Best Off Leash Dog Beaches Brisbane
If you needed an excuse to head to the beach this winter and you are lucky enough to own a pooch, then you are going to love this collection of off-leash dog beaches. Brisbane is lucky to be surrounded by many coastal inlets ensuring there is always somewhere nearby to let your dog have some free off-leash puppy fun!
Before you go
- Always check on the local council website first, things change. Please let us know in comments below if the location mentioned change or if you find a new beach for you and your pooch to enjoy.
- When you get there, always follow the signage, sometimes it is only areas of beaches that are open to off-leash dogs.
- Be respectful of any seabirds that might be in the area.
- While taking dogs off leash can be a fun idea, if you don’t have command control over your dog, then this is not something for you. For everyone’s safety, including your own, you should be able to command your dog back on lead should something crop up (especially in the event of an unpleasant encounter with another dog).
- Be aware that dusk and dawn are shark feeding times and sharks exist in all our waterways, from creeks to coast. If you do take your dogs during these times then just be mindful that letting them swim beyond the shallows might put them at risk.
- Like any outdoor areas, your pooches poop is your responsibility. If they poop on the sand, then you need to put it in a bag and take it back to a bin.
- When we have our dogs off leash at a beach and another dog joins the fun, we usually leash for a short while to allow them to grow accustomed to each other and ensure they are going to get along. Like humans, sometimes even the most social dog just won’t gel with another.
- Always consider the safety of your children at dog off leash beaches both in terms of the water and other dogs. Always be cautious when new dogs arrive to assess their friendliness with children. Explain to your children that like your dog, other dogs are there to enjoy the beach with other dogs and not play with children. (Most dog beaches offer shallow waters and kids will likely be amused by hunting for beachside treasures or marvelling at soldier crabs. )
Off-Leash Dog Beach List Brisbane
- Woorim Beach South, Bribie Island
- Sections of Palm Beach, the Gold Coast
- Nudgee Beach Dog Park (Tuckeroo Park on Google Maps) just near the fishing pontoon, dogs have access to Kedron Brook which can be quite muddy and sandy here, so bring a towel! This park is home to “Doggy World” fenced agility course. Tuckeroo Park replaces the once popular Nudgee Beach swimming area because dogs were disrupting migrating birds on their way to Russia.
- Colmslie Beach Reserve, Murarrie
- GJ Walter Park, Cleveland has a dog-friendly water play area at G.J. Walter Park on Shore Street East, offering an off-leash beach access for dogs with a small playground for the kids.
- Raby Bay Foreshore Park, Cleveland
- Godwin Beach, Deception Bay (follow signage) off-leash beach is one of the best places to take both kids and dogs for a swim. Firstly, dogs and romp off leash in the water – and any dog will tell you that is the definition of dog happiness. Secondly, the bay is quite shallow so whether the tide is in or out, it’s a good place to take young kids to paddle and explore. Finally, just up the hill is a spacious playground with barbecues – and even an open stormwater channel for freshwater dog wallowing!
- Buddina Beach, Buddina (at the bottom of Point Cartwright)
- Dog Beach, Noosa Heads (the spit end of Hastings Street)
- Currimundi Beach, Currimundi (only in signed areas)
- Kedron Brook This dog off-leash area is located on the Kedron Brook floodway, in the Gordon Park to Kalinga section of the Brook. It is long enough for a decent run for dogs.
- Masthead Drive Cleveland
From time to time things change which means the addition and removal of dog beaches. Brisbane City Council has a helpful Google Map set up which will connect you with not only the above dog off-leash beaches, but also popular fenced dog parks throughout Brisbane. Here are some links to the appropriate councils and their maps.
Dog Parks near awesome playgrounds
If you find the idea of kid wrangling with your dog off-leash too much to handle then consider taking your dogs to a fenced dogs park. You will love our resource which is all about dog parks near awesome playgrounds.
Hiking Brisbane Dogs
Do you like to wear your fur-kids out in the hope they will sleep all night? Perfect for energetic pooches, these parks allow for a LONG rambling walk off leash.
- Downfall Creek Reserve, accessed from Brickyard Road, Geebung or Jefferis Street, Wavell Heights, is a huge four hectares of unfenced, off leash, doggy heaven. There is lots of open space to play, areas to chase a ball or a stick and plenty of opportunities to catch up with other local dogs here. On the other side of the creek, a bike track connects all the way to Seventh Brigade Park, Chermside.
- Kroll Gardens Park in Clontarf at Redcliffe is another huge park covering five hectares of parkland for you and your hound to explore. This recreation area is at the corner of Duffield Road and Snook Street. It’s very close to the Redcliffe water treatment plant so choose a day where you’ll be upwind!
- Toohey Forest Park at Mount Gravatt offers 25 different walking tracks. Wildlife abounds, so your dog must be on a leash and you should be mindful of native critters crossing your path.
- Dogs on-leash are welcome in Mount Coot-tha forest including the JC Slaughter Falls walk. This popular and iconic walk is a lovely idea for a weekend adventure with six popular walking trails, BBQs and parking for the perfect picnic destination.
So now you have all the information you need to get out and get active with your Brisbane dogs and kids! Why not try out a new dog park this weekend?
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