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Published November 28th 2016
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With the world's best harbour, endless stretches of coastline and blossoming beauty spots nestled along our rivers, streams and creeks, dog owners can always enjoy a run along sandy beaches. Make a splash as you start a game of fetch, dipping toes and paws into warm water. Canines love being let off the leash to leave long trails of paw-prints on white sands, panting with glee on our warm Sydney day.
As you visit these beaches, be sure to check the signage for opening hours and restrictions as certain beaches require leashes at all times. Bondi, perhaps Australia's most famous beach, has a great atmosphere despite the lack of friendly canines. Our four-legged friends are frolicking in nearby Mark's Park during daylight hours. It's our favourite to enjoy the coastal views while walking through Bondi, Tamarama and Coogee.
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Throughout Sydney, these are some of our best dog friendly beaches:
Cronulla - Greenhills Beach from Monday-Sunday before 10am and after 4pm, off-leash.
Bundeena – Gunyah Beach, on-leash only, all day from May – August but early morning and late afternoon only from September – April.
Bundeena – Horderns Beach, on weekdays from September – April, on-leash in early morning and late afternoon, on-leash during the day.
Mosman – Sirius Cove, off-leash on all day on weekdays and in early morning and late afternoon on weekends.
Mosman – Spit West and Spit East Reserves, off-leash on all day on weekdays and in early morning and late afternoon on weekends.
If your dog loves open fields and parks, there are plenty of options, including Barnett Park in Winston Hills, Burlington Park in Northmead, Don Moore Reserve in North Rocks and Scout Park in Granville. Your council website will feature lists or dog-friendly areas and tips for dog owners (even though dogs can't vote).
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Generally, these tips will ensure you and your dog stay safe and have fun:
steer clear of children's play areas
avoid barbecue and picnic areas
if you can't see a sign, you should keep the leash on
carry spare plastic bags in case your dog needs a toilet stop
whether on-leash or not, keep a close eye on your dog, ensuring it's supervised
Where do you love to roam free with your dog/s? What was your favourite experience with your dog on our beaches in Sydney? Please leave a comment. We'd love to hear your ideas.
These 'tips' are actually law. You cannot take a dog near playgrounds or picnic tables. Have seen dogs on BBQs and tables. Gross. Also walked around long reef the other day and there were so many deposits in and out of the baggies. No wonder dog people are not respected
Bayview dog beach is amazing. It's off leash both in the dog park & the large dog beach. It's a gorgeous place to bring the family including the fur kids. Calm waters with amazing view across to The Newport Arms. There is usually an onsite mobile dog wash van there so your pup is all clean for the ride home.