National parks in New South Wales are not open to dogs, even on leash. However, there are several regional parks that are dog friendly.

Read on to find eight dog friendly nature parks in New South Wales.


Walking path through the trees

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Blue Gum Hills Regional Park

With easy walking trails and tons to do, Blue Gum Hills Regional Park is a great place to bring not only your furry friend but the whole family. Dogs are allowed on all walking paths but must stay away from picnic and kids’ play areas. Take your dog on a hike down the Heritage Walking Track and view the remnants of the park’s mining history. Blue Gum Hills trails are fairly simple nature walks that you and your dog will both thoroughly enjoy.


Bomaderry Creek

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Bomaderry Creek Regional Park

If a slow walk taking in the surrounding beauty and culture is what you want, check out Bomaderry Creek Regional Park. This park has wonderful sights and remnants of its former aboriginal inhabitants. Let your dog have a sniff while you look for ax-grinding grooves and shelters. Spend as much or little time as you want by choosing between several walking loops. You will leave with a happy dog and a happy mind.

Dog in front of Leacock Regional Park sign

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Leacock Regional Park

Leacock Regional Park has well-maintained walking tracks that will give you and your dog plenty of exercise. Follow the Bellbird walking track to the picnic area for a rest and snack with your pooch. Leashes are required as the park is home to a flourishing community of endangered plant species. Also, remember drinking water as there are no water fountains available here.

People walking their dogs on a beach in front of a camper

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Murray Valley Regional Park

Nearing Victoria, you will find Murray Valley Regional Park. Accessible from Moama and Barooga townships, this is a great place to camp with your dog. Several sites are available across the park, and they are all dog friendly. Stroll through ancient forests and cool off in Moira Lake or Murray River. Murray Valley is a peaceful spot to spend the night away with your dog.


two dogs walking on a hiking trail

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Ngula Bulgarabang Regional Park

Ngula Bulgarabang translates to “very large wood forest,” and that is exactly what you will find at this park. Covered in eucalyptus trees, this spot is the perfect bush walk to take on a sunny day with your dog. Walk to the waterfalls and watch for birds along the way. If you’re lucky, you may even spot some rare wildlife. Both you and your dog will have a great time exploring Ngula Bulgarabang.


Dog in front of prairie and sunset

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Rouse Hill Regional Park

The wide-open spaces, long walking tracks, picnic areas, and playground make Rouse Hill Regional Park the perfect spot not only to bring your dog but the whole family. Bring the dog on a walk, then set up near a free barbecue and get cooking. The kids can run along the open green space and play in the playground while you enjoy the wildlife around you. Everyone will surely be satisfied with their day at Rouse Hill.

Walking Trail

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William Howe Regional Park

Conveniently located along several suburban roads, William Howe Regional Park is a great place to pretend you are far out in the bush without the drive. The walking path is a level three, meaning there may be some rough spots, so wear some good shoes and get moving. Your dog will surely get lots of energy out, and you will get some cardio in as well.

Dog walking on track

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Wolli Creek Regional Park

Wolli Creek Regional Park is another great spot to get into the bush in the city. Volunteers work hard to maintain the biodiversity of this area, so make sure your dog is on a leash before you head onto the trails. There is so much wildlife to admire in the park, including birds, several native species, a creek, and more. Stop by the picnic area to share a snack with your furry friend and take in as much scenery as you can.


Want to spend even more time outdoors with your dog? Check out these dog beaches in New South Wales.

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