Why should you have all the fun while your pooch misses out?
Just think how busy they have been while you are out, they’ve been on guard duty, they’ve helped take the washing off the line, dug a hole in the yard for their bone, caught some rays from the sun, or they’ve just been lying around waiting for you to get home. They too want the ocean breeze in their fur and the sand in their paws.
Don’t leave your beloved four-legged furry friend at home this family vacay, bring them with you, we understand they’re part of your family. No-one wants to be left at home!
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.
The Capricorn Coast boasts many off the leash areas for your dog to enjoy.
Off-leash areas - All beaches before 8am and after 4pm daily unless otherwise signposted. At all other times your dog must be on a leash. Farnborough Beach, Yeppoon from Bangalee boat ramp south to Barwells Creek with access via Hinz Avenue excluding weekends and public holidays. Fisherman's Beach, Emu Park from the beach access 150 metres north of Bell Park to Tanby Point with access via Hill Street excluding weekends and public holidays.
Please note: dogs are prohibited on Yeppoon Main Beach (from Ross Creek to the Bluff rocks), Cooee Bay Beach, Emu Park Beach and Sandy Point Beach at all times.
Gather the crew and pack the car for a great day out!
Nothing is more exhilarating then 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 on wards to Barwell Creek. Before you go, just check the tide times, they’re handy to know when driving on the beach.
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. A great place for a dip! Keep an eye for the soldier crabs that come out at low tide, they’re super cute!
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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. This is a perfect spot to capture the sunrise while looking out to the beautiful Keppel Islands. 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. A popular spot for boating and fishing. 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 on our ANZAC history, 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.
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Featuring a children’s playground and waterfalls, Kershaw Gardens is a great place to visit. Your dog will be entertained with a variety of equipment including jumps, weaving poles, balance beam, tunnel and ramps. There’s no escaping as this area is fully fenced. You can find it at the Charles Street car park.
Situated in North Rockhampton with several accesses from adjoining streets. It’s great place to exercise your dog in this leash free park, they may even meet some new friends!
Located on the southside of Rockhampton with access via Sir Raymond Huish Drive. A fantastic park with heaps on offer that will have the whole family entertained for hours. The park contains a fully fenced dog off leash area. The kids will be scooting around in the a skate park and swinging away in the playground over the road, there are BBQs, outdoor gym equipment and the 2nd World War Memorial Aquatic Centre pool is also nearby.
In Ted Price Park dogs are allowed, in the sign posted areas only, access is via Breakspear Street and Holgate Close. Your dog will get heaps of exercise with the agility equipment in the park, including waving poles, balance beam and hurdles.
A short drive from the town center is Dam Number 7. Bursting with fun for the whole family, kids will have fun in the shaded playground, with outdoor gym equipment, picnic tables and BBQ facilitates. Keen on the water, take a dip or thrown in a line.
Emerald is the gateway to the largest sapphire Gemfields in the southern hemisphere. It’s hard to miss the world's biggest Van Gogh sunflower painting, situated in Morton Park, Emerald. The dog park which is located on Rifle Range Road is leash free and your furry friend can run around in this fully fenced area. There is also agility equipment for your dog to be entertained.
You can let your dog off the lead and run to its heart’s content at the Blackwater Hunter Street Sports Complex. You should be mindful that the area has specific areas where your dog can be exercised off their lead, although you should always make sure your dog is under control.