Where Can I Take My Dog?


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Dogs on Leash

Ensuring your dog gets adequate exercise is essential to their health and wellbeing.  It keeps them happy, prevents boredom and can prolong their life. 

Dogs must always be on a leash and under effective control by their owner when in public places including parks, sports fields and bushland areas (unless signage indicates it is a dog off leash area).  This means you must be able to hold the dog without it pulling away from you, prevent it from rushing at people or other animals, and the dog must obey simple commands.

To ensure the Shire remains clean and tidy for other users, please place your pup’s poop in the bins provided or take it home and dispose of it.

Many parks and reserves will indicate that dogs area allowed but must be on a leash, with this sign:


On the spot penalties may apply if you do you not have your dog on a leash in a public place.

Dog Off Leash Areas

Sutherland Shire Council is proud to offer seven off leash dog areas, including beaches, that are designed to meet the needs of both dogs and their owners. Dogs may be off leash only in designated off leash areas.  

A dog off leash area is indicated by the following sign:


Check signs at each site for specific dog off leash times and other regulations.

View our dog off leash areas

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Dog Prohibited Areas 

Dogs are prohibited in the following areas, even if they are leashed:

  • Within 10 metres of playgrounds and play equipment.
  • Within 10 metres of food outlets, except if the place is in a public thoroughfare (such as a road, footpath or pathway).
  • Schools
  • Child care centres
  • Public bathing areas, including rock pools, tidal baths such as Gunnamatta, Gymea Bay and Lilli Pilli, and beaches (unless designated a dog off leash area).  Dogs are currently prohibited on Council's beaches other than declared off leash areas at Silver Beach, Kurnell, Greenhills Beach, Cronulla and Gunyah and Horderns Beaches at Bundeena.
  • Shopping arcades or shopping complexes, including parking areas or access to shops.
  • Any area set apart for the protection of wildlife.

The above prohibitions are legislated under the Companion Animals Act 1998. This is NSW state legislation which aims to ensure the effective and responsible management of companion animals.  

Outdoor Dining Areas

The Companion Animals Act allows cafe and restaurant operators to decide whether to allow dogs in outdoor dining areas.  Strict conditions apply:

  • The outdoor dining area must not be enclosed and must be able to be entered by the public without passing through an enclosed area.
  • Dog must be on a leash and on the ground at all times.
  • Dogs can be provided with a drink but not food.
  • Dangerous, menacing and restricted dogs are prohibited.
  • Dogs are not allowed in or near food preparation areas.


Council may take action against dog owners who disregard their responsibilities.  Council has the authority to impose on the spot penalties.  More information about responsible pet ownership can be found on the Office of Local Government's website.

Report an aggressive or attacking dog

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