Dog exercise areas

The City of Onkaparinga consists of approximately 450 spectacular reserves, almost 10 kilometres of  foreshore areas and diverse parks that are available for the off-leash exercise of dogs.

Minkarra Dog Park - Flagstaff Hill

Council has also established a dedicated dog exercise area (see map) located at Manning Road, Flagstaff Hill and a dog agility course exists within Wilfred Reserve, located between Wheatsheaf Rd and States Rd Morphett Vale.

Minkarra Dog Park includes fencing, seating, park furniture, dog exercise equipment, paths and sheltered areas.

While exercising your dog in public please ensure your dog is under effective control and be considerate of others.

Symonds Reserve Dog Park - Aldinga Beach

Located off Stewart Ave, Aldinga Beach, our newest dog park features separate areas for large and small dogs, irrigated turfed open spaces, landscaped garden beds, and water fountains for dogs and their owners.

For the enjoyment of the whole community, other features at Symonds Reserve include a playground for children, BMX and skate facilities, picnic facilities and public toilets (adjacent the Aldinga community centre).

While exercising your dog in public please ensure your dog is under effective control and be considerate of others.

 

Dog owner responsibilities

  • supervise your dog at all times
  • ensure your dog is identified by its current registration disc
  • pick up after your dog
  • have effective control over your dog
  • follow the information/instructions on council signs

Dog beaches mapForeshore areas

Specific areas along our coastline are designated for off-leash exercise of dogs, including portions of:

Christies Beach
Port Noarlunga South
Seaford
Maslin Beach
Aldinga Beach
Sellicks Beach

Dogs are prohibited on a portion of Port Noarlunga Beach, the portion of the Port Noarlunga Beach that is situated between the most northern point of the beach that is bounded by the cliffs at one end and continues south to the southern end of the Port Noarlunga Life Saving Club, between the hours of 10am to 8pm on any day when daylight savings is in force.

During daylight savings (October to April) dogs must be leashed upon leaving the beach.

On all other beaches, dogs may be exercised off-leash, under effective control except during daylight savings (October to April) when dogs must be on-leash between 10am and 8pm.

Dogs are prohibited on any jetty and Signs identify restrictions that apply.

Restrictions on dogs apply in certain public areas for equity, safety or conservation.  Council may place restrictions in accordance with by-law number 7 - dogs. The following restrictions are in effect and are identified by signs in the area.

Dog prohibited areas:

  • In any playground (or within 3 metres of the playground if there is no enclosed area)
  • portion of Port Noarlunga Beach, the portion of the Port Noarlunga Beach that is situated between the most northern point of the beach that is bounded by the cliffs at one end and continues south to the southern end of the Port Noarlunga Life Saving Club, between the hours of 10am to 8pm on any day when daylight savings is in force.
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  • A.E. Young Reserve, Port Noarlunga South (known as Jubilee playground)
  • Hart Road Wetlands, located in Aldinga Beach, Seaford Rise and Pedlers Creek Reserve
  • Within 20 metres of play equipment or a skate facility (excluding any shared path in that area)
  • When the Open Market - Christies Beach is being held between 8am -2pm, located at 121 Beach Rd Christies Beach
  • Local Government land immediately south of Saltfleet St Bridge and west of Weatherald Terrace, Port Noalrunga South.

Dogs must be on-leash:

  • on public roads, footpaths, car parks, private places (without the consent of the occupier) and all other public places, except parks and reserves (unless otherwise specified under the provisions of the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995)
  • on any shared path (paths used by pedestrians and cyclists)
  • Thalassa Park, Aberfoyle Park (on shared paths- paths used by pedestrians and cyclists)
  • when leaving foreshore areas during day light saving months (October to April)
  • Willunga Court House, 61 High Street, Willunga
  • Kestrel Circuit Reserve, Seaford Rise
  • The portion of Local Government land adjoining the Onkaparinga River south of River Road, Port Noarlunga
  • Tangari Regional Park, Woodcroft; the areas of well vegetated reserve traversed by walking trails
  • Byards Road Wetlands, Byards Road, Reynella East

For further information about where you can exercise your dog, please contact the Community Safety section on 8384 0666.

Please pick up after your dog

There are dog litter bag dispenses and bins located at many parks and reserves within the council areas. Please carry a dog litter bag and pick up after your dog.

Should your local dispenser require a refill please contact our Community Safety section on 8384 0666.

Dog on-leash and prohibited areas


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What does it mean to have effective control over my dog?

When deciding if your dog should exercise off leash you should consider if your dog listens to you and immediately obeys your voice commands, in all environments, even when your dog is distracted.

If you do not feel confident that your dog will respond and obey your voice or signals you should not allow your dog to exercise off leash. Alternatively you should place your dog on a leash.

When your dog is exercising off leash in a public place you must:

  • take responsibility for your dog
  • supervise your dog
  • ensure your dog is in close proximity and within eyesight
  • prevent your dog from disturbing or harming people, birds or animals.

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