Walking the dog around the local streets can be fun, but if you want to treat your dog — and yourself — to something new, then these dog-friendly walks are well worth checking out.
It's hard to find a day of the week when this beautiful stretch of coastline isn't bustling with eager pooches out for a walk with their owners.
This several kilometres-long walk hugs the shore of Moreton Bay, and the well-maintained concrete path is wide enough to ensure your pup — no matter how boisterous — won't bother the many other users passing by. Walking can be hot work for our furry friends, so don't be surprised if your dog wants to cool off in the calm waters of the bay. Heck, you can even jump in too if you feel the need.
It's not just our four-legged friends who get to have all the fun here either. Manly has a number of dog-friendly cafes to grab a coffee or a bite to eat, while Wynnum is a fish and chip hotspot.
Berrinba Wetlands, Browns Plains
This Browns Plains nature hotspot is a sensual feast for dogs. Eight kilometres worth of high-quality walking tracks wind through the wetlands, and the area is simply bustling with wildlife. At every turn there's something new to see, whether that is an exotic bird, lizard, possum, or just a great new tree to sniff.
Drinking fountains are regularly dotted throughout the shaded trails, so you don't need to worry about Fido becoming overheated. Garbage bins can also be found at regular intervals, making it easy to clean up if required.
Although the Berrinba Wetlands has a strict on-leash policy, your dog (and you too) will be nice and tuckered out after an outing here.
Minnippi Parklands, Tingalpa
The Minnippi Parklands are so dog friendly that on the day we visited, the area was being utilised by the Brisbane Woof Pack — a group of dog lovers who regularly meet to socialise, with their four-legged friends in tow. There were dozens of dogs in attendance, and the majority seemed to be fascinated by the tranquil lake and the many species of bird life that call the area home.
The Brisbane Woof Pack out and about
A wide concrete path also weaves its way around the lake and parklands plus there's plenty of grassy areas to explore, provided your dog remains on the leash. Large trees offer great shade coverage plus there are a number of drinking fountains, complete with built-in water dishes, to keep you and your dog refreshed.
Clem Jones Promenade, South Bank
South Bank would have to be one of the most pleasant walking destinations Brisbane has to offer, and the great news is that your dog can join in the fun, provided they remain on the leash.
As you stroll along the wide riverside path, humans and canines alike will be enthralled by the constant buzz of activity on both land and water. If you feel the need to pause for a few moments to take in the beauty, there are plenty of shaded seats lining the path, plus garbage bins and drinking fountains.
The RSPCA certainly knows what a great dog-walking spot this area is, as its annual Million Paws Walk is held here in May.
The Clem Jones Promenade stretches from QPAC to the Maritime Museum, but there are sealed paths extending much further to the north and south if you're up for a longer walk.
Redcliffe Peninsula Walk
The entire Redcliffe peninsula is ideal for dog walking, but if you're not up for a marathon trek, I'd recommend tackling the stretch of coastline between Scarborough Beach and Redcliffe Point.
This roughly-four kilometre stretch of seaside pathway takes in plenty of spectacular sights, including various parks, but most thrilling for dogs is the off-leash beach areas in Scarborough.
Currently being trialled as an off-leash area by Moreton Bay Council, your pooch can run free along the stretch of sand between Drury Point and Queens Beach North. The catch is that this only applies before 8am and after 4pm daily, so plan your visit during these hours if you want to take advantage of the extra freedom. If you're happy to keep your dog on the leash, then feel free to take them on any of Redcliffe's beaches at any time.