Dogs in public places

Find out where you can take your dog out for some fun in the City of Coffs Harbour area. We have several designated off-leash parks and beaches for you to enjoy.

See online map of dog restricted areas

Dogs allowed off leash

You must keep your dog under direct supervision and control when they are not on a lead.

See the maps on this page for more detail.  

Beaches where dogs are allowed off lead

* Subject to restrictions during Little Tern breeding season. When the breeding area is signposted, dogs must remain on a leash at all times.

Parks where dogs are allowed off lead

Dogs allowed on leash

Dogs must be on a leash and under the effective control of a competent person.

Beaches where dogs are allowed on lead

* Dog waste bags available

Owners who fail to keep their dogs on the leash and under control in on-leash areas, or take their dogs into prohibited places, can attract substantial on-the-spot fines.

No dogs allowed

Dogs are not allowed in:

  • Children's playgrounds
  • School grounds
  • Public food preparation areas
  • Wildlife protection areas

In the following places check signs to see whether dogs are allowed:

  • Public areas, reserves and beaches 
  • Public bathing areas
  • Shopping areas 

No dogs are allowed on the following beaches:

Owners who take their dogs into prohibited places can attract substantial on-the-spot fines.

You can attract substantial on-the-spot fines if you: 

  • fail to keep your dog under control in an off leash area, or
  • have them off leash in an on leash area, or
  • take them into a prohibited place, or
  • fail to pick up their waste as it poses a potential threat to the community as well as an environmental hazard.


Dog bags available

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