Sydney Dog-Friendly Beaches


Sydney is blessed with over 60km of ocean fronting beaches. So it is a little disappointing for the five hundred thousand registered dogs in Sydney that dogs are banned from nearly every Sydney ocean beach. Even on a lead!

There is only one dog-friendly ocean beach in Sydney – Greenhills Beach north of  Wanda Beach near Cronulla.

But don’t give up hope as there are also other dog-friendly harbour beaches, bays and lagoons where you and your dog can enjoy mucking about in the water.


Flora and Richie Roberts Reserve – Curl Curl

Flora and Richie Roberts Reserve is another fantastic full time off-leash dog area with water access.

It is a large space where your dog can career through the grass dunes…

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Greenhills Beach – Cronulla

This is Sydney’s only ocean fronting dog friendly beach. The beach is off-leash before 10am and after 4pm each day. Dogs are banned from the beach, even on a lead, outside of these times.

Greenhills Beach is north of Wanda, north…

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Silver Beach – Kurnell

Silver Beach fronts Botany Bay and is off-leash 24 hours a day between the third and fourth groynes (jetties) from the western end.

Access is off Prince Charles Parade and it’s very easy to find parking.

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Horden’s Beach – Bundeena

Beautiful Hordern’s Beach wins the most complicated rules award for dog access. I’m not complaining…just saying! As Bundeena is quite a drive for most Sydney-siders, I would suggest making a day of it and catching the ferry acros…

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Spit West and Spit East Reserves – Mosman

Off-leash beach access is available all day during weekdays, and before 9.00 a.m. and after 4.00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.


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Sirius Cove – Mosman

Sirius Cove is a beautiful, protected beach with plenty of shade on the grassy area behind the beach. This is a very popular spot with families and dog lovers, and parking can be hard to come by on the weekends.

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Manly Lagoon – Manly

Okay, so it’s technically not a beach, and the water quality is questionable, but the dogs enjoy it!

This part of Manly Lagoon borders the lovely parkland of Manly …

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Bicentennial Park – Glebe

The off-leash areas of Bicentennial Park offer water access into Blackwattle Bay.

This area has come a long way in terms of improving water quality, and the…

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Fairlight Beach – Fairlight

Fairlight beach is not off-leash but you can walk your dog on a lead here.

Note that the locals are very conscious of on and off-leash dog behaviour in this area, as Manl…

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Clontarf Reserve – Clontarf

Clontarf Reserve is a popular dog gathering area but the council has not declared this area off-leash.

Dogs are allowed on the beach but only on a lead. You can walk your…

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Dumaresque Reserve – Rose Bay

Dogs are allowed on leash at all times and off leash between 4:30 pm and 8:30 am.

This beach is tidal, so can be very narrow at times!

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Rowland and Bayview Reserve – Bayview

Roland Reserve (also known as Bayview Reserve) is one of the most popular dog friendly beach areas in Sydney. There is a lovely flat grassed area, where on weekends there is usually a coffee cart and mobile dog wash, as well as the a …

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