This fantastic dog-friendly reserve got a mention in my review of Sydney's best off-leash dog parks, and there's no way I could leave it off this list either. This place always seems to be busy, so if your dog likes socialising with other pooches Rowland Reserve is perfect.
There's plenty of water, sand and grassy areas for even the most energetic pooch to explore and he's sure to make a host of new friends. You might too, as you'll usually find heaps of other like-minded dog owners to strike up a conversation with.
One-hour free parking is just the icing on the cake.
Even if you live a little way away from the northern beaches, it's still worth the extra drive to give your dog a great day out. Give him an hour or two here and he'll be in doggy heaven.
Sirius Cove, Mosman For the pampered pooches of the north shore, this harbourside gem is the place to go to get wet. It's often well populated by playful pooches, who can get their paws wet or just race around and go nuts on the sand.
The beach backs onto a peaceful reserve which also features barbecues, play equipment and the always-handy poo bins and bags. And with some impressive city views to admire, owners can sit back and take in the scenery while their four-legged friends go exploring.