Dog Friendly Walks
There are almost five million pet dogs in Australia and all those furry friends need somewhere to stretch their legs. You’ll find dog-friendly walks and off-leash parks all over Sydney, as well as a handful of beaches perfect for a doggy paddle.
Be mindful of other members of the public when walking your dog 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. Use the dog litter bag dispensers and clean up after your dog.
Dog walks in Inner Sydney
Dogs of all shapes and sizes – from basset hounds to bulldogs, pinschers to poodles – are welcome to amble around Centennial Parklands in Moore Park, one of Sydney’s largest off-leash recreational spaces. Sandstone Ridge and Federation Valley are both popular off-leash areas within the park.
Sydney Park in St Peters is another excellent off-leash space. The inner-west park has plenty of wide, open spaces to run, roll over, fetch or play dead, plus rolling hills, meandering pathways and picturesque wetlands to explore. The Glebe Foreshore Walk
Dogs are welcome on the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk and the Federation Cliff Walk in the Eastern Suburbs. They will need to stay on-leash, but there are off-leash parks along the way to let your dog run free, notably Lighthouse Reserve in Vaucluse, Burrows Park in Clovelly and Trenerry Reserve in Coogee.
Sydney dog beaches
Head for the Rose Bay Foreshore for an ocean swim at any time of day. There’s a dedicated dog beach and lots of happy pups at Sandy Bay, next to Clontarf Reserve. Dogs are allowed off the leash at Greenhills beach in Cronulla before 10am and after 4pm, and at Sirius Cove in Mosman they can swim any time on weekdays or before 9am and after 4pm on weekends.
Dog walks in North and Western Sydney
The Narrabeen Lagoon trail on the Northern Beaches features a scenic 8.4km canine-friendly circuit track through native Australian bush. You can also follow the boardwalk on The Curl Curl to Freshwater Coastal Walk. For off-leash fun in North Sydney, visit Flora and Ritchie Roberts Reserve, the Adam Street Reserve and the Curl Curl Lagoon.
Lake Parramatta Reserve in Sydney West lures dog lovers to the beautiful bushland reserve and lake. The area is also popular for picnicking, aquatic activities and bushwalking, with a kiosk open on weekends. Choose from a number of bush trails, though keep your dog on their leash to protect native wildlife.