Mt Coot-tha is a Brisbane icon and its position close to the centre of town makes it a favorite for locals looking to get active and outdoors on the weekends. The 5km return trek from JC Slaughter Falls to the summit is the regular dog walking route, with water stations along the way and a fantastic view at the top. However, if you want to mix it up there are a number of different treks available.
Daisy Hill is well known among southern dog owners as a great place for a walk and, if you know the route, a swim for your dog at the Old Quarry. The walk to the Quarry is only about 3km return but be sure to study the maps well if this is your first visit as there are a lot of track options in a variety of parks and reserves (take a photo or download before you go). While we haven’t made it down there yet we’ve heard nothing but great things about the extensive number of treks available and the beautiful quarry. We recommend starting off from the upper day use area at Daisy Hill Regional Park.
If you’re after something a little different why not try rock hopping at Cedar Creek near Samford. While not a particularly long walk, rock hopping provides a stimulating new experience for dogs as they need to figure out how to hop from rock to rock to follow (or lead) their human. This is a great option on a hot day as the canopy provides reasonable shade and, while not particularly deep (ankle/calf), the creek is great to splash around in and the water is nice and cool. There are multiple adjoining picnic spots with entry points to the creek, but we recommend Andy Williams Park.
Brisbane’s bayside is the perfect location for a scenic stroll with your dog with a few different locations and environments to choose from depending on what you’re after. In Wynnum you can enjoy a short stroll along the mangrove boardwalk which will provide some interesting sniffing for inner city dogs, plus this is right next to the awesome and enormous Elanora Dog Park. While in Ransome there are a few different walking options available of varying lengths through a variety of environments.
Finally, if you want to make a day of it you could walk the 8km shared cycleway running along the foreshore between Elanora Park in Wynnum and the Lota Creek Boardwalk in Lota (estimate 4-hour walk). You could mix it up with stops at a few dog friendly cafes which only require a short deviation from the route, plus the dog friendly Manly Harbour Markets are on route and are held the 1st and 3rd Saturday’s of each month.
Hidden away in Brisbane’s inner south east is White’s Hill Reserve. With multiple tracks to choose from you can be sure that you and your pooch will get a decent dose of fresh air and exercise. Plus, there are some nice views of the city from the summit. You can also incorporate a stop at the fantastic, huge Whites Hill Dog Park into your walk so that you and your dog can get social (and sit down for a minute).
While it’s great to get down to the dog park, sometimes it’s nice to mix it up and get active with your dog on a shared journey, particularly before summer really heats up. And in some of these locations it can be a little warm so remember the basics, slip, slop, slap, running shoes and water. Plus, before you start your walk be sure to check out the trail maps as some of these locations are not well signed and there are a lot of trails.
Hope this short list will help you get out and active as a fur-family. And when you’ve finished exercising be sure to find a nearby dog-friendly café to take a well-earned break.
Note – Please respect that these are all on-lead locations for the protection of our native wildlife.
PS – If you have a favorite bushwalk that you’d like to share, please let us know by adding it or reviewing it if it’s already listed.