Fact is, dogs also experience the dreaded FOMO.
They see you pack a bag and pick up the car keys and suddenly they become your shadow, practically tripping you up to ensure you don’t forget them.
But with so many fantastic dog beaches on the Sunshine Coast, why would you need to leave them behind? The beach is so much more fun with someone to play ball with; and to watch them run around with their dog pals, sniffing each other’s bums and occasionally leaping into the water to cool off.
With summer steadily kicking in, we’ve sorted a list of the best leash-free dog beaches on the Sunshine Coast for you to frequent with your favourite furry friend. (Ed’s Note: Make sure you check the signs, as some beaches are only off-leash in certain areas and at specific times.)
NOOSA SPIT DOG BEACH
Bypass the buzz of Hastings Street, follow the signs to Dog Beach and find yourself in dog-paradise. Even as a human this has to be one of the most beautiful spots in Noosa. The beach is the perfect length for a brisk walk and there is a little loop back through the Noosa Woods for a small change of scenery. The sandbank island just offshore is also the perfect doggy-paddle distance away for a dip and then head back to shore and soak in the beautiful scenery. Practically paradise!
Where: Noosa Spit Recreation Reserve (look for the signs saying Dog Beach), Noosa Heads
If you’re in the Coolum area then this is a perfect spot for you and your furry friend. The beach stretches on forever and there are always lots of other dogs for a good run around to burn that extra energy. If your pup is a bit nervous of the waves then they can also cool off in the creek. And there’s a great area to hose them down after—because sandy seats in the car are THE WORST. And to keep you fuelled for all that ball throwing and beach walking, there’s an awesome food van that parks up with coffee, smoothies, and other human-sized treats. Possibly the most convenient of the best dog beaches on the Sunshine Coast.
Where: The end of Stumers Creek Road, Coolum Beach
A lot of people pull up at the Buddina dog beach just for the view. When you catch a glimpse, you’ll be humming the tune to “Paradise” as you descend onto the sand (there are quite a few stairs to navigate). Then, sit back and watch your fur-baby run wild . There’s a great little walk along the rocks for crab chasing and if you head back up to the top there’s another paved walking track through Point Cartwright Reserve (note: leash needed) to the lighthouse. Once you’ve fitted all that in make sure you pop into Little Miss Saine for some side-walk refreshments and a bowl of water for your pup.
Where: Head to the end of Pacific Boulevard, Buddina
If it’s a spot of good surf and wide-open space that you and the pooch are after, then this is the best dog beach on the Sunshine Coast for you. Most of the entire beach strip is leash-free and has plenty of space for a run-around. There’s also an opportunity for a dip in the creek if you’re close enough to the southern end of the beach—and, if you’re feeling really energetic then Dicky Beach is not too far away either. Make sure you swing past Sunshine Sunshine Espresso for a takeaway coffee and injectable donut to power your walk back to the car.
Where: Enter near Oceanic Drive South (beach access 249 to 253) or Gothic Parade to Ann Street (beach access 255 to 262), Currimundi
NORTH SHORE BEACH, TWIN WATERS
Drive through one of our favourite little seaside towns of Mudjimba and head towards North Shore beach to soak up the fresh salt air, wild ocean, and stunning sandy patch. The doggy area extends all the way to Maroochy River, so there’s a choice between jumping the waves and swimming in the calmer river. There are always lots of dogs getting their morning exercise but you still feel like you have the entire beach to yourself. Once you’ve soaked up all the beauty, head back to Mudjimba for a sidewalk coffee at The Island Surf & Espresso and your day will be complete.
Where: Head to the end of North Shore Road, Twin Waters
Want to take your furry pal out to eat? Thought so! That’s why we hunted down the best dog-friendly cafes on the Sunshine Coast.
Image Credit: Zee Daily