Foreshore dog off-leash areas in Brisbane

Brisbane City Council is pleased to announce three sites for the trial of dog off-leash areas on Brisbane's foreshore. Council is creating more to see and do in a clean and green Brisbane by making our city liveable and sustainable for future generations.

The Foreshore Dog Off-leash Area Project aims to improve environmental outcomes and shorebird protection while creating recreational opportunities for dog owners in popular foreshore areas.

Brisbane's foreshore (area between the high and low tide mark) is part of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and provides important habitat for shorebirds. It is also a popular recreation space enjoyed by the community.

Foreshore dog off-leash trial areas

Established dog off-leash areas on the foreshore may improve shorebird conservation by helping reduce disturbance by off-leash dogs.

Three pilot sites are proposed at:

  • Manly - at the end of Davenport Drive, between the fishing platform and RQYS Port Centre Park
  • Nudgee Beach - in Nudgee Beach Reserve, south of the car park to Nudgee Road
  • Sandgate - along Lover's Walk between Second Avenue and Zeehan Street.

The trial sites align with new Queensland Government guidelines for establishing off-leash areas in marine parks. Council has selected the sites having consideration to scientific research from the University of Queensland on shorebirds and their habitat.

Download maps of the foreshore dog off-leash trial areas in your preferred format:


The project will provide Brisbane's first designated dog off-leash areas on the foreshore, creating an opportunity to:

  • protect environmental values, including migratory shorebirds and their habitat
  • engage the community about the importance of conserving migratory shorebirds and their habitat
  • provide opportunities for the community to walk their dogs off-leash in established areas on the foreshore
  • ensure dogs are on-leash outside of designated off-leash areas
  • engage the community about the location of dog on-leash and off-leash areas and the importance of good dog behaviour
  • maintain recreational opportunities.

Shorebirds in Brisbane

Shorebirds, also known as waders, feed according to the tide, using their long beaks to dig worms, insects and crustaceans. 

The Moreton Bay Marine Park provides important feeding and resting grounds for 43 species of shorebirds, including 32 species of international migratory shorebirds.

Each year, between September to April, up to 40,000 migratory shorebirds visit Moreton Bay, making the incredible journey along the East Asian-Australasian flyway from countries such as Siberia, Korea, China and Japan. While in Moreton Bay, it is important for migratory shorebirds to rest and feed in preparation for their long return journey. 

To find out more about shorebirds in Brisbane and the foreshore, visit Council’s Shorebirds of Brisbane or Boondall Wetlands pages.

Have your say

Council is gathering feedback about the foreshore dog off-leash trial areas. The trial will run from Saturday 12 October 2019 for 12 months.

Have your say about the foreshore dog off-leash trial areas by completing our online survey before midnight on Sunday 17 November 2019.

Drop-in information sessions

You are invited to drop-in information sessions to ask questions and provide feedback about the foreshore dog off-leash trials areas. No bookings are required.

The table includes information on drop-in information sessions.
Date Time Location
26 October 2019 2-4pm Flinders Parade and Cliff Street, Sandgate
2 November 2019 9-11am End of Davenport Drive, Manly
9 November 2019 2-4pm Fortitude Street boat ramp and car park, Nudgee Beach

You can also find these sessions on Council's What's On calendar.

Dog off-leash areas in Brisbane

Across the city there are over 149 dog off-leash areas, providing many health benefits for both dogs and their owners.

For more information about dog off-leash areas in Brisbane, visit Council’s dog off-leash areas page and search for a park near you. 

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Last updated:14 October 2019