Dog off-leash areas

All dogs when being walked in a public place such as a park, footpath or road, must be under effective control at all times.  Council has designated reserves in the urban area of Wangaratta where dogs may be exercised off a leash.

The reserves are:

  • Willow Drive Reserve, Wangaratta
  • One Mile Creek adjacent to Rattray Avenue, Wangaratta
  • Native bushland at rear of Barr Reserve, Wangaratta

Download Council's Dog 'off-leash' areas below.

Council Dog 'Off Leash' Laws

Under the Domestic (Feral and Nuisance) Animals Act 1994:

  • All dogs must be under effective control whilst outside their owner's property
  • Dogs may only be exercised 'off leash' at designated reserves within the urban area of Wangaratta
  • The person in charge of a dog must carry a chain, cord or leash sufficient to bring the dog under effective control if the dog behaves in a manner which threatens any person or animal
  • The person in charge of a dog must remain in effective voice or hand control of the dog so as to be able to promptly bring the dog under control by placing it on a chain, cord or leash if that becomes necessary
  • The person in charge of a dog must not allow the dog to worry, chase or threaten any person or animal

If the dog is off a chain, cord or leash in a designated 'off leash reserve, it must be brought under effective control by means of a chain, cord or leash if the dog is within 20 metres of:

  • an organised sporting event or practice session
  • children's play equipment area
  • an organised public meeting
  • a permanent barbeque or picnic area

Clean Up After Your Dog

Try to discourage your pet from defecating in public places.If it does, make sure you dispose of the waste. It is a requirement under Council's Local Law for any person in charge of a dog whilst in a public place to carry a device for the purpose of cleaning up after their dog. Try taking an empty milk carton, plastic bag or an old newspaper to scoop up the waste.

Dog Attack

It is an offence under the Act for a dog to rush at, attack, bite, worry or chase any person or animal and the owner/or person in charge of such dog is guilty of an offence and liable upon conviction for any damage caused.

For further information please contact Council's Customer Service on (03) 5722 0888 or email

PDFDog Off-Leash Area Map (89 KB)

Last Updated: 07-07-2011

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