Cool off at the top 9 dog-friendly beaches in Sydney

Dog-friendly beaches are a summertime paradise for pooches, and best of all they’re more common than you think!

Sure, many of Sydney’s most iconic beaches don’t allow pups, but you’ll find several harbour beaches, bays and lagoons where your dog can get his fur salty.

Once your pooch has dog-paddled, stick-collected and butt-sniffed to his heart’s content, why not let him feel the sand between his paws on a short stroll to dry off?

Before you visit, please check with local councils to confirm off-leash permissibility and hours at each location.

1. Rowland Reserve – Northern Beaches
Located at Bayview, across from the Newport Arms, Rowland Reserve has it all: water, sand and a grassy play area. On weekends you can tick a few things off in one visit – there is usually a mobile dog wash and coffee vendor there too.
2. Greenhills Beach – Sutherland Shire
Positioned north of Wanda, this great Cronulla beach welcomes dogs – both on and off-leash – before 10am and after 4pm every day. Being an actual ocean beach, Greenhills is one of the few Sydney dog-friendly beaches with proper waves.

3. Sirius Cove – Lower North Shore
This Mosman favourite is both scenic and incredibly popular – your dogs would stay here all day if you’d let them. Luckily, as well as being a puppy mecca, it features a picnic area and playground, so it’s great for all members of the family.

4. Dumaresq Reserve – Eastern Suburbs
The only designated dog beach in the eastern suburbs, this small but inviting patch is also known as Rose Bay Foreshore. Here, you can soak up some fine city views while your pup zips around in the shallow water.

5. Bonna Point Reserve at Silver Beach – Sutherland Shire
Head to the western end of Silver Beach, between the third and fourth jetties (groynes), for a great stretch of sand where doggos are permitted to swim, frolic and fetch the ball 24 hours a day.

6. Clontarf Reserve – Northern Beaches
This pretty harbour beach is situated near the Spit Bridge, and boasts a range of facilities beyond its water and sand. There is an undercover kids’ playground, barbeques and a seating area, so it’s easy to make a day of it here.

7. Flora and Richie Roberts Reserve – Northern Beaches
Curl Curl Lagoon connects with the ocean at this pretty reserve, which is a great spot for pooches to socialise and play. Keep some drinking water handy as they’re bound to work up a thirst. Zoomies on the grassy dunes are impossible to resist.

8. Blackwattle Bay Park – Inner West
This Glebe park offers dogs plenty of running space, as well as an area with water access, known as ‘Puppy Cove’. You’ll also find some great views to boot.

9. East-West Runway / Botany Foreshore Beach – Airport
As the name suggests, you’ll be treated to views of the nearby runway as Fido chases the frisbee. Just be aware that it can get a little noisy at take-off and landing!

Can’t make it to the beach? Check out these other fun ways that you and your hound can keep cool.

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