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29 Best Dog Friendly Beaches, Bars, Cafes and Walks in Sunshine Coast

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The sunny weather on the dog friendly Sunshine Coast is a continuous invitation to adventure outside with your four-legged friend. Many dog lovers have made this part of South East Queensland their home, and the area has responded with plenty of dog friendly cafes, bars, hikes, and beaches you can visit with your pup.

This guide will reveal you the best dog friendly places in Sunshine Coast to go with your dog and get those tails go crazy!

But before we hit the list, let’s have a look at some pawsome dog friendly accommodations to stay with your pooch!

Dog Friendly Accommodation

Dog Friendly House | Mudjimba

Guests 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 2

The ultimate dog friendly family holiday home. It’s modern design with 4 spacious bedrooms, an entertainer’s kitchen with vast living & dining areas & large deck to sit back & soak up the chilled Mudjimba vibes. Only a short stroll to the untouched paradise of Mudjimba Beach (dog friendly too!) & to the local cafe’s, restaurants & shops. Ducted air con throughout keeps you cool in summer & warm in winter & the open plan living allows the sea breeze to flow through the house.

Both bathrooms have generous spa baths & the en-suite also boats a double shower. The generous yard screams for a game of backyard cricket & for the kids & dogs to run & play while you cook a BBQ & enjoy a chilled wine while watching over them.

Dog Friendly Lodge | Lake Weyba

Guests 6 | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 1

Pull up a whitewashed farmhouse chair for a leisurely breakfast at this private dog friendly accommodation nestled in extensive lawn gardens amongst the gum trees. White panelling, abundant natural light, and a soft, neutral colour palette create a Hamptons vibe. You’ll share the garden with a mob of kangaroos both morning and evening. The cottage located in the old part of Peregian Beach, set amongst the gum tree in a park-like oasis, where you will enjoy direct access to Lake Weyba (400-metre walk) while listening to an abundance of birds and a mob of kangaroos checking you out. Our guests and their dogs love the knee-deep, clear water of Lake Weyba (when it’s not windy). Due to the shallow nature of the lake, its like a huge bathtub, very human and pet friendly.

Dog Friendly House | Mudjimba

Guests 2 | Bedrooms 1 | Bathrooms 1

Beautiful dog friendly accommodation just 2 minutes walk from the pet friendly Mudjimba Beach. This pet friendly retro escape offers couples’ accommodation with a large garden and a patio, in the very laid-back coastal village. This cottage is mid-century modern from the décor to the retro games & crockery, This holiday home comes with 1 bedroom, a kitchen with a microwave and a fridge, a flat-screen TV, a seating area and 1 bathroom equipped with a shower. Towels and bed linen are featured in this accommodation. This is the perfect place to relax & unwind with your furry friend.

Dog Friendly House | Mudjimba

Guests 10 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 2

This exquisite coastal dog friendly accommodation in the heart of laid-back Mudjimba is everything you could wish for on your holiday. A luxury home, super close to the dog friendly, patrolled beach. Inside, there are beautiful touches that will make your family want to stay longer. Outside (in the fully fenced yard), there is a magnificent pool with a spacious deck & sun loungers to watch the kids play & sip on that well deserved holiday drink!! Have fun with the whole family at this stylish place & don’t forget your furry friends!!

Dog Friendly House | Mudjimba

Guests 6 | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 3

If you’re after a beach holiday with a little something extra then this newly renovated dog friendly accommodation has just what you need.

It’s only 2 minutes walk to the fully patrolled, dog friendly Mudjimba beach. It’s also wheelchair friendly, pet friendly, (teenager friendly!!) & has so many living areas that everyone can have their own kind of holiday.

Inside set over 2 floors with polished floorboards & luxurious bedroom carpeting this 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home immediately makes you feel relaxed. Downstairs has the kitchen & open plan dining & lounge room with air-conditioning & brand new luxury leather recliners, 60″ LCD, WiFi. When you walk in you know you’re on holiday. It also hosts the air-conditioned Master Suite with a King bed, massive walk in robe that takes you through to the ensuite.

Off the kitchen with a servery window & door leads to a covered deck area with a BBQ & outdoor dining that overlooks the enclosed backyard where your furry friends & children can freely play.

Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms, one with a queen bed & 1 with 2 x king singles, ceiling fans in both with a separate toilet & bath with shower.

Dog Friendly House | Mudjimba

Guests 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 3

This dog friendly Beach House is the perfect place for the whole family to stay in this great home with lots of room for fun. Located only 200 metres from Mudjimba Beach it is ideal to take the kids & furry friends for a beach holiday. The outdoor area looks over the pool, the outdoor shower is heated & in winter the fireplace makes for a cosy stay. 4 bedrooms with both Queen rooms having en-suites & another downstairs bathroom too for the twin rooms. Open plan kitchen & dining brings the whole family together


Dog Friendly Off Leash beaches

photo by: Budget Travel Talk

1. Stumers Creek Beach

Coolum Beach

This dog friendly beach is 24h off leash throughout the year. It is truly a salty sea dog paradise with waves for the more adventurous pups, or a calm creek for avid paddlers. There are picnic tables, a playground, and a family friendly dog loving atmosphere all around.

2. Sunshine Beach

Sunshine Beach

This large section of beach stretching from beach access 27 to the National Park Headland features some of the most beautiful views on the entire sunshine coast. You will see fancy homes sitting high on the steep, rainforest covered hills merging into the Noosa National Park. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed in the National Park, so you will have to keep an eye out for appropriate signage in the area.

3. Noosa Spit

Noosa Heads

Great off leash dog park & beach right next door to Noosa town centre. Go for a play & swim on the beach before heading to town for some refreshing drinks. Water is nice and calm as it is protected from the surf and major currents.

Dog Friendly Pubs & Bars

4. Heads of Noosa Brewing

85 Rene Street, Noosaville

Heads of Noosa Brewing Co. is an Australian independently owned dog friendly craft brewery located in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. With a passion for lagers and a focus on quality, we strive to produce truly enjoyable beers for everyone. Dogs are welcome to join for a drink at the partly covered front deck.

5. Boiling Pot Brewing

130 Eumundi Noosa Road, Noosaville

Boiling Pot Brewing is a dog friendly brewery in the heart of Noosaville. Drop by for a refreshing drink with your pooch at the dog friendly beer garden.

6. Land & Sea Brewery

19 Venture Drive, Noosaville

LAND & SEA is more than a dog friendly brewery. They create products that are inspired by, celebrate and compliment the area they live in, the days well spent, living and enjoying every second, from the rolling hinterland to the oceans and bays. Dogs are always welcome at the outdoor undercover areas where they can go, near grass for pee pee.

7. Peregian Beach Hotel

229 David Low Way, Peregian Beach

Enjoy a seasonal menu at this family friendly venue, where pups are very welcome in their outdoor area that is partially covered. They are asked to be kept on leash and with their owners to ensure the comfort of every visitor.

Free V.I.POOCH TRAVEL KIT with every booking!

Dog Friendly Cafes

8. Sunshine Social

24-26 Duke Street, Sunshine Beach

Called the Doggie Cafe by the locals, this specialty coffee roaster and wholesaler welcomes pups in their spacious downstairs deck. There are plenty of umbrellas, fresh water bowls and love  available for the furry guests while humans enjoy a delicious iced coffee.

9. Pasta Bronto

251 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville

Located along the iconic waterfront on the Noosa River in Gympie Terrace, there are three fresh options depending on your cravings. Fresh Italian pasta, tasty breakfast and coffee, and fresh seafood and steaks (respectively), all three with dog friendly undercover outdoor spaces. 

10. Rock Hop

12 Elizabeth Street, Coolum Beach

Specialty dog friendly coffee shop in the friendly beach-side town of Coolum on the Sunshine Coast. They provide water bowls at the undercover outdoor seating area. 

11. The Deck

46 Duke Street, Sunshine Beach

Iconic breakfast & lunch restaurant located right across the beach entrance of Sunshine Beach. All welcome, pups and humans, in their outdoor area covered by umbrellas. Bowls of water are provided. 

12. Bullitt Espresso Bar

1 Gibson Road, Noosaville

Enjoy a strong, specially roasted coffee in Noosaville in the company of your pup. They have an outdoor seating space with lots of grass, tree shade and umbrellas. Custom made dog bowls and dog blankets for cold mornings will make your furry buddy feel more than welcome.

Dog Friendly Hikes & Walks

13. Noosa Woods

Noosa Heads

Just a short walk away from the popular and ever bustling Hasting Street you will find Noosa Woods as part of the Noosa Spit Reserve. It features many bush trails, which will lead you through beautiful native shrub towards the Noosa Spit. This is the perfect spot to jump in the water with your pup, who will surely enjoy cooling off in the calm waters.

14. Coolum Beach Boardwalk

Coolum Beach

Coolum Beach Boardwalk is a 1.6 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back dog friendly trail in Coolum Beach. Enjoy the scenic views and fresh ocean air with your dog. Dogs are welcome to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Dog Friendly Activities

15. Noosa Ferry

Noosa Marina

Unique, custom-built classic riverboats that sail across the Noosa River, with seven stops including Noosa Sound and Noosaville. You can bring your pup with the condition that they sit on your lap!

16. O Boat Hire

222 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville

O Boat Hire offers a large range of deluxe pontoons, barbecue pontoons and boating types for self-drive hire on the Noosa River. You can go boating, fishing or simply relaxing in the company of your pup, as all their boats are pet friendly. 

Free V.I.POOCH TRAVEL KIT with each booking!


Dog Friendly Off Leash Beaches

17. North Shore Beach

Twin Waters

This part of the coast is still rugged and wild, and features some beautifully shaded areas to sit down and watch your puppy run around. There is abundant wildlife hiding away on the riverside which will provide your pup as a fun distraction. Make sure they don’t catch themselves a brush turkey!

Dog Friendly Pubs & Bars

18. The Post Office

10 Ocean Street, Maroochydore

Set in the heart of Maroochydore’s vibrant entertainment precinct, dog friendly pub The Post Office offers a winning formula of a great steakhouse with a casual atmosphere, one of the best beer gardens on the coast & a range of the most up to date boutique beers that you will find. Dogs are welcome in the partly covered beer garden any time.

19. The Savvy Squire

123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba

James Squire’s brings his rogue style and quenchy thirsting beer to Mooloolaba with the dog friendly pub, The Savvy Squire. The perfect spot for a drink with friends while enjoying the stunning waterfront views. Dogs are always welcome on the outdoor seating area (where else would you want to sit?)

20. Rice Boi

The Wharf, Mooloolaba

Modern Asian street food style venue based at The Wharf Mooloolaba. They welcome pups and humans in their outdoor dog friendly beer garden and dining area. There is an undercover section and one partly covered area with shade blinds that are sometimes opened. Rice boi features a ‘good boi’ wall where they display polaroids of the pooches that visit them.

21. High Tide Bar Grill & Cafe

21-23 Mudjimba Esplanade. Mudjimba Beach

Located opposite to the beautiful Mudjimba Beach, this dog friendly cafe serves coffee and breakfast as well as specialty burgers and fish tacos. They have seating out the front under a high roofline that welcomes furry visitors. Some even make it to their instagram highlight reel. 

Free V.I.POOCH TRAVEL KIT with each booking!

Dog Friendly Cafes

22. The Attic Cafe

168 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland

Ideal location to relax after a walk with your dog along the stunning Alexandra Headland. Your dog is guaranteed to get spoiled with free sausage and steak treats and cuddles from Ian and the friendly staff.

23. The Velo Project

19 Careela Street, Mooloolaba

There is a dog menu! Isn’t that all that needs to be said? This café has a scrumptious selection of human meals, but truly takes the dog biscuit with its pet friendly menu. You can order your canine a doggy donut, puppy late, pooch biscuit, or another fancy treat. All of them are made from unique pup-safe flavourings and will have your dog drooling over the shaved liver treats.

Dog Friendly Hikes & Walks

24. EJ Foote Sanctuary


EJ Foote Sanctuary Loop is a 1.6 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Buderim. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.


Dog Friendly Off Leash Beaches

photo by: John McCutcheon

25. Buddina Beach


This stretch of beach typically remains quite quiet, making it the perfect spot to head out for a morning stroll with your pup to enjoy the serenity of crashing waves. The surf tends to be quite small, so your dog will surely enjoy splashing in it and getting you nice and salty.

photo by: Warren Lynam

26. Currimundi Beach


Another favourite dog friendly beach which allows pups to run around free without the leash every day. It is a one kilometre stretch of coastline which will surely give you and your pup enough space to run and get all your energy out!

Free V.I.POOCH TRAVEL KIT with each booking!

Dog Friendly Pubs & Bars

27. Coffee Cat

8 Levuka Avenue, Kings Beach

A funky relaxed Cafe by day and Friday & Saturday nights a restaurant with Live Music overlooking the popular cove of Kings Beach. They have a dog friendly undercover outdoor area. 

Dog Friendly Cafes

28. The Pocket Espresso Bar

6 Seaview Terrace, Moffat Beach

The Pocket Espresso Bar is a unique little piece of paradise where you can escape, rejuvenate & fix almost everything. Wicked Guru Coffee, awesome food! Dogs are welcome in the garden or at the footpath dining area.

Dog Friendly Hikes & Walks

29. Caloundra Foreshore


Home to a famous Caloundra Foreshore run, this 8km return trail starts at Bulcock Beach heading all the way to the off leash Shelly Beach. It is an easy two hour walk along the coast featuring beautiful water-front views, sections on a beach, and others on wooded platforms.

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