PAWFECT DAY OUT: Southern Downs' dog friendly attractions
IT'S THE weekend, the sun is shining, and your best mate is ready for an action packed day of exploring the beautiful Southern Downs.
The only problem is that dogs aren't always welcome.
To save you the accusatory stares of your pup as you pick up the car keys, we've compiled a list of the top ten pet friendly spots in Warwick and surrounds.
Bluebird Kitchen and Bar
The team at the Bluebird welcome pooches of all shapes and sizes to their outdoor dining area. Chow down on an award winning selection of American style barbecue while Fido laps up the warm winter sunshine.
As the sun rises you will find many residents walking their dogs along the popular Condamine River. Begin at Federation Park for a leisurely stroll along the longest river system in the country. Leashed dogs are encouraged with handy stations posted along the walk with doggy bags, in case you forgot your own.
Belle Vue Cafe
The coffee at this Palmerin Street institution has been voted to be the best in Warwick. Grab your morning caffeine hit and watch the town bustle by in the outdoor seating area with your four legged friend.
Sutton's Juice Factory, Cidery and Cafe
This apple farm and juice factory offers what many have claimed to be the best apple pie in the region. Located just 30 minutes south of Warwick, the orchard has set aside a shady section of their garden for visitors to enjoy a cheeky cider with their furry friends.
Dogs aren't permitted in National Parks but if you're after a nature hit, pack up your picnic basket and head to Leslie Dam. Dogs are allowed so long as they're on leash and stay out of the water. The cold, dry weather means there may be ticks, so ensure your mate is up to date with preventative medication.
The Yangan Rockies
The popular freshwater swimming hole is a beautiful spot to appreciate the natural beauty of Yangan, if you can find it. The water may be too cold for humans this time of year but your mate may be daring enough to give it a go.
For active types that need a challenge on their Sunday morning, Mount Marley offers a reasonably steep walking trail that welcomes well-behaved, leashed dogs. At the top you'll be rewarded with expansive views over Stanthorpe and onward to distant mountains, easily viewed by free-to-use, high powered binoculars.
Gleneden Family Farm
Give your pooch the true country experience at this fifth-generation Maryvale farm. Activities abound with farm skill and kitchen craft workshops. Dogs are welcome at the hillside or creek campsites.
Little Gallery Cafe
If it's time to treat yourself, Little Gallery Cafe offers slices of homemade cakes and locally sourced lunch specials in the convenience of town. Two outdoor dining tables are able to accommodate furry friends, with water provided.
Granite Belt Brewery
Kick back and relax with a beer in hand and a dog at your feet at the area's only craft brewery. Set on 30 acres of natural bushland, the brewery is home to 19 pet friendly cedar cabins so there's no need to worry about driving if you have a few too many.