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Leaving your best friend behind when you go on holidays is not easy. So don’t do it! Pack up your pooch and head to a dog-friendly getaway in Southern Queensland Country. Fresh air and room to roam come with the territory.
Alure Stanthorpe has a designated dog villa complete with its own luxury dog bed and food and water bowls. Your furry friend also scores a doggie goodie bag full of treats and a snug doggie robe to lounge in. Posh!
Gracious small hotel Vacy Hall in Toowoomba offers a pet-friendly self-contained cottage for well-behaved dogs. The Gardener’s Cottage is spacious and beautifully appointed, perfect for couples, families, friends and bridal parties. There are many dog friendly walks, off-leash dog parks and pet-friendly cafes in town making together time a breeze.
Killarney View Cabins and Caravan Park
Killarney View Cabins and Caravan Park is the perfect place to get the all-around country experience with your four-legged friend. Camping and caravan sites are all pet friendly, but be sure to book ahead if you’d like to stay in their new, fully fenced pet friendly cabin.
Bestbrook Mountain Resort
Bestbrook Mountain Resort at Maryvale, welcomes campers and caravanners to bring their dogs (staying in your tent or van) or if you book a cabin, you can set up a comfy dog bed on the verandah. The natural bushland setting of the property offers lots of space to walk and explore, campfires under the stars, and horse trail rides and lessons.
Granite Belt Brewery Retreat
Set amid granite outcrops on 30 acres of natural bushland just perfect for exploring, Granite Belt Brewery Retreat offers two dog-friendly accommodation options. Hidden House is a self-contained, secluded 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home, perfect for large families or groups travelling with a dog. Or you can opt for a rustic cedar cabin which provides a queen bed, a single bed, bathroom, kitchenette and private verandah. Both options include wood fires for chilly nights.
Just 15 minutes from Toowoomba, Homewood Cottages at Highfields welcomes you and your four-legged friend to stay in their spacious self-contained Forest Cottage. You’ll love the two king-sized bedrooms, each with French-doors opening onto a private courtyard surrounded by trees and terraced gardens. Add the convenience of two bathrooms, the well-appointed kitchen and the open fireplace, for crisp autumn and winter nights and you have a very comfy stay. Your dog will love the bordering Davidson Arboretum – a beautiful botanical collection composed exclusively of trees. Dogs on leads are very welcome to explore this hectare of parkland and you can meet other dogs at Harris Park off-leish area, a short walk from the cottage.
Gleneden Family Farm
Gleneden Family Farm in Maryvale is run by fifth generation farmers Rowan and Fiona Morris and their kids, who love to share their country life with visitors and their dogs. You can watch the bullock team in action, or join in a farm skills or kitchen craft workshop. Bring the tent or caravan and pitch up at one of the hillside or creek-side campsites to enjoy a perfect rustic farm stay experience.
Freedom Lifestyle Caravan Park
Freedom Lifestyle Caravan Park in Warwick is a pet-friendly, quiet and convenient spot to base yourself when attending Warwick’s equestrian or motorsport events. Freedom Lifestyle is also a great family park and the perfect spot to enjoy the seasons of the Southern Downs.
Pelican Rest Tourist Park
Pet-friendly Pelican Rest Tourist Park in St George is just a short walk to the Balonne River (freshwater fishing capital of Queensland!) or the cafes, shopping and attractions of town. Pelican Rest offers the convenience of powered, drive through sites and plenty of room for big rigs, a superbly equipped camp kitchen, free Wi-Fi, a dump point, spotless amenities and a laundry.
Things to do with your dog
Walks and swims
Leashed dogs and their owners love walking along Stanthorpe’s beautiful Quart Pot Creek in Rotary Park (stunning in autumn), and there is an off-leash area which you can access from Connor or Allison Streets to meet the locals and their furry friends.
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Donnelly’s Castle, accessed from Amiens Road, is great for picnics with your dog. Although not a National Park it has the beauty and feel of one and provides a small barbecue area, toilets and a lookout.
Storm King Dam, to the south-east of Stanthorpe, is accessed via Eukey Road. The southern part, near the causeway is best for swimming with dogs, as powered craft are not allowed in the narrow tail of the dam. Turn into Sugarloaf Road and follow the signs. Bush camping is not allowed at the dam, but there is a dog friendly camp-ground, Sommerville Valley, on the eastern Bank.
The Bramble Patch: artisan preserves and decadent dessertery.
Granite Belt Brewery: sit outdoors and sample an ale or two at this micro-brewery and restaurant.
Mt Stirling Olive Farm: do an olive tasting and take home some olives, olive oils, jams, tapenades and dukkah.
Wineries: Symphony Hill Wines and Jester Hill Wines
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Parks and cafes
In Toowoomba, you can explore the escarpment trails with your leashed dog, then relax and enjoy the view at an outdoors table at Picnic Point Café, or get to know the locals at Queen’s Park off-leash dog area - be mindful that this is not a fenced area. Put your dog back on a leash to explore the park’s formal botanic garden, the rose garden and the shady treed avenues. (Toowoomba Regional Council provides a comprehensive list of fenced off-leash dog parks)
You can then take your dog for a coffee at the outside bar at Wendland Olives - walk up Campbell Street and turn left onto Mary Street and you’ll find it at the corner of Bridge Street. Other dog-friendly cafes with outdoor seating include Ground Up Espresso, Ortem and The Baker’s Duck.
Venture a short drive out of Toowoomba town to Highfields for a walk (with you dog on-leash) in the beautiful Davidson Arboretum. A great outing any time of year, but particularly colourful in Autumn, this one-hectare park is planted with a range of ornamental tree varieties – maple, ash, conifer and oak, flowering trees such as blossoms and stunning magnolias.
A shot drive away, The Chocolate Cottage is the perfect spot for a leisurely al fresco breakfast or lunch with tables set in the grassy grounds so your dog can relax while you eat.
For more inspiration on where to explore across Southern Queensland Country, check out our handy guide or head to our blog.