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by JKnick (subscribe)
Freelance writer
Published January 21st 2013
It's a doggy dog world
Sunrise Beach is in Queensland's Sunshine Coast. It is located five kilometres southeast of Noosa Heads, between Sunshine and Peregian Beaches. It is not only a strip of wonderful beach, but is also a Sunshine Coast suburb.

Sunrise Beach is part of a 65-kilometre stretch of beautiful coastline from Noosa to Caloundra. It has a broad stretch of white golden sand and clean, fresh surf rolling in. It is an open beach and can be dangerous to the inexperienced swimmer. It has continuous strong rips and deep longshore troughs. There are no life guards and swim flags and it is patrolled only during school holidays, weekends and the Christmas and Easter holidays. It is popular with board riders due to the consistent beach breaks coming in. It is surrounded by the Noosa National Park, which is a wild area of coastline that extends into the ocean in some parts.

Beach walkers can enjoy hours of walking on soft, golden sand to Sunshine Beach and back to Castaway, Marcus, Peregian, and Coolum Beaches and further on to Maroochydore and Caloundra. Bush walkers can divert on to the national park, a huge area of 4,000 hectares with differing vegetation of rainforest, rocky shorelines and deserted coastal bush. Koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, and even rare glossy black cockatoos, ground parrots and wallum froglets sometimes make an appearance here. They are a sight to treasure and remember as, unfortunately, they occur less and less. On the other hand, venomous snakes, such as the eastern brown, red-bellied black and common black adders live in and love this area. So be mindful and give them a wide berth. They too are part of the treasured wildlife and all they want is to be on their way.

Personally, Sunrise Beach is my favourite. Not only because it is a beautiful, quiet stretch of beach, but also because it allows dogs to run around leash-free. You know what they say about dogs being man's best friend. Indeed, some of us enjoy water activities better with our four-legged friends. If they're not afraid of the water, they will want to take part in everything that you do in and around the water – from having a swim, to getting on a boogie board or a surf board, a kayak, a long board, or a paraglide. Of course, they're just as happy lounging on the sand with you or playing with other dogs on the beach.

Take some plastic bags with you for your pooch's droppings. Although the Council provides plastic bags at the entrance to Sunrise Beach, you may find that the container is sometimes in-between refills. Do take care that your animal friend/s do not get dehydrated, especially on very hot days. All that salt water makes them thirstier and they dehydrate faster than normal, so provide them with fresh water. And of course, they can have sunburn on their exposed skin. A zinc stick comes in handy for my friends, which I rub on their noses. They do not necessarily like being rubbed with it, but tolerate it they do. And if you use those fluorescent colour ones, they might just get an amused look, or two.
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