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.
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.