Is Queensland a Good Place to Have a Pet?


If you are looking for kittens or puppies for sale in QLD, you will be glad to know that it is an ideal place to have a pet. The second largest state in the country, Queensland offers a lifestyle that is both relaxed and dynamic. This is because it is a combination of tropical beaches, a portion of the outback, gorgeous mountains, World Heritage rainforests, desert landscapes, country towns, and cosmopolitan cities. From off-leash parks and long hikes in between, this state has plenty of choices and options for families with pets.

Places to Go with Your Pet

Also called the “Sunshine State” for its tropical and sub-tropical climates, Queensland is host to more than 100 pet-friendly, off-leash beaches. However, beaches are not the only places where you can take your buddy out for a day of fun. You can head to the hinterlands or outback areas for bushwalks, or grab a drink or snack at any of the state’s pet-friendly cafés and pubs. You can also attend a pet event, as Queensland is known for hosting numerous ones, such as the Big Red Bash in Birdsville and the Noosa Surfing Dog Championship in Noosa, throughout the year. Just always remember to be a responsible pet owner and clean up after your four-legged pal.

Pet-Friendly Beaches:

  • Stumers Creek Beach, Coolum, Sunshine Coast
  • Woorim Beach South, Bribie Island
  • Urangan Foreshore, Hervey Bay

Pet-Friendly Parks:

  • Tin Can Bay Tourist Park, Tin Can Bay
  • The Summit 1770, Agnes Water
  • BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park, Helensvale

Pet-Friendly Accommodation:

  • Wongari Eco Retreat, Scenic Rim
  • Sea Shanties, North Stradbroke Island
  • Tugun Hideaway, Gold Coast

Pet-Friendly Restaurants:

  • High Tide Bar, Grill and Café, Mudjimba
  • BLVD Café and Pizza Bar, North Lakes
  • Whipbird Café, Coolabunia

Pet-Friendly Pubs:

  • All In Brewing Co., Banyo
  • Sea Legs Brewing, Kangaroo Point
  • Felon’s Brewing Co., Brisbane

Climate in Queensland

Sitting in the northeastern corner of Australia, Queensland covers an area of almost two million square kilometres. Because of its enormous size, its geography and climate are diverse. The state is composed of sandy beaches, coral reefs, tropical islands, flat river plains, elevated terrain, sub-tropical forests, agricultural belts, deserts, and populated urban areas. It has a multicultural population of which almost 30% are immigrants.

Given the state’s geography, it is one of the warmest regions in the country. It has two seasons: dry (between June and October) and rainy (between October and May). It has three climate zones: the far north, which is tropical; the southeast, which is sub-tropical; and the inland areas, which are arid. The state experiences almost 3,000 hours of sunshine every year, with an average daily high temperature of 30 degrees centigrade. Its winters are mild and its average water temperature is 26 degrees centigrade. Given its generally sub-tropical humid climate, Queensland is a suitable place to care for just about any pet.

Pet Restrictions in Queensland

While the state makes an ideal home for animals, there are exceptions to the ones you can keep as a household pet. This is because some animals that were introduced as pets before the Biosecurity Act 2014 was implemented have become invasive. Prohibited mammals, such as rabbits, foxes, and squirrels, turned out to be serious pests, causing the state a great deal of money and contributing to many of these animals’ extinction.

Luckily, there are no restrictions on dogs and cats – two of the most common household pets. Other exceptions (subject to local government by-laws) include the following: black/brown rats, house mice, guinea pigs, walking fish, horses, goats, donkeys, and deer that are kept within a deer-proof enclosure.

Bear in mind that there are penalties for keeping a prohibited pet in Queensland. Here is a list of the illegal pets in this state:


  • Monkeys
  • Weasels
  • Dingoes
  • Hamsters
  • Gerbils

Birds and Reptiles:

  • All tortoises
  • Boa constrictors
  • American corn snakes
  • Red-eared slider turtles


  • Gambusia
  • Tilapia
  • Carp
  • Climbing perch
  • Largemouth bass

If you are moving to Queensland and own a prohibited pet, it is recommended that you get in touch with the Department of Environment and Science for advice. Otherwise, you can surrender your animal to the local government of the state or Biosecurity Queensland.

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