The 7 Best Off-Leash Dog Parks, Walks And Beaches In The Sutherland Shire

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As dog owners we often have to say just one simple word to get our furry friends' instant attention and have their tail wagging in no time. That word being 'walk' and we all know just how excited they get as soon as we pull out their leash.

It's like their version of a trip to Disneyland, so, as responsible pet owners, it's our duty to make their day and give them the best outdoor experience ever.

We've put together a list of the most 'pawsome' off-leash and dog-friendly areas around the Shire that your pup is free to run and play until their hearts content.

Carina Bay Reserve- Como

First up on our list is Carina Bay Reserve in Como, and let me tell you, it's paradise for your furry friend! This hidden gem has an off-leash area, making it the ideal spot for your canine to stretch their legs and have a ball.

The reserve offers convenient parking and shaded areas. Carina Bay Reserve even has bubblers to quench your thirst after all that running and playing with your dog. Just keep in mind that this reserve is not fenced, so be sure to keep an eye on your pup.

Where: Tivoli Esplanade, Como
Highlight: Parking, shade and bubblers.
Off-leash Hours: No time restrictions apply.
Important: The reserve is not fenced.

Greenhills Beach- Cronulla

If you're looking for a beach adventure with your furry friend, look no further than Greenhills Beach. Located just north of Wanda Beach, your pooch is sure to adore this beautiful stretch of sand and sea. Dogs are allowed on the beach during designated off-leash hours only, and the entrance to the off-leash area.

You can now bring your furry companion to the beach from 3pm til 10am and during daylight savings, the off-leash hours are from 4pm til 10am. Just remember to keep your dog on a leash when entering and leaving the off-leash area at Wanda Reserve before heading to the beach. And, have effective control of your dog at all times to ensure a safe and enjoyable time.

Where: 24 Mitchell Rd, Cronulla
Highlight: Scenic beach views.
Off-leash Hours: Non-daylight savings from 3pm to 10am & during daylight savings from 4pm to 10am.
Important: The beach is not patrolled and dogs must be on leash when entering and leaving the beach.

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Aspley Place- Taren Point

Attention greyhound owners! We've got some good news just for you and your speedy pups. Head on over to Apsley Place in Taren Point to find an exclusive off-leash area dedicated to greyhounds. Located behind Flower Power at baseball field no. 2, this spot is a haven for your four-legged sprinters.

The off-leash area is open on Sunday and Wednesday mornings from 7am to 10am. The large field is completely fenced, ensuring a secure environment for greyhound. To access this area, you'll need to be a member of Greyhounds Unleashed Inc. Reach out to them at guimembership@gmail.com to get details. And remember, when entering and leaving the dog off-leash area, your greyhound must be on a leash.

Where: 225 Holt Road, Taren point
Highlight: Exclusive Greyhound park.
Off-leash Hours: Sunday & Wednesday mornings from 7am to 10am.
Important: You must be a member of Greyhounds Unleashed Inc to use the reserve.

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Horderns Beach- Bundeena

If you're up for an adventure, head over to the Royal National Park at Bundeena, where you and your dog can experience the joy of Horderns Beach. From May to August, dogs are welcome to roam off-leash all day long from Monday to Sunday.

However, from September to April, dogs are allowed off-leash on weekdays before 8.30am and after 4.30pm. Unfortunately, on weekends and public holidays, they must remain on-leash. But don't let that dampen your spirits because this beach is worth the visit! With toilets, parking and nearby cafes, you can enjoy a dip or a playful session with your pup before grabbing a bite to eat.

Where: 1-3 Crammond Ave, Bundeena
Highlight: National Park beach views, amenities and nearby cafes.
Off-leash Hours: May- August Monday to Sunday, all day. September- April weekdays before 8.30am and after 4.30pm.
Important: Dogs are not welcome on weekends or public holidays during September- April.

Helena Street Reserve- Kirrawee

Helena Street Reserve in Kirrawee is the place to be for some tail-wagging fun. This dog-friendly off-leash area is suitable for all furry friends, and the best part? It's completely fenced and even split into two sections. This thoughtful design allows for the separation of large and small dogs, avoiding any potential disagreements that could arise between a feisty Chihuahua and a towering Doberman.

Within the fenced enclosure, dogs are free to roam off-leash from 4.30am to 10.30pm, giving them plenty of time to play and make some puppy pals. However, always consider neighbours and keep the noise level down after 7.00pm.

Where: Helena St, Kirrawee
Highlight: Reserve is split in two sections to seperate big dogs and small dogs.
Off-leash Hours: 4.30am to 10.30pm.
Important: Small dogs and big dogs must remain in their section, gates lock at 10.30pm.

Silver Beach- Kurnell

For more sandy fun take your pup to Silver Beach, Kurnell! The designated off-leash area is found between the third and fourth rock groynes at the end of the beach, to the right of Bonna Point boat ramp. Your dog will love playing in shallow waters and sandy shore line.

Across the road, you'll find Bonna Point Reserve, which offers toilets, water bubblers and a playground for little ones. If you're in need of a pick-me-up, there's even a café waiting to serve you across the road.

Where: 312 Prince Charles Parade, Kurnell
Highlight: Beach views, playground for children and cafe nearby.
Off-leash Hours: No time restrictions apply.
Important: Dogs must remain between the third and fourth rock groynes, they are not allowed anywhere else on Silver Beach.

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The Ridge Bush Park- Barden Ridge

To give your dogs a true taste of nature why not take them to The Ridge Dog Off-Leash Bush Park. This dog park is conveniently located on the outer edge of Barden Ridge netball courts and is fenced off for your peace of mind. The enclosure has a spacious grass area and natural bushland.

Although when visiting, it's important to keep in mind that this is a bush park and there may be ticks, snakes or spiders. When you and your four-legged friend are ready to leave, check yourself and your pet for any unwelcome hitchhikers. With a little caution, this park is the perfect place for your pup to enjoy nature.

Where: The Ridge Dog Off-Leash Bush Park, Barden Ridge
Highlight: A fenced bush-land nature reserve.
Off-leash Hours: 7am til sunset.
Important: Beware of ticks, snakes and spiders, check yourself and your dog when leaving!


Now let's not forget the golden rule of being a responsible pet owner: pick up after your pup! Yes, we know it's not the most glamorous part of the whole dog park experience, but it is essential!

So, pack some treats and head out to one of these dog-friendly destinations around the Shire. Your furry friend will be forever grateful and you'll get to witness that infectious puppy play firsthand. Always remember to be mindful of others and take care of your furry companion. Now, go get that leash before they give you those puppy dog eyes!


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