Sutherland Shire Council is proud to offer six off-leash dog-friendly areas, including beaches, that are designed to meet the needs of both dogs and their owners. A dog off leash area is indicated by the following sign:
Please check signs at each site for specific dog off leash times and other regulations.
When taking your dog to an off-leash area, please keep in mind the following:
- Please respect the environment and the enjoyment of others using our outdoor areas and immediately 'scoop the poop' and put it in a bin or take it home.
- If you choose to exercise your dog off leash in the approved areas, you must have effective control of your dog, meaning you must be close by and you must carry the leash to use if required.
- You must not be in control of more than 4 dogs at the same time.
- These areas are also used by members of the general public and their families. Your dog should not cause a nuisance to other users within the area.
- For the wellbeing of other dogs, please do not take dogs suffering from a contagious disease, skin irritation or parasitic infection to off leash areas.
- Dog off leash areas may consist of naturally occurring risks and hazards. Please consider the conditions before using any dog off-leash area.
Help us to Protect our Environment
There are some areas of the Shire that contain sensitive environmental areas or endangered or protected wildlife. Dogs are completely prohibited from these areas, regardless of whether they are leashed or not. Please help us protect these areas and preserve our environment by respecting this regulation.
This applies to the following areas:
If you see this sign it means that dogs are completely prohibited from the area, regardless of whether they are leashed or not.
Dog owners can help protect endangered shorebirds
Shorebirds and their habitat are under threat from increased human activity. Some migratory shorebirds travel between the northern Arctic region and Sutherland Shire each year in search of food on our beaches, sandflats and estuaries. If shorebirds are disturbed while feeding or resting they may not put on the layers of fat needed to make the long migration and can fail to breed. Birds see dogs as natural predators and will take flight if a dog is observed. Even on a leash or if it just wants to play, your dog can impact on these amazing creatures. Share our natural areas with native animals by not taking your dog to the few areas in the Shire have been declared as wildlife protection areas.
Sooty and Pied Oystercatchers are endangered shorebirds that nest on some of our quieter beaches. The eggs and chicks are vulnerable and can be unknowingly harmed. For more information, download our brochure, Shorebirds Need Your Protection.
Dogs are prohibited from bathing areas (including beaches) unless the beach is designated as a dog off leash area.