It’s the weekend, and your dog has been looking forward to it as much as you have. There is nothing our furry companions like more than discovering new dog friendly places and spending time with us. We at Pupsy want to inspire you to go and explore beyond the familiar corners and smells and make some pawsome everlasting memories!
Sydney’s Northern Beaches offer plenty of dog friendly places for chilling out and exploration alike. We have listed our favourite dog friendly spots for you to build your day trip. We guarantee you and your pup won’t be disappointed.
Go for a pizza with your furry friend at the Cranzgots North Avalon!
… but before you start exploring!
We believe the best way to start your journey to the Northern Beaches with your dog is by getting some treats and perhaps a new ball 🐶. Here are the best DOG SERVICES in the area!
PetO – Pet Stores in Northern Beaches
PetO is an Australian owned family business run by locals since opening in 2007. They support many Sydney based animal charities and believe in “think adoption first” – so don’t sell live animals. Bring your furry friend to one of their stores in Northern Beaches to start your day!
A Groom with a View
A Groom With a View is satisfying every detail of your dog’s grooming needs. Whether your pup needs a trim, a bath, or a full haircut, only the highest quality products and techniques are used to ensure your pet looks and feels their best. Julia looks after your furry friend with heaps of care, which is probably why she has such a long list of loyal customers.
Pampawd Pets – Doggie Day Care & Grooming
Heading to Northern Beaches but have some activities planned without your pooch or maybe you are in the need for a Day Care for you dog on a more regular basis? Pampawd Pets offers boutique dog daycare and grooming in Warriewood. Daycare open from 7am till 6:30pm. Free trial for new customers
Dog friendly walks & off leash areas
1. Manly Lagoon
Queenscliff / Manly
Manly Lagoon is 24h dog beach that stretches all the way to Queenscliff Beach Bike path. Water access is provided for the dogs that are keen to cool down on a hot summer’s day.
2. Flora & Ritchie Roberts Reserve & Curl Curl Lagoon
Flora & Ritchie Roberts Reserve is a large and very popular 24/7 dog beach with water access from sandy foreshore where Curl Curl Lagoon enters Curl Curl beach.
3. Narrabeen Lagoon Trail
If you and your dog are keen for a longer exercise walk, Narrabeen Lagoon Trail is the place to go. You can walk around the entire lagoon while taking in beautiful scenery and plenty of fresh air. This dog friendly walk is 8.4km long and it will take 2-3 hours to do the entire loop. You can also choose just one part of the trail and walk back the same way if you’re short on time or your pup isn’t the most energetic. There are a couple of picnic spots with water stations, but it’s always best to come prepared. Make sure you begin the walk with water for both of you, and you’ll be able to refill on the way.
Also bear in mind that about half the trail is exposed, so can get very hot during summer. What you’ll notice is that the trail has a very friendly atmosphere. Joggers, hikers, leisure cyclists and families with small kids on bikes all enjoy the area. It can get a bit crowded sometimes, but we have found that everyone is respectful and accommodating, so no need to worry about feeling intimidated in any way by all the traffic.
4. South Mona Vale Headland
If you want to get some exercise done while taking your dog to the off leash park, South Mona Vale Headland is the place for you. This dog off lead area right behind Mona Vale Hospital has a rather steep hill, perfect for you to do some uphill walking / running, while your pooch is having a blast with his/her new mates. There is also a large flat area at the bottom of the hill to go and have a rumble with your furry friend.
5. Rowland Reserve
Rowland Reserve in Bayview is one of the most amazing off leash dog parks in Sydney. It has a large grass area to run and chase and easy access to the beach to go for a swim with your pooch. Fresh water is always available at the puppy drinking fountain, and there are trees at the edge of the park if you need some shade. It is very popular with locals and you will always find a lot of playmates for your dog. During the weekends you’ll often find dog wash services and even a mobile cafe. There is a dedicated parking section of the large car park for dog park users, and limited parking on the street.
6. Newport to Bilgola Coastal Walk
Newport – Bilgola
Beautiful dog friendly coastal walk between Northern Beaches villages of Newport and Bilgola. Park your car at the Newport beach carpark and make your way to the northern end of the beach from where the track starts. Enjoy the stunning ocean views while your dog explores new smells along the track. At Bilgola, stop for a coffee at the dog friendly Zubi Cafe @ Billy’s and take in the lazy beach life of the peninsula.
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Dog Friendly Cafes & Restaurants
After all that playing and running at the park, it’s time to refuel. Most cafes allow your dog to sit outside with you for a coffee but if you are after a super chilled atmosphere for both of you head to one of these soulful dog friendly cafes.
Fika is a Swedish word that translates as ‘taking a break for coffee and a bite to eat’. But really it’s much more than that. It’s a moment to relax, to catch up with your family and to laugh with your friends, furry ones included. It’s making up for lost time, or part of your daily ritual. A cosy escape, or a refreshing pause. It’s the time between meals, the place between destinations. There’s always time for Fika.
Dogs are always welcome to join your for a “fika” at the outdoor seating area! Oh and don’t forget to get one of their Roo Burger treats for your furry friend.
Cranzgots is a dog friendly Pizza, Bar & Cafe tucked away in the heart of Avalon. More than just a pizza cafe – they are a vibrant community hub, a stage for local musicians, and most importantly, a welcoming atmosphere for the entire family, furry ones included.
Sammy’s is a dog friendly cafe with a stunning location in Careel Bay. Sit and relax on the deck above the water and enjoy the beautiful views over the bay.
10. Hemingway’s Manly
Dog friendly cafe Hemingway’s offers the best coffee, brunch and lunch during the day transforming into carefully curated restaurant and cocktail bar at night. Dogs are welcome on the outside are (they might even make an exception in case of rain). And if you are lucky, your pup might be receiving a special bacon treat from the staff.
11. Brew & I
Dog friendly cafe Brew & I is passionate about locally sourced, free range and organic produce. They believe it’s the small things that constitute a conscientious lifestyle. Slow down, take time and think long term. Dogs are welcome everywhere at Brew & I.
12. The Boatshed Cafe & Bar
The perfect place to stop & take in the breathtaking views of the Narrabeen Lake! Relax for Breakfast or Lunch by the water (Dinner Friday & Saturdays). Stop by for a coffee or fresh juice after a walk around the Lake with your pup. Dogs are allowed on downstairs partly covered lakefront tables.
Pasadena is a beautiful waterfront dog friendly restaurant in picturesque Church Point where you can enjoy the sweeping Pittwater views. With the perfect location comes a world class chef and menu that will continue to evolve to excite your palate. Dogs are welcome to join you at the outdoor seating area (this is where you want to be seated anyway). Dog friendly waterfront garden
14. The Sneaky Grind
The Sneaky Grind as its name suggests, is not the easiest place to find, which makes it locals’ favourite in Avalon. It’s a Surf Shop / Café with some of the most dog friendly staff you will come across, and your pooch is likely not going to be the only dog having coffee with their human parents at this chilled hidden gem.
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Dog Friendly Pubs & Bars
15. Harbord Hotel
Located just moments away from the beach, dog friendly Harbord Hotel encapsulates Freshwater’s rich history and young spirit, offering a laidback haven for Northern Beaches locals from breakky to sundown. Dogs are always welcome on the outdoor area that has large market umbrellas to give some shade. Dog friendly outdoor area
16. Park House
Friendly staff at the dog friendly pub The Park House welcomes you and your pooch anywhere in the outdoor areas and is always happy to bring water for the thirsty four legged guests. Outdoor area at the back also has an automatic roof that comes on if the sun gets a bit too hot or sudden rain drops start threatening you.
17. The Newport
It is simply impossible to write about dog friendly places in the Northern Beaches without including The Newport. This iconic establishment has always welcomed dogs of all kinds to join their human parents. Dogs are allowed everywhere in the venue and The Newport even organises events for their furry regulars. If you are after a lazy afternoon with your pup, this is the place to be.
18. Alma Avalon
There is more to the dog friendly Northern Beaches than Newport. Mexican inspired bar/restaurant Alma Avalon welcomes you and your dog at their covered front deck to have a drink and some snacks while watching the lazy Avalon beach life rolling by.
19. Sunset Diner
Right next door to Alma Avalon, you can find a great xasual dog friendly burger joint. Drop by at this American Style bar / restaurant for a meal with the entire family. Furry ones are welcome at the garden in the back of the venue.
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Dog Friendly Breweries
20. Freshwater Brewing
Freshwater Brewing Co. is for all of us (furry friends included), a place and beer to share with friends, family and neighbours. Drop into our Taproom and try a super fresh beer straight from the tanks. We are proudly independent and local.
Freshwater is a growing family and we are proud to be part of the village fun. We’re about good beer: thirst quenching, balanced and delicious. Beer that doesn’t interrupt the good times but fuels them. Best enjoyed down at the beach with mates.
Dogs are welcome everywhere at the venue, making it one of our favourite places to visit in Brookvale!
Don’t forget to get one of the Mini Roo Burger treats for your pup at the bar 🐶
21. 4 Pines Truck Bar
Dog Friendly Brewery Bar in the heart of the Sydney’s latest craft beer destination at Brookvale. Dogs are welcome inside the venue so take your pup with you for a tasting!
At the heart of the 4 Pines Brewing Co, shadowed by rows of steel fermenters, is a 1960 Dodge pickup, tapped up with 21 unique styles of the freshest beer we have created for our beer loving community.
Grab a mate and sit back by the old girl’, fresh pint in hand, and take in the Brewery’s sweet amoras of purging malt and fresh hops. Build up an appetite for the fresh eats from Ed’s Food truck and tuck in watching all the live action on the big screen.
22. 7th Day Brewery
Your local dog friendly tap-house, big-hearted with a thirst for excellence. Dogs are welcome to join you inside the tap house. 7th Day Brewery in Brookvale, makes one of the best crafted brews on the Northern Beaches, one small batch at a time.
23. Nomad Brewing
Nomad Brewing Co. is another great dog friendly brewery located further south in Brookvale. Choose from 11 different beers on tap; your pup will be satisfied with his/her own bowl of H2O.
24. Bucketty’s Brewing
Bucketty’s is a pawesome dog friendly craft brewery in the up and coming craft beer central of Sydney, Brookvale. Serving up fresh delicious beers, sick food and guaranteed good times, it is a must visit with your pooch in the Northern Beaches. Dogs are welcome inside the brewery or enjoy a drink with you at the outdoor seating area protected from sun by large umbrellas. Dogs welcome inside
25. Dad & Dave’s Brewing
Dad & Dave’s is a dog friendly brewery in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. It is independently owned and operated family business. Dogs are welcome to visit the brewery as long as they are well behaved and on the leash. Dogs welcome inside
26. Manly Spirits Co Distillery
Dog friendly Artisan Distillery serving the most delicious cocktails (+beer) to enjoy sitting next to your best 4 legged friend. Made with the award winning gins, vodkas, whiskies and liqueurs distilled in our ‘steam punk’ style copper pot stills. A touch peckish….they also serve gourmet pies, cheese & antipasto boards and more.
27. Modus Operandi
If you are a beer enthusiastic, then your visit to Northern Beaches is not complete without visiting the dog friendly Modus Operandi Brewery. While your pup has a sniff and play with Stout (the local brewdog), you can explore the selection of beautifully crafted local beers. Modus Operandi also runs their own kitchen in case you feel hungry after the day’s events.
28. Avalon Brewery
Avalon Brewery is a small dog friendly brewery located in Avalon Beach. Their beer is all-natural, a fresh, crisp brew from a magic mix of malt, yeast, water and hops, and no nasties chucked in. Better for the people, better for the palate, better for the planet. Open on Fridays for two and four legged guests. Entry into the courtyard is located next to the butcher.
Find other dog friendly pubs, bars and breweries in Northern Beaches and beyond.
If you have a bit more time…
We highly recommend a day across the Pittwater to Patonga. Take the dog friendly ferry from Palm Beach that runs only a couple of times a day, so check the times.
On arrival to Patonga Beach, which is 24h off leash have a swim and play with your pooch or simply chill and watch the world go by before heading to the dog friendly bar The Boathouse Patonga for lunch or afternoon drink before heading back to the ferry.