If you’re looking for enriching dog-friendly holiday activities in Queensland, remember that enrichment comes in many forms. For dogs, it can be as a simple as the opportunity to see or hear new things, sniff new smells, or feel new surfaces beneath their feet, which is easy to provide if you take them on holiday with you. Here are some ideas pet-friendly activities we think you’ll both enjoy.
Catch the Noosa Ferry
Explore Noosa without the hassle of trying to park by catching the ferry from Tewantin to Noosa Heads. Your dog can travel with you at no extra charge but must sit on your lap. Admire the views from the open-air top deck before hopping off at Noosa Heads. Reward your pup for their good behaviour with a run around the shady off-leash exercise area on Noosa Spit (or the neighbouring dog-friendly beach) before wandering up Hastings Street.
If your dog enjoys being out on the water and you want to try something a little more adventurous, O Boat Hire offers pet-friendly boat and kayak rentals on the Noosa River.
Stroll the botanic gardens
If you’re exploring the Sunshine Coast hinterland, you’ll find one of the best views of the Glasshouse Mountains from the lawns of Maleny Botanic Gardens. Dogs are welcome to stroll with you through the 18-acres of gardens provided they stay on a leash. From waterfalls to treehouse viewing platforms, ponds and lakes, it’s a stimulating experience for all their senses (and yours too)!
Browse eclectic markets
Another absolute must if you’re visiting the Sunshine Coast is a trip to Eumundi Markets. Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, you’ll find an eclectic range of arts and crafts, clothes and more, as well as mouth-watering food. Pets are welcome and will love the smells and sounds that surround them as you wander from one stall to the next.
Test your dog’s agility
If all you want is to do on holiday is flop and drop, but you know your furry friend is still going to want some daily exercise, we’ve got you covered. Book a stay at Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut and your doggo will be in pet paradise. Their onsite dog agility playground features ramps, tunnels and more that will have them zipping around and burning off energy as you watch from the sidelines. It’s a great chance for them to be social too.
Ingenia Holiday Parks offers a range of pet-friendly cabins, camp and caravan sites in holiday hot spots across Queensland. Where will you choose for your next holiday?