8 best pet-friendly activities in Southern Queensland Country
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 eight pet-friendly activities for you to discover in our country.
1. Explore the Picnic Point Parklands
Image: Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
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. Pooches & pints
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What’s that we hear – Toowoomba has a bar where four-legged friends are welcome?
If you prefer your doggie dates over a nice dinner and a beer or two, check out Bar Wunder in Toowoomba city. Here you can enjoy great food, live music and the company of man’s best friend.
In the cooler months they serve up classics like mulled wine and hot spiced cider to keep you cosy, and they always have fresh bowls of water for your little mate.
3. 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).
4. Sink your fork into the perfect apple pie
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.
5. Granite Belt bushland escape
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.
6. Big Sky Country discovery
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.
7. Sip your way through the South Burnett
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.
8. Enjoy a picturesque Riverbank walk
If you’ve got a couple days of annual leave up your sleeve, head west to explore the Balonne region – nestled just above the NSW border and home to seven communities along the river.
Stop in at Seed & Sprout in St George to pick up fresh local produce for a picnic and take a stroll together along the picturesque Riverbank Walkway.
You’ll find plenty of shady spots to lay down the picnic blanket, relax and enjoy a change of pace.
If your pooch is up for an adventure, why not take a quick dip in the river?
The Balonne River is safe for your furry friend to stretch their legs and have a swim any time of the year.
For more inspiration on where to explore across Southern Queensland Country, check out our travel guide or head to our blog.