the following public areas:
In addition, Council has prohibited dogs from the following parks, reserves and public places:
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:
Council has declared that dogs are permitted off-leash in the following areas at all times;
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:
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:
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.
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.