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Dogs at Arapilies?? 5-Jul-2007 At 11:57:18 AM dalai
There was a topic on dog friendly parks a while ago.

Checked the link for the latest list

Where dogs can't go

National parks and similar reserves

Rangers are often asked whether dogs may be taken into national parks and other reserves managed by Parks Victoria and the Department of Sustainability and Environment. The answer is generally 'no' - which understandably disappoints dog owners. It's 'no' even for quiet, well behaved dogs and also for cats and other domestic pets.


First and foremost, national parks are there to protect Australia's native wildlife. They are vitally important for the many species whose survival is in danger. Except possibly for dingoes, dogs are not indigenous to Australia, so our wildlife is not adapted to living with them. Smaller animals can be killed, large ones disturbed and frightened away by dogs and cats.
Even if your dog is on a lead, or is very obedient, its barking or its scent are enough to scare away native wildlife. Remember that many people go to national parks and conservation reserves to see native animals and birds in their native habitat.
Feral dogs and cats, pets which have escaped into the bush, become fierce and later generations can grow to abnormaly large sizes. Dogs hunt in packs and cause terrible damage among native birds and animals in parks.
Dogs can be a nuisance, even a real menace to other people (especially the very young and old) in picnic and camping areas, along walking tracks or on beaches.
It would be impossible to have a rule which allowed some dogs ( the quiet or small ones) into national parks and similar reserves but not others (the big and the boisterous).
In case you think Victoria is being tough on dog owners, remember that the same rule about dogs apply in all national parks in all states of Australia.
Conservation reserves are generally state and coastal parks, some forest parks, flora and fauna reserves, scenic and nature reserves and some other special reserves: Mt Alexander Koala Park (inside fenced area; Bendigo Region), Olinda Course, William Ricketts Sanctuary, Mt Dandenong Observatory Reserve and Koala Reserves (Dandenong Region).

Where dogs can go

State forests

Dogs are allowed in most of Victoria's State forests. At all times dogs must be under control and should not disturb wildlife or annoy other people.

Game reserves

Dogs accompanying licensed hunters for the purpose of duck hunting are permitted in game reserves during duck-hunting season only provided they are under control and do not annoy other people. Dogs are not permitted in game reserves at any other time.


Bona fide guide dogs accompanying blind people can be taken into all national parks and similar conservation reserves and state forests.

Dogs are permitted in cars only travelling on bitumen roads which pass through national parks.

Dogs are permitted in the following parks provided they are on a leash and under control of their owners at all times


Albert Park
Banksia Park
Birrarrung Park
Brimbank Park
Bushy Park (on multi purpose trail, not in wetlands sanctuary)
Cardinia Reservoir Park
Devilbend Reservoir Park
Greenvale Reservoir Park
George Tindale Gardens
Jells Park (except in conservation area)
Karkarook Park
Koomba Park
Lerderderg SP (except Mackenzies Creek Picnic area or Grahams Dam Track)
Macedon Regional Park
Maroondah Reservoir Park (except on walking tracks from Maroondah Reservoir to Donnellys Weir Park or dam wall)
Mornington Peninsula NP (only between London Bridge & Gunnamatta & Stockyard Creek and West Head sunrise to 9am)
Nortons Park
Pipemakers Park
Silvan Reservoir Park (except forested track)
Toorourrong Reservoir Park
Upper Yarra Reservoir Park (not the forestedtrack)
Warrandyte SP (at Anderson Creek)
Wattle Park
Werribee Park (restricted areas)
Westerfolds Park
Westgate Park
Woodlands HP (except conservation area)
Yarra Bend Park
Yarra Flats Park
Yarrambat Park
You Yangs Regional Park


Bunurong MCP
Cape Conran CP (only campsites 56-110)
Dergholm SP (at Bailey's Rocks)
Discovery Bay MP (only between tide marks on Bridge Water beach and Nelson Ocean Beach)
Enfield SP
Gippsland Lakes CP (dogs are only permitted - on a leash at all times - at the following locations: Barrier Landing, Ocean Grange, Paradise Beach, Loch Sport Causeway, The Wreck, Flamingo Beach, The Honeysuckles and between camp sites one to six on Shoreline Drive at Golden Beach.)
Hepburn Regional Park
Kooyoora SP
Lake Albacutya Park
Lake Eildon NP (Jersusalem Creek camping only)
Murray Kulkyne Park
Otway NP (part of Johanna Beach only)
Steiglitz HP
Tarago Reservoir Park
Thomson Reservoir Park

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