An increasing number of fenced dog parks are being built around Australia, including in NSW. Whether you’re travelling with your dog and don’t have access to your own fenced yard, or you want somewhere for your dog to socialise without worrying that they can run off, it’s a welcome development. While not a comprehensive list, these are some of the best fenced dog parks in NSW…
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Fenced Dogs Parks in Sydney
The number of off-leash dog exercise areas in Sydney varies between different council areas. Unfortunately, many of the areas are unfenced, with only a few newer fenced dog parks scattered around Sydney. It’s worth a drive to some of these fenced dog parks in Sydney…
Shale Hills Dog Park, West Hoxton
One of the best dog parks anywhere in Sydney is the Shale Hills Dog Park. This park only opened a few years ago and is located in the Western Sydney Parklands at West Hoxton.
While fully fenced, this dog park is huge – your dog will have plenty of room to run around and have their own space! There’s also a smaller fenced area just for smaller dogs. The park also has an agility course and training stations, perfect for more structured play, plus benches, shade and an interesting scent garden.
Warrigal Dog Run, Bungarribee
Another popular fenced dog park in Sydney is the Warrigal Dog Run at Bungarribee. One of Sydney’s largest off-leash dog areas, this is also located in the Western Sydney Parklands, but at the northern end, just north of the M4.
The entrance to Bungarribee Park is at the intersection of Doonside Road and Holbeche Road. Park in the Runway Carpark, with the off-leash area just to the north of it. There’s two secure entrances to the dog park, which has a water fountain, shady seats and bins (but not always bags).
Enmore Dog Park, Enmore
One of the few inner Sydney dog parks that are fenced, Enmore Dog Park is popular with dog owners right throughout the Inner West who don’t entirely trust their dog in the other unfenced dog exercise areas.
The park is located next to Enmore TAFE, in between Sarah, Simmons and James Streets. The park is heavily utilised, so there’s virtually no grass. To deal with it become muddy after rain, much of it is now covered in sand. Water bowls and bags are provided.
Cahill Park Off-Leash Dog Park, Wolli Creek
Another off-leash dog park not far from the centre of Sydney is the Cahill Park Off-Leash Dog Park. The park is located in the suburb of Wolli Creek, just one block east of the Princes Highway.
A fairly large flat expanse of grass, there’s parking on the surrounding streets, plus double gates, a water fountain, and bins and bags provided. Just be warned there’s not much shade, so it’s best visiting early or late in the day during summer.
Sir Joseph Banks Park Off-Leash Dog Area, Botany
One of the few fenced dog parks in the east of Sydney (and borderline east at that…) is at Sir Joseph Banks Park in Botany. The fenced off-leash dog area is near the end of Hayden Place, on the north side of the park, or follow the paths from the carpark at the end of Tupia Street.
The large dog park has multiple double gated entrances, as well as a water fountain and biodegradable poop bags. (Make sure you place them in the worm farm recycling bins being trialed!) There’s plenty of shade and seating in the large park, along with lots of natural areas for exploring and a sandpit for digging.
Note that the dog park is technically only open from 7am to 7pm (8pm during daylight savings time) from Monday to Saturday, then 8am to 7pm (8pm during daylight savings) on Sunday, ruling out early morning visits. There’s also plenty of paths for on-leash walks in the surrounding park.
Grant Park Off-Leash Dog Park, Enfield
At Grant Park in Enfield, next to the Enfield Aquatic Centre, there are two fenced dog parks. Generally, one park is used by big dogs, while the other park is used by smaller dogs.
Both parks are securely fenced, plus there’s water bowls, seats and plenty of nearby parking. While there is lighting, note that the dog parks are only open from 6am to 9pm.
Crestwood Reserve Fenced Dog Park, Baulkham Hills
Crestwood Reserve in Baulkham Hills has two fenced off-leash dog areas, one each for small and large dogs. Both areas are a good size, and have plenty of shade, a water bubbler, bins and bags. There’s also some dog agility equipment. Just be warned they can become rather dusty.
The dog parks are located in the southern end of Crestwood Reserve, near the intersection of Peel Road and Warrina Avenue. The surrounding path has plenty of paths for on-leash walks before or after.
Fenced Dog Parks on the Central Coast & Newcastle
Heading north of Sydney, the Central Coast and Newcastle regions are home to some great off-leash dog parks, whether you live locally, are visiting the areas, or passing through on a road trip.
Kariong Dog Park, Kariong
Kariong Dog Park is located at the Mount Penang Parklands, just west of Gosford. If you’re travelling north along the Pacific Motorway, it’s only a five minute detour taking the Gosford turn-off.
While this park is technically fenced, the fence is far from dog-proof. Luckily then it’s not near any major roads, instead just at the end of a laneway mainly used to access the dog park. A large grassed paddock, there’s plenty of room for dogs to enjoy a run, plus there’s a dam along one edge.
Tuggerah Dog Park, Tuggerah
For a more secure dog park on the Central Coast, instead head to Tuggerah Dog Park, on the eastern side of Tuggerah. The park is at the end of Second Avenue.
This dog park contains three separately fenced areas, including an area just for small dogs. There’s also a fun obstacle course for dogs. Unfortunately, there’s no poo bag dispenser or bins, so bring your own and take it with you until you spot a bin.
Speers Point Dog Exercise Area, Speers Point
An excellent dog park at the northern tip of Lake Macquarie is the Speers Point Dog Exercise Area. Only recently constructed, the park has secure fencing, seating and shade. There’s even some agility equipment.
Just keep in mind that as there isn’t a separate area for smaller dogs, it’s best to visit this park at quieter times of the day if you have a smaller timid dog.
Croudace Bay Dog Park, Eleebana
There’s also a second fenced dog park next to Lake Macquarie. Just south of Warners Bay, the fenced dog park is located at Croudace Bay in Eleebana.
The area is also home to a larger off-leash dog exercise area (during the mornings and evenings) – to find the fenced dog park, search for “Small Fenced Dog Park” on Google Maps. The enclosed area isn’t that large, but is nicely constructed, consisting of sandy gravel, so mud isn’t an issue.
Acacia Avenue Dog Park, North Lambton
Newcastle is currently home to a single fenced dog park, although there are reports that more may be constructed. Luckily, the existing Acacia Avenue Dog Park in North Lambton is an excellent park, and worth travelling to from around Newcastle.
The park has separate areas for large and small (or active and quiet) dogs, along with high fences, sheltered seating and drinking water fountains. On Google Maps, search for the “North Lambton Dog Off-Leash Area”.
Boomerang Park Dog Park, Raymond Terrace
Immediately north of Newcastle, an ideal spot to visit with your dog is Boomerang Park in Raymond Terrace. This reserve is home to two off-leash dog exercise areas.
On the northern side of the park, next to Kangaroo Street, is a large unfenced dog exercise area. However, next to the skate park, just off Irrawang Street, a fenced dog park has also been recently constructed. The park has two double-gated entrances, a water station, seating, and plenty of nearby parking.
Fenced Dog Parks on the North Coast
Heading north along the North Coast, the majority of the off-leash dog exercise areas are beaches. Only a few towns offer fenced dog parks, with these the best options to visit with your dog.
Fingal Bay Reserve Off-Lead Dog Exercise Area, Fingal Bay
While the beautiful Fingal Bay Beach in the Port Stephens region is off limits to dogs, head to the off-lead dog exercise area at the reserve just behind the beach for some fun with your dog. This large fenced area is partially grassed, partially bushy – let your dog take their pick. There’s also a convenient picnic table, plus a tap and hose.
The Port Stephens area is also home to two other fenced dog parks. At Soldiers Point, head to Lancaster Park, home to a popular dog park. Note that it’s only open from 7am to 7pm, with yappy hour around 4pm each day. Alternatively, there’s also a basic fenced dog park just off Coachwood Drive in Medowie.
Beach Street Reserve Dog Park, Tuncurry
If you’re visiting the twin towns of Forster-Tuncurry, don’t miss heading to the Beach Street Reserve Dog Park. Close to the entrance to the off-leash Nine Mile Beach, this fully fenced dog park is lovingly looked after by volunteers.
A very large park, there’s an excellent dog agility course, plus a separate area for small dogs. There’s also plenty of seating around the park, plus water and bags available. Just take care that sometimes there’s a gap underneath the gate that small dogs may be able to escape through.
Stuart Park Dog Park, Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie is home to multiple excellent off-leash dog beaches, but just one fenced dog park. Head to Stuart Park, on the western edge of the town centre, next to Woods Street in the centre of the park. (Search for “Dog Friendly Park” on Google Maps.)
With a separate area for small dogs, there’s plenty of seating and shade, plus a water tap and bowl. There’s also agility equipment. Keep an eye out for koalas in the trees above. Just be warned that there may not be much grass, especially in the larger area.
Thompsons Road Dog Park, Coffs Harbour
The tourist hub of Coffs Harbour is home to two fenced dog parks. The older of the two parks is the Thompsons Road Dog Park, which we visited on our road trip along the coast. The park is particularly handy when you’re driving along the Pacific Highway, just 200m off the highway on the southern side of town.
Thompsons Road Dog Park is a large fully enclosed park, with plenty of shade and benches to sit on. There’s even a creek where your dog can enjoy a freshwater swim. There’s plenty of parking along the front of the park.
West Coffs Reserve District Park, Coffs Harbour
The second newer fenced dog park in Coffs Harbour is located at the West Coffs Reserve District Park. This large, recently constructed park has plenty of facilities for the whole family, including an excellent playground for human kids, complete with a flying fox, and excellent BBQ facilities. It’s a 5 minute drive west of the highway.
If visiting with a dog, there are two fully fenced off-leash dog areas. One is for all dogs, while the second area is restricted to smaller dogs under 10kg, but no puppies. There’s also water bubblers at the park.
Fenced Dog Parks on the South Coast
The South Coast is also home to only a handful of fenced dog parks, mainly around the Wollongong and Shellharbour areas, with most off-leash areas located at beaches. Check out these fenced dog parks on the South Coast of NSW…
Woonona Petfood Dog Park, Bellambi
One of the best fenced dog parks on the South Coast is not a council-run park, but a privately constructed park. This dog park is located at Woonona Petfood & Produce on Bellambi Lane, just behind the store.
Completely enclosed and with agility equipment, it’s a great option for if you’ve just visited the store, perhaps before or after a dog wash, plus free to the general public. The dog parks is open seven days a week, but presumably only during business hours (currently until 2pm on Saturday and Sunday).
Reed Park Dog Park, Horsley
The Wollongong region is also home to one council-run fenced dog park, the Reed Park Dog Park at Horsley. The park is just west of Dapto, on Bong Bong Road.
A large grassy area with a separate section for small dogs, there’s also a selection of agility equipment in both areas. With a water tap, bowls, bins and bags, just be warned there isn’t much shade, and it can get quite boggy after rain.
Oak Flats Dog Park, Oak Flats
In the Shellharbour area, my pick of the two fenced dog parks is the Oak Flats Dog Park. It’s also just off the Princes Highway, convenient for if you’re driving south with your pup, with plenty of parking alongside the park on Kingston Street.
The Oak Flats Dog Park has two separate areas, one for large dogs over 15kg and another for small dogs 15kg and under. Both areas are securely fenced, with bins, water fountains and seating, although there is only limited shade in the Small Dogs area. The Large Dogs area also has some agility equipment.
Flinders Dog Park, Flinders
Shellharbour is also home to a second dog park, closer to the centre of Shellharbour in Flinders. The Flinders Dog Park is located on Whittaker Street, in between Arrabi and Atchison Streets.
The park is securely fenced and nicely grassed, although it’s located on a slope. While there is only a single area for all size dogs, the park still contains agility equipment, plus a sheltered picnic table and seats.
Clifton Park Dog Park, Sanctuary Point
Heading further south, if you’re visiting Jervis Bay with your dog, there is a single off-leash dog park in the region, located at Clifton Park in Sanctuary Point.
The fenced dog park is located close to the rear of the park. Make sure you keep your dog on a leash while walking to it, past the playground and learn to ride area at the front of the park. The park has a double-gated entry, seating and plenty of shade.
In the surrounding region, there’s also a dog agility park in Nowra, on the corner of West Street and North Street.
Milton Showground Dog Park, Milton
The furthest south fenced dog park that I’m aware of on the South Coast (let me know if you know of any others!) is at Milton Showground, just north of Mollymook and Ulladulla.
A large area at Milton Showground permits off-leash dogs, excluding the show ring and livestock yards, outside of major events. Included in this area is a fenced agility area, used by the local dog club, plus open to visitors.
Milton Showground is also a popular dog-friendly camping spot, although the area is currently being renovated and is closed to camping until July 2023.
Fenced Dog Parks in Country NSW
If you’re heading west of Sydney with your dog, whether to the Southern Highlands, Blue Mountains or inland NSW, check out these great fenced dog parks in country NSW.
Centennial Dog Park, Bowral
A large expanse of the central section of Centennial Park has been fenced and permits off-leash dogs, with plenty of room for multiple dogs to run around. The park is double gated, with a water station and poop bag dispensers, plus a seat just inside the entrance, although unsheltered. You can park right outside the gate.
The two other fenced dog parks in the Southern Highlands are a small area at western end of Alexandra Square in Mittagong and a large expanse in the southeastern corner of Seymour Park in Moss Vale.
Whitley Park, Blackheath
One of the best fenced dogs parks in the Blue Mountains is Whitley Park in Blackheath. The park is located right next to the Great Western Highway, next to Prince George Street.
This park is fully fenced, and has plenty of bushy areas with lots of shade. Poop bags are now supplied, although there is only limited seating. The surrounding area is popular to visit during the Autumn months, when the deciduous trees put on a colourful display.
Jennie Blackman Dog Park, Mudgee
The popular wine-growing town of Mudgee is home to an excellent fenced dog park, the Jennie Blackman Dog Park. It’s located just north of the town centre, at the Glen Willow Sporting Complex on Pitts Lane, and was named after a local resident and dog lover.
The park features a secure double-gated entrance. While the central area is for all sized dogs, there’s also now sections for small and large dogs at either end. It’s located at the far end of the local bike and walking path, so perhaps combine a visit to the off-leash park with a leashed walk.
Yass Dog Park, Yass
The Yass Dog Park is located in the Southern Tablelands town of Yass. The town is a handy spot to visit while driving along the Hume Highway, thanks to its cafes and bakeries, although a bit of a detour.
This fenced dog park is located just off the main road through town, in between the Yass River and the swimming pool. According to the council website, the park is divided into three separate zones: an Active Zone, a Quiet Zone and a Come and Try Zone.