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DOG

Are you planning a trip to the stunning Top End of the Northern Territory and want to bring your furry friend along? Look no further! We've got all the information you need to make your journey with pets as smooth as possible.

ACCOMODATION

Discover a range of pet-friendly accommodations that welcome your furry friends. From cozy hotels to spacious campsites, find the perfect spot for both you and your pet. BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION HERE

CAFES

Treat yourself and your furry friend to a memorable dining experience at one of the Top End NT's pet-friendly cafes. With delicious food, welcoming atmospheres, and stunning surroundings, these cafes are the perfect destinations for pet owners looking to enjoy quality time with their pets.

EVENTS

City of Darwin animal education officers offer free walks and events for you and your pet. City of Darwin run a series of community dog walks -‘Walk ‘N Wag’ – aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle and helping dog owners socialise their animals and has partnered with Pawsitive K9 Behaviour to deliver a range of workshops to help you better understand your pets and correct any behavioral matters.

EXCERCISING WITH PETS

There are a number of options when it comes to outdoor exercise for your dog in Darwin. Learn more about where you can exercise your dog, including on and off-leash areas. All parks, ovals, reserves, gardens and beaches under Council’s care and control, are declared dog exercise areas. With the exception of East Point Reserve, Gardens Oval One and Nightcliff Oval which are not available for exercising your dog. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

DOG PARKS

PARKS AND RESERVES

To keep our parks as great places for people and native animals, pets are generally not permitted in Northern Territory (NT) parks and reserves. However, there are several parks listed below where you can visit and exercise with your dog without permission or permits. For more information, read the pets in NT parks and reserves information sheet PDF (1.3 MB).

WHERE TO WALK DOGS

You can walk your dog at these parks in the Darwin region:

  • George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens - signs show leash areas. Find out more about the rules for dogs at the gardens.
  • Casuarina Coastal Reserve - signs show leash and leash-free areas. Find out more about the rules for dogs at Casuarina Coastal Reserve.
  • Charles Darwin National Park – sealed roads and carparks. Dogs are not allowed in the picnic area or on mountain bike trails.
  • Holmes Jungle Nature Park – walking tracks and carparks.

You can walk your dog at these parks in the Katherine region:

  • Katherine Region Judbarra / Gregory NP - carparks only along the Victoria River Highway.
  • Cutta Cutta Caves - carpark only. Keep River NP - Cockatoo Lagoon carpark only.
  • Limmen NP - Butterfly Falls carpark & Munbililla Campground.

ASSISTANCE ANIMALS

You do not need a permit to bring an assistance animal into a park. You will need to show the assistance animal’s identification if asked by a ranger. The animal must be kept under control.

PUBLIC BUS

Hearing, guide or assistance dogs are only allowed on buses. All other animals are prohibited.

Where Can I Leave my Pet?

If it is necessary for your pet to travel with you, it makes sense to check ahead and see where you can leave them whilst visiting certain Parks. For more information, read the Darwin Animal Services Listing & Dog Exercise Map. 

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