Sinnamon Park Local Embarked on a Life-changing Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela

Just two months into retirement, Sinnamon Park local and Indooroopilly Probus Club member Gregory Stegman embarked on a 35-day trek from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. His life has never been the same since.

Greg Stegman has been managing an Australian-wide real estate investment company for two decades, working 80 hours a week.   In 2014, however, he decided that it was time to retire and leave the corporate world. Two months after retiring, at the age of 64, Greg set off on a 750-km walk from France to Santiago de Compostela that would change his life forever. 

“In September 2014, I officially retired from my business and within weeks I arrived in Saint-Jean-Pied-De-Port in France which was the start of the Camino Frances,” he recalled.

The Camino Frances or “French Way” is one of the most popular routes of the Camino de Santiago, or “The Way of  St James” – a network of pilgrims leading to the apostle Saint James the Great shrine in the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in Galicia, Spain. The Camino has been walked by thousands of Saints, Sinners, Pilgrims, Kings and Queens as well as people grieving and those seeking redemption. 

At 64, Greg Stegman suffered his first mini-stroke and changed his lifestyle to prevent these strokes from further taking a toll on his health. “The Camino has called me, however,” he said, “it’s a 750-kilometre trek that was known to take at least 35 days.”

“Leaving the quaint French village of SJDP, one is challenged by a 25km hike across the Pyrenees Mountains into Spain. Stories abound of Pilgrims becoming lost due to the ever presence of dense fog or falling on the muddy pathways.

“Somehow, I made it through the first day but carrying an 8kg backpack was a task I hadn’t experienced before. Blistered feet and severe chafing were the effects of constant rain that day.”

Greg managed to walk around 25 kilometres each day and with each passing day he felt that he became stronger. His mind, he said, also adjusted to the simplified lifestyle.

“However, it’s the revision of one’s past life that occupies the mind when walking alone. Former conversations and memories of loved ones and family are constant flashbacks. Maybe it’s the rhythmic sound of walking poles hitting the ground with each step, like a drummer on a Viking longboat keeping the roarers together with their oars.”

On the tenth day, he could already barely walk as the shin splint finally took its toll. Luckily, a Spanish Pilgrim, who turned out to be a doctor, approached him and offered help. Through this man, he also learned about the different stages of the Camino – letting go, forgiveness, the inner journey of spiritual awareness and the enlightened stage. And he has just completed the first stage.

“I fully recovered and completed my journey to Santiago. This walk changed my life to such a degree that I have now walked the Caminos of France, and Portugal, the Jesus Trail in Israel and Buddhist trails in Japan.

 the Probus Club of Indooroopilly
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Greg is an Indooroopilly Probus Club member and he said that joining the club has given him a “new dimension in life, meeting like-minded people as everyone has a story to tell about their own life’s journey.”

Formed in 2014, the Probus Club of Indooroopilly has more than 90 members who meet on the first Tuesday of every month. The Club provides opportunities for members to meet fellow retirees on a regular basis, fostering friendships and a healthy mind and body through social interaction and activities.

Free Native Plants for Newly Built Homes in Sinnamon Park, Other Suburbs

How would you like to receive four, free native plants to jumpstart your garden? If you’ve just purchased a newly-built home or recently moved into an owner-built home in Sinnamon Park, you may be eligible for just that.

Property-owners listed in several targeted suburbs such as Sinnamon Park may be eligible to receive the green gifts from Brisbane City Council, if they happen to own a newly-built home within the past 12 months.

Interest is high and not all species are available at every nursery, so interested residents are urged to email the Free Native Plants team right away, to put in a request for their vouchers. Some plants are subject to seasonal availability.

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List of Suburbs

Bracken RidgeCalamvaleBulimbaBellbowrie
Bridgeman DownsDoolandellaCarindaleChapel Hill
CarseldineDurackHemmantFerny Grove
Everton ParkEight Mile PlainsMackenzieFig Tree Pocket
FitzgibbonEllen GroveManly WestKarana Downs
TaigumPallaraWynnumUpper Kedron

RuncornWynnum West

Sinnamon Park

Sunnybank Hills

To claim your free plants from any of the participating nurseries, you just need to present your Free Native Plants voucher which you can collect at any Council Regional Business Centre, library or ward office by showing your paid rates notice from the current financial year.

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List of participating nurseries:

RegionNurseryAddressContact number
NorthCity Farm Nursery (open Tuesday-Sunday)Northey Street City Farm, 16 Victoria Street, Windsor07 3857 8774
SouthOxley Nursery174 Dowding Street, Oxley07 3375 5390
EastB4C Sustainability Centre (open Monday-Friday)Corner of Wright Street and 1358 Old Cleveland Road, Carindale (access via 21 Wright Street)07 3398 8003
EastDaly’s Native Plants (open Monday-Saturday)57 Weedon Street West, Mansfield07 3349 0807
WestPaten Park Native Nursery (open Tuesday-Sunday)57 Paten Road, The Gap07 3300 6304

Other residents and entities including residential ratepayers, residential tenants, residential body corporates, schools, registered community groups, clubs on Council-leased land, and official citizenship ceremonies may also request free native plants.

For residential ratepayers, residential tenants, public housing and Defence Housing residents,  two free native plants may be claimed each financial year (July to June).

Sinnamon Park Aged Care Staff to Receive $50 Gift Vouchers for a Jab

Workers at an aged care facility in Sinnamon Park will receive a $50 gift voucher if they have their COVID-19 vaccination following the provider’s move to accelerate its program to protect workers and residents.

Wesley Mission Queensland CEO Jude Emmer has revealed that hundreds of the staff at the Sinnamon Village Aged Care have already benefitted from the vaccination service and received their vouchers for their first jab before 15 June 2021. They will conduct another on-site jab with the Pfizer vaccine in the coming weeks.

In a statement, Mr Emmer said that they ramped up their efforts to vaccinate the staff members who have to deal face-to-face with their residents. Apart from the Sinnamon Park aged care facility, vaccinations will also be underway at their disability sites and care homes, as well as their hospice facility, Hummingbird House.  

Mr Emmer said that they have regularly communicated with the staff on the importance of protecting each other. The provider has also been regularly in touch with Queensland Health.

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It comes as Queensland has entered into a three-day lockdown and reinstated safety protocols like social distancing and wearing face masks after an unvaccinated receptionist from the Prince Charles Hospital, who visited North Queensland, became positive for the COVID-19 Delta variant. Health authorities are still investigating if she was infected whilst at work. 

Animal Referral Hospital in Sinnamon Park Joins Canine Anti-Cancer Drug Trial

The Animal Referral Hospital in Sinnamon Park joins four other vet clinics in a trial for a canine anti-cancer drug that could be given orally to pet dogs diagnosed with B cell lymphoma that have yet to undergo any cancer treatment.

PharmaAust, a Perth biotech company, has developed an anti-cancer drug monepantel (MPL) and the trial is now on Phase IIb. The aim of this trial is to determine the optimal prescribed doses that would guarantee a successful treatment. 

It comes after Phase IIa showed tumor regression and disease stabilisation among the participating pets. According to chief scientific officer Dr Richard Mollard, six of the seven dogs in Phase IIa had favourable outcomes with a smaller tumor after taking the drug for 14 days.

PharmaAust said that several pet owners have signed up for the trial happening across veterinary clinics like Animal Referral Hospital in Homebush (Sydney), Western Australian Veterinary Emergency and Speciality in Success (Perth), Perth Veterinary Specialists in Osborne Park (Perth) and the Veterinary Specialist Services in Underwood (Brisbane), aside from the Sinnamon Park facility. 

The company is also opening two more sites in Melbourne and Sydney.

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There is no cure for B cell lymphoma and half of the dogs diagnosed with this disease may survive without treatment for 30 days. The other half, however, could experience their disease progressing particularly fast. Right now, chemotherapy is the only best treatment management but it could result in adverse effects and won’t guarantee a relapse. 

If Phase IIb succeeds, PharmaAust plans to conduct Phase III with a larger number of participants that will have to be screened before joining the trials.

Eventually, PharmaAust hopes that their medication may be a treatment option for pet owners with dogs with cancer. 

The Convenience Opens at the Sinnamon Park Village Shop

The popular Sinnamon Park Village Shop lost its convenience store tenants three years ago after nearly 20 years of operation. This October, new tenants have taken over the site by opening its aptly named establishment, The Convenience@Sinnamon Park. 

The shopping centre’s owners, Col and Kay Bennett, waited for the right tenant to lease the vacant site. It didn’t matter that it took three years amidst a slew of interests, including a cheesecake shop owner and an animal clinic. The Bennetts knew that what the community needed was a convenience store. 

The Convenience@Sinnamon Park owners, Gee and Sarita Nayyar, are new to this business but they have big plans of delivering “old fashioned” convenience store service to the locals.   

For starters, their store regularly offers free and fresh homemade goodies, as well as a Happy Hour for discounted deals. They also plan to have free-tasting specials. 

The Nayyars said that they will to listen and respond to the shoppers’ suggestions so that they can deliver high-quality retail experience. 

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The Convenience@Sinnamon Park hopes to be a traditional Aussie convenience store, where the choices are varied and multicultural. From time to time, however, the Nayyars will be changing up its food list with a mix of fresh, homecooked Indian dishes and favourite Australian meals. 

Open seven days a week from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., The Convenience@Sinnamon Park is at 1B/58 Oldfield Road.  

Sinnamon Park Cooking Class Promotes Tasty but Healthy Plant-Based Meals

One of the best decisions you’ll make in your life would be to take steps to eat healthy by choosing plant-based meals. However, sustaining a diet of mostly vegetables might be harder if you don’t have any idea what to do with the ingredients. 

Grab this chance to learn how to prepare tasty but healthy meals at this plant-based cooking class in Sinnamon Park. You’ll pick up tips on the best spices to use to make your plant-based meals flavourful whilst still complementing your health and wellness goals.

Set for Saturday, the 27th of July 2019, this plant-based cook and eat session will be conducted by Roushini’s Fun India. The class runs from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the venue will be confirmed after booking for a slot.

This plant-based cooking class is open for any age or member of the family, especially the teenagers. 

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Sessions are at $40 per head. Email or phone 0408 748 661 if interested. Participants are encouraged to bring a takeaway container.

Latest Land Valuations Show Centenary Suburbs’ Median Land Value Increased

Land values in the Brisbane City Council area increased by 6.8 percent overall since the last valuation in 2017. This overall land value increase is also reflected on Centenary suburbs, notably Jindalee and Sinnamon Park, according to the latest land valuation report published by the State of Queensland.

The latest land valuations report shows median land value in Jindalee increased 20.7 percent to $350,000 and Sinnamon Park’s climbed 20 percent to $420,000. Other Centenary suburbs also recorded moderate median land value increase: Mount Ommaney – $590,000 (9.3%), Middle Park – $365,000 (10.6%), Jamboree Heights –  $350,000 (9.4%), Westlake – $410,000 (5.1%), Riverhills – 305,000 (10.9%), Sumner – $255,000 (10.9%), and Seventeen Mile Rocks – $340,000 (9.7%).

Queensland property is showing continued signs of strength in some areas, according to the recently released Valuer-General’s 2019 Property Market Movement Report. Based on the economic indicators, Queensland Treasury advise “dwelling investment in Queensland is entering a ‘recovery phase.’” This follows a 4.8 percent decline in 2017-2018, Queensland’s Valuer-General Neil Bray said.

“While approvals and construction have declined, the substantial amount of work remaining in the pipeline indicates dwelling investment is headed for a ‘soft landing’ compared with previous housing cycles,” he said

A total of 18 local government areas, representing 1.03 million properties, received new valuations this year: Brisbane, Burdekin, Cairns, Etheridge, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Longreach, Moreton Bay, Noosa, North Burnett, Redland, Somerset, South Burnett, Sunshine Coast, Weipa, and Western Downs.

Of the 18 local government areas that have been valued, 16 recorded an overall increase ranging between 4.9 (South Burnett) and 42.5 percent (Etheridge). There were nine LGAs with increases of 0-10 percent, five areas with increases of 10-20 percent, and two areas with more than 20 percent increases. Burdekin and Longreach, on the other hand, recorded overall decreases of 2.9 percent and 14.8 percent, respectively.

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Majority of suburbs across Brisbane have recorded increase in residential land values, with most showing increases between five and 15 percent. Residential sector is the largest market sector in Brisbane, about 304,000 valuation. The median residential value has risen 7.1 percent as the overall median value increased to $455,000 from $425,000.

Thirty-seven residential suburbs remained unchanged, whilst 126 increased by up to 15 percent and 16 suburbs increased by more than 15 percent. Inner-city suburbs Woolloongabba (26.1%), Auchenflower (19.6%), Paddington (19.4%), and Milton (19.2%) have the largest median valuation increases.

The new valuations will become effective 30 June, however, landowners who have additional or new evidence to justify the need to alter the new valuations should provide such information through the online objections process via or at the address shown at the top of their valuation notice, by 7 May 2019.

The Rich History of How Centenary was Formed

Centenary, as it is known today, consists of several suburbs namely, Jindalee, Mount Ommaney, Jamboree Heights, Middle Park, Westlake, Riverhills, Sumner, Sinnamon Park, and Seventeen Mile Rocks.

Do you know how and why Centenary was formed? Let’s take a look back at the historic past of Centenary and the origins of the names of its suburbs.

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In 1959, Queensland’s Centenary Year, a  land developer named Hooker Rex planned the Centenary project. The project was a suburban development proposal that included a number of neighbourhoods with their own services and facilities that are capable of providing for all the needs of its residents.

The development started with the purchase of farmland in 1960. The contract for 1,416 hectare-development was agreed upon by the Council in 1961.

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The Centenary Bridge and Highway were among the most important parts of the development as it provided access to and from the city and the northern suburbs. Officially opened on 14 October 1964, the Centenary Bridge was financed by the developers while the Centenary Highway was built by the Brisbane City Council still at the developers’ expense.

The suburbs and industrial estates that were planned to be a part of the Centenary project were Jindalee, Jamboree Heights, Mount Ommaney, Riverhills, Westlake, Middle Park, and Sumner. Meanwhile, Seventeen Mile Rocks and Sinnamon Park were developed separately.

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The development was under the management of a public company called the Centenary Estates Limited for six years. In October 1967, the private shareholders were bought out by the Hooker Corporation Limited and the entire project was once again owned by the corporation.

The Establishment of the Centenary Suburbs


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Jindalee is an Aboriginal word which means “bare hills”. The establishment of the suburb in September 1962 brought the first public transport in the area, a bus going to and from Oxley Station.

Among the earliest establishments in the district were the Jindalee Golf Course, Swimming Pool, Bowls Club and the Looranah St. shopping centre. With its well-established golf course, swimming pool, and sporting facilities, it wasn’t long before Jindalee became a centre for sporting activities.

Jamboree Heights

Jamboree Heights was initially a part of Jindalee. When the Boy Scout held it’s Eighth Australian Pan-Pacific Scout Jamboree in Brisbane, Hooker Centenary provided the site. Later on, the place came to be called Jamboree Heights.

The 50th Anniversary of that historic Jamboree was celebrated in Jamboree Heights in January 2018. During that time, the participants learned more about the first Queensland Jamboree in 1967-1968.

Read: Celebrate Jamboree’s 50th Anniversary in Jamboree Heights  

Mount Ommaney

Mount Ommaney is considerably larger than Jindalee and Jamboree Heights. Despite the sloping nature of the terrain in the area, Hooker Centenary was able to develop a number of “Private Courts” in Mount Ommaney in January 1970, a feat considered a first in Australia.

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Each private court contains approximately seven homes, each with their own private entrance and shared private ownership of internal roads and nature strips.

Mount Ommaney became a prestige homesite that offers excellent views of the mountains and the city.

The suburb is also home to the first women’s golf club in Australia, the McLeod Country Golf Club, which was completed in 1969. The original golf club was comprised of 9 holes and a clubhouse. It was later extended to a full complement of 18 holes in 1971.


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Riverhills is named for its ideal location offering sweeping panoramic views of the Brisbane River. In January 1973, it was mainly marketed by the developer as a suburb for young people with young families, designed with a cul-de-sac concept that focuses on having a quiet environment with lots of privacy. Many of its streets were named after rivers, lakes, and other waterways of the world.


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Westlake was named by the developers in June 1973 for its nine-hectare freshwater lake. The developers maximised the landscape to give most of its homesites a view of the vast lake.


Sumner was named after the Sumner family who had been farmers and landholders in the area. Though the name was originally given to a road, the suburb later adapted the name in 1969.

Seventeen Mile Rocks

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The Seventeen Mile Rocks suburb used to include Sinnamon Park in 1975 as it extended farther west. With the development of Sinnamon Park, the boundaries of the suburb changed and currently, part of the Edenbrooke Estate is in Seventeen Mile Rocks and part in Sinnamon Park.

Seventeen Mile Rocks have gone through several developments under different estate developers namely ECOSSE Investments Pty Ltd, BMD Constructions, Baldwin-Riverlands, and Verandah.

Middle Park

Middle Park was strategically named by the developers in July 1976 to reflect its location in the middle of the Centenary Suburbs. The area offers northerly views of the McLeod Country Golf Club.

Sinnamon Park

In 1989, Sinnamon Park was developed originating from the suburb Seventeen Mile Rocks. The new suburb was named after the family of James Sinnamon and Margaret, who were the pioneer European settlers in the area.

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Today, Sinnamon Park houses a memorial dedicated to Thomas Macleod to celebrate his historic flights on 22 December 1910.

Read: Thomas Macleod and the Birth of Queensland Aviation in Sinnamon Park  

These are the historical origins of the names of the Centenary Suburbs. To have a deeper grasp on the history of Centenary, visit Centenary Suburbs Historical Society Inc.

Thomas Macleod and the Birth of Queensland Aviation in Sinnamon Park

His name is a familiar to people in Sinnamon Park and the Centenary area. A street and a park are named after him. There is even a monument for him in Sinnamon Park so people will never forget his valuable contribution to aviation in Queensland.

Thomas Macleod may be prominent in the Centenary area, but what many probably don’t know is that he was instrumental in giving flight to aviation in Queensland. His historic flight happened on present-day Seventeen Mile Rocks Road in Sinnamon Park, near the monument created for him on Windermere Avenue.

Born on June 5, 1881, Macleod was an aviator, barrister, air force officer and defence forces personnel before he retired as a sheep grazier.

First Flight in Queensland

The historic flight on December 22, 1910 was reported by The Courier newspaper to be the first time a biplane glider rose from the ground in Queensland. On that day, Macleod became the first to fly a heavier-than-air biplane glider built in Queensland.

The gentle slopes in the area made it ideal for the flight. Macleod trained on a specially constructed machine and made some tentative flights. On December 22, 1910, after experimenting for a week on a full-sized monoplane, he did some practice to start from a rail of around 32 ft. With the help of two young boys, Cecil and Hercules Sinnamon, Macleod managed to rise before reaching the end of the rail.

After several glides, he flew to a height of 12-14 ft. The glider he used was built according to the Wright brothers’ pattern, except for some alterations, including receding wing tips.

People who watched and observed the experiments marked that day as the start of practical aviation in Queensland. One hundred years after, on December 18, 2010, the memorial at Sinnamon Park was dedicated to Thomas Macleod to celebrate his historic flights on that day.

Monument celebrating Major Thomas Macleod’s successful flight in 1910. (Photo credit: CDH/CSHSoc)

Contributions to Aviation

Macleod was instrumental in developing the field of aviation in Queensland. He formed the Queensland Volunteer Flying Civilians in 1914 where members were trained in the art of aerial warfare using a reconstructed Cauldron at Hemmant. He served in the Royal Flying Corps along with other members of the flying school.

Six months prior to his historic flight, Macleod helped form the first Aero Club in Queensland in June 1910. Following World War I, the club started flight training. In 1920, the government granted them license to carry passengers and do aerial work.

Queensland Aero Club was granted Royal Charter in 1935 and took on its present name, Royal Queensland Aero Club. The club conducted flight training in Queensland under contract with QANTAS, where Macleod was among the early directors.

One of his more important actions as director of QANTAS was to establish the airline’s involvement in the original Royal Flying Doctor Service. He was instrumental in providing an aircraft for the aeromedical organisation.

Macleod’s contribution to aviation in Queensland was immense and the monument dedicated to him serves to celebrate his feats. The next time you pass by Seventeen Mile Rocks or the Thomas Macleod monument, remember how this was where Queensland aviation first took flight.



Let Your Dogs Run Free at Off-Leash Dog Parks in Centenary

Every dog lover knows how much their dog wants to have some freedom to run carefree without the restraint of the leash. Brisbane dogs are lucky as there is a host of parks where they can roam and play freely off the leash.

Brisbane has over a hundred dog off-leash parks. (Photo credit: (Forest Lake Off-Leash Dog Park / Facebook)

In the Centenary area, there are several parks that allow dog owners to let their dogs loose. These dog parks are fenced areas where dogs can run around and socialise with other dogs and park visitors.

The use of the dog parks comes with some responsibility on the part of the owner. Brisbane City Council reminds dog owners of their obligations when releasing their dogs in the park.

Before they can use any Centenary designated dog park, the dog must be registered with the City Council, wormed regularly and should have updated vaccinations. The dog owner must also have full control of his or her dog.

The Dog owner should make sure that the dog does not have behaviour issues and can socialise well with other dogs and humans in the park. Dog owners should also take care of any dog droppings and dispose of them properly in poo bins provided inside the dog park.

Here is a list of dog parks in the Centenary area where you can go and set your dogs loose and give them an enjoyable time.

Thomas Macleod Park, Sinnamon Park

Thomas Macleod Park in Sinnamon Park provides the largest dog off-leash area in the Centenary area. The park is located at 40 Sinnamon Road and allocates 6,512 sqm of dedicated off-leash area for dogs.

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Visitors can feel relaxed and comfortable as there is a picnic shelter, benches, table with benches, tap, dog water, trash bin and poo bin to help them clean up after their furry friends.

Jindalee Boat Ramp Park, Jindalee

In Jindalee, locals can bring their pets to the Jindalee Boat Ramp Park at 99 Mt Ommaney Drive. This park has good facilities for its 912-sq-m dog off lease area, with bench seat, dog water, bubbler, poo bin and regular trash bin.

Phil Denman Park, Jamboree Heights

The Jamboree Heights dog park is at Phil Denman Park located at 56 Loffs Road. The park, which has a basketball/netball court, provides 2,298 square metres of dog off-leash area. The Phil Denman Park has a picnic shelter, bench and table, bubbler, dog water and poo bin. The park also includes a dog agility and exercise equipment.

Wolston Creek Bushland Reserve, Riverhills

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Located in Riverhills, Wolston Creek Bushland Reserve has an off-leash dog area of 2,621 sqm. The dog park is off Sumners Road and has regular park amenities such as benches and tables, picnic area and tap.

The dogs are provided with dog water and there is a poo bin for dog droppings.

Tigris Street Park, Riverhills

There is also a dog off-leash park at 22 Tigris St in Riverhills. Dogs can run and play around the dog park of 1,516 square metres. Aside from benches, picnic shelter and tables, there is a bubbler, tap and poo bin at the dog park.

Barcoorah Street Park, Westlake

Dog owners can opt to bring their dogs to the Barcoorah Street Park, located at 88 Barcoorah St in Westlake. The area is a bushland with a dog off-leash park on Loffs Road.

Delapine Place Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks

Delapine Place Park at 6 Delapine Place provides an off-lease dog park with an area of 3,399 square metres. There are bench seats in this dog park.

Locations of off-leash dog parks in the Centenary area. (credit: Brisbane City Council)