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Have you been to these dog friendly beaches?

By Dr HELEN BURNS BVSc (Hons) | Dated January 17, 2018

As we swelter through another hot summer, and turn to pools, beaches (and shopping centres ) to get some reprieve, what can we do to give our dogs a chance to cool off? Are you aware of the dog-friendly waterways of Sydney and its surrounds? Below is a list of beaches and waterways where dogs can swim. Please check current council guidelines for yourself to ensure that the rules haven’t changed before your dog has a dip.

Flora and Ritchie Roberts Reserve, Curl Curl



Flora and Richie Roberts Reserve – Curl Curl

Entry off Carrington Pde, Curl Curl

This reserve offers water, grass dunes and an off leash park!


Sirius Cove

Sirius Cove, Spit West and Spit East Reserves – Mosman

Unleashed dogs are permitted on the beach and in the water all day Monday to Friday, and before 9am and after 4pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. Be aware that you may need to pay for parking.

Clifton Gardens – Mosman

Dogs are permitted off-leash on the beach east of the Clifton Gardens jetty at the following times:

◦before 9am and after 4pm weekdays during winter

◦Before 9am and after 6pm weekdays during daylight savings summer months (Oct – Mar)

Clontarf Reserve/Beach – Sandy Bay Rd, Clontarf

Dogs are allowed on the beach (on a lead) between 10am and 6pm

Rowland Reserve, Bayview

Rowland Reserve – Pittwater Rd, Bayview

Here there’s a large grassy area as well as a great space for swimming. You may need to pay for parking.


Dumaresque Reserve – Rose Bay

Dogs are allowed off leash here between 4:30pm and 8:30 am. Best to try to time your visit for low tide so there’s more space, and be prepared for limited parking.


Bicentennial Park – Glebe

Located on Rozelle Bay, Bicentennial Park is bordered by Glebe Point Road and Chapman Road.

There’s a large fenced children’s playground, grass areas, and a dog off leash area west of the canal.


Greenhills Beach, Cronulla

Greenhills Beach – Cronulla

This is the beach to the North of Wanda, and dogs can run off leash before 10am and after 4pm each day. Note that Wanda Reserve is an on leash area.


Central coast Dog Beaches

If you’re happy to pop up to the Central Coast, there are many more options.

North Shelly Beach – Toowoon Bay

The dog off leash beach extends from the northern beach access walkway off Shelly Beach Road (adjacent to the golf course) to the beach access stairs.


Lakes Beach- Budgewoi

From 500m north of the Surf Club to Ocean Street

North Entrance Beach

From Wyuna Avenue to Stewart Street

Wamberal Beach

Pearl Beach off leash area

Pearl Beach

Entry off Agate Ave. The north end of the beach is dog friendly. A beautiful spot for dogs and people alike.

Written by Dr HELEN BURNS BVSc (Hons)

Helen graduated from Sydney Uni in 1997 with First Class Honours and worked in a practice on the Northern Beaches for 16 years. Helen joined the Gordon Vet team early in 2014 and our clients have really enjoyed getting to know her. She loves being a vet and takes a keen interest in all of her patients. Her gentle, friendly nature helps pets to feel relaxed when they visit the vet. Helen lives locally and has 3 children. At least one of her children seems destined to be a vet! When not ferrying her children around, Helen cares for her menagerie of pets. These include Chloe the dog, Obi and Leia the cats, Little Cocky the galah and Rosie the very tame eclectus parrot who all happily coexist at her house. In her spare time, Helen likes to be active outdoors, running, kayaking, camping or playing any manner of sport with her children.

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