Pawsome Pet-Friendly Experiences in Rockhampton

Published on 22 March 2024

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Explore Rockhampton's PAWFECT pet-friendly experiences

Gone are the days when our beloved fur babies were left behind while we headed on holidays.

These days, pet-friendly places are popping up all over the place and Rockhampton Region is no exception.

In this blog, we’ve listed a bunch of pawsome experiences you and your four-legged friend can enjoy while you visit Rockhampton.

With more than 300 days of sunshine, you and your canine companions will have endless fun, feasting on puppacinos, playing zoomies in the park, being pampered and spoiled in one of the many accommodation places and even cruising the islands for the day.

You’d be barking mad not to make the effort not to sniff out and explore the Rockhampton Region with your best friend.

While you and your fur baby soak up the fun times in the Rockhampton Region, we invite you to come and explore Rockhampton and share your visit with us by tagging @ExploreRockhampton and #ExploreRockhampton.

Samoyed dog smiling and sitting like a good girl outside of a cafe.
Pet-friendly cafes are a plenty in Rockhampton.

Enjoy a cuppa with your pupper

Recharge with Rover at one of Rockhampton’s many beautiful cafes and restaurants in and around the iconic Riverside Precinct. After your stroll along the picturesque riverbank, enjoy a refreshing beverage, tantalise your taste buds with a delicious meal or kick pack with a cold one with your pooch as you take in the beauty of Rockhampton’s CBD. If you travel outside of Rockhampton’s city centre, you will discover some quaint and quirky cafes nestled in peaceful suburbs, all ready to take you and your fur baby’s order upon arrival.

Riverside Precinct and CBD Cafes

Suburban Cafes

Samoyed dog enjoying a run in the park with her tennis ball.
A pawfect day out includes a play in the park!

Get out all the zoomies

For every doggo who can’t get enough of wide-open spaces, conversing with their four-legged brethren and catching up on all the news by sniffing the nearby tree stumps, Rockhampton boasts a great number of parks perfect for pets. After the long drive in the car, pull up stump and let you and your fur baby stretch those legs. We’ve listed some ideal pet parks perfect for unleashing the ultimate zoomies!

Off-leash dog parks

Samoyed dog looking out to the view of Rockhampton Riverside Precinct
Share a stroll with your furry companion.

Wanna go for walkies?

If your pawsome pet prefers a casual stroll on-leash through shaded, winding pathways, Rockhampton region delivers that too! Enjoy the scenic river views of the mighty Fitzroy River (Tunuba), become one with the beauty of nature as birds serenade you through the leafy pathways of the Kershaw Gardens or Frenchville Road

Close up of a Samoyed dog surrounded by her plus toys sitting outside.
You can never have too many toys!

Did someone say "treato"?

It’s the magic word that makes their ears perk up and the whites of the eyes shine brighter than ever. The magic word that gets the toes tippy-tapping, the tail wagging and the tongue salivating all over their ‘snoot’. Whether it’s pampering, grooming, a new toy or a delicious, irresistible reward, Rockhampton has the right places to truly spoil your fur baby just like our smiling Samoyed Arya proudly showing off her toy collection.

Pet accessories and grooming

Samoyed dog smiling on the shores of Great Keppel island with crystal clear waters lapping at her paws and the sea breeze in her hair.
Ferries to Great Keppel Island are fur baby friendly!

Love you to the beach and back

If island vibes are what you and your doggo seek, then a day trip to Great Keppel Island might be on the cards for you both. Island commuters Freedom Fast Cats and Keppel Connections welcome pets aboard their vessels so that you and your pooch can enjoy the sand between your toes and paws. The crystal-clear waters of the island make it ideal for you and your four-legged-friend to paddle around. For the adventure-seeking fur baby family, why not hire a kayak and cruise along the calm waters with doggo in tow. Feeling hungry after all that play time and exploration? Great Keppel Island Hideaway provides a relaxing spot for you and the pup to enjoy a bite to eat and a refreshment or two before heading back to the mainland. There's no stopping Arya from smiling as she soaks up the seabreeze with the sand between her paws.

Put those paws up and relax

After a long hard day of sniffing the countryside and enjoying the pet-friendly delights of the region, it’s time to circle around (several times) into a cosy place to sleep. Rockhampton’s pet-friendly accommodation options range from tranquil caravan parks and campsites to comfortable motels and apartments. There’s something to suit everyone’s budget and style.

Written by Explore Rockhampton