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Dog Friendly Parks on the Northern Beaches.

Looking for a place to take your four-legged fur baby whilst getting some much-needed fresh air for yourself?

While there are a number of places your dog friend can’t go, surprisingly, the Northern Beaches is home to an array of amazing dog friendly parks, beaches, and walking trails. We’ve compiled a list of some of our fave pooch-loving public places you and your doggo can enjoy.

We recommend checking out the Northern Beaches Council website before visiting as some areas have restricted off-leash times and changes to hours, following Public Health Orders that continue to be adapted.

Get ready to ‘unleash’ the fun and games… see what we did there.

Flora and Ritchie Roberts Reserve, Adam Street Reserve and Curl Curl Lagoon

Completely dog friendly and alive with four-paws activity, Flora and Ritchie Roberts Reserve is a large and popular Dog Friendly Beach. With water access where Curl Curl Lagoon enters Curl Curl beach, Flora and Ritchie Roberts Reserve allows all dogs off-leash at all times. The grassy dunes and natural lagoon make for an exciting area for dogs and children alike to have the time of their life.

Meanwhile, across the road, Adams Street Reserve is an open field and is off-leash; except when sports are being played.

And, if that’s not enough, there is also a great on-lead coastal walk that has stunning ocean views all the way from Curl Curl Beach to Freshwater Beach (4km return) to get you both moving.

Sandy Bay

For a great off-leash beach, you can’t go past Sandy Bay. Just north of Clontarf Reserve, Sandy Bay might be small in size, but this quaint stretch of sheltered beach is big on dog fun. Its beach is very shallow, making it perfect for your furry friend enjoy, without having to actually swim.

With fantastic picnic and BBQ facilities and easy access to cafes and restaurants, it is little wonder why Clontarf Reserve is such a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. Here you will find showers, toilets and of course easy access to the beach – and whilst this beach is indeed dog friendly, you will need to keep your pooch on a leash and can also only use the park between 10:00am and 6:00pm.


Long Reef Coastal Walk

Love a weekend walk with the dog? You’ll definitely love the Long Reef Coastal Walk along Long Reef Golf Course. A leisurely on-leash loop track leads to stunning scenic views, and, along the way, the track is complete with an off-leash dog area by the tennis courts! This walk really does have everything you need.

You can either start the walk at Griffith Park (free parking near the tennis courts) or from Long Reef Surf Life Saving Club; either way, we encourage you to do the full loop. You and your fur baby will love it!

Bayview Dog Park

Located on Pittwater Rd in Rowland Reserve, Bayview Dog Park has everything for you and your pooch and is one of the most popular dog parks in the Northern Beaches.

Just off the large grassy pooch-play field (with plenty of trees for shade) you’ll find a peninsula of sand where there is always a host of dogs having the time of their life.

Avalon Beach Reserve

A dog friendly park that is really close to the beach, the off-leash area located at Avalon is centrally located, completely fenced off and includes waste bags, bins and water taps.

But wait, there’s more…

Other dog friendly parks and walking trails around the Northern Beaches include:

Allambie Heights Oval

Beacon Hill Reserve

Beverly Job Park, Narraweena

Dearin Reserve, Newport

Deep Creek Reserve on Wakehurst Parkway, North Narrabeen

Frenchs Forest Showground

Hinker Dog Park, Avalon

Progress Park, North Narrabeen

Robert Dunn Reserve, South Mona Vale Headland

Truman Reserve, Cromer

McCarrs Creek Reserve and Walking Track, Church Point

Narrabeen Lagoon Trail

Just a reminder, some fur friends might not be as well trained as your fur-child is, and things can turn from happy to not so happy pretty quickly. Also, when you leave the dog off-leash area, remember to place your dog back on the leash and do the right thing when your doggo need to go to the bathroom.