Our 5 favourite dog walks on the Northern Beaches
With plenty of beaches, parks, lakes and just all-round good vibes, I’m sure most of us would agree the Northern Beaches is a pretty epic place to live.
So, for you want to get out and enjoy this place we’re lucky enough to live – and get some quality 1-1 time with your pooch (when we’re not walking them for you!) – here are some of the top spots we recommend you take your dog for a walk, swim or run around off-leash.
1. Rowland Reserve – Pittwater Road, Bayview
Right on the water, this park has plenty of space for your dog to run around and frolick in the water. With views overlooking Pittwater, it’s a pretty nice spot for you to take in the serenity.
And if you feel like a short walk, you can wander up to Winnererremy Bay for a different view of Pittwater and a coffee at Flying Fox Café – they love dogs too!
Unleashed dogs? Yes
2. McCarrs Creek Reserve, Church Point
Nestled up McCarrs Creek Rd, next to the creek and hidden amongst the bushes is a picturesque little reserve which is trialling off-lead dogs from Monday to Friday. It’s perfect for a whole family outing with picnic facilities and BBQs. If you feel like exploring into the bush a little too, there’s small trails on the outskirts of the reserve.
Unleashed dogs? Yes, Monday to Friday
3. Jamieson Park Walk, Narrabeen Lagoon
You can start this walk at Jamieson Park – a reserve hidden away along the southern foreshores of Narrabeen Lagoon (access it from The Esplanade, Narrabeen). From here you can walk the whole lagoon if you’re really keen – 8.6km in total – or just pick a section. The lake is beautiful and you’ll see locals enjoying windsurfing, kayaking fishing or picnicking on the banks.
Here’s a handy map and guide to Narrabeen Lagoon and the whole walking route: https://files.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/recreational-areas/jamieson-park/warringahnarrabeen-lagoononline.pdf
Unleashed dogs? No, but there’s plenty of walking track for them to get their exercise in.
4. Long Reef Headland, between Collaroy and Dee Why
A 3km loop around Long Reef golf course, this is the perfect walk for ocean views, whale watching and includes an off-leash area for your dog. The whole loop will take about an hour in total. Make sure you get to the very top of the headland for an amazing view of the coastline both north and south.
Check out the map for a full view of the route: https://files.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/recreational-areas/long-reef-headland/warringahlong-reef-headlandonline.pdf
Unleashed dogs? Yes and no – see map for more details!
Another great open space for your dog to run around and play as well as explore the little walk ways and bridges of Curl Curl Lagoon.
You’re also just across the road from beautiful Curl Curl beach which also has sand dunes and areas for your dog to play (off leash) along with Gusto on the Beach café for when you both need a bit of rest and recuperation.
Map of the area here! https://files.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/adamstnewweb_1.pdf
Unleashed dogs? Yes