Doggy Friendly Parks & Beaches in Newcastle

One of the many parks dogs can play leash free in Newcastle!

Before work, after work, Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays, general holidays. It seems everyone wants to spend all their free time with their best friends… their dogs!

All I ever see is people with their dogs! Maybe this is because I am myself a self confessed crazy dog lady and all I ever see is dogs… However, maybe everyone else is crazy too! I honestly think they may have had it right when they said “dog is a man’s best friend”! With this trend in mind, Urban Insider thought that this popular past time of spending quality time with your dog should be recognised, as well as providing a list of some of the best parks and beaches in Newcastle you and your puppy can run free and wild! No leashes required!


Thomas H Halton Park & Croudace Bay Park

Macquarie Drive, Croudace Bay

This is my favourite park to take my puppies! The first reason lies with the beautiful, big, grassy location on Lake Macquarie. The second reason is because this particular park is home to the Croudace Bay Puppy Playgroup. The group gathers from 8am till around 10am every morning (longer on weekends!), where hundreds of dogs of all shapes and sizes run, swim and play together! Every so often the group organises charity events for the RSPCA and other animal protection causes. Become a member and support a very worthy cause!

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Redhead Beach

Beach Road, Redhead

The most popular place in Newcastle to let you and your dog run wild! With big waves (for the gutsy dogs), a lagoon (for the wussy dogs), and a stretch of beach as far as the eye can see for those crazy dogs, like mine, who just want to go fast!

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Booragul Forshore Reserve

First Street, Booragul

If you and your pooch live on 'the other side of the lake', then this is the leash free park for you! Located on a beautiful reserve on the lake, you and your dog are bound to love running around here!

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Nesca Park

Greenslope Street, Bar Beach

This beautiful park, sandwiched between Darby Street and Bar Beach is a popular off leash park for the giant dogs of Newcastle!

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Stockton Beach

Pitt Street, Stockton

Also known as 'Little Stockton Beach', this is another leash free doggy beach located in Stockton. Size isn't everything in the world of dog beaches, one of the most appealing things about Little Stockton Beach is that it is known for being one of the quieter dog beaches in Newcastle, perhaps suited to the mini dashhounds, pugs, and chihuahuas of Newcastle!

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Acacia Avenue Reserve

Acacia Avenue. Waratah West

For those students who live near the uni, this could be the leash free park for you and your pup! This park is quite popular amongst locals so check it out if you haven't already!

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Horseshoe Beach

Horseshoe Bend Road, Newcastle East

Horseshoe Beach is the only beach in 'town' which is leash free. While it may not be one of my favourite places to take my pups, it is good and convenient location if you find yourself, and your dog, in town on a hot Summer's day!

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Maryland Dog Park

Maryland Drive, Maryland

This leash free park is another relatively small leash free area, however, the park's regulars insist it is the perfect spot for your dog to have a run and play fetch!

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Natalie is a PhD student studying at the University of Newcastle. She is researching the influences that shape the creative content of advertisements. Natalie aspires to be part of a creative team at a successful advertising agency one day soon. She loves photography, fashion and taking her dogs swimming at the beach.

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I hope you only take your dog swimming to a DOGGIE BEACH.

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