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Bring your best mate

Holidays are better spent when everyone in the family can travel, including your precious fur baby.

If your four-legged best mate is coming too, you want to ensure dogs are widely welcomed wherever you go.

Here in the Lockyer Valley, there is an abundance of parks and reserves for you and your dog to exercise in. These include the off-leash dog parks at the Laidley Recreational Reserve, Lake Apex in Gatton and Fairways Park where you can play a friendly game of fetch together.

Dogs are also welcome at the following parks provided they are on a lead and supervised: Fred Gillam Park in Gatton; Littleton Park in Gatton; William Kemp Park in Gatton; McGovern Park in Helidon; Lions Park and Narda Lagoon in Laidley; Johnson Drive Park in Lockrose; Burrambin Park in Withcott; and Springbrook Park in Withcott.

If you’re visiting one of the many townships in the Lockyer Valley, why not take your beloved pooch with you for a tour down the main street. It’s a great way to browse the many businesses and meet the locals, who might just ask if they can have a pat!

Some businesses allow patrons to have their dogs sitting or lying down next to them in outdoor settings but be sure to check with the business owner first. At Café 4342 in Forest Hill, dogs get a tasty little treat when they dine in with their owners! Alternatively, you can place a takeaway order and head to a nearby picnic table to bask in the sunshine while Fido rolls in the grass.

If you love what you are seeing and experiencing in the Lockyer Valley and wish to extend your stay, many motels and campgrounds allow your pets to stay on the premise. Accommodation providers that cater for dogs include Centenary Park Camping Ground in Thornton, Murphy’s Creek Escape, Fordsdale Farmstay, Room Motels Gatton, Clewleys Country Haven in Withcott, Laidley Caravan Park, Laidley Showgrounds, Mulgowie Hall Recreational Camping, Heifer Creek rest area and Narda Lagoon in Laidley.

Rates vary depending on where you choose to stay, and it is best to book accommodation for you and your pet well in advance.

If your animal needs medical assistance during your trip, see one of the friendly vets at Gatton Veterinary Service, UQ Veterinary Clinic, Laidley Veterinary Surgery or Withcott Veterinary Service.

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