1. Buddina Beach
Our number one pick is this quiet stretch of sand and surf. There are always people to see on flatboards – standing or laying on their belly. Sometimes, on windy days, the sky is filled with colourful tents above them.
Buddina off leash dog beach comes in 2 sections – Buddina Foreshore Reserve and Buddina Beach proper, both of which are accessed from Pacific Boulevard, which runs along the shoreline.
Buddina Foreshore Reserve (Beach Access 198-201) is a protected little tract of sand, surf and rock pools nestled at the southern base of Pt Cartwright and below the Beacon Lighthouse, with nearby access to the Sunshine Coast’s best off-leash (after hours) dog park with a view, Buddina Park.
Meantime the longer Buddina Beach section (Access 210-217) is a pleasant family friendly stretch of sand and sea, bordered by a narrow foreshore park.
**Located- Beach Access 198-201 runs between Gulai St and Pt Cartwright headland and Beach Access 210-217 runs between Mawarra Ave and Talinga St.
Off leash all times.
2. Currimundi Beach
A fabulous free-for-all surf beach, this one kilometer stretch of sand between entries 60 and 62 is off leash for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
As such it is the southern Sunshine Coast’s best dog beach with plenty of room to swim, dig and run wild. And a little further north, beyond the patrolled beach is the Wurtulla Currimundi segment, although this part is only off leash between 4pm and 8am.
Note that parking is either at the Gothic parade vicinity (Entrance 60) or the southern Buderim St vicinity (Entrance 62) for in between, with no road access, is the sprawling Currimundi Recreation Centre.\
It can get incredibly busy, but if you don’t mind the crowds and your fur-baby is very good around other pups, then it’s the perfect location to spend an hour or an afternoon.
**Located – Harbour Parade, Buddina. On and off leash areas at times and locations indicated on signs.
3. Coolum Beach
This beach is much easier to find a place to park, and it’s pretty central to the Sunshine Coast township of Coolum.
It’s also pretty busy, but it’s not a long walk from the car park and it’s a pleasant short walk to the centre of town. Collum beach is a patch of four-paw paradise that incorporates surf, sand and a saltwater creek for dog paddling, this expansive off leash zone extends from just north of the Coolum Beach caravan park to one kilometre north of Stumers Creek.
Reached by a dedicated road through the beachfront reserve by the creek, there’s a car park at the end with doggie bags, taps, toilets, picnic tables and a playground. From here either head straight to the beach or to the creek.
**Located – Stumers Creek Road, Beach Access 67 to 72.
Off leash at all times.
4. Sunshine Beach
One of the best dogs off leash beaches on the Sunshine Coast would have to be that of Sunshine Beach, the picturesque seaside hamlet nestled to the south of Noosa National Park.
The off leash section, which runs from Entrance 27 all the way to the National Park headland is a protected stretch of surf beach that is overlooked by exclusive beachfront homes perched high on the hill above and with the backdrop of the national park.
There are endless stretches of clean sand as families are really good at picking up after their four-legged family members.
Need to know: There’s a small car park just up from the beach entrance, with shower and toilet facilities and the path to the beach runs alongside a small stormwater creek which provided a natural division between the off leash section and the rest of the beach.
Nice to know: Nearby Sunshine Beach shops include a cluster of great cafes and restaurants, most of which are dog friendly with bowls of water and shady spots to tie up a dog out front
**Located – Seaview Terrace, adjacent to beach access No 27 on boundary of the Noosa National Park.
Off leash all times.
So there you have it. These are our favourite four dog friendly beaches on the Sunshine Coast. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!