Is there a better way to spend the day than outdoors with your dog? We don’t think so.

Here are 8 dog-friendly Queensland nature parks to spend a wonderful day in.

 

Bunyaville walking track

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Bunyaville Conservation Park

Not too far from Brisbane, Bunyaville Conservation Park is a wonderful area to walk your dog. All shared walking tracks are open to leashed pets and their owners to enjoy. There are plenty of sights to take in, including a multitude of flora and fauna. You will be sharing the Park with a number of bird species, koalas, echidnas, wallabies, possums and more. Enjoy the scenery and wildlife while letting your dog get some energy out.

 

 

Dog sitting next to Cordalba state forest sign

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Cordalba State Forest

Head out on a bush walk through the Cordalba State Forest with your dog for a day out of the city. All management roads and trails are open to dogs on lead and under control. Many of the trails here are intended for experienced bushwalkers, so come prepared with any supplies you may need. If you want more than a day in this beautiful area, consider bush camping overnight.

 

 

lake with campers in the background

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Wongi State Forest

Spend a relaxing day picnicking, canoeing, and admiring the wildlife at Wongi State Forest. Dogs are allowed anywhere in the area on lead, so bring the whole family and make use of their campsites. When the sun goes down you will experience a whole new crowd of animals making Wongi a great place to spend a night out in the bush. 

 

person walking dog on forrest trail

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Moggill Conservation Park

Moggill Conservation Park has a number of walking tracks and management roads to explore with your pooch. If you are looking for a scramble, take Devils Break Loop to find rock cairns and an array of wildflowers. For an easier hike, try Ugly Gully Loop Break along the creek. Whatever your level, Moggill Conservation park will have a track you and your dog will both thoroughly enjoy. 

 

 

Sidewalk leading into park area

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Daisy Hill Conservation Park

Part of the Koala Coordinated Conservation Bushlands Area, dogs are allowed on all shared walking tracks in Daisy Hill Conservation Park. Conservation is a big focus in this area, so make sure your dog is on lead and under control when exploring this area so as not to disturb the wildlife. Daisy Hill is a great go-to, offering several tracks to try out with your pooch. 

 

 

Hurdle Gully Lookout, Forested valley

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Coominglah State Forest 

While Coominglah State Forest does not have any designated walking tracks, this area is great for a drive or walk around the scenic roads. Head up Hurdle Gully Drive and stop at Hurdle Gully Lookout for a picnic and amazing views of the Three Moon Creek Valley, the Mulgildie Plateau, and the Burnett River. Coominglah is a great place to look for wildlife. Home to 650 plant species and 450 animal species, including several that are considered threatened, this area is sure to wow you and your pup. 

 

 

Lookout onto a small town and the ocean

© Nick Ross

 

Earl Hill Conservation Park

Located in northern Queensland, Earl Hill Conservation Park offers several journeys based on what you are hoping to see during your outing. Whether you want to see the rainforest, woodland, or cycad groves, Earl Hill has you covered. Get as much exercise as you want by tailoring your walk to your abilities. Loops are available for longer walks, but returns are also an option.

 

 

Dog and person sitting in a prairie

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Benarkin State Forest

Benarkin State Forest allows dogs to use Clancy’s Camping Area and the Emu-Creek day-use area. This is one of the best spots in Queensland to camp and picnic with your dog. Well maintained areas with barbecues, picnic tables, toilets, and tap water are designated for these activities. With a creek nearby, you can go for a swim after a long hike with your dog. The whole family will surely enjoy a night out at Benarkin State Forest. 

 

Want to explore more of Australia with your four-legged best friend? Check out these dog friendly nature parks in New South Wales.

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