How will you know if a city is dog-friendly? By the number of dog-friendly beaches it has!
These 16 dog-friendly beaches in Brisbane & beyond prove why this city belongs to the top 5 dog-friendly cities in Australia list. Now pack your sunscreen and treat your dog to a day of fun at the beach!
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Dog-friendly Beaches Close To Brisbane
These dog-friendly beaches located in Brisbane are worth checking out!
The intense Australian sun can take its toll on you…or your dog. Luckily for the locals and visitors of Wynnum Manly, there are a few dog-friendly beaches in and near Wynnum Manly where you both can cool down.
This artificial (that is, man-made) beach features white sand and gentle slopes dotted with pandanus trees. Located along the Wynnum Esplanade foreshore, just behind the Wynnum Whale Waterpark and Adventure Playground, this dog-friendly beach is also a family-favourite. Watch out for the army crabs and sea critters that appear during low tide!
Tuckeroo Park (formerly Nudgee Beach Dog Park)
Located along Nudgee Road in the suburb of Nudgee (25 minute drive from Wynnum through M1), Tuckeroo Park gives your pooch easy access to Kedron Brook. Make sure you bring a towel as it can get muddy and sandy here! Many dog-owners bring their dogs to this off-leash beach especially on weekends. Tuckeroo Park replaced the Nudgee Beach swimming area as the dogs were disturbing the birds migrating overseas. The park is also home to “Doggy World”, a fenced agility / obstacle course.
Wellington Point Reserve
Wellington Point Recreation Reserve is one of the most popular dog and family-friendly beaches in Queensland! A favourite spot of dog-owners for relaxing walks with their furry best friend on the sandbar (it only appears during low tide), Wellington Point Recreation Reserve also offers plenty of space for kids to release their pent-up energies and stunning sunrise / sunset views. Keep in mind that the local council only allows dogs at Wellington Point Recreation Reserve from 4 pm onwards on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. All dogs must be effectively controlled and kept on a leash at all times during your visit.
Deception Bay Beach
Situated along Captain Cook Parade at Deception Bay is Deception Bay Beach. This off-leash beach is a local and dog-favourite! During low tide, the beach opens up to a large area where dogs can run around. Your dog will have enough personal space to frolic in the water if he’s not the social type. Dogs and kids alike love this beach that features a playground with BBQ and an open water channel for your dog to wallow in!
Raby Bay Foreshore Dog Off Leash Beach
The 30-minute drive from Wynnum to this dog-friendly beach in the suburb of Cleveland is absolutely worth it! Raby Bay Foreshore Dog Off-Leash Beach is another popular beach where dog-owners love to take their pooches for a day out. Your dog is bound to meet many friendly dogs of all sizes during your visit to this relaxing beach that offers gentle waves and the fresh sea air.
Beachmere Off-Leash Dog Beach
An hour’s drive away from Brisbane City, the Beachmere Off-Leash Dog Beach is a popular beach for all kinds of animals, not just dogs! This beach is perfect for long walks or runs during low tide, when the shore opens up to a wide area, as well as for training your pooch how to swim, as the water gets deeper gradually! The off-leash area begins from the south end of Biggs Avenue beside the carpark to the south of the Caboolture River along the shore. Keep in mind that dogs are not allowed inside the nearby Beachmere South Reserve and estuary.
Colmslie Recreation Reserve
A short 20-minute car ride away from Brisbane City is the Colmslie Recreation Reserve, located at the Morningside suburb. Your dog can roam free in the off-leash dog park, socialise with other dogs or chill in the calm waters of the beach, while you enjoy the serene surroundings knowing your pooch is safe even while on the water.
GJ Walter Park, Cleveland
What dog-friendly beach / park offers beautiful views of North Stradbroke Island, great BBQ facilities and koalas playing on its shady trees? Only GJ Walter Park! Situated at Shore St. E at Cleveland, Redland City, just behind the Grandview Hotel, this waterfront park is a family-favourite! Bring your dog along for a relaxing stroll by the bay, or for some free play in its off-leash area while you sit and watch from the shaded seats. Mud flats in the off-leash dog area provide your furry companion access to the water. A popular picnic spot for families especially on weekends, this beach / park is equipped with picnic shelters, clean toilets, bins and parking. The large grassy area and playground with swings will keep your less furry kids happy for hours.
North Stradbroke Island
Should you find yourself and your pup stuck on North Stradbroke Island, don’t worry. There are many beaches on this island that gladly welcome your four-legged friend, on the condition that you put him on a leash at all times. Choose from Deadman’s Beach, Flinders Beach, Frenchman’s Beach and Main Beach for you to spend quality time together playing in the sand or dipping in the water.
Want to explore even further?
These dog-friendly beaches from the Gold Coast to Sunshine Coast are still close to Brisbane, a little over an hour away. They are ideal beaches for you and your four-legged companion if you want to explore South East Queensland outside of Brisbane.
Buddina Off-Leash Dog Beach
Another dog-friendly beach offering from the Sunshine Coast, the Buddina Off-Leash Dog Beach at the Buddina suburb is one of the most popular beaches frequented by dog owners and their pets! This well-maintained beach offers a long and wide stretch of sand perfect for active dogs who love to run and swim with their owners! Ideal spot for socialising with other dogs as well. The beach provides poop bags and bins for dog-owners’ convenience. The one hour and 20 minute drive from Brisbane City to this beach is time well-spent indeed!
One of Sunshine Coast’s best dog-friendly beaches, Currimundi Beach offers a kilometre-long of sand for your dog to dig and run in! This beach is off-leash all the time for all the days of the year, giving your dog the freedom to roam around as he pleases! Up north is the Wurtulla Currimundi Beach which only allows dogs to be off-leash from 4pm to 8 am. The suburb of Currimundi is a one hour and 20 minute drive from Brisbane City.
A beach that may have been founded by dogs, Doggy Beach is one of the most beautiful dog-friendly beaches in south-east Queensland with its fine white sand, clear blue waters and volcanic mountains in the background. Sticks are abundant in the beach, perfect for playing fetch with your furry companion. This popular off-leash beach is located at the suburb of Noosa, a 2-hour drive away from Brisbane City.
North Shore Off-Leash Dog Beach
An hour and 30 minute drive away from Brisbane City stands the suburb of Mudjimba that is home to the most beautiful dog-friendly beach in the Sunshine Coast (or so the locals claim). The North Shore Off-Leash Dog Beach is a very popular beach for dog-owners so expect the parking and the beach itself to get crowded, even on weekdays. That said, this beach is perfect if you want your dog to socialise with other furry breeds. Its huge stretch of fine white sand is perfect for long walks with your dog. Make sure you visit the mysterious Pincushion Island while you’re here!
Situated along the Gold Coast, Palm Beach is a popular hang-out spot for dog-owners and families with young children. The dog-friendly area runs from the Palm Beach Parklands, around Currumbin Creek to the waves. Currumbin Creek offers calm waters while the other side offers a wide stretch of waves for surfers. A dog-hitching post can be found in a cafe located at the parklands just before the beach if you want to fuel up before your water adventure!
Regarded as one of the best off-leash beaches in the whole of Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Beach is truly a dog-friendly location you and your pup can’t afford to miss! Near Sunshine Beach are dog-friendly cafes and restaurants that provide water bowls and shady areas where you can tie your dog in safety. Located at the south of Noosa National Park, Sunshine Beach is an equally popular spot for dog-owner families on weekends as well as weekdays.
If you want to bring your dog to a beach with clean blue waters, endless white sand and relaxing azure skies, this beach is it! Woorim Beach is located at the southern coast of dog-friendly Bribie Island that offers dog-parks, beaches and off-leash areas for your dog’s enjoyment. This surf beach becomes narrow during high tide but reveals a spacious shore for digging, walking and running at low tide. Bribie Island is an hour and 15 minute drive away from Brisbane City via M1.