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Six Dog-Friendly Beaches On The Sunshine Coast

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by Elaine (subscribe)
Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published December 14th 2016
Remain Firm Friends Fur-Ever
Dog-friendly beaches, Sunshine Coast, Coolum Beach, Buddina Foreshore Reserve, Buddina Beach, Noosa Spit, Currimundi Beach, Moffat Beach, North Shore Beach, off-leash, beach, sand, water
Put your best paw forward - Image: Pixabay CCO Public Domain


When we go on holiday or even as coastal locals, we doggy lovers always appreciate being able to take our four-legged pals with us to the beach. There's no worse feeling than leaving them at home looking all doe-eyed, as if to say 'what about me?'. I know there are many passionate about their four-legged family and with this in mind, I have compiled a list of six dog-friendly beaches on the Sunshine Coast, guaranteed to ensure you remain firm friends fur-ever.

1. 🐶 Coolum Beach - Off-leash all the time
Location:- Beach Access 67 to 72 Stumers Creek Road, Coolum Beach

Dog-friendly beaches, Sunshine Coast, Coolum Beach, Buddina Foreshore Reserve, Buddina Beach, Noosa Spit, Currimundi Beach, Moffat Beach, North Shore Beach, off-leash, beach, sand, water
Who doesn't love the surf? - Image: Pixabay CCO Public Domain


Doggy heaven! A four-legged paradise that includes surf, sand and a saltwater creek, especially for doggy paddling, this extensive off-leash area stretches from north of the Coolum Beach caravan park to one kilometre north of Stumers Creek, the estuary to the surf beach. Stumers Creek splits into two and runs into a shallow section of water, an ideal swimming spot.

To access this doggy-friendly beach, take the road through the beachfront reserve at the creek to the car park at the end, where you'll find doggie bags, taps, toilets, picnic tables and a playground. This is an added bonus if your four-pawed family member loves to swing and slide as much as the rest of us. From here it's onwards to the beach or Stumers Creek.

2. 🐶 Buddina Foreshore Reserve Beach and Buddina Beach - Off-leash all the time
Location:- Beach Access 198-201 runs between Gulai St and Pt Cartwright headland and Beach Access 210-217 runs between Mawarra Ave and Talinga St.

Dog-friendly beaches, Sunshine Coast, Coolum Beach, Buddina Foreshore Reserve, Buddina Beach, Noosa Spit, Currimundi Beach, Moffat Beach, North Shore Beach, off-leash, beach, sand, water
Base of Point Cartwright below the Lighthouse - Image: Elaine de Wet


Buddina off-leash dog beach actually has two sections — the Buddina Foreshore Reserve and the Buddina Beach proper — both of which can be accessed from Pacific Boulevard, which runs parallel to the beach.

The Foreshore Reserve section is a protected section of sand, surf and rock pools nestled at the base of Point Cartwright and below the Lighthouse. It's a wonderful section of the coastline on the Sunshine Coast to be enjoyed by us and our doggies, and definitely one of my favourite locations to visit. Our dogs can enjoy being off-leash on the lawned areas heading up to the lighthouse, between 4.00pm and 8.00am. It's a perfect excuse to catch the sunset or sunrise and watch the ships go by from this extremely popular lookout on the Sunshine Coast.

Dog-friendly beaches, Sunshine Coast, Coolum Beach, Buddina Foreshore Reserve, Buddina Beach, Noosa Spit, Currimundi Beach, Moffat Beach, North Shore Beach, off-leash, beach, sand, water
Lawned areas leading up to the Lighthouse - Image: Elaine de Wet


The Buddina Beach section is a family-friendly stretch of golden sand and sea, fringed by a narrow foreshore park.

3. 🐶 Noosa Dog Beach - Off-leash all the time
Location:- Claude Batten Drive, Noosa Heads

Dog-friendly beaches, Sunshine Coast, Coolum Beach, Buddina Foreshore Reserve, Buddina Beach, Noosa Spit, Currimundi Beach, Moffat Beach, North Shore Beach, off-leash, beach, sand, water
There's nothing like making new friends - Image: Pixabay CCO Public Domain


A popular picnic area in Claude Batten Drive, Noosa Heads, for locals and holiday-makers, Noosa Dog Beach is a dedicated off-leash area at all times and a great location for river boats to anchor and come in to spend the day. This way your furry family members can enjoy boating and water sports.

4. 🐶 Currimundi Beach - Off-leash all the time
Location:- Beach Access 249 to 253 Poatina Street, Wurtulla to Currimundi Creek, Currimundi; and Beach Access 255 to 262 Gothic Parade to Ann Street


Dog-friendly beaches, Sunshine Coast, Coolum Beach, Buddina Foreshore Reserve, Buddina Beach, Noosa Spit, Currimundi Beach, Moffat Beach, North Shore Beach, off-leash, beach, sand, water
A whole kilometre of golden sands along the beach - Image: Elaine de Wet


Currimundi Beach has to be one of the top choices for doggy beaches on the southern side of the Sunshine Coast. Our four-legged friends can run off-leash twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week - no restrictions here. A whole kilometre of golden sands along the beach ensure they'll get plenty of exercise, frolicking in the water or running on the beach.

5. 🐶 Moffat Beach - Doggy Times as sign-posted, 4.00pm to 8.00am
Location:- Beach Access 270 to 276 Coorara Street, Dicky Beach to Russell Street, Shelly Beach; and Beach Access 276 to 281 Russell Street to Victoria Terrace, Shelly Beach


Dog-friendly beaches, Sunshine Coast, Coolum Beach, Buddina Foreshore Reserve, Buddina Beach, Noosa Spit, Currimundi Beach, Moffat Beach, North Shore Beach, off-leash, beach, sand, water
Take in a sunset - Image: Pixabay CCO Public Domain


This exclusive sheltered beach is available for our furry family members between 4.00pm and 8.00am, meaning that you can pack a picnic basket and watch the sunset together. Alternatively how about a breakfast on the beach to watch the sunrise, just you and your best friend.

6. 🐶 North Shore Beach - Twin Waters - Off-leash all the time
Location:- Twin Waters Surf Club Beach Access 132


Dog-friendly beaches, Sunshine Coast, Coolum Beach, Buddina Foreshore Reserve, Buddina Beach, Noosa Spit, Currimundi Beach, Moffat Beach, North Shore Beach, off-leash, beach, sand, water
Let's play catch - Image: Pixabay CCO Public Domain


This unspoiled wilderness is off-leash all the time. The dog-friendly area between the low water mark and the base of the dune area, starts at the Maroochy River and runs to five hundred metres south of the safety-flagged swimming spot. Fantastic coastal views can be seen at North Shore Beach. It's a great spot to do a bit of frisbee throwing, or why not explore Pincushion Island, a giant sandstone island attached to the beach.

There are literally umpteen off-leash areas for our dogs on the Sunshine Coast. To view the Sunshine Coast Council list click here.

Please feel free to comment with any of your favourite ones I might have inadvertently missed out on (I do realise there are many out there, but these are definitely my favourites).

Put your best paw forward and get out and about, just you and your best friend. There is so much fun to be had and it's all on the Sunshine Coast.
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Why? To enjoy outdoor time on the beach with your four-legged family members
When: Anytime on the beach is a good time
Where: Sunshine Coast, Qld
Cost: Free
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Carramundi beach is my favourite... endless fun for mans best friend.
by Barry (score: 2|320) 159 days ago
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