Yes, Horizons is a beachside apartment complex that allows you to take (small, well-behaved) dogs. It's peaceful and pretty, near the Peregian section of Noosa National Park, and opposite a stretch of beach where dogs are permitted to run off-leash.
I found Horizons last year when we faced our first Christmas as dog-owners. Before that, we always went to a resort in Noosaville. I wanted to have our usual Sunshine Coast holiday, but without the trouble and expense of booking our dog into kennels. Horizons provided the answer.
It's a three-storey apartment complex on a small, quiet street opposite the beach, roughly midway between Coolum Beach and Peregian Village. It offers self-contained 2- and 3-bedroom apartments with cooking and laundry facilities, a pool, Austar, and pay-per-view internet access.
The apartments are roomy and airy, nicely decorated, and comfortable. On both our visits, we've stayed in a ground-floor apartment that has a small courtyard at the front -- ideal for our dog to lie outside in the sun and for everybody in the family to shower the sand off before coming inside.
Across the street from Horizons is a small, beachside park with barbecues, pandanus trees, toilet block etc (ideal for taking the dog for a quick leg-stretch). Walk through this little park and you're at a beach entrance (about one minute total from your apartment).
Down the path and you're on the beach. I love this stretch of sand -- it reminds me of my childhood, before beaches were crowded, when a kid could wander around exploring, finding crabs and collecting shells. My kids do just that, and also enjoy boogie-boarding when the waves are good.
But it's also important to know that the beach opposite Horizons is 1) east-facing -- which means it doesn't get the sheltered waves you'll find at Noosa's north-facing Main Beach, for example and 2) not patrolled by lifesavers.
Along with other swimmers and surfers, we still go in the water here after checking that conditions are safe (and we always swim sensibly). If conditions aren't good, though, or you don't feel confident to assess the surf yourself, you can always swim in the Horizons' pool, or drive the short distance to a patrolled beach. You can choose from flagged beaches at Peregian village (2 minutes drive), Coolum (5 minutes), or Noosa (20 minutes).
As for our dog, she thinks the beach opposite Horizons is paradise. One hundred metres south of the entrance you're in a permitted off-leash area, where your dog can run and fetch and swim to its heart's content. We regularly meet other pooches and their owners, and it's all very friendly. For those worried about the downside of dogs, everybody supervises their pets and picks up after them, and we've never encountered any nasty surprises in the sand.
If you're looking for attractions other than the waves, the flagged beach next to Peregian village (about 1km north) also has a good skatebowl (which my boys love), a big beachside park and playground, good restaurants, a surf club that often has entertainment, regular markets, and a village square that's great for a coffee or fish and chips.
There are also some good specialty stores and a small supermarket for essentials. I've written more about Peregian Beach in another article.
As for Horizons apartments, they are clean, comfortable and attractive, and the proprietors are friendly and helpful. Prices are reasonable for what you get, and certainly competitive with renting a house on the Sunshine Coast -- which seems to be the only other dog-friendly holiday option in this area. Only smaller breeds of dog are permitted at Horizons, and, apart from the odd bark or two, you wouldn't know they were there.
All in all, it makes for a happy holiday for everybody in our family.