10 Best Off Leash Dog Parks in Sydney

Last updated: September 10, 2021

Dogs need to exercise in order to stay healthy and well-behaved, and luckily in Sydney we can still find lots of great parks where dogs can hang out.

While in some of these parks dogs must be on a lead, there are also quite a few dog-friendly parks where dogs are permitted off lead, either during set hours or at all times.

We have shortlisted 10 of the best off leash dog parks in Sydney where your furry friend is more than welcome to run around, play fetch, and socialise with other dogs.

Top 10 Sydney Dog Parks

With each dog park below, we have included the off leash times, the map location, and a link to the corresponding council website for more information.

Most of the dog friendly park listed are off leash at all times, but it’s always best to check the latest council regulations before visiting. Also note that playgrounds and sports grounds are typically prohibited for dogs.

1. Bicentennial Park Glebe

Another popular dog park in Sydney is Bicentennial Park in Glebe, facing Rozelle Bay and the Anzac Bridge. Dogs absolutely love this park as it offers large and open grass areas, and also an access point to the water.

Bicentennial Park in Glebe
Bicentennial Park in Glebe

Dogs are permitted to run around off leash in Bicentennial Park, but only west of the canal. On the other side, they need to be on a lead at all times.

Nearby Federal Park and Blackwattle Bay Park are also great locations to go for a wander with your best mate.

Off leash: All times (west of the canal)
Map location: Federal Road in Glebe
More info: Bicentennial Park Glebe

2. Joynton Park

Joynton Park in Zetland is a big hit with the local four-legged residents, featuring a large grassy area in the centre of the park, complemented by a water fountain, picnic facilities, and a community garden.

There is also a shopping centre next door where delicious treats and other goodies can be purchased at the pet shop. Dogs can go off leash at all times in Joynton Park.

Off leash: All times
Map location: Gadigal Avenue in Zetland
More info: Joynton Park

3. Sydney Park

Sydney Park in Sydney’s inner west is another large park where dogs are permitted to go off leash, enjoying the many hills, open areas and walking paths.

Sydney Park
Sydney Park

Please do note though that dogs are not permitted to enter the wetlands, the oval, the playground, or the barbecue areas.

But that’s not an issue at all, because there is plenty of space left for dogs to have a fantastic time in Sydney Park.

Off leash: All times
Map location: Sydney Park Road in Alexandria
More info: Sydney Park

4. Wentworth Park

Located just south of Blackwattle Bay near the inner west suburbs of Ultimo and Glebe, Wentworth Park is a large green space with sports facilities, playgrounds, and picnic areas.

Dogs can go off leash at all times in Wentworth Park, but are not permitted on the sports fields during games, in the barbecue areas, or in the playgrounds.

Off leash: All times
Map location: Wentworth Park Road in Ultimo
More info: Wentworth Park

5. Centennial Parklands

One of the largest and most dog-friendly parks in Sydney is the Centennial Parklands area, with more than 150 hectares of open space within the parklands being designated as off-leash.

Centennial Park
Centennial Park

You will find both on- and off-lead dog walking areas in Centennial Parklands, with more than enough wide open areas available for your friend to go off leash and run around until he or she is completely worn out for the day.

Popular off leash sections in the parklands are Sandstone Ridge and Federation Valley between Carrington Drive and Grand Drive in the northern section of Centennial Park.

Off leash: All times (in designated areas)
Map location: Grand Drive in Centennial Park
More info: Centennial Parklands

6. Warrigal Dog Run

Warrigal Dog Run in Bungarribee Park in the suburb of Arndell Park is one of the largest fenced dog parks in Sydney. It’s a relatively new dog park with fantastic facilities for both dogs and their owners.

Dogs can of course go off leash at Warrigal Dog Run, and run on the green fields, drink water from the fountains, find some shelter in the covered areas, and socialise with other dogs.

There are various walking trails in Bungariboo, outside the dog park, that your furry friend might also enjoy exploring, but on a lead.

Off leash: All times
Map location: Doonside Road in Arndell Park
More info: Warrigal Dog Run

7. King George Park

King George Park is a large foreshore park in Rozelle, located south-west of the Iron Cove Bridge, facing Parramatta River.

King George Park
King George Park

The park is home to excellent sporting facilities suitable for athletics, soccer, rugby, and general fitness training. Dogs are permitted to enjoy the park off leash, but must be on a lead when games are on.

Note that the Bay Run passes King George Park, and dogs are more than welcome to do that popular walking trail, but they must be on a lead.

Off leash: All times (on leash during games and events)
Map location: Manning Street in Rozelle
More info: King George Park

8. Shale Hills Dog Park

Shale Hills Dog Park is a large and modern off-leash dog area in Western Sydney Parklands, home to not only open areas for dogs to play, but also dog agility and self-guided training facilities.

If dogs could vote what their favourite dog park in Sydney would be, Shale Hills Dog Park in the suburb of West Hoxton could well be the winner.

Of course, dogs can go off leash throughout the park, which is opened from 6am to 8pm daily. They might not want to leave though!

Off leash: All times (opening hours 6am – 8pm)
Map location: Second Avenue in West Hoxton
More info: Shale Hills Dog Park

9. Lighthouse Reserve

Lighthouse Reserve in Vaucluse just south of Watsons Bay is a large open park area named after the historic Macquarie Lighthouse. Your dog might not care too much, but the ocean views from the reserve are fantastic.

Lighthouse Reserve in Vaucluse
Lighthouse Reserve in Vaucluse

Dogs are permitted off leash at all times at Lighthouse Reserve, with plenty of space for them to release their energy. Nearby Christison Park is worth a visit too, which has set hours for dogs to go off leash.

Off leash: All times
Map location: Old South Head Road in Vaucluse
More info: Lighthouse Reserve

10. Hawthorne Canal Dog Park

Hawthorne Canal Reserve is a park area built around Hawthorne Canal that forms a border between the suburbs of Leichhardt and Haberfield.

To local dog owners, the reserve is better known as the Hawthorne Canal Dog Park, a fantastic off leash and exercise area for dogs that also includes a dog friendly cafe offering coffee, bites and treats.

Off leash: All times
Map location: Darley Road in Leichhardt
More info: Hawthorne Canal Reserve

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