It’s Saturday morning, and you’re raring to get out of the house and make the most of the weekend after a long week at work. Then, just as you’re about to leave, your dog gives you those “guilt-trip” eyes, and you know they want to join in the fun too.
Fear not pet lovers, for we have found 7 of the best dog-friendly activities Brisbane has to offer! Read on to learn about some of the adventures you and your pup can enjoy together in Brisbane.
Hiking with your dog
Take your dog out for a bracing morning hike up Mt Coot-tha along the 2km Honeyeater Track from mountain base to summit. Aim to start your hike at around 7am while the day is still nice and cool for your dog.
The Kangaroo Point Cliffs are the perfect location for you to set a challenge for you and your dog by racing each other up those hefty flights of stairs. Once you reach the top, you can stand together and admire the views, or continue walking along the cliffs around to Southbank to capture the full riverside experience.
Visit dog-friendly markets
It’s not only Brisbane cafes and restaurants that are opening their doors to our canine friends. So many Brisbane markets are dog-friendly these days that it’s hard to know which ones are a cut above the rest. We recommend taking your dog to the Powerhouse Markets on a Saturday, you can also let them loose to play at the nearby off-leash fenced dog park near the River Boardwalk. Let your pooch tag along while you shop for fresh fruit and veg at the Milton Markets or the Northey Street Markets. And once the sun sets, you and pupper can both head out on an epic food truck crawl at the famous Eat Street Markets.
Live music on the green
Wind down the weekend in the best way by bringing your dog along to Sunday Sessions at Southbank’s River Quay Green. Settle in for a relaxing Sunday afternoon in the city enjoying free live music and stunning Brisbane views with man’s best friend.
A trip to the beach
There are numerous beach areas in and around Brisbane that allow dogs to run free. Some of our favourites are Nudgee Beach, which is a popular dog walking stretch, as well as Colmsie Beach in Redcliffe, and Red Beach on Bribie Island. The Sandgate Foreshore is also a great spot for walking your pup, and it bends round to the 300m Shorncliffe Pier, an iconic tourist spot. Low tide in the afternoons will reveal mud flats at the Sandgate/Shorncliffe beach areas, so you can let your dog roam free across the sea floor if you don’t mind messy paws!
Dog Kayak Adventure
Get yourself and your dog geared up in matching life vests, then set out together on a kayak adventure off the pier at Colmsie Beach! Pet owners nearer to Sandgate can also hire kayaks or boards from the lovely folk at Surf Connect, who regularly host dog stand-up paddle boarding events at Sandgate Beach.
RSPCA Million Paws Walk
The ultimate in pet-bonding charity events, the annual RSPCA Million Paws Walk is a much-loved doggy day out to raise funds for the care of RSPCA shelter pets. The walk takes you and your pooch on a scenic route through picturesque Southbank, culminating in a fun festival for a worthy cause. The next walk is just around the corner on Sunday May 19th, so register now to avoid disappointment!
Drive-in movie date
It’s not often that dog owners are permitted to take pupper with them for a whirlwind silver screen experience at the cinema. However, the exception is Yatala Drive-In, where you and your dog can settle into a pile of blankets, popcorn in hand, and step back in time together to enjoy the magic of old Hollywood.