The ultimate dog-friendly guide to the Gold Coast
Maggie Gray | April 30, 2021
2020 was ruff, but we have some good news for you and your best fur-iend. We’ve rounded up the best dog-friendly dining, beaches and off-leash parks to give you the ulti-mutt day out.
BEST DOG FRIENDLY DINING
One puppercino please! The Gold Coast is home to over 60,000 registered dogs, so it’s no surprise local cafes, restaurants and bars are getting on board to ensure our pawesome pals can join us when we are out and about. Here’s a list of the best dog-friendly dining destinations to set paw in.
Grab the fam, and the goodest boy of all and head over to Broadwater Parklands for the morning. Overlooking the Broadwater is Cafe Catalina – complete with tasty food, a relaxing atmosphere and plenty of space for all (pooches included) to chill out. Snuggle up in a bean bag on the lawn and take in the natural surrounding beauty. Tummy scratches encouraged.
Where: Broadwater Parklands, 10/11 Gold Coast Hwy, Southport
Dogs are everyone’s best friend, including Miss Moneypenny’s. This Broadbeach restaurant welcomes ‘Dogs on the Deck’ seven days a week – simply grab a spot on the deck beneath the balmy arvo sun and enjoy tapas and cocktails with your doggo by your side.
Where: 50 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
With a laid back atmosphere, dog friendly cafe by day and a licensed restaurant by night – there is something for everyone at this Miami social spot. There is a large outdoor area which means you can easily nab a seat, and if you prefer a cosy seat inside – your fur baby is more than welcome to join.
Where: 8 Henchman Avenue, Miami
LE VINTAGE BOUTIQUE CAFE
This quirky little cafe will have you sipping on some of the best coffee around and planning your next visit in no time. Nestled in the heart of Worongary, Le Vintage is popular with locals and their pooches looking for something with a whole lotta character.
Where: 1 Kurilpa Street, Worongary
Park up on a grassy mound with your picnic rug and pup or opt for the shade of a picnic table for a pawesome outdoor experience at Alfred’s Diner. Hit the Alfred’s crew up for a gourmet hotdog or breakfast burrito and we guarantee you won’t leave without an insta worthy picture of you and your pupperooni.
Where: 2389 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
GLENELG PUBLIC HOUSE
Steak with your best (furry) mate? We think yes. Glenelg Public House has a menu which won’t just leave your doggo drooling. Dogs of all sizes are welcome outdoors in the beer garden – so grab a seat and enjoy some succulent meat!
Where: 9/2454-2460 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Raw Espresso might just leave you wishing you’d been born with a tail and four legs. That’s right, Raw Espresso has a menu for doggos as well as hoomans! There’s yogurt snacks, healthy treats and wait for it… doggy ice cream made from coconut and peanut butter with flecks of bacon. Uhh, we’ll take two of those, thanks.
Where: 1/59-73 Meron St, Southport
BEST DOG FRIENDLY PARKS
Keep your furry-friend entertained and well-trained at any of the City’s off-leash dog parks. Click here for more information.
GOLD COAST BOTANIC GARDENS
This one is perfect for the whole family to enjoy a day out. Stroll along the walking tracks or head over to the dedicated dog zone for some fur baby fun.
Where: 230 Ashmore Rd, Benowa
Dog swimming area: Yes
TALLEBUDGERA OFF LEASH AGILITY DOG ISLAND
Tallebudgerra’s Dog Island has no fence but is surrounded by water, so you can stress less that your puppy pal may do a runner on you.
Where: 45-51 Casuarina Dr, Elanora
Dog swimming area: Yes
SCHUSTERS PARK, TALLEBUDGERA
Where: 506 Schusters Road, Tallebudgera
MUSGRAVE PARK, SOUTHPORT
Musgrave Park is complete with agility courses, wide open spaces and some muddy ponds for your pooch to play in.
Where: 120 Musgrave Ave, Southport
Dog swimming area: Yes (beware of a muddy doggo afterwards!)
FRASCOTT PARK, VARSITY LAKES
Divided into two sections, Frascott Park caters for small dogs and big dogs in seperate areas. This park is pawfect if you’re looking to socialise your pooch with dogs of a similar stature.
Where: 12 Woollahra Court, Varsity Lakes
Dog swimming area: No
BEST DOG FRIENDLY BEACHES
You can walk your dog on a leash at most Gold Coast beaches, however the Gold Coast also has a number of off-leash dog areas covering almost 5km of pristine beaches – for our four-legged friends to run wild. Check em’ out – oh and don’t forget a doo-doo bag!
PARADISE POINT FORESHORE
The off-leash dog area is located on the foreshore, adjacent to Paradise Point Parklands (between northern platform and The Sovereign Mile bridge).
Location: The Esplanade, Paradise Point QLD 4216.
BIGGERA WATERS FORESHORE
Located on the foreshore, adjacent to Quota Park.
Location: Marine Parade, Biggera Waters QLD 4216.
Doggos can run far and wide at The Spit. There’s plenty of parking available and some insta-worthy shot locations with the city skyline sparkling in the background.
Location: Seaworld Drive, Main Beach QLD 4217.
The off-leash dog area is located adjacent to Len Fox Park.
Location: Marine Parade, Labrador QLD 4215.
Tallebudgera Beach is a very popular dog beach on the Gold Coast, with plenty of pups running around and jumping in the ocean.
Location: 1511 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach QLD 4221.
The off-leash area is located south of lifeguard tower 13 to Currumbin Creek entrance (as indicated by signs).
Location: Palm Beach QLD 4221.
PUP YEAH @ QT HOTEL
If your K9 is under 20 kilos, get ready for a special QT breed of doggo indulgence. QT now offers pet-friendly rooms complete with a mini bar packed with treats for whining and dining, decadent in-room dogs’ dinner menus, walkie services, and bespoke pup grooming!
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