Dogs and pets

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

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

The purpose of national parks is to provide a much-needed refuge for native plants and animals. While dogs and other pets may be a valued part of a family, they’re a real threat 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—aren’t allowed. On-the-spot fines apply if you are found to have pets with you in a national park.

Travelling with a dog in a vehicle through a national park

You can travel through a national park with your dog in a vehicle but only on gazetted roads.The dog must stay inside the vehicle and you must stay on the gazetted roads. You can’t travel on any non-gazetted (management) roads in the park and you can’t stop at day-use areas, lookouts or any other sites.

Provisions for traversing recreation areas are different for each area. Check the individual web pages for these areas for details.

Places where dogs are welcome

Find park and forests in Queensland where dogs are permitted on a leash.

Remember to check each web page carefully to find out where in the area you can take your dog and pay attention to any signs when you get there. Dogs may only be allowed in specific areas within the park. Your dog must remain on a leash at all times.

A few recommendations of where to visit with your dog on a leash

Daisy Hill Conservation Park—choose from a wide variety of tracks—from an easy stroll to a decent hike.

Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area—if your hound loves the sand and the sea, you’ll both enjoy a visit to Inskip.

Byfield State Forest—enjoy a picnic with your dog in the Red Rock visitor area of this popular state forest.

Dog-friendly camping areas

Dogs can stay overnight in only a few of our camping areas. When you arrive, check the signs to see where you and your dog can go.

Be a responsible dog owner

Follow these simple rules 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.
  • Always clean up after your dog. Collect waste in a secure bag and dispose of it responsibly. Most parks and forests don’t have rubbish bins, so bring your own bags and take them with you when you leave.
  • Always check your dog carefully for ticks.

Guide, hearing and assistance dogs

Certified guide, hearing and assistance dogs are allowed into public areas of Queensland’s parks and forests, including camping areas. Certified support dogs must wear an identifying coat or harness and the approved badge or tag. There’s comprehensive information about this in our operational policy certified support dogs and assistance animals in QPWS managed areas.

Helpful signs and symbols

Signs and symbols indicate where pets are and aren’t allowed. Look for these standard symbols before taking your pet into a park or forest.

Dogs permitted on leash
Dogs permitted on leash—your dog is permitted in the area provided it is on a leash and under effective control at all times.

Dogs and pets prohibited
Domestic animals prohibited—your pet is not permitted in the area.