Don’t risk being hounded at Noosa National Park

Issued: 10 Feb 2020

While Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) rangers don’t wish to hound anyone, they will issue $133 on-the-spot fines to people illegally walking their dogs in Noosa National Park.

Senior Ranger John McQueeney said dogs ­– other than assistance dogs – were not permitted in national parks due to their impact on wildlife.

“We love dogs as much as the next person but domestic animals can have negative impacts on our protected areas, and the effects on wildlife can be significant,” Mr McQueeney said.

“Locals are telling us they’re concerned about Noosa’s koalas being stressed by dogs, and other wildlife being chased.

“This is precisely why we ask that pets not be taken into protected areas.

Certified support dogs are welcome in all public areas of national parks and recreation areas. They need to wear an identifying coat or harness, and the approved badge or tag.”

“Please observe the signage at entrances and around the park regarding what activities are permitted.

“We appreciate everyone looking after Noosa National Park, and the interest that locals take in looking after our wildlife and natural places.

“There are many other places on the Sunshine Coast where you can take dogs on a leash.

“Councils may also have dog laws for council-controlled beaches, so make sure to check council websites or give them a call.”