MidCoast Dingo/Wild Dog Management


Hawks Nest/Tea Gardens and Seal Rocks are home to a large wild dingo population. For many, observing dingoes in these areas is a positive experience. However, in some instances, dingoes can pose a risk to people, especially children, as well as family pets.

The risk of attack and other threatening behaviour is increased if dingoes are fed and encouraged to interact with people. Dingoes are wild animals and should always be left alone.

Please DO NOT feed dingoes

When dingoes become comfortable or confident with people, their interactions may increase.

We are asking locals and visitors to never feed dingoes or allow dingoes to access any food, including bait, fish or rubbish. Dingoes should not be encouraged in any way.

“Due to their naturally thin bodies, some people see a dingo and think it is under-fed. This is not true. Dingoes are naturally lean and are very capable of finding their own food Mat Bell, MidCoast Council Senior Ecologist.

Our dingo and wild dog management procedure 

We have developed a Dingo/Wild Dog Management Procedure for Hawks Nest. The procedure will help us manage dingoes in residential areas and Council-managed spaces.

Our procedure is based on the management model at K’Gari (Fraser Island).

Council also keeps a register of dingo and wild dog community reports and has been monitoring the behaviours of specific animals.

Please note that dingoes are managed as ‘wild dogs’ in the applying legislation.

View Procedure of Dingoes in Residential Area and Council Managed Spaces in Hawks Nest(PDF, 772KB)

What we have done

  • Installed new signage to encourage dingo safe practices in the Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest area
  • Educated caravan park owners and operators about dingo-safe behaviours
  • Provided educational materials to caravan parks to educate visitors
  • Maintained a register of sightings / incidents so that unacceptable dingo behaviour is addressed
  • Supported a research project by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, University of NSW and Taronga Zoo looking at dingo behaviour and management
  • Issued penalty infringement notices to people caught feeding dingoes.

Working together

While Council is committed to keeping our community dingo-safe, Local Land Services is ultimately responsible for leading wild dog control and management across NSW.

We work together with Hunter Local Land Services, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, tourist park operators and the community.


There is an information flyer and children’s activities in the side panel above. These are free resources available for anyone to download, print and use. 

Report it

To report your dingo sighting or interaction, please use the form below.

Report a Dingo Sighting or Interaction Here