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2018 Pet Friendly Adventure plans (the first half)

Pet friendly adventure plans for 2018

When planning my 2018 pet friendly adventures I quickly became aware of all the cool events that are popping up all over Oz. It turns out there are heaps of people out there that want to include their pets in their day to day activities and I couldn’t be more excited. So I’ve put together a list of my Pet Friendly Adventure plans for the first half of 2018!

1. Pups on Sups event at Cleveland, QLD

I attended the inaugural Pups on Sups event at Currumbin, hosted by Surfing Queensland in 2017 and absolutely loved it! I found that dog owners who want to get out and be active with their pets are usually pretty chilled, easy going people and a lot of fun to be around. The event itself was well run and it was so cool to be on the water surrounded by so many other different dogs on their stand up paddle boards.

The Pups on Sups event at Cleveland, hosted by BrisSup, is held on the 20th January 2018, so (with the exception of the amazing pet friendly NYE party I attended) will be my first pet friendly adventure of the year!

While I’m in the Brisbane Bayside area I hope to explore the Wynnum and Manly esplanade and pet friendly parks and cafes in the area.

2. New Farm, Brisbane

New Farm in Brisbane is known for its pet friendliness and I can’t wait to spend more time there. This summer (until March 2018) New Farm Park is hosting the Moonlight Cinemas which I plan to check out, as well as hanging in the park and going on the river walks in that area.

3. Agnes Waters & Seventeen Seventy

Seventeen Seventy is the place my pet friendly adventures began in 2017. I travelled to up north to see Australia’s best dog whisperer, Chris de Aboitiz of SupDogOz, so he could teach me a thing or two about how to manage my dogs. By the end of my short stint there I had gone from not being able to take my dogs anywhere to getting them on a SUP with more than 20 other dogs (in front of the Channel Nine Morning Show crew aswell)!

While I was pretty stoked, I was so busy that I didn’t get to experience all the amazing pet friendly beaches and I have an urge to get good enough at surfing (on the paddleboard) that I can take my pups for a ride. There’s also a pretty great dog loving community up that way, so I can’t wait to get more involved in 2018.

5. Airlie Beach & Cairns

One foot island in the Whitsundays
One foot island in the Whitsundays, reforming after cyclone Debbie demolished it in 2017

I recently came back from a highly un-pet friendly albeit beautiful sailing trip around the Whitsundays, but this time I’ll be going back with my dogs, so will be looking out for pet friendly adventures (are there any?!?). Pretty much all of the Whitsunday islands are National Parks, so I will be doing some research to see if some of the private resorts have pet friendly areas, or what mainland beaches and inland lakes allow pets.

I’m also on the lookout for 4x4 tracks that aren’t on National Parks and don’t have too many crocs (I might be dreaming, I have no idea… yet). I’m nervous about where I’ll be allowed to bring my dogs in North QLD, but excited to finally dive the Great Barrier Reef and catch up with some mates up that way! (Any tips on pet friendly adventures in North Queensland would be welcomed with open arms).

6. Adelaide

I originally wanted to head down to Adelaide for Houndwave for the 7th April... Then I realised there's also a mini dog friendly music festival, Dogapalooza on the 18th March, and then I realised that there are a whole stack of pet friendly events hosted in Adelaide, so I’m keen as to add Adelaide to my list of pet friendly adventure plans.

I’ve also heard the Adelaide & South Australian beaches, are pretty pet friendly, and even the inner city allows you to walk your dogs, with cafes welcoming you to dine (sounds like a dream to me and not I'm not sure how true it is, but I want to find out!!).

My biggest issue with this part of the plan is doing the 3200km journey from Cairns to Adelaide in 5 days to make my dates work.

7. Caravan Convoy to Conference

Camper trailer prepped and ready to head off on our 2018 pet friendly adventure
Camper trailer prepped and ready to head off on our 2018 pet friendly adventure

I’ll be meeting up with some caravan industry professionals to convoy north from Sydney to the Gold Coast for the 2018 Caravan Industry Association of Australia Conference. The convoy is still in the planning stages so fingers crossed it will retain its pet friendly status! I attend the National Conference each year as it’s a great way to keep in touch with our professional colleagues in an industry that sees us living all over the place (or indeed, driving all over the place, as is my plan this year)! It’s never been pet friendly, but who knows, they may decide to let me bring them this year 😉

8. Big Red Bash

Birdsville's Big Red Bash, Photo Credit: Caravan Industry News
Birdsville's Big Red Bash, Photo Credit: Caravan Industry News

As a three day festival in the middle of the desert, the Big Red Bash has always been on my bucket list. Now they have a designated pet friendly camping area, it’s definitely in my adventure plans. One of the things I’m looking forward to the most on this trip is the journey there. I’ll be travelling slowly and embracing all that outback Queensland has to offer! I can’t wait…

Watch this space to see how my adventures went… And if you see me on the road, come say hi!

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