The Gold Coast is undoubtedly a dog-friendly hotspot. Whether you are a local looking to take your doggo on a day trip, or a visitor planning adventures with Fido in tow, there is so much to see and do. Here’s just a pawful of options.
Feeling beachy keen?
Dogs are allowed on most Gold Coast beaches if they are on a leash, but there are also a few off-leash beaches spanning the city’s shores. Check out The Spit in Southport, Tallebudgera Beach or Palm Beach if you’d like to let your pup loose.
Local dog owners Elynn and Xen Angelides highly recommend The Spit at Southport.
“Our favourite place to take our fur babies Hercules, a golden retriever, and Jasmine, a labrador cross, is the off-leash beach just past Sea World,” says Elynn.
“Nobby Beach is another great spot, but dogs have to be walked on a leash there, and before the Surf Life Savers come on duty.”
The Broadwater is another sweet spot for a waterside stroll, with on-leash paths stretching from Labrador to Southport.
Feeling like a dip?
Ashmore resident and frequent doggy daytripper Linda Reynolds says her 12-year-old labrador Chloe – an avid swimmer – loves to make a splash.
“There’s also a great watering hole near the Canungra showground,” says Linda.
Closer to home on the Gold Coast, Biggera Waters Beach, Tallebudgera Creek and Currumbin Creek all provide prime dog-swimming areas.
The Gold Coast is home to a range of top-rated dog-friendly eateries. Just off the Pacific Motorway and close to the Hinterland at Worongary, LeVintage Boutique Café is “very dog friendly,” according to staff. Not only has the café been voted as having the best eggs benny and coffee on the Coast, but your dog can also indulge in treats, even ice cream!
At Nobby Beach, Elynn and Xen Angelides enjoy BSKT Café.
“The owner always has bowls of fresh water for the visiting pooches,” says Elynn.
Perhaps a nice frolic in the park will have your best friend barking up the right tree. The Gold Coast sports hundreds of dog-friendly parks, many with walking trails and picnic areas. In Bundall, the Gold Coast Botanic Gardens is a picturesque place to burn some canine calories, with tree-lined walking paths and even an off-leash area. Other dog-friendly faves brimming with features for pooches and people alike include:
• Pizzey Park at Miami
• Albert Park at Broadbeach
• Eddie Kornhauser Recreational Reserve at Elanora
• Damian Leeding Memorial Park at Coomera.
A local hidden gem is James Overell Park at Southport, which contains BBQs, an off-leash area and a spot for pups to splash around in the Nerang River. Similarly, Franklin Flats Parkland at Mudgeeraba has plenty of wide open spaces, BBQ facilities, walking trails and access to a creek that runs clean and clear.
To see the full list of dog exercise areas on the Gold Coast, head to the City of Gold Coast. You can also download the GC Dog Parks app to narrow your search for the perfect playground for you and your pup. The app allows you to pinpoint parks based on criteria such as BBQ facilities, agility areas, swimming areas and even poo bag dispensers.