Pets & Animals

Dog Friendly Beaches + Parks In The Illawarra

Where To Take Your Pooch For Some Fresh Air And Exercise In The Illawarra


We might not be lovin’ this lockdown but our pooches are. Their humans are home!!! If you’re looking for somewhere to head out with your doggo, here’s a list of dog friendly parks and beaches across the Illawarra to take your pooch for some fresh air, frisbee throwing, ball chasing and furry fun!

Remember to follow the current rules and stay within your local government area or within 10km of your home.

Rules for when you leave home.

Dog-friendly parks and beaches in the Wollongong LGA

Dog-friendly Beaches in Wollongong, Illawarra


Off-leash beach areas in the Wollongong LGA are split into green, orange and red zones.

Red is a no go at any time.

Dogs can visit orange zone beaches in summer [start of September school holidays to Anzac Day] before 9am and after 6pm, and in winter before 9am and after 4pm.

Dogs can go off-leash at any time in a green zone BUT they must be on a leash going to or from a green zone.

Green Zone Off-leash Beach Areas

Sharky’s Beach, Coledale
Little Austinmer Beach
McCauley’s Beach, in between Thirroul and Bulli
Bellambi Beach :: [allocated area – follow the signs]
East Corrimal Beach
Fairy Meadow Beach :: [allocated area – follow the signs]
Puckey’s Beach, North Wollongong :: [allocated area – follow the signs]
Coniston Beach, south of City Beach
Stanwell Park Beach
MM Beach, Port Kembla
Perkins Beach, Primbee

Orange Zone Off-leash Beach Areas

Off-leash Dog Parks

Proud Park, Helensburgh
Figtree Oval
Riley Park, Unanderra
King George V Oval, Port Kembla
Reed Park, Dapto
Eleebana Reserve, Koonawarra

Dog friendly parks and beaches in the Shellharbour LGA

Dog Parks in Shellharbour, Illawarra


Dogs are prohibited at beaches in the Shellharbour LGA but there are some dog parks for our four-legged to run around in.

And of course, you can walk your pupper on-leash. We love wandering around Lake Illawarra and heading up to Blackbutt Reserve for some two-legged and four-legged exercise.

Off-leash Dog Parks

Croom Regional Sporting Complex, Albion Park Rail
Flinders Dog Park :: Whittaker Street, Flinders
Oak Flats Dog Park :: Kingston Street, Oak Flats
Jock Brown Oval [southern end] :: Messenger Road, Barrack Heights
The Shallows Coastal Reserve, access via Bass Point Tourist Road
Alex Hoffman Park, Mount Warrigal

Dog friendly parks and beaches in Kiama LGA

Dog Parks in Kiama, Illawarra


Off-leash areas are mainly beach side in the Kiama area and a dog agility park too.

There are some key rules around where dogs are and aren’t allowed both off-leash and on. Check them out on Kiama Municipal Council’s website.

Off-leash areas

There you go! Plenty of spots for you to get some exercise with your fur baby!

Remember to follow signage and any council rules and regs [and pick up the pooooooo!] .

Penny Webb

Penny is The Fold’s resident word nerd and Managing Editor. When she’s not whipping up articles about all the fabulous things to do and people to meet in the Illawarra, she moonlights as a taxi driver, ferrying three teenagers around the countryside (and back again)! Penny has an uncanny knack for attracting snakes to whatever mountain biking trail she hits on the weekend, which is quickly followed by a cheeky chardonnay or G&T to get over said slithery encounter.
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