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Australia's Best Dog-Friendly Beaches

What better way to spend the long hot days of summer than at the beach with the people and the furkids you love. At these fabulous spots, both you and your dog are welcome. Just remember to always be in control of your pooch, and to scoop his poop!


#1. Sirius Cove Reserve, Mosman

This stunning foreshore reserve on 
Sydney Harbour has still waters ideal for swimming as well as playground equipment, barbecue facilities, public toilets and poo bins with bags. 
Dogs are allowed on the beach all day Monday to Friday, and from 4pm to 9am on weekends and public holidays.

#2. Rowland Reserve, Bayview

Rowland Reserve is one of the best dog friendly foreshore reserves in Sydney with lots of grassed area for dogs to run about on before they cool off with a swim. Always very popular with the pooches and parking is free for one hour.
Access: Rowland Reserve, Pittwater Road, Bayview, NSW, 2104.

If you are feeling quite energetic, we also have suggestions for "20 Great Dog Walks around Sydney and Central Coast".

#3. McCauleys Beach, Thirroul

Deemed by locals as the best beach to take your dog out in the Wollongong area, McCauleys Beach is accessed from Corbett Avenue, Thirroul (20 mns North of Wollongong, 70km South of Sydney). 

Great spot to kick a ball or go for a splash. You will also find creeks that are perfect for a younger dog just learning to swim and not quite ready for the added distraction of the waves in the ocean.

Other recommended beaches in the Illawarra include Little Austinmer Beach (off-leash access via Yuruga St.); Coniston Beach (off-leash access via Bank St. or Swan St.); Puckeys Reserve, Fairy Meadow.

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#4. Culburra Beach, Culburra

A lovely long cream-sand beach in a quiet beach town a couple of hours south of Sydney just waiting for you and your furry friend to visit.

#5. Bagnalls Beach, Nelson Bay

Part of Bagnalls Bay, this flat water spot is perfect for doggie dips while its long shore is great for runs.

#6. Diamond Beach, Hallidays Point (mid-North Coast)
Dogs enjoying life at Sea Horse Diamond Beach on the mid North Coast of NSW

The peaceful atmosphere of the area makes you feel like you are miles from anywhere, when in fact you are only 10 minutes from the towns of Taree and Forster.

Diamond Beach is a beautiful 6km long beach, ideal for fishing, surfing or just enjoying a long beach walk with the dogs whilst watching the dolphins frolic in the waves.

Access can be found at the end of Diamond Drive or adjacent to Jubilee Parade.  

#7. Tallow Beach, Byron Bay

A golden 7km stretch of sand for you and your dog to stretch your legs on. With powder white sand that stretches for miles, and clean, clear waters lapping its shores, this magnificent seven-kilometre strip of sand on the southern side of the headland stretches all the way to Broken Head Reserve. 
The designated dog-friendly area starts near Jarman Street in Suffolk Park and extends north to the boundary of the Arakwal National Park.


If you live in and around Brisbane, there are many dog-friendly parks, walks and beaches where you can take your pooches. We have listed our favourites here: "Top Dog Parks & Walks around Brisbane".

#8. Sunshine Beach, Noosa

Dogs can freely explore the shoreline and sparkling water from Noosa National Park to the car park in Seaview Terrace.

#9. Fingal Heads Beach, Gold Coast

Swim in the surf and run along the sand with your four-legged friend any time and, afterwards, you can go for coffee at a cafe that has fresh bowls of cool water for your pooch.

#10. Currimundi Beach, Currimundi

Join other canines and their owners walking along the sand, body surfing and paddling around in the lagoon just off the beach. Dogs are permitted off-leash at all times south of Gothic Parade to Buderim St.

#11. Yorkeys Knob Beach

Located just 15 minutes from Cairns. Yorkeys Knob Beach is a great spot to relax with your pooch. Named after a local fisherman called "Yorkey" who lived on the rocky hill ("knob"), this gem is one of the best-kept secrets in Tropical Queensland. The southern end of the beach is the only dog off-leash area where your canine friend is allowed to run free.


#12. St Kilda Beach, Melbourne
French Bulldog lying on a towel at the beach

This buzzing city beach with its wide sandy shore lined by a pathway and park is the perfect place to hang with your pup. Dogs are only allowed between Brooks Jetty and the northern end of the car park towards St Kilda Marina.

#13. Altona Dog Beach, Melbourne

With shallow, warm water that has no waves, this city beach is a great place for children and dogs. At low tide, a pool and huge flat sandbars are formed where dogs can paddle and play.

#14. Narrows Beach, Queenscliff

The off-leash area of this pretty beach begins at the end of the boardwalk and extends east finishing at the end of Fraser Street. Accessed from the car park off the Bellarine Highway, opposite Roddick Grove.

Check out these other "dog-friendly Parks & Walks around Melbourne".


#15. Peasholm Beach, PerthWoman and Siberian Husky in the ocean at Peasholm Beach Perth
Famous for its gleaming-white sand, this spacious beach is perfect for a game of fetch or frisbee. Showers with hoses are available on beach for rinsing sand and salt off your dog.

#16. Bremer Beach, Bremer Bay

Your dog can frolic on the white sand and swim in the crystal clear water – as long as you leave it unblemished by picking up any poop!

#17. Leschenault Estuary, near Bunbury (south of Perth)
Zeus the Dogue de Bordeaux loves swimming in the Australind estuary (Bunbury) - Photo Credit: Linton Haasy
Though not technically a beach, locals love walking their dogs along the Leschenault Inlet. Unless your dogs have the perfect recall, keep them on a leash as there is abundant wildlife (birds, black swans and dolphins) and watch out for the signs in the area. There are designated eco walks (The Maidens Walk, Big Swamp, Eaton Foreshore Track) where dogs are welcome.
Why not check our "Great Dog Parks & Walks around Perth" for other ideas?


#18. Long Beach, Robe
Wet happy dog at Long Beach Robe South Australia

On the northern side of this popular beach holiday town, this 17km strip of sand is perfect for long walks, and you can swim, snorkel, surf and even four-wheel drive as well!

#19. O'Sullivan Beach, Adelaide

This beachside suburb is located around 30km south of Adelaide in Onkaparinga.
There are six beaches in the Onkaparinga council area where dogs are allowed off leash however they must be kept “under effective control” at all times. For more details, click here

Looking for other destinations to explore ? Check out these "17 dog-friendly Parks & Walks in Adelaide" 


#20. Muirs Beach, Coles Bay

This beautiful, unspoilt patch of sand is located on the western side of the Coles Bay, just 1km from Freycinet National Park. Muirs is a beautiful beach that welcomes dogs, with its long shore great for strolls, or sitting and watching the boogie boarding and windsurfing that is popular there.

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