A long week of boring walks round the block and car trips to the local dog park were all worth it on Friday with a trip to my favourite harbourside dog beach. I know I’m almost a shire dweller now, having relocated to within a cooee of Tom Ugly’s bridge, but I have to say that the northern side does offer up some pretty good weekday options for a romp in the sand and the surf.
Sandy Bay was the destination for a doggie date to meet my new mate Gidget the blue heeler puppy and Bundy the Beagle, both of whom are lucky enough to live just down the road from this little slice of doggy heaven.
At low tide there is a wide expanse of sand to run around on and shallow water for safe doggy paddle laps. To top it off there is a storm water drain that collects some really fragrant water, perfect for a post swim rinse that lets me bring a little sniff of the beach all the way home in the car.
- Doggy Bags and Poo Bins are available but bring bags to be on the safe side
- No fresh water tap so bring your own
- Sandy Bay is part of the Spit to Manly walk so if you want to stretch your legs you can put pooch on a lead and make a day of it (although you’ll have to work out a way to get home with your four legged friend if you finish up in Manly). Some sections have alternative routes for dogs.
- Coffee and snacks are available from Clonnys Kiosk which is just east of Sandy Bay or you could bring your own and even make use of the public bbqs in the reserve.
- Clonnys also has a restaurant if you are looking for something more upmarket, although you probably can’t take your pooch!
- There is plenty of paid parking about 100 yards from Sandy Bay as well as in the Clontarf Beach carpark
- Sandy Bay is about half an hour from Sydney CBD