We love our fur babies. There’s nothing better than coming home to a friendly face who’s ecstatic to see you walk through the door. Where have you been? Why did you leave me so long? Promise me you’ll never leave me again? Tail wagging while he follows you around the house. No wonder it’s said that owning a dog leads to a happier life. Having a dog encourages fitness too. Knowing that twice a day you need to take them out for a walk. Taking your dog for a long walk gets you both out of the house and moving. So, we’ve put together some of the best places to take your four-legged friend in Lake Macquarie.
Dog-friendly beaches in Lake Macquarie
Doesn’t matter what season it is. The beach is always a great place to head with the family. If you love a swim in the ocean and want to bring your dog along to have a run around on the sand, finding a dog-friendly beach might feel like a challenge. Head to one of these beautiful beaches to enjoy the sand and surf, just make sure you’re prepared for the wet shake as they come out of the water!
Blacksmiths, Hams, and Redhead Beach
Blacksmiths Beach has an unleashed dog area that is open all year round. Head to the car park at Awabakal Avenue and the leash-free area heads in a northerly direction to the Belmont Golf Club.
Hams Beach at the north end of Caves Beach is a leash-free dog beach at all times. You’ll find access via Mawson Close. The leash-free area lies between the ocean and the car park.
Redhead Beach between Second and Third Creek is leash-free at any time. When you’re walking there via beach pathways your dog must be leashed. Keep them on the leash when you pass between First and Second Creek.
Leash free parks
We’ve pulled together a long list of parks where you can walk your dog. Many of these are leash-free at times during the day. Don’t forget that it’s important for all dog owners that your dog is under control and supervised even when they’re not leashed. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up the poop! Before using these areas please check signs when you arrive as occasionally things may change. Enjoy! You can check our list here: Dog exercise area.
Want to take your fur baby on holiday? We’re lucky in Lake Macquarie that we have a couple of holiday parks who welcome dogs.
Belmont and Blacksmiths
Belmont Lakeside Holiday Park – How does a weekend away in your caravan, tent, or hiring a cabin overlooking the lake sound? You don’t have to travel far to enjoy the good things in Lake Macquarie and if you’ve forgotten something – well, it’s not far to go home to get it! Belmont Lakeside holiday park allows pet-friendly camping and accommodation. Visit any time of the year to enjoy a holiday where you can bring your dog along.
Blacksmiths Beachside Holiday Park is just a short stroll away from the stunning beach. Perfect for surfers or families that love the beach. Head to Grannies Pool if you’re after a safe spot for younger kids to play in the water. With a solar-heated pool, kids’ playground, and school holiday activities this is a great place to head for your holiday. Pets are welcome all year round so no member of your family has to stay at home!
Specialty shops for dogs
Need to buy something special for your dog? Want to celebrate their birthday, buy them a winter jacket or choose some wholesome doggy treats? Have a look at these shops that cater for dogs.
Warners Bay and Belmont
The Dog Shop Sweets and Treats – Warners Bay. Does your fur baby need a new jacket? How about a birthday biscuit? Or a new collar? With lots of items to choose from you should make this shop a go-to. You can grab a coffee in one of the cafes on the Esplanade after.
The Gourmet Dog Barkery located in Belmont and welcomes your dog into the shop as well. Looking after your dog since 2009 The Gourmet Dog Barkery prides itself on feeding your pet healthy, natural, wholesome treats made with Aussie ingredients. With food specially catering for fussy eaters, vegetarians, and wheat-free to name but a few these guys are looking after your pet’s dietary needs. And if it’s a certain someone’s special day, birthday biscuits are available too!
Kilaben Bay Walking Trail
On the west side of the lake, you’ll find Kilaben Bay. This is a beautiful family walk that welcomes dogs on a lead. Follow the trail through the bush enjoying the birds and native vegetation along the way. Don’t forget to take your fishing rods as there’s a great spot to throw in a line as you reach the lake. To find out more about Kilaben Bay walking trail, click here: Kilaben Bay Walking Trail
Coon Island Reserve
Located at Swansea, Coon Island is a great spot to go for a walk with a long history in Lake Macquarie. The Awabakal people enjoyed the hunting and fishing opportunities here. In the 1920s and 1930s, there were many families living in basic housing. Sadly these have all now gone, however, you can enjoy the migratory birds that use this area during spring and summer. This walk is dog friendly, on leashes of course, and you can find out more here: Coon Island Reserve
Belmont Lagoon Walk
The lagoon at Belmont is often forgotten about by the locals and therefore remains a peaceful spot to visit. This is another area of Lake Macquarie with a historic past. These include its use as a defensive barrier during World War Two and its coal mining history during the 1920s. With many trails to explore and natural wonders to see enjoy taking your dog for a walk around this hidden gem. Find out more about this walk here: Belmont Lagoon Walk
Galgabba Point walk
Close to Swansea, you’ll find the bush walk that takes you to Galgabba Point. This is a nice, flat, easy walk which younger children will enjoy. It takes about one hour return and you’ll enjoy lots of Lake Macquarie’s flora and fauna along the way. You’ll pass Galgabba wetlands and may be lucky enough to see black swans or herons in the water. When you reach the end of the trail you get to the lake – always the perfect view and resting point before you return. Bring your dog along on a leash and enjoy this all-inclusive walk. Find out more here: Galgabba Point Walk
Owens Walk Redhead
If you’re heading to Redhead Beach you can take your dog on a leash along Owens Walk. You’ll find a duck pond, beautiful bushland and you’ll be able to smell the sea air as you wander along. You can finish this walk with a play and a swim between Second and Third Creek on Redhead Beach where your dog can run free. To find out more about Owens Walkway read this: Owens Walk
In the 1890s a train line ran between Adamstown and Belmont. It was used to transport both coal and passengers. By 1991 the line became disused and was left to fall into disrepair. The local councils in both Lake Macquarie and Newcastle bought the land and after securing funding they have made this area into a beautiful shared pathway that travels over 15km. One of the highlights of the track is a 181 metre covered tunnel that has been restored. Find out more about the Fernleigh Track here: Visit Lake Mac – Fernleigh Track
Eleebana to Booragal shared path
You can walk around the lake on the shared pathway from Eleebana to Booragul. Dogs are welcome on leads along this beautiful pathway that hugs the shoreline of Lake Macquarie. With a leash-free park at Speers Point on the way, plus a multitude of spots for your family to stop and enjoy including cafes, restaurants, play areas, and the sculpture walk this is a great walk to enjoy with your dog. You can find out more here: Visiting Warners Bay
With loads of entry points to choose between and the rough terrain of the hill, Munibung is the perfect spot to take your pooch. Munibung has some amazing walking trails which lead in many different directions. Immerse yourself in nature while you take in the gorgeous view of Lake Macquarie. This hill connects 6 local suburbs of Lake Macquarie and has a wealth of history. If only it could talk and share some of its stories. Find out all about this beautiful spot in Lake Mac which is dog friendly: Climb Munibung Hill.
Lake Mac offers plenty of options for dog owners, and as we discover more dog-friendly ideas, we’ll add them to this article. It sure is a dog’s life in Lake Macquarie.