Sydney is a great city for dog lovers. With 38% of New South Wales pet owners being dog owners, the rise of dog-friendly establishments is hardly surprising.
The Eastern Suburbs is seeing a surge in restaurants and cafes opening their doors to our furry pals – meaning you will never have to leave your pooch behind, no matter what you’re doing. The East is the perfect place to enjoy a run, a swim, a coffee or a bite to eat, all with your four-legged best friend by your side.
Read on to find out some of my favourite dog-friendly spots in the Eastern Suburbs.
Centennial Parklands, Centennial Park: With two large designated off-leash areas, there is no shortage of space to enjoy at the iconic Centennial Parklands. There are two dog-friendly cafes onsite, The Greenhouse and Centennial Homestead – perfect for a meal after a walk. In the summer months, the park is also home to Moonlight Cinema, an open-air cinema where dogs are welcome.
Environmental Park, Randwick: Despite encompassing 13 hectares of parkland, bushland and wetland, Environmental Park is still relatively unknown to many. Take your dog for a scenic on-leash stroll along the 1.3km loop through the wetlands and sustainability hub.
Bangor Park, Coogee: A huge sloping park perfect for games and activities. It is also one of the completely off-leash parks in the Eastern Suburbs.
Burrows Park, Clovelly: Another off-leash, large open space for dogs to roam and socialise.
Kutti Beach, Vaucluse: Nestled between Parsley Bay Reserve and Watsons Bay, Kutti Beach is a small, quiet harbour beach, perfect for your dog to romp around in the sand and surf. It can be accessed only via a narrow staircase next to the Vaucluse Amateur Sailing Club.
Rose Bay Foreshore, Rose Bay: A sandy bay beach perfect for dogs to roam off-leash and splash in the water, especially at low tide, this one is probably the most well-known and frequented dog friendly beach in the area.
Restaurants and bars
Coogee Pavilion, Coogee: Only a stone’s throw from bustling Coogee Beach is the local institution that is Coogee Pavilion, sprawling over three levels and boasting unmatched ocean views. Let your pooch rest in the designated outdoor dog parking bays while you enjoy a drink or a bite to eat inside.
The Sheaf, Double Bay: A famous spot in the East, The Sheaf is known for its lush beer garden. A great spot for a mid-walk rest, enjoy the sun and some good company with your dog by your side.
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, Watsons Bay: Another stunning East Sydney icon, take in the stunning water views after a walk around the cliffs of South Head. Enjoy some fresh seafood to yourself, and a big bowl of water for the pooch.