Off-Leash Dog Exercise Areas

Council recognises the importance of dogs being allowed time to exercise unrestrained and there are seven off-leash areas in the shire. Dogs can exercise, roam freely and socialise under the supervision of their owner or person in charge at the following desingated off-leash areas:

  1. Bicentennial Gardens, the northern area of the reserve, Ballina
  2. Compton Drive, East Ballina
  3. Gap Road, Alstonville
  4. Seven Mile Beach, north of Lake Ainsworth, (old 4WD access point), Lennox Head
  5. Ballina Heights Estate, eastern reserve area, Ballina Heights
  6. Headlands Drive Drainage Reserve, Skennars Head
  7. The Spit, Ballina

conditions of use

  1. Your dog must always be under effective control. ‘Effective control’ means your dog responds to your command and remains close to you.
  2. If your dog is not sufficiently trained to be under your effective control and shows signs of anti-social behaviour and aggression you must remove the dog immediately from the area.
  3. Pick up your dog poo and dispose in a waste bin.
  4. Be considerate of all other users of the area. It is not for the exclusive use of dogs and their owners.
  5. Your dog must be accompanied at all times by an adult or person over 16 years.

Further information

Council's Development and Environmental Health Group, Ph 6686 1210. 
The NSW Office of Local Government provides information at
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