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10 Best Dog Friendly Beaches, Bars and Cafes in Fraser Coast

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For a slice of paradise with your pup, you can’t go wrong with a trip to the Fraser Coast in Queensland. Proudly home to some of Queensland’s greatest icons – the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island and the exclusive coral cay of Lady Elliot Island at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reed, the stunning coastline offers an abundance of dog friendly places to eat, drink, explore and stay.

Here are some of the top dog friendly cafes, bars, pubs, campsites and beaches on the Fraser Coast.

by Rebecca Francis

Dog Friendly Beaches

1. Point Vernon

Aplin Street, Point Vernon

Stretch those four legs along Point Vernon Foreshore, a sandy high tide beach that runs east from the tip of Point Vernon. There is an off leash area between Aplin Street and the Pines Park (with the exception of the southern entry to 40m north of last playground) and it is a 24hr off-leash beach.

2. Urangan Foreshore

Churchill Street, Urangan

Enjoy a splash and a play with your pup along Urangan Foreshore, an off leash dog beach from Margaret Street groyne to Churchill Street groyne. Your canine pal will love that it’s a 24hr off-leash beach with golden sand. A few paw steps away is the dog friendly Bayswater Hotel  so you can refresh with your pup.

3. Serenia Beach

Orchid Drive, Burrum Heads

Serenia Beach is a long stretch of off leash dog beach from the southern end of Burrum Street to Orchid Drive. It’s a 24hr off-leash beach and is a great swimming area for water furbabies.

4. Woodgate Beach North

Theodolite Creek Drive, Woodgate

Woodgate Beach offers a stunning curve of white sand over 16 kilometres long, backed by a continuous sweep of shady she-oaks. Woodgate Beach North has an off leash area from the bathing reserve and foreshore from point seawards of the most northerly residence abutting the bathing reserve to the Theodolite Creek entrance.

Dog Friendly Pubs & Bars

5. Rainbow Beach Hotel

1 Rainbow Beach Road, Rainbow Beach

The newly redesigned Rainbow Beach Hotel is a stunning ‘Queensland’ Style building, modelled after a traditional country pub with wide timber verandahs, double hung windows, plantation style fans & french doors. These elements combine together to create a charming and understated beach hotel perfect for weddings, private functions or just relaxing and enjoying the casual yet sophisticated Plantation Bar and Bistro. The hotel is dog friendly outside and there is shaded seating areas where pups can relax while you enjoy great views, music and a drink or two.

6. Woodgate Beach Hotel

195 Esplanade, Woodgate

Woodgate Beach Hotel Motel is located in the seaside town of Woodgate. They offer Motel & Caravan accommodation, meals, bar, TAB, and cater for functions. The lively hotel is a great stop for a refreshment with your pup by your side. The beer garden is dog friendly, with plenty of shade and water available.

7. Goody’s On The Beach

54 Moreton Street, Toogoom

Goody’s On The Beach is a restaurant and bar situated 15 minutes north of Hervey Bay in the sunny seaside town of Toogoom, next to the boat ramp. Reflective of the Queensland lifestyle, alfresco dining at Goody’s is casual and laid back. Dog’s are also made to feel at home in the shaded outdoor area that offers stunning coastal views.
Goody’s boasts stunning panoramic views of the Coral Sea and the mouth of Bilby Creek. Sunset’s in particular are spectacular!

Dog Friendly Cafes

8. Enzo’s On The Beach

351a Charlton Esplanade, Scarness

Enzo’s unique beach front cafe and bar offers stunning water views, a delicious menu and dog friendly seating. It’s not hard to see why this beach gem is popular amongst the locals. Sit out on the front deck with a good cup of coffee and watch the crashing ocean waves just metres away, all with your pup by your side. Water bowls are available for thirsty pups and there is shade covering the deck area to keep you and your pooch cool.

9. Arcobaleno On The Beach

1/19 Rainbow Beach Road, Rainbow Beach

Stroll down Rainbow Beach laneways until you stumble upon this local treasure, affectionately known as Arco’s. A cafe in the morning and famed pizzeria in the evening, Arco’s will keep you full from dusk ’til dawn. A water bowl is located inside the venue for thirsty pups and the friendly staff may even give your pooch a treat or two.

10. Aquavue

415A Esplanade, Hervey Bay

Experience first class dining, exceptional local cuisine and a breathtaking view right in the heart of Hervey Bay. The beachfront cafe is the perfect place to take your doggo before you go for a walk along the nearby beach. Aquavue’s menu includes a wide range of options to suit all tastebuds and to cater for all dietary requirements. There’s a range of all-time favourites and exciting new dishes made from tasty, fresh and local produce and ingredients.The friendly staff will provide water bowls for thirty pooches and there is shaded seating to keep you and your pup cool.

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