Wollongong – Little Austinmer Beach
Wollongong may be Sydney’s smaller neighbour, but it doesn’t lack stunning beaches which will make your day. Often, though, it’s the less well-travelled spots that are more interesting to visit with your dog, because they’ll give you a haven away from the crowds to enjoy some bonding time with your pet.
One of these is the cutely named Little Austinmer, which (unlike some other dog-friendly beaches on NSW’s south coast) is a little bit secluded but well worth the effort. It’s definitely not a swimming beach – the water’s unpatrolled and somewhat unpredictable, so stay on the sand. But there’s heaps of interesting things for your dog to explore throughout its lengths, with lots of rocks and little reefs to scamper over.
: 2 Little Austinmer Ln, Austinmer NSW 2515
Culburra Beach – Berrys Bay
Of all the attention-seeking dog-friendly beaches on the NSW south coast, here’s a wide, luxuriously large beach that will immerse you and your dog in seemingly endless sunny days together. From 4 to 8pm every day in Spring and Summer, and from 3pm to 9am in Autumn and Winter, you’ll both be able to shed your cares and immerse yourselves in natural beauty (hopefully assisted by your favourite type of weather).
And when all that running, fetching, circling, paddling, and resting has worn you both out, why not slip on the lead and take one of two scenic walk options – Penguin Head Lookout to the South, or Crookhaven Lighthouse to the north? As you drink in all this rugged beauty, you can be content knowing that you’re also tiring your dog out for a night of deep, deep sleep.
: New South Wales 2540
Cormorant Beach – Bawley Point
Now, let’s go small-scale. (Remember, sometimes you both just want more compact terrain!) This short beach is great for a dog-focused romp, as it’s lead-free all the time.
And what’s better than one lead-free beach? Two lead-free beaches, of course! So, if you’re both really feeling outgoing, why not wait for low tide, then head around to the adjacent Bawley Beach, taking you past Bawley Point and also offering off-lead adventures all the time. Your dog will be feeling more spoiled than ever!
: Bawley Point NSW 2539
Here’s a long, calm beach where you can both partake in stress-free paddling. There’s not much in the way of current here, so wading together is a great way to get some bonding time in. Your dog can be lead-free for a major chunk of this one, too – from the headland at Pinnacle Point headland all the way to the intersection at Mundarra Way.
Calmness is the key here, so this is a popular spot with families aiming to get a bit of peace and quiet in nature. But there’ll be plenty of dogs with slightly more energetic plans, too, so head down, scamper across the sand, check out the rockpools together, then head into that shallow, calm water. Rated as one of the safest beaches around, there’s plenty for you both to love here.
: Surfside NSW 2536
Callala Beach Bay
Here’s one of those tropical delights that seems like it’s just stepped out of a postcard. The azure blue waters and snow-white sands of Callala Beach Bay will treat your senses while your dog follows more urgent pursuits (like fetching, so make sure you bring a ball along to this gem!).
One thing to remember here is that the off-lead times are a little bit tricky. The main thing you have to remember is that most of Callala Beach Bay is off-lead from 3pm to 10am from 1 May to 30 September, and from 4pm to 8am for the rest of the year.
So, what to do in those late morning hours? Why not consider an on-lead walk around Bicentennial Park, where you’ll find plenty of dogs and owners doing the same – as well as plenty of bins and dog bag dispensers to make your job easy.
: New South Wales 2540
To keep your dog energised all day at all those amazing beaches, remember to bring food that will give them all the energy they need for extended adventures. That’s what the Eukanuba dog food range
does brilliantly. Offering a complete nutritional balance for your eager and active beachside companion, it’s an essential ingredient for your day at the beach together.
With such a stunning collection of the best dog-friendly beaches in NSW, the coast of this fascinating state is one of the prime locations to experience a slice of paradise with your dog.