With the surge of dog-friendly cafés and even pubs popping up around Sydney, you can take your four-legged friend with you everywhere you go. Sydney’s laidback lifestyle is the perfect place to exercise, swim, enjoy a coffee and bite to eat or even a wine without ever needing to leave your favourite pet at home.
We’ve outlined Sydney's top places to explore, play, eat and drink with your pooch.
Centennial Parklands offer huge green open spaces that include designated off-leash areas, there are two dog-friendly cafes The Greenhouse andCentennial Homestead within Centennial Park. Or why not have a picnic to relax after play time, visit Centennial Homestead to organise a Pop-up Picnic complete with a basket of gourmet goodies.
Location: Grand Drive, Centennial Park
Queens Park, is basically connected to Centennial Parklands and is another great spot to let your dog socialise and roam around, but be sure they're on the leash if sport is in play on the fields. Afterwards you can enjoy reading the paper with a coffee or rustic breakfast at The Park Shed that overlooks the park.
Location: Darley Road, Queens Park
Marks Park nestled between Bondi Beach and Tamarama is always packed with dogs playing ball, while owners socialise and take in the breathtaking views across the eastern coast line. Be mindful that off-leash times are between 4.30pm and 8.30am daily. After a play why not head along the Coastal Walk to Bronte for a bite to eat at Three Blue Ducks, one of the many dog-friendly establishments along Macpherson street. Just make sure your pup is on a leash along the Coastal Walk and keep them off the beaches.
Location: East end of Fletcher Street, Tamarama
Yarranabee Park has off-leash areas and a picturesque view of the city skyline and Sydney Harbour. Make the most of your time here and meet friends for a quick coffee at the Rushcutters Bay Cafe, but make sure to pop your pooch back on the leash as you make your way into Rushcutters Bay Park.
Location: New Beach Road, Darling Point
Go for an early morning play at the picturesque harbour-side Beare Park. Your pup can enjoy off-leash time from 4.30pm to 9.30am but must steer clear of the playground. If staying for a picnic or BBQ isn't your thing, then make your way to Elizabeth Bay Cafe and set yourself up on the outside tables to read the newspaper while enjoying a delicious brunch.
Location: 13 Esplanade Road, Elizabeth Bay and 45 Elizabeth Bay Road, Potts Point
Burrows Park is a huge open space for dogs to roam free off the leash and socialise. Owners can do a quick workout at the outdoor gym or enjoy a pit-stop at the Clovelly Bowling Club for a beer in the sun on the outdoor benches.
Location: Along the coast walk, in-between Waverley Cemetery and Clovelly Beach
Park your car up near Macquarie Lighthouse and walk or run the coast track through Lighthouse Reserve, making your way down towards The Gap. Your dog can enjoy trotting along without a leash and you can enjoy the views over the sea and down the magnificent Sydney coastline.
Location: Georges Road and Old South Head Road, Vaucluse
If you feel like a glass of wine or cold beer with some friends but can't leave your fur baby at home, you should head toThe Duck Inn Pub & Kitchen. Both indoors and outside in the garden are dog-friendly areas, so they have got you covered rail, hail or shine.
Location: 74 Rose Street, Chippendale
If you have spent the day wondering the colourful streets and parks of Surry Hills and want to grab a steak and wine,The Carrington is the pub for you. Dog owners can drink and literally dine alongside their furry friends who also have dedicated doggy dishes on the menu including beef tartare.
Location:563-565 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
The Winery is another Surry Hills favourite, and a great place to dine with your dog outside. The lane-way garden is perfect for when the weather is warm and you feel like a relaxed wine with nibbles.
Location: 285A Crown Street, Surry Hills
Sydney Park is the perfect place to let your pooch release its pent-up energy. One of Sydney's favourite dog friendly areas spans 40 hectares of lush green space. The park is perfect for a picnic on the weekend and also has a kiosk to grab a coffee, be sure to make note of the off-leash areas to avoid a fine.
Location: Sydney Park, Sydney Park Road
After a walk in Sydney Park you might also like to grab a delicious meal or wonder around The Grounds of Alexandria. Leashed dogs can accompany you into the outdoor seated garden area, or there is puppy parking and water bowls if you're just grabbing something on the go.
Location: 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria
Camperdown Memorial Rest Park is a large dog friendly area and has a lovely community among the dog owners who congregate there during off-leash hours.
Location: Federation Road, Camperdown
Hawthorne Canal Reserve is an extremely popular dog park amongst the Inner West community. It's the perfect spot to run around and play with your dog and then pamper him with treats at Café Bones, a dedicated puppy pit stop which even serves 'Pupaccinos'.
Location:Hawthorne Canal Reserve, Leichhardt
Moments from Mona Vale, Roland Reserve (also known as Bayview Reserve) provides a generous open space for your hound to explore. Dogs are free to roam off-leash on both the grassed area and down by the water’s edge. On weekends enjoy a coffee from the coffee cart and take in the charming views out across Pittwater.
Location: Pittwater Road, Bayview
Find a park along Carrington Parade and let your furry friend loose to discover Flora and Richie Roberts Reserve and adjacent Curl Curl Lagoon. After you’ve enjoyed a splash in the water wander down to Gusto on the Beach at South Curl Curl and soak up the incredible scenic coastal views. Gusto loves pups so much they even feature their favourite dog of the week on their Facebook page!
Location: Carrington Parade, Curl Curl
Grab yourself a coffee at Clonny’s on the Beach and wander along the Sandy Bay Road foreshore until you reach Sandy Bay. The bay usually offers only a small sandy area for dogs to roam off-leash, however if you time your trip with the outgoing tide you’ll see the beach double in size. Park yourself on a bench in the shade and enjoy your coffee whilst your pooch frolics in the water.
Location: Sandy Bay Road, Clontarf