11 Dog Friendly Beaches in Sydney Your Best Mate Will Love

Last updated: January 9, 2021

While you may be able to find tons of beautiful beaches along Sydney’s coastline and in the Harbour, not many of those strips of sand are dog friendly.

It’s true, dogs are not allowed on most of Sydney’s beaches, not even on a lead. And with such a large dog population in our city, this is indeed a bit disappointing.

But let’s not despair, because there are actually some great beaches in Sydney where your dog is more than welcome!

11 Dog Friendly Sydney Beaches

We’ve listed 11 of the best dog friendly beaches in and around Sydney, where your best mate can have a blast running around on the sand and in the water.

Underneath each picture is a link to the map location of the corresponding dog-friendly beach to help you work out how to get there.

Prefer to go for a walk with your dog rather than swimming at the beach? Check out our list of 15 dog friendly walks in Sydney for some great ideas!

1. Sirius Cove Reserve

Sirius Cove Reserve is a dog-friendly hideaway in the suburb of Mosman in Sydney’s lower north shore.

Often referred to as Little Sirius Cove, this charming little bay is home to a quiet beach, a playground and a large picnic area.

Dog friendly beach at Sirius Cove Reserve
Sirius Cove Reserve [map]

Surrounded by a sandstone wall, the 250m wide beach faces south into a deep bay that flows into Sydney Harbour. The water is very quiet and shallow and therefore perfect to walk into with your dog without having to swim.

Dogs are allowed off leash in the park, on the beach and in the water all day from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays this is restricted to non-peak hours before 9am and after 4pm.

2. Greenhills Beach in Cronulla

Greenhills Beach is located next to Wanda Beach, north of Cronulla Beach, right in front of a new suburb with the same name. It’s the only dog-friendly beach in Sydney that is also ocean facing.

Greenhills Beach
Greenhills Beach [map]

While there may be lots of parking available in the area, it’s a very popular spot that quickly fills up on sunny days.

Dogs can run around off leash at Greenhills Beach before 10am and after 4pm every day. It does get busy here but the beach is very well looked after with lots of space for both dogs and their owners to spend some quality time.

3. Rose Bay Beach and Dumaresq Reserve

Dogs are allowed off leash at all times on the Rose Bay foreshore between Percival Park and Dumaresq Reserve.

Dog friendly Rose Bay Beach
Rose Bay Beach [map]

With beautiful views of Sydney Harbour, this is a great spot for you and your canine friend to hang out for a few hours.

Your dog is also more than welcome at other nearby parks as long as they are on a lead.

4. Silver Beach in Kurnell

Facing Botany Bay, Silver Beach in Kurnell has a dog friendly section towards the west at Bonna Point Reserve.

Silver Beach in Kurnell
Silver Beach in Kurnell [map]

It’s a quiet strip of sand with low tides and hardly any waves, perfect for dogs to hang out and have a blast.

There is lots of nearby street parking available, mainly along Prince Charles Parade.

5. Kutti Beach in Vaucluse

One of Sydney’s best secret beaches is Kutti Beach, a small strip of sand, quietly tucked away between Parsley Bay Reserve and Watsons Bay in Vaucluse.

The beach is accessible via a narrow staircase right next to the Vaucluse Amateur Sailing Club located at the end of Wharf Road.

Kutti Beach in Vaucluse
Kutti Beach in Vaucluse [map]

It may look like a small dead-end street, which it essentially is, but don’t turn back as the staircase is right there.

Technically, dogs are only allowed on the beach and in the water on a lead. But you’ll find lots of dogs happily and freely running in and out of the water and nobody seems to mind very much.

6. Horderns Beach in Bundeena

Situated west of the Bundeena ferry wharf, Horderns Beach is a popular strip of sand that has dog on and off leash throughout the year.

Horderns Beach in Bundeena
Horderns Beach in Bundeena [map]

Dogs are allowed on Hordens Beach off leash from September to April before 8.30am and after 4.30pm, on weekdays only.

7. Clifton Gardens Beach

Boasting a rocky beach with netted swimming enclosure, a fenced playground, change rooms and excellent BBQ and picnic facilities, Clifton Gardens Reserve has been a popular picnic spot for families since the 19th century.

Clifton Gardens is one of the many highlights along the popular Taronga Zoo to Balmoral walking track.

Clifton Gardens Reserve at Chowder Bay
Clifton Gardens Reserve at Chowder Bay [map]

Dogs love it here, with lots of space to run around, both in the park as well as on the beach and in the water.

There are restrictions though. Dogs can go off leash before 9am and after 4pm from April to September, and before 9am and after 6pm from October to May.

8. Clontarf Reserve Beach

Clontarf Reserve is a beautiful park on Sandy Bay Road in Clontarf, along the Spit to Manly walking track.

The area has excellent picnic and BBQ facilities, a cafe and restaurant, playgrounds, toilets and showers and beach access. Plenty of large trees offer lots of much needed shade on sunny days.

Clontarf Reserve
Clontarf Reserve [map]

While this is a popular area for dog owners to visit, dogs have to be kept on a leash and are only allowed in the park between the hours of 10am and 6pm.

However, dogs are allowed off-leash at Sandy Bay, just north of Clontarf Reserve. Sandy Bay also has a small sheltered beach that is also very shallow, perfect for dogs to run in.

9. Station Beach in the Palm Beach Peninsula

Also known as Barrenjoey Beach, Station Beach in the Palm Beach peninsula is a 1.5 km long strip of sand facing the calm waters of Pittwater.

Station Beach in Palm Beach facing Pittwater
Station Beach facing Pittwater [map]

The southern part of Station Beach is now officially a dog-friendly stretch, albeit on-leash and only on certain days and at certain times. This is on the basis of a 12-month trial basis starting from the 1st of January 2020.

Check the Northern Beaches council website for more details.

Update January 2021:
Unfortunately Station Beach is no longer a dog-friendly beach, following a decision of the Land and Environment Court. We will keep it in this list for now in the hope that Station Beach, or any other beach in the Palm Beach peninsula, will become dog-friendly again.

10. Bayview Dog Park in Rowland Reserve

One of the most popular dog parks in Sydney’s northern beaches is the Bayview dog park on Pittwater Road in Rowland Reserve.

Bayview Dog Park
Bayview Dog Park [map]

It has a large grassed area as well as beach access into Pittwater, next to the boat launching zone. Also, if your dog is in desperate need of a professional wash, on weekends you’ll typically find a mobile dog wash service in the park.

11. Flora and Ritchie Roberts Reserve

The grassy dunes and natural lagoon in the Flora and Ritchie Roberts Reserve in Curl Curl between Dee Why and Freshwater Beach make for an exciting spot for dogs to have a blast.

Curl Curl Beach
Curl Curl Beach [map]

The good news is that dogs are allowed off-leash at all times in the reserve. The facilities are great too, with dog waste bins, a drinking area and public toilets.

 

Dog friendly beaches in Sydney

 
 
19 Comments
      • Yes the iron cove beach is great for dogs but now the Callan Park upgrade will mean dogs will lose that area to romp in!

        Can we do something? I belong to a FB group: Callan Park Dog Lovers. We are trying to keep dog access to that beach.

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  1. If our dog owners were a lot more responsible particularly in the stick and ball throwing department and poo gathering then the powers that be may consider more venues, to be licked all over by a wet smelly dog is not a pleasant experience.

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    • There aren’t many dog friendly beaches in Sydney. If you don’t like dogs, you have a lot of other beaches to visit. 🙂

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    • I agree with you re poo gathering. We live next to a reserve on the Parramatta River and are sick of people deliberately bringing their dogs down to the area to poo without picking up after them. We watch it all wash down into the same water that children play in and people fish in. But I don’t agree that taking access away will fix that. They just come really early in the morning or late at night so they don’t get caught. What we need to fix is the self entitlement. The idea that you are not responsible for your environment or your community. That is a problem that pervades all in Australia, not just dog owners.

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  2. I agree some owners need to be more responsible and it should be a legal requirement to properly train your dog and, unless it’s a show or breeding dog, then de-sexed as well. That said, Australia is way behind in all matters of dog ownership. In the UK your dog can catch the tube with you or go to the pub with you I even once met a lady with an assistance dog which was staying in hospital with her.

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  3. Can confirm Kutti Beach is dog-friendly, but yes, the rangers are a bit overzealous with doling out the fines for leashes. It is a complete joke at that location in particular (the beach is so small).

    Wish more beaches were dog-friendly. Had a chat to a lifeguard this evening about it. My point is that most humans leave more rubbish, and offend one another far more than any dog ever could.

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  4. Most beaches require dogs on a leash, if humans can’t swim on a leash how can our fur children/friends swim on leash. My golden retrievers love water, they can just swim and swim, it does not bother anyone. I wish rules change one day since most dog owners are very responsible.

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  5. Thank you for making us drive all the way to Greenhill beach (1 hr) with 38 degrees and discover it is not a dog friendly beach!

    You wrote:

    “Dogs can run around off leash at Greenhills Beach before 10am and after 4pm every day. It does get busy here but the beach is very well looked after with lots of space for both dogs and their owners to spend some quality time.”

    That lead us and few other families understand that you can have the dog on leash in between 10 and 4 pm.

    It is not true.

    THE ONLY TIME YOU CAN HAVE THE DOGS AT THAT BEACH IS BEFORE 10 AND AFTER 4PM BUT ON LEASH! NOTHING IN BETWEEN!

    Make sure you write clear information!

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    • Hello Michela, sorry to hear you had a bad experience today. Please note though that the information provided in this article about Greenhills Beach was sourced directly from the Sutherland Shire Council website. Our article also includes a link to the Greenhills Beach page on the council website.

      Also note that the council website does state that dogs can in fact go off leash Monday to Sunday between the hours of 4pm and 10am during daylight savings. If that information is incorrect, it’s best to notify council.

      It also clearly states that dogs are prohibited on the beach outside of these hours. Fair enough, we didn’t mention that last piece of information, but whether your assumption that dogs can go on leash between 10am and 4pm was a fair assumption is debatable.

      From council:

      “Dogs allowed off-leash Monday to Sunday at the following times:

      – Daylight savings time from 4pm to 10am
      – Non-daylight savings (standard time) from 3pm to 10am

      Dogs are prohibited on the beach outside of the above specified hours.”

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