Dog parks, beaches and off-leash locations

The Central Coast is home to a number of off-leash parks, reserves and beautiful beaches where you can let your pups off their leads and enjoy the outdoors with the whole family!

Things to remember

1. Dogs are prohibited and must not enter

  • within 10 metres of any children’s playground or playing apparatus
  • a public bathing or sporting recreation area 
  • a public place set apart by Council for the protection of wildlife, e.g. COSS lands.
  • any beach not specifically designated as an off-leash exercise area

2. When enjoying off-leash areas

  • animals must always be under effective 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, as an owner you remain liable if the dog attacks another person or animal, or causes a nuisance to people on the beach. On-the-spot fines can be issued for unregistered dogs or for owners who do not clean up after their dogs.

3. All other public spaces

  • animals must be on a leash and under effective control at all times 

4. Pick up your poo!

No matter where you are, the dog walker is responsible for picking up and disposing dog poo thoughtfully!

For more information about the responsibilities of pet owners see the NSW Department of Local Government's information for dog owners.

Small dog off-leash area trial

From mid-July 2021, Council is trialling a small dog off-leash exercise area at Tuggerah Dog Park and Helen Reserve where small dogs and puppies (10kg and under) can socialise in a separate off-leash area from bigger dogs. Signage has been erected at Tuggerah Dog Park to identify the off-leash zone for small dogs only. We look forward to updating the community on the results of the trial.

List of designated dog off-leash locations

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

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Colongra Bay Reserve

Colongra Bay Road, Lake Munmorah NSW 2259

Facilities

Dog friendly

More info

Fully fenced dog park

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Craigie Reserve

Donald Avenue, Kanwal NSW 2259

Facilities

Dog friendly
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Dulkara Road Playground

Dulkara Road, Woy Woy NSW 2256

Facilities

No facilities
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Emma James Street Reserve

Emma James Street, East Gosford NSW 2250

Facilities

Dog friendly
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Ettalong Beach

The Esplanade, Ettalong Beach NSW 2257
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Ettalong Oval

open
Pacific Parade, Ettalong Beach NSW 2257

Facilities

Shower & Toilet facilities, Seating - uncovered, Large grassed area for ball sports/athletics, Play equipment
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Fagan Park

open
Brisbane Water Drive, Point Clare NSW 2250

Facilities

Toilet facilities, Picnic facilities, Parking - free, Large grassed area for ball sports/athletics, Pathways for bike riding/walking/jogging, Play equipment, Shade
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Fitzgibbon Close Reserve

Fitzgibbon Close, Avoca Beach NSW 2251

Facilities

Dog friendly
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Forresters Beach

open
Kalakau Avenue, Forresters Beach NSW 2260

Facilities

Parking - free
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Gavenlock Oval

open
Adam Street, Narara NSW 2250

Facilities

Lighting, Shower & Toilet facilities, Parking - free, Court/s, Large grassed area for ball sports/athletics, Play equipment
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Last updated : Thu 12 Aug 2021