The ultimate guide to dog friendly beaches near Brisbane
There’s nothing like a run on the beach with your best mate! Despite how much fun they are, dog friendly beaches are tough to find in most Australian cities.
Dog Friendly Beaches near Brisbane
Brisbane is a tricky city to find beaches in, let alone dog friendly beaches! But with the Sunshine Coast to the north and the Gold Coast to the South, there are plenty of incredible spots for you and your pup to run and swim a short drive away.
Our lists begins with the best dog friendly beaches in Brisbane, then includes the best dog friendly beaches near Brisbane.
1. Tuckeroo Park (Nudgee Beach dog park)
It’s probably dishonest to call this a beach – it’s a park in the suburb of Nudgee beach. There is water though – the park borders the mouth of Kendron Brook. As a result, you’ll have to be okay with your dog jumping around in what is essentially a mud beach, rather than sand. Luckily, there’s a tap you can use to rinse your dog when the fun’s over.
The beach itself is on-leash, as there are often people line fishing. The dog park next to beach is off-leash though, so you can still let your dog go for a run. Being so close to the river, mosquito repellent is a must, and there are no nearby public toilets.
2. Colmslie Recreation Reserve
This isn’t technically a beach, but there’s easy access to Brisbane River just 20 minutes from Brisbane CBD. This one’s a two-fer, doubling as one of Brisbane’s best dog parks and one of Brisbane’s best dog beaches.
The reserve is home to play equipment, toilets, and barbecue facilities, so can cater for a full day out. Dog-wise, the reserve is off leash 24 hours.
3. Bribie Island (South Coast)
Bribie Island isn’t far from Brisbane, although at just under two hour’s drive from the CBD it’s more of a day trip. It’s worth it though, as the entire south coast of Bribie Island is dog friendly.
Large surf can be found on the southeast coast near Woorim beach, although the sand can get a little narrow at high tide. There are more protected areas in the southwest near Red Beach.
4. Palm Beach, Gold Coast
If you’re on the Gold Coast with a pup, this is a great spot. The dog friendly section of the beach stretches from Palm Beach Parklands around to Currumbin Creek, right at the south end of the beach.
The off-leash part of the beach has very calm surf. The surf beach is a short walk away and is also dog friendly, but on-leash. This might just be the best dog beach in the Brisbane area – it’s definitely worth checking out.
5. Dog Beach, Noosa
Some very imaginative folks that named this beach in Noosa! 😂
This stretch of sand is at the Spit end of Hastings Street. Like most of Noosa’s coastline, it’s mind-blowingly beautiful. You and your fur-baby will love the white sand, crystal clear water, and all of your new puppy friends!
6. Buddina Off-Leash Area
The Sunshine Coast is home to everyone who loves the sun – no matter how many legs they have! Buddina’s off-leash beach is at the base of Point Cartwright, and really is one of the best dog beaches in the country, let alone Queensland.
There are lots of dog bags available, and there should be plenty of other dogs for your pup to play with. There’s also an off-leash dog park behind the beach if you and your dog get tired of the sand, however unlikely.