Rules for pets in parks

To keep our parks as great places for people and native animals, pets are generally not permitted in Northern Territory Parks and Reserves. However, there are several parks listed below where you can visit and exercise with your dog without permission or permits.

You may get an on-the-spot fine if you bring an animal into a park without permission or you don't obey the park regulations.

For more information about pets in NT parks and reserves read the information sheet PDF (1.3 MB).

Where to walk dogs

There are parks throughout the Territory where you may visit with a dog. Some may only permit them in car parks to allow day visits for travelers.

Darwin region

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 – walking tracks and carparks.
  • Holmes Jungle Nature Park – walking tracks and carparks.

Alice Springs region

You can visit with your dog at Owen Springs Reserve. Dogs are allowed south of the Waterhouse Range and may camp with you at Redbank Waterhole campground.

Visitors with dogs must enter and exit through the southern entrance to the reserve.

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.

Hunting dogs

With a permit to hunt, dogs may be used in hunting reserves during the declared hunting season.

The permit to hunt includes permission to bring a firearm and a dog to a park.

You should keep dogs on a leash when you are not hunting.

The hunting reserves are:

  • Harrison Dam
  • Howard Springs Hunting Reserve
  • Shoal Bay Coastal Reserve
  • Lambells Lagoon.

Find out more about pig hunting in reserves.

Find out more about waterfowl hunting in reserves.

Other animals in parks

There are rules for taking horses, donkeys, mules, camels, or any other animals into NT parks and reserves.

Contact Parks and Wildlife NT
for more information.

Read more about Permits for pets in parks.

Last updated: 20 March 2020

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