Dotted with picturesque villages, amazing local food and wine, adventurous trails and an abundance of stunning coastal views, the Sapphire Coast of NSW is sure to take your breath away. And your dog will be able to enjoy this gem of coastal wilderness too! That’s why we’ve found the best dog friendly beaches, cafes, breweries and camping sites on this dazzling stretch of coast. This is your Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Sapphire Coast!
by Rebecca Francis
Dog Friendly Beaches
Nestled between Pambula Beach and the Pambula River Mouth, you’ll find the dog friendly Lions Beach. There are rock borders at the northern and southern entrances which provide some stunning backdrops when you’re snapping a photo of your pooch at this magnificent beach. You can walk north 6km from Pambula Beach to Merimbula or walk a few hundred metres around the rocks to the Pambula River Mouth. The beach is very popular in summer so your pup is bound to make some new paw pals.
Approximately 6km north of Merimbula you’ll find Tura Beach, a beautiful 24 hour sandy dog beach right behind the Tura Beach Golf Course. Your pup will love splashing in the turquoise water and sniffing for treasures in the white sand. The easiest access is from the end of Tura Beach Drive and dogs are prohibited from entering the children’s play ground at the BBQ area.
A popular spot, and for good reason, Tathra Beach is a magnificent piece of the Sapphire Coast and has ample space for your and your pup on those summer days. The southern foreshore is lined with cafes and shopping, and the off lead area on this dog beach is south of the Tathra Country Club entrance to the car park north of Tathra Beach Caravan Park.
On the coast of the Eurobodalla National Park, you’ll find Jemisons Beach in Potato Point. This dog friendly beach allows pups to run off leash all day long. The sweeping bay offers magnificent views of the ocean and is a great stretch of sand for you and your pup to play fetch.The northern part of the point, Potato Point Beach, is timeshare off leash up to the National Park boundary at Brush Creek.
South of Camel Rock, Haywards Beach is a 24 hour off leash beach that’ll have your pooch bounding for joy. After splashing in the waves, dry off and head to the nearby Camel Rock Brewery for a bite to eat with your four legged pal.
Dog Friendly Pubs & Breweries
Moruya Waterfront Hotel
1-5 Princes Highway, Moruya
If you’re after a laid-back, cosy pub that relaxes by day and rocks at night, you simply can’t go past the Moruya Waterfront Hotel Motel. As long as you keep them leashed and clean up after them, four-legged patrons are very welcome. Perched on the grassy riverbank of the idyllic Moruya River, The Waterfront is a casual and open-plan layout. There is a shaded outdoor area where pups can sit and enjoy a drink or two with owners, and there are plenty of water bowls scattered throughout.
The Sundeck at Bermagui
73 Lamont Street, Bermagui
Located in the Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf Complex, The Sundeck is the pawfect place to sit back with your pup, admire the stunning views and watch the boats come in while enjoying the best coffee in town, or try some of the fresh local fish. Well behaved dogs on a leash are welcome to join you on the beautiful deck where there is shade and water available for your fur pal.
Tilba Valley Winery & Ale House
947 Old Highway, Corunna
Scenically located at the foothills of Mt Gulaga on the shores of the beautiful Corunna Lake, Tilba Valley Winery and Ale House is a family-run boutique winery that is popular amongst the locals. The dog-friendly winery is also venturing into craft beers and has a range to try in their new Ale House. With great food, live entertainment and unique wines and beers at hand, this is the perfect spot to relax on the weekend with your dog by your side. Dogs on leads can join owners in the spacious outdoor area where there is shaded seating and water bowls available.
Camel Rock Brewery Cafe
188 Wallaga Lake Road, Wallaga Lake
Located in the BIG4 Wallaga Lake Holiday Park, Camel Rock Brewery Cafe is the perfect stop for a craft brew, local wine and a bite to eat with your pooch. Their laidback American style menu is designed to complement the brews coming out of their microbrewery. Whether you are after a small snack or a hearty burger, there is something to please everyone on the menu. There is ample space for you and your pooch in the outdoor area and the whole area is covered so you and your pup can keep cool on those hot summer days.
3546 Princes Highway, Pambula
Tucked away in the beautiful surrounds of Oaklands in Pambula, Longstocking Brewery is big on brewing ales, lagers and ciders distinct in flavour. The atmosphere is relaxed, with plenty of indoor greenery, ample seating and the shaded deck is often full of craft beer and oyster lovers, and even dogs, enjoying a Sunday live music session. The brewery welcomes all dogs with a biscuit and even has a valet dog parking area.
Dog Friendly Cafes
The Downward Dog Cafe
81 Princes Highway, Bodalla
In the heart of Bodalla, The Downward Dog Cafe is a great dog friendly pit stop for a a coffee and cake date with your furry pal. The cosy cafe has beautiful and large covered stone courtyard where dogs can kick back with owners. There’s a great a la carte menu with plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options – there’s even puppachino’s on the menu!
JJ’s at the Marina
27 Beach Road, Batemans Bay
JJ’s at the Marina is a fun and fresh waterfront restaurant at The Marina in Batemans Bay. Utilising only the freshest produce, sourced locally where possible, allow this family-run restaurant to serve up consistently delicious dishes time and time again. It’s dog friendly and pups are allowed to join owners in the shaded outdoor area where there are magnificent water views.
Bermi’s Beachside Cafe
4 Lamont Street, Bermagui
Bermi’s Beach Side Café and Restaurant has arguably one of the best views in Bermagui, over looking Horseshoe Bay Beach and the Iconic Mt Dromedary. Not only will you and your pup be greeted with a smile from the friendly staff, but you’ll be amazed by the alfresco dining experience, a menu full of fresh local seafood and locally farmed grass fed beef, plus plenty of live entertainment. The dog friendly outdoor seating area is fully covered and even has heaters for when it gets a little chilly.
134 Imlay Street, Eden
If you’re looking for a cafe dedicated to local, healthy fare, then you’ll love Sprout Eden Cafe. Offering up Eden’s finest fresh produce, the food is delicious, nutritious and pesticide-free. It’s dog friendly and you can sit street-side with your dog or enjoy a more relaxed experience in the secluded back garden.
Dog Friendly Camping
Sapphire Coast is home to some of the best Dog Friendly Campgrounds in NSW. Here’s our Top3 camping and caravan parks for you to stay in the Sapphire Coast.
Mystery Bay Campground
This large and dog friendly campground offers generous camp sites scattered throughout the native bush of mainly spotted gums, with acacias and banksias closer to the spectacular cliff headlands and small beaches. The Mystery Bay Campground also has cold showers, water taps and pit toilets. All sites are unpowered, but with plenty of room for a boat, caravan or camper.
Noonameena Scout Camp
North Head Campground
Situated on the dunes of the Benjello Beach and within close proximity to the town of Moruya, the dog friendly Moruya North Head Campground is an ideal place to camp. The area is fantastic for fishing on the river and ocean, plus it’s a great swimming, snorkelling and surfing spot. The camping area offers toilet and cold shower facilities, firewood, tank and bore water. After a day exploring, head to the nearby Moruya Waterfront Hotel for a wind-down drink with your furry pal.