OUR FAVORITE DOG WALKS IN BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND. AUSTRALIA

Unlike people we once hanged out with, we have more interests than Low Ranging the same area week after week. We enjoy company with our pup and don’t need to be the center of everyone’s attention. We are also lucky to associate ourselves with a variety of people in our lives. Some of our favorite people we catch up with is our dog walking group. It’s great to catch up with life mined people for a nice walk and a breakfast chat. We have listed a few walks we enjoy.


Walk – Newstead House to New Farm (and back)
Newstead House is the oldest surviving residence in Brisbane, dating from 1846, and occupied by Patrick Leslie at that time. Also here is the charmingly named Breakfast Creek. Apparently this is where early explorer John Oxley paused for…well, for breakfast. This walk is stunning, and one of our favorites.



If you don’t have time or if the house is not open, then walk in its gardens to get a view from the hill and head back along the path you came.  There are some lovely Poinciana trees in Newstead Park, along with a whole lot of other plants and flowers. People also spend a good deal of time here fishing. Leaving from Newstead House, we then headed down to the waterfront, past the rather expensive-looking apartments in Teneriffe. This is an old warehouse section, and remains of docks and port facilities remain. There are still a lot of warehouses (wool mostly) along here but they have been converted into apartment blocks, retaining the outer facade and interior wooden beams. Also along the river are displays of a series of plaques and submarine shaped benches that tell the story of submarine events during WW1 to WW2 and to the current day. We kept going until we hit the Watt Restaurant/Cafe under the Powerhouse. 



We stopped to have breakfast.  The walk is flat at 3.6kms or 45mins each way, it’s a great walk for the active people and dogs. As you head back there’s a great dog park about three quarters of the way where you can stop to let the dogs off the leash.



Walk in Minnippi Parklands
This is one of the best walks in Brisbane, almost totally flat through very large, well-maintained parklands. It’s a popular place but loads of empty space to take a deep breath.  At the end is a great dog park, divided into two, for small and larger dogs.



One of Brisbane’s most charming walks is buried in Eastern suburbia that is largely known for its shopping complex rather than its nature. Following Bulimba Creek all the way from the depths of suburban cul-de-sacs via the back of Carindale Shopping Centre and on to the lush Minnippi Parklands is about 9km return of well maintained tracks.

With the odd gentle slope, the wide concrete path winds through wooded glades, meadows, over little wooden bridges and has an excellent playground as either a starting point for the less experienced/younger riders or a halfway point for others. Bulimba Creek itself is home to turtles that congregate near the picnic shelters in expectation of food scraps as well as a range of water birds. The closest cafe is The Coffee Club about 1km down the road – let’s see what everyone wants to do on the day.



But the piece de resistance of this journey is Minnippi Parklands, an oasis like expanse of rolling green with a tranquil lagoon (one of the last original lagoons in the eastern suburbs – others have been subject to infill), plenty of picnic tables and shelters, hills with views to the Mc Donnell ranges and an aerodrome themed playground. On the hill near the playground is a fenced off dilapidated farm building with rusted vintage machinery that could be a remnant of Holmwood, the family farm of the Stanton family who were the first settlers in the area.


Brekkie @ Brown Dog Cafe, Wooloongabba

One of our favourite Cafes to visit would be Brown Dog Café. With a sunny corner outlook and simple facade, Brown Dog Cafe is an unassuming, hole-in-the-wall style cafe. Popular with cyclists, dog walkers and nonchalant wanderers, the cafe offers a footpath dining area and for pooches and their walkers to relax. Red-hued high-school lockers, pop art and colourful stools add a splash of colour to the interior, while the glowing cake cabinet is full of fresh takeaway options for breakfast and lunch  on the run. On that note, one of the standout dishes happens to be the Dog breakfast – scrambled eggs, haloumi, avocado, roma tomato and spinach.





Manly – Boardwalk

This leisurely scenic seafront walk of around 10km return packs a lot of variety into its length, from the pristine waters of Oyster Point at the start to the new and old fashioned water park at Wynnum, to the vast marina of yachts that defines Manly. In Wynnum’s main street is dog-friendly Frenchies cafe which makes a good starting or end point. On the 1st and 3rd Saturday mornings of the month Jan Powers Manly Market makes a top spot for brunch with dog in tow.




We started the walk at the crescent of Waterloo Esplanade facing Oyster Point, where a breakwater with a sole bench juts out into the sea.  From here it’s about 500m to the charming little white sand Pandanus Beach, jetty, 1930’s tidal wading pool and whale aquativity sculptures that constitute Wynnum Water Park. The excitement level drops a bit after this as the path faithfully sticks by the sea all the way to Manly via a series of picnic shelters, a playground and band stand.




Upon reaching Manly, there are plenty of refreshment options, prime location is Tide Wine Bar (and cafe) right on the jetty yachting enthusiasts may talk their way into the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron for a halfway meal or snack at the Boardwalk Cafe overlooking the water while another option is Cafe La Mer, tucked away inconspicuously on a boardwalk in the adjacent East Coast Marina. Or take a detour up to Cambridge Parade for a bite to eat and coffee in Manly’s only laneway cafe, Cambridge Lane Espresso.


Brisbane Riverwalk
The Brisbane Riverwalk is one of Brisbane’s absolute must do’s, a water highway for pedestrians and cyclists jutting out along the most scenic tract of Brisbane river between New Farm to the Howard St Wharves and on to the Brisbane CBD.
This permanent fixture was built to replace Brisbane’s first floating riverwalk, a visionary yet doomed project that was all but swept away in the 2011 floods, when it was shown to be no match for the might of a swollen raging Brisbane river.
The 870m long Riverwalk is happily segregated into dedicated roadways for cyclists and pedestrians so neither can intrude on other’s turf, with cyclists enjoying a 3.5m path and a comfortable 2.5m one for pedestrians.



We took the entry from the New Farm end is at Riverview Court (river end tip of Merthyr Rd) and the Riverwalk ends at the historic Howard Smith Wharves to connect with the riverside boardwalk to Brisbane’s CBD.



Right on the Brisbane River, Riverbar & Kitchen is a one-of-a-kind waterfront destination. With spectacular views, delectable food and an extensive array of drinks, Riverbar & Kitchen has the best beer garden in Brisbane and is ideal for any time of the day, and a get drink stop before heading back to New Farm.


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RAINBOW BEACH, QUEENSLAND. AUSTRALIA

If you embark on this breathtaking adventure, you’re destined to pass through a stunning coastal town called Rainbow Beach, and yes, it’s as alluring as it sounds. Once you get a taste of Rainbow Beach’s unique, homely charm you’ll be left wanting more and it’s not uncommon to overhear visitors exclaiming, “I wish I could live here!”




Unlike people I know, I have been going to Rainbow Beach since the early 90’s and experienced many changes in the area, some good, but a lot bad. I watched in the early 90’s when the camping area was swallowed by and big sink hole. I got to drive the rough dirt road to get to the point compared with today’s bitumen road.  You could enjoy the peace and quiet and enjoy great fishing. You took trips to collect some coloured sands and climb the Cherry Venture. 





Now days there are rubbish littered everywhere at the campgrounds. P Plate drivers roaring over the sands. People looting camping equipment and erosion destroying the coloured sands. No longer a place for peace and quiet.




It’s a stunning drive and there’s much to explore, so my best piece of advice is; don’t rush it. Pull over at Double Island Point, a popular day-trip destination for Sunshine Coast locals. Roll out that picnic blanket and soak up some sunshine then walk off your meal with a stroll to the headland to enjoy an incredible 360-degree view.



Once you reach Rainbow Beach you’ll be starving. Arcobaleno On The Beach is a local town favourite. This gorgeous Italian restaurant offers up a great courtyard and lovely atmosphere. The staff are all locals and do a great job of serving crispy wood-fired pizzas and delicious pasta every day of the week.




When we holiday at Rainbow we normally stay at Debbie’s Place. Debbie’s Place offers luxurious and tranquil self­ contained and motel­ style accommodation in the heart of Rainbow Beach. With affordable one, two and three­ bedroom suites to choose from, each self­ contained unit comes equipped with your own private veranda surrounded by lush, tropical gardens. Self­ contained suites also possess kitchen and dining facilities or if you prefer, an array of restaurants and shops are just a short stroll away. We pick this place because they offer us a special self contained room so we can take our dog.


 We always visit to the Carlo Sand Blow, which is a must for everyone staying at Rainbow Beach. This iconic sand mass provides great views of the coloured sands, Double Island Lighthouse and Inskip Peninsula. When you visit at sunrise or sunset you capture some amazing photographs.

If you feel like exploring more of Great Sandy National Park, make Seary’s Creek your final resting point. The creek is beautifully clear, with subtle orange, tea-tree tannins. You can float or play in the water, read a book in the shade, or stroll along the picturesque boardwalk.

Experience something truly unique and ride a horse along Rainbow Beach. All riding experience levels can be catered to and you can choose between a beach ride, country ride, even a full moon ride!






From Rainbow Beach, you’re in prime position to explore the world’s largest sand island,  Fraser Island. There are many great day tours on offer, like the Fraser Island Discovery Tour, which will take you on an adventurous 4WD excursion up the beach to Inskip Point where you’ll board a barge and cross over to the iconic island.

Spend the afternoon walking through cool, towering rainforest, swimming in freshwater lakes or watching dingoes explore their native habitat.




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MUDJIMBA DOG BEACH, SUNSHINE COAST. QUEENSLAND

Another stunning Queensland winter’s day, another day packed with excitement exploring the markets, shops and beach.

If you asked us to declare what we love most about our neck of the woods, we’d undoubtedly say, with a smoothie in one hand and a basket in the other, that markets are definitely up there.
We headed off early before the sun started rising to an oldie but a goodie, Maroochydore market, which has everything you need, and plenty you don’t, but you want anyway. From fresh fruit and veg’s to plants and, of course, rainbow bagels, we love the no-frills vibe of this weekly gathering. 



After a little look we headed north to the southern tip of Mudjimba, North Shore Off-Leash Beach is arguably the Sunshine Coast’s wildest, most beautiful slice of paradise for dogs. It’s first time checking out this beach, and we were very impressed. Extending from the beach entrance 500m south of the Twin Waters patrolled area all the way to the Maroochy River, not only does it offer a vast expanse of fine white sand but standing sentry at the mouth of the river is the mysterious rocky outcrop Pincushion Island, which itself warrants a visit. 



In stark contrast to the built-up shores of Maroochydore on the other side of the river North Shore is something of an uninhabited wilderness, fringed by dunes and the sandy banks of the pristine river on one side and surf beach along the main stretch. Need to know, North Shore Off-leash Dog Beach can be reached by beach access paths from M64 south. 




Pincushion Island, a giant sandstone protuberance which is currently attached to the beach, has oddly spent much of its life as an island due to the ever-shifting mouth of the Maroochy River and is renowned for its spooky ability to change position. A fantastic exploratory spot for children, it’s climbable by a couple of paths, with a grass patch, banksia trees, ruins of stairs and viewing platform on top, vistas to be had in each direction and some fantastic rock pools to explore below.



We then jumped back in the car and headed north again to Pergian Beach so Kim sould get her shopping fix. Peregian Beach is a truely unique village full of quality speciality shops and unique cafes run by the proprietors. Local’s and regular visitors greet shop staff by name and a great deal of trade includes a chat.

Pretty much everything a person may need can be found in one or more of the Shops in Peregian Beach Village. Why go elsewhere.

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