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Best Dog Parks, Inner South Brisbane

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by Kath Chown (subscribe)
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Published August 17th 2014
Find the perfect spot for your best friend to exercise
I have two rascally pooches and being of the small and yappy breed, they need a lot of entertainment, socialisation and above all, exercise! Often I like to take them to the park closest to me but each weekend, I like to take them somewhere new for them and for me. It's nice to meet new people and their furry friends and see other parts of my suburban area.

1. Fairfield Dog Park - Fairfield Road

My personal favourite, this park is the most beautiful place to sit and read a book while your best friend gets some exercise. There are three benches set under a line of gorgeous jacaranda trees which provides great shade in summer and a windbreak in winter. There are two main entrances with holding pens so you can get your pups in and out with ease. Outside there is a BBQ area, large field and children's play equipment if you want to make a day of it. I think this is the prettiest park in Brisbane - even if you ignored the fact that it's a dog park. Busiest times are definitely after 4pm on a weekday or all day Sunday. Easy to park in Cameron Street behind the park (turn at Fenton Street off Fairfield Road).

2. Dutton Park Dog Park 1 - Gladstone Road

Park just off the main drag in TJ Elliot Memorial Drive and walk your dogs up past the picnic area, lookout and basketball court into a huge area which overlooks the Eleanor Schonell Bridge. On a bit of a slope, this park gives your furry friend some great exercise if they're happy with ball chasing or just general scampering. There's not a lot of grass here so if your dog suffers any grass allergies, this is a great place to take them. This is usually a pretty quiet place but occasionally it sees a lot of larger dogs. A few places to sit on the high side of the park in the shade or in the sun which makes it a great spot to watch the world go by.

3. Dutton Park Dog Park 2 - Gladstone Road

If your pup is not so great with bigger dogs and would rather a bit of a run in a more secluded spot, there is a second dog park close by the main one in Dutton Park. Head straight through the park towards the busway and cross over towards the cemetery. On your right is another small but leafy park which is all but hidden by a few large trees. This has been a great safehaven for my small boys when the action gets a bit too rough in the top park. It's mostly empty when I've been there so is perfect for a timid pooch or if your dog is recovering from a trauma but wants to stretch their legs.

4. Shaftesbury Street Dog Park - Tarragindi

I only discovered this park recently when friends moved into the area but it's been fantastic. This is another dual park but situated directly beside each other and sharing a fence. There's one large park for the bigger pooches and a smaller one for the little breeds. There is loads of undercover permanent seating and plastic chairs which seems to have been donated by locals and there is a really social vibe here. This place is generally very busy most times of the day so is perfect for the sociable dog. Just nearby is some great kids equipment and just down the road, next to the football field, is a beautiful picnic area under the canopy of some beautiful bushland. Lots of parking next to the park on Shaftesbury Street and in surrounding streets.

5. Hyde Road Park - Yeronga

By far the most sociable park, there is a little covered area with table and benches where the regulars meet along with separate benches dotted around its large area. The dog agility section is a big draw card but I'm yet to get my boys to participate. There is a lot of lovely big gum trees in the park which makes it cool in summer but it can get a bit breezy in winter so make sure you bring your coat. Next to the park is a huge open area which has been kitted out to play frisbee golf. Close by are long walking tracks, children's sporting fields and other large on-leash areas for you to explore. On the other side of the park is a set of shops and restaurants for you to grab a coffee or meal. There are also often social and community days held next to the park. The photo below was from the RSPCA Cupcake Day and it attracted stacks of pups and their humans for a fun day of snacking, mingling and sniffing. Park on Hyde Road or one of the many surrounding backstreets.

There are lots of other lovely dog parks in my area but these are my personal favourites. Let me know below if you have another spot you love to take your best friend!

Head to the Dog Off-Leash Areas website to find more dog parks in your area.
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Why? Take your pooch out for some exercise
Where: Inner Southside
Cost: FREE
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