Everything you need to know for a pet friendly holiday
Bring your pet on holiday to the Kiama area, too! We love seeing your furry friends enjoying the area just as much as you. No matter where you’re staying in the region, you will soon discover there’s no need to leave your fur babies at home. Follow this guide to pet friendly beaches and parks, accommodation, cafés and pet boarding.
Dog Friendly Beaches
There’s nothing better than seeing our four-legged friends wag their tail and roll in the sand at the beach. That’s why the Kiama area is home to three dog friendly beaches; Bombo Beach, Jones Beach and Werri Beach. These beaches all have off-leash areas so your pup can run free. If your dog enjoys the water they might like to splash and swim in the shores too. A friendly reminder that dogs are only permitted off-leash from sunrise to sunset, and need to be walked on a leash when accessing these areas.
Bombo Beach – Bombo is a great beach to let your dog run along the shores. Keep in mind your dog is only allowed in the centre of the beach, so be sure to keep your dog in that proximity – if unsure simply follow the signage prompts on the beach.
Werri Beach– Located off Pacific Avenue, Werri Beach off leash area is in a prime location opposite the surf club, bowling club and Werri Beach Holiday Park. Like the Bombo Beach off-leash area, your dog is only permitted in the middle of the beach, so follow the signs to make sure your dog is in the right area.
Jones Beach (Southern End) – Situated between Minnamurra Headland and the basalt columns of Cathedral Rocks. The off-leash area is located at the southern end of Jones Beach. Keep in mind that entry and exit is only permitted via the beach access track.
Dog Friendly Parks and Grassy Areas
Bring your best friend to one of our abundant dog friendly grassy areas where they can run free without a worry. Friendly reminder to follow signage and keep your pooch in the allocated areas at all times. Remember to always pick up after them, too!
Black Head Reserve, Gerroa – Accessible from Stafford Street or Headland Drive in Gerroa. Enjoy stunning views with your furry friend looking over Seven Mile Beach and the Pacific Ocean. This area is a 24 hour off leash area, so enjoy at any time of the day.
Bombo Headland and Dog Agility Park – Best accessed from the carpark at the north end of Bombo Beach, the agility park gives your four legged friends the chance to let loose and test their skills with the dog agility equipment.
Gerringong Headland – Located off Tasman Drive, and a short walk from Werri Beach rock pool and Boat Harbour. Enjoy the large off-leash area with spectacular views of the ocean and coastline. Here, the whale watching platform is the ideal place to see humpback whales migrating south with their calves from May to November.
Kaleula Head Reserve – Accessed via Gwinganna Avenue, this headland is an easy walk from Kendalls Beach. This area provides great views of the Pacific Ocean and uninterrupted views north to the Kiama Lighthouse.
Minnamurra Headland – Located between Jones Beach and the mouth of the Minnamurra River, just off Eureka Avenue. This huge area is perfect for your pooch to run, while you enjoy a gentle stroll with stunning views.
If you’re keen to make the most of our pet-friendly coastline, the Kiama Coast Walk is the perfect choice. The entire length of the walk (over 20kms!) is dog friendly if they’re on a leash. Some of the beaches on the walk prohibit dogs, so check the signs or simply walk on the street behind if unsure. Follow the guide above for the dog friendly beaches.
For more information and guidelines for dog off-leash areas please visit the council’s website.
Pet Friendly Accommodation
We have a range of pet friendly places to stay. Before booking, we recommend you call ahead before booking and double check that it’s OK to bring your pet. All pet friendly accommodation options are available to book online.
Werri Beach Holiday Park – Located on Werri Beach, nestled between two breathtaking headlands, this holiday park is family friendly, and most importantly – pet friendly! Your dog is welcome on any of the powered and unpowered sites and in a small number of cabins outside of NSW school holidays and long weekends. As an added bonus, Werri Beach has an off-leash section, so you don’t have to go far to take your pup for a run.
Kendalls on the Beach Holiday Park – This intimate holiday park has everything you need. The picturesque bay provides the ultimate location for a fun-filled family holiday or romantic weekend escape. Your dog is welcome on any of the powered and unpowered sites outside of NSW school holidays and long weekends. Kendall’s Beach is unfortunately not dog friendly. However it’s just a five minute walk to Kaleula Headland if you’re seeking the nearest off-leash area.
Bombo hideaway – This one bedroom cottage is a cute, cosy granny flat overlooking Bombo Beach. If you’re on a couples holiday and want to bring your pet along for the trip, Bombo Hideaway is a great option. Note that they will only accept small pets, so be sure to call before you book. The Bombo Beach off-leash area is conveniently located only a few steps from the front door.
Saddleback Grove, Kiama – Located on beautiful Saddleback Mountain, this accommodation offers sweeping rural and coastal views. Guests can relax in the outdoor spa overlooking the ocean, or curl up by the open fire. They even provide a dog bed for use during your stay – your pooch will surely feel pampered here.
Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park – Absolute beach frontage! Pets are welcome to enjoy a family getaway on powered and unpowered sites outside NSW School Holidays. This accommodation is a water lover’s paradise, located close to both the river and the beach. Unfortunately, Seven Mile Beach is not a dog friendly beach however, the off-leash area at Black Head Reserve is only a few minutes away.
Surf Beach Holiday Park – Overlooking Kiama’s main beach, this holiday park is family friendly and always lots of fun. Your dog is welcome on any of the powered and unpowered sites outside of NSW school holidays and long weekends. Unfortunately, Surf Beach is not dog friendly, however Kaleula Headland and Marsden Headland are only short walks away. Or walk into town to spend time at one of our dog friendly cafes!
Dog/Pet Friendly Cafes
Relax and enjoy a coffee or a meal with your pooch by your side. There’s plenty of cafes with outdoor seating, the majority of which are happy to have well behaved dogs join you. For a list of local cafes and restaurants, check out the Kiama Area Dining Guide here. We always recommend calling ahead to be sure the venue allows pets.
Prefer to stay at one of our accommodation options that aren’t pet friendly? We’ve got you covered.
Gerringong Pet Accommodation offers pet boarding for day and night care. The staff are dedicated to providing the best experience for your best friend. With luxury cabin accommodation and shady play areas located on two acres of enclosed property, your pet is sure to have a blast. If you would like to board your pet here, contact Gerringong Pet Accommodation directly.
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While you’re visiting our beautiful area, please respect the local community by continuing to implement COVID-Safe practices such as physical distancing, wearing a mask and regular hand washing. If you are feeling unwell, please stay home and seek medical advice.