The Best Dog Beaches on the Gold Coast
Perhaps you're a local sitter, pet owner, or you've taken the family on a road-trip up north to the glittering Gold Coast – either way, there's no better way to burn doggy energy than a run on a dog beach.
Be sure to bring a bag of supplies for your pooch's comfort (here's a handy checklist we prepared earlier – the poo-bags are an absolute essential to prevent hefty fines!). Avoid the hottest hours between mid-morning and mid-afternoon, especially if your pup has light skin on their ears, nose or paws – and don't forget to slip, slop, slap yourself and all humans under your care!
Dogs are permitted on a leash on most beaches but are restricted from flagged areas by 200 metres, so be sure to check signage before unclipping.
Currumbin Beach (North Palm Beach)
Puppy-dog paradise! This clean, well-kept beach has both calm waters for paddling at the Currumbin creek inlet and some surf for the more adventurous swimmers. Your dog will have plenty of new friends to play with and the humans can pack a picnic and make a day of it, or pop over to a local cafe for a coffee. Little humans can also enjoy play equipment, so no one needs to feel left out. Very popular on the weekends so be prepared to fight for parking!
Tallebudgera Beach (North Palm Beach)
Gold Coast Highway
Palm Beach North
North of Currumbin Beach is Tallebudgera Beach, another well-loved doggy beach haven - just follow the path just north of Tallebudgera Surf Life Saving Club to find it. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Burleigh Heads National Park that wraps around this gorgeous stretch (how's the serenity?). Again, a busy favourite with locals and tourists on the weekends so it's worth popping by for a visit on a weekday if you want a bit of P&Q.
The famous Spit is well-known for good reason - gorgeous views, gorgeous sand, gorgeous surf = happy dogs and owners. The dog-friendly spots are marked from Muriel Henchman Drive to Seaway Wall – whether it's the wild surf or a dog-paddle lagoon on the other side, there is something for every beach style (and water/shade for when you and your pup need a break). Plenty of parking but very popular on weekends.
What's your favourite doggy-beach on the Gold Coast? Let us know in the comments below!