Dog-friendly Brisbane – where pets become pampered pooches

7 July 2015

It really is a dog’s life in Brisbane, a city where pampered pooches can enjoy life to the fullest if their devoted owners know where to take them, how to entertain them, and how to "treat" them.

Brisbane’s relaxed lifestyle and love of the outdoors has been the catalyst for the development of various off-leash parks, dog-friendly beaches, camping areas and cafes that put out the welcome mat to dogs, and sometimes even their owners!

Dog-friendly cafes

The next time your dog invites you out for coffee, jump at the chance. Accept the invitation because dogs in the Greater Brisbane region know the best and (dog) friendliest cafes in their territory. But don’t just take their word (woof) for it. Cafe and dog owners have provided a few ideas of where to go and what you and your pooch can look forward to when you venture out for breakfast, a quiet morning tea, or a leisurely lunch.

Dog off-leash areas or dog parks

Patch the dog at Nudgee

There are more than 120 reasons why Brisbane dogs should be fit and healthy, maybe even in better condition than their owners. That’s because Brisbane City Council has provided more than 120 dog parks of all shapes and sizes throughout the city. Some even have agility equipment for drills.
Looking for Brisbane's favourite dog off-leash areas? Powerhouse Park within New Farm Park, Tuckeroo Park in Nudgee Beach and Booker Place Park in Bellbowrie are some of Brisbane’s busiest outdoor venues for dogs.

Dog-friendly adventures

Mount Coot-tha Forest Tracks

The trek from JC Slaughter Falls to the summit of Mount Coot-tha is a great way to enjoy the outdoors in the company of your best friend. The 5km winding walk through bushland to the summit of Mount Coot-tha is a perfect way to exercise your pet and enjoy one of Brisbane’s most beautiful outdoor settings. Water stations for you and your pooch can be found along the trail from the base to the top.

Dog-friendly camping spots 

Straddie Camping

Take everyone in the family camping – your dog is welcome on leash at the Main Beach and Flinders camping area on North Stradbroke Island. There are miles of beach for digging and swimming but don’t forget your doggie bags – no-one likes to step in anything other than sand at the beach! There are also a host of dog-friendly camping options in the Scenic Rim including Tamborine Mountain, Darlington Park and The Gorge Camping Area.

Dog beaches

Dogs love beaches, and Greater Brisbane offers a number of sandy playgrounds to delight your dog. Nudgee Beach is a favourite spot for northside residents and is bordered by wetlands and a picnic area. The Colmslie Beach Reserve is a dog park and riverside beach in one and is only a few kilometres from the city centre. Red Beach at Woorim, Bribie island is also popular with locals and their pets. This area features a white sand off-leash beach coupled with a child and dog-friendly swimming spot. There are great views of Moreton Island and it is known as a great spot for viewing dolphins and other marine life.

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