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Kroll Gardens

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by Jane Wong (subscribe)
My dogs and I are kind of a package deal. www.instagram.com/eddyandsam
Published October 25th 2016
Dog park encompassing 5 hectares? Yes please
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Beautiful Kroll Gardens.


Why are you recommending Kroll Gardens?

In addition to being the only off-leash dog park on the Redcliffe Peninsular, with an area encompassing 5 hectares, it is literally the biggest off-leash dog park I have ever seen. Kroll Gardens is so big that there is even a walking track within the dog park, making for a perfect place for owners and their dogs to walk side by side without the restraint of a leash!

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Walking off leash is infinite times better. P.S. Can you see Eddy's harness and leash that I strapped to my bag?



Where is Kroll Gardens?

Located in the heart of the Redcliffe Peninsular in the Moreton Bay Region, Kroll Gardens in Clontarf is just minutes away from the seaside - it explains why the air is so crisp and refreshing. Named after Clontarf in Ireland, Clontarf in Brisbane is approximately 29km northeast of the state capital. Fun fact: two of the closest beaches from Brisbane are in Clontarf - Clontarf Beach and Bells Beach. Clontarf is an easy 40 minute drive from Brisbane City, with the travel time greatly reduced by the Houghton Highway, a 2.7km long causeway.

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Beautiful Redcliffe, even on an overcast day.



What facilities are available at Kroll Gardens for the dogs?

With a park of such an impressive size, you'd expect no less from the facilities within it. Kroll Gardens has facilities to suit every need, for both dogs and their humans. For the lucky pooches that are brought here, in addition to the basic necessities such as water bubblers, doggy poop bags and 5 hectares worth of grass to toilet on, Kroll Gardens also has a wide range of agility equipments.

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4 water bowls - plenty to go round!


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Doggy poop bags.


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Agility equipment.


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More agility equipment.


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And even more agility equipment!


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And even more - this is probably my favourite piece!


For those with smaller dogs who feel a bit nervous about letting their little one roam free amongst all the other (usually much bigger) dogs, there is a separate, fully fenced-off section that allow only small dogs. The Clontarf Small Dog Playgroup meet here every Sunday at 8am, so come along and meet some new friends! Although Eddy is considered a small dog, he was fine in the bigger area and enjoyed running around with all the (very friendly) bigger dogs, but still did a 'meet and greet' with the little ones through the fence. He is such a sociable little boy!

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Small dogs only.


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Meeting the little dogs through the fence.



What facilities are available at Kroll Gardens for the dogs' humans?

There are as many facilities available for humans as there are for dogs - Kroll Gardens does not discriminate based on species! For the owners who just want to sit down and have a rest while their pooches do a good job of tiring themselves out, there are plenty of shady areas to sit - from gazebos to park benches to even an old bus stop, you've got heaps of choices to choose from. In addition, there are toilets on site.

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Gazebo in the shade.


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Just one of the many park benches scattered throughout the gardens.


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An old bus stop!


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Toilets - for humans only!



What facilities are available at Kroll Gardens for dogs and their humans?

To sum it up in one (long) sentence - a walking track meandering through the Kroll Gardens which spans 5 hectares; taking you through a range of lush vegetation, making it the perfect choice for an educational walk discovering the beautiful flora and fauna that Australia has to offer.







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Does anyone else see the resemblance to LA?



What is Kroll Gardens like, and what was your experience of it?

Kroll Gardens is 5 hectares worth of lush vegetation that, as a bonus, is a safe haven for dogs - the entire area is fully fenced in, meaning that your pooches are safe to roam free without fear of them escaping. Eddy and I went on a Sunday morning, and to our delight, found the gardens to be buzzing with both people and dogs alike. It felt like we were one big community, with all patrons being friendly and inviting, with resources (e.g. treats, balls) shared around freely.

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Green on green on green.


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Eddy with one of the many balls we found that day.


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Making new friends.


We also had the pleasure of running into Lou, a WeekendNotes reader who had recommended this place to me - thanks again Lou, we love your little secret garden! Lou shared that Kroll Gardens was left by a lady in her will - these gardens are never to be developed, and is to remain as a dog park for the rest of its life. This is such good news for dogs and their owners - Eddy and I for one will be sure to make use of this extremely generous donation.

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Lovely meeting you and Charlie, Lou!



Anything else I should know?

As with all dog parks, there are certain rules that have to be followed while within Kroll Gardens. This includes being a responsible person for your dog while off-leash, with dogs remaining under supervision at all times. Although dogs can be off-leash within the park, they must be on a leash while being brought to or taken from this park. When entering and leaving the premises, please ensure gates are closed immediately after entering or leaving the park, and please pick up after your dog's waste - there are doggy poop bags provided. These are all easy rules to follow, and are more than fair considering how much we are getting in return!

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Rules to keep in mind while at Kroll Gardens.


In addition, koalas livein this park and regularly use food and habitat trees in the area. Whenever koalas are present, dogs must always be under owner control, and restrained as necessary.



Every Saturdays, the Peninsula Animal Aid (PAA) offers hydrobaths from 8am to 12pm, costing only $8 per dog, in addition to nail clipping, costing only $5 per dog, on the last Saturday of each month. No appointments are necessary on Saturdays, and all takings help care for the animals at PAA - come along for a much-needed (cheap) grooming session after your pooch's romp in the gardens, and support a good cause!

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Nice and clean after a hydrobath with PAA - photo taken from PAA's official website.
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Why? Biggest off-leash dog park, with a walking track within the park!
When: Anytime
Where: 257 Duffield Rd, Clontarf QLD 4019
Cost: Free
Your Comment
My dog would love this place - thank you for all the great pics!
by Lucy (score: 3|1157) 988 days ago
You have the cutest dog! I LOVE Pugs! Great Article! ;)
by SocialHummingBird (score: 3|1188) 871 days ago
A very huge dog park and Eddy gas plenty of space to crazily run around.
by ycwong (score: 2|512) 996 days ago
It would be wonderful to have a walk in such a beautiful place. Good to be with friends, family and pets spending a day there. Thanks.
by lokyl (score: 2|408) 993 days ago
Just lovely, Jane. So glad to meet you guys, and of course Eddy!
by lusmi (score: 1|30) 997 days ago
Thanks for sharing Jane! Cant wait to check it out with my fur babies Love your post's I collect them & look forward to visiting them almost as much I look forward to seeing Eddy! Great job guys!
by v_mar (score: 0|4) 995 days ago
Thanks for your very informative post! Is it a good place to go when its hot? Are there lots of shady paths?
by jacov (score: 0|4) 897 days ago
Loved how you invited us in and then escorted all along with you both, just awsome. will be showing up for Playgroup.....eddy is just too cool for words...his posing says it. MIchelle & Bobbi (little girl who knows how to play ball).
by rainb (score: 0|2) 993 days ago
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