Does your furry friend have a love for sandy shores and salty seas? As we make our way into the midst of our intense Australian summer, make sure you take you doggo down to a nearby dog-friendly beach to cool off! To make it easier for you we’ve curated a list of the five best dog-friendly beaches in New South Wales

1. Dunbogan Beach

Dunbogan Beach offers your furry friend a pawsome opportunity to stretch their legs along a 9.3km stretch of sandy beach. For an unleashed run, your pupper must stay between the off-leash area, which is located between Seaview Avenue and Beach Street. If you prefer your dog to remain on-leash, the on-leash area is located between Seaview Avenue and Kattang Nature Reserve

2. Flora & Ritchie Roberts Reserve

 Flora & Ritchie Roberts Reserve offers your doggo the opportunity to run leash-free. Access to the sandy foreshore is located between where the Curl Curl Lagoon enters Curl Curl Beach. This beach is known for its popularity, so your furry friend will be sure to enjoy cooling down while meeting new friends. This beach is also equipped with all the essentials such as doggie bags, bins and drinking taps.

3. Rowland Reserve 

Rowland Reserve offers your doggo plenty of room to run and wrestle with their new furry friends. Dogs of all sizes and breeds have been known to enjoy splashing in the nearby water. There is also a wide expanse of grass for dogs to play and dry off. The weekends also have the added bonus of a coffee station and dog-washer to clean your doggo before hopping back into your car.

4. Hams Beach

Hams Beach is known as a doggy paradise, offering your fur-baby the opportunity to run and swim along the sandy foreshores. To access the off-leash area follow the walkway off Shelley Beach Road (adjacent to the golf course). After exhausting all your pups energy head along to dog-friendly café Muncha’s, use the PatchPets app to locate this café easily!

5. Greenhills Beach – Cronulla 

Greenhills Beach is known as the only dog-friendly beach in Sydney. However, this comes with its restrictions, dogs are only permitted during 10am-4pm on Monday to Sunday. During all other times, dogs are strictly prohibited. The dog-friendly section can be located between Wanda Track 5 (north) to Gate 1. The beach offers your fur-baby plenty of room to run freely and enjoy the sea air!

 If you’re having trouble finding these beaches be sure to check out the PatchPets App. Within the dog park directory, PatchPets can guide you to your nearest dog-friendly beach! Download of the PatchPets App is available for iOS and Android.