Off-leash dog parks
In Nillumbik, there are three designated off-leash dog parks, in Diamond Creek, Eltham North and Hurstbridge. There are also many off-leash areas within other parks and reserves.
Find an off-leash dog park or area
Control your dog off-leash
If you are walking your dog off-leash within the permitted areas, you must always have effective control of your dog.
A dog is considered under effective control if:
- it will return to you upon command
- you have a clear and unobstructed view of the dog at all times
- it does not bother or worry other people or animals
- it stays within 50 metres of you.
Keep your dog on a leash in all other areas
If you are not in an off-leash area, you must keep your dog under control and on a leash that is no longer than 3 metres.
Your dog must be on a leash:
- in all public parks and reserves except where signed
- within 5 metres of a shared use path
- on all streets, roads, public car parks and footpaths.
Locations where dogs are not allowed
Dogs are not allowed:
- within 5 metres of playgrounds or public BBQs
- in environmentally sensitive areas
- in schools, kindergartens or childcare centres, unless permission has been provided
- on all synthetic sporting surfaces.
Dogs are also not allowed in these public places:
- the wetland areas at Diamond Creek Reserve
- Sweeneys Flats, Eltham (Parks Victoria)
- Professors Hill Reserve
- Chase Reserve, North Warrandyte
- Blue Tongue Bend Reserve, North Warrandyte
- Temple Ridge and Bailey Gully Reserve, Wattle Glen
- Watsons Creek Reserve
- All sporting ovals in Hurstbridge, including:
Clean up dog poo
If you are out in public with your dog you are also responsible for cleaning up any dog poo. You need to:
- carry a bag or scoop for removing any dog poo left by your dog
- remove and appropriately dispose of any dog poo left by your dog
- if asked, show the ranger that you have a suitable bag or scoop for removing dog poo.
If you don't remove any dog poo left by your dog, you may get a fine.