Foreshore dog off-leash areas in Brisbane

Brisbane City Council is currently finalising 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.

From November, the foreshore dog off-leash areas may continue to be used in line with the trial guidelines while Council considers all feedback from the community.

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.

There are three pilot sites on the foreshore at:

  • Manly - the beach area at the end of Davenport Drive, between the southern rock wall and the northern rock wall and boundary fence
  • Nudgee Beach - from the main boat ramp at Nudgee Beach Reserve car park south to Kedron Brook
  • Sandgate - between the stairs to the foreshore located near the corner of Flinders Parade and Second Avenue and the corner of Park Parade and Zeehan Street at Shorncliffe.

Dogs must be on a leash outside these off-leash areas. There is onsite signage at the entrance points to foreshore off-leash areas. Make sure you check signage and site maps.

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.

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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.

Good dog behaviour in off-leash areas

Being able to control your dog in off-leash areas is essential for the safety and enjoyment of all users of these shared spaces. This includes people, other dogs, and wildlife.

Watch this short video to learn tips for preparing and controlling your dog in foreshore dog off-leash areas.

Have your say

Consultation on the foreshore dog off-leash trial is now closed.

Project timeline

The trial will run until the end of October 2020 at the three pilot sites. 

From November, the foreshore dog off-leash areas may continue to be used in line with the trial guidelines while Council considers all feedback from the community.

Council will continue to monitor these sites to ensure that dog owners are complying with the trial guidelines.

Enforcement during the trial

Council takes the protection of migratory shorebirds seriously. During the trial, Council's compliance officers will use a range of regulatory options to increase rates of compliance. The inclusion of additional educational information about where dogs can be walked off-leash along the foreshore will complement this approach.

Council and Queensland Government's Department of Environment and Science have an established enforcement program for foreshore patrol work. This will continue through the trial period to encourage people to walk their dogs on-leash outside of the off-leash areas and help reduce impacts on other users of the foreshore and migratory birds.

During the trial period, compliance will be encouraged through on-site signage, as well as community education and engagement events.

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.

Dog off-leash areas in Brisbane

Across the city there are over 150 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:17 October 2020