Dog friendly things to do in Port Stephens, NSW

If you’re searching for the next pet-friendly holiday destination, look no further then Port Stephens!

At Port Stephens, your pets are welcome at a variety of doggy beaches, cafés, restaurants, off and on leash parks and reserves. So pack your bags with a ball, leash, poop-bags and of course your Holiday Paws bandana and enjoy a good run around, the sea breeze and an afternoon coffee. After all, it’s a dog’s life when you’re on holidays.

Fenced Dog Parks

If your pup is in training, fenced dog areas will ensure your travel buddy doesn’t do a little too much exploring on holidays.

  • Lancaster Park, Soldiers Point (open 7am - 7pm)
  • Fingal Bay Foreshore, Fingal Bay – near the Fingal Bay Surf Club

Visit Port Stephens Council website to retrieve some handy information including dog exercise maps and your responsibilities as a dog owner when taking your furry friend out-and-about in public.

Off-Lead Dog Exercise Areas

  • Boat Harbour Off-Lead Dog Exercise Area
  • Fingal Bay Reserve Off-Lead Dog Exercise Area
  • Nelson Bay Off-Lead Dog Exercise Area

On-Lead Dog Exercise Areas

  • Shoal Bay On-Lead Dog Exercise Area
  • Nelson Bay On-Lead Dog Exercise Area
  • Corlette On-Lead Dog Exercise Area


There are 2 designated, off-leash dog beaches in Port Stephens as indicated by Council signage where you and your dogs can frolic in pristine blue waters.

  • Bagnalls Beach, Corlette
  • Birubi Beach, Anna Bay (check zones)

Birubi Beach, Anna Bay

Cafés & Restaurants

After you’ve worked up an appetite, chill out at one of these cafés and restaurants which welcomes your pets to dine along beside you. Dog can be leashed, right next to the owners table in designated outside areas. For further information for eating out with your pets in Port Stephens, contact each establishment with further questions.    

Inhouse Kitchen, Nelson Bay

So there you have it, make Port Stephens your next pet-friendly holiday destination. With dog beaches, fenced parks, cafés, restaurants and pet-friendly accommodation, it’s easy to relax and unwind with plenty of activities your pet will enjoy too!

Check out these pet-friendly holiday houses in Port Stephens and book your next getaway today!

Pet friendly holiday home at

Idyllic Hideaway: 2 bed, fenced, sleeps 9 in Salamander Bay NSW

Salamander Bay, Port Stephens (South) - New South Wales NSW

Idyllic Hideaway: 4-bedroom pet friendly holiday accommodation in Salamander Bay NSW. Keep warm in the winter months - this property has a fireplace! Why not enjoy a BBQ on the deck and the outstanding view. This property can accommodate up to 9 people with 4 rooms and 2 beds at your disposal.

9 guests    5 beds
2 pets

start from$319 / night







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