March 11, 2019 / By Tim Falk
If your South Coast holiday is complete without your four-legged family member, why not bring them along? The Eurobodalla region boasts mile after mile of unspoilt sandy beaches, many of which are dog-friendly. Between Batemans Bay and Narooma, there are several beautiful spots where your dog can join you on long beachcombing walks, frolic in the shallows, stretch out in the sun or just enjoy the feeling of sand between their paws. Some of those beaches allow off-leash fun and games all year round, others feature a time-share arrangement where your dog will need to be leashed at certain times — just make sure you check the signage at the beach before hitting the sand. Here are six of the best dog-friendly beaches between Batemans Bay and Narooma.
You can start your dog-friendly getaway just 5km south of downtown Batemans Bay. This pretty and secluded little stretch of sand may not be the place for long, meandering walks, but it’s a grrr-eat spot for dogs to do some off-leash roaming. Bookended by two rocky headlands, Sunshine Bay offers reasonably calm surf conditions, rock pools that are well worth exploring, and a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. Parking is towards the beach’s southern end and off-leash dogs are welcome from 1 May to 31 October. The rest of the year, off-leash access is only allowed between 5.00 pm and 9.00 am.
Delivering eye-catching coastal scenery that lives up to its name, Pretty Point is a distinctive headland located 15 km south of Batemans. Pretty Point Beach lies on the northern side of the headland and offers 24-hour off-leash access all year round. There’s about 450 metres of sand for your fur-kid to enjoy, while the north/northeast-facing aspect means the water is well sheltered from larger waves. This is another spot with some beautiful rock pools to explore, so you and your pet might should find plenty to keep you interested.
If you’re looking for the paw-fect spot to enjoy a long and lazy walk on the beach, Bengello Beach has plenty to get your tail wagging. Found just to the south of Broulee, this pristine beach stretches for some 6km all the way to the Moruya River. At the northern end, the section from McNee St to Bengello Creek offers 24-hour off-leash access. You’ll then come to a 2.5 km section from the creek to the windsock where dogs must be leashed at all times, but you can take the leash off again for a final 1.7 km section heading south towards the breakwall. It’s a wide and flat beach which makes for easy walking, but please note that dogs are not allowed within 300 metres of the breakwall.
Another quiet spot with plenty of room for your furry friend to stretch their legs, Coila Beach incorporates the Coila Bar and a 2.7 km off-leash area. This is one of those unspoilt, uncrowded beaches for which the NSW South Coast is famous, and your dog will love the chance to run, play, splash and sniff to their heart’s content. However, please note that surf conditions at Coila Beach can be dangerous, so be careful not to let your dog stray too far into the water. Dogs are also prohibited in the northern dunes where seasonal bird nesting takes place, so check the local signage before beginning your beach adventure.
A tranquil little beach tucked away between Kianga and Dalmeny, Duesburys Beach offers 500 metres of pretty shoreline and 24/7/365 off-leash fun. Backed by low dunes, it’s easy to access and has parking at its southern end. It’s not uncommon to have this patch of sand all to yourself — very handy if you love giving your dog the freedom to run off their pent-up energy without disturbing others — while a couple of small creeks provide extra opportunities for exploration. And if you’re keen to wander even further, you can take your (leashed) dog on the Dalmeny to Narooma coastal walk which runs right past this scenic beach.
The final stop on our dog-friendly beach odyssey is this beautiful beach just near the mouth of the Wagonga Inlet. Starting from the breakwall, the beach leads you north towards Kianga Point. Dogs aren’t allowed within 100 metres of the breakwall, but the rest of the beach is a 24-hour off-leash area all year long. There are two access points from car parks behind the dunes, and it’s wonderful to have a paw-some doggy exercise area so close to everything Narooma has to offer. Whether your dog wants to run off some energy, enjoy a relaxing stroll, take a dip or maybe even make some new doggy friends, he can do it all right here.
Dog loving beachgoers really are spoiled for choice in the Eurobodalla region. With a stack of gorgeous beaches to explore, this article is only a small selection of what’s on offer. To find more great dog-friendly spots, and to get the latest on any changes to off-leash hours, check out Eurobodalla Shire Council’s guide to dogs on beaches. Then grab your towel, load your canine companion into the car and hit the beach!
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