Sydney’s Most Beautiful Dog-Friendly Beaches
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 for the summer.
Flora and Richie Roberts Reserve, Curl Curl
You’ll Find: Where Curl Curl Lagoon meets the sea, this 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.
The Vibe: A real locals’ haunt that feels like summer all year round.
The Details: Full-time off leash. Flora and Richie Roberts Reserve, Carrington Parade,Curl Curl
Spit East and Spit West Reserves, Mosman
You’ll Find: 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. It can be tricky to find parking at times.
The Vibe: Seafaring adventures.
The Details: Off-leash access all day on weekdays, and before 9am and after 4pm weekends and public holidays. Pearl Bay Avenue and Parriwi Road, Mosman
Sirius Cove, Mosman
You’ll Find: 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 the beach with their four-legged friends. You can walk through the reserve to Taronga Zoo. Parking can be hard to come by on weekends.
The Vibe: Where dogs reign supreme.
The Details: Off-leash access all day weekdays, and before 9am and after 4pm weekends and public holidays. Sirius Cove Road, Mosman
Glebe Foreshore Parks, Glebe
You’ll Find: 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.
The Vibe: Children and dogs play in harmony.
The Details: Full time off-leash access in select areas of the parks. Chapman Road, Glebe
Rowland Reserve, Bayview
You’ll Find: 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.
The Vibe: Yapping good times.
The Details: Full time off-leash. Pittwater Road, Bayview
Dumaresque Reserve, Rose Bay
You’ll Find: A narrow tidal beach that’s 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.
The Vibe: Intimate local haunt.
The Details: Off-leash between 4.30 pm and 8.30am. Dumaresq Road, Rose Bay