Dog-Friendly Beaches on the Sunshine Coast, QLD

The Sunshine Coast is home to many stunning beaches, from Noosa in the north to Caloundra in the south. Fortunately, there are plenty of dog-friendly beaches that you can enjoy with your dog. Choose between these Sunshine Coast dog beaches for a fun day enjoying the sand and water in the sunshine!

Dog-Friendly Beaches Sunshine Coast

Noosa Spit Dog Beach, Noosa Heads

If you’re visiting Noosa, one of the most popular dog beaches in the area is the Noosa Spit at Noosa Heads. Lying just behind Noosa Main Beach, where not surprisingly dogs are prohibited, dogs are allowed off-leash on a whole section of the spit extending into the Noosa River and the beaches on either side. 

Noosa Spit with Dog
Head to the Noosa Spit for off-leash fun with your pup

Probably the most popular option is on the northern side (search for “Doggy Beach” on Google Maps), although I found the section of sand larger on the southern side when I visited.

Dog Beach Noosa Spit
The popular Noosa Doggy Beach

Double check the map on the council website to find out which area is off-leash, or look out for the cute Dog Exercise signs when visiting, although it would be good if there were a few more erected.

Dog Exercise Area Sign Noosa
The cute Dog Exercise Area signs at Noosa

Sunshine Beach Dog Beach

Another fabulous off-leash dog beach near Noosa is at Sunshine Beach North. The off-leash exercise area starts at Seaview Terrace North, near the small carpark, and extends north to the Noosa National Park boundary, after which dogs are prohibited. Search for “Sunshine Beach Dog off leash area” on Google Maps.

Sunshine Beach North
Dogs are allowed off-leash at the northern end of Sunshine Beach

This dog beach is a particularly good beach when the wind is from the west, as it stays sheltered, although the water is too rough for most dogs to swim. On the day we visited multiple locals were hanging out on the sand with their dogs.

Sunshine Beach North with Dog
A beautiful afternoon at Sunshine Beach North

Castaways Beach & Marcus Beach Dog Beach

Further south along the Sunshine Coast, there’s a long stretch of off-leash beach running alongside the suburbs of Castaways Beach and Marcus Beach. It extends from beach access 38 (near Orient Park South) through to beach access 47 (at Tasman Trespasser Park), nearly 4km in length.

Castaways Beach
Plenty of room for off-leash walks and runs at Castaways Beach

This Sunshine Coast dog beach is a great spot for long off-leash walks with your dog. Just be wary of the often rough surf if you have a small dog.

Stumers Creek Dog Beach, Coolum

One of the most popular off-leash dogs beaches along the whole of the Sunshine Coast is Stumers Creek, on the northern side of Coolum. Dogs are allowed off-leash in between beach access 67 and 72, between the Coolum Beach Caravan park and 1km north of Stumers Creek, plus the waters of the adjacent lagoon.

Stumers Creek Beach with Dog
On the beach at Stumers Creek

The highlight of this dog beach are the calm waters of the lagoon, perfect for doggie paddling. There’s also a convenient dog wash down area in between the lagoon and carpark, a great spot to rinse off your sandy dog before you climb back in your car.

Stumers Creek Dog Wash Down Area
The dog wash down area at Stumers Creek Beach

North Shore Beach, Twin Waters

Another great spot along the Sunshine Coast with calm waters for dogs to swim is at Twin Waters. At Twin Waters, dogs are allowed off-leash at North Shore Beach, from 140m north of beach access 132 down to beach access 136, including the calm waters at the entrance of the Maroochy River.

North Shore Beach on Maroochy River
Dogs are allowed off-leash along the Maroochy River at North Shore Beach

To find this dog beach, head to the carpark at the end of North Shore Road or search for “Dog Beach Mudjimba” on Google Maps.

Point Cartwright Beach, Buddina

At Point Cartwright in Buddina, there are two areas where dogs can go off-leash on the beach. On the day that we visited during the week, the more popular spot was Point Cartwright Beach.

This beach is located next to Point Cartwright Reserve, on the eastern side of the breakwall at the Mooloolah River entrance. You’ll need to walk on-leash with your dog through the reserve or along the Mooloolah River from La Balsa Park to access this beach – there is no adjacent road access.

Point Cartwright Beach
Point Cartwright Beach next to the Mooloolah River entrance

Note that dogs are only allowed off-leash before 8am and after 4pm, and then only on weekdays. During the rest of the day on weekdays they need to stay on-leash, while they are prohibited from the beach on weekends. Currently this is a temporary arrangement and will be trialled until 30 June 2025.

Buddina Beach

On the other side of Point Cartwright, there is also another off-leash dog beach. Dogs are allowed off-leash at the northern end of Buddina Beach, from beach access 198 to 201 (near Gulai Street), with no time restrictions.

Buddina Beach
The off-leash dog exercise area at the northern end of Buddina Beach

However, on the day that we visited, the beach was quite rough, so I can understand why this beach isn’t as popular for doggy paddling.

The ocean-facing beach in Buddina is also home to a second off-leash area, in between beach access 210 and 217, roughly from Mawarra Street to Talinga Street. This long stretch of beach has lots of room so it’s never crowded, plus easier parking.

Kawana Beach

South of Kawana Surf Club, there is another off-leash dog beach at the southern end of Buddina. Dogs are allowed off-leash in between beach access 226, close to Maloga Street in Buddina, past Warana, to beach access 245, near Blue Haven Court in Bokarina.

Kawana Beach
Kawana Beach is another off-leash beach on the Sunshine Coast

This long 4km stretch of beach is a relatively quiet stretch of sand to visit with your dog, largely backing onto the Warana Foreshore Bushland Reserve and Bokarina Foreshore Bushland Reserve. There’s plenty of access points – take your pick.

More Off-Leash Dog Beaches on the Sunshine Coast

The above beaches are not the only dog-friendly beaches on the Sunshine Coast. Dogs are also allowed off-leash on these other beaches, from north to south:

  • Town of Seaside – Beach access 97 to 98, but only between 5-am and 4-8pm
  • Bokarina Beach – Beach access 245 to 249, from Blue Haven Court, Bokarina to Moondara Drive, Wurtulla, but only from 5pm to 8am 
  • Wurtulla – Beach access 249 to 253, from Poatina Street to Currimundi Creek
  • Currimundi Beach – Beach access 255 to 262, from Gothic Parade to Ann Street
  • Moffatt Beach – Beach access 269 to 276, from Cooroora St, Dicky Beach to Russell St, Shelly Beach, but only 4-8pm
  • Shelly Beach – Beach access 276 to 281, from Russell Street to Victoria Terrace, but only from 4pm to 8am from May to October (On-leash only over the summer)

On-Leash Dog Beaches on the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is also home to a handful of other beaches where dogs are not prohibited, but they need to stay on leash. Check out these on-leash dog beaches on the Sunshine Coast, from north to south:

  • South Peregian Beach – Beach access 59 (near the shops) to beach access 67 (at Pitta Street)
  • Coolum Beach – Beach access 72 to 97, southern end of Lions Park, David Low Way
  • Yaroomba – Beach access 98 to 131, Beachway Parade, boardwalk access from Marcoola
  • Maroochydore Beach – Beach access 137 to 145, Cotton Tree Parade near swimming pool and western end of caravan park
  • Maroochydore Beach – Beach access 147 to 156, Alexandra Parade opposite Muroy Court
  • Alexandra Beach – Beach access 163 to 171, Alexandra Parade north of Surf Club
  • Mooloolah River Foreshore (Half Moon Bay), Buddina – Beach access 196 to 197, between the entrance of La Balsa Park and the river mouth
  • Buddina Beach – Beach access 201 to 210, 30m north of Gulai Street
  • Shelly Beach – Beach access 276 to 281, from Russell Street to Victoria Terrace, between November and April (Time-restricted off-leash access over the winter)
  • Kings Beach – Beach access 291 to 295, car park at Kings Beach from Dingle Avenue
  • Golden Beach – Beach access 302 to 304, Short Street boat ramp
  • Golden Beach – Beach access 320 to 322, opposite Churchill Street
Point Cartwright and Mooloolah River
Dogs are only allowed on-leash at the Mooloolah River Foreshore

For the latest details on off-leash and on-leash dog beaches, check out the Noosa Council website for the northern end of the Sunshine Coast, plus the Sunshine Coast Council website for the remainder.

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Shandos Cleaver is the founder of Travelnuity: Dog-Friendly Travel. She has travelled extensively with her Miniature Dachshund, Schnitzel, including to 33 countries across Europe, every state and territory of Australia except Tasmania, and 10 of the United States. She’s passionate about providing inspiration and information to others wanting to travel with their dogs, whether close to home or internationally.

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