Compared to how many dogs and beaches Sydney has, there aren’t too many places that are dog friendly. I’ve managed to find 5 places that are perfect spots for your dog to take a dip. They are listed by distance from Parramatta CBD, which might not be the quickest route via car.
As there are so few places to take your dog for a swim in Sydney, they can get very busy so make sure your dogs have good recall return, are happy to socialise and make sure you take bags with you to clean up.
1Sirius Cove Reserve, Mosman
Located next to Taraonga Zoo, Sirius Cove is a sheltered beach popular with families on the weekend. There are BBQs and a playground. Sirius Cove is a restricted off-leash reserve and dogs can enjoy the water all day Monday through to Friday and before 9am and after 4pm on Weekends and Public Holidays.
Due to the proximity to Taronga Zoo, parking can be tricky on the weekends.
Good to Know
- Off-leash restricted on weekends and public holidays
- Parking can be difficult on weekends
- Plenty of shade
- The playground has sand and has a shade cloth
- Taronga Zoo is right next door!
- About a 5 minute drive away is Military Road with plenty of cafes and shops.
- Clifton Gardens is located a 10 minute drive away.
Sirius Cove Reserve, Mosman is located 30km from Parramatta CBD, roughly a 45 minute drive. The Reserve is located at the end of Sirius Cove Road and can be reached on foot from the zoo and Bradleys Head via the harbour walking track.
2Clifton Gardens, Mosman
Clifton Gardens is a favourite of the ParraParents Team but did you know your dogs can enjoy it too? East of the Jetty, dogs are allowed off-leash before 9am and after 4pm between April and September and before 9am and after 6pm October to May. They are also allowed off-leash on the grass all day Monday to Friday and before 9am and after 4pm on the Weekend and Public Holidays
Clifton Gardens boasts a netted swimming area, shaded playground and amazing views of Sydney Harbour. Like most harbour side spots it’s normally 10 degrees cooler then Parramatta on a hot day!
- Restricted off-leash hours
- Parking is limited on the weekends and is expensive
- Shaded playground and some shade at the ends of the beach too
- Clifton Gardens is just around the corner from Taronga Zoo
- Ripples, Chowder Bay is on the north end
Clifton Gardens is located just 30kms from Parramatta CBD and can take as little as 30 minutes to get to.
3Manly Lagoon Reserve, Queenscliff
At the Queenscliff Rock Pool end of Manly Beach is Manly Lagoon. The tidal lagoon is off-leash full time and has the perfect mix of sand, shallow water and reeds for dogs to play in.
There is a large fenced playground, and a separate swing set as well as a flat path perfect for bikes and scooters. There is plenty of grass for everyone to enjoy as well. Just be mindful that dogs aren’t allowed on the actual beach so make sure you stay at the Lagoon side of Bridge Road.
Good to Know
- Unrestricted off-leash times
- BBQs and Playground
- Right next to Manly Beach
- There is 2 hour parking available along Cameron Ave
- Queenscliff Rock Pool
- The Corso is about a 30 minute stroll along the beach, dogs are permitted on a lead on the path but not along the sand
- There is a fenced, off-leash dog park about a 10 minute walk from the Lagoon along Balgowlah Road heading into Manly
Manly Lagoon, Queenscliff is located 45kms from Parramatta CBD, roughly an hours drive away. The Lagoon is located just off Bridge Road, with the best parking available along Cameron Ave.
4Rowland Reserve, Bayview
This would probably be the most well known off-leash dog beach in Sydney! The reserve is exclusively off-leash with a large grass area as well as plenty of sand for dogs to run around. With no waves it also is perfect for those who are taking their first dip in the water and it makes it a perfect spot for families too. It is always very busy on weekends and even during the week. And on weekends during the warmer months there is also a coffee van and mobile dog wash that stops by.
Good to Know
- Paid Parking only
- Limited shade
- Can get very busy so great for social dogs
- Roughly a 10 minute walk from the Reserve is Winnererremy Bay Playground and The Flying Fox Cafe. Leashed pets are welcome at The Flying Fox Cafe.
- Across the water is The Newport (formally known as The Newport Arms Hotel) which is roughly a 10 minute drive from the reserve and super kid friendly!
- McCarr’s Creek Reserve is a lovely picnic spot and has some off-leash areas which are currently being trialed by Pittwater Council
- There is also the Elvina Bay Waterfalls which are accessible off West Head Road. The track is roughly 5km and takes around 3 hours to complete the loop and is quite narrow in some places. It is strictly no dogs as well.
Rowland Reserve, Bayview is located 45kms from Parramatta CBD, just under an hours drive at the end of McCarr’s Creek Road.
5Yarramundi Reserve, Richmond Area
Located in the Hawkesbury region, Yarramundi Reserve has a bit for everyone. There is plenty of walking and cycling tracks, fishing and bird watching spots as well as horse riding areas. There is also a 12 hectare area off-leash area!
Located along the Grose River, near the junction of the Nepean and Hawkesbury Rivers, the extra large off-leash area gives you the opportunity to let your dog run wild. The Grose River is also safe for swimming for humans so you can enjoy a dip with your dog.
Good to Know
- Be careful of snakes during the warmer months
- Watch for horses, and make sure you put the leash on your dog if you spot one until they pass. Makes it safer for the horse, rider, your dog and you.
- Take a picnic with you as there isn’t anything around
- The area is prone to flooding so it’s not a good idea to visit if it has been raining lately.
- Trees Adventure – Grose River Park is a few minutes away from Yarramundi Reserve
- About a 10 minutes drive away from Yarramundi Reserve is Richmond.
- Ikea, Marsden Park is around a 20 minute drive from Yarramundi Reserve
Yarramundi Reserve is located 45km from Parramatta CBD at the foot of the Blue Mountains and is roughly a 45 minute drive away. Entry is off Springwood Road.