Blue Mountains News

Off-Leash Fun in the Mountains

By Jonathan Foye
Archived 7 Mar 2015 - Posted: 8 Jan 2015
While dogs are not allowed in national parks, there are a number of places Blue Mountains residents can take their pets for some off-leash time.

Pets are not allowed in NSW National parks and reserves, as these are refuges for native animals. Dogs and other domestic pets (other than assistance animals such as guide dogs) are banned from national parks.

According to the NSW Department of Environment & Heritage website, dogs can disrupt native wildlife by scaring animals away from their young, and may disrupt other visitors’ experience of the park. The Blue Mountains has a number of designated parks where dogs are allowed off-leash, provided they are under effective control at all times and removed immediately by their owners if they display aggression. Fresh Air Daily have detailed these below.                                 

Off Leash Areas

There are a number of conditions that apply to entry. Council rangers regularly patrol these areas, and may issue fines for infringements.

Dogs must never be left unattended.

Dog waste is to be disposed of in these areas in the bins provided.

Female dogs are not to be brought into the park if they are in season.

All dogs should have their current vaccinations.


Leura Oval

Address: 34-36 Gordon Road, Leura

Leura Oval is an unfenced sports avenue. It is open Monday to Sunday from Sunrise to 10am, then after 4pm. The area is surrounded by bushland, including the Lone Pine Avenue memorial track.


Whitton Park, Glenbrook

Address: 12 Moore Street, Glenbrook

This open grassed area is a partly fenced shared recreation area.


Medlow Park, Medlow Bath

Address: 10-14 Railway Parade, Medlow Bath

Open 24 hours, Medlow Park is a fenced open park space surrounded by bushland


Sun Valley Reserve, Valley Heights

Address: 93-130 Sun Valley Road, Sun Valley

Sun Valley reserve is a grassed field that is open to off-leash dogs, provided it is not booked.

The area is a shared recreation area, and is sometimes used by horses.


Katoomba Falls Reserve (Lower Oval)

Address: 101 Cliff Drive, Katoomba

Katoomba Falls Reserve is a sports oval surrounded by a natural creek area, which also includes a recreation area and a caravan park. Dogs are allowed off leash, although owners are advised to be aware that it is a shared sportsground. The area is fenced. The reserve is open Monday to Friday Sunrise to 10am and weekends after 5pm except when sport is being played.


Former Lawson Golf Course

Address: 48-78 Wilson Street, Lawson

The former Lawson Golf Course is a shared recreation area, with bins provided. Owners should be warned that the area is unfenced.


Summerhayes Park, Winmalee

Address: 326-249 Hawkesbury Road, Winmalee

Located on Hawkesbury Road, Summerhayes park is open allows visitors to let their dog off leash within a fenced dog park area. Bins are available for disposal of dog waste, and there is water for dogs to drink.


Bulls Camp, Woodford

Address: 1-6 Great Western Highway, Woodford

An open grassland in bush setting, Bulls Camp is another shared recreation area. It is located near the highway, which means that owners need to be careful with their dogs.  


Pitt Park (Lower Oval), Wentworth Falls

3-15 Matcham Street, Wentworth Falls

Pitt Park is a sports oval complex with adjacent bushland. The park is open Monday to Friday, Sunrise to 10pm, and on weekends after 5pm.


For more information on Blue Mountains City Council’s Off Leash Exercise Areas, contact the Council on (02) 4780 5000

Off leash areas, like Winmalee's Summerhayes dog park, give dogs and owners a safe place for exercise
 
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