Take your beloved four-legged furry friend on your family holiday! The Capricorn Coast boasts many off leash areas for your dog to enjoy.
Off-leash areas –
Important note: Turtle nesting season is between October and March, so please always (together with your pooch) observe the beach for wildlife, and help us to protect our nests and increase the chance of survival. If you come across sick, injured or deceased marine animals, please report to the Marine Stranding Hotline – 1300 130 372.
There’s nothing is more exhilarating than driving on the beach!
Seventeen kilometers of beach beside the awaits you. The 4WD access to the beach is at Bangalee, onto Farnborough Beach. Dogs are allowed off leash from Bangalee boat ramp onwards to Barwell Creek.
Between October and March it’s Turtle time! Nesting and hatching occurs during these months and are not easily identifiable, the nests are generally in the soft dunal sand. We all love baby turtles so it’s important to drive on the hard sand. Keep a lookout for wildlife, and drive at speeds that allow you to see them and stop in time.
Before you go, just check the tide times, they’re handy to know when driving on the beach, no one want to get stuck in the sand.
Following the coast road south is the gorgeous Lammermoor Beach which stretches 2.5 kilometres and is one the most popular beaches on the coastline.
With the dog in tow and ball to throw, enjoy this stretch of coastline, you’ll meet the locals taking their pooch for a walk also.
Opposite the beach is Sea Breeze servo, grab some fish and chips, or a burger and enjoy at one of the picnic areas at the park along the coastline or at the beach.
Let you dog run off-leach at the Olive Dorey Park, Clayton Road, Lammermoor. With a tunnel, weave poles, hurdles and more!
Head to Rosslyn Bay Marina where on the right-hand side you can find Kemp Beach, there are also several car parks on the Scenic Highway that links Yeppoon and Emu Park.
The beach is nestled between Capricorn Coast National Parks Double Head and Bluff Point.
Take the easy climb through up the stairs to fan rock, where an ancient volcano formed the rock formation, this is a great spot to capture the sunrise while looking out to the beautiful Keppel Islands. Look out for the migrating Humpback Whales from July to September.
Take the path a bit further up and you’ll be looking over Keppel Bay Marina and Yeppoon.
Although dogs are not allowed in the picnic areas or walking trails of the National Park, they do have plenty of space to run and play on the beach and in the sea. Grab a coffee or a bite to eat at The Waterline Restaurant, Keppel Bay Marina, where dogs are welcome.
Following the road south and you’ll come across Mulambin Beach. If you’re heading from Emu Park way it is north of Causeway Lake. The northern end of the beach is cradled against Bluff Point, and in the south, Pinnacle Point, both of which are part of the Capricorn Coast National Park.
Keep an eye out for kite surfers hitting the waves or blokarts scooting along the beach.
Causeway Lake is a man-made feature, formed by the bridge that crosses Mulambin Creek, which allows fresh salt water in on the high tide.
Flathead or whiting for dinner? the bridge is a popular fishing spot with the locals particularly as the tides turn.
Enjoy the day out with the family having a picnic or some fish and chips, with a playground for the kids, fishing, kayaking, SUP or some swimming.
Dogs are permitted; however, they must be kept on a leash.
Whether you’re taking in some of the sights at Emu Park, from the winds whistling in the signing ship to taking a moment to stroll and reflect at the Centenary of ANZAC Memorial Walk, Emu Park is a must when driving along the Capricorn Coast. Dogs can run freely on Fisherman’s Beach with access 150 meters north of Bell Park to Tanby Point with access via Hill Street, excluding weekends and public holidays.
Check out the artwork at the Main Beach Bathing Pavilion.
Handy things to know prior to holidaying with your pooch: Your dog is your responsibility, it’s your job to monitor their behaviour and make sure your dog is under control while in these areas. It is important to be a responsible pet owner, including leaving our parks and beaches clean. Best to check on each Council’s website for more details, we’d hate for you to get an unwelcome fine on your holiday.