Hit the beach and feel the sand between your paws this summer
Summer is here, the weather is warming up and it’s a wonderful time of year to take your dog for a walk along the beach.
There are 13.5km of dedicated dog off-leash beach across 11 separate areas on the Sunshine Coast for the community and our many visitors to enjoy. There are also 20 dog off-leash parks, including eight fenced parks.
There are areas that allow for dogs to be exercised off-leash at all times of the day, as well as timed beaches where dogs are allowed off-leash between 4pm and 8am daily.
There are also beaches that are on-leash at all times and beaches that are prohibited for dogs.
Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay encouraged residents to do the right thing when taking their dog to the beach.
“For dog owners, taking your dog for a walk along the beach is one of life’s simple pleasures, but we need to ensure we all do the right thing and be responsible pet owners,” Cr McKay said.
“During summer, our beaches get extremely busy so it’s important to ensure that your dog is being well behaved and doesn’t interfere with other beach goers.
“Please also help to keep our beaches clean and always pick up after your dog – bag it and bin it.”
Council’s website provides information, fact sheets and a map for residents and visitors, listing the various locations and times available to dog owners, including off-leash beaches, on-leash areas and exercise dog parks.
Dogs are prohibited from between the flagged swimming areas at all times. All beach access points are signed advising of the usage relating to exercising dogs.
Dog off-leash beaches
|Suburb||Beach Access||Off-leash times|
|Buddina Beach||Mawarra Avenue to Talinga Street. Beach access 210 to 217||Off-leash at all times|
|Coolum Beach||Northern end of Coolum Beach Caravan Park extending north 1km north of Stumers Creek. Beach access 67 to 72||Off-leash at all times|
|Currimundi Beach||Poatina Street, Wurtulla to Currimundi Creek, Currimundi. Beach access 249 to 253.||Off-leash at all times|
|Currimundi Beach||Gothic Parade to Ann Street. Beach access 255 to 262||Off-leash at all times|
|Dicky Beach to Shelly Beach||Coorara Street, Dicky Beach to Russell Street, Shelly Beach. Beach access 270 to 276||At times indicated on signs.
4pm to 8am*
|North Shore Beach, Twin Waters||North Shore Beach, Twin Waters between the low water mark and the base of the dunal area, extending from the Maroochy River to a point 500 metres south of the safety flagged bathing area, Twin Waters Surf Club beach access 132.||Off-leash at all times|
|Point Cartwright to Buddina||Eastern side of Point Cartwright headland, south to Gulai Street, Buddina. Beach access 198 to 201.||Off-leash at all times|
|Russell Street to Victoria Terrace. Beach access 276 to 281.||At times indicated on signs. 4pm to 8am May to October*|
|Town of Seaside Beach||From beach access 97 to beach access 98||5am to 8am and 5pm to 8pm|
|Wurtulla Beach||Maloga Street, Kawana to Wurley Drive, Wurtulla. Beach access 226 to 247||Off-leash at all times|
*The times are indicative only. Always check signage before allowing your dog to be off-leash. If there is no sign your dog must be on lead at all times.
92.7 Mix FM News Team – December 12, 2017