Spend the day with your four-legged friend

How to enjoy a day out with man's best friend in Ipswich!
28 Dec 2022
Sarah Mills, Visitor Experience Assistant

There are more and more opportunities becoming available for us to include our pets in day to day life. For someone who lives, breathes, and loves animals, (I also own a dog walking business) here’s a few tips I can share for you and your best friend.

For the outdoorsy fur family

Dog walking at the BVRT

It can be difficult to know where to go bush walking, as many places are not allowing pups.

However, one great place to go is the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail! This walk contains gravel tracks and sections with paths, is surrounded by bushland and makes for a great hike even in warmer months as the trees give plenty of shade.

While there are two main entrances, I would recommend parking and starting from the Wulkuraka station and heading towards Brassall. This is a decent walk with the round trip about 1 hour and 30 minutes and 7km. Pack both yourself and the fur child, some water and a light lunch, as John Murphy Park will be on your left when you reach Brassall and you can sit in the shade for a break and a snack. Just make sure pups remain on leash!

On Wednesdays we brunch!


If you’re looking for a more relaxed date with your dog, head to Barkley and Pips at Bundamba. There is a food menu for you both, and a play area for dogs to make new friends.

On warmer days, puppy ice cream is available, puppy-chinos are on offer when it’s cold. The human menu has breakfast and lunch and the eggs benny is perfection! Don’t forget to check out the cake selection, so you can both enjoy a sweet treat.

Sunday market day

Get out to Main Street at Orion Shopping Centre on the third Sunday of the month with your pooch for the markets. Check out a variety of stalls that stretch from one end to the other and maybe pick up a snack or two for your pup.

If you’re not lured by market food, there are many dog-friendly cafes and restaurants nearby including Breakfast at Stephanies, Raw Energy and Ballistic Springfield. While the leash must remain on at the markets and restaurants, at the corner of Main Street and Sirius Drive, there is an off-leash dog park!

Sarah Mills Visitor Experience Assistant
Sarah is a visitor experience assistant at the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre, she's also a tour guide, dog walker and loves to capture the beauty of natural surrounds around her. Sarah is also an experienced traveler and loves to hike.

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