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Dog park maps

Port Stephens has numerous parks and reserves where dogs may be exercised off-lead. Find out where you can exercise your dogs on or off lead and the dog prohibited areas.

Responsibilities of dog owners

  • If your dog is in a public place, it must be under the effective control of a competent person by means of an adequate chain or lead. The exceptions to this are: dogs exhibited at a show or engaging in obedience or agility trials or a dog secured in a cage or in an approved off-lead area.
  • If your dog is being exercised in an approved off lead area it must always be under effective control of a competent person.
  • You are not permitted to walk more than 4 dogs at any one time in an on lead or an off lead area.
  • Greyhounds must be muzzled at all times when in a public place, except if the greyhound has successfully completed an approved greyhound retraining program and the greyhound wears an approved collar when it is a public place.
  • If your dog defecates in a public place, it is an offence not to remove the faeces.
  • Dogs are prohibited in children's play areas, food preparation/consumption areas, recreation areas, public bathing areas, school grounds, child care centres, shopping areas and wildlife protection areas.

Fenced off lead dog parks

Fenced dog parks are located in the following areas:

  • Lancaster Park, Soldiers Point — open 7am to 7pm
  • Fingal Bay Foreshore, Fingal Bay
  • Coachwood Drive Reserve, Medowie
  • Boomerang Park, Raymond Terrace
Please see the Animals and Pets page for more information on pet ownership in Port Stephens.