Dogs in parks

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COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, but to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

If using one of our parks, always stay two metres away from anyone not in your household. If you take your dog, please keep it on a leash at all times to help avoid contact with other dogs. Take your dog poo home and dispose of it in your red bin.

Where there are gates and latches in parks, please avoid using your hands to open and close them. If gates are off their hinges or left open, please leave them as you find them.

Cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only. 

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets.
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks.
  • The Botanic Gardens.
  • Car parks within parks.
  • Visitor and information centres.
  • The Spencer Park animal area and fenced dog parks.
  • All Council-owned sports facilities

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Map of dog parks and exercise areas

See where you and your dog can exercise off-leash with other dogs and their owners, in a dog-friendly environment.

Dog parks and exercise areas

Dog parks are fenced areas specially designed for dogs and owners. Exercise areas are open spaces where your dog can be off-leash but under effective control.

Dogs and beaches

In certain areas and times of the year dogs are prohibited from being on the beach.

Leashed and prohibited areas

As well as general rules, there are specific areas where dogs are prohibited or must be on a leash.

Walking tracks

Refer to the dog summary column to see what tracks you can take your dog on.