Bonding with Your Furry Friend: 10 Memorable Dog-Friendly Holiday Activities

Discover 10 dog-friendly holiday activities to create lasting memories with your furry friend. From beach adventures to festive outings, find the perfect bonding experience for you and your dog. Start making unforgettable memories today!

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Bonding with Your Furry Friend: 10 Memorable Dog-Friendly Holiday Activities

Are you ready to make this holiday season extra special for you and your furry friend? We know how important it is to create lasting memories, and that’s why we’ve compiled a list of 10 memorable dog-friendly holiday activities just for you. Whether you’re looking for beach adventures, festive outings, or cozy indoor activities, we’ve got you covered. 

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Beach Bonanza

What better way to beat the heat than a day at the beach? Many beaches now have designated dog-friendly areas where your pup can splash in the waves and dig in the sand. Just remember to bring plenty of water and shade for your furry friend. Did you catch our recent article on the top beaches from Logan to Brisbane? Read more here >

Hiking Heaven

If you and your dog love the great outdoors, hit the trails for a hiking adventure. There are plenty of dog-friendly hiking trails that offer breathtaking views and a chance to explore nature together. Don’t forget to bring a leash, waste bags, and snacks for both of you.

Here are some of our top hiking spots around the Southern suburbs of Logan:

  1. Daisy Hill Conservation Park: Located in the southeast of Brisbane, close to Logan, this park offers extensive walking tracks through bushland. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash. The area is also known for its koala habitat.

  2. Venman Bushland National Park: Situated in Mount Cotton, this park features walking trails that wind through eucalypt forests. It’s a peaceful spot for a hike with your dog, but remember to keep them leashed.

  3. Underwood Park: Located in Priestdale, close to Logan, Underwood Park has a variety of trails that are perfect for dog walking. The park also includes dog off-leash areas where your pet can roam freely.

  4. Berrinba Wetlands: In Browns Plains, Berrinba Wetlands offers a mix of boardwalks and nature trails. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a leash, and the area is great for bird watching too.

  5. Alexander Clark Park: Located in Loganholme, this park offers lovely walking paths along the Logan River. It’s a scenic spot for a leisurely hike with your dog, and there are off-leash areas as well.

  6. Karawatha Forest Park: Although a bit further out, this forest park offers excellent walking trails through diverse habitats. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.

  7. Cornubia Forest Park: This hidden gem in Logan offers a lush forest environment perfect for a nature hike with your dog. Keep your dog leashed to protect the local wildlife.


Pup-Friendly Parks

Take your dog to a local park and let them run free in a safe and secure environment. Many parks have designated off-leash areas where your pup can socialize with other furry friends. It’s a great way to burn off some energy and make new doggy pals.

Here are some of our favourite dog parks:

  1. Underwood Park, Priestdale: Known for its large off-leash dog area, Underwood Park offers plenty of space for dogs to run and play. It also has walking tracks and picnic facilities.

  2. Alexander Clark Park, Loganholme: This park features a dedicated dog off-leash area, as well as lovely walking paths along the Logan River, making it ideal for a leisurely stroll or a more active play session.

  3. Colburn Avenue Park, Victoria Point: Offering an off-leash dog area, this park is great for dog owners in the southern suburbs. The area is well-maintained, providing a safe environment for dogs to socialize.

  4. Meakin Park, Slacks Creek: Featuring a spacious off-leash area, Meakin Park is a great spot for dogs to run around and enjoy themselves. It also has sports fields and facilities.

  5. Runcorn Dog Park, Runcorn: This fenced dog park includes agility equipment, making it perfect for training and play. The park also offers shaded areas and seating for owners.

  6. Daisy Hill Conservation Park, Daisy Hill: While dogs must be kept on a leash, this conservation park offers beautiful walking tracks through bushland, ideal for a nature hike with your dog.

  7. Neville Lawrie Reserve, Daisy Hill: This reserve offers a serene environment with walking tracks. Dogs are welcome but need to be kept on a leash.

  8. Logan Gardens Dog Park, Logan Central: This park features a fenced off-leash area with agility equipment and is a popular spot among local dog owners for its wide-open spaces.

Outdoor Dining Delight

Want to enjoy a meal with your pup by your side? Look for restaurants with outdoor seating that welcome four-legged guests. Your furry friend will love being part of the dining experience, and you’ll get to enjoy a delicious meal together.

  1. The Scratch Bar, Milton: This laid-back bar in Brisbane welcomes dogs and is known for its craft beers and relaxed atmosphere. It’s a great spot to unwind with your pet.

  2. Todd & Pup, Moorooka: Located in Brisbane, this cafe is known for its dog-friendly approach, offering a special menu for dogs and a cozy environment for their owners.

  3. Canvas Club, Woolloongabba: Enjoy the artsy vibe of this cafe and bar in Brisbane, where dogs are welcome in the outdoor seating area.

  4. PawPaw Café, Woolloongabba: This trendy spot in Brisbane is not only pet-friendly but also offers a delicious menu with a variety of options, including vegan dishes.

  5. Black Lab Coffee, Tarragindi: A popular cafe in Brisbane with an outdoor area where dogs are welcome. They serve great coffee and tasty treats.

  6. Collies and Co., Samford: A bit of a drive from Brisbane, this cafe is a paradise for dog lovers, offering a dog-friendly environment and a chance to mingle with the resident collies.

  7. Love Juice Superfood Bar, Various Locations: With several locations in Brisbane, these health-focused cafes offer outdoor seating where dogs are welcome.

  8. Kith ‘n’ Chow, Mount Gravatt: This cafe in Brisbane offers a relaxed atmosphere with a beautiful outdoor space for dogs.

  9. The Lazy Dog Cafe, Redland Bay: Situated closer to Logan, this cafe is known for its dog-friendly approach, offering water bowls and treats for your canine companions.

  10. Barko & Co., Teneriffe: Located in Brisbane, this cafe is a haven for dog owners, offering great coffee, food, and a welcoming atmosphere for pets.

Doggy Day Spa

Treat your pup to a day of pampering at a doggy day spa. From grooming sessions to massages, your furry friend will feel like a million bucks. It’s a great way to relax and bond with your pet while giving them some well-deserved TLC.

Here’s our top picks:

  1. The Hound Hutt, Stafford: Specializing in small to medium-sized dogs, The Hound Hutt offers grooming services as well as daycare. It’s a great place for your dog to get pampered and socialize.

  2. Fur Get Me Not, Yeronga & Ascot: With locations in Yeronga and Ascot, they offer grooming services along with training and daycare. This is a one-stop-shop for your dog’s needs.

  3. Pooch Avenue, Slacks Creek: Located closer to Logan, this spa offers grooming services along with a range of luxury pet products, making it the perfect spot for a pampering session.

  4. K9 Chic, Cleveland: Providing grooming services, daycare, and training, K9 Chic is equipped to handle all aspects of dog care with a professional and loving approach.

Canine Camping

If you’re up for an adventure, why not go camping with your dog? Many campgrounds allow pets and offer dog-friendly amenities such as pet-friendly cabins or designated camping areas. It’s a unique way to experience the great outdoors and create lasting memories with your furry companion.

Our top picks:

  1. Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, near Woodford: A dog-friendly campsite offering a natural bush setting, ideal for bushwalking and enjoying nature.

  2. Bribie Island Caravan Park, Bribie Island: Allows dogs during certain times of the year and offers beach access and various outdoor activities.

  3. Ocean Beach Camping Area, Bribie Island: A beachside camping area accessible by 4WD where dogs are allowed under certain conditions.

  4. Murphy’s Creek Escape, Lockyer Valley: Located in the Lockyer Valley, this site offers dog-friendly bush camping with activities like bushwalking and swimming.

  5. Fordsdale Farmstay, Gatton: A farmstay about an hour from Brisbane, offering dog-friendly camping on a working horse farm.

  6. Amamoor State Forest, near Gympie: Offers dog-friendly camping in certain areas within a lush forest setting.

  7. Lake Somerset Holiday Park, Somerset Dam: A dog-friendly park offering a variety of camping options and access to lake activities.

  8. Scenic Rim Adventure Park, near Beaudesert: Welcomes dogs and offers camping along with 4WD tracks for an adventurous experience.

  9. Big Riggen Park, Scenic Rim: Situated in the Scenic Rim area, this park is dog-friendly and offers spacious camping grounds surrounded by natural beauty, making it perfect for a relaxing getaway.

  10. Jacobs Well Tourist Park, Gold Coast: Near the water, this park is dog-friendly and provides a great base for exploring the Gold Coast area.

Agility Fun

Is your dog full of energy and always up for a challenge? Try agility training! Many dog training centers offer agility classes where your pup can navigate through tunnels, jump over hurdles, and weave through poles. It’s a great way to keep your dog mentally and physically stimulated.

Doggy Sports Day

Organise a doggy sports day with your friends and their furry companions. Set up fun activities like a doggy obstacle course, a frisbee competition, or a game of fetch. It’s a fantastic way to socialise your dog and have a blast with fellow pet parents.

Pet-Friendly Tours

Explore your destination with your dog by joining pet-friendly tours. Whether it’s a walking tour of a historic city or a boat tour along the coast, there are plenty of options that welcome four-legged participants. It’s a great way to learn about the local culture while spending quality time with your furry friend.

Doggy Playdates

Arrange playdates with other dog owners in your area. It’s a fantastic way for your pup to socialise and make new friends. You can meet up at a local park or even organise a doggy playdate at your home. It’s a win-win situation for both you and your furry friend.

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