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Top Dog Beaches on the Sunshine Coast

If you’re looking for dog beaches Sunshine Coast you’ve come to the right place! Here’s where to take your precious pups for a splashin’ good time…

Dog beaches Sunshine Coast

It’s not just lucky pooches on the Gold Coast who get to have access to great dog beaches. The Sunshine Coast is the perfect place for pampered pets. Here are our top pics to get your whole family swimming and having a great day out.

Dog beaches, as with dog parks, are great places if everyone does the right thing. Families Magazine would like to remind you to…

  • Ensure you clean up after your pet.
  • Make sure that your pet is able to respond to your commands.
  • Avoid situations that will cause your pet to become stressed, anxious or aggressive.
  • Respect the rights of others to play with their own dogs peacefully.
  • Follow any and all Council signage. Sometimes rules and conditions can change. Fines for allowing dogs off leash in the wrong areas can be astronomical so make sure you triple check that you’re in the right place, at the permitted time, and doing the right thing.

Wondering what the best family dog is? We know!

Without further ado, get ready to get those happy hounds in the water!

Buddina Beach

Lots of beach access, huge expanses of area to roam and play and it’s fairly quiet in terms of popularity. (Maybe not for long after word gets out!). Dogs are permitted off leash at times and locations as signed.

Head to: Pacific Boulevard (the expanse is between Mawarra Avenue and Talinga Street).

Noosa Spit

It can be a little confusing in terms of finding the dog-approved zone. Stick to the left hand/river side and you should be fine! Noosa pups love it here!

Head to: Claude Batten Drive

Coolum Beach

It’s busy around the main drag in Coolum nowadays but if you come at the right time, and head to the correctly signed area, you’re bound to have a blast with the whole fam. Head through the township between the car park and the beach to take advantage of the growing amount of local stores.

Head to: Stumers Creek Road, Beach Access 67 to 72

Point Cartwright Reserve

Very calm surf – no scary waves for timid pups here! Be warned though – this is a very popular spot so it’s best for dogs who are up for a bit of socialising. The signage around the beach is very clear about areas and times so make sure you check it VERY carefully.

Head to: Harbour Parade

Sunshine Beach

The walk from the car park to the beach is a bit of a hike – best to try and get here early-ish so you don’t have to park too far away. It’s a popular spot as well so come prepared to have some FUN! This is definitely one of our favourite dog beaches Sunshine Coast.

Head to: Seaview Terrace. Beach access No 27 at boundary of  Noosa National Park

Currimundi Beach

This is a relatively quiet spot where you can generally relax with a lot of space to yourself. The water is quite close to the beach access, as well, so easy splashing and fun times to be had by all!

Read our Lake Currimundi review here.

Head to: Moondara Drive, Wurtulla to Currimundi Creek.

Wurtulla Beach

Conditions are best in the morning on this beautiful stretch of sand, where water bowls are located at intervals to quench your dog’s thirst.

Head to: Maloga Street, Buddina to Wurley Drive, Wurtulla

Red Beach, Bribie Island

Red Beach is the perfect place for a family day out, including your four-legged friends. It has plenty of space to run and will definitely tire all members of the family out. It’s a great place for an afternoon stroll. This beach has no amenities, so be prepared; however this doesn’t dampen the wide-open space to roam in.

Head to: Welsby Parade and turn into Tully Street, Bongaree

Dog Beaches Sunshine Coast

Did we miss your favourite? Please let us know so we can add to our list!

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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