Top 5 Dog-Friendly Parks in Sydney’s North Shore

Alice Newen | 11 October, 2023

            Top 5 Dog-Friendly Parks in Sydney’s North Shore

Poop bags, treats, sunscreens, and the list could go on. 

Preparing MAMA dog bags for a park outing can be overwhelming. And it becomes even more difficult if you can’t decide where to go yet. After all, North Shore Sydney has a vast paw-some selection of dog-friendly parks where your fur babies can frolic and play. 

As fellow fur parents, we understand the struggle. Hence, we decided to curate a list of the top 5 dog-friendly parks in Sydney’s North Shore, making it easier to narrow your choices and select only the best for your dog!

So, leash up, pack some treats, and explore the best dog parks in Sydney North Shore!

1. St Leonards Park

Wanting to drive away the bore in North Shore?

Then spend the day with your pooch in one of the best dog parks in Sydney North Shore—St Leonards Park! It’s wide, rich in history, complete with sports facilities, and everything your dog might find interesting. After all, the park features the Anzac War Memorial, Tunks Fountain, the Music Shell, and the impressive North Sydney Oval!

But more than these, St Leonards Park stands out for being dog-friendly! 27.1% of park visitors are walking dogs since the park has designated on-leash and off-leash zones. Here, dogs can run, play, flaunt their trendy bandanas, and socialise freely, making it a fantastic spot for exercise and bonding with other fur parents.

Although dogs aren’t allowed in the sports ground or near the playgrounds and barbecue areas, your fur baby can still enjoy the dog play area in the park’s southeast quadrant and along Ridge Street.

The park is just a 15-minute walk from North Sydney railway station along Miller Street and never runs out of buses, so there's no excuse why you and your pup can’t explore St Leonards' beauty in North Shore! 

St Leonards Park

St Leonards Park

Image: North Sydney Council

2. Sirius Cove Reserve

If you want to SIRIUSLY have fun, then Sirius Cove is a dog park you’ll love! 

Sirius Cove, on Sydney Harbour, offers breathtaking views and a serene escape from the city. The designated off-leash area lets dogs play freely and socialise, making it a dream spot for your furry friend to explore safely.

This gem in Mosman is a good mix of grassy areas and a dog-friendly beach with unrestricted weekday off-leash access and limited hours on weekends and public holidays (before 9 AM and after 4 PM). 

For those who prefer a more leisurely stroll with their pups, the park offers walking trails winding through native bushland. These trails are perfect for those on a leash and harness, allowing you to take in the natural beauty of the area while your four-legged friend enjoys a pleasant walk by your side. Just make sure to protect your dog from hot pavement!

Sirius Cove is accessible from the zoo and Bradleys Head via the harbour walking trail.

Sirius Cove Reserve

Image: Mosman Council

Sirius Cove Reserve

Image: Sydney Uncovered

Sirius Cove Reserve

Image: New South Wales Government

3. Berry Island Reserve

Berry Island Reserve, situated in the heart of Sydney's North Shore, is undeniably one of the most cherished dog-friendly parks in the area. This scenic and historic park offers an open lawn, the Gadyan Track (a 20-minute bushwalk retelling Berry Island's Aboriginal history), a small beach, and dog off-leash areas, making it a standout destination for dog owners and their fur babies.

The park is just a 10-minute walk from Wollstonecraft railway station, with some on-street parking on Shirley Road. So, what are you waiting for? It's time for some Berry Island adventure with your fur baby! 

Don't forget to add a dash of style to your dog's adventure with some trendy dog accessories, like dog bandanas – because every park day is a fashion day for our four-legged pals! 

Berry Island Reserve

Berry Island Reserve

Tunks Park

Image: North Sydney Council

4. Tunks Park

Looking for a place to show off your dog’s new bow ties and hair bows?

Then, let us tell you about a hidden gem in Sydney's North Shore – Tunks Park! It's not just your average park; it's a dog lover's paradise! This place has got it all – lush greenery, scenic water views, and a designated off-leash area where your fur baby can run wild. 

While dogs aren't permitted at the sports ground when sports activities are happening or within 10 meters of the playground, your furry friend can freely roam the open grass areas and explore the bushlands on a leash for wildlife protection.

So, if you're looking for paw-some dog parks in Sydney for pups, Cammeray’s favourite, Tunks Park, is where it's at! 

Tunks Park

Image: North Sydney Council

5. Bradfield Park

“Dog-Friendly Parks North Shore Sydney”, “Sydney best pet-friendly parks”

Still googling these words? Then, you might not have discovered Bradfield Park yet because the search would have been long over if you had!

One of the key attractions of Bradfield Park is its unbeatable location along the foreshore of Sydney Harbour. With the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge as its neighbours, the park provides breathtaking views, creating a memorable backdrop for a day out with your fur baby.

But the true charm of Bradfield Park lies in its designated off-leash areas where dogs can run, play, and socialise freely!  Just ensure you and your pup are at least 10 m away from the children’s playground.

Bradfield Park is accessible as it’s just a short walk from Milsons Point railway station and Kirribilli shops and is open all day. So, you can schedule your dog park escapade anytime!

For more details, you may contact Simon Ward at 02 9936 8556.

Bradfield Park

Image: North Sydney Council

Bradfield Park

Image: Sydney New Year’s Eve

Final Thoughts

So there you have it, the top 5 dog-friendly parks in Sydney's North Shore! Whether you’re looking for a scenic stroll, a game of fetch, or a peaceful place to relax with your fur baby, these parks have got you covered.

So, grab that leash, get your MAMA dog bag ready, and have paw-some adventures on the North Shore!

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