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.
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.
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.
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:
The Spit, Gold Coast
Deception Bay Dog Beach
North Stradbroke Island
Home Beach, Point Lookout
Stumers Creek – Coolum
Ballinger Beach -Currimundi
Warana Beach (4pm-8am)
Cairns North – Cairns Esplanade
NEW SOUTH WALES
Byron Bay Region
South Golden Beach
Main Beach – Belongil Area
Tallow Beach – Suffolk Park
Seven Mile Beach – Lennox Head
Great Lakes Region
One Mile Beach – Forster
Sandbar Beach Smiths
Lake Blueys Beach
Greater Taree Region
Speers Point park (on the same lake as Croudace Bay)
Horseshoe beach (harbour)
North Shelly Beach
Sutherland Shire Region
Horderns Beach, Bundeena
Gunyah Beach, Bundeena
Collers Beach – Mollymook
Bawley Point Beach
MM Beach – Port Kembla
East Corrimal Beach
MCauley’s Thirroul Beach
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
Hobsons Bay Region
Williamstown Beach – Williamstown
Ocean Grove Beach – Ocean Grove
Narrows Beach – Queenscliff
Marengo Beach – Apollo Bay
Port Phillip Region
Middle Park Beach
St Kilda Region
St Kilda Beach
St Kilda West Beach
Mornington Peninsula Region
Mt Eliza Beach
Tassells Cove Beach
Shelly Beach – Portsea
Somers Beach – Somers
Edward St Beach Foreshore
Sandringham Beach Foreshore
Hampton Beach – Hampton
Sandown St Beach – Brighton
Lillydale Lake – Lilydale
Phillip Island Region
Coronet Bay Beach
Tenby Point Beach
Port Adelaide Enfield
Foreshore – Largs Bay
Almond Tree Flat Reserve – Largs Bay
Whitfords Hillary’s – Hillarys
Peasholm Street Dog Beach – Scarborough
Between Margaret Street and Castle Street, North Beach
Between Bennion Street and Kathleen Street, Trigg
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.
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
North Floreat Beach
South City Beach
South Cottesloe Beach
Vera View Beach – restricted
From Halls Head, Mandurah, Silver Sands, San Remo, Madora Bay
Be sure to read the council’s PDF.
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)
Whiteman Park (Whiteman)
Reg Bond Reserve, Viveash
Casuarina Coastal Reserve – signs indicate leash and leash-free areas
East Devonport Beach
Adams Beach – Bridport
Howden Foreshore – Howden
Tyndall Beach – Bonnet Hill
Hobart City Region
Blinking Billy Beach
Huon Valley Region
Kent Beach Road Foreshore – Dover
Franklin Foreshore – Franklin
Mickey’s Beach, Randalls Bay
Lymington Road Beach Area – Cygnet