There are over 100 beaches along the NSW coastline, but not all welcome four-legged friends. Luckily there's a plethora of beachside reserves, harbour foreshores, bays and lagoons that let your dog run wild and free. Here are our top picks to help you find a dog-friendly beach in SYdney this summer.
A place where seafaring adventures begin. From the million-dollar yachts and maritime-themed playground, to playful dogs splashing in the calm waters. The reserve area is separated by Spit Road (the playground is on Spit West), but on either side dogs have plentiful green space to run around in and can access the water, making a dog-friendly beach. It can be tricky to find parking at times.
Off-leash access all day on weekdays, and before 9am and after 4pm weekends and public holidays.
Pearl Bay Avenue and Parriwi Road, Mosman
A large reserve adjoins the shallow waters of this harbour beach, which is fenced in by a sandstone wall. A popular spot, especially during the summer months, dog owners love to wade in the shallow waters of this dog-friendly beach with their four-legged friends. You can walk through the reserve to Taronga Zoo. Parking can be hard to come by on weekends.
Off-leash access all day weekdays, and before 9am and after 4pm weekends and public holidays.
Sirius Cove Road, Mosman
Where Curl Curl Lagoon meets the sea, this dog-friendly beachside reserve is what doggie dreams are made of – an off-leash area where dogs can dart around the sand dunes and splash in the shallow waters of the lagoon. Although this spot is very popular, there's always plenty of room in and out of the water. This reserve has all the essentials, drinking area, doggie bags and bins.
Flora and Richie Roberts Reserve, Carrington Parade,Curl Curl
Hugging the foreshore of Blackwattle Bay are 17 hectares of parkland. You’ll find sporting fields, wetlands, adventure playgrounds for children and there is water access. Dogs have their own dedicated areas; Federal Park has full-time off the leash grassy areas and when games are not in play, dogs are allowed on the sports fields as well. West of the Canal in Bicentennial Park dogs are allowed off-leash at all times, with direct access to Blackwattle Bay.
Full-time off-leash access in select areas of the parks.
Chapman Road, Glebe
A narrow tidal dog-friendly beach most suitable for smaller dogs. The beach is bordered by a seawall and affluent waterfront homes, all of which have views spanning across Sydney Harbour. Restrictions apply to when dogs are allowed off-leash, but this small beach is a definite favourite among the local crowd.
Off-leash between 4.30 pm and 8.30am.
Dumaresq Road, Rose Bay
Also known as Bayview Reserve, this park is all about dogs. A flat, grassed area blends into Pittwater where dogs playfully romp. On weekends, a coffee cart and a mobile dog wash do a roaring trade. This is one of the most popular go-to spots for doggie lovers on the Northern Beaches.
Pittwater Road, Bayview
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