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I love taking Harley everywhere, whether it’s dog friendly cafes, camping or even dog friendly beaches. Harley loves it. Also, I think she loves the attention she gets from the people passing by.

Personally, I like going to the beach to relax and get some fresh air, Harley loves the beach for a walk.

It’s a bit of a drive for us (approx 45 min) but it’s worth it. Clean crisp fresh air, seagulls everywhere. People smiling and having a great time.

Harley just loves the breeze (her ears just waving about is hilarious) and all the smells, she has a ball.

It just can’t be too breezy because she gets blown away. Yes, this actually happened once.

The beach is a perfect escape for a few hours. The important thing to remember though, is that you can’t just take your fur friend to any old beach. It has to be one of Australia’s dog friendly beaches.

When we visit a new place or go on a long walk (and carrying Harley on the way back) get worried whether or not I am allowed to walk Harley along the beach and not be fined or yelled at by angry locals.

I easily get confused about signs and half the time I don’t even see any signs.

So, I’ve taken the guesswork out and have created a list in each state that lists dog friendly beaches.

Before you head off, there are a few things you need to be aware of.

dog friendly beaches

Before you go

Identification Collar and Leash

Having an identification collar is super important because if you and your fur-baby ever become separated it will be a lot easier to be reunited back together again.

Which leads me to my next point by having your fur-baby on a leash at all times (unless in designated areas and your fur-baby is trained for off-leash areas).

Scoop your Poop

In some states, it’s the law to scoop your dog’s poop (fine up to $187 by the Brisbane City Council) and it’s common courtesy, even though it’s a dog-friendly beach. So, take some poop bags with you so you’ll never be in that awkward situation.

If you do forget to take some bags just ask someone walking by, someone will have a poop bag for you (I’m sure they will gladly hand a bag over to you).

Water, Water, Water

Being out and about you will need to stay hydrated and so will your fur-baby. Stopping and having a sip of water regularly will ensure you both stay hydrated. Just pour some water in your hand or carry a collapsible water bowl.

Treats

Having some treats in your pocket for rewarding good behaviour is great, it just lets them know that they are doing the right thing while having fun and being out in public.

Camera

Check out the list below and have a stress free pawsome time at the beach, and remember to take heaps of photos.

Tip – I highly recommend using the links to the council website to ensure you will be abiding by the council rules in terms allocations for on and off leash days and times.

Pick your state for dog friendly beaches:

QUEENSLAND

The Spit, Gold Coast
www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/documents/mp/cnt-dogexercise-marina-stadium.pdf

Tallebudgera Beach
www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/documents/mp/sth-dogexercise-tallebudgera-bcht.pdf

Palm Beach
www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/documents/mp/sth-dogexercise-palmbeach.pdf

Moreton Bay
Red Beach
Woorim Beach
Deception Bay Dog Beach
www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/dogparks

North Stradbroke Island
Home Beach, Point Lookout
www.redland.qld.gov.au/RecreationFacilities/Parks/Pages/DogOffleashArea.aspx

Sunshine Coast
Stumers Creek – Coolum
Ballinger Beach -Currimundi
Warana Beach (4pm-8am)
Moffat Beach
www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Living-and-Community/Animals-and-Pets/Dog-Parks-and-Off-Leash-Areas

Hervey Bay
Dundowran Beach
www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/dog-off-leash-areas

Mackay
Far Beach
www.mackayregion.com/far-beach

Townsville
Pallarenda Beach
www.townsville.qld.gov.au/community-support/pets-and-animals/off-leash-areas

Cairns
Cairns North – Cairns Esplanade
Machans Beach
Holloways Beach
Palm Cove
Trinity Beach
Yorkeys Knob
www.cairns.qld.gov.au/community-environment/pets-and-domestic-animals/dogs/responsible-dog-ownership/dog-off-leash-areas

Whitsunday
Queens Beach
Kings Beach
www.whitsunday.qld.gov.au/413/Dog-off-leash-locations

NEW SOUTH WALES

Byron Bay Region
South Golden Beach
Main Beach – Belongil Area
Tallow Beach – Suffolk Park
www.byron.nsw.gov.au/animal-exercise-areas

Ballina Region
Seven Mile Beach – Lennox Head
www.ballina.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/default/page.asp?p=DOC-UWO-83-46-11

Great Lakes Region
One Mile Beach – Forster
Boomerang Beach
Sandbar Beach Smiths
Lake Blueys Beach
Tuncurry Beach
www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Home

Greater Taree Region
Blackhead Beach
www.taree.cc/play/beaches/dogs-on-beaches

Lake Macquarie
Caves Beach
Croudace Bay
Speers Point park (on the same lake as Croudace Bay)
www.lakemac.com.au/news/2016/03/01/exercising-your-dog-in-lake-mac

Newcastle Region
Horseshoe beach (harbour)
www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au/services/dogs-and-cats.html

Gosford Region
Terrigal Beach
Ocean Beach
Umina Beach
Pearl Beach
Putty Beach
Forresters Beach
www.gosford.nsw.gov.au/arts-culture-and-recreation/parks-playgrounds-reserves/dog-exercise-areas

Wyong Region
Lakes Beach
North Shelly Beach
www.wyong.nsw.gov.au/my-property/animals-pet-ownership/dogs/off-the-leash-areas

Sutherland Shire Region
Horderns Beach, Bundeena
www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/Outdoors/Beaches/Beach-Locations/Horderns-Beach-Bundeena

Gunyah Beach, Bundeena
www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/Outdoors/Beaches/Beach-Locations/Gunyah-Beach-Bundeena

Shoalhaven Region
Collers Beach – Mollymook
Shoalhaven Heads
Culburra Beach
Currarong Beach
Swan Lake
Bendalong Beach
Bawley Point Beach
Wanda Beach
www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/My-Property/Pet-ownership/Off-leash-areas

Wollongong Region
MM Beach – Port Kembla
Sharkeys Coledale
Coniston Beach
East Corrimal Beach
MCauley’s Thirroul Beach
www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au/services/household/pets/Pages/DogsonBeaches.aspx

Bega Valley Region
Tathra Beach – Tathra
Short Point – Merimbula
Main Beach – Merimbula
Aslings Beach – Eden
Keith’s Pinch Beach – Eden
Haywards Beach – Bermagui
Beares Beach South – Bermagui
www.begavalley.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/default/page.asp?p=DOC-AGV-28-13-84

VICTORIA

Hobsons Bay Region
Altona Beach
Williamstown Beach – Williamstown
www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/Community/Animals/Dog-off-leash-locations

Ocean Grove Beach – Ocean Grove
www.geelongaustralia.com.au/pets/documents/item/8cbe98bd3948293.aspx

Narrows Beach – Queenscliff
www.queenscliffe.vic.gov.au/community/pets-and-animals/dog-friendly-areas

Marengo Beach – Apollo Bay
www.colacotway.vic.gov.au/Recreation-tourism/Playgrounds-parks-reserves

Port Phillip Region
Middle Park Beach
St Kilda Region
St Kilda Beach
St Kilda West Beach
www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/dogs_on_beaches.htm

Mornington Peninsula Region
Birdrock Beach
Dava Beach
Hawker Beach
Fosters Beach
Royal Beach
Mt Eliza Beach
Flinders Beach
Rosebud Beach
Safety Beach
Tassells Cove Beach
Rye Beach
Shelly Beach – Portsea
Somers Beach – Somers
www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Your-Property/Animals-Pets/Pet-Owner-Info/Leash-free-areas

Bayside Region
Edward St Beach Foreshore
Sandringham Beach Foreshore
Hampton Beach – Hampton
Sandown St Beach – Brighton
www.bayside.vic.gov.au/living_in_bayside/animals_dog_off_leash_areas.htm

Lillydale Lake – Lilydale
www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Property/Pets/Exercising-your-dog

Phillip Island Region
Cape Woolamai
Cowes
Newhaven
Rhyll
San Remo
Smiths Beach
Sunderland Bay
Surf Beach
Ventnor
Cape Paterson
Coronet Bay Beach
Corinella Beach
Tenby Point Beach
Grantville Beach
www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/Services/Animals/Where_Can_I_Take_My_Dog

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Port Adelaide Enfield
Foreshore – Largs Bay
Almond Tree Flat Reserve – Largs Bay
www.portenf.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=2348

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Fremantle Region
South Beach
Leighton Beach
CY O’Connor Beach
Rocky Bay foreshore
North Fremantle foreshore
www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/dog-ownership
www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/beaches

Joodalup
Whitfords Hillary’s – Hillarys
www.joondalup.wa.gov.au/Explore/Beaches/Activities/DogBeach.aspx

Stirling Region
Peasholm Street Dog Beach – Scarborough
Between Margaret Street and Castle Street, North Beach
Between Bennion Street and Kathleen Street, Trigg
www.stirling.wa.gov.au/Services/Animals-and-pets/Dogs/Pages/Dog-exercise-areas-and-beaches.aspx

Wanneroo
Part of Quinns Rocks Beach, Quinns Rocks, north from Tapping Way.
Part of Yanchep Beach, Yanchep, south from the northern end of Compass Park.
Part of Two Rocks Beach, Two Rocks, south of the southern groyne.
www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au/info/20001/sport_and_leisure/82/beaches

Greater Geraldton Region
Geraldton – Very specific so make sure you view the link below and follow the directions.

Point Moore Lighthouse (West End) to 150km north of Hadda Way Beach Access near the Geraldton Surf Life Saving Club (Mahomets Flats)

Southern end of Glendidnning Road (Tarcoola Beach) to north of the Greenought River (Cape Burney)

Pages Beach (West End) to north of the Point Moore Lighthouse between the hours of 1600 and 0800

150km north of Hadda Way Beach Access near the Geraldton Surf Life Saving Club (Mahomets Flats) to the southern end of Glendinning Road (Tarcoola Beach) between the hours of 1600 and 0800
www.cgg.wa.gov.au/live/my-home/greater-geraldton-maps/dog-exercise-areas.aspx

Cambridge Region
North Floreat Beach
South City Beach
www.cambridge.wa.gov.au/Neighbourhood/Pets_and_Animals/Dogs/Dog_Exercise_Areas

Cottesloe Region
South Cottesloe Beach
Vera View Beach – restricted
www.cottesloe.wa.gov.au/Services-Ranger_Services-Animal_Control.htm

Mandurah
From Halls Head, Mandurah, Silver Sands, San Remo, Madora Bay
Be sure to read the council’s PDF.
www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/services/rangers/dogs

Melville City Region
Wireless Hill Reserve (Ardross)
Booragoon Lake Reserve (Booragoon)
Melville Reserve (Melville)
Piney Lakes (Winthrop – as posted)
Foreshore areas between: Flannagan Road and Canning Bridge (Applecross)
Queens Road and Cranford Avenue (Mt Pleasant)
www.melvillecity.com.au/services-and-rates/rangers/animals-and-pets/all-about-dogs/where-can-i-take-my-dog

Rockingham Region
Secret Harbour
Golden Bay
Singleton
Port Kennedy
Waikiki
Safety Bay
Shoalwater
Peron
www.rockingham.wa.gov.au/default.aspx

Swan Region
Whiteman Park (Whiteman)
Reg Bond Reserve, Viveash
www.swan.wa.gov.au/Services-support/Animals/Dogs/Dog-exercise-areas

Broome Region
Cable Beach
Riddell Beach
Entrance Point
www.broome.wa.gov.au/Community-Information/Ranger-Services/Animal-Control

NOTHERN TERRITORY

Casuarina Coastal Reserve – signs indicate leash and leash-free areas
www.nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/rules-for-pets-in-parks

TASMANIA

Davonport Region
Black Beach
East Devonport Beach
www.devonport.tas.gov.au/Play/Beaches

Adams Beach – Bridport
www.dorset.tas.gov.au/dogs

Kingsborough Region
Howden Foreshore – Howden
Tyndall Beach – Bonnet Hill
www.kingborough.tas.gov.au/page.aspx?u=573

Hobart City Region
Long Beach
Blinking Billy Beach
Nutgrove Beach
Cornelian Bay
www.hobartcity.com.au/Environment/Animal_Management/Dog_Exercise_Areas

Huon Valley Region
Kent Beach Road Foreshore – Dover
Franklin Foreshore – Franklin
Mickey’s Beach, Randalls Bay
Lymington Road Beach Area – Cygnet
www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au/services/animals/dog-exercise-areas
 

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