February 11, 2020
My bucket list is incomplete without pets – I can’t leave them in the hotel room while I explore the world. When I was on the Gold Coast recently, I didn’t want them to miss out on all the adventures, so I compiled a list of The Best Places To Take Your Pet on The Gold Coast where they can join you.
There are many off-leash dog beaches, parks, accommodation providers and even pet cafes on the Gold Coast. Read on to know which are the best places to take your pet on the land of award-winning beaches, world heritage listed rainforests and other top-notch attractions.
#1 Doga-Yoga for Dogs
If yoga’s your thing, then you’ll enjoy this fun interactive yoga class shared with your pup, which combines a dog walk, doggie meditation, dog tricks and obedience with stretching, and yoga by the Coolangatta Beach Front. Bookings by request. Their contact No. is 0402 717 742
#2 The Spit At Southport
This is one of the best-loved off-leash areas on the Gold Coast. It’s situated at the northern tip of Main Beach, past SeaWorld. The spit is a perfect place to exercise your dog. It can get busy on the weekend though. Doggie bags and bins are provided.
#3 Elanora Wetlands Walking Track
Elanora Wetlands is a 20-hectare reserve surrounding the upper estuarine reaches of Tallebudgera Creek. You can enjoy a dog walk through the reserve along the trail which is about 2.5 Kilometers long.
Over 60 different species of birds, animals, vegetation reside in Elanora Wetland. It also forms a part of the Burleigh to Springbrook wildlife corridor linking this area to the hinterland and is a dense refuge of flora and fauna. There is also a butterfly friendly garden established inside the wetlands and can easily be enjoyed while walking through the trail.
#4 Schuster Park, Tallebudgera
If you’re looking for a vast off-leash expanse, Schuster Park can be the perfect spot for you. Moreover, it is interconnected with grassy fields, saltwater creek, and an on-leash sandy beach with BBQ and playground. Entrance to Schuster Park is via Heather St, Tallebudgera or at 19th Avenue, Elanora, with parking available in both areas.
#5 Currumbin Creek Dog Beach And Palm Beach
Whether your dog is the wave catching type or just enjoys a good old-fashioned dog paddle, Currumbin Creek and Palm Beach will be heaven for your pets. The doggie section begins at the edge of Palm Beach Parklands and follows Currumbin Creek all the way around to the surf.
There’s a cafe before the beach at Parklands offering daily breakfast and a decent coffee. However, dogs are not allowed in the cafe but there’s a dog hitching post nearby. All in all, combining a dog day out with children, the creek side of the beach borders a fantastic children’s paddling beach and pirate park.
#6 Pups On SUPs At Currumbin Creek
Pups on Sups is a doggy adventurous paddleboard race event wherein, SUP stands for Stand-Up Paddleboard. You and your pooch can test yourselves with the two-kilometre race or opt for the heart-starting 500-metre sprint. If you think you’re a little unsteady on your feet, there will be a Q&A session and a little training by an expert. Please check back later when the date and time for the event is announced.
#7 Paws at the Park, 231 Beaudesert, Nerang Road
Australia’s biggest free dog market event with 100 stalls, food trucks, demos, and talks happens every August at Mudgeeraba Showgrounds and November at Country Paradise Parklands in Nerang. Enjoy everything doggie – from dog ice cream to massage, to accessories, and more!
From all the heavenly experiences you can have on the Gold Coast, the ones with pets are the best. Go and explore these places with your pooch to add happy moments to your visit of the Gold Coast.
Author Bio: Clara is a co-founder and the marketing head at PetLovesBest. She happens to be an active animal activist in her town who has done a few notable works for the welfare of animals, especially pets. She enjoys writing about pets and animals.