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Check out these dog friendly beaches in Queensland

Pack the tennis ball and prepare for sand to get everywhere! Queensland’s local pups have sniffed out their favourite dog-friendly beaches where they are free to roam off the leash. We hope you dig the list.

The Spit, Gold Coast

Head to the northern end of the Spit on the Gold Coast for off-leash heaven. Muriel Henchman Avenue marks the beginning of the off-leash area and it runs north to the sea wall.

Red Beach, Bribie Island

Bribie Island | dog friendly beaches

Photo by @neelleader

At Red Beach on Bribie Island your only stress in life will be deciding between sitting and staring out to Moreton Island or running amok over the dunes of the designated off-leash area.

Deception Bay, Moreton Bay

Deception Bay | dog friendly beaches

Photo by @vikkisiliato

Arrrghhhh squishy, arrrghhhh slimy, arrrghhhh moving. You’ll find plenty of entertainment on the beach at Deception Bay in Moreton Bay. The off-leash areas run between Seaview Parade and Windlass Street and between Wallin Avenue and Joseph Crescent.

Home Beach, North Stradbroke Island

Just enjoying the sunset on North Stradbroke Island. Most of the island is off-leash although there are restrictions around Amity Point and Flinders Beach.

Warana Beach, Sunshine Coast

Warana Beach | dog friendly beaches

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Throw. The. Ball! Molly and Toby wait patiently for the ball to be freed at Warana Beach on the Sunshine Coast.  Dogs can roam free at Warana from 4pm until 8am every day of the week.

Burrum Heads and Dundowran Beach, Hervey Bay

Burrum Heads | dog friendly beaches

Photo by @emily.gelou

Master Bearnard struts along the low tide flats at Burrum Heads like he owns it. Enjoy 24 hours of off-leash fun between walkways 78 and 82 along Riverview Drive. There are several other off-leash areas along the foreshore so you are spoilt for choice in this part of the world.

Urangan, Hervey Bay

How good is the beach? Seriously you can’t wipe the smile from this guy’s face. Enjoy beach time hangs at Urangan foreshore between Margaret Street groyne to Churchill Street groyne 24 hours a day. Otherwise, fit in a power walk after 3pm between Urangan Pier to the aquarium.

Shoal Point Beach, Mackay

Rock hopping and exploring for crabs is all in a days work at Shoal Point, Mackay.

Pallarenda Beach, Townsville

Pallarenda beach | dog friendly beaches

Photo by @jakobtree

Access Pallarenda beach between points eight and nine just north of Townsville to enjoy hours of fetch fun.

Ellis Beach, Cairns

Ellis Beach | dog friendly beaches

Photo by @rumitheboxer

Cairns is spoilt with 47 locations for dog walks. Head to Ellis Beach where the off-leash area stretches from the rocks at the southern end of the beach for a distance of 450 metres to the north. Also, head further north to go #leashfree on the southern end of Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas.

Not content to just swim at the beach.

Yep, this pup is competing in the Surf Dogs Competition at the Noosa Festival of Surfing. And it was too good not to share, but I digress.

And if you need to refuel your pup after your exercise head on out to these dog-friendly cafes.

Does your pooch like a bit of sand between the paws? Share your favourite dog beach in Queensland in the comments below!

*This post was originally published in 2014 and updated in September 2018.