It’s hardly surprising, but Brisbane loves it’s dogs! Out of the three big east coast states, Queenslanders are the most likely to own a dog, with canines living in 39% of households.
So does Brisbane have a great selection of dog parks and dog beaches for pet lovers to enjoy? Also unsurprisingly, yes!
Here is our ultimate guide to dog parks and dog beaches in and around Brisbane.
Dog Parks Brisbane
There really are a huge number of dog parks in Brisbane, this is a selection of some of our favourites. Start exploring these spots with your dog, and you’ll be well on the way to getting more out of Brisbane than most locals!
Riverside Dog Park, South Brisbane
Riverside Dog Park in South Brisbane is one of the best in the city, with an awesome location – as the name implies. A long and narrow offleash dog park, right next to the water. What more could you ask for! It’s right in the centre of town, no more than 10 minutes drive from anywhere in the CBD.
There are drinking fountains and dog clean up bags provided, but not much else in the way of facilities. There is plenty of shade though – so you and your dog can be comfortable in any weather.
Decker Park, Brighton
This Brisbane Dog Park is found at the northern end of the city, about a 30 minute drive from the CBD. The park is at the mouth of the North Pine River, at the southern end of the Ted Smout Memorial Bridge (Houghton Highway Bridge).
The best thing about Decker Park is that it’s not just a dog park! It’s home to fantastic picnic and barbeque facilities, and some really good play equipment for young kids. For older kids (and young at heart adults) there are bike paths and a half basketball court.
The off-leash dog park itself has its own shaded picnic table, great exercise equipment for your pup, and lots of shade.
Aquatic Paradise Dog Park, Birkdale
There’s not a lot of subtlety in the name of this Brisbane Dog Park. You’ll find it in Brisbane’s east, on the southern side of Waterloo Bay. The dog park is about a 35 minute drive from Brisbane CBD.
The dog park isn’t well enclosed, so beware if your dog enjoys running after traffic. That aside, there’s lots of space for them to run and play.
For humans, the park has lovely views of Waterloo Bay, and makes a great spot for a picnic or fish ‘n’ chips overlooking the sea. There’s also cycling and walking paths close by, as well as a playgrounds at each end of the dog park.
Downfall Creek Dog Park
With around 4 hectares of space, this is one of the largest dog parks in Brisbane city. You’ll find it on the north side of the city, about 20 minute’s drive from the Brisbane CBD.
There’s lots of parking, shade, picnic and barbeque facilities, as well as the Downfall Creek Bikeway, which winds along the creek of the same name.
Make sure you bring mosquito repellent! With the creek so close, you’re going to be eaten alive if you don’t gear up.
Grange Forest Dog Park
This is one of about five dog parks within spitting distance of each other, between Mitchelton and Gordon Park. Grange Forest Dog Park is in the middle of the cluster, just a 20 minute drive from Brisbane CBD.
Complete with benches and lots of shade, Grange Forest is a great off-leash spot to let your dog run around.
Newmarket Dog Park
Newmarket is one of the closest dog parks to Brisbane CBD, just 15 minute’s drive north west. It’s surprisingly well kitted out though, with two separate fenced areas for small and large dogs to go off-leash in, with dog bags provided.
There are nearby picnic and barbeque facilities, as well as a playground for kids.
Shand Street Dog Park
A 17 minute drive from Brisbane CBD, Shand Street dog park is a little way down the creek from Grange Forest dog park. It’s a nice big park, but the creek itself (Kendron Brook) is not the cleanest. You’ll probably want to keep your dog out of it, unless you’re prepared for an impending wash!
For us two legged doggos, the nearby Kendron Brook bikeway is one of the best in Brisbane, great for kids and adults alike. There’s also a full basketball court near the dog park, as well as the seemingly mandatory picnic and barbeque facilities.
Brisbane Dog Park honorable mention | Schuster Park
Should Schuster Park be counted as a Brisbane Dog Park? Not by a long shot. It’s a little over an hour’s drive from Brisbane. You’ll be on the southern end of the Gold Coast by the time you get there.
But is it worth the trip? Heck yeah!
First of all – Schuster Park is HUGE. You’d have a hard time finding as much dog friendly space this side of Towoomba. The sheer amount of grassed area makes it a great place for small and large dogs. The park is also a hangout for Koalas, so lucky visitors with a keen eye might see one!
Here’s a map of the on-leash and off-leash areas of the dog park. There’s heaps of parking nearby, but you’ll only find dog bags by the entrance of the park, so be sure to bring your own.
Have we missed any of your favourite Brisbane dog parks? Send us an email and let us know!