There are few things as pleasurable as playing with your dog on a beach. Australia has hundreds of beaches, but not all of them are dog-friendly or suitable for an active, curious pet. If you’re looking for great options in the South Coast, here’s a list of recommendations that can help:
- McCauley Beach at Thirroul, Wollongong
McCauley Beach is so popular with pet-parents that people drive for several hours from Sydney to spend some time here. The beach is spacious enough to accommodate a large number of people without feeling too crowded. Families with kids and young puppies can play in creeks leading to the sea while big dogs and adults can be more adventurous. McCauley Beach is a favourite local surfing spot, and the residents are amicable. You can your pet will have a great time here.
- Little Austinmer Beach at Wollongong
Little Austinmer is an ideal spot for people who want to visit a quieter and less crowded beach. The beach is unique and enchanting with its tall pines growing on grassy slopes. There’s a lot of room for pets to explore, play, or have fun outdoors. You get 300 meters of sandy shores to explore at your own pace. Pets can go unleashed, which allows owners to relax and enjoy the scenery as well.
- Culburra Beach at Berrys Bay
Culburra Beach and its neighbouring Currarong Beach offer over 7 kilometres of white sands to explore. Pets can be leash-free between 4 PM and 8 PM so owners can soak up the atmosphere while puppies explore. These beaches aren’t very crowded, offering a very casual vibe to visitors. You can also explore the nearby town and visit different dog-friendly establishments. Most pet owners who visit often stay for a couple of days to relax. You can also explore the nearby Jervis Bay National Park if there’s time to spare.
- Nelsons Beach in Vincentia, Jervis Bay
If you’re fond of Dolphins, this is a great place to visit. It is easy to spot playful dolphins going about their day from the beach when the sun is up. Pet owners can swim, play fetch, or have fun in the water between 4 PM to 8 PM every day. Nelsons is an expansive beach, so there’s plenty of room to have fun. Residents often run with their pets along the coastline every morning.
- Collers Beach at Ulladulla
Collers is a popular surfing spot for locals and the ideal place for dogs who love to run around. The beach is relatively isolated, so you can roam about without having to deal with crowds. Calm ocean waters are ideal for swimming, especially for young kids or puppies. There’s another beach towards the north that attracts more visitors, but it is not as pet-friendly. Collers is an excellent spot if you’re looking for a calm break away from city life for a weekend.
- Cormorant Beach at Bawley Point
If you have a small puppy and are worried about losing track of it on a beach, Cormorant Beach is a great option. It offers ample room to play fetch, run around, swim, or have fun, but it isn’t big enough to cause problems. You don’t need to deal with crowds, even on weekends, because this beach is small and somewhat isolated. There’s a foreshore reserve by it so you can let puppies explore exciting places to your heart’s content.
These are just some of the many beautiful dog-friendly beaches on the South Coast of Australia. Other options include Narrawallee, Plantation Point, Callala, and so much more.