27 Best Dog-Friendly Beaches in Sydney

Searching for the best dog-friendly beaches in Sydney?

Well, you’ve come to the right place — because I live in Sydney, near a beach, actually, and I regularly walk my dog along Australia’s golden sands, so you bet I know all the dog-friendly beaches in Sydney! 

As a dog owner and beach lover in Sydney, you’ve probably experienced the same frustration of packing up your beach gear, loading your furry companion into the car, only to arrive at the shoreline and discover that your chosen beach isn’t one of Sydney’s dog-friendly beaches.

With strict regulations and leash laws, finding the perfect spot to let your dog run free and frolic in the surf can be quite a challenge. 

But fear not, in this blog post, we’re going to explore the top dog-friendly beaches in Sydney, so you can confidently plan a day out with your four-legged friend without any unwelcome surprises.

27 Best Dog-Friendly Beaches in Sydney

Best dog-friendly beaches on Sydney’s Northern Beaches

1. Flora And Ritchie Roberts Reserve, Curl Curl

Flora and Ritchie Reserve Curl Curl Dof Friendly Beach Sydney

Address: 79 Carrington Parade, Curl Curl NSW 2096

When are dogs allowed off-leash?

  • No restrictions and dogs can be off-leash all day, every day within the reserve.

Located where the Curl Curl Lagoon meets the Pacific Ocean (sandwich between Dee Why and Freshwater Beach), this is one of the best dog-friendly beaches in Sydney for a long run around.

It boasts so much space for your dog to run free and great facilities that include dog waste bins, drinking facilities and public toilets.

When sporting games aren’t being held, dogs can run around off-leash in the Adams Street Reserve (Located on the western side of Griffin Road, they also permit dogs off-leash and is adjacent to the lagoon, but lacks a sandy beach) or you can take them on the four-kilometre-long walk to Freshwater Beach (on the lead) to soak up the ocean views.

2. Mackerel Beach, Pittwater

Great Mackerel Beach Pittwatter Dog Friendly
Poyt448 Peter Woodard, CC, via Wikimedia Commons

Address: 1 Ross Smith Parade, Mackerel Beach NSW 2108

When are dogs allowed off-leash?

  • Sunrise to 9:30 am and 5 pm to sunset between the Wharf and the northernmost house.
  • Dogs must be leashed outside these hours and when moving between boats and houses.
  • Dogs aren’t allowed below the high tide mark.

Outside of these hours, dogs are allowed on the beach but must remain on leash.

Reaching Mackerel Beach is a bit of a challenge, given its secluded spot on the western side of Pittwater, encircled by a national park and without any roads.

The only way in is by boat, with the Palm Beach Ferries being a dog-friendly option which allows dogs on the outside deck on a leash.

If you’re making a move between boats and houses outside of these hours, keep your dog leashed.

Also, dogs are not permitted below the high tide mark, though from my last visit I’m not entirely sure how well followed this rule is.

3. Rowland Reserve, Bay View

Address: Pittwater Rd, Bayview NSW 2104

When are dogs allowed off-leash?

  • No restrictions and dogs can be fully off-leash 24/7

With a large, grassy area to run around in and direct access to Pittwater, it’s understandable why the Rowland Reserve Bayview Dog Park is one of the best dog-friendly beaches in Sydney’s north.

The reserve consists of a large grassy area as well as beach access into Pittwater, next to the boat launching zone.

The waters are relatively calm, with not far to swim to deeper waters further out for more confident doggie swimmers.

Drinking water is available in the middle of the reserve and a mobile dog washing service is often parked there on weekends if your dog needs a little post-swim pampering.

Planning a brief visit? Consider grabbing one of the short-term parking spaces near the off-leash area. Just a heads up, parking can sometimes lean towards the pricier side.

Post-visit, maybe swing by the bay and treat yourself to a beverage at The Newport’s spacious dog-friendly beer garden.

4. McCarrs Creek Reserve, Church Point

Address: McCarrs Creek Rd, Church Point NSW 2083

When are dogs allowed off-leash?

  • All day from Monday to Friday, signposted area west of the main access road.

Tucked just behind Bayview, hugging the edge of Pittwater, lies the serene McCarrs Creek Reserve.

Although it might not fit everyone’s classic definition of a “beach”, it does feature a quaint stretch along the creek’s onset, perfect for dogs who love to splash in the water.

While you’re there, take advantage of the reserve’s amenities. You’ll find plenty of seating, BBQ spots, and picnic facilities.

If you’re after a calm, less crowded doggy day out during the week, McCarrs Creek Reserve is worth a visit.

5. Manly Lagoon, Manly

Manly Lagoon Sydney Dog Friendly Beach
Michael Zimmer CC BY-SA 2.0

Address: Manly, New South Wales

When are dogs allowed off-leash?

  • No restrictions and dogs can be fully off-leash 24/7

Stretching all the way to the Queenscliff Beach bike path, Manly Lagoon is a great spot for cooling off in the summer months with your dog.

While it’s technically not a beach, it does offer plenty of open space and water to do all the things that dogs love doing at the beach.

Manly Lagoon Park and its buddy spot, sometimes called “Lagoon Reserve Park” on Google Maps, are both dog-friendly.

If you’re planning to let your dog dive in at Manly Lagoon, especially after a heavy downpour, just give it a thought. The water quality might not be great, and in this instance, it is probably better to keep your dog on-leash.

Fancy stretching those legs a bit more? Why not take a relaxed leash-walk along the path that meanders behind Queenscliff Beach and Manly Beach, stretching all the way to Fairy Bower and Shelly Beach?

It’s a cracker of a walk with some killer views however, no dogs are allowed on the sand.

There are a heap of cafes with dog-friendly patios to grab a bite or a brew along this walk.

6. Clontarf Reserve, Clontarf

Address: Sandy Bay Rd, Clontarf NSW 2093

When are dogs allowed off-leash?

  • The on-leash area is only between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Strictly no off-leash allowed.

Directly opposite the Spit is the Clontarf Reserve, just one of many spots to uncover along the Spit to Manly walking trail.

This recreational reserve boasts picnic and barbecue facilities, a children’s playground and lots of shady trees, plus a small stretch of sand where dogs are welcome.

That being said, dogs are only allowed in the reserve between 10 am and 6 pm and they must be kept on a leash. If you want to allow them a run-around off-leash, make the short stroll north to Sandy Beach, which is dog-friendly 24 hours a day.

Parking is available albeit expensive, and will provide access to the reserve as well as Sandy Bay, which Is more dog-friendly.

7. Sandy Bay, Clontarf

Address: Sandy Bay Rd, Clontarf NSW 2093

When are dogs allowed off-leash?

  • No restrictions and dogs can be fully off-leash 24/7.

There’s also a map on the website showing the exact off-leash area so you don’t get confused about where the reserve ends and Sandy Bay beach starts.

If you are using Google Maps, you might come across its name as “Sandy Bay” or “Sandy Bay dog area”. Both the sandy stretch and its neighbouring grassy spot are dog-friendly zones.

Best to visit here during low tide. At high tide, the beach shrinks considerably. But as the tide recedes, it reveals wide sand flats and pristine shallow pools – perfect for the little pups or those not too confident swimming deep.

On the other hand, bigger dogs have all the space they need to splash around in deeper waters.

There’s a limited number of free parking spots at the end of Sandy Bay Road, and they tend to fill up rather quickly, especially during weekends. Again, ticketed parking can be found at Clontarf Reserve.

Between Sandy Bay and Clontarf Reserve, you’ll find Clontarf Marina, where the popular Sandy Bear Café resides. Dogs are more than welcome to join you at the outdoor seating area. The café is open 7 days a week serving breakfast and lunch.

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8. Sirius Cove, Mosman

Address: Sirius Cove Beach, New South Wales 2088

When are dogs allowed off-leash?

  • All day Monday to Friday.
  • Weekends and public holidays before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m.

Hidden away on Sydney’s lower north shore is this doggie paradise, a protected stretch of sand with lots of space to run around. It’s often referred to as Little Sirius Cove, with its wide beach backed by a sandstone wall and overlooking a deep bay.

That being said, the water directly offshore is relatively shallow – perfect for pups to enjoy a swim and chase sticks.

The adjacent reserve has a children’s playground and picnic areas so you can bring the whole family.

9. Clifton Gardens Reserve, Mosman

Address: Morella Rd, Mosman NSW 2088

When are dogs allowed off-leash?

  • Weekdays (April to September): before 9 am and after 4 pm.
  • Weekdays (October to May): before 9 am and after 6 pm.

This Mosman favourite is both a historical gem and a family favourite.

The rocky beach is safeguarded by a netted swimming enclosure, making it a secure spot for swimmers. For families, the fenced playground is a hit with the kids, and there are also well-maintained BBQ and picnic facilities.

Clifton Gardens Reserve is located along the Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach walking trail, a 6.5-kilometre-long route that your dog can accompany you on a leash.

10. Spit West and East Reserve, Mosman

Address: The Spit Reserve, Spit Rd, Mosman NSW 2088

When are dogs allowed off-leash?

  • Monday to Friday: all day on the beach and in the water.
  • Saturdays, Sundays, and Public Holidays: before 9 am and after 4 pm on the beach and in the water.
  • Exception: No off-leash between 8:30 am and 2:30 pm on Saturdays in Spit West Reserve.

Beyond the waters near the Spit Bridge, you’ll find Spit West Reserve and Spit East Reserve, divided by the busy Spit Road. Both these reserves warmly welcome dogs, though there are a few guidelines about when dogs are allowed off-leash set by Mosman Council to keep in mind.

While both reserves in Mosman offer unique experiences, there are slight differences to consider.

Spit East Reserve is a small, sandwiched between Sydney Harbour Kayaks and the southern restaurants. It’s perfect for those seeking a quieter experience.

On the other hand, Spit West Reserve is a larger space, stretching into the picturesque Pearl Bay. Keep in mind the sand on the beach completely disappears at high tide.

For those of you with little adventurers, the boat-themed playground will undoubtedly keep them entertained. And for the early birds, there’s nothing like grabbing a fresh coffee and a breakfast roll from Plonk Beach Cafe.

With scenic views across the water, it’s understandable why this is considered one of Sydney’s best dog beaches.

It is worth noting that parking near the beach is expensive and the roads are busy, so please take care.

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11. Glebe Foreshore, Glebe

When are dogs allowed off-leash?

  • No restrictions and dogs can be fully off-leash 24/7.

Several spots along the Glebe Foreshore welcome off-leash dogs, notably the stretch through Blackwattle Bay Park, nestled between Glebe Point Road’s end and Ferry Road.

Midway through this path, a small beach emerges at low tide, which is a popular swimming spot for dogs. 

As you venture further, both Bicentennial and Federal Parks permit dogs off-leash. In Bicentennial, this freedom is granted west of the canal, but east of the canal, dogs must remain on a leash at all times.

12. Callan Point Beach, Rozelle

If you are searching for a dog-friendly beach in inner-west Sydney, Callan Park and the Bay Run are great options. Offering both on-leash and off-leash sections, it’s the perfect blend for leisurely walks and off-leash fun.

There is a little hidden sandy spot by the bay that’s pretty much a dog’s beach paradise.

Find your way west from King George Park and climb those stairs near the long jump area. Keep going past some buildings and you’ll come across another set of stairs. Head down, and you’ll be greeted by the secluded Callan Point Beach.

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13. Lady Martin Beach, Point Piper

When are dogs allowed off-leash?

  • Dogs must remain on-leash at all times.

Lady Martin’s Beach is a secret eastern suburbs beach, tucked away in the exclusive suburb of Point Piper. You access the beach via a public walkway that is barely visible to passers-by.

The beach is fairly small, and parking is nearly impossible to find. So, whilst it is not the most convenient dog-friendly beach in Sydney, it is one of the most secluded if you’re looking for some mid-week privacy.

14. Kutti Beach, Vaucluse

When are dogs allowed off-leash?

  • Dogs must remain on leash at all times.
  • Dogs are allowed to swim

Kutti Beach in Vaucluse is one of Sydney’s best-hidden beaches and among the city’s most attractive spots for a swim. So, it might come as a surprise that dogs are permitted here, although NOT off-leash.

Tucked between Watsons Bay and Parsley Bay, this small stretch of sand is fringed by palm trees, you would think it was a privately owned beach due to the luxurious homes that border it.

Kutti Beach is accessible via a narrow staircase beside the Vaucluse Amateur Sailing Club.

It’s tucked away down a set of stairs at the end of a residential street (Wharf Road), making it a real hidden gem.

Surrounded by palm trees and boasting fantastic harbour views, this beach exudes a relaxed vibe. While it’s not swamped with tourists, it’s a favourite spot for locals and dog walkers.  It’s one of those rare beaches where dogs can enjoy a refreshing dip.

15. Rosebay Beach, Rosebay

Rose Bay Dog Beach Sydney

When are dogs allowed off-leash?

  • No restrictions and dogs can be fully off-leash 24/7.

Arguably the best beach in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, Rose Bay Dog Beach is the place to be. Often referred to as the Rose Bay Foreshore or just “Rose Bay Beach”, it’s the prime destination in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney for sandy adventures and harbour swims with your furry companion.

While you enjoy the beautiful views of Sydney Harbour, your dog can frolic freely on Rose Bay Beach, which stretches between Percival Park and the Dumaresq Reserve.

The shallow waters on Rose Bay Beach are safe for even the smallest canine companions, with the beach off-leash 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

There are also plenty of cafés nearby, with Sugar & Spoon Café and Jezve Coffee being dog friendly.

Note that if you are visiting the adjacent Dumaresq Reserve, dogs are only allowed off-leash before 8:30 a.m. or after 4:30 p.m. During the day dogs need to be kept on a leash until you reach Rose Bay Beach.

16. Bellamy Beach in Rose Bay Park, Rose Bay

Rose Bay Park is located on the other side of the ferry wharf, which is both a dog-friendly park as well as a serene beach.

While the local guidelines suggest that dogs should remain on a leash, it seems like the rules are not too strictly followed in this area.

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17. Horderns Beach, Bundeena

When are dogs allowed off-leash?

  • September to April (Weekdays Only): Off-leash allowed before 8:30 a.m. and after 4:30 p.m.
  • On-leash permitted from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
  • No access on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays.
  • May to August:
  • Dogs can enjoy off-leash freedom 24/7.
  • As always, maintain effective control and clean up after your pup.

Located west of the Bundeena Ferry Wharf, this stunning strip of sand boasts calm waters that are perfect for dogs and young children.

To get to Horderns Beach in Bundeena from Cronulla, you will need to take the ferry operated by Bundeena Ferries. You can bring along your dog, provided they are leashed during the journey.

The beach is effortlessly accessible through Brighton Street, Horderns Lane, and Liverpool Street. While it isn’t fenced, it offers amenities like bins at the Brighton Street entrance and nearby toilet facilities by the ferry ramp.

It’s important to remember that dogs must be on their leash when entering and leaving the dog off-leash area, so check the signage on arrival as to where this applies.

18. Gunyah Beach, Bundeena

When are dogs allowed off-leash?

  • Year-round: Dogs are only permitted on-leash, never off-leash.
  • May to August: Dogs can enjoy the beach on a leash any time of the day.
  • September to April: Dogs on leash are welcome before 8:30 a.m. and after 4:30 p.m.
  • During the core hours of the day, in these warmer months, dogs aren’t allowed.

Tucked on Bundeena’s eastern side, Gunyah Beach presents itself as a quieter retreat from the usual bustling beaches. Its narrower strip of sand is contrasted by engaging rock pools that invite visitors for a splash, making it perfect for those who fancy a blend of relaxation and fun.

One unique feature is that during high tide, it might be challenging to explore the entire stretch of the beach.

For those planning a visit, the quickest way to this hidden beach is directly opposite the ferry wharf. But if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, there are steeper paths leading from the streets above, offering a slightly more thrilling approach.

In terms of amenities, there’s a catch: parking can be a bit of a challenge due to its limited availability. Toilets are available. Entrances to the beach are located at Beach Street, The Avenue, and The Lambeth Walk.

19. Greenhills Beach, Cronulla

When are dogs allowed off-leash?

  • During May to September (Non-Daylight Savings): Dogs can roam off-leash from 3 pm to 10 am.
  • During October to April (Daylight Savings Time): Off-leash freedom extends from 4 pm to 10 am.
  • When at Wanda Reserve, dogs must always be on a leash, regardless of the time or season.

North of Cronulla is Sydney’s only ocean-facing dog beach – Greenhills – where your four-legged friends can play off-leash before 10 am and after 4 pm Monday to Sunday.

It’s important to remember that this stretch of sand is not patrolled, so swimming by humans isn’t encouraged.

Dogs are NOT allowed off-leash in the Wanda Reserve (the grassy area near the carpark) or in the sand dunes behind the beach.

20. Lady Robinsons Beach, Kyeemagh

When are dogs allowed off-leash?

  • In 2021, the beach rules changed to allow dogs off-leash 24/7

Australia is known for being a nation of dog lovers, always reviewing dog policies on the beaches. One of the most recent additions to Sydney’s dog-friendly beaches scene is Lady Robinsons in Kyeemagh.

Its northernmost section became a doggie playground in 2018 and despite being quite small, has become a bit hit with dog owners as a place to socialise with other dogs.

In 2021, the Lady Robinsons Beach became fully off-leash 24/7.

The area where dogs can roam freely at Lady Robinsons Beach is situated near the northernmost point, a bit south of Sydney Airport. You’ll find this off-leash haven nestled between gates 60 and 61, roughly 150m northward of the enclosed baths, right beside the parking area. For easy navigation, pop “Kyeemagh Off Leash Dog Area” into Google Maps.

Parking at Kyeemagh Dog Beach is easy, particularly during the weekdays. However, remember that the car park caters exclusively to those heading south. If you’re coming up from Brighton-Le-Sands, make a left onto Kyeemagh Avenue shortly after crossing the Cooks River bridge. This route allows you to circle around and head in the right direction.

  • There is a cafe right on the beachfront called Kiss The Barista – They do great coffee, and if you are lucky get a spot by the big windows and watch the sailing boats go by!

21. Silver Beach, Kurnell

Address: Silver Beach Rd, Kurnell NSW 2231

When are dogs allowed off leash?

  • Dogs are welcome to roam freely 24/7 on the beach without any time restrictions.

With sweeping views across Botany Bay, Silver Beach lies on the Kurnell Peninsula in Sydney’s south, often referred to by locals as Kurnell Dog Beach. Just a scenic 35-minute drive from Kyeemagh via the iconic Captain Cook Bridge, this destination is a haven for dog-lovers.

To pinpoint the dog-friendly stretch: it lies snugly beside the Bonna Point Reserve carpark, sandwiched between the third and fourth rock barriers. For those tech-savvy travellers, “Kurnell Dog Beach” on Google Maps will guide you straight there.

Dogs are permitted off-leash between the third and fourth rock groynes but are prohibited on Silver Beach in other areas, including the stretch of sand that fronts the netted Kurnell Tidal Baths.

The off-leash area lies at the Bonna Point Reserve end of the beach and experiences calm waters that are ideal for splashing around in.

There are several cafes where you can grab drinks and icecreams, with Cook @ Kurnell the closest to the Kurnell Dog Beach and a favorite amongst locals.

22. Port Botany Foreshore, Botany

When are dogs allowed off leash?

  • Dogs are welcome on the beach throughout the day, but they must remain on a leash at all times.

Port Botany Foreshore, occasionally referred to as “Foreshore Beach” on maps, is sandwiched between the busy runways of Sydney Airport and Botany’s bustling container port.

The beach is relatively easy to find, direct yourself towards Foreshore Road. You’ll find a spacious car park, easily identified by the signage pointing towards the boat ramp. And if you find that space taken, there’s an alternative parking spot near the Mill Stream Lookout, but it’s only for those driving westbound.

Though it might not win beauty contests with its industrial location against Sydney’s other beachfronts, its expansive stretch, about 500m long, offers calm waters perfect for those paws that prefer a paddle over a swim and the sight of airplanes soaring overhead or touching down adds something different to the beach experience.

Behind the beach, a well-maintained pathway weaves its way, effortlessly connecting both parking zones.

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23. North Shelley Beach, Toowoon Bay

Address: Toowoon Bay NSW 2261

When are dogs allowed off-leash?

  • Dogs are welcome to roam freely 24/7 on the beach without any time restrictions.

North Shelley Beach is an all-day, everyday off-leash haven for dogs. The off-leash designated area spans a commendable 700m, commencing from the beach access stairs and stretching towards Swaddling Reserve.

For the more energetic dogs, there’s an expansive 1.5km stretch to enjoy up until the boundary of Toowoon Bay. Do note, however, Toowoon Bay itself isn’t open to dogs.

While the nearshore waves are gentle, it’s advisable for pet owners to ensure their dogs don’t venture too deep, especially on days when the swell is higher.

Parking spaces are available at the conclusion of Bombora View and also along the Swadling Reserve Service Road. For added convenience, both parking areas are equipped with public restroom facilities.

Post-beach activities might call for some refreshment. In that case, Munchas Cafe at the Shelly Beach Surf Club offers a welcoming ambiance for both you and your dog.

24. Sharkey’s Beach, Coledale

When are dogs allowed off-leash?

  • Dogs are welcome to roam freely 24/7 on the beach without any time restrictions.

Sharkey’s Beach in Coledale is a delightful locale where your furry friend can revel off-leash. While the dog-friendly portion of this beach is relatively confined, it remains sufficient for an exhilarating game of fetch or a refreshing dip in the waves.

The entrance to this beach can be found via Lawrence Hargraves Drive.

The beach presents a pristine setting, and the waves, though occasionally rough, are generally less tumultuous than those at Stanwell Park Beach. Nevertheless, pet owners should exercise caution, particularly during high swells.

It’s also vital to be aware that the northern rock platforms are out-of-bounds for dogs. Further south, Brickyard Point Beach mandates an on-leash policy, spanning roughly 100m north from the boat ramp.

A carpark with ample spaces traces the rear side of the beach, however, during peak times, it gets slightly crowded.

From this carpark, the beach is a few steps away. An important heads-up: there are no physical barriers separating the beach from the parking area. Therefore, ensure your dog responds well to commands to prevent them from darting off unexpectedly.

Post your beach escapade, a quaint hillside walk from the carpark will lead you to an array of cafes in Coledale.

25. Yarramundi Reserve, Agnes Banks

When are dogs allowed off-leash?

  • Dogs are welcome to roam freely 24/7 on the beach without any time restrictions.

While not technically a beach, the Yarramundi Reserve is one of the best dog-friendly swimming spots in Sydney.

Located at the confluence of the Grose and Nepean rivers, it boasts around 12 hectares of space for your pooch to run around off-leash, including a sand island where you can picnic on the beach.

It might be a long trip to get there (it’s around 40 minutes northwest of Parramatta) but the adventure is worth it!

26. Patona Beach, Patona

When are dogs allowed off-leash?

  • Dogs are welcome to roam freely 24/7 on the beach without any time restrictions.

Patona beach is thoughtfully divided to cater to different visitors. From the beach access at Jacaranda Avenue, which is conveniently near the Patonga Beach Hotel, up to the northern end is an on-leash area.

However, a more expansive freedom awaits dogs south of Jacaranda Avenue, stretching down to Meroo Avenue. Just keep an eye out for the boundary sign indicating the start of this leash-free paradise.

Considering a trip from afar? Opt for the ferry ride from Palm Beach. With a reasonable $20 return fare and the luxury of dogs travelling for free, it’s both an economic and scenic choice.

s the ferry gently docks, you’re met with the pristine allure of Patonga Beach. The primary off-leash area starts from the jetty and extends to the Meroo Avenue boundary sign.

The calm and crystal-clear waters of the lower Hawkesbury River edge this beach, making it a haven for both enthusiastic swimmers and those who just fancy a paddle

a trip to Patonga wouldn’t be complete without sampling The Boathouse’s fare. Spoiler alert: expect edible flowers and the best-looking cocktails this side of the M1.

27. McCauleys Beach, Thirroul

When are dogs allowed off-leash?

  • Dogs are welcome to roam freely 24/7 on the beach without any time restrictions.

McCauley’s Beach stands out as a prime dog-friendly beach in the Wollongong vicinity. Its uniqueness lies in having the sole lagoon within the off-leash zone in the region.

Additionally, the partially protected waters of the beach make it an excellent place for both leisurely paddles and more invigorating swims.

With its reputation as a well-known surfing destination, it can be lively, yet its expanse ensures there’s enough room even when the mercury soars.

Beyond the allure of its waves, McCauley’s Beach is a family favourite. Young children find joy in the gentle play of the waters while the adventurous spirits in canines are satisfied by the inviting surf.

For the pups just finding their sea legs, the creek offers a calmer, more manageable experience. Seasoned four-legged swimmers, on the other hand, relish in the opportunity to leap through waves, embodying sheer joy.

Ensuring convenience, the beach has been equipped with essential amenities. Showers are in place to rinse off the salty embrace of the sea, while water taps ensure hydration for both humans and their pets. The availability of doggy bags promotes a clean environment for everyone.

Dog-Friendly Walks in Sydney

Don’t necessarily need to let your dog run around off the lead? These dog-friendly walks in Sydney are a great option for both of you to stretch your legs.

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

It might be one of Sydney’s most famous walks but that doesn’t mean your dog has to miss out. This six-kilometre-long trail offers spectacular coastal views as it winds its way between beaches and rocky pools, as well as past several dog-friendly cafes. At the end, your pooch can enjoy a run-around off-leash at the Trenerry Reserve on the southern headland of Coogee Bay. 

Banksia Track, Lake Parramatta

Hugging the eastern edge of Lake Parramatta, this scenic trail takes in native Australian wildflowers and rare floral species. Dogs are more than welcome to join you along the 2.5-kilometre-long trail, provided they stay on the leash due to the native wildlife that calls the area “home”. Aside from the picnic and barbecue facilities in the reserve, there’s also a cafe where you can grab drinks and snacks. 

Narrabeen Lagoon Trail

Winding its way along the shores of the Narrabeen Lagoon, this 8.6-kilometre-long trail is an easy walk along mostly flat terrain. It takes in bushland, leafy parks and several picnic grounds, with the opportunity to spot more than 190 different species of birds along the way. There are parking areas strategically placed around the lagoon so you can choose your start and end point, plus a cluster of cafes near the Berry Reserve. 

Manly to Shelly Beach

Another dog-friendly coastal walk in Sydney connects from the Manly Beach Lifesaving Club to the historic Fairy Bower Pool before ending at Shelly Beach. At just 1.5 kilometres in length, it’s great if you’re after a short and easy option with magnificent ocean views. 

Glebe Foreshore Walk

This four-kilometre-long walking trail connects from Bicentennial Park to the Sydney Fish Markets in Pyrmont and takes in several off-leash parks and reserves along the way. Aside from its incredible views across Sydney Harbour and the CBD, the walk takes in several remnants from the area’s early industrial years. 

Dog-Friendly Beaches in Sydney: Frequently Asked Questions

Where are dogs not allowed in Sydney? 

Compared to many other major cities around the globe, Sydney’s isn’t the most dog-friendly city. So the list of places where dogs are not allowed is much more extensive than a list of where they are permitted. 
That being said, there are an increasing number of cafes, restaurants and accommodation providers who are making things easier for dog owners in Sydney. Several beaches and reserves can be accessed off-leash at select times of the day and/or year while some public transport services allow dogs if they are confined and don’t run a risk of impacting other passengers.

Can I take my dog on public transport in Sydney?

While assistance animals (with valid forms of accreditation) are allowed on all public transport in Sydney, dogs are only allowed to travel on buses, ferries and light rail services if they are confined to a box, basket or container. Unfortunately, dogs of all sizes are not permitted to travel on Sydney’s trains.

Is La Perouse Beach dog-friendly?

Unfortunately, the beaches of La Perouse are not dog-friendly as they form part of Botany Bay National Park.

Can I take My dog to Bondi Beach?

No, dogs aren’t permitted on Bondi Beach. But you can enjoy views towards Bondi from Marks Park in Tamarama where dogs are allowed to exercise off the lead between 4:30 pm and 8:30 am daily.

Is Coogee Beach dog-friendly?

No, unfortunately, dogs can not go to Coogee Beach and are also prohibited from playgrounds and food preparation areas. There is an off-leash dog park approximately a 5-minute walk south of Coogee Beach at Trenerry Reserve.

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