dog walking

It’s a dog’s life and nowhere is that more true than on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Manly Traveller’s Guide looks at the vast array of walks available to the more than 40,000 pampered pooches on the peninsula.



A firm favourite is the walk either from South Steyne to Manly Lagoon – or perhaps from the other direction starting from Pittwater Road through Lagoon Reserve. This is an off-leash area for dogs so they can enjoy running and splashing in the lagoon.

North Harbour Reserve to Forty Baskets Beach. Another area where dogs are allowed off-leash. Walk from Manly to North Harbour Reserve, off Condamine Street in Balgowlah, along the coastal path enjoying the views of the many harbour beaches. Alternatively, walk from the reserve to Forty Baskets Beach and Reef Beach along what is essentially part of the Manly to Spit Bridge walk. Dogs can be walked as far as the end of Forty Baskets where the National Park starts.

Clontarf Reserve is a popular spot for dogs and they can have a splash in the water. Dogs are allowed on the beach but only on a lead as this has not yet been declared an off-leash area. You can walk your dog on a lead between 10am and 6pm (AEST) and 10am and 8pm (AEST) on weekends, school holidays and public holidays.

Flora and Richie Roberts Reserve, North Curl Curl,
is another full-time off-leash dog area close to North Curl Curl Beach. It is a large space where your dog can run through the grass dunes, and dive into the water where
Curl Curl Lagoon meets the sea. Idyllic territory for dogs.