golden retriever dog relaxing, resting,or sleeping at the beach, under the bright sun

Wollongong is home to beautiful walking tracks. Here are our family friendly dog walks! Perfect for the young kids and the fur-babies!

Here at Parents Guide Illawarra we recognise how lucky we are to have full and un-leashed access to some of the area’s most beautiful beaches and parks. So, grab your pooch, kids if they are willing, a handful of poop scoop bags and check out some of the great family-friendly options available to you and your four-legged family member…

Puckey’s Estate / Fairy Meadow Beach, Wollongong

Puckey’s offers a fabulous long stretch of white sand – maybe best for the kind of dog with good re-call abilities! Access the north end of the beach via Elliotts Road. Stuart Park is at the other end also, so bribe your kids to come with you for a play at the park after the walk! 

Coniston Beach

A fave choice with no roads nearby, so if recall is an issue at least you pup can run off the crazies without worrying so much about roads. A social beach where locals love a chat!

Figtree Oval, Figtree 

Is another lovely dog park with a roomy off-leash area and a nice playground for your non-fur babies. Access via Princes Highway, near Illawarra Opthalmology.

Flinders Dog Park, Shellharbour 

Is a dog-friendly leash-free park situated on Whittaker Street, between Arrabi Street and Atchison Street. There is a dog agility section and a fully-fenced off-leash area. 

For more fur baby walk inspo, click here

For more fun places to take the kids (after the walkies) click here

Happy exploring of our gorgeous Illawarra – the best place to bring up kids (and dogs)!


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