Dog friendly tourism is on the rise, so if you want to visit the Gympie Region with your pooch you won’t be the only one.
With that in mind, here are some tips on where to stay and what to do with your doggy next time you visit the Gympie area.
1. Lagoon Pocket B&B – Just a few minutes’ drive from Gympie in the scenic Mary Valley, well-behaved, trained dogs are welcome to join their owners here. It’s not just dog friendly either! As well as dogs, previous guests have included cats, birds and even a turtle.
You can walk your dog around the property on a leash or take her for a play date with the owner’s dog. All the rooms are separate from the main house with their own entrances, private verandas and views of the countryside. The very reasonable rates include a full cooked breakfast, with evening meals an option if you book in advance.
2. Gympie Caravan Park – There’s a pool, tennis court and an on leash dog park nearby with powered and unpowered camp sites available as well as cabins.
3. Windsong Cabins – About 20 minutes north of Gympie, Windsong Cabins are a quiet, relaxing place to stay with lots of room for exercising your dog in the pretty gardens. The cabins are air-conditioned and have a fridge along with tea or coffee making facilities. You can also use the BBQ area or eat at the onsite café.
4. Tin Can Bay – If you drive past the main shops to the waterfront there’s an on leash dog park on the right with plenty of shade, endless sea views and plenty of bins to make cleaning up after your pup easy. At low tide you can walk along the mudflats or paddle through the water all the way to the marina.
Aerial view of Tin Can Bay
5. Rainbow Beach - Dogs on a leash are permitted on the beach from Rainbow Beach all the way to Inskip. Inskip Peninsula is classed as a Recreational area, not a National Park which means that you need a permit for camping but dogs on leashes are allowed.
6. Gympie - Lake Alford off leash dog park is the best option if you’re looking for a fenced dog park in town because there are some shady trees and it’s far enough from the highway that you can enjoy some peace and quiet. You and your dog will be able to make new friends here and enjoy the facilities including benches, bags and bins.
7. Everything Dogz in Gympie - If you want to get out and about without your dog during your stay in the Gympie Region then drop him or her off at Everything Dogz for the day or for an overnight stay. They offer doggy day-care as well as dog grooming and hydro-baths, so your four-legged friend will be shiny-coated and bushy-tailed when you pick her up.
Have you got any dog friendly travel tips for the Gympie Region?