South Coast Dog-Friendly Destination Guide24 May 2019 – posted in: Winery, Craft Ales, Restaurant, Rosie's Tips, Uncategorized

There’s nothing like a family holiday or a girl’s getaway but our favourite four-legged members often get left behind. We thought we would give you plenty of reasons why the South Coast is the perfect dog-friendly destination for your winter escape.

We have compiled a list of some of the best off-leash areas, dog-friendly attractions and best pet-friendly accommodation, so you never have to leave your furry friend at home again. So sit down and roll over our collection of dog-friendly activities and dig up your next holiday destination.

Dog-Friendly Dining

Cupitt’s is so pet-friendly, they even have named their wines after their dogs. Pop into Cupitt’s Cellar Door for some wine tasting and enjoy their premium wines including the Dusty Dog Shiraz, The Pointer Pinot Noir and The Pointer Chardonnay.

With advance notice, you can sit outside and dine on the restaurant menu with your pooch midweek (Monday – Friday). Otherwise, the casual dining menu is available to be enjoyed everyday al fresco with your furry friend.

Join the Cupitt mailing list to be informed of the next ‘Doggy Day Out’ at Cupitt’s. A fun morning with dog games and a pooch parade. Prizes for the Best Pooch on the day!  

All dogs are welcome at Cupitt’s, they should be kept on a lead, socialised and shouldn’t leave a mess behind. Owners are to remain with their dogs at all times and management reserves the right to ask your dog to leave the site if there is risk to other customers. 

Dog-Friendly Accommodation

The Shoalhaven beaches and nature reserves are a haven for walking holidays, which are always more fun if you can take your dogs as they will enjoy the holiday as much as you will. Destination NSW has compiled a comprehensive list of pet-friendly great places to enjoy, check it out here.

We can recommend this family-friendly home in Mollymook which is also super close to Collers Beach and the Bogey Hole. Two of the best family/pet-friendly attractions in the region. Another hidden gem is the pet-friendly Tourist Park at Dolphin Point. The view from the beach front huts will take your breath away, visit the website here.

If you’ve found an ideal stay that does not accommodate pets, the area’s dog boarding kennels provide pets with a comfy place to sleep. Check out Ulladulla Pet Motel.

Dog-Friendly Beaches on the South Coast

There’s no denying that the entire stretch of NSW’s South Coast is an ideal dog-friendly paradise. With so many wonderful dog-friendly beaches to explore, how could you not set your sights on the South Coast for a marvellous vacation? You’ll find details for every beach listed in the off-leash guide including time-share restrictions and conditions.  

A few things to keep in mind… For the sake of shared enjoyment and environmental sustainability, local councils on the South Coast have implemented some off-leash restrictions to help preserve prominent wildlife spots (bird nesting sites primarily) and help protect popular swimming spots and children’s playgrounds. Dogs are required to be kept at least 10 metres away of any playground and at least 200 metres away from patrolled flagged beaches and wildlife nesting sites.

Here are a few of our top picks:

Narrawallee Beach, Narrawallee

Narrawallee Beach is a fantastic long beach that’s popular with locals and visitors alike. A short drive north of Mollymook Beach, people are usually very friendly and keen for a chat.
Here dogs are allowed off-leash from 4pm – 8am -(1 October – 30 April) and 3pm – 10am (1 May – 30 September) and on-leash the rest of the time. Narrawallee also ranks in the Top 20 of the Best 101 Australians Beaches so it is definitely worth a visit!


Collers Beach, Ulladulla

One of the South Coast’s most popular surfing spot is also an unleashed zoomies paradise for dogs. Collers is next to the Mollymook Golf Club and typically doesn’t see as many visitors as the adjoining Mollymook Beach to the north. The easiest access is access from Riversdale Avenue and as this spot is sheltered – it is a great spot for a calming swim as well.

Cormorant Beach, Bawley Point

This small beach and adjoining foreshore reserve are ideal for large and small puppies alike. Rarely crowded, there is plenty of room for a walk, a ball game and a swim but not so much space that you fear losing your chihuahua in the crowd – or sand dunes. Dogs can run free here, on the sandy shores, at any time of day or night.

Burrill Lake, South of Ulladulla

An insider’s secret hideout and one of the most delightfully enjoyable spots for dogs the resplendent Burrill Lake. It is an outdoor lover’s paradise, ideal for kayaking, boarding, swimming and boating. Please be aware that the lake entrance where it meets the ocean can be dangerous in the outgoing tide and swimming for you or your pet is not advisable at this time. Don’t worry though, there is a big lake and park for you to explore!


Nelsons Beach, Vincentia, Jervis Bay

This long and glistening sandy stretch is one of Jervis Bay’s very best dolphin-spotting beaches and also one of its least-visited. A heavenly spot where dogs (and their owners) can play fetch, swim and soak up the rays for hours on end from 4pm every day until 8am the next. Nelsons is an expansive and super relaxing beach, especially ideal for early morning zoomies.   

Plantation Point, Vincentia, Jervis Bay

North of Nelson Beach is where you’ll find Plantation Point, an extension of the same stretch of white sandy shores which also boasts a gorgeous reserve and amenities that make it ideal for family picnics. Much like Nelsons Beach, Plantation is an off-leash dog area between 4pm and 8am.