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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 exercise your dog, including on and off leash areas.

All parks, ovals, reserves, gardens and beaches under Council’s care and control, are declared dog exercise areas. With the exception of East Point Reserve, Gardens Oval One and Nightcliff Oval which are not available for exercising your dog,.

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.

Dog restricted areas

Dogs are not permitted at any time in 

  • East Point Reserve
  • The Mall
  • Markets such as Mindil Beach, Parap, Rapid Cree, Nightcliff and Malak
  • Gardens Oval One
  • Nightcliff Oval 

Dog parks

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

Parks and reserves

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 immediately responsive to the owner’s commands

Find a Facility

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

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Last modified 
29 Jul 2019

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