23 December 2017
Sydneysiders loves their beaches, but it can be tricky to find places where dogs can join in the fun. This summer, check out some great dog-friendly beaches in Sydney where you and your four-legged friend can both enjoy the sun, surf and sand.
Located on the Northern Beaches between Dee Why and Freshwater Beach, Flora and Richie Roberts Reserve is one of Sydney’s most popular waterfronts for dogs and their owners. The grassy reserve features a fantastic off-leash exercise area, and Curl Curl Lagoon is always a hit during the warmer months. Flora and Richie Roberts Reserve includes all the essentials, including doggie bags, bins, a drinking area, and public toilets for owners. Note that although dogs are always welcome in the lagoon and on the reserve, they aren’t permitted on nearby Curl Curl Beach.
Located in Cronulla, Greenhills Beach is the only dog-friendly beach in Sydney which directly faces the ocean. At 3 kilometres long, it’s also one of the longest beaches in Sydney – perfect for high-energy hounds. That said, dogs of all varieties can enjoy dashing along the sand, playing fetch, or running in and out of the crashing waves. Dogs are permitted on Greenhills Beach every day of the week between 4pm and 10am. Be aware that dogs aren’t allowed on the beach, even on a leash, outside of these hours.
Sirius Cove Reserve is located just west of Taronga Zoo, in Mosman. This quiet, sheltered beach is accessible to dogs anytime on weekdays, and between 4pm and 10am on weekends and public holidays. The grassy area and protected waters make a great place for dogs to play and splash around, while the adjacent picnic area and playground mean the whole family can enjoy an outing at Sirius Cove Reserve. The reserve is situated at the end of Sirius Cove Road, just a short walk along the Foreshore Track from Taronga Zoo.
Manly Lagoon sits just inland from Manly Beach, bordered by peaceful Manly Lagoon Reserve and Hinkler Park. Not only is Manly Lagoon located a stone’s throw away from one of Sydney’s most popular beaches, it also allows dogs to roam off leash 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With a children’s playground, an exercise park, and plenty of open space and water for your pooch to explore, Manly Lagoon is an excellent outdoor area for the whole family.
Bundeena is a sleepy town nestled on the northern edge of Sydney’s Royal National Park. Its central beach, Hordern Beach, stretches between the Bundeena Ferry Wharf and Cabbage Tree Point. Wth a park, a playground, and plenty of shops to be found nearby, Horderns Beach is an underrated spot to relax by the water in Sydney. Between May and August, this long, flat stretch of sand is completely accessible to dogs, who can frolic to their hearts’ content without the need for a leash. From September to April, off-leash hours are restricted to 4:30pm to 8:30am on weekdays, although dogs are permitted to explore the beach while on a leash outside of these hours. Unfortunately weekends at Horderns Beach are reserved for two-legged visitors between September and April. If you’re unsure about the relevant off-leash and on-leash hours, you can also check the signage at the Horderns Lane, Brighton Street and Liverpool Street entrances.