The Peasholm Street Dog Beach (between Floreat Beach and Scarborough/Brighton) is long and wide with lots and lots of space for dogs to run around. It also has a stormwater drain – which makes it good for fishing, but not the top choice for a swim!
…Luckily it’s a very long beach, so you can find a nice spot to swim far to the north of the drain pipe.
For me, the only down side to this beautiful dog beach is the looong walk over the dunes from the carpark. On hot sunny beach days, the sand is almost too hot to walk on, especially for the poor dogs who don’t have any shoes to put on!
Once you actually get to the beach, you’ll find it’s a really nice one for dogs, and for people too.
It ticks most of the boxes for a good dog beach, with lots and lots of space (in both width and length), clean white sand and clear water without any rocks. However, the waves do get very big here when the swell’s up.
Swimming is usually safe enough, but the beach is unpatrolled so you need to be careful of rips, and of huge waves breaking in shallow water close to shore. It’s suitable for dogs to swim safely in calm conditions.
Is the North Floreat Dog Beach worth visiting without a dog?
The main reason why North Floreat beach is worth visiting is because you can take your dog there.
In my opinion, it’s probably not worth making a special trip there if you don’t have a dog with you, or don’t live close by. Brighton Beach to the north is nicer, and doesn’t have the long walk over the dunes. The exception is on really hot days when everyone’s off work, and Scarborough and Brighton will be super busy and parking near impossible.
Other good reasons to visit are to catch some fish (the area immediately to the north of the stormwater drain is a great fishing spot), or on a long beach walk from Floreat or Scarborough.
Location of the Peasholm Dog Beach, and Getting There
Parking is always easy to find, in either of two isolated carparks off West Coast Highway, south of Scarborough and north of Floreat Beach. From each of these carparks, tracks cut across and over the high dunes. There are several other tracks down to the beach at various points where there’s no carpark, but these aren’t often used.
The Peasholm Street (northern) carpark is best. You can give your dog a drink from a freshwater tap, and on busy summer days there’s sometimes a lady there with a dog washing van.
The Exact Location
The dog beach begins at the Floreat Drain (S on map) and extends north for approximately 2km. The N on the map is an approximate location of the northern boundary only. I don’t know exactly where the dog beach ends, but you’ll know you’ve gone too far if you reach Brighton Beach, a popular swimming spot.
Last Updated: 18th June, 2014.
First posted on 11th November, 2013 by Bonny.
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