Dog parks, beaches and off-leash locations

Taking your dog for a walk is a great way to keep them happy and healthy! If you would like to give your dog some lead free time, visit one of Council’s allocated off-leash dog exercise areas.

Your dog is allowed on dedicated off-leash beaches, parks and reserves, however must still be under your control and come back to you when called. This is important so everyone can enjoy our beaches, parks and open spaces.

Things to remember

1. Dogs are prohibited and must not enter
•    schools or within 10 metres of any children’s playground 
•    food preparation areas and shopping centres 
•    a public place set apart by Council for the protection of wildlife, e.g. COSS lands. 
•    sporting recreation areas or any beach not specifically designated as an off-leash exercise area 

2. When enjoying off-leash areas
•    your dog must always be under control of a competent person
•    no more than four dogs per person can be taken to an off-leash area
•    while dogs are allowed on designated beaches and reserves unleashed, you must ensure your dog’s behaviour doesn’t disrupt others. 

3. All other public spaces
•    when out and about it’s important to remember to always keep your dog on a lead. This includes when outside your home, and on your driveway or the footpath. 
 
4. Pick up your poo!
•    if your dog poos in a public place or on someone else’s property, you are responsible for picking it up and disposing of it thoughtfully. This will stop it from getting into our waterways or ending up on the bottom of other people’s shoes.  

Off-leash small dog exercise area

Small dogs and puppies (10kg and under) can socialise in a separate off-leash area from bigger dogs at Tuggerah Dog Park and Helen Reserve Gorokan. 

List of designated dog off-leash locations

Council is making it easier for residents and visitors to recognise areas across the Central Coast that are dog friendly.

You will begin to notice new red, amber, and green replacement signs, visible in certain locations across the region.

Central Coast - Designated Dog Off-Leash Signs

What these new signs stand for:

  • Red signs indicate dogs are prohibited in these areas 
  • Amber signs are a reminder that your dog must be on a leash. It’s important to remember to always keep your dog on a leash. This includes when outside your home, and on your driveway or the footpath.
  • Green signs indicate designated off-leash areas

Always check the signs at each location to ensure you are in a designated off-leash area.

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Adcock Memorial Park

Partially closed

Ovals 1-2-3-7-8-9 are open. Ovals 4-5-6 are closed.X
Central Coast Highway, West Gosford NSW 2250

Facilities

Lighting, Shower & Toilet facilities, Parking - free, Court/s, Large grassed area for ball sports/athletics, Pathways for bike riding/walking/jogging, Play equipment

Last updated: Fri 25 Nov 2022

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Apara Close Reserve

Apara Close, Narara NSW 2250

Facilities

Toilet facilities, Picnic facilities, Dog friendly, Play equipment

Last updated: Tue 7 Aug 2018

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Araluen Drive Road Reserve

Araluen Drive, Pretty Beach NSW 2257

Facilities

Dog friendly

Last updated: Wed 27 Jun 2018

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Bateau Bay Reserve

Fishermans Bend, Bateau Bay NSW 2261

Facilities

Dog friendly

Last updated: Wed 8 Aug 2018

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Blessington Reserve

Kanangra Street, Green Point NSW 2251

Facilities

Seating - uncovered, Dog friendly

Last updated: Tue 7 Aug 2018

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Buff Point Oval

Matumba Road, Buff Point NSW 2262

Facilities

Lighting, Shower & Toilet facilities, Dog friendly, Large grassed area for ball sports/athletics

More info

Fully fenced dog park

Last updated: Thu 14 Jun 2018

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Captain Cook Reserve

Orana Street, Green Point NSW 2251

Facilities

Dog friendly

Last updated: Wed 8 Aug 2018

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Carlo Close Playground

Carlo Close, Kincumber NSW 2251

Facilities

Dog friendly

Last updated: Tue 7 Aug 2018

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Caroline Bay Reserve

George Street, East Gosford NSW 2250

Facilities

Dog friendly

Last updated: Tue 7 Aug 2018

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Charmhaven Reserve

Lowana Avenue, Charmhaven NSW 2263

Facilities

Dog friendly

Last updated: Wed 8 Aug 2018

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