There are more than 4.2 million pet dogs in Australia with 39% of households owning one. Aussies value 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 Coolum.
Our daughter tells me that doggy people are the friendliest and after walking there with and without dogs over the past two and a half years I totally agree.
Friendly Off-Leash Dog Beach Sunshine Coast
An off-leash dog beach on the Sunshine Coast, like the one at Stumers Creek, is a great place to meet people and make friends. All that is required is to say hello to their furry friend.[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!
Stumers Creek is a mangrove creek. At times the mouth is open and water flows freely into the ocean. At other times sand closes the mouth and Stumers becomes a lake. The local council sometimes uses earth moving equipment to open the mouth so that the creek can drain.
Shortly after the car park the creek divides into two, with the southern branch of the creek leading beneath a bridge on the David Low Way.
Looking upstream from the Stumers or Coolum dog beach with the car park at the back left of photo.
Stumers Creek Car Park
The sealed Stumers Creek Road leads from David Low Way, to Stumers Creek. Where it meets the creek there is a turning area and parking places, but overnight camping is not allowed. Facilities are well maintained with a sign-posted carpark, grassed shady park, picnic tables and toilet/shower amenities.
All beach accesses on the Coast are numbered – the off-leash area runs from Access 67 to 72.
Stumers Public Dog Wash
The dog wash area with hose at the entrance to the beach is well utilised.
Where is Stumers Creek
Stumers Creek is on the northern outskirts of Coolum Beach on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
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.
By road it is:
- 20 minutes south of Noosa.
- 1 hour 22 minutes north of Brisbane Airport.
- 22 minutes east of Yandina Markets.
- 18 minutes east of Mt. Ninderry.
If the Creek Carpark is full, backtrack to one of the other beach accesses.
Beach Access 70 on Stumers Creek Road.
Stumers Creek Fishing
Fishing is popular in the Stumers off-leash area. There is Beach fishing for Dart and Whiting using live beach worms (an art in itself) for bait.
In Stumers Creek, Mangrove Jacks are caught in the early morning and late afternoon. Beneath the bridge and around fallen trees are popular spots to find Jacks using slabs of mullet, live bait, soft plastics and lures for bait.
Could this be the real Hairy Maclary.
Budget Travel Tips – Off Leash Dog Beach
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.
Sometimes I forget we live at a holiday destination, but then we visit Stumers Creek and that happy holiday feeling washes over me like a wave.
Do you have an off-leash beach near you?
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