Enjoy the great outdoors with your four legged friend on one of Sydney’s many dog friendly walks. Sydney offers plenty of both on and off-leash areas to exercise and mingle with other pups and dog lovers, from sunny coastal walks and native bush trails to suburban parks and reserves.
About dog friendly walks in Sydney
Centennial Parklands in Moore Park is one of Sydney’s largest off-leash recreational spaces. Just 5 kms south east of the city, the park has 154 hectares where dogs are welcome to run free. In particular, Sandstone Ridge and Federation Valley are both popular off-leash areas within the park.
Sydney Park in St Peters is another excellent dog friendly park, with winding trails for you and your dog to explore off-leash, and plenty of wide, open spaces for a game of ball or a belly scratch in the sun.
Coastal walks are always popular with dogs and their owners, and two of Sydney’s best are the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk in the eastern suburbs and The Curl Curl to Freshwater Coastal Walk on the northern beaches.
While both walkways are on-leash only, there are off-leash parks along the way to let your dog stretch their legs, notably Burrows Park in Clovelly and Trenerry Reserve in Coogee, and the Flora and Ritchie Roberts Reserve, the Adam Street Reserve and the Curl Curl Lagoon in Curl Curl.
Also on the northern beaches, the Narrabeen Lagoon trail features a scenic 8.4 km circuit track through native Australian bush, following the water’s edge in one long continuous loop. As per the coastal walks, dogs are welcome here on-leash.
Heading west, Lake Parramatta is a beautiful bushland reserve and lake, created when Hunts Creek was dammed in 1856. There are a number of bush trails to choose from with dogs on-leash throughout the reserve, in protection of the native wildlife.
As always, be mindful of other park and coastal walk visitors and observe the etiquette of responsible dog ownership in public spaces. Take care to check local signage for details of on and off-leash times as these may differ, and clean up after your dog responsibly, making use of the dog litter bag dispensers provided at most parks and public recreation areas.