Animals on beaches

Our many kilometres of beautiful coastline with open stretches of sandy beaches are inviting to locals and our many visitors.

Dogs and their owners enjoy beachside recreation but there are a few simple rules that need to be observed to ensure all users benefit from a trip to our glorious seaside locations.

Dog owners need to be aware of beach locations identified as being “dog free”. These are in place to ensure public enjoyment and to protect the environmental aspects of these beach areas.

Dog owners are free to utilise other beach areas although dogs must be kept on a leash at all times (unless otherwise signed) while being exercised. Please do the right thing as a responsible dog owner and clean up after your dog.

Council officers regularly patrol local breaches and are available to answer questions relating to dogs and their access to beaches. Enforcement of these requirements is essential to everyone’s enjoyment of a trip to the beach.

Dogs are specifically prohibited on gazetted bathing reserves: 

  • Oaks Beach - Burnett Heads
  • Kelly's Beach - Bargara (including the Basin and Moneys Creek)
  • Nielson Park Beach – Bargara (both the main beach and the northern beach adjacent to Jayteens Park) 
  • Moore Park Beach - from Palm View Drive to Lassig Street
  • Mon Repos Beach
  • Elliott Heads Beach
  • Elliott River Beach area - within 500 metres west of the boat ramp
  • Coonarr Beach (entire 17km length)

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