Dog friendly beaches in Queensland

Posted by Jackie Ly on

Currumbin Creek

Images of white sand beaches, blazing sunshine, fish and chips, and picnics in the park are what immediately come to mind when one thinks of the weather in Queensland. 

Still, the day can't help but be tinged with sadness when you pack up the family for a day at the beach and wave goodbye to your dog's sad eyes as you drive away. 

There's no reason not to bring them along. 

Several dog-friendly beaches and parks can be found in and around Australia, particularly in New South Wales, Victoria, Brisbane, and even more on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast which are only a short car ride away. 

In that case, bring your four-legged pals and their safety essentials along on the next vacation you take.

Dog friendly beaches in Queensland

Palm Beach – Currumbin

The Gold Coast is home to some of the best dog-friendly beaches, but this one tops them all. In most places, dogs outnumber people, which is never a bad thing. 

If you and your dog are both strong swimmers and enjoy frolicking in the surf, Baywatch-style, this is the perfect spot for you.

Nudgee Beach

Nudgee Beach is a great place to take the kids for a day of sun and sand because it includes one of the largest fenced dog parks in Brisbane (and an agility course, too!). 

There's a large body of water that even a dog with no swimming experience can enjoy.

Be prepared with some additional towels for your dog on the way home, as certain areas are more mud flaps than the beach.

Colmslie Recreation Reserve

Colmslie Recreation Reserve, long a local favourite, is another Brisbane gem that is perfect for a dog's day at the park's dog-friendly water features. 

Colmslie Rec is tucked away conveniently behind an aquatic centre, and it features an enclosed dog park with agility equipment and a quiet parking lot for dog owners. 

Our little puppies, who are only learning to swim, will be safe here because the waves are not as strong as those at other beaches. 

Currumbin Creek

Although this isn't really a "beach," you'll overlook that fact once you get here. 

Throughout the week, you can visit this canine paradise and view dogs of every imaginable breed. 

Make sure your dog is well-trained enough to come when called because there is a parking lot and a cafe nearby.

Cabarita Dog Beach

Tourists from the Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales often visit our friends at Cabarita Beach. Even though it's a popular beach, it's not overrun with people. 

Depending on how far you're willing to travel, you can find a variety of excellent dog beaches all along the coast.

The Spit – Southport

The Spit, with its expansive parks and sandy stretches, is by far the most well-liked dog-friendly beach in the area. 

Dogs with boundless amounts of energy will love this place. While you relax and take in the sights and sounds of this well-liked Gold Coast hotspot, they can get in a good workout on the beach's deep sand and in the lively surf.

Hope Island Dog Park

If you want to take your dog swimming in more tranquil waters, Hope Island Dog Park is a fantastic option. 

The inlet offers your pooch  a refreshing place to cool off after all that running around.

Stumers Creek Dog Beach 

A hangout frequented by the locals; it's large and has welcoming regulars. 

At Stumers Creek Dog Beach, people and their dogs may mingle in an enjoyable social setting. 

You can go for a swim in the river, or you can play in the waves.

Tips for visiting dog friendly beaches

When visiting dog friendly beaches, make sure you are aware of the specific rules and regulations for that particular beach. Some beaches may have designated areas for dogs to play and run, while others may have specific times of the day when dogs are allowed. 

Be sure to check with the local authorities or beach management before visiting to ensure you are compliant with all rules and regulations.

Secondly, always make sure to bring necessary items such as water, food, and waste bags for your dog. Keeping your dog on a leash or under close supervision at all times ensures their safety and the safety of other beachgoers.  

Always clean up after your dog and dispose of waste properly to maintain the cleanliness of the beach. 

By following these tips, you and your pup can have a fun and enjoyable experience at the beach.


If you're looking for a fun and relaxing day out with your furry friend, then you should definitely consider visiting one of these beautiful beaches in Queensland. 

Not only will you get to enjoy the sun, sand, and surf, but you'll also get to spend quality time with your pet and create lasting memories together. 

So pack your sunscreen, bring your pet's leash, and head out to one of these beaches for a fun and enjoyable day out with your best friend. 

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