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On a lead

You can take your dog into the parks listed below, along designated walking trails, providing that it is on a lead no more than two metres in length and it remains under your effective control at all times.

Adelaide and Adelaide Hills

Fleurieu Peninsula

Flinders Ranges and Outback

Kangaroo Island

Limestone Coast

The dog must be transported directly to and from the beach inside a vehicle. The dog must remain under the control of a person and be restrained by a lead while on the Ocean Beach area of the park (below high water mark). Dogs are not permitted in the waters of the Coorong Lagoon, including the area between the Murray Mouth and the Goolwa Lock.

Murray River

Off leash but under effective control

You can take your dog into the following parks off leash but under effective control at all times.

  • Blackwood Forest Recreation Park
  • All game reserves - retriever (hunting) dogs are allowed in game reserves during gazetted duck season times. Dogs must be kept on a leash and allowed off for retrieving purposes only.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted in most public places and are therefore welcome in South Australia’s parks and reserves. Assistance dogs must be appropriately restrained and remain under your effective control at all times while in a park or reserve.

Before taking your assistance dog into a park or reserve, other than those listed above, it is highly recommended that you contact us so we can provide you with the latest information on any potential hazards within specific parks that may affect your dog. Please contact the park via the phone numbers listed on each park page or call the information line on (+61 8) 8204 1910.

Why does my dog need to be on a lead?

If your dog is unleashed, it is more likely to impact on native wildlife and other visitors in a park and be at risk itself.

Risks to wildlife:

  • Dogs off tracks will leave a scent in the bush that will keep wildlife away.
  • Uncontrolled dogs may frighten wildlife and disrupt their natural behaviour.
  • Some dogs will kill or injure wildlife.

Risks to other park visitors

  • Dogs may be aggressive to other park visitors.
  • Even friendly dogs can knock people over causing injury.
  • Some people want to enjoy parks without dogs.

Risks to your dog

  • Poison baits may be laid to control foxes. Baits can be fatal to dogs.
  • Even if your dog is friendly, other dogs may not be.
  • Your dog can catch parasites (such as fleas and ticks) from wildlife.
  • Snake bites are a real risk in natural areas such as parks.
  • Wildlife such as kangaroos and koalas will defend themselves if threatened by a dog and can cause significant injury to or the death of your dog.