Resources and information

On this page, we plan to set out a number of lists: fully-fenced off-leash dog parks; dog-friendly caravan parks; dog-friendly cafés; other greyhound websites that may be of interest; dog-sitting services, and so on.

If you think of something you’d like to contribute, or find we’re missing something you’ve discovered that we should all know about, do let The Staff know, either in a comment below or by email at happygreyssocialclub(at)gmail(dot)com.

Please note that this work is time-consuming and we will be adding links to everything where available as time allows.

We love:

GAP Queensland: greyhound adoption program
OH! Happy Grey: for the love of the hound
Friends of the Hound. Mission: a home for every greyhound
Dog Central: out and about with your dog
Mad Paws: pet sitters
Bobbie Dogs: delicious doggy treats
Dog Culture: everything for your doggo, plus events
Annie’s Coats: cosy couture for the fashion-forward doggo
Hound-Tees: the T-shirt every stylish hound has been looking for!
Dogtopia Retreat: doggy daycare and fun in Townsville
HunnyBoots: stylish and colourful boots to protect those elegant paws
Gumtree Greys: Cute collars and other accessories for Greys and Staff
Maple & Lu Dog Boutique: collars, beds, clothing and treats for all doggo sizes and shapes

Fenced Dog parks we like:

You can find a list of parks listed by state on this site

Police Dog Tunza dog park, Willis Street, Gooseponds, Mackay, QLD
Queens Park, Cnr Chain and East Gordon Streets, East Mackay, QLC
Fenced dog park, Sir Raymond Huish Dr, Wandal,  Rockhampton, QLD
Plantation Park fenced dog park, 11-15 Kennedy St, Ayr, QLD
Sanctum dog park, 101 Sanctum Blvd, Mount Low, Townsville, QLD
Rossiter Park off-leash dog park, Aitkenvale, Townsville, QLD
Riverside off-leash dog park, Arinya St, Cranbrook, Townsville, QLD
Touch Park fenced dog area, Aeroglen Drive, Cairns, QLD
Lissner Crescent Park, De Jarlais St, Earlsville, Cairns, QLD
Little Barlow Park, Scott St, Paramatta Park, Cairns, QLD
Mill Park dog park, 16 Simpson St, Beerwah, QLD
Thompsons Road dog park, 94 Thompsons Rd, Coffs Harbour, NSW (warning: v. muddy after rain)

Special mention for:
Goomboora off leash park, Shale St, Brinsmead, Cairns, QLD. It’s NOT FENCED, but paradise for doggos and owners if your grey will come when called. It’s huge; creek water to paddle in, many big old trees, lots of grass and many other dogs and their people to meet, especially in the evenings.

Dog friendly places to eat:

Social Fresh & Local, Walkerston
Oscar’s Café & Bar, Mackay
Beachfront Bar & Restaurant, Bucasia
Bing’s Nomiya, Mackay
Hog’s Breath Café, Mackay
Boomerang Hotel, Mackay
Grazing Goat, Mackay
Woodman’s Axe, Mackay
Let’s Do Greek, Mackay
Brother Jenkins Café, Manunda, Cairns
Vines at Limberlost, Freshwater, Cairns
The Lush Pizza Co., Sheridan St, Cairns
Sipping Duck Café, Stratford, Cairns
Other Cairns dog-friendly places can be found here
Fat Dogz Café, Thuringowa, Townsville
The Old Railway Café, Flinders Street, Townsville

Dog-friendly caravan parks:

All of the BIG4 dog-friendly parks can be found here

All the G’day (Top Parks) dog friendly parks can be found here

We can personally recommend:
NRMA Holiday Park, Manunda, Cairns, QLD
BIG4 Crystal Cascades, Redlynch, Cairns, QLD
Tasman Holidays Cool Waters Holiday Park, Cairns, QLD
BIG4 Woodlands, Deeragun, Townville, QLD
Discovery Park Townsville/Cluden, Wulguru, Townsville, QLD
Ingham Tourist Park, Ingham, QLD
Coolwaters Discovery Park, Kinka Beach, QLD
Crows Nest Tourist Park, QLD
BIG4 Gold Coast, QLD
Lake Maraboon Holiday Village, Emerald, QLD
Campbells/DJ’s Caravan Park, Warwick, QLD
Ingenia White Albatross Holiday Park, Nambucca Heads, NSW
BIG4 Nambucca Beach, Nambucca Heads,NSW
Reflections Holiday Park, Evans Head, NSW
NRMA South West Rocks, NSW
Fossickers Caravan Park, Inverell, NSW
Rolleston Caravan Park, Rolleston, QLD
Discovery Park Tannum Sands, QLD
BIG4 Atherton Tablelands Holiday Park, Atherton, QLD
Rollingstone Beachfront Resort, Rollingstone, QLD
Townsville Lakes Holiday Park, Currajong, Townsville, QLD

Personal care for doggos:

Purina Nail clippers: the only ones we’ve found that do tough greyhound nails easily…
Vetsense FlyGon insect repellant: very effective and gentle on sensitive skin
Fido’s Everyday Shampoo: soap free and smells good, in case your grey finds something nasty to roll in… We know they don’t really need bathing otherwise!
CleanAural ear cleaner: has a pointy nozzle so it doesn’t go everywhere
Veterinary advice on tooth cleaning: Video on keeping those gnashers pearly white

Anti-anxiety products

Thundershirt: a calming body wrap if your grey hates thunderstorms
Calming pet bed: aka The Floof. Bed, calmer and toy, all in one. Mouse has three
Martin & Pleasance Rest & Quiet calming drops: 4 drops in drinking water before a thunderstorm or fireworks or directly into the mouth for immediate relief of stress