Who said travelling was only for humans?

In Southern Queensland Country, you’ll never have to leave your four-legged family member behind again.

Whether you prefer to get active, explore new things or catch up with friends (both human and canine of course), we’ve found six pet-friendly activities for you to discover in our country.


1. Explore the Picnic Point Parklands

Dog sitting on the stairs at Picnic Point

Breathe in the fresh mountain air and take in the iconic views of Toowoomba from Picnic Point.

If your pooch has its own ‘gram or you can’t go without a selfie of your trip – visit the Picnic Point Lookout for panoramic views of Tabletop Mountain– in one of Toowoomba’s most photographed spots.

Pack a leash so you and Fido can explore one of the escarpment tracks that criss-cross the 160 acres of parkland.

Just be sure to make a pit stop at Picnic Point Café to fuel up before hitting the trails, so you don’t go hungry.


2. Fields of lavender

What could be better on a road trip than stretching your legs and exploring lavender fields with your best mate?

Nestled amongst Stanthorpe’s wineries, you’ll find a pop of purple at Aloomba Lavender Farm.

You and your good boy can stroll through the rows of lavender and take in the scenery of the surrounding 4000-acre cattle farm.

If you can’t get enough of their signature lavender scones – never fear, you can camp overnight or book the B&B and extend your stay (dogs welcome overnight too of course).


3. Sink your fork into the perfect apple pie

Pug sitting on chair next to a container of apple pie slices on a table

Image: @granitebeltwinecountry

Do you think your puppy is as sweet as apple pie?

A trip to the Southern Downs and Granite Belt region is not complete without a visit to Sutton’s Juice Factory, Cidery and Café – home to the best apple pie in the region.

Park your pup outside for the cider tastings and grab a takeaway apple pie to enjoy in a special shady spot in their orchard.

Psst: did you know there’s 25 apples in each Sutton’s famous apple pie? Plenty for you both to share.


4. Granite Belt bushland escape

Granite Belt Bushland Escape surrounded by bushland

If you’re planning on staying overnight, kick back and relax with a craft beer in hand and your dog at your feet at the Granite Belt Brewery in Stanthorpe/Ballandean.

Hidden in 30 acres of natural bushland, Granite Belt Brewery has five different pet-friendly cabin options all with a fenced yard, so there’s no need to worry about who’s driving home if you’ve enjoyed one too many ales.

Bring your little buddy along for the adventure, stay overnight and enjoy a stroll through the bush and on-site vineyard.


5. Big Sky Country discovery

Trees reflecting into lake under a dusk sky

If you’re feeling cooped up inside your four walls, then hit the road and take your travel buddy  on a road trip to the big open skies of the Western Country.

Camp overnight at Caliguel Lagoon, 7km south of Condamine for an epic sunset moment or pack the kayak or canoe for fun on the water.

This free camping spot has barbeques, picnic facilities and amenities to ensure both you and your travel companion are comfortable.

If you want more overnight pet-friendly adventures in Southern Queensland Country, check out our pet-friendly camping guide.


6. Sip your way through the South Burnett

South Burnett vineyard row

If you have a weekend free, bring Rover along as you explore the South Burnett region.

Stay overnight at Bethany Cottages, less than 15 minutes from Kingaroy and enjoy sweeping views of the Bunya Mountains and neighbouring farmlands while you relax and unwind.

Stop in at Kingsley Grove Estate for some of the region’s best wines, dine outside in the fresh air with your furry friend while you sip their ‘berry to bottle’ wine and sample gourmet food.

Work off the wine at the end of the day with a stroll through the dog-friendly walking trails of Benarkin State Forest.