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Overview - Exercising Your Dog

There are a number of options when it comes to outdoor exercise for your dog in Darwin. Learn more about where you can excercise your dog, including on and off leash areas.

Most Council parks, reserves and beaches are off-lead dog exercise areas as long as the dogs are supervised and under effective control. 

When excercising your dog outside, dont forget clean up any mess left behind. Our tip is to attach your pick-up bags to your dog's leash so they are always on hand!

On and off leash areas

Shared paths, foot paths and cycle paths

Dogs must be on a leash at all times when within 10m of a path.

Children's playgrounds

Dogs must be on a leash at all times when within 10m of a playground.

BBQ facilities

Dogs must be on a leash at all times when within 10m of BBQ facilities.

Skate parks and BMX facilities

Dogs must be on a leash at all times when within 10m of these facilities.

Dog restricted areas

Dogs are not permitted at any time in 

Dog parks

Breezes Muirhead Dog Park is a designated fenced dog park in the Darwin municipality.

Parks and reserves

Some parks require dogs to be on-leash. Signs are in place in these areas.

Otherwise most Darwin parks are off-leash as long as your dog supervised and under effective control*.

Ovals and sporting grounds

Dogs are not permitted on ovals at all during times of organised play.

During other times, dogs are permitted off-leash as long as they are supervised and under effective control*. 

NT Government controlled areas

Please visit the NT Government's rules for pets in parks.

* A dog is considered to be under effective control if it is

  • Immediately responsive to the owner’s commands and is within a 1.5m distance from the owner 
  • The owner must be in a position to continuously see their dog
  • The dog is on a lead when exiting and entering the off-lead area
  • The dog responds immediately to corrections by voice commands and
  • The dog immediately recalls by voice command to the owner.

Find a Facility

Looking for a park or area nearby to exercixe your dog. Our Find a Facilty tool allows you to search using a range of criteria - from suburb to walking paths and activity type. 

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