Brisbane - A Dog-Friendly City

Walks with the pooch

Most dog owners would agree that their canine companions are more than just man’s best friend – they’re a part of the family. So why should you have to leave your treasured pet at home when the rest of family heads out?

Well, if it’s destination Brisbane, you don’t have to. The River City has an abundance of pet-friendly cafes, and even accommodation, which not only permit dogs, in some cases they offer them a menu of their own. 

Our Haus at Hawthorne has a dedicated outside pavilion where dogs can relax in the shade while awaiting tailor-made “puppycinos” and other doggy treats. Owners are treated to delicious gourmet breakfast and lunch options as well as a range of cool, old-fashioned drinks such as 1920s-style creaming soda spiders.

On Brisbane's eastside, Canine Comfort, a pet and coffee boutique in the heart of Gumdale, is also dedicated to man’s best friend. Pampered pooches can select from a self-service trolley of goodies, enjoy a puppycino or choose a specialty item from their own menu. There are parties, a dog wash and even a “barkery” takeaway menu.

The grand grounds of the University of Queensland at St Lucia are an ideal place for dog walking, so it stands to reason that there’s a dog-friendly cafe or two there as well. Our pick is Wordsmiths.

There are also plenty of cafes that, while not offering doggy-specific treats, have dedicated areas for pets, and permanent water bowls to keep them cool and happy. 

If your preference is for waterfront dining, then Cafe La Mer at Manly is ideal, while Saabi on Manson at Hendra offers a homely feel and an organic menu. 

Those seeking sweet treats will love Vanilla Pod at Ascot, and anyone wanting to make a day of it should head to Wooloowin’s Italian-inspired Idea Caffe, which has plenty of room for dogs and is within just a kilometre of the Kedron Brook dog off-leash zone. 

If you’re looking for more than a day trip and want to avoid kennels, Brisbane offers a choice of accommodation where your pooch is as welcome as you are. 

A standout is Samford Lakes, on 16 hectares of countryside surrounding its own lake. Beautiful cottages cater for couples, families and their pets. Features include an outdoor barbecue area by the pool, a tennis court and a purpose-built boardwalk to enjoy the birds and wildlife. 

For a beach stay, head to North Stradbroke Island. With more than 40 accommodation options that welcome dogs, there is something for any budget. Dogs are allowed off leash on Home Beach and parts of Flinders Beach.

So pack up the family – including the dog – and enjoy a day, a weekend or more with all your loved ones.