Visiting Cronulla Dog Beach with a Dog

Cronulla is home to one of the best dog-friendly beaches in Sydney. Greenhills Dog Beach is the only ocean-facing dog beach in the entire Sydney region, making it a popular destination for dog owners from all over Sydney, especially larger more adventurous dogs who enjoy paddling in the waves.

Cronulla Dog Beach

Location of Cronulla Dog Beach

Greenhills Dog Beach is on the northern edge of Cronulla, just north of Wanda Beach. The off-leash dog exercise area is located between Gates 1 and 5 on Greenhills Beach. On Google Maps, search for “Greenhills Beach Off Leash Area”.

Greenhills Beach Looking Towards Cronulla
Greenhills Beach is located on the northern edge of Cronulla

There’s a large carpark just behind the beach, at the end of Mitchell Road and adjacent to Wanda Reserve. It’s best to park at the northern end of the car park, then walk with your dog on a leash to Gate 5. Dogs need to be kept on leash in Wanda Reserve. Dogs are also prohibited from the dunes behind the beach, as well as on Wanda Beach.

Access to Greenhills Dog Beach
Accessing the off-leash area at Gate 5

When Are Dogs Allowed on Cronulla Dog Beach?

Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed off-leash on Greenhills Beach all day long. Time restrictions apply, with dogs only allowed during the early morning and late afternoon.

During daylight savings time, dogs are permitted on the beach before 10am and after 4pm, seven days a week. During the winter months, the hours are lengthened, with dogs permitted on the beach after 3pm. Double check the signs, as some variations to the hours have been trialled.

Note that dogs are completely prohibited on Greenhills Beach outside of these hours. Dogs are not even allowed on the beach leashed during the middle of the day.

Cronulla Dog Beach Sign
Dogs are not allowed on the beach outside of off-leash hours

Tips for Visiting Greenhills Dog Beach

Greenhills Beach is unpatrolled and as such swimming by humans is not recommended. I’d also recommend that you keep a close eye on your pups if they paddle in the water, which can be rough on some days.

Dogs on Greenhill Beach
Keep any eye on the waves at this ocean-facing beach

Dog-Friendly Cafes Near Cronulla Dog Beach

Just a short walk from the carpark is Top Shop at Wanda, on the corner of Mitchell Road and Links Avenue. This cafe is open daily for breakfast and lunch, except on Sunday when it closes late morning. Other dog owners report a warm welcome, even a chance of a dog treat. There’s also the option to pre-order on their website.

For more cafe options, head further south to the centre of Cronulla. Two dog-friendly cafes in Cronulla are Next Door Cronulla and Watersedge Cafe, both close to the beach and with plenty of outdoor tables.

What Else to Do Near Cronulla Dog Beach

There’s plenty of waterfront footpaths on the Cronulla peninsula, a great spot to go for a stroll with your pup at your side. Naturally though, they need to be kept on a leash.

Alternatively, for an adventurous dog-friendly day out, check out Boat Harbour Park. This privately owned 4WD park provide access to a 2km stretch of beach on the Kurnell Peninsula. Both one-day and season passes available, with pet dogs welcome to join you.

Boat Harbour Park
Dogs are allowed at the privately run Boat Harbour Park

For more ideas of what to do around Cronulla with a dog, check out my guide to dog-friendly Cronulla.

Alternative Dog-Friendly Beaches

The closest alternative dog-friendly beach to the Cronulla Dog Beach is the Kurnell Dog Beach. Dogs are allowed off-leash on a section of Silver Beach all day long. However, unlike Greenhills Beach, it’s not an ocean-facing beach, instead located on the shores of Botany Bay.

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About the Author

Photo of Shandos & Schnitzel

Shandos Cleaver is the founder of Travelnuity: Dog-Friendly Travel. She has travelled extensively with her Miniature Dachshund, Schnitzel, including to 33 countries across Europe, every state and territory of Australia except Tasmania, and 10 of the United States. She’s passionate about providing inspiration and information to others wanting to travel with their dogs, whether close to home or internationally.

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