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Pet Motels and Pet Resorts

Pet Motels and Pet Resorts, dog boarding and cat boarding, dog boarding kennels, catteries, and pet sitting services in the Northern Rivers NSW, and Gold Coast Hinterland QLD region. 

Please note, kennels and catteries may require a current vaccination certificate.  Check with the operator prior to booking.

There's also information about on leash and off leash dog exercise areas on the Gold Coast, in Byron Shire and Tweed shire.

Pet Motels and Pet Resorts

Avonlee Lodge Pet Resort
(02) 6628 7277
dogs and cats
Glencogan Pet Motel
(02) 6628 0262
dogs and cats
Tassiriki Ranch
Empire Vale via South Ballina
(02) 6683 4602
horses only/agistment
Cabarita Beach Pet Resort
Clothiers Creek via Cabarita
(02) 6677 7284
dogs and cats/boarding
Kingscliff Pet Sitting
0419 491 794
dog minding and dog/cat sitting
Valley View Pet Resort
Duranbah via Kingscliff
(02) 6676 6094
dog boarding only
Kyogle Pet Motel
(02) 6633 9117
dog/cat boarding only
AAA Pet Resort
(02) 5525 2098
dog/cat boarding only
Abbeyards Boarding Kennels and Cattery
(02) 5530 5689
dog/cat boarding only
Cosy Cats Feline Guesthouse
(02) 6684 0584
cat boarding only
Nerang Pet Motel
(07) 5578 2375
dog/cat boarding only
BarkRoyal Boutique Pet Resort
Mt Nathan via Nerang
(07) 5596 7575
dog/cat boarding only
Mid Town Pet Centre
(07) 5533 9452
cats, toy/miniature dogs only

Dog exercise areas Ballina Shire, Byron Shire, Gold Coast City Council and Tweed Shire

If you're visiting our region with your four pawed friends, please respect local regulations, clean up droppings, and keep your dog on leash where required, especially on beaches and in dune areas where migrating shore birds maybe nesting. In rural areas, please don't let your dog chase livestock or wildlife.

Ballina exercise areas

Council recognises the importance of dogs being allowed time to exercise unrestrained and there are seven off-leash areas in the shire.

Dogs can exercise, roam freely and socialise under the supervision of their owner or person in charge at the following desingated off-leash areas:

Off-Leash Dog Exercise Areas. Updated
  • Bicentennial Gardens, the northern area of the reserve
  • Ballina Compton Drive, East Ballina
  • Gap Road, Alstonville
  • Seven Mile Beach, north of Lennox Head - Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club
  • Ballina Heights Estate, eastern reserve area, Ballina Heights
  • Headlands Drive Drainage Reserve, Skennars Head
  • The Spit, Ballina
  • Ballina Shire: Exercising your dog includes resources and also a list of  "no go" zones for dogs, because of the popularity of some beaches and the presence of migratory and shorebirds.

Byron Shire Dog Exercise Areas

See Byron Shire Council - Dog exercise areas, page with off leash and on leash areas descriptions, and links to PDF maps .

Off-lead exercise areas

  1. Tallow Beach:   From a point adjacent to Jarman Street, Suffolk Park, extending in a northerly direction to the boundary of the Arakwal National Park. (Restriction: Intertidal zone only)
  2. Main Beach to Belongil Beach:  From a point adjacent to Manfred Street, Belongil, extending in an easterly direction to a point on the western side of Main Beach car park and including Cavanbah Reserve.
  3. Suffolk Park:  Public Reserve, Beech Drive.
  4. Brunswick Heads: Brunswick Heads access from a point 20 metres south of the Brunswick Heads Surf Club, extending in a southerly direction for 400 metres to the boundary of Tyagarah Nature Reserve. (Restriction: Intertidal zone only. Access from adjacent to the Brunswick Heads Surf Club only).
  5. New Brighton Beach:  From a point 50m north of the Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve boundary and extending northward to a line adjacent to Ocean Avenue. (Restriction: Intertidal zone only)
  6. South Golden Beach:  From a point adjacent to Gloria Street, South Golden Beach, extending in a northerly direction to the Billinudgel Nature Reserve. (Restrictions: Intertidal zone only. Access via Gloria Street).
  7. Mullumbimby:  Heritage Park, Mill Street, Mullumbimby. From opposite Gordon Street to opposite Stuart Street. (Restrictions: Companion animals are prohibited from the area in or within ten (10) metres of the children’s play equipment.)
  8. Bangalow:  Part of the Community land at Ashton Street Bangalow. The area bounded by Deacon Street, Ashton Street and Byron Creek. (Restrictions: Companion animals are prohibited from the area in or within ten (10) metres of the children’s play equipment).

Note: Beach Dog Exercise areas are restricted to the intertidal zone only. Dog owners are requested to keep their dogs off dune and dune rehabilitation areas.

On-lead exercise areas

  1. Brunswick Heads - Lot 33 DP7300006 and Lot 36 DP800926 Kingsford Drive Brunswick Heads – Public Reserve and Lot 68 DP851902 Bayside Way Brunswick Heads
  2. Ocean Shores - Lot 1454 DP575235 Warrambool Road (known as Devines Hill, Lookout): This Public Reserve area is accessible from the west via Lookout Road and from the east via a walking track off Warrambool Road.  The Reserve includes trees and shrub areas with open space at the lookout and road area, suitable for an on-lead dog exercise area.
  3. Ocean Shores (Water Lily Park and Sports Ground) - also know as Lot 175 DP238456 Orana Road Ocean Shores: Restriction: All dogs are to be excluded from those areas within 10 metres from any playing apparatus provided for the public or park for the use of children and on recreational areas being any place or part of public place for playing organised games. 
  4. Ewingsdale - Lot 40 DP786291 Brookview Court, Lot 14 DP882879 Citriadora Drive Ewingsdale: These Public Reserves include shrubby areas and are suitable for on-lead dog exercise areas and link several streets that may allow dog walkers to use these reserves and roadways as walking circuits. 
  5. Federal - Lot 24 DP814436 Coachwood Court Federal and Lot 7 DP263974 Roses Road Federal and Lot 11 DP1003205 Roses Road: These three reserves are linked by tracks, pathways and roads.  The walk begins at the track accessed through Coachwood Court that leads to Roses Road where there is a public park.  Dogs are permitted in this park on lead excluding those areas within 10 metres of any playing apparatus or food preparation areas.  Dog owners can also walk their animals via Roses Road to a reserve and track that leads to Wean Way Federal.

Please visit Byron Shire Council - Dog exercise areas web page, which has a link to PDFs containing aerial maps and full description to off leash and on leash areas.

Local vets are located at Billinudgel, Mullumbimby, Byron Industrial complex and Suffolk Park.

Gold Coast Dog exercise areas

Dog exercise areas are provided by Council for dog owners.

These areas are not for the exclusive use of dogs and their owners.

They are for the enjoyment of all, so please be considerate of people who may be sharing the area with you and your dog or using the park after you leave.

Tweed Shire Council Dog Exercise areas

Information courtesy of Tweed Shire Council - Where can I walk my dog?" page.  See TSC - Dogs for more information about responsibilites of dog ownership in the Tweed Shire, including offences and penalties.

Dog Prohibited zones at Pottsville and Hastings Point: IMPORTANT

Two areas have recently been declared 'Dog Prohibited' zones under the Companion Animals Act 1998.

These are located at:

  • Ambrose Brown Park and adjacent foreshore, Mooball Creek, Pottsville
  • The mouth of Cudgera Creek, Hastings Point

Note that there are also prohibited areas at Fingal Head, Kingscliff, Cabarita and Wooyung.  Please let the birds be able to nest and forage in peace!

Download your "Dogs of the Tweed Shire" A3 poster, which shows all on-leash and off-leash areas.  Look for signs showing off-leash areas on the beach and learn where you can safely take your dog on the Tweed Coast.

Dogs on beaches

The following areas are approved dog off-leash exercise areas on Tweed coast beaches*:

  1. South Fingal Head / Kingscliff Beach - access from Murphys Road Kingscliff to a point 0.5km south of the beach access point at the Fingal Head Quarry
  2. South Kingscliff Beach - from the boundary of Salt residential area north to the rockwall of Cudgen Creek
  3. South Cabarita Beach - 200m south of Norries Headland to a point one kilometre north of Cudgera Creek
  4. South Pottsville Beach - 200m south of the main bathing area at Pottsville Beach to 200m north of Black Rocks
Dogs in parks and reserves

The following areas are approved dog off-leash exercise areas in Tweed Shire parks and reserves*:

  1. Boyds Family Park, off Piggabeen Road, Tweed Heads West.
  2. Frangela Drive Reserve, Frangela Drive, Murwillumbah.
  3. River Street Park, between numbers 73 and 89 River Street, Murwillumbah.
  4. Corowa Park - Corner of Chinderah Road and Terrace Street, Chinderah.
  5. Turnock Park - Corner of Chinderah Road and Chinderah Bay Drive, Chinderah.
  6. The riverbank reserve at the end of Old Ferry Road, Oxley Cove.
  7. Bilambil Road Park on the corner of Naponyah Road and Bilambil Road, Terranora.
  8. Amaroo Park on the corner of Darlington Drive and Amaroo Drive, Banora Point.
  9. Hibiscus and Oyster Point Park at the bottom of Bushland Drive, Banora Point.
  10. Ducat Park - Ducat Street, Tweed Heads.

Regulatory Services Unit, TSC, Tel. (02) 6670 2400.

*Maybe subject to change.  Please check for updates.  Visit the TSC web page for current prohibited zones, off-leash and on-leash exercise areas.

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