There are more than 4.2 million pet dogs in Australia with 39% of households owning one. Aussies love their beach-time and want to share it with their four legged friends. Just walking the dog for half an hour daily is said to improve fitness, lower blood pressure, build stronger muscles/bones, lower stress levels and give you that lovin’ life feeling.
105 km north of Brisbane is the drop dead gorgeous string of Queensland beaches known as the Sunshine Coast. The local Council has dedicated off-leash areas of which approximately 20 are located on beaches. Coolum, midway along the Coast and where we happen to live, has it’s own off-leash area at Stumers Creek. Our daughter tells me that doggy people are the friendliest and after walking there with and without dogs over the past three months I totally agree. Off-leash beaches are great places to meet people and make friends. All that is required is to say hello to their much loved pooch.[pinit]
We first came to Stumers in the year 2000 when it hosted the Coolum International Kite Festival. We were visiting with our kids in September School holidays and watching those huge kites was a fabulous and thankfully free activity. Bring Back the Kites!
Looking upstream from the beach with the car park at the back left of photo.
All beach accesses on the Coast are numbered – the off-leash area runs from Access 67 to 72.
Facilities are well maintained with a sign-posted carpark, grassed shady park, picnic tables and toilet/shower amenities. The dog wash area with hose at the entrance to the beach is well utilised.
Track Access 70 reaches the beach.
If the Creek Carpark is full, backtrack to one of the other beach accesses along the access road.
Could this be the real Hairy Maclary.
This oversized tennis ball is the proud possession of one of the regular beach going dogs. He never drops it, chases it, or chews it – just carries it in his mouth like a status symbol.
Except for that one time…
Budget Travel Tips.
Off-Leash Areas are free.
Pet owners must be able to control their pets with verbal or other commands while they are off leash.
Dogs must be on leash in the car park area.
Doggy Bags are available at beach entrances. Rubbish Bins are provided near the Dog wash station.
Turn right 1 km north of Coolum into Stumers Creek Road which terminates in a creek-side carpark. I must pre-warn you that the turnoff is a little hard to see from the south – I’ve driven past it several times and it’s not always easy to get back.
We live at a holiday destination yet some days the mundane takes over and I forget – but then we visit Stumers Creek and a tingly Yippee! creeps up and washes over me like a sneaky wave.
Do you have an off-leash beach near you?
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