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I like to spend my free time with my family, including the furry members! So this week I thought I would share will you some of the activities you could be doing with your pets in the Wide Bay region. Some of these are close to home, and some a little further a field. All of these activities have been dog approved ‘dog friendly’ by my own two dogs Daphne and Doug.


Bargara foreshore at dawn Stroll along the Bargara foreshore  

There is a good path along the front of Bargara foreshore (that goes all the way to Bargara foreshore at dawn the off leash dog park at Neilson’s). Trees shade a lot of the path and it is a lovely walk. In winter it is cool enough to do comfortably during the day, and then you can treat yourself with some fish and chips or burgers (Bradley’s is great and right across from the foreshore) for lunch in the park. In summer, it is lovely to watch the sunrise and then grab a coffee or juice to start the day.


Let them burn off some steam in off leash areas  

There are two dedicated off leash areas for dogs in the Bundaberg/Bargara region(listed below). These give your dog the opportunity to run unhindered by a lead. For safety make sure your pet will come back to you and is well socialized with other dogs before trying this one, and always be respectful of other dogs and dog owners.

Off leash areas:


Nonna's Windmill cafeHave a coffee or meal at Windmill café in Bargara   

Windmill café in Bargara is pet friendly, as long as your pet is on a lead and well behaved. They have outdoor tables which is perfect if your have brought your pooch along. They even sell pet friendly dog treats for your furry family member!




Or for a day trip 

Woodgate Woodgate 

Pack up the car, bring some sandwiches, cold drinks and make a day of it.

Woodgate has two areas of dog off leash beaches. This is great for dogs that love to run and chase the waves free of the confines of a leash.

The two off leash areas are:

  • The foreshore at Woodgate – (View Location Map) but limited to – the foreshore from a point 50m south of the most southerly pedestrian beach access to a point 200m north of the Burrum River entrance; and the foreshore from a point seawards of the most northerly residence abutting the beach to the Theodolite Creek entrance.


Hervey Bay Beach Hervey Bay 

Hervey Bay has a huge number of off leash beaches, there are too many to list, but there is a link below to the map. Although it might be a bit far for a day trip for some people, there are also a number of dog friendly accommodation options, so why not go for a long weekend?

Off Leash areas in Hervey Bay: https://www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/downloads/file/1823/dog-off-leash-areas


This is not by any means a definitive list, and I would love to hear of any other activities or places you take your dogs.

-Dr Claire-

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