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Dog-friendly guide to Queanbeyan-Palerang

Need help deciding your next travel destination with your furry friend? Or are you already on the road and looking for nice activities to enjoy together in the Canberra region? We know there’s nothing quite like getting out and about with your best friend by your side, so we have listed some of the go-to dog-friendly spots in Queanbeyan-Palerang, from leisurely walks and parks to cafes and accommodation providers.

Walk & Play

Queanbeyan and surrounds offer plenty of options for spending some time outdoors with your pooch. Complete with off-leash dog parks across the city as well as in the suburbs of Jerrabomberra and Googong, you’re guaranteed to find the right spot for you and your furry friend. We also recommend taking a leisurely walk around the city, while stopping by at some of the fantastic cafes and eateries around town, or perhaps taking a trip to the amazing Molonglo Gorge for a bushwalk adventure just 15 minutes’ drive from Queanbeyan.

Top tips at a glance:

On-leash walks:

Off-leash dog parks:

  • Southbar Road, ‘The Scar’: All of area, including the grassed area which has been especially fenced.
  • High Street: The signposted area opposite the intersection of High Street and Thurralily Street.
  • Crest Road/Stuart Street: Water reservoir reserve.
  • Garry Owen Reserve/Baldhill Reserve, Queanbeyan West.
  • Jerrabomberra – 36 Kinlyside Avenue: The drainage reserve, opposite Darmody Place.
  • Googong – Barkley Dog Park – 46 Duncan St.
  • Googong – Cnr of Rockley Parade and Alchin Street.

Once you’re done with the activities of the day, take some time to recharge and treat your pup to the sweeter things in life by grabbing a coffee and a snack at one of the local cafes which welcome dogs in with open arms – and some even have a special menu for man’s best friends including puppacinos and homemade treats.

Try the Riverbank Café or the Mill Café for a snack or meal by the river. Or Ciao Café & Cakes or Thirty4 Café and Restaurant on the main street of town, both offering plenty of outdoor seating.

If you’ve travelled from afar and are looking for a place to stay the night, get in touch with Grand Manor Motor Inn, Golden Age Motor Inn or the Leagues Motel for a pet-friendly room. Always make sure to ring first to check availability as pet-friendly rooms are limited.


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Walk & Play

The go-to off-leash area in Bungendore is the serene reserve on the corner of Turallo Terrace and McMahon Drive. Turallo Creek runs through the area which is opposite to the Warren Little Oval and the Bungendore Skatepark. The reserve is centrally located and easy to find as you pass the Council Chambers and the public pool, heading north, offering plenty of space for your pooch to zoom around with other dogs.


Bungendore is the perfect country getaway for dog owners looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Everything you need is only a short walk away from the off-leash area of the town, making it easy to entertain your furry friend while still getting to explore everything the town has to offer on foot.

If you’re looking for a lunch spot, drop in to Kings Junction or the Gathering Café – both amazing pet-friendly cafes with outdoor seating and lots of country charm and unique character.

If you’re after a unique experience, take your companion out to the dog-friendly Contentious Character winery in Wamboin, just a quick 15 minute drive from Bungendore, and sip on some delicious cool-climate wines while taking in the spectacular views of the vines.

After a day of exploring, you can park for the night at the Bungendore Showground, which welcomes pets with their camping or caravanning owners.

Walk & Play

Let your dog off the leash for a chance to roam free around the Bicentennial Park on McKellar Street. They’ll be likely to meet other furry friends on a zoomie session as Braidwood’s streets are often busy with pets and their owners. If you’re interested in history and architecture, pop your pooch on leash for a walk around town to explore some of the fascinating heritage-listed buildings.


Braidwood is home to many cute and quirky cafés and restaurants. Take a break from all your outdoor fun with a bite to eat at the Braidwood Bakery or Dojo Bread, both equipped with outdoor seating.

Finally, catch some well-deserved rest with your pet at the Braidwood Showground.

  • Your pet should always have a collar and ID tag
  • Take note of the on-leash and off-leash areas
  • Remember to carry bags to clean up after your pet
  • Please note that dogs are not allowed specifically in nature reserves and water ways.

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