BEST dog-friendly beaches

20 December 2017
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Time to get out and get sandy with your furbaby! Take your dog to one of these fantastic dog-friendly beaches. They’ll love you for it!

Buddina Beach, Sunshine Coast

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A firm favourite among Sunshine Coast locals, this is an awesome stretch of dog-friendly beach. The area just below the lighthouse is great for scrambling over rocks and once you turn the corner, the magnificent, uninterrupted view of seemingly endless Buddina Beach awaits your furball’s paw prints as he races across the flat sand. There is a car park at the end of Pacific Boulevard just before you reach the lighthouse and more parking, and a great café, along Harbour Parade.

Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast

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Take Stumers Creek Road to find a car park and then decide whether to head to the creek or the beach. The dog-friendly stretch runs from Coolum Beach Caravan Park and continues for 1km past Stumers Creek. Dogs can have a gentle paddle in the calm creek or splash into the waves along Coolum Beach. The beach is a short stroll to the centre of town, with plenty of coffee shops if you want to extend your stay a little.

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Sunshine Beach, Sunshine Coast

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The small car park at Seaview Terrace provides easy access to the beach. Turn left for the leash-free stretch. The beach is overlooked by the magnificent National Park and the views along the beach are stunning. It’s a popular place but there’s so much space, it never feels crowded. Sunshine Beach as a whole is rather dog-friendly – most cafes provide water bowls for your dog after a long run along the beach.

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Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast

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Although this beach is only off-leash between 4pm and 8am, it is worth a trip to watch the sunset or sunrise with your doggy pal. Rocks to climb, creeks to wade in and sand dunes to navigate mean your pooch will be dog-tired by the time he gets home. Head to one of the delightful cafes before or after your visit and grab a coffee or craft beer. There is ample car parking right in front of the beach, at the end of Seaview Terrace.

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Woorim Beach, Bribie Island

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As Bribie Island regulars will know, the entire south side of the island is dog friendly. However, Woorim Beach is the gem in the dog-friendly crown of Bribie. There is so much space for your dog here and a great walk (of around 4km) that your furball can take lead-free all the way to Bongaree. There is a car park at Bennelong Street and easy access to the beach from there. Be sure to head here at low tide though as the water at high tide eats up a fair bit of the beach.

Nudgee Beach, Brisbane

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A wonderful adventure awaits your dog here. Wetlands and beach combine to please the fussiest of mutts, especially if they are partial to a swim, as there is a dog swimming area here. After they’ve finished splashing in the water, take them to the off-leash park next to the beach and let them run wild on the obstacles while they dry off. If your dog is an escapee, perhaps avoid this one though as any dogs found venturing into the mangrove next to the beach will land their owners with a fine.

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Palm Beach, Gold Coast

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The best of both worlds await your pooch here, from the calmer waters of Currumbin Creek to the waves along Palm Beach. And you will have a great time too with picturesque views everywhere you turn. Dogs will (hopefully!) tire themselves out exploring the dunes. Follow the signs to Palm Beach Parklands and turn off the Gold Coast Highway just before the bridge and you will find a car park.

The Spit Southport, Gold Coast

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Your four-legged friend won’t tire of this place as you can mix up a run along the beach on the northern point with a safe doggy paddle in the cove at Broadwater. There is a big car park on Seaworld Drive complete with a doggy tap that allows direct access to the beach. The dog friendly portion of the Spit is between Muriel Henchman Avenue and all the way to the sea wall.

Check out our gallery of 6 stunning island day trips in SE Queensland here.

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