If you have a four-legged friend of the canine variety, you’ll know how fun it is for both of you when you’ve got the freedom to walk and run in the open. Sadly there are very few off-leash dog beaches in Brisbane - luckily, dog parks and beaches in Moreton Bay Region are plentiful and beautiful. So grab the leash and check out the places you have to leave it on and the places you can take it off - and take off!
Bribie is a dog’s paradise with a few off-leash and on-leash areas. Off-leash areas include from Red Beach car park around to Woody Bay. At Woody Bay, you can also have your dog off-leash to the pathway at the corner of Lowry and Benelong Streets. Red Beach is a terrific beach for dogs and is also a great option for kids and fishing enthusiasts – the perfect place for everyone to drop the leash and live like someone left the gate open!
Take your dog for a walk on the leash from the northern end of Woorim Beach at North Street towards the four-wheel drive access track. The beach north of Boronia Drive to the end of Sylvan Beach Esplanade is another top spot.
A few changes have been made at Beachmere Beach recently for dogs. The foreshore north of Prince Street to opposite the end of Louise Drive is now on-leash only.
To compensate, you can now exercise your dog on the leash all the way from the southern end of Biggs Avenue from opposite the end of Louise Drive. Try the foreshore parkland adjacent to Timothy Esplanade, Bakers Flat Road as well.
Dogs are allowed on-leash in the foreshore area on South Esplanade from Edith Street to the south.
Dogs are allowed on-leash on the foreshore at Godwin Beach, including the grassed area adjacent to the Esplanade. This is another good option for little kids and their dogs.
On-leash exercise for your dog can be taken on the foreshore, east of the stairs off Clark Terrace on the lower level only. Another option is the foreshore south of the carpark off Bestmann Road East, to parkland adjacent to Avalon Street.
There’s a lovely on-leash spot on the Esplanade from The Crescent, north to the creek.
There are a few good areas in Deception Bay where your dog can run free, including the foreshore between Wallin Avenue and Beach Road and between Seaview Parade and Windlass Street. This is a terrific place to bring your toddler and dog as the beach is huge, flat and shallow.
Another option is on the leash on the foreshore from the boat ramp adjacent to Wallin Avenue to Webster Road, but only along the walking path.
There are some great options for taking your dog for a walk on the leash in Redcliffe. Try any beach between the Houghton Highway and Woody Point Jetty, Clontarf and Woody Point, and any beach between Jamieson Park and Endeavour Park, Scarborough.
The only off-leash Redcliffe dog beach on the peninsula is Queens Beach, a 600 metre stretch of sand between Scarborough Beach in the north and Osbourne Point in the south. This beach becomes an off-leash beach before 8am and after 4pm daily (as part of a trial period). The off-leash area is found between Drury Point and the stairs leading to the beach from Flinders Parade between Murphy and Phillip Streets.
There’s also a massive dog park on Snook Street that boasts an agility course as well as bushy nooks and crannies for active dogs to explore. Check the wind direction as it backs onto the water treatment plant!
Ultramarine Parade Park in Griffin is fully fenced for off-leash play.
Dogs are welcome off-leash at Sunstone Circuit Park on the corner of Sunstone and Bonnet Parades. Pop in here before hitting the Deception Bay Dog Beach.
Take your dog for a run off-leash at Blatchford Reserve. Murrumba Downs is conveniently located for Brisbane families wanting to get out and about with their dogs!
North Lakes has a couple of good off-leash areas. Aurora Boulevard Park and Woodside playing fields are both fully fenced. Check out other things to do in North Lakes here.
For an off-leash run check out Bleakley Park on Old Northern Road.
William Scott Park, Bunya Road opposite Arlington Drive, is another great spot for off-leash play.
Les Hughes Reserve in Baker Street has excellent facilities for off-leash activities.
Bunya Leash Free Area on Bunya Road speaks for itself!
There are a couple of off-leash areas in Burpengary including Pump Station Reserve at the end of Springfield Drive Park as well as the fenced dog enclosure in Crendon street and the parkland adjacent to Burpengary boat ramp at the end of O’Leary Ave.
Leash free areas include the fenced dog enclosure on the corner of Grout Street and Rowe Street. There’s another fenced dog enclosure at Centenary Lakes – behind houses in Elliott Street and adjacent to Riverview Street (featured below). You can also take your dog off-leash in the park adjacent to Bluebell Street and Central Lakes. For an on-leash walk check out the grassed areas from the Caboolture River walk-bridge along the land adjacent to the Caboolture River to Centenary Lakes. The park adjacent to Bellmere Road and Wararba Creek also has a good area for taking your dog out on the leash.
The open grassed area western end of the Arboretum bounded by the billabongs, tree line, river, private property and houses in Mainsail Drive is a good place for off-leash fun. On the leash, you’ll find the walking track and grassed area from the Caboolture River walk-bridge west to the Arboretum ideal.
It’s on-leash only at Tinney Road Park and Darley Road. There are tons to do in Caboolture while you’re out and about, learn more here.
There’s just the one off-leash area at Carramar Reserve on Alma Road.
Draper has a fully fenced area at Sargent Reserve on Bunya Crossing Road to take your dog off-leash.
The western section of the treed area of the Elimbah Sports and Recreation Reserve on Rose Creek Road is an off-leash area.
Apex Park, Apex Grove has a fully fenced area for your dog to play off-leash. This is a smaller dog park hidden away behind the shopping centre– you may need to do a little exploring to find it!
Sylvia Gibbs Park is 75% fenced with access from Nyora Street.
Thomsett Park on Olakuna Crescent is fully fenced.
Freshwater Reserve on Park Grove Court is fully fenced for off-leash fun.
There are a couple of options in Morayfield. For off-leash, Glenwood Drive drainage easement on the western side of the concrete drain as well as the fenced dog enclosure at the parkland in Grogan road are well-loved. On-leash, check out the parkland behind houses in Jonkers Court bounded by Walkers Road and Sheep Station Creek, as well as Glenwood Drive drainage easement on the eastern side of the concrete drain and the pathway at Brodies Park on Glenwood Drive.
Take your dog down to Ferrier Road Park or Tuckeroo Street Park for a run off the leash. Harris Avenue is also popular. On the leash, try McCullagh Park.
Mungarra Reserve on Affleck Avenue is a fantastic spot, with dog agility equipment to keep your dog on its toes. This is an off-leash area.
You’ve got a couple of off-leash options in Strathpine. Piggott Reserve on Nicol Way or Rob Akers Reserve inBellsPocket Roadareboth great. Dogs have also been known to hit the pond in Pine Rivers Park but it’s not a designated dog swimming area!
Boxwood Court Park on Boxwood Crescent has a fully fenced area for off-leash play. Frank Nichols Reserve on Lilley Warner Road is another good option. Being so close to Brisbane, this is a good option if you’re taking a day out with your dog!
There’s a grassed area on the southwest corner of the Woodford showgrounds, behind the football field, that many dogs love to play off the leash.
Looking for more things to do and see? Pop into one of the region's Accredited Visitor Information Centres, the volunteers have a wealth of local knowledge.