Dog day out in Brisbane City
Staycations and Sunday sessions, morning coffee and market capers – some things are better shared with your best mate. Sure, human besties can be fun but they’re no match for your four-legged friend. Fur-ever companions never complain when you propose an outing, they are always excited to spend time with you and they cast zero judgement when you sneak a second dessert helping.
So grab a leash, lace up your sneakers and get ready to explore Brisbane City’s dog-friendly activities and attractions with your best boys and good girls.
Let sleeping dogs lie at W Brisbane with Brisbane CBD's five-star boutique hotel taking bookings for its P.A.W (Pets Are Welcome) program. Check-in with your fur-baby (up to 18kg) and treat them to a custom pet bed, toys and treats, food and water bowls, clean-up bags, wee pads and a “Pet in Room” door sign. The W Hotel team can point you in the direction of nearby pet retailers and dog parks so you and your pooch can make the most of your City stay.
Image source: W Brisbane
Most art galleries are off-limits to dogs but Brisbane City Council's Outdoor Gallery is made for cultured canines. Sniff around The City’s laneways and streets, transformed into imaginative, curious and engaging spaces through the likes of lightboxes, banners and visual displays.
The Riverside Gardens Market in City Botanic Gardens rolls out the welcome mat every Sunday morning to shoppers and their precious pooches. The markets pop-up in the Alice Street forecourt across from Albert Street every Sunday from 8am to 3pm. Grab a coffee and breakfast for yourself and snap up a doggie treat or toy for your mate from one of the local stallholders.
Image source: The Riverside Gardens Market
Limber up and pound the pavement with your pup. Dogs can be walked on a leash along most Brisbane CBD streets but are not allowed in Queen Street Mall. Take the scenic route and stroll along the Riverwalk, stretching from the City Reach Boardwalk at the corner of Alice Street and Edward Street, to Bunya Walk in the Botanic Gardens. Or, meander along the river until you reach the historic Howard Smith Wharves precinct.
Get a dogs-eye view of the river with up to two pets permitted to accompany their owners across Brisbane’s network of CityCats and ferries. Dogs can feel the wind in their fur from the lower-level external passenger areas and can travel off-peak from 8.30am to 3.30pm and 7pm to 6am Monday to Friday and all weekend. To keep pets, owners and passengers safe and comfortable, make sure four-legged travellers are on a lead and wearing a muzzle or in an enclosed carrier. Be sure to pack extra waste bags and if they become stressed or a little sick, let the ferry crew know and they will help you disembark at the next stop.
For more information, including acceptable muzzles and carriers, visit TransLink.
Order a puppuccino
The Garden Room at Roma Street Parklands sits amid 16 hectares of lush lawns where dogs on a leash can wander at leisure. The railway pavilion-style cafe offers outside dining for you and your pet, just pop your name on the waitlist for a table. You can also order breakfast or lunch to go and enjoy a picnic in the park with your pet. Cafe 63 Ann Street serves all-day breakfast and lunch each weekday from its convenient City location near Central Station. Its large covered outdoor area is also pet-friendly.
Barks and beers
With a shaded beer garden, the US-themed Buffalo Bar on Mary Street welcomes pups on a leash to hang with their owners. Grab a table and enjoy cold brews and hot dogs with water bowls for your own cool canine.
Set on the Brisbane River, Rico Bar & Dining and Fatcow will let you sit with your pup at any of their outdoor tables.
The Croft House Town Kitchen & Bar on Charlotte Street is a favourite among patrons and pups alike. Take a seat at the shaded outdoor seating section and treat yourself to the all-day breakfast, lunch or dinner menu while your dog tucks into their own water bowl.