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Dogs in public places are generally required to be on a leash and under the effective control of a competent person.

Animals must be kept under direct supervision and control, even when they are off their leash in leash-free areas.

Owners who fail to keep their dogs leashed in public places (leash-free areas excepted) or take their dogs into prohibited places can attract on-the-spot fines up to $880.

Where dogs are prohibited

  • Children's play apparatus
  • Playing fields (where signposted)
  • School grounds
  • Public food preparation areas
  • Public bathing areas (where signposted)
  • Shopping areas (where signposted)
  • Wildlife protection areas

and the following beaches:

​Sawtell South Beach​Sawtell Reserve
​Sawtell Rock Pool​Jetty Beach
​Park Beach​Park Beach Reserve
​Emerald Beach (southern end)​Diggers Beach
​Sandy Beach​Woolgoolga Beach (southern end)

 

Beaches where dogs are allowed on leads

​Sawtell Beach (north)​Charlesworth Bay
​Korora Beach​Hills Beach
​Campbells Beach​Sapphire Beach
​Moonee Beach​Safety Beach
​Mullaway Beach​Ocean View Beach (Mullawarra)
​Arrawarra Beach​Red Rock Beach
​Little Beach​Corindi Beach (north of Ocean Street)

 

Beaches and Reserves where dogs are allowed off leads

​Boambee Beach​Thompsons Road Reserve
​North Wall Beach​Emerald Beach (north of Fiddamans Creek)
​Hearns Lake Beach​Woolgoolga Back Beach
​Darkum Beach​Corindi/Pipeclay Beach (south of Ocean Street)

Animals must be kept under direct supervision and control even when not on a lead.

Maps

The below maps provide detailed information about classification of the mentioned areas.

Picking up after your pet

Dog waste must be picked up in public areas. Animal faeces poses a potential threat to the community as well as an environmental hazard. Failure to pick up after your pet can also attract an on-the-spot fine of $275.

Biodegradable dog waste bags are now available for free at dispensers located at the following beaches and parks in Coffs Harbour. 

  • Arrawarra Beach
  • Mullawarra Beach
  • Mullaway Beach
  • Darkum Beach (via Darkum Headland Rd)
  • Hearns Lake Beach (main access point at Hearns Lake)
  • Emerald Beach (near leash-free area north of Fiddamans Creek)
  • Moonee Beach
  • Sapphire Beach
  • Korora Bay Beach
  • Thompsons Park (on Thompsons Rd)