Port Stephens has a number of parks and reserves where dogs can exercise off-lead. Click the icons in the map below to find out where they are located.
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The map also contains information regarding prohibited areas.
Dog owner responsibilities
- 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 that are registered are exempt from wearing a muzzle in a public place (must be on a lead like any other dog). However, a greyhound must wear a muzzle in a declared off-leash area unless it has completed an approved greyhound re-training program and either:
- the greyhound is wearing an approved collar, or
- the person in charge of the greyhound is in possession of a proof of completion card certifying that the greyhound has successfully completed the program.
- 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.