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!

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

Special mention for:
Goomboora off leash park, Shale St, Brinsmead, Cairns. 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
Grazing Goat, Mackay
Woodman’s Axe, Mackay
Let’s Do Greek, Mackay
Brother Jenkins Café, Manunda, Cairns
Vines at Limberlost, Freshwater, Cairns
Dunwoody’s, Sheridan St, Cairns
Sipping Duck Café, Stratford, Cairns
Other Cairns dog-friendly places can be found here

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
BIG4 Crystal Cascades, Redlynch, Cairns
BIG4 Woodlands, Deeragun, Townville
Discovery Park Townsville/Cluden, Wulguru, Townsville
Coolwaters Discovery Park, Kinka Beach
Crows Nest Tourist Park
BIG4 Gold Coast
Lake Maraboon Holiday Village, Emerald
Campbells/DJ’s Caravan Park, Warwick
Ingenia White Albatross Holiday Park, Nambucca Heads
BIG4 Nambucca Beach, Nambucca Heads
NRMA South West Rocks
Fossickers Caravan Park, Inverell
Rolleston Caravan Park, Rolleston
Discovery Park Tannum Sands
BIG4 Atherton Tablelands Holiday Park, Atherton
Rollingstone Beachfront Resort, Rollingstone

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…
CleanAural ear cleaner: has a pointy nozzle so it doesn’t go everywhere

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