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Published December 5th 2017
Dog beaches where Fido can run to his heart's content
Many of us have dogs and some of us, like myself, are even on a particular dog group on the Internet. My group is, of course, whippets as I own two, and there are groups for all sorts of dogs, even very obscure ones!
With this in mind, and knowing how many people adore their fur babies, the following is a list of beaches, most of which I have been to over the years, where you can go and feel relatively safe with your dog or dogs.
Sadly, this is no longer an option for me, as I have two "problem" dogs who are no longer friendly with other dogs, and just one word of warning which I once received from a long time dog breeder: if you have more than one dog - two dogs are a pack, which means they get into "scrapes" easier than if there is only one dog.
Some dogs love the water, whereas others are either scared of water, or just do not like the beach/waves. Mine run if I just turn on the hose, so the little pool I bought them for hot days, was given away a week after I bought it. And here are some dogs who definitely do not like the water, even though the beach is calm!
This list of beaches is for those fur babies who love water, or for those who just love to run and let the "wind in their hair"! And here is my GSP after a few hours at South Beach romping with friends - a great idea for puppies who have too much energy.
My GSP after a morning at the beach!
1. SOUTH CITY BEACH This is a beach that I knew well, as I lived virtually opposite it for some years. This beach is wide and is over 2 kms long and it is about 500 m South of City Beach.
It is quite secluded and can sometimes be a bit rough, however, the sand is white and the water clear, and you can park in the side streets nearby and just have a short walk down to the beach.
Nowadays there are several cafes/restaurants not far from here so while you are enjoying your time with Fido, afterwards you can always take him/her for a cup of coffee and a snack - great after a run and a swim!
2. WHITFORDS DOG BEACH
This beach is north of Hillarys Boat Harbour, and the walk from the car park is about 50 metres.
It is a large beach, ideal for those dogs that like to romp around and chase with other dogs, though the waves can get quite high at times.
This is situated at 140 Whitfords Ave, Hillarys.
3. TRIGG DOG BEACH- BENNION
This is also known as Bennion Beach and is situated at 345 West Coast Highway in Trigg, and it is generally a clean and tidy beach with good access.
Parking is also easy around this area and the beach itself is not a large one. There is also a cafe almost opposite Bennion. The beach is directly beneath the end of Bennion Street and it has some reefs and rocks along the shoreline but is less protected than other beaches nearby and so is best in calm conditions.
My grandson fur baby
There is another beach separated by low rocks to the north and this one is also a dog beach.
This beach is north of Leighton and south of Cottesloe and bordered by Curtin Avenue, and you need to take care as there are some rocks in the water here. This beach is sometimes referred to as Leighton Dog Beach.
5. GRANT STREET BEACH- COTTESLOE
The Cottesloe dog beach begins at the rocky bluff at the end of North Cottesloe Beach, just north of Grant Street. This beach is good for swimming, however, can get quite rough as there are reefs and rocks - so watch your dog if it is rough. However on this beach, dogs are not allowed between 10 am and 4 pm, from October to March
6. NORTH FLOREAT BEACH
The correct name for this beach is Peasholm Street Dog Beach however it is often referred to as North Floreat! It is one of the better dog beaches in Perth and sometimes there is even a mobile dog washer there to clean up your dog!
This beach can get a bit rough/choppy and the water is clear with no rocks. There is quite a long walk over the dunes to this beach and it is about 2 kms long and fairly isolated as it has huge dunes.
8. SHOALWATER BEACH
This beach is situated at corner Arcadia Drive and Boundary Rd in Shoalwater and there is also one from McLarty Road to Mercer Point Car Park, however, I have not been to either of these.
9. QUINNS ROCKS BEACH
The following are beaches in this area where you can take your dogs:
Part of Quinns Rocks Beach, Quinns Rocks, north from Tapping Way
Part of Yanchep Beach, Yanchep, south from Nautical Court
Part of Two Rocks Beach, Two Rocks, south of the southern groyne
10. C Y O'CONNOR DOG BEACH - NORTH COOGEE
CY O'Connor Beach is situated at Rollinson Rd, North Coogee and this goes from South Fremantle to McTaggart Cove to the south. This long stretch of dog-friendly coastline is rarely crowded and is sheltered by Garden Island. You can walk all the way to the old powerhouse on this beach, and this takes almost an hour. If you have time, a great place to go - I used to do this once a week with my GSP.
Good to know where dog friendly beaches are but do any of they have wheelchair access please? People in wheelchairs have dogs too but are usually not included in this activity. The wheelchairs of course cannot go right down to the waters edge but a solid platform for them to watch their dogs in the water would be helpful. Their dogs get anxious when they cannot see their masters & then don't want to play in the water. Lets think of the less fortunate!!