Dog exercise areas

The City of Hobart provides many locations to exercise your dog both on- and off-lead.

Regular exercise may reduce nuisance behaviour such as uncontrolled barking and digging, as it helps relieve boredom and release pent-up energy.

There are off-lead, on-lead and restricted areas (either time restricted or, in the case of sports fields, activity restricted) dog exercise areas within Hobart.

There are also areas where dogs are not allowed and you may be fined if you walk your dog in those areas or allow a dog off the lead in an on-lead area.


For a listing and maps of off- and on-lead, restricted and prohibited areas view the City of Hobart Dog Management Policy.

You can also search our parks listing for parks where dogs are allowed. Simply select "dogs allowed on lead" or "dogs allowed off lead" in the "features" box and click "search".

Find a park or sportsground

Walking your dog

There are certain things that you need to remember when walking your dog that are set out in the Dog Control Act 2000.

  • When in a designated off-lead area, dogs must remain under effective control of the person in charge of the dog at all times.
  • If your dog poos in a public place you are required to pick up after it. The City provides dog tidy bags in the majority of its parks to dispose of your dog's droppings, so please use them. You should also always carry your own plastic bags.
  • Dogs must remain on lead at all times when on a road or road-related area such as footpaths and nature strips.
  • Restricted breeds and dogs declared dangerous are still subject to conditions in an off-lead exercise area.
  • You are not permitted to walk more than two dogs at a time on a footpath.

Dog tidy bags

All dog tidy bags supplied in dispensers across Hobart's parks and dog exercise areas are compostable. Made from plants not oil, and certified under Australian composting standards these bags can be disposed of in your home FOGO bin and will be collected and processed at an industrial composting facility to create compost.