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10 Best Dog Friendly Attractions in the Granite Belt

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by Flynn Steele (subscribe)
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Published March 15th 2023
Enjoy quality food, wine, beer and walks with your best mate
The glorious Granite Belt region is a haven for foodies, wine aficionados, bushwalkers and those just looking for a retreat from the city. Fortunately, it does a pretty good job of catering for canine family members too.

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Quart Pot Creek

Home to the iconic Big Thermometer and Stanthorpe's official Visitor Centre, this picturesque creek and surrounding parkland is an essential part of your dog-friendly itinerary. Stroll the easy walking trails bounding the boulder-lined creek or enjoy a relaxed picnic lunch.

Sutton's Juice Factory

This family-owned business welcomes dogs on its grounds and offers a variety of fresh juices and ciders to enjoy. While there are only a couple of basic tables on-site, the apple pie alone makes it a Granite Belt must-do.

Donnelly's Castle

Dogs aren't allowed in nearby Girraween National Park but get a taste of the region's boulders and bushland at this renowned rock formation located just outside Stanthorpe. The short but undulating walk is around forty minutes return from the car park/ picnic area and includes impressive caves, as well as a few surprises.

Jamworks Gourmet Foods

This cafe and gourmet food store allows dogs in their outdoor seating area and offers a range of delicious locally-made products. Worth a stop for the quality coffee at the very least.

Mount Marlay Lookout

Make the ascent and soak up stunning views of Stanthorpe and the surrounding area. The 500-metre hike up concrete stairs to the lookout is dog-friendly and relatively easy.

Granite Belt Brewery

Enjoy freshly brewed craft beer with your best mate on the brewery's impressive deck. Tasty food options are available and dog-friendly cabins are located onsite for those looking for an extended stay.

Summit Estate Wines

If you prefer grapes over grain then drop into the award-winning Summit Estate Winery. Inclusive, welcoming and friendly, dogs are welcome both inside and out.

Storm King Dam

While the Granite Belt is famous for its plummeting winter temperatures, it still gets hot in summer and this is the perfect place for you and your furry friend to cool off. It's a popular spot for fishing, boating, and picnicking but several walking tracks ensure it's a great exercise spot too.

Sentimental Rocks

Located in the middle of suburbia (Jardine Street), this somewhat hidden walking track offers a chance to enjoy granite boulders and bush scenery without leaving central Stanthorpe. Its brevity makes it perfect for smaller or older dogs.

Stanthorpe Cheese & Jersey Girls Cafe

Sample a selection of locally-concocted cheeses in the relaxed dog-friendly outdoor dining space. The Ploughman's Lunch is a speciality here and well worth trying.

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