The ultimate dog-friendly guide to the Gold Coast
Maggie Gray and Ellise Tanswell | May 9, 2022
Life has been a bit ruff lately, so we’ve rounded up the best dog-friendly dining, products, beaches and off-leash parks for 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. Check out some must-visit spots below.
PALM BEACH AVE
Pawsecco by the beach? yes please! The Gold Coast’s newest restaurant comes with beachfront views, and a dedicated outdoor space where you can treat your pup like royalty, with a dog menu fit for a king! Don’t forget to treat yourself too, with PBA’s exquisite menu that will have you drooling for more.
Where: 6 Palm Beach Avenue, Palm Beach
Grab the fam, and the goodest boy of all and head over to Broadwater Parklands for the morning. Overlooking the Broadwater is Café 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 café 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. The Henchman also offers a monthly free dog wash! So come down and grab some brekky while your pooch gets fresh and clean.
Where: 8 Henchman Avenue, Miami
LE VINTAGE BOUTIQUE CAFE
This quirky little café 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
DOUBLE BARREL KITCHEN
Two locations means twice the furry fun. Double Barrel Kitchen have plenty of delicious eats and treats, all of which are ridiculously Insta-worthy.
Where: Shop 4/64 Karbunya Street, Mermaid Waters and 1 The Concourse, Benowa
Keep it casual at this Palm Beach café – whose name says it all. Pop in for artisanal coffee, brekky and burgers – and don’t forget to bring your dog too.
Where: 15 Palm Beach Ave
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
GROUND N SOUND
Nestled in the heart of Chirn Park is Ground n Sound, a fully-licensed café, specialising in good vibes and great coffee. Open Wednesday through to Sunday, Ground n Sound have everything from house baked desserts, tapas, a full breakfast and lunch menu, live music, trivia and open mic nights. All of which can be enjoyed with your best fur-iend by your side.
Where: 6/23 Musgrave Avenue, Chirn Park
One of the most sought after breakfast spots on the coast, Paddock Bakery also caters for your pupper.
Where: 20 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads
Gin distilleries and doggos generally don’t go hand in paw, but recently opened Wildflower Distillery disagrees. Wildflower Gin is a small boutique distillery that is dog friendly. Their award winning signature gin is a subtle balance of juniper, citrus and gentle hints of the distiller’s backyard honey.
Where: 2/486 Scottsdale Dr, Varsity Lakes
Just 2 minutes from the M1, you will find the Woodchoppers BBQ Smoke and Grill. A warm welcoming ambience and an authentic wood-fired BBQ menu, Woodchoppers is sure to have you drooling. If the tender slow-cooked meat isn’t enough, Woodchoppers also has a brand new distillery on sight, Against the grain, specialising in small-batch gin, whiskey, and other spirits. The best part? You can bring your furry friend to sit out on the deck with you.
Where: 64 Railway St, Mudgeeraba
Just metres away from the iconic Tallebudgera Creek, Take your furry friend for a walk by the beach and have a seat in this gorgeous courtyard. The Custard Canteen is serving up coffee and an outstanding range of fresh-made pastries amongst a menu of other delicious options that you can enjoy with pup by your side.
Where: 1525 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
BURLEIGH BARRELS BREWERY
A short walk from James Street, Burleigh Barrels Brewery has rolled into the Gold Coast. This Distillery and Smokehouse has a phenomenal food menu and a range of drinks to suit everyone. What’s even better than a mouth-watering burger and a cold beer? Bringing your furry best mate along with you!
Where: 3-4/105 West Burleigh Rd, Burleigh Heads
Bring your children, bring your dog, bring your whole family! Everyone is welcome at this relaxed, family-friendly establishment. With scrumptious Asian fusion dishes and an ever-changing craft beer menu, there is something for everyone. Round off your meal with the Gelato Bar and have a play on the pinball machines.
Where: Shop 9, 489 Gold Coast Highway, Tugun
If you’re looking for a sweet treat from a sweet spot, this beautiful old Queenslander is situated in the heart of the Mudgeeraba precinct. With a stunning balcony view of the hinterland or a quaint garden setting, you can relax with your pooch by your side and a delicious high-tea.
Where: 65 Railway St, Mudgeeraba
THE HUNTED CAFÉ
Tucked away in Bonogin is this hidden gem! The Hunted Café is a vintage building with outdoor garden seating and a menu filled with delightful fresh home-made goodies. Sit outside with your pet and enjoy the serenity of the lush green surrounds of Gold Coast Hinterland.
Where: 555 Bonogin Rd, Bonogin
BEST DOG FRIENDLY PARKS
Keep your furry-friend entertained and well-trained at any of the City’s off-leash dog parks.
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.
SWIFT PARK NERANG
Located underneath the bridge across the road from Nerang High School, is about a kilometre of space for your dog to run around off leash. There’s a dog agility area, a barbecue area, tap, a fenced off children playground, and toilets.
Where: 11 Centurion Cres, Nerang
Dog swimming area: Nerang River.
KAMHOLTZ PARK NERANG
Kamholtz Family Park is one of the many parks along the route of the Nerang Riverwalk. Kamholtz is an off leash dog park with a separate fenced exercise area with agility equipment.
Where: 2 Souter St, Nerang
EDDIE KORNHAUSER RECREATIONAL RESERVE OFF LEASH AGILITY DOG ISLAND
Eddie Kornhauser Recreational Reserve’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
Schusters Park has a vast off-leash area with interconnected grassy fields, a saltwater creek, and an on-leash small sandy beach with picnic area, BBQ and playground.
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.
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
CABANA OFF LEASH DOG PARK
Set beside the Nerang river, Cabana off leash dog park is great for doggos looking for a big wide open space to run and somewhere to splash into to cool off.
Where: 110 Cabana Blvd, Benowa
Dog swimming area: Yes.
HINTERLAND REGIONAL PARK
Surrounded by luscious Gold Coast greenery, Hinterland Regional Park has an off-leash agility park, barbeque area, playground, picnic area and accessible toilets.
Where: Hardys Road, Mudgeeraba
An open area with trees to relax under and picnic facilities, Cobber Park has access to two off-leash sections for big and small dogs.
Where: 49 Lambor Drive, Mudgeeraba
A large grassed area with plenty to do for the whole family including a barbeque and picnic area, playground, and off-leash dog area.
Where: 6 Barden Ridge Road, Reedy Creek
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.
PET FRIENDLY PRODUCTS
For the most stylish and well fed pups on the Gold Coast – why not shop local! Check out some of the amazing small businesses we have to offer.
THE GOOD DOG BAKERY
Whether it’s your dog’s birthday or he’s just been a good boy, The Good Dog bakery has got you covered! Beautifully decorated pup-cakes, biscuits and birthday cakes. Every ingredient is 100% natural and preservative free. Your dog will be howling for more.
Where: Pre-order online and collect from Pimpama
This Gold Coast company’s sole focus is keeping your pup happy and healthy, via their range of raw homemade dinners, yummy treats, and supplements all designed to meet the nutritional needs of your furry friend.
Where: Buy online or follow them on Facebook to see which Gold Coast markets FurrTrition will be at next.
Munchies pet treats aims to provide your pet with yummy treats without the nasties! Munchies uses 100% Australian produce and is made right here on the Gold Coast.
Where: Check out the Munchies website to find stockists or buy online.
HUGO’S ICE CREAMERY
We love ice cream and now your doggo can enjoy it, too! Hugo’s Ice Creamery has developed a nutritional (and delicious) pet-safe ice cream for your dog to enjoy as a special treat.
Where: Hugo’s doggie ice cream is available in dog-friendly cafes and bars, pet stores, health food stores, groomers, and vets on the Gold Coast. Visit their website for more info.
Ipromea is Australia’s first new functional product range of probiotics for pets, assisting your dog with a healthy digestive and immune system.
Where: Can be purchased online
If you want the most stylish pup in town, Pawfect Pals is the place to go! From a range of reversible harnesses with matching leashes and collars, to luxurious pet beds, Pawfect Pals has everything your pup could need.
Where: Check out their range online or at a variety of leading retailers
Treat yo’ pup to some luxury products made for style and comfort! K9HQ has everything your furry friend could need, from walking accessories, bedding, grooming, and toys.
Where: Check out the K9 HQ website
MAX AND KODA GC
Looking for something different for your dog? Max and Koda have a range of boho style dog bandanas and beautifully hand-crafted macramé leashes.
Where: Check out the selection out at TVM markets in Burleigh Heads
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