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The Sunshine Coast for you and your dog

byKate Webster-26 Jul 2017

These days more and more people are reluctant to leave their furry friend at home when travelling, and thankfully, there are more places popping up that are pooch friendly.

The Sunshine Coast offers the perfect getaway with your dog, for the weekend or even a longer holiday, with many pet friendly accommodation options as well as dog-friendly and leash-free beaches and parks.

After enjoying a dogs day out, you will also find many cafes and restaurants that are accommodating to dogs with The Velo Project in Mooloolaba, One on La Balsa at Point Cartwright and Noosa Marina to name a few.

Pet friendly accommodation

If you are camping or caravanning, then enjoy the outdoors and camp under the stars with your pooch at some of the Sunshine Coast’s pet friendly caravan parks and cabins. Scattered along the coastline, the Mudjimba Beach Holiday Park, Coolum Beach Holiday Park and Boreen Point Campground are just some of the Sunshine Coast Holiday Parks that will accept furry friends.

If you are seeking more of a home away from home feel, then there are many pet friendly holiday houses to choose from. Sunny Coast Shack is located a short stroll from the beach, perfect for you and the dog. Places like Saltwater Villas in Mooloolaba also offer dog minding so you can head out site-seeing or shopping. 

Saltwater Villas.
Saltwater Villas.

There are different pet policies for different accommodations so make sure you contact them before booking to ensure they suit your requirements.

Dog-friendly beaches

The best thing about the Sunshine Coast is you can enjoy a number of the endless beaches with your dog. These will be clearly signed so do make sure you only visit beaches that are dog friendly, or stay in the areas that are. Most importantly, make sure you have enough doggy bags to clean up after your pooch and ensure everyone can enjoy a clean beach. Here are some of the places you can visit.

Coolum Beach

There is a section of Coolum Beach that is clearly marked and is off leash at all times. Here dogs can roam free in the salty playground on literally acres of golden sand. To reach the off-leash area, take the road through the beachfront reserve to the car park where you'll find picnic tables and a playground. From there, head to the beach or the creek.

Noosa Spit

The river side of Claude Batten drive on Noosa Spit is a dedicated off-leash dog beach. It's also a great place to watch the world go by on the Noosa River.

The Wag Lab takes a doggy paddle at Noosa Spit.
The Wag Lab takes a doggy paddle at Noosa Spit.

Buddina Beach 

Walk along this lovely, quiet stretch of coastline and admire the views. The dog-friendly area can be accessed at area 198 to 217 and allows off leash all times.

Currimundi Beach 

This is a popular beach spot so your dog will have the chance to make friends with the other dogs visiting this fabulous surf beach. Beach access is from 249 to 253 and allows off leash all times.

Sunshine Beach

Enter at beach access 27 and the offleash section is right there. It runs all the way to the Noosa National Park headland. A great place for a walk with the backdrop of Noosa headland.

Just remember, that Sunshine Coast warmth and sunshine can be a bit much on your four-legged friend, so make sure you care water and a bowl so they can re-hydrate if taps and supplied drinking areas are not around.


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ByKate Webster

Kate Webster is a travel journalist – writer and photographer who travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the places she visits. Born out of a life-long love of travel and fascination with the world around her, is Kate’s inspiration behind her writing and photography.

When she’s not bouncing around the world on ramshackle buses, overcrowded trains, or on the back of a rickshaw, you can find her based in the Gold Coast, Australia eagerly planning her next adventure. Kate works with both online and print publications and has been published regularly in both.