Sculptures by the Sea Bondi: A Pet-Friendly Guide

Example of artist work at Sculpture by the Sea
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Leash-up and lace-up, Sculptures by the Sea 2022 returns to Bondi this October!

One of Australia’s most photographed and talked about events, Sculpture by the Sea, is taking over Sydney’s Bondi to Tamarama coastline once again!  Operating since 1999, Sculpture By The Sea is a free-to-the-public outdoor exhibition that features over 100 artworks by Australian and international sculptors. Pups and parents can take on the Eastern adventure from Friday, the 21st of October to Monday, the 7th of November. Put on your sneakers and grab your camera, this event is one you won’t want to miss! 

Sculpture by the Sea 2022 is open all hours – visit during sunrise, the day, or sunset for a different experience each time. Approximately 500,000 visitors are expected to attend over the three weeks, with weekends predicted to be the busiest time. To avoid the crowds, opt for a weekday instead. Remember to bring lots of water and keep your pup on-leash at all times when exploring the exhibition. There will be a number of road closures, and parking will be limited, so plan ahead and aim to park in the nearby streets. 

While the full list of artists and artworks is yet to be revealed, there are still plenty of things to get excited about! Read on to see how you can make the most out of your Sculpture by the Sea experience with your pet. 

Hear From a Range of Talented Artists

Aqualand Artist Talks at Sculpture by the Sea 2022

Rest your legs and dive into a world of artistry. Aqualand Artist Talks will take place on the following weekend dates; 22nd – 23rd October, 29th- 30th October and 5th-6th November. From 10 am – 3 pm, you’ll learn the stories and processes of this year’s Sculpture by the Sea 2022 artists.

Make a Pit Stop at These Pet-friendly Eateries

Bondi to Tarramarra is loaded with cafes, so you may want to grab a bite before or after taking on Sculptures By The Sea Bondi. To save you the nose work, we’ve picked our favourite  3 pet-friendly cafes for you to visit!

Parida Bondi

Dog at Parida Bondi

Grab some food for your adventure at Parida Bondi, where dogs are welcome to dine outdoors. Located on Campbell Parade, this cafe is ideal for grabbing breakfast or lunch before taking on Sculptures By The Sea 2022. Choose between a classic avocado smash, Belgian waffles or a grilled halloumi wrap. Craving something light? Order their house-made coconut granola. Once your pup has gulped down a delicious puppuccino, they’ll be more than adventure-ready!  

Shop G08A, 180/186 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW 2026

Opening hours 
Mon-Sun: 7 am- 2 pm

Tamarama Beach Kiosk

Acai bowl at Tamarama Beach Kiosk

Renergise at the end of your coastal walk with a quick bite from Tamarama Beach Kiosk. This cafe is not far from where Sculptures by The Sea ends and has pet-friendly outdoor seating for you to rest your legs. Enjoy one of their delectable breakfast options and grab your pup one of their special dog treats while you soak up the sun and ocean breeze. 

19 Tamarama Marine Dr, Tamarama NSW 2026

Opening hours
Mon-Fri: 8:00 am – 2:30pm 
Sat-Sun: 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Little Me Cafe Waverly

Dog leaning over table at Little Me Waverly

You’ll find yourself only a short walk away from Bronte at the end of your journey. So why not make a quick detour to Little Me Cafe Waverly and cure the hunger pains? Dogs are welcome with open arms here, which is evident with their photo collection of their regular four-legged visitors. Boost your energy with a coffee and chow down a delicious brunch snack. Reward your pup for their excellent behaviour with one of their scrumptious dog treats.

Shop 2A/191 Bronte Rd, Waverley NSW 2022

Opening hours
Mon-Fri: 6 am – 2 pm 
Sat-Sun 6:30 am – 2 pm

Fuel up at Bondi’s Best Pet-Friendly Bars

After all that walking, you and your dog will most likely need to sit down and relax before you head home. Hang up your walking shoes and quench your thirst at one of these pet-friendly pubs and bars in Bondi.

Beach Road Hotel

Beach Road Hotel located in close proximity to Sculptures by the Sea Bondi

Unwind with a cocktail in hand as you soak up the sunshine with your dog in the pet-friendly beer garden. The Beach Road Hotel is only a 5-minute walk from the infamous Bondi Beach and offers a casual dining atmosphere. This hotel also offers dog-friendly accommodation for those needing a place to stay. 

71 Beach Rd, Bondi Beach NSW 2026

Opening hours
Mon-Tues: 11 am-10 pm 
Wed-Fri: 11 am – 1 am 
Sat: 10 am – 1 am 
Sun: 10 am – 10pm

Neighbourhood Bondi

Cocktail from Neighbourhood Bondi

Dogs and their pawrents are welcome to hang out at this rustic bar. Neighbourhood Bondi whips up delicious bar snacks and has outdoor and indoor seating for pups. With boozy brunch deals on offer and happy hour options, this is a great spot to stop by after your Sculpture by the Sea adventure. 

143 Curlewis St, Bondi Beach NSW 2026

Opening hours
Mon-Fri: 5pm – 11pm 
Sat-Sun: 12pm – 11pm

Fonda Mexican

Dog with drink at Fonda Mexican

Fond of all dogs, Fonda Mexican is the place for those after tacos, margaritas, and all things Mexican cuisine. Order the ‘margarita tasting’ paddle, and you’ll get to try each of their house margaritas. Sip and relax with your dog as you enjoy the view of  Bondi Beach. 

85 Hall St, Bondi Beach NSW 2026

Opening hours
Mon-Thurs: 12pm – 9pm 
Fri-Sat: 12pm – 9:30pm 

Do Zoomies at these Off-leash Dog Parks

If Sculptures by the Sea Bondi wasn’t enough to deplete your dog’s energy, let them roam off-leash at one of these nearby dog parks.

Dickson Reserve

Happy dog at Dickson Reserve near Sculpture by the Sea Bondi

Make your way to the top section, and you’ll find a large 24-hour dog exercise area for your pup to roam freely. This peaceful, small neighbourhood park is a quiet escape from busy crowds. Grab some takeaway from one of the nearby cafes and enjoy a bite to eat at the shaded picnic tables. 

Cnr &, Wellington St & Edward St, Bondi NSW 2026

Off-leash hours
Off-leash at all times

Mark’s Park

Dog at Mark's Park, part of Sculpture By the Sea Bondi

Witness spectacular views of Bondi Beach at Mark’s Park. This spacious park will be home to a few of the artist’s works from Sculptures by the Sea. There are plenty of shady trees, seating and a grassy area for your pup to release some energy. 

Marks Lane/ Kenneth St Bondi, Fletcher St, Tamarama NSW 2026

Off-leash hours
Mon-Sun: 4:30pm – 8:30am

Want to discover more pet-friendly locations in the Eastern suburbs? Check out our list of pet-friendly cafes in Bondi.