Bega Valley Shire CouncilBega Valley Shire Council

Dog walking areas

Photo by Stuart CarlessCouncil recognises the important role companion animals play in our society. As such Council provides 11 leash free areas in the Shire where dog owners can responsibly exercise their dogs off leash.

In achieving a balance between dog owners and other members of the community, there are also areas in the Shire where prohibitions are in place. Dog owners should keep their dogs from these prohibited areas.

At all times dog owners and general community members alike should respect each other and help ensure that the enjoyment of companion animals is not to the detriment of our neighbours or the environment.

Leash free

Please refer to maps for more detailed information regarding the exact location and extent of leash free areas in the Bega Valley Shire.

  • Bega map
    Bridge Street
  • Bermagui map
    Haywards Beach
    Headland Reserve
    Beares Beach South
  • Candelo map
    In the Candelo area dogs are prohibited from entering the reserve in the centre of town on market days.
  • Eden map
    Aslings Beach
    Keith’s Pinch Beach
  • Merimbula map
    Short Point (Merimbula)
    Main Beach (Merimbula)
  • Pambula Beach map
    Lions Park Beach (part of)
  • Tathra map
    Tathra Beach (south of Tathra Country Club entrance)
  • Tura Beach map
    Tura Beach (parts of)

Provision of facilities

Council provides waste disposal bins adjacent to all leash free areas and may also supply dog faeces disposal bags in some locations for the communities’ convenience. When bins or disposal bags are not supplied by Council then dog owners are required to provide and use their own disposal bags and to remove the waste and dispose of it properly.

Council also provides dog faeces disposal bags in dispensers at a number of locations throughout the Shire where dog walkers use walking paths and the like in larger numbers. Waste bins are also provided at most of these locations and dog owners need to be aware of their responsibilities for waste disposal.

When using these popular walking locations dog owners are required to ensure that dogs remain on leash and under effective control, as some dogs will chase other users of walking tracks such as joggers and cyclists.

Prohibited at all times

  • Bermagui
    Bermagui Flora and Fauna Reserve
    Bruce Steer Pool
    The Blue Pools
  • Tathra
    Tathra Wharf
    Lions Park, Mogareeka
  • Merimbula/Tura Beach
    Merimbula Wharf
    Main Beach Merimbula (Within 100m of the patrolled zone when lifeguards are present)
    Short Point (Within 100m of the patrolled zone when lifeguards are present)
  • Pambula Beach
    (Within 100m of the patrolled zone when lifeguards are present)
  • Eden
    Aslings Beach (Within 100m of the patrolled zone when lifeguards are present)

Prohibited - October 1 to April 30

  • Bermagui
    Murunna Point (parts of)
  • Tathra
    Mogareeka Inlet (parts of)
  • Merimbula
    Spencer Park tidal sand flats

Prohibited - December 1 to April 30 from 8am to 6pm

  • Tathra
    Tathra Beach (parts of)
  • Pambula
    Pambula Beach (near Surf Lifesaving Club)
    Pambula River mouth
  • Merimbula
    Bar Beach
  • Eden
    Cocora Beach

Disclaimer: These places, dates and times were correct at the time of printing.

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