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The Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Sunshine Coast

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!

Where to Stay?

Noosa Hill

23 Eugarie Street, Noosa Heads

Noosa Hill is a funky, quirky, functional, dog friendly holiday home located in the heart of Noosa Heads. Enjoy the best of both worlds – stroll down the hill to Hastings Street or dog friendly heaven Noosa Spit Beach. Make a quick trip to Sunshine Beach or make use of the easy access to the hinterland.

Horizons at Peregian

45 Lorrikeet Drive, Peregian Beach

Three level dog friendly complex has spacious well appointed apartments. All you need is to bring your beach towels, food and beach toys, the rest is provided. Enjoy a lazy time around the pool and spa or take in the many local attractions and great food.

Lake Weyba Noosa Lodge

109 Clarendon Road, Peregian Beach

Relax in the soothing sounds of the rainforest in this 3 bedroom dog friendly holiday home. There are plenty of Kangaroos around so make sure your dog doesn’t get too excited about them.

Bayz Maroochy Waters

114 Tepequar Drive, Maroochydore

This 3 bedroom dog friendly property is ideally located close to restaurants, shops and markets. There is also a large shopping centre and cinema complex within easy reach. And those views…!

Dog Friendly Pubs & Bars

Weather is rather pleasant all year round in Sunshine Coast, however we do want to make sure our pups (and us) will be protected from the rain and sun while relaxing with a well deserved drink. Below is the list of paw-some dog friendly pubs and bars who provide under cover outdoor areas or in some cases might even invite your pup inside 🙂

313 Social

13 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba’s very own dog friendly bar with great cocktails, brilliant beer and even better coffee. And the best part, your furry friends are welcome everywhere at the venue, including inside!


522 Petrie Creek Road, Rosemount

Dog Friendly GURU Life Restaurant & Garden will bring happiness and enlightenment to your day through a delicious menu, served up by super friendly staff in a relaxed garden setting.

Wild Rocket at Misty’s

142 Main Street, Montville

Dog friendly micro brewery serving home made food from fresh seasonal ingredients. Dogs are welcome on the covered outdoor area.

Pier 11

2 Parkyn Road, Tewantin

Dog friendly bar and restaurant just outside Noosa with stunning views of the river from a dog friendly outdoor seating area. Book for lunch or dinner and take your four legged friend with you to a rare dog friendly dining experience in the Sunshine Coast.

Dog Friendly Cafes

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.

Chips & Co Eatery

179 Wicklin Way, Warana

Known for their awesome Fish & Chips and burgers, Chips & Co invites your pooch to join you at the eatery after a busy morning on the close by dog beach.


2/18 Duke Street, Sunshine Beach

Don’t have the Fear of Missing Out by heading over to this quaint and stylish Sunshine Coast café. Dogs are allowed inside while owners enjoy fresh juice in the comfortable seating area. The coffee is exquisite, and FOMO has become a popular spot for breakfast and brunches on weekends.

The Paleo Place

28 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra

Go back to basics when it comes to eating at this fresh, minimally processed, delicious Paleo place. Everything on the menu is what the chefs truly believe are the healthiest and delicious food combinations available. You can also stop by to grab a quick smoothie or sit down and enjoy the rustic ambiance of this café. Dogs are welcome and will receive a water bowl on request.

The Moorings Cafe

89 The Esplanade, Caloundra

Dog friendly The Moorings Café are loud and proud when it comes to family outings including our furry friends. Check out all the cute photos on their Facebook page for proof!

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

Although we whole heartedly invite you to spend time with your dog in one of the many off leash dog beaches in Sunshine Coast, there is more to this beautiful region than just the beaches. We have listed the best dog friendly hikes & walks to explore with your dog.

You can find ALL official off leash dog beaches from Bundaberg all the way down to South Australia from Pupsy Dog Beach Directory. North Queensland will soon be added so stay tuned!

Ewen Maddock Dam


This 8.5km medium difficulty hike features stunning views of the edge of the lake and Paperbark trees. The path features beautiful wildlife and you can spot many birds in the surrounding trees. Dogs must be kept on leash and the path does get muddy after heavy rainfall.

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.

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.

Gary Evans Walkway


This little oasis located at the centre of Nambour is dog friendly Monday through Friday. It is a fantastic dog walking destination in the summertime. It features paved walkways along the banks of Petrie Creek, which is a tributary of the Maroochy river. Dogs must be on good behaviour, and well supervised, but otherwise can be off leash. The walk is only 3 kilometres long but there are plenty of beautiful shaded spots to sit and enjoy the surrounding nature.

Off leash beaches

You can find all off leash beaches in the area from Pupsy Beach Directory. However to make your job a little easier we have picked the TOP 6 off leash beaches in Sunshine Coast to visit with your dog! Ready, steady…..GOOOOO!!!

photo by: Budget Travel Talk

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.

photo by: John McCutcheon

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

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!

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!

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.

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.

You can find more dog friendly beaches, parks, pubs, cafes… in Sunshine Coast and way beyond on Pupsy. Discover your dog’s next adventure!


We would love to hear from your experience!

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