The Best Dog Friendly Walks in Sydney for You and Your Pooch

With almost five million pet dogs in Australia, 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. From breathtaking coastal views and endless beaches to beautiful, natural bushland, it’s no wonder our canine companions are itching for a walk.

Be mindful of others when walking your dog and be sure to 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 from location to location. Use the provided dog litter bag dispensers and clean up after your dog.

It’s time to em-‘bark’ on these awesome dog-friendly walks in Sydney!

 

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

Coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee, Eastern suburbs

Eastern Suburbs

Dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome at Sydney’s most famous coastal walk. With stunning coastal views, beaches, rock pools, parks and cliffs peppered along the pathway, there are endless sights for you and your pup to enjoy. Pop into one of the many dog-friendly cafes and restaurants along the way to grab a bite for you and your pooch.

Highlight: At the end of it all, let your dog roam free at Trenerry Reserve in Coogee, a dedicated off-leash area located on the southern headland of Coogee Bay.

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  • Distance: 6km
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • On-leash? Yes
  • Opening hours: Open 24 hours
  • Getting there: Although the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk is quite easily accessible by public transport, when travelling with your pooch, you’ll need to make your way by private vehicle. Parking is available around Bondi, but be aware that parking meters are often in use.

 

Federation Cliff Walk

Federation Cliff Walk

Dover Heights

Abundant with Instagram-worthy views, you’ll be sure to snap some great photos of you and your furry friends along this dog-friendly walk. From the panoramic ocean views and the dramatic cliff tops to the historic Macquarie Lighthouse, there’s something to see at every turn along this walk, including a whale or two if you’re lucky! This walk concludes at The Gap Lookout that sits high on a rocky hill, offering some of the most spectacular views you’ll find in Sydney.

Highlights: Stop by Raleigh Reserve during your walk. It’s a dog-friendly park with amazing scenery.  

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  • Distance: 5km
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • On-leash? Yes
  • Opening hours: 24 hours
  • Getting there: Limited on street parking is available around Dover Heights, so you may need to park your car and walk to the start of the trail.

 

The Bay Run

Drummoyne

The Bay Run is a dog-friendly cycling and pedestrian circuit that surrounds Parramatta River’s Iron Cove. The waterside scenery makes for an enjoyable and relaxing stroll for you and your dog, offering plenty of parklands and amenities to take advantage of.

Highlights: Enjoy the beautiful waterfront views as you cross over the Iron Cove Bridge. Look out for the rowers below and views of Snapper Island, the smallest island in Sydney Harbour.

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  • Distance: 7km
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • On-leash? Yes
  • Opening hours: Open 24 hours
  • Getting there: Parking is available along the length of the trail. Parking meters may be in use.

 

Lake Parramatta: Banksia Track

The Parramatta river in Parramatta, Sydney

Parramatta

Head out west and get amongst lush bushland at Lake Parramatta. Situated only two kilometres from Parramatta’s CBD and with the lake now re-open for swimming from October each year, there’s no better way to enjoy a day by the water.

As the name suggests, the Banksia track is brimming with beautiful native Australian wildflowers and banksias. The track meanders along the eastern edge of the lake, taking in charming views of the lake and rare flora. Once your pooch is tired out, hit up the cafe near the car park for drinks and a snack, or make your own with picnic and BBQ facilities available at the reserve.

Highlights: Keep an eye out for some native friends along the way, including sulphur crested cockatoos, sugar gliders, blue tongue lizards, and, if you’re lucky, maybe even a shy echidna or two.

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  • Distance: 2.5km
  • Difficulty: Moderate - watch out for some uneven ground
  • On-leash? Yes
  • Opening hours: 6:30am to 5:30pm daily and 6:30am to 7:30pm during daylight savings.
  • Getting there: Access is from Lackey Street off Bourke Street, North Parramatta .

 

Western Sydney Parklands

Dog Walking in Western Sydney Parklands, Sydney

Eastern Creek

Home to 5,280 hectares of beautiful bushland and over 60km of walking trails a visit to the Western Sydney Parklands is one adventure your furry companion can join you on! Western Sydney Parklands is Australia’s largest urban park, offering plenty of space for your curious pooch to explore. With walks ranging from 30 minutes to three hours, there are plenty of great options for most levels of fitness.

Highlights: If the trails aren’t enough for your high-energy pal, don’t despair! Western Sydney Parklands is home to one of Sydney’s largest off-leash dog parks: Warrigal Run. Sit back and take a breather and let your dog do the running.

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  • Distance: Varies depending on the chosen walking trail
  • Difficulty: Varies between walking trails
  • On-leash? Must be on a leash when not in a designated off-leash area
  • Opening hours: 24 hours, but most of the Parklands is not lit after hours. If entering with a vehicle, the gates are open daily from 8am to 6pm (8am to 8pm during daylight savings).
  • Getting there: The parklands are easily accessible via the Great Western Highway, M4 or M7.

 

Berowra Valley Regional Park

Berowra Valley National Park

Berowra

With three dog-friendly walking trails situated within this regional park, there’s something for everyone and their dog. Choose from either the Daphne, Clarinda or Bellamy trail and venture through beautiful forests of eucalyptus trees, wetlands and valleys.

Highlights: Take in some fresh air and some rich history on this walk, with signs offering information about the quarry and railway lines that once passed through the area.

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  • Distance: Varies depending on the chosen walking trail
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • On-leash? Yes
  • Opening hours: Open 24 hours
  • Getting there: Daphne trail may be accessed between Tuscan Way and Patricia Place, Cherrybrook, while Bellamy tail can be found between Bellamy Street and De Saxe Close, Thornleigh. Clarinda trail is situated between Clarinda Street and Simon Place, Hornsby.

             

Narrabeen Lagoon Trail: Heritage Walk

Narrabeen Lakes

Narrabeen Lagoon Trail is a popular circuit on Sydney’s Northern Beaches for dog walkers. The trail weaves around the waters of Narrabeen Lagoon, which are often filled with fisherman, kayakers and paddle boarders, while on the land, local fauna and flora are abundant. It’s a great walk for people and dogs of all fitness levels, with no hills to encounter and wide, open pathways.

Highlights: If the beautiful lagoon views and fresh air aren’t enough, stop by for refreshments at one of the many cafes and restaurants nearby.

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Distance: 8.6km

Difficulty: Easy

On-leash? Yes

Opening hours: Open 24 hours

Getting there: Parking is available along the length of the trail.

 

Cronulla Foreshore Walk

Cronulla

This walk follows the beautiful Shire coastline, passing by stunning beaches, rockpools, parks, playgrounds and cafes. Stroll along the vibrant esplanade with plenty of smells for your pooch to follow. Walk down to Greenhills Beach and let your dog roam free at this designed off-leash beach (dogs only allowed off-lead Monday to Friday before 10am and after 4pm). This stretch of sand is often less busy than Cronulla Beach, so it's a great place for you and your dog to let loose and unwind.

Highlights: Walk on over to Oak Park, just south of Cronulla Beach. This large open park is the perfect spot for you and your dog to take a break and refuel.

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  • Distance: 4km
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • On-leash? Yes
  • Opening hours: Open 24 hours
  • Getting there: Parking is available along the length of the trail.

 

Wolli Creek Regional Park

Wolli Creek Walking Track in Wolli Creek Regional Park, Sydney West

Wolli Creek

This oasis of lush bushland in Sydney’s southwest is a puppy paradise for your four-legged friend. Get going along the dog-friendly Wolli Creek walking track, a peaceful riverside walk boasting an abundance of amazing birdlife.

Highlights: Keep an eye out for some feathered local residents. Pelicans are known to hunt fish in the area, while long-necked egrets frequent the local waterways.

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  • Distance: 2km
  • Difficulty: Moderate - features some short, steep hills
  • On-leash? Yes
  • Opening hours: Open 24 hours
  • Getting there: Parking is available along Fauna Street, Henderson Street and Arncliffe Road.

             

Manly to Shelly Beach

Couple enjoying a walk along Marine Parade, Manly

Manly

For a lovely waterside stroll with your favourite pooch, the walk from Manly Beach to Shelly Beach is a great choice. Starting from outside the Manly Beach Lifesaving Club, the walk leads you along the coast, past an assortment of unique sculptures and the historic Fairy Bower Pool. There are plenty of spots to stop and enjoy a pat along the way, as well as no shortage of great ocean views.

Highlights: Although relatively short, this walk is all about the views. Pack a camera or take along your smartphone to capture some photos of this gorgeous part of Sydney.

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  • Distance: 1.5km
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • On-leash? Yes
  • Opening hours: Open 24 hours
  • Getting there: Metered on-street parking and several council operated car parks are located within the vicinity of Manly Beach.

 

Centennial Parklands

Resident ducks waddling across the lawns in Centennial Parklands

Moore Park

One of Sydney’s largest off-leash areas, Centennial Parklands offer plenty of space for your pup to stretch their legs and enjoy a great day out. Bring a ball along and play rounds of fetch surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the parklands, or clip on their leash and enjoy a stroll through the grounds.

Highlights: While there are plenty of off-leash areas to discover throughout the parklands, Federation Valley and Sandstone Ridge are among the most popular. Stop by and let your pooch socialise with some new four-legged friends.

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  • Distance: Varies depending on the chosen walking path
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • On-leash? In some areas, including the area surrounded by Grand Drive.
  • Opening hours: 6am to 8pm from October to April, 6.30am to 5.30pm from May to August and 6am to 6pm from September to October.
  • Getting there: A mix of free and metered parking can be found throughout the parklands.

 

Sydney Park

Sydney Park in St Peters

St Peters

Situated in Sydney’s Inner West, Sydney Park’s wide open spaces, rolling hills and scenic pathways make for an exciting adventure with your favourite furry friend. With plenty of space to explore, it’s a park you can return to time and time again and still not see the entirety of the grounds.

Highlights: A family-friendly park, Sydney Park is a great place to enjoy a picnic with the whole family in tow. Be sure to pack some doggy treats for your favourite furbaby too!

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  • Distance: Varies depending on the chosen walking path.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • On-leash? No, although dogs are prohibited from some areas of the park, including the Wetlands, Alan Davidson Oval, playgrounds, BBQ areas and the Sydney Park Cycling Centre.
  • Opening hours: Open 24 hours
  • Getting there: Several car parks are located within the vicinity of the park.

 

Glebe Foreshore Walk

Foreshore walk at Blackwattle Bay Park in Glebe

Inner Sydney

Stretching from Bicentennial Park to Pyrmont, the Glebe Foreshore Walk passes by a number of off-leash parks and reserves perfect for letting your canine friends run wild, meet other dogs and experience some brand new smells. Choose one off-leash area to visit as you tackle your walk or surprise your pooch with dog park crawl.

Highlights: You’ll enjoy some great harbour views while exploring this lovely corner of Inner Sydney.

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  • Distance: 4km return
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • On-leash? Dogs should be on-leash when completing the Glebe Foreshore Walk, but several off-leash areas are situated within the area surrounding the walkway.
  • Opening hours: Open 24 hours
  • Getting there: On-street parking is available in the vicinity of the walkway and the Glebe Foreshore parks.

 

Curl Curl to Freshwater Coastal Walk

Crowds celebrating Australia Day at Curl Curl Beach

North Sydney

Perfect for when you feel like setting out on a coastal walk but your four-legged friend isn’t the sporty type, the Curl Curl to Freshwater Coastal Walk is a short boardwalk trail that takes just over 20min to complete. Starting at North Curl Curl Beach, the trail meanders along the coastline, offering some lovely water views before arriving at Freshwater Beach.

Highlights: The walk passes by the dog-friendly Flora and Ritchie Roberts Reserve, Curl Curl Lagoon and the Adam Street Reserve, which are great stops for active pooches.

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  • Distance: 2km
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • On-leash? Yes, but there are off-leash areas located nearby.
  • Opening hours: Open 24 hours
  • Getting there: Metered parking is available in the area surrounding North Curl Curl Beach.

 

Bonus: Sydney Dog Beaches

If you’ve got a pooch who loves to swim, you’ll find a number of dog-friendly beaches scattered across Sydney. Make your way to the Rose Bay Foreshore, situated between Dumaresq Reserve and Percival Park, with your favourite furry friend in tow for a swim at any time of the day. If you find yourself in Sydney’s northern suburbs, head to Sandy Bay, next to Clontarf Reserve for a swim with views of the Spit Bridge, or stop by Sirius Cove in Mosman for an ocean dip all day Monday to Friday and before 9am and after 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Further south, Greenhills Beach in Cronulla is another great place to let your pup feel the sand between their paws, with dogs permitted before 10am and after 4pm daily.