A women walking her dogs on Cooloola beach with people in background. A women walking her dogs on Cooloola beach with people in background.

Visiting parks and forests with your pets

Dogs are welcome in some conservation parks, forests and recreation areas, but not in national parks.

Where can I take my dog?

Everyone loves to have a fun day out with the whole family, and that means pooch as well! Find parks and forests on the Department of Environment and Science website where you can visit for the day with your dog.

  • Remember to check each park’s web page carefully before you go.
  • Pay attention to any signs when you get there as dogs may only be allowed in specific areas within the park or forest.

Where can I camp with my dog?

There are several parks and forests with dog-friendly camping areas, where you are welcome to stay overnight with your dog:

These camping areas have signs on site confirming dogs are allowed and explaining where they are allowed inside the park and camping area.

Why can’t I take my dog into a national park?

National parks provide a much-needed refuge for native animals. While dogs, and other pets, may be our best friends, they’re not always friendly to our native animals. They can:

  • scare or stress native animals with their presence or scent
  • chase wildlife and disturb the peace and quiet for other visitors
  • introduce disease and increase the spread of weeds.

This is why dogs, cats, and all other domestic pets—including caged birds—are not permitted in national parks. Remember, fines do apply.

Can I travel through a national park with my pet in my vehicle?

You can travel through a national park with a dog in your vehicle as long as you are driving on a gazetted road. (Gazetted roads are roads that appear on official road maps and street directories.)

  • Always keep your dog inside your vehicle and don’t leave animal excrement in the park.
  • You can’t drive on non-gazetted roads (such as park management roads) in a national park when you have a dog in your vehicle.

Be a responsible dog owner

Follow these simple directions to help make your visit enjoyable for you, your dog, other visitors and the local wildlife.

  • Keep your dog on a leash and under control at all times so it doesn’t disturb wildlife or other visitors in parks where dogs are permitted.
  • Always clean up after your dog. Collect waste in a secure bag and dispose of it responsibly off-park. Remember, most parks don’t have rubbish bins, so bring your own rubbish bags and please take them with you when you leave.
  • Check your dog carefully for ticks after visiting areas known for these parasites.
  • For information about walking your dog in council-managed parks and reserves, select the relevant council from the local government directory and contact them for information and advice.

Guide, hearing and assistance dogs

Visitors with disabilities are allowed to bring their certified guide, hearing and assistance dogs into national parks and camping areas.

Read more about assistance animals in Queensland’s parks.

Remember to book before you go!
Camping must be booked in advance.
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Last updated: 31 October 2019