Hello, my name is Tracey.
A big part of living in Cairns is having fun at the beach, and dogs love it to. Here is some advice to get the most out of your outing to the beach.
Most Cairns beaches are a mix of on-leash and off-leash areas. Off-leash areas tend to be at either end of the beach away from patrolled swimming areas where there is the greatest concentration of people.
The rules for off-leash area at our beaches are exactly the same as other areas of the city,.
Make sure you have effective control of your pet through voice and hand commands and be ready to snap on the leash if your dog becomes aggressive or threatening.
Dogs are welcome on the beach as long as they are on a leash, this includes running and playing in the water. There is one important exception - inside the stinger nets; this means the sea and the beach. On duty Beach Life Savers will order you to remove your dog if it wonders into a stinger net area.
For some people enjoying the beach doesn't mean walking on the sand. Our foreshores are just as popular among walkers, joggers, runners and cyclist. They are also home to children's playgrounds, barbecues and picnic spots. Not to mention fresh-water showers and public amenitities.
If you are not sure where your dog is welcome keep an eye out for the signs.
And last, but not least, don't forget to scoop the poop. One of the most common complaints Council receives about dogs at our beaches is about poo.
Dog owners are responsible for picking up their dogs dropping, wherever they are.
Hoping the poo will wash out to sea, covering it in sand, is not an excuse.
We hope you and your dog enjoy a walk along the beach sometime soon.