Best Dog Beaches in Busselton

Best Dog Beaches in Busselton

We love our dogs and can’t imagine holidaying without them! And the best bit about a Busselton holiday is spending loads of time at the beach – happily, we have a beautiful dog beach just 150 metres from the holiday park.
Here are some of our favourite dog beaches in Busselton, Dunsborough and Yallingup so you can stretch your legs and pupper can dip his paws in the crystal-clear water.
Sadly dogs can’t go into National Parks, for even the mildest mannered dogs are a threat to native animals. It’s a little-known fact that mother possums will abandon her baby if she smells a dog’s scent, even days later after its been in the park.

Best Dog exercise beaches and walks 
Busselton has plenty of delightful dog beaches on the calm clear water of Geographe Bay. Of course Yallingup and Margaret River are famous for surfing so what better place for a beachside getaway?
Here’s our favourite dog friendly beaches the whole family will enjoy in Busselton, Dunsborough, Yallingup, and Margaret River.
Sometimes local rules change, so please check signs or the local council websites if in doubt – City of Busselton or Augusta Margaret River Shire.

Cape Naturaliste protects Geographe Bay from the large swell and bigger waves of the Indian Ocean. So Busselton and Dunsborough beaches are usually pretty calm with long sandy stretches of beach. 
Stay at Beachlands and you’re in for a treat, because you can leave your tent or villa, walk 150 metres and you’re on the sand. This beach is dog friendly all year round. It’s fairly shallow so perfect for pre-schoolers (or puppies!). You might see a dolphin or sting ray swim past if you’re lucky! Hire one of our brand new SUPs and see if your four-legged friend will stay still while you paddle!
This dog beach runs from Dolphin Road (west) to the Margaret Street Beach Access Carpark (east).

Dunsborough Foreshore
Delightful Dunsborough is 20 minutes’ drive, also situated on Geographe Bay, although the beaches get rockier, deeper and more interesting as you go further north towards Cape Naturaliste.

The Dunsborough foreshore is perfect for young families, and sections of the beach are dog friendly. You’ll find shady, grassed areas, long stretches of fine sand; shallow, clear waters, barbecues and picnic tables, toilets nearby, and it’s close to the town centre. For older kids and adults, it’s the perfect place to try kayaking or stand-up paddling (SUP) too.
Dogs are welcome in areas between the fisherman’s boat ramp (near McDermott St) and the Beach access path opposite Lot 30 Geographe Bay Road, then from West of Tulloh Street and Centennial Park Dunsborough.
In Old Dunsborough between Gifford Road access path and Burt Court Beach access path, and Vincent Street and Bay View Court.

Bunker Bay 
Bunker Bay is a rare beauty; shimmering white sand against the brightest, bluest water you can imagine. It’s the last beach before Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, so it’s rougher, deeper and even has enough swell to lure surfers. Grab brunch at the fabulous Bunkers Beach House café (they do an excellent, strong coffee) then hit the sand for a swim and a run with your dog, but stay north (left) of the beach access ramp, where dogs are welcome.

Yallingup Beach
Dogs are allowed on Yallingup beach north of the Dawson Drive access path. This dog beach is totally surrounded by National Park so stick to the beach and Dawson Drive entrance to stay on the right side of the law. The family friendly beach on the left, with the main break and lagoon, is strictly humans only. 

Smiths Beach
It’s a bit trickier here – dogs are only permitted before 9am and after 5pm in summer. A great beach and popular surf break with Yallingup Surf School running lessons, and the lovely Lamonts Smiths Beach café tucked behind the dunes. Check signs for details.

Caves House Gardens
Another family favourite spot, the serene gardens at Caves House Hotel are a great spot for dogs to stretch their legs, and kids love searching for fairies or rolling down the grassy slopes. Walk the ‘ghost trail’ down to Yallingup town and beach. Have a pint and lunch in the Caves House beer garden.

Geographe Bay Path
There’s a paved walk/cycle path stretching from Dunsborough to Busselton. Run, walk or ride and let your dog run alongside (on leash, of course). Bring your bathers to cool down afterwards – it’s too tempting not to jump in. From Beachlands its four kilometres to the Busselton Jetty and five km to Abbey and The Shed markets.

Surfers Point, Margaret River
If you’re heading south to Margaret River for the day, pop into the Gnarabup dog beach which is accessible via Rifle Butts reserve near Surfers Point – where dogs are also allowed (excluding playground area). 
Flinders Bay is a superb place to blow away the cobwebs (literally, it’s windy here!) and exercise your dog. Dogs can go off leash from the surfer’s lookout to the spot where Albany Terrace turns west.

More dog friendly places?
Check out our Dog Friendly Breweries and Wineries blog  to help plan your day out!

Dog friendly Busselton Accommodation
Your fur babies are welcome here at Beachlands – we have selected dog friendly accommodation  and camp/caravan sites. Plus there’s a superb dog beach just 150 metres from our holiday park.