As temperatures continue to rise our furry friends are in need of cooling off. What better place to do this than the beach, especially during Australia’s hot festive season. Here our doggo’s can run freely with sand in their paws and the salt air in their fur. Here’s a list of the best dog-friendly beaches in Queensland, in no particular order.

1. Nudgee Beach Reserve

A 30-minute drive from Brisbane City, Nudgee Beach Reserve offers our furry friends a great escape to sandy shores. It’s best enjoyed at low-tide, where you can let your doggo run lead-free to enjoy mother nature. Unlike surrounding beaches, Nudgee Beach Reserve has less of the typical gold, grainy sand and a lot more mud. But don’t let that deter you. With nearby picnic areas, you and your doggo are sure to have a pawsome time.

2. Raby Bay Foreshore

Raby Bay Foreshore offers the perfect beach day for the whole family, including our fur-baby. All the necessary equipment is available, including; water bowls, bins and poo-bags.  The area is very popular by all fur-parents, so you’ll doggo will be sure to make a new furry friend. Nearby picnic areas and BBQ’s are available for humans to enjoy while their doggo’s dry off. 

 3. Main Beach, Stradbroke Island 

Tropical Island holiday anyone? If surf, sand, and sun is a part of your ultimate dog-friendly holiday, then look no further. Stradbroke Island is the place for not only humans but also our furry friends! Straddie is known for its acceptance of our beloved, furry kids.  Keep in mind that your doggo must remain on the end of a leash at Main Beach, Flinders Beach, Frenchman’s Beach and Deadman’s Beach. All that swimming and fetch is sure to work up an appetite, so check out the PatchPets app to locate the wide selection of nearby dog-friendly businesses for a bite to eat.

4. Dundowran Beach – Hervey Bay 

 During low-tide, this beach is fully accessible to our furry friends. Known for its expansive golden sands, your doggo can run for kilometres to get their daily exercise. If you’re searching for a more tranquil beach experience this busy season, then this is the place for you. Quoted as being a ‘hidden gem’, only locals tend to visit this beach. A picnic area and toilets are also provided at entrances to the beach.

5. Buddina Off-Leash Beach

 Buddina Beach is a popular spot for fur-parents at the Sunshine Coast. Its popularity will ensure that your doggo is sure to meet other four-legged friends to socialise with. Additionally, this beach is well-maintained, offering visitors and their furry friends a long stretch of sandy shores. Active dogs are able to run and swim without the restraints of their leash. Also provided are poop-bags and bins for your convivence.

If you’re having trouble finding these beaches be sure to check out the PatchPets App. Within the dog park directory, PatchPets can guide you to your nearest dog-friendly beach. Download of the PatchPets App is available for iOS and Android.