Our favourite dog-friendly beaches in South Australia

South Australia’s coastline is more than 3,800 kilometres long, with pristine beaches, rugged cliffs and some of the best seafood in Australia – what better place to explore with your four-legged friend in tow?

There are plenty of beaches that are dog-friendly in Adelaide and surrounds, as well as further afield. Pop fido in the car and get exploring – you won’t be disappointed by these amazing dog-friendly beaches in South Australia

 

O’Sullivan’s Beach in Adelaide is one of the most popular dog-friendly beaches in South Australia.

 

O’Sullivan Beach, Adelaide

Let’s start with beaches in Adelaide. O’Sullivan beach is just minutes from the CBD, and offers off-leash play most of the day during daylight savings. It’s a popular spot for those who live close to the city, so be prepared for a social excursion with plenty of other canine friends. The off-leash area begins at Selway Terrace and extends for about a kilometre, leaving plenty of space to frolic – but keep in mind how far you wander from there.

 

Take your four-legged friends for a stroll at sunset on West Beach in Adelaide. Image: John White Photos

 

West Beach Adelaide

Just a short drive from the city centre, West Beach Adelaide is a gem – and many would argue it’s one of the best dog-friendly beaches in the city! The dog-friendly area stretches for a couple of kilometres, so there is plenty of space to frolic with your pup.

 

dog-friendly beaches in South Australia

A local’s favourite – and fido’s too! Glenelg is one of the best dog-friendly beaches in South Australia. Image: Josh Geelen Photographer

 

Glenelg Beach, Adelaide

A local’s favourite! Glenelg is a characterful suburb just 15 minutes from the city centre, filled with historic buildings, stunning ocean landscapes as well as many dog-friendly cafes and bars to enjoy a puppucino after a big day at the beach. The beach at Glenelg welcomes your furry friend off leash but make sure to double check the time restrictions, as some may apply depending on the time of year.

 

Rapid Bay is perfect for a dog’s day out. Image: Ben Goode

 

Rapid Bay, Fleurieu Peninsula

Rapid Bay is nestled in a small cove near the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula, just 40 minutes south of Adelaide. The area is well known for its coastal, scenic and culinary experiences. A stunning ocean hideaway, with turquoise waters, pebbly beaches and cliffs, it’s perfect for you and your pooch to explore off leash.

 

Wallaroo is a port town and a dog’s dream! Check out one of the best dog-friendly beaches in South Australia. Image: Duy Dash

 

Wallaroo, Yorke Peninsula

Wallaroo is a port town with expansive tidal flats and crystal clear waters. At the northern side of the bay, you are able to drive onto the beach, so you can park near the water’s edge with your pooch and be hitting the waves in no time.

 

Enjoy some of the country’s best seafood on the Eyre Peninsula with fido in tow. Image: Maxime Coquard

 

Fishery Bay, Eyre Peninsula

The white sandy beaches of Fishery Bay are a dog’s delight. Tucked away in a protected bay on the eastern side of the Eyre Peninsula the bay has clear blue waters, beautiful bushland and stunning views of the gulf from the surrounding granite cliffs. The best part? Dogs are allowed to roam off leash.

 

The rockpool at Greenly Beach makes it one of the most stunning dog-friendly beaches in South Australia. Image: City of Port Lincoln

 

Greenly Beach, Eyre Peninsula

The golden sands of Greenly Beach are another fantastic off leash area, and a truly magical spot to enjoy with your pooch. Situated on the western side of the Eyre Peninsula, one of the most beautiful features is the Greenly Rock Pool, hidden around the north headland of the beach.

 

Beach Barista at Pennington Bay. Image: South Australian Tourism Commission

 

Pennington Bay, Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is a small island of great natural beauty just off the coast of Adelaide. Pennington Bay on the island’s southern side is an amazing hidden gem, surrounded by beautiful bushland, dunes and rugged cliff faces, with stunning vistas out to the Southern Ocean. Dogs are only allowed on leash but it is absolutely worth the visit.

 

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