Plan the paw-fect dog friendly stay

Find out the best places to take your furry friend on a weekend in Ipswich.
23 Mar 2024
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

Man’s best friend has never been as important in our lives as now…  Holiday with your best mate in the Heritage city and select from these pet friendly experiences.

Head to Joseph Brady Park

Take your pup to a dog park in Ipswich

To start your adventure we’ll stop at Joseph Brady Park where you can bring your pup for a run around on a leash.  Take a walk near the river which is home to swans and ducks.

There’s also plenty of off-leash parks around Ipswich, have a look at the map below.

Barkley and Pips

Barkley and Pips

Next head to Barkley and Pips for breakfast.  The cafe has been designed for dogs and there is a play area, dog treats and grooming available here.

Queens Park

Queens Park

Now it’s time for a visit Queens Park.  Queensland’s oldest designated park is a dog friendly location, just keep your pooch on a leash.  You can visit most of the park with your pet including the bush chapel and well-maintained gardens around the glasshouse, the only places you can’t take your furry friend is inside Nerima Gardens and the Ipswich Nature Centre.

Denmark Hill

Denmark Hil

Stop in at Denmark Hill.  This conservation reserve in the heart of Ipswich Central has different walking tracks to explore and is a haven for birdlife.  Dogs are allowed if they’re on a leash!

Grab some lunch at a pup-friendly cafe


Either grab some takeaway from the Queens Park Cafe, or head to Rafter and Rose for a sit-down lunch.  The dog-friendly cafe will let you sit in their leafy laneway setting with your pup pal while you enjoy great coffee and scrumptious food. 

Visit the Pumpyard Bar and Brewery


Once you’ve settled in, head to Pumpyard Bar and Brewery for an early dinner and drinks.  You can sit outside in the laneway with your pup, try a few of the locally made beers and indulge in epic burgers, pizza and beer food.  There’s something to please everyone with salad and seafood also on the menu.

Breakfast at Stephanies

Breakfast at Stephanies

The next day take a drive down the Centenary Highway to Springfield for Breakfast at Stephanies overlooking the Orion Lagoon.

Choose from menu options like the Grace Kelly – avocado on Turkish bread sprinkled with feta or the Doris Day – bacon, grilled tomato, sautéed spinach, fried eggs and toast.

Robelle Domain

Robelle Domain

Then take your pup for a walk around Robelle Domain spread over 24 hectares with hidden waterfalls and 11 kilometres of tree lined walkways.  If you’re there on the first Sunday of the month you can visit the Springfield Markets, which are also dog friendly.

Cafe Kalina

Cafe kalina puppy treats 3

Then stop in at the Café Kalina for lunch and a Nutella latte.  Order you doggy a puppycino and some treats too. 

More dog friendly cafes and restaurants


There’s never been as many dog friendly cafes and restaurants around Ipswich.  The shops in Marburg are also dog friendly, including the historic Marburg Hotel – which allows you to bring your furry friend into the beer garden and The Soul Nook Collective’s styled picnic settings are also dog friendly.

The cafe’s and restaurants below are also dog friendly.

Retro Diner

Brookwater Barista

Raw Energy Springfield

Oikos Cafe

Fourthchild Cafe

Ellen and Rod

Remedy Espresso

St Shoebill

Ballistic Springfield

Elderflower Cafe

Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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