Whether you have a dog, or the type of person who notices dogs before people, (we mean, who isn’t?) dog parks are by far easily one of the happiest places on earth. Luckily enough for us, when it comes to finding great dog parks in Brisbane there a plenty of places to give your furry best friend a good ol’ run around, and better yet, your chance to pat all the puppies (and maybe score a date with their cute owner!).
Pack some water, a few treats, pup's lead and maybe their ball and head out to one of the best dog off leash areas in Brisbane. Here's a ruff guide to a few of our favourites.
Enjoy the fresh sea air while your pampered pooch hits the obstacle course at Nudgee's Tuckeroo Park. This fenced park is one of the largest off-leash areas in Brisbane and is a total adventure park for puppies. There’s also water access for your furry friend to cool off. It can be pretty muddy, so remember to pack a towel. You can also walk your dog along Nudgee Beach, but be sure to keep them on a lead to avoid an unwanted and costly chat from the boys and girls in blue.
With its riverside location just a stone’s throw from the Powerhouse and New Farm Park, this is one of the most popular off leash areas in Brisbane, and you can expect to see lots of apartment dwellers stretching their legs each morning and afternoon. There are plenty of shady spots to sit and sip your coffee or juice, or treat yourself and your pooch to the perfect Saturday morning with brunch from the Jan Power's Farmers Markets, adjacent to the park.
The entire southern coastline of Bribie is dog-friendly which means there's plenty of space for your furry friend to run, dig and splash about. Woorim Beach is surf side for pups who love to run at the waves, or if your four-legged friend needs lots of exercise, hike the 3-4km through the wild scrubby beachfront to the calmer waters of Bongaree. We guarantee your doggie will be a sleepy but happy camper when the fun is over!
Tags start wagging at the mere mention of a trip to Kedron Brook Floodway Park. With rolling green slopes, this wide unfenced green space goes for several kilometres which means pups can run and romp to their heart’s content, even dive into the creek to cool off. Kalinga Park is also kid-friendly, with the great playground next door and a coffee van on Saturday mornings ensuring the whole family is happy!
Sunset Dog Park
Go west to where Ashgrove meets The Gap for a visit to one of the city's most scenic off-leash parks. Sunset Dog Park, one of the largest fenced off-leash spaces in the ‘burbs is nestled in front of Enoggera Hill. Set your dog friend loose in the off-leash park, while the kids hit the nearby BMX track. Popular on Sundays, grab a coffee and croissant from the nearby Banneton Bakery and nab a carpark before they all disappear.
Victoria Dog Park
Tucked away behind Spring Hill’s iconic Centenary Pool complex, the Victoria Dog Park offers shaded picnic tables and a playground, which makes the ideal place for manservants to rest while dogs of all shapes and sizes run wild in the large fenced off-leash area. There are pipes and ramp obstacles to test agility, as well as a small dog off-leash area for those who aren’t quite ready to brave it in the rough and tumble world of puppy play dates.
Colmslie Recreation Reserve
Fun for the whole family, Colmslie Recreation Reserve boasts a children's playground, picnic shelters, barbecues, a boat ramp and jetty, plus a spacious off-leash park with agility equipment for man’s best friend. They can also cool off with a paddle and a play in the river. Happy faces all around.
Hit the highway and head to The Spit at Southport for a great day out for yourself and your puppy. This long stretch of sandy beach is popular with pet owners from Brisbane and the coast so it's great for a puppy play date. There are flags for swimming so you can hit the water with your furry friend (and a kiosk and showers at the top of the path for washing off). Plus the large jetty provides great shelter from the sun when it’s time to unwind.
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