Best off-leash dog beaches in South-East QLD

Best off-leash dog beaches in South-East QLD

Prices Plus on 11th Mar 2020

Holidays just aren't the same without taking your fur-baby along for the ride. If you are heading to the Sunshine or Gold Coast for holidays with Rex then visiting a dog-friendly beach is essential for all the family to enjoy.

Here are some of the best dog-friendly beaches in South-East Queensland that both you and your four-legged firend will love.

Stumers Creek, Coolum

If you are holidaying around the Sunshine Coast, Stumers Creek in Coolum is worth the trip.

A patch of doggy paradise that incorporates surf, sand and a river/lagoon your pooch can play in.

Dogs of all sizes can enjoy the still water to swim and play in plus there is an open space for them to run around.

This dog beach is very popular with the locals, and the regulars are a friendly lot.

Amenities include doggie bags, taps, toilets, picnic tables and a playground plus a shower on the way out to wash Fido off.

If you are after a coffee or a feed yourself, it is just a short stroll into town with plenty of coffee shops to choose from.

Woorim, Bribie Island

Woorim Beach at low tide is best for this expansive off-leash area which stretches 4km all the way down to the calmer waters of Bongaree. The high tide, however, will cover most of the beach, making it hard going in the soft sand. Dotted along the beach are World War II relics in the form of naval fortifications, slowly losing their battle to the elements.

Unload at the car park nearby on Bennelong St, and from there is only a short walk to the beach.

Red Beach is another handy drop off area for playing with dogs and also an excellent spot for fishing and family fun.

Pooch friendly cafes in the area: Scoopy’s Family cafe

Nudgee Beach, Brisbane

Close to Brisbane airport and city, Nudgee Beach offers incredible adventures for your dog. The beach is nestled in tidal wetlands and provides a great swimming area and exploring opportunities at low tide. 

If your dog has a tendency to wander or chase birds, it is probably best to keep them on-leash as adjacent to the park is a strictly no dogs allowed zone. After they have finished swimming, there is a large fenced off-leash park next to the beach with obstacles and park benches with taps and doggie bags. 

There are no public toilets in the vicinity the nearest being at the seafront of Nudgee Beach township.

Pooch friendly cafes in the area: Pam’s Cafe 88

The Spit, Main Beach, Gold Coast

Dogs are spoilt for choice and won’t tire of this area as you can run along the beach on the northern surf beach with a safe swim in the cove on the Broadwater side.

The surf beach is somewhat remote and ends at the seaway wall and an excellent spot for dogs with a lot of energy to burn. South of this is a long sand pumping jetty and a beach that seems endless as the Surfers skyline fades off into the distance.

For the Broadwater and beachside the dog-friendly zone begins just past Sea World and continues to the seaway wall. The Broadwater side has small carparks dotting their way up to the seaway where there is a massive carpark for the beachside.

At the beach access, there are showers and a dog drinking tap.

Pooch friendly cafes in the area: Seaway Kiosk


One of the Gold Coast’s best-kept secrets is this off-leash dog beach just north of Tallebudgera SLSC. This is a stunning area with the Burleigh National Park looming over the crystal clear waters of Tallebudgera creek inlet. 

Go early morning or late afternoon and find a car park next to the surf club where you can walk your leashed dog through a pathway to the beach. From there, your pooch can run, swim and explore the beach to the mouth of the creek.

There are council-provided dog bags near the Talle Surf Club.

Pooch friendly cafes in the area: Lakeview Cafe, Commune, Street Corner Espresso, Espresso Moto

Currumbin/Palm Beach

Here you have the best of both worlds! The calm waters of Currumbin Creek are perfect for the smaller dogs and those learning to swim. A short stroll through the dunes is an open beach area where the more adventurous dogs can run and play in the surf. 

Arguably one of the most picturesque parts of the Gold Coast it is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the crystal clear waters.

Most weekends there is a maze of people and dogs of every size and breed all buzzing around and playing in the warm, tranquil waters of Currumbin creek.

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.

Pooch friendly cafes in the area: Espresso Moto, Barefoot Barista, Elephant Rock Cafe, The Deck Cafe

Do you know of any other great off-leash beach locations?

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