Harry’s Great Escape

We’ve long been a fan of the Shoalhaven and when the local council goes to the trouble of producing a dedicated dog-friendly holiday guide, is it any wonder?

Holiday-planning with the help of Shoalhaven’s pet-friendly guide.

Our latest trip took us to Culburra and the dog-friendly beach house, Lucy’s Escape. The house is named after the owners’ beloved dog and pictures of the eponymous Lucy are dotted around the house. Lucy was a staffie who adored her beachside getaway from the Big Smoke of Sydney – which isn’t surprising, given the place is just a two-minute stroll to the off-leash sands of Culburra Beach.

Taking in the view at Culburra Beach.

The four-bedroomed house is comfortable, light and airy, with an undercover deck and barbeque area to the rear. The deck overlooks a lush and private garden, bordered by fruit trees and with an expanse of lawn that’s perfect for ball games.

Anyone for tennis?

Harry proved himself to be a champion sniffer dog by recovering no less than five tennis balls lost within the depths of the shrubbery.


We all spent hours in the garden, with Harry appreciating the chance to roam freely and investigate the many different scents, while Him Indoors and I certainly appreciated the hammocks.

Hammock time really put a dampener on ball time.

Harry’s enthusiasm for the beach has waned since his illness so we didn’t explore far beyond Culburra Beach. We attempted the on-leash trail at Abrahams Bosom Reserve (access from Beecroft Parade in Currarong) but Harry was, as usual, having none of it.

We tried to encourage Harry to explore the walking trails around Abraham Bosoms Reserve. He must have thought we said Sit and Stay.

There are more off-leash beach options nearby, including at Currarong and Callala Bay, so it’s worth checking out the Shoalhaven Pets on Holiday guide for details (plus information about other walking trails and dog-friendly accommodation).

Homeward bound.

4 thoughts on “Harry’s Great Escape

  1. Karen

    Looks like it was a great holiday and good on the Shoalhaven! I wish there was a NSW-wide guide like this. It is hard to find consolidated information on dog friendly venues (your blog of course is very helpful for this). We will be taking our Jelly here next month: http://www.riverwooddowns.com.au. Ever been? Later in the year we also plan to take her to the Langham. Pier 1 Sydney Harbour is also dog friendly so that’s another one on the list, maybe for next year.

    I hope your Harry is doing okay now health wise.

    1. Sydney Dog Post author

      Hi Karen, Riverwood Downs looks beautiful – I’ll put it on the list for if we do a big road trip. Harry is going well , thank you – he’s a trooper. Enjoy your stay at the Langham 🙂


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