7 of the best dog beaches near Brisbane
Don’t let the River City fool you. Brisbane’s dog-friendly beaches are some of the best in the country—you just have to know where to find them. BYO tennis balls, dog treats and your very good boy; these are seven of the best dog beaches in Brisbane.
Red Beach, Bribie Island
A perfect day out for people and pets, Bribie Island’s Red Beach is one of Brisbane’s best dog beaches. Less than an hour’s drive up the Pacific Highway, Red Beach is a beautiful sandy cay on the south-east point of Bribie Island—and well worth the relatively short drive.
The perfect ratio of soft sand and gentle waves, water-loving pups will revel along this long stretch of beach, and you’ll love the feeling of getting out of the city.
Finish off your island escape along the picturesque 4km walk from Woorim Beach through to Bongaree before looping back to the car. Just remember it’s ‘leads on’ when you leave the sand.
Nudgee Beach Reserve
Nudgee Beach Reserve is well-known to locals as one of Brisbane’s best dog beaches—and for good reason. Time your visit with low tide at Nudgee Beach Reserve and watch the mangroves that dominate the mouth of the Brisbane River give way to expansive mudflats and sandy pools, stretching out to sea for miles.
Pack some lunch and make the most of the 30-minute drive north of the city to Nudgee Beach Reserve; public BBQs line the waterfront before you enter the dog beach. With views of Stradbroke Island and Redcliffe on the horizon, this pearler of a dog beach in Brisbane is a local’s best kept secret.
Queens Beach, Redcliffe
Brisbane’s bayside has revolutionised long, picturesque ocean walks with man’s best friend. Featuring 6.5km of manicured pathway that hugs the mangrove-lined coast, determined walkers can walk all the way from Clontarf to Redcliffe (or vice-versa).
While this is the ideal beachside stroll for dogs and owners who love a guided walk, if your pup prefers salty fur and sand between the toes, then Queens Beach is where to head.
Just 30 minutes from Brisbane, Queens Beach is ideal for a quick dash to the coast or a morning or afternoon. Hit the beach between Drury Point (Kennedy Esplanade) and Osbourne Point (Flinders Lane), and make sure to time your visit right, as Queens Beach has strict off-leash times; before 8am and after 4pm every day.
Home Beach at Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island
While neighbouring islands Fraser and Moreton Island have a strict no dog policy, Stradbroke Island rolls out the welcome mat for anything with four paws.
While the majority of the island is on-leash playtime only, Stradbroke Island has all the hallmarks of a good time regardless. You’ll find pet-friendly accommodation, excellent surf spots, sun-soaked beaches and abundant walking trails through idyllic headland.
It’s not all leash bound for four-legged friends, though. Home Beach at Point Lookout is a bona fide off-leash beach where furballs of all ages can happily splash around in the warm, calm waters.
GJ Walter Park, Cleveland
Making up part of the Cleveland Heritage Trail, GJ Water Park is one of only a handful of dog beaches south of Brisbane, and sits at the beginning of this quaint 4km bayside walk.
Lovers of Queensland heritage architecture will get a kick out of the original buildings stretching along the bayside, while rest assured your pup will be equally as enamoured wandering the mud flats and catching rippling waves along the shoreline.
Leash up for a leisurely stroll along the winding promenade before looping back for a final four-legged dip in the sea.
Kedron Brook Floodway
While technically not a beach, this 3km stretch of freshwater creek is a four-legged friend’s dream on a hot and humid Brisbane day.
Nestled between Gordon Park and Lutwyche, pups have free reign along the entire northern side of the creek, where they can explore along the banks and cool off in the gentle running water.
It’s great for dogs who love to socialise (this place is rarely deserted) and will more than burn up any pent-up energy, but it’s also one of the prettiest Brisbane walks, lined with Jacaranda and Eucalypt trees.
Raby Bay Foreshore Park
If you’re looking for an enormous off-leash dog beach less than 30-minutes south of Brisbane, Raby Bay Foreshore Park will tick all the right boxes. Suiting pups who love the water, this quiet beach enclave is perfect for those that prefer having sand to themselves.
More than just a beach spot that ticks the boxes for your pup, BYO some nibbles and set up undercover at one of the picnic tables overlooking the bay. It’s the perfect, laid-back doggy day trip.