I am a weekend adventurer and enjoy getting out and about with the family. I live in Brisbane and my main loves are food, sport and kid related activities
Published October 8th 2012
Walking the dog
Having recently acquired a dog I have become familiar with the best places to give him a run off the leash. Some places I knew about while others have come from talking to other dog owners or internet searches.
My criteria is pretty simple - a secure space and somewhere for me to sit. The places below have become regular haunts in my quest to be a responsible dog owner who prefers the dog to run rather than me.
All parks listed have water for dogs supplied plus plastic bags and bins to make cleaning up easier. They are also all located in close proximity to a playground so the kids have a chance to stretch their legs as well.
Mulbeam Park - Cnr Beams and Muller Rds, Taigum
This is a relatively small dog park but it does offer a covered seating area which provides shade as well as shelter from the rain. There is another bench seat in the park too. A couple of established trees have been retained within the park. Like most dog parks I have found that you need to watch out for stray poo. It does also become very muddy in wet weather especially around the two entrances.
This park provides a separate area for smaller dogs or perhaps anti-social dogs. It has a few structures for the dogs to jump over or climb. There are some great shade trees plus a couple of shaded seating areas. It does tend to get pretty busy in the late afternoons.
This park is in a lovely setting in the middle of picturesque parklands. If you fancy a stroll up to the park then walk up the path from Weenah Street among the lovely trees. The park itself has two separate areas for dogs plus one shaded seating area. Whenever I have visited there has been no more than one or two other dogs there.
Pat Rafter Park - Accolade Way, Carseldine
This is listed under Medallion Place on the council website but is more easily accessed via Accolade Way or directly off Gympie Rd. It has one seat, made from recycled plastic, which may be shaded depending on the time of day. If you do park in Medallion Place there is a pleasant walk along a path to access this park.
Blue Gum Park - Kakadu Crct, Zillmere
This is a small single area park with two seats and a few shady trees. There is a little walk from the area where you can park on the street to access it. On our most recent visit this was the only park with no uncollected dog poo lying around.
According to the council website there are over 110 off leash areas across Brisbane. Take the opportunity to relax and enjoy the scenery while your dog gets some exercise and perhaps makes some new friends.
You missed the best park at Downfall Creek Chermside West. It is a big park with a small dog area. It has lots of seating and a shade shed as well as dog exercise ramps etc. The whole park has plenty of shade trees and you can go for a walk through the bushland on the other side of Rode Rd
There is also one at mitchelton near the brookside shopping centre.
Has a small dog area and a big dog area. The regular dogs there are very friendly although there are some trouble makers who come once in awhile but we go every day and haven't had to worry about our pup being picked on or attacked which we did at other parks we tried.
Do watch out in the further areas of the park for not picked up dog poop