Information for travellers
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.
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.
There are different pet policies for different accommodations so make sure you contact them before booking to ensure they suit your requirements.
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.
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. Beach access 67 - 72.
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.
Walk along this lovely, quiet stretch of coastline and admire the views. The dog-friendly area can be accessed at area 210 to 217 and allows off leash all times.
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.
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.