The Central Coast is home to some of New South Wale’s best beaches, and lucky for us dog owners, many of them are dog friendly. If you’re the proud parent of a seagull-chasing, water-loving pooch, you’ve come to the right place. Our Kelpie, Sprocket, loves a day at the beach – the more sand and off-leash runs, the better. Here are our favourite dog friendly beaches on the coast.
One of the most enclosed beaches on the Central Coast, Forresters Beach, is a favourite with the local four-legged residents. The beach is surrounded by large houses that sit atop the cliff edges and overlook the sand. There are toilet and shower facilities located in the street carpark so there’s plenty of fresh drinking water on tap. The only downside to Forresters is that there are always quite rough waves so if your pooch is anything like our Sprocket, they won’t go swimming.
The long, flat stretch of sand located between Ettalong and Umina is dog friendly and is great for dogs enjoying their first time on the beach. The waves are generally calm and quiet so there are always lots of furry friends and young families here. The beach has showers, taps and a carpark. There’s also the surf lifesaving club takeaway store with outdoor seating for humans and pooches. We taught Sprocket to walk off lead on Ocean Beach of an evening as there are always far less people around and the long stretch of sand makes it harder for pups in training to run off.
Putty Beach, Killcare
The middle section of Putty beach is reserved for off-leash fun and furry friends. There’s a small carpark and street parking available. Bins are located in the car park, but there are no taps so pack plenty of water. Dogs aren’t allowed in the campground and BBQ areas so you’ll need to pack a picnic too.
Wamberal Beach is one of our favourite beaches on the coast, and now it’s one of Sprocket’s favourites too. The dog friendly section is located on the Terrigal Beach end where the river meets the ocean. Terrigal is also home to dog friendly cafes and restaurants and a large dog friendly park so it’s Wamberal is a great choice if you’re planning on spending the day out.
Located just south of Terrigal is Avoca Beach whose dog friendly section extends between the ocean and the river. You really do get the best of both worlds with the calm water of the river and waves for those who enjoy a plunge in the ocean. The beach also features some grassed picnic areas, toilets and a carpark. There are also a number of dog friendly cafes and restaurants on the main street behind the beach if you want to grab a bite to eat.
Macmasters Beach is a long stretch of sand that connects to Copacabana Beach. The dog friendly section of the beach is at the northern end around the Cochrane Lagoon area where Macmasters joins Copacabana. This is also accessible via a short foot track near the end of Tudibaring Parade. There is a carpark but this can get busy on the weekend in summer so get there early!
The only thing I think these beaches are missing is dog friendly picnic and BBQ areas. Often these are located in national parks which are, for obvious conservation reasons, not dog friendly.
If you have a favourite dog friendly beach anywhere in Australia, let me know in the comments below! We’re always up for a road trip.
Ash and Dave (and Sprocket)