The weather’s warming up and your pooch is champing to get out into the surf. There’s nothing quite like throwing a stick into the waves and waiting to see what your excitable furry friend comes back with.
We all know trying to clean endless amounts of sand out of the back of the car can get a bit tedious, but watching your dog bound joyously up the beach well and truly makes up for it. Just make sure you’re only frequenting dog-friendly areas, so you’re not bothering other beach-goers or putting anyone in danger. After all, you might like a slobbery kiss on the face, but it could come as a bit of a shock to snoozing sunbakers!
Woorim Beach, Bribie Island – off leash
Bribie Island is incredibly accommodating of our furry friends! The entire southern coastline of the island is off-leash friendly, and the perfect opportunity for a long walk dotted with the occasional splash in the surf. The beach can be a bit narrow at high tide, so make sure you check the forecast before setting out. There’s a car park on Bennelong street with a short path that will lead down to the beach.
Palm Beach, Tallebudgera – off leash
Burleigh Heads is a great day trip for the whole family, with Tallebudgera Creek Palm Beach just a short drive from the town centre. Palm Beach is just north of the Tallebudgera SLSC patrolled surf beach and stretches to the groyne at the cusp of Tallebudgera Creek. Just make sure you keep your pooch on the lead until you get to the right area as the car park at the SLSC can get pretty busy. Head into Burleigh heads after you’ve worn out your dog in the surf and grab a delicious smoothy!
The Spit, Gold Coast – off leash
There’s lots of room for your dog to roam on the uninhabited northern tip of Southport or frolic in the protected cove on the Broadwater. Be sure to schedule your trip for low tide with lots of paddling opportunities, just make sure you watch out for sneaky crabs that might like to take a swipe at your pooches snoot! The Broadwater is perfect for pups that don’t like large waves. There’s even a dog drinking tap and showers to see to both of your needs.
Colmslie Recreation Reserve, Morningside – off leash
If your dog is getting a little hot and bothered and begging for a paddle, but you don’t have the time to drive out of Brisbane, then Colmslie Recreation Reserve is the perfect solution. While it’s not technically a beach, there is a spit of sand that blends into the Brisbane River that your pup can splash around in. It’s a great place for a picnic too! There’s children’s play equipment, picnic shelters, barbecues and amenities. If your pooch is up for a real workout, there’s even agility equipment to really wear them out for a sound sleep on the way home.