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Fun things to do with your dog these holidays

If you are anything like us you probably love taking your dog out on special adventures. It is excellent for them to experience new places and bond with you. Not only is it great for their mental stimulation but it is also vital for their physical health as well.


Here are a few of our favorite places to go:


Brisbane


Nudgee Beach Off Leash Beach and Dog Park


A slice of doggy nirvana, Nudgee Beach is a charming town of beach shacks, family homes and a general store surrounded by wetlands, waterways and briny beaches, one of which, at Tuckeroo Park, is a dedicated dog swimming area. Dogs big and small descend onto the beach (which fronts the mouth of Kedron Brook waterway) to play water fetch, splash their owners and annoy fishermen.


Immediately adjacent to the beach is a picnic area and sizable off-leash park containing a range of obstacles to keep dogs dried off and entertained once they’ve finished frolicking in the sea.


Two things worth noting - there are no public toilets in the vicinity, with the nearest being around on the seafront human-only Nudgee Beach proper (accessed by Fortitude St).


Secondly ensure dogs remain in the designated area and don’t venture into the mangrove bird hides adjacent for both environmental and financial reasons – rangers regularly police the area, issuing on-the-spot fines to the disobedient.


The entrance to the doggie area is on the right heading into the township, about 100m past the entrance to the Boondall Wetlands (which is on the left).



Howard Smith Wharves - Felons Brewing Co


Felons Brewing Co at Howard Smith Wharves, is nestled down under the Story Bridge and every day the team welcomes you to join them and experience the magic of beer and brewing. The Brewery serves fresh wholesome and home-style food, perfect to be enjoyed with any of the Felon’s beers.


The brewery is an open and transparent place where everyone from families to friends and dogs are welcome. So come on down and enjoy a freshly brewed beer with a view – it doesn’t get more Brisbane than that.


With a great grassed area for you and you 4 legged friend to chill out, have beer and grab a bite to eat.


This area is a great place for you and your pooch to get a few more step towards your weekly goal by using the river walk all the way from the Botanical Garden, down along the from of Eagle Street, past Felons Brewing Co and finishing up at New Farm.



Ipswich


Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve


A wonderful way to cool down enjoying the great outdoors is at Colleges Crossing Recreation Reserve. The crossing is a low-lying bridge that crosses the Brisbane River in the suburb of Chuwar, and this long-time favourite with locals and visitors has all you need for a relaxing day out for all ages and doggys.


This includes a nature-based children's playground covered by shade sails with equipment such as a fort, musical wall, spinning seats, tree log tunnel and frog sculptures. There's a lake for fishing and kayaking, and while it's advised not to take the full plunge for a swim, you can enjoy paddling in the shallows and skimming stones.


The large, grassed area has plenty of room for sports and there are also bike/scooter paths and walking tracks. After all that exertion, sit back and enjoy the treats served at the café with beautiful views of the river, or bring your own picnic or barbecue to enjoy at the sheltered tables.



Gold Coast


Palm Beach Dog Beach


This sizable sandy patch of dog paradise starts at the edge of Palm Beach Parklands and follows Currumbin Creek all the way around to the surf. So whether your dog is the wave catching type or just enjoys a good old-fashioned dog paddle, both will be in heaven here.

And for owners it doesn't come much more scenic than this, with gorgeous vistas across Currumbin Creek on the still water side and views to Surfers paradise from the wide surf stretch on the other.


On the parklands before the beach is a cafe that does daily breakfast and a decent coffee and although dogs aren't allowed there's a dog hitching post nearby. And if combining a dog day out with children, the creek side of the beach borders a fantastic children's paddling beach and pirate park.



Need to know: take the turn-off to Palm beach Parklands from the highway before the bridge and there's plenty of car parking spaces that you'll have to fight over on a weekend day.



Melbourne


Darebin Parklands


It’s almost too good to be true: 33 hectares of parklands including a huge off-leash area, free electric BBQs, and on-leash walking trails – all only 8km from the city. Darebin Parklands has been everything from an orchard to a quarry to a tip, but now it’s a pretty escape from the bustle of city life.



Republik of Elwood


BARS don’t get any more dog-friendly than this. With a huge courtyard, free dog snacks, a “woof wall” of canine patrons and resident pub dog Cocoa, Republik is a dream come true for sociable hounds and humans.


The shady courtyard includes a memorial bench to Treacle, co-owner Rachel Higgins’ much-loved late pooch, plus a list of hound house rules.


They welcome all dogs. It doesn’t matter if you have a nervous rescue dog — people there are pretty considerate and responsible.






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