Dog-friendly beaches

Dogs love rushing into the ocean and biting the waves, but they’re banned from many of Sydney’s most famous beaches. Try these places for sandy paws – and always clean up after your pet
Layla and Alfie - Bondi Dogs
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Rowland Reserve

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One of Sydney’s most popular dog beaches has a dog exercising area next to the boat launching zone. A mobile dog wash business operates here, and there’s a coffee cart. The revamped Newport pub is just across the water too.  

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Sirius Cove Reserve

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Just west of Taronga Zoo is Sirius Cove Reserve – a little beach that is popular for families and dog lovers. It’s off-leash all day weekdays and on weekends and public holidays you can set your pooch free before 9am and before 4pm.  

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Flora and Richie Roberts Reserve

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The reserve is not directly on the beach but the grassy dunes are great for dogs to run around on. Off-leash is permitted at all times; the lagoon is good for dogs to swim in; there’s a dog waste bin; and even toilets for humans too.
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Greenhills Beach

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This is the only dog-friendly beach in Sydney that actually fronts onto the ocean. Greenhills allows off-leash canine visitors 4pm-10am everyday, but dogs are banned at other times and there are no facilities for human bathers.

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Horderns Beach

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Bundeena in the Royal National Park is terrific for a day trip, and with 24-hour off-leash May to August, it’s ideal for dog owners during winter (there are restrictions in summer).

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Silver Beach

Between the third and fourth jetties at Bonna Point Reserve, your pooch is allowed to frolic free in the water and on the sand at any time. Dogs are prohibited at all other locations on Silver Beach. Pay attention to signage to avoid a fine.  

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Dumaresq Reserve

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This narrow sliver of beach allows dogs off-leash 4.30pm-8.30am. Also known as the Rose Bay Foreshore, it’s a good place to give your furry friend a taste of the ocean close to the city.  

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