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Yarra Valley in winter with your dog

Yarra Valley in winter with your dog

by: Helen Collier

Winter is a great time for exploring the Yarra Valley with your dog as it has a well-deserved reputation for being a seriously pet-friendly region. Stay at one of the gorgeous pooch-welcoming properties and then set off with your pooch to explore the region

This is your ultimate guide to visit Yarra Valley with your dog during the winter.

Check out also the full Yarra Valley Guide with your dog!

Dog Friendly Wineries to visit during the winter

After a lovely brisk dog walk at one of the lovely parks, why not find a cellar door that welcomes pooches or a cafe with a fire where you can enjoy great food with your pup – read on as we have all the goss.

Maddens Rise

Maddens Lane, Coldstream

Our favourite cellar doors over winter have to be Maddens Rise. It’s a tiny boutique cellar door with a stunning view, a wood burning stove, gorgeous cellar door staff, Emma (owner) and Ben (owner of two doggos himself) who welcome pooches with open arms. A wine tasting with either of them is like hanging out with friends and if the weather’s fine, take a glass out onto the deck while your pooch has a run around on the lawn and a fuss made of him/her by all who are there.


Yering Farm

19 St Huberts Road, Yering

Yering Farm is a properly pup-friendly place to visit – your pup can come inside with you by the fire and be by your side as you try their wines with a knowledgable tasting guide by one of their cellar door staff (we love Megan). If you’re a cider lover, make sure you try their apple syder as they call it, made by their wine maker too!! If you’re hungry, order the Pruner’s Platter and enjoy some local produce as you admire the view, which is quite staggering on a clear day.

You can find all dog friendly wineries in the Yarra Valley (and beyond) from Pupsy Dog Friendly Wineries directory.


Dog Friendly Pubs & Cafes

My Little Kitchen

316 Maroondah Highway, Healesville

If you’re after something more substantial to eat with your dog – head into Healesville, to My Little Kitchen, a fantastic recent addition to the café scene in this popular town, with a lovely covered outdoor area which is fully heated and enclosed – ideal for you and your pupper.  Their menu is sensational, with plenty of healthy options, a haven for GF, vegan, vego peeps.  And Toby’s Estate coffee too, really well made.


Healesville Hotel

256 Maroondah Highway, Healesville

On a sunny winter’s day if you’re well rugged up, and you fancy good pub food for lunch with a glass of wine, the Healesville Hotel has a huge garden at the rear of the pub and you can sit out with your pooch and have a great slap up meal together.


Four Pillars Distillery

2A Lilydale Road, Healesville

If you are a Gin lover you’re going to want to fit in a visit to Four Pillars Gin, a MUST VISIT distillery in Healesville. Head to the heated covered outdoor area with your pup and enjoy a gin tasting paddle (3 gins distilled there on the premises) while the staff make a fuss of your pooch – they’re all dog-mad! You can order some snacks, have a gin cocktail and learn all about the distilling process and which botanicals they use. It’s won awards all over the world and once you’ve tried their Bloody Shiraz Gin you’ll understand why!

Find the full list of pubs, bars and cafes in the Yarra Valley!

Dog Friendly Winter Walks

Maroondah Dam

Healesville

Maroondah Dam is a beautiful place to walk your dog on lead, full of European trees plated 100 years ago, as well as natives and bush – and if you’re there mid week you’ll likely have the place to yourself. Climb the rose steps (constructed nearly 100 years ago) and walk along to the dam wall and look out over the reservoir with views for miles.  If you’re there early morning you’ll be bound to see roos, and the birdlife is abundant and colourful too. When the reservoir is full, the excess water spills over the spillway and it’s a sight and sound to behold – ideal for those who don’t’ want to climb too as it’s at ground level


Healesville Showgrounds

Healesville

For those who want to tear around a bit off lead, head to Healesville Showgrounds where you’re bound to find some other four-legged friends to chase around with and it’s legal too!  There’s a lake to walk around and a few ovals to too – so take a ball and have some fun with other local dogs.


Lilydale Lake

Lilydale

Speaking of lakes, Lilydale Lake is a favourite with local dog owners, and is always busy whatever time of day you go. With off lead areas and plenty of other dogs going for their daily walk, you’re bound to have fun.


Margaret Lewis Reserve

Coldstream

Margaret Lewis Reserve is another lovely dog-friendly park for a walk.  Just outside Coldstream it’s so well set up for dogs, with poo bag dispensers as you enter, plenty of bins for you to dispose of them, water bowls at various points, even benches named after special dogs and their owners.  It’s off lead too so go and have fun and let off some steam.

There are several other dog parks in the region. CLICK HERE to find all official off leash areas within the Yarra Ranges.


If you’d rather leave all the planning to someone else so you can enjoy some wine tastings too, with your pup, and not have to drive – give Pooches & Pinot a call – because as you can see from these suggestions, we know the area like the back of our hand, we’re local and we’re dog owners and Jeff, your guide and dog handler, is well loved so you’ll be warmly received wherever you go – it’s VIP all the way. Be a rock star for a day on a Pooches & Pinot wine tour. ☺

The Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Gold Coast

The Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Gold Coast

There is no better way to spend a day than bringing your four-legged friend along. Fortunately, the Gold Coast is well known for having an extensive number of cafes, walks, and off leash beaches for both you and your pooch to enjoy. This guide will give you the inside scoop for all the best dog friendly places on the Gold Coast.

by: Katt Andryskova

Where to Stay?

BIG4 Holiday Park Gold Coast

66 – 86 Siganto Drive, Gold Coast

This dog friendly accommodation is not only the perfect budget option, but also features fantastic amenities for the whole family. A large swimming pool, fantastic camp kitchens, and helpful staff are just the beginning. If you do not wish to camp, there are also cabins and a motel available.


Jadran Motel & El Jays Holiday Lodge

54 – 56 Frank Street, Labrador

These stunning apartment type accommodations have pet friendly rooms, views of palm trees, and a beautiful outdoor pool. There is air-conditioning in every room to keep you cool during the hot summer months, a fridge to chill your drinks, included WIFI, and free parking to boot.


The Beach House

14 Merrimac Boulevard, Broadbeach

Travelling with the extended family or larger group of friends? Dog friendly The Beach House is a 6 bedroom and 3 bathroom villa with the pool and will be able to cater even larger groups.


Dog Friendly Pubs & Bars

Gold Coast boasts hundreds’ of pubs and bars however finding a place that is equally welcoming to your furry friend might sometimes be a little more difficult. We have listed a couple of great spots to hang out with your pooch.

Alfred’s Diner

2389 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Grab yourself a happy hour beer, wine, or basic spirit between 4-5pm while relaxing on the shaded tables with your pup. Alfred’s Diner is one of the best-known beach shacks on the coast.


Glenelg Public House

9/2454-2460 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

The outdoor beer garden welcomes dogs of all sizes and can provide you with a delicious lunch or dinner. Glenelg Public House is known for having the best steaks on the coast and welcoming pups with a cool bowl of water.


Elephant Rock Cafe

76 Pacific Parade, Currumbin

With one of the best views of the entire coastline, Elephant Rock Café not only offers delicious fresh sea food, tap beer, and coffee, but it welcomes you to bring your pup onto the terrace. Small dogs are even allowed inside!


Dog Friendly Cafes

Cafe Catalina

Broadwater Parklands, 10/11 Gold Coast Highway, Southport

Located on the Broadwater Parklands, this picturesque café is the perfect spot for a morning coffee with your dog. They also have bean bags which you and your dog can fight over. The café is located right next to the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre and in an area frequently filled with the sound of live music.


Lakeview Espresso

100 Burleigh Street, Burleigh Waters

Located in trendy Burleigh waters it is a favourite choice by two and four legged locals alike. Your dog will surely order one of the doggie treats off the menu and pull your leash to return here time and time again.


Parc Bah Espresso

Shop 4/5, 19 Alicia Sreet, Southport

This café is ideally located right across the road from a fantastic dog park. After your pooch is done playing, you can finish off your walk with a coffee or meal. The café also sells special dog treats for your pup. They even have doggy ice cream!


The Deck Cafe

1/794 Pacific Parade, Currumbin

Another waterfront café which a big fan of dogs is The Deck Café located on the esplanade in Currumbin. There you can chose from a delicious selection of fresh meals and home-made desserts while marveling at the beach view with your furry companion.


The Raw Espresso

Corner Ferry Road and Meron Street, Southport

When this café is searching for their next employees, being a canine lover is a prerequisite. The menu does not only accommodate human tummies, but also features healthy, home made dog treats and yoghurt snacks. They even have a doggy ice cream made from coconut and peanut butter with flecks of bacon and coconut to have any dog drooling.


Dog Friendly Hikes & Walks

Gold Coast might be home to some of the most stunning beaches in Queensland but there are also other alternatives available to take your pooch for a morning walk. Below the best walks (beach and beyond) to do with your dog.

Hinterland Regional Park

30-46 Hardys Road, Mudgeeraba

This park, unlike many parks in the area, permits your dog to enjoy the many walks. The park features beautiful nature and occasionally a wild wallaby appears so make sure to keep your dogs on a leash. There is a special doggy off-leash playground available for your pup to to get rid of any extra energy and have a play with other dogs.


Palm Beach Parklands

945 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach

When walking around this beautiful lake, it is hard to remember it is actually man made. In the 1890s the idea of creating a lake close to Daylesford and near the mineral springs was planned several times, but the Lake Daylesford didn’t actually get built until 1929 and was officially opened in 1930 with a lot of fanfare and excitement.


Pizzey Park

Pizzey Drive, Miami

On particularly hot days, Pizzey Park provides a welcome alternative to the hot sand dog exercise beaches on the coast. It is forested and has a freshwater lake along with a fenced in agility area for your dogs to enjoy. There is also a walking circuit around the lake where you can join your pup in their exercise. There are also plenty of waste bag dispensers strategically placed within the park.


Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens

230 Ashmore Road, Benowa

Great place to unwind or get active with your dog. Walk in the tranquil environment and enjoy the surrounding gardens or head to the Cabana Off Leash area for a play or swim.


Off leash beaches

What comes to dog friendly beaches, Gold Coast is a fantastic place to take your dog for a swim, play on the beach or simply walk with you and enjoy the views and fresh air. Below are the best dog friendly off leash beaches we highly recommend you to visit.

photo by: emilystone_photography

Biggera Waters Beach

Biggera Waters

Just near the Marine Parade this stretch of beach has hundreds of happy dog visitors every day. There are also footpaths along the beach where you can walk along the beach and enjoy the views of the picturesque Surfers Paradise


photo by: Charlie and Frankie

Currumbin Creek / Palm Beach

Palm Beach

Whether your dog wishes to splash in the surf of the waves, or around the corner in the calmer water your dog will surely enjoy this exciting adventure. This doggy haven is probably the best dog-friendly beach on the Gold Coast. If a few hundred metres of salty dog beach joy isn’t enough, there is a magical forest to trek through too!


The Spit

Main Beach

A fantastic place for a scuba dive, have an afternoon picnic, take a swim, or have day out with your favourite canine. Large areas of the Spit permits dogs to be off leash which results in many happy wagging tails splashing around in the water.


Photo by: dylan.h.jones

Tallebudgera Dog Beach

Palm Beach

This well-loved spot by the locals is tucked in half beach/half creek destination perfect for your pup to get their daily source of exercise. Park at the Tallebudgera Leisure center and walk with your pup on their leash until your reach the northern end of Palm Beach.

You can find more dog friendly beaches, parks, pubs, cafes… in Gold Coast and way beyond on Pupsy. Discover your dog’s next adventure!

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Dog friendly pubs in Brisbane

Dog friendly pubs in Brisbane

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Do you want to grab a beer or wine while hanging out with your four-legged friend? Lucky for you, Brisbane has an abundance of dog friendly bars & pubs where you and your dog can enjoy drinks, good food and the live ambiance of the vibrant city atmosphere. Separated by suburbs this guide will help you find the perfect spot for you and your pooch to chill out!

If we missed any pubs in our list please let us know, we are more than happy to try them out and add them in 🙂

Brisbane City Center

Do you want some buffalo wings followed by a nice cold beer? Because look no further and grab your dog and head on over to Buffalo Bar. Dogs are allowed in the beer garden but must be kept on the leash.

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This dog friendly breakfast, lunch, and dinner place will happily give your puppy dog a bowl of fresh water. The food choices are scrumptious, ranging from usual avocado on toast for breakfast to signature dishes such as mustard. Dogs are welcome on the covered outdoor seating area.

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Banyo

A boutique brewery with a dog friendly beer garden is the best place to start the weekend. They have 11 beers and ciders on tap, food trucks which stop by, along with live music to provide the whole area with a relaxed, Sunday session atmosphere.

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Bowen Hills

Get your fix on craft beers, fancy desserts, and woodfired pizza at this riverside destination. They have a large outdoor seating area where your dogs are welcome to come along.

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Bulimba

Get your fix on craft beers, fancy desserts, and woodfired pizza at this riverside destination. They have a large outdoor seating area where your dogs are welcome to come along.

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Chapel Hill

This eatery provides the visitor with a hometown vibe, delicious meals at a lovely outdoor courtyard area. This is where dogs can join their owners and relax in the afternoon sun.

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Fortitude Valley

The outdoor beer garden in this inner-city hotel welcomes pooches to stay near their owners while they enjoy an evening drink. You have an abundant choice of fancy cocktails, craft beers, along with delicious bar fair and a friendly atmosphere.

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Do you love craft beer? Because then you must try the continually rotating draft beers available on tap. You will be surrounded by exposed brick, hanging tree plants, stylish décor and a place for your dog in the back covered areas.

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This corner hotel has been pouring beers since 1864 and has long since amassed a local dedicated following. Your pup is more than welcome in the outdoor seating area if well behaved.

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A live music and beer staple in Fortitude Valley. They have bar games, delicious cocktails, and a garden themed bar. Why not try your luck at giant Jenga while drinking craft beers? Dogs are welcome in the seating area if they remain on the leash, and well behaved.

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Get yourself some traditional American style cuisine, chicken wings, delicious pizza, and a fantastic choice of beers or cocktails. Dogs are welcome inside and they will surely get many cuddles from the dog loving bar staff.

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Hamilton

Looking for a delicious dinner with a glass of wine? Why not head over to this chic river side restaurant where you can bring your puppy along. They have an undercover outdoor seating area where the puppies can stay while you enjoy your dinner.

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Kangaroo Point

If you are looking for the best view of Brisbane, then take your dog and head on over to the Bar Spritz. It is the place to enjoy the setting sun, fancy Aperitivo cocktail, and their signature elderflower Spritz.

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This beer brewing company has become iconic on the banks of Kangaroo Point Cliffs as the first craft beer bar in Brisbane. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor seating area, with shade cover and water bowls provided.

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Newstead

A restaurant, bar, and grill perfect for any occasion. Bring your family and friends to a function, for lunch or dinner. Pups are welcome in the outdoor seating area.

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New Farm

There is an extensive modern menu ranging from finger foods and delicious lunches overlooking the river. Dogs are very welcome in the outdoor seating area for food and drinks. The surrounding area provides picturesque dog walking trails, river front views, and a great dog park.

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Nundah

Want a bar with a rooftop view and a spot for your four-legged fluffy friend? Then Fitz and Potts with its bright character is the perfect place to grab an afterwork drink. Your puppy is more than welcome on the roof top terrace on a leash while their owners enjoy a drink or snack.

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Milton

Whether you need a caffeine hit, one of the 14 craft beers on tap, wine from anywhere in the world, and a fine selection of gin, it’s all there! Dogs are more than welcome to come and sit in the under-cover area. There are bean bags available outdoors or comfortable chairs inside.

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Not too far from the railway, the scratch bar has a dimly lit interior with many mismatched but comfortable pieces of furniture for you to sit on. There are also plenty of cheeses to choose from, option to BYO food, and outdoor seating and the four-legged guests are also welcome.

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Paddington

During the day, you can stop by to grab a coffee and once the sun goes down, this café transforms into a cosy deck bar. There is always a water bowl nearby for your four-legged friend and they can stay next to you in the outdoor, covered seating section.

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A traditional English style pub has an outdoor seating area which welcomes pups to sit next to their owners. It’s a great place for a quick pint, ambient English pub feel atmosphere, and some old-time photographs on the wall.

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The outdoor area features lovely views and abundant seating under the sun shading umbrellas. Dogs are allowed in the front of the courtyard area, where they will be welcomed with a cool bowl of water.

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This beautiful plant filled courtyard is the ultimate dog friendly destination whether you are interested in a brunch or an afternoon enjoying a craft beer. This bar has several dog themed snacks and welcomes puppies on leashes in the undercover outdoor and indoor area.

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A café in the daytime and a bar in the nighttime located in the beloved Paddington. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor seating area where they can share the afternoon sunshine with you while you try a milkshake and beer.

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Salisbury

A modern industrial building featuring high ceilings and concrete flooring. There is picnic- style tables, tall tables with stools, and a view of the beer brewing facilities. So, bring your dog, and taste the beers.

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West End

An old milk factory transformed into a live music venue with delicious beers. They are big fans of puppies, so bring your dog along for an afternoon or evening. There are some great outdoor seating options and tasty cocktails to choose from

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A narrow bar squeezed in near the end of one of the main streets in west end, their little rainbow sign invited beer and dog lovers alike. They have their own pup and are more than happy to say hello to yours.

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A large outdoor covered and uncovered seating area is dog friendly, where you can enjoy a beer while your pup enjoys a bowl of water. The Rumpus room is a local favourite on a sunny afternoon or the best place to grab a beer on a Friday and Saturday night.

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Billykart is a fantastic destination for a morning coffee or an afternoon wine or beer after work. The workers are big fans of puppies and kitties, so bring along your fur friend who will most definitely get many pats on the head and a cool bowl of water.

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Grab your puppy and have a seat in the covered outdoor section of this West End side street. You will enjoy delicious beers, wines, and al fresco seating on the acro-turf.

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If you ever wanted a dog enthusiastic bunch of people, look no further than the staff working at the Boundary. Bring your pup for pats and your drinking mood for the many beers and happy hour specials.

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Yeerongpilly

Gorgeous boutique brewery featuring craft beers open from Friday until Sunday. There are retro lounges, recycled timber tables, and a view of the local brewing tank. Dogs are allowed with their owners to come inside and relax in the beer atmosphere.

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The Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Daylesford

The Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Daylesford

Daylesford is known for its natural mineral springs and beautiful gardens and lakes. This is exactly what makes this historical town at the foothills of Great Dividing Range a pur-fect place to go on holiday with your dog.

Visit the leafy Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens go for a walk around Lake Daylesford and enjoy the great dog friendly cafe and bar scenery in town.

We have collected the best places to visit with your dog in and around Daylesford.

Where to Stay?

Chestnut Daylesford

34 Hill Street, Daylesford

Build for relaxation, dog friendly Chestnut is located only a few pawsteps away from the beautiful Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens. Go for a walk with your dog around the gardens and maybe stop for a coffee at the dog friendly cafe Wombat Hill House. Head back and relax in front of the open fire or maybe heat up a nice warm bath.


Bilsons Landing

23 King Street, Daylesford

Stay in this architecturally stunning dog friendly holiday house right next door to Lake Daylesford. It simply offers everything you and your pooch need for your visit to Daylesford. Walk around the lake is a fantastic way to start the day!


Clementine

42 Millar Street, Daylesford

Clementine is a cozy dog friendly house in the heart of Daylesford. You can easily walk everywhere from cafes and bars to the lake and botanical gardens. Recently renovated to a maximise the comfort of you and your dog.


Gumnut Cottage

60 Lightwood Drive, Wheatsheaf

Gumnut Cottage is located less than 10 minutes drive away from town. If you are after some peace and quiet with your dog in the middle of the forest, this may just be a perfect holiday home for you. Gumnut Cottage sits on more than 6 acres so there is plenty of new places to sniff.


Dog Friendly Pubs & Bars

There is a great variety of bars, cafes and restaurants in Daylesford and in the surrounding areas. We have handpicked the ones that not only allow dogs to join you but welcome them. Your furry companion is guaranteed to feel as part of the family in these dog friendly cafes and pubs; and we have even discover a couple of cellar doors for you to visit.

You can find the full list of dog friendly pubs/bars, cafes, wineries and many other dog friendly places in Daylesford, Victoria and even beyond on Pupsy!

Animus Distillery

1 Piper Street, Kyneton

Animus Distillery is located about an half an hour drive away from Daylesford in the town of Kyneton. Dogs are welcome to join you on the partly covered outdoor area.


Daylesford Cider Company

155 Daily Flat Road, Musk

The old school English style tavern vibes are in the heart of this dog friendly cellar door. Only a few minutes drive from town, it is a destination worth a visit.


The Farmers Arms Hotel

1 East Street, Daylesford

The Farmers Arms offers a perfect blend of country charm combined with a sophisticated menu, extensive wine list and professional service. Always a good mix of friendly and chatty locals and visitors our of town. Dogs are welcome at the beer garden.


The Cosmopolitan Hotel

21 High Street Trentham

The Cosmopolitan Hotel is located in the town of Trentham about 20 minutes drive from Daylesford. It has a fantastic dog friendly beer garden/alfresco dining area shaded by century old elms. Visit the Trentham Falls with your pooch before heading to The Cosmo for a drink!


Dog Friendly Cafes

Lavandula Farm

Hepburn-Newstead Road, Shepherds Flat

Located approximately ten minutes North of Daylesford, Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm is nestled amongst the rolling hills of Shepherds Flat. This dog friendly spot is one of Victoria’s most important rural properties. The farm boasts European-style gardens planted out to frame and meander around the original 1850s stone buildings.


Pancho

117 Vincent Street, Daylesford

Fully licensed dog friendly cafe in the heart of Daylesford is a great place to visit with your pooch. Menu is build of many delicious home made items such as their own yoghurt, fermented pickles and relishes and cakes.


Wombat Hill House

Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens, Daylesford

Go for a walk with your dog in the beautiful Wombat Hill Gardens and stop by at the Wombat Hill House for a coffee or lunch. If the walk somehow failed to make you forget the city life (which we highly doubt) the dog friendly garden seating area at the Wombat Hill house surely will.


Daylesford Farmers’ Market

Vincent Street, Daylesford

The volcanic soil in and around Daylesford is one of the most fertile soil in Victoria. You can witness this by visiting the local dog friendly Farmers’ Market and sample everything the area has to offer.


Dog Friendly Hikes & Walks

Apart from the local high quality produce, Daylesford is known for it’s natural beauty! The Lake Daylesford, Wombat Hill Gardens and countless other spots are perfect places to visit with your dog during the morning mist or in the afternoon before heading to one of the areas many dog friendly cafes or bars.

Jubilee Lake

21 Hallenstein Street, Daylesford

Jubilee Lake is a natural haven for the local wildlife especially the water birds that will be quite often swimming in the lake or near the waters edge. your pup is guaranteed to love to visit the lake, however should be kept on the lead to make sure the local wildlife can also relax in this stunning setting.


Lake Daylesford

Daylesford

When walking around this beautiful lake, it is hard to remember it is actually man made. In the 1890s the idea of creating a lake close to Daylesford and near the mineral springs was planned several times, but the Lake Daylesford didn’t actually get built until 1929 and was officially opened in 1930 with a lot of fanfare and excitement.

Lake Daylesford has become a main attraction for all visitors and regularly used by locals. It is a haven for the local bird life, a place for everyone of all ages to relax, enjoy a picnic, take a scenic walk and enjoy the glorious views it provides.


Wombat Hill

Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens, Daylesford

The Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens are an outstanding and enchanting place to visit anytime of the day or year with your dog. The gardens are built on top of an extinct volcano known as Wombat Hill which can be seen from most locations in Daylesford.

The main entrance to the gardens for vehicles is in Central Springs Road, each side of the Wombat Hill Gardens has an entrance for anyone walking to the gardens from nearby surrounding streets.


All the places in this article (and many more) are also available on Pupsy website. Simply go to Dog Friendly Places & Services and search for any dog friendly places near you or in your holiday destination.

We would love to hear from your experience!

Did your dog find his/her new favourite beach or hike? Was the place you visited not as dog friendly as you expected?

Leave a review and help other dog owners to find the best places to visit with their dogs. Your review will also be super valuable for the dog friendly venues to improve their dog friendliness!

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Dog Friendly Sydney: Eastern Suburbs

Dog Friendly Sydney: Eastern Suburbs

How to spend a memorable day in the Eastern Suburbs with your dog? This article will reveal maybe a little less known dog friendly places as well as the iconic dog walks and dog friendly pubs from Watsons Bay in the north to Kingsford in the south; Bondi in the East to Double Bay in the West.

No lamp post has been left “unsniffed” and no off leash area “unplayed”. This is your ultimate guide to a dog friendly Eastern Suburbs!

Trails & Ales

Eastern Suburbs are home to some of the most amazing walks in Sydney and many of them are great to explore with your dog. We have selected the best walks, which also include some off leash playtime with your pooch and a dog friendly venues to stop for a drink (or two).

Cooper Park ➣ 🐾🐾 ➣ The Golden Sheaf

Time: 60-90mins | Level: Easy | Off Leash Areas: 2

Lumi exploring Cooper Park

Cooper Park is one of the most mesmerising places in the entire Eastern Suburbs. It is nearly impossible to remember that you are in the heart of the city while wondering around the park that feels more like rainforest that a city park.

Start your walk from the Lower Cooper Park near the tennis courts and car park. Circle around the park following the Rosewood Walk or any other route until you end up back where you started. You can walk up the range or remain at the bottom of the park near the water. Either way, your walk will take about 20-30mins depending on the route you choose.

Playtime @ Lower Cooper Park off leash area

On you return, head to the Lower Cooper Park or Lough Paying Fields off leash area for a game of fetch, meet some new friends or just chill out before heading to the dog friendly pub, The Golden Sheaf.

The Golden Sheaf is one of the most dog friendly pubs in Sydney. Therefore it is no surprise you will very often find other furry friends at the covered and heated dog friendly beer garden.

Puppy Paradise @ The Golden Sheaf

While you can choose from a great variety of beers, wines and cocktails, it is your pooch that is up for a real treat! The Golden Sheaf have developed a special Doggie Menu together with Southern Cross Vets that is guaranteed to please even more demanding pups. The menu includes mouthwatering pug-cicles for the warmer days, BFF (best furry friend) biscuits for puppies feeling a little peckish and as a crown The Ultimate Pooch Poke Bowl that will even make you feel like ordering one (consider yourself warned!).

Single ladies and gentlemen, make note of the monthly Dating with Dogs event taking place at the Rooftop.

Off leash Areas on the Trail:

Lower Cooper Park | Lough Playing Fields


Bondi to Bronte ➣ 🐾🐾 ➣ Bondi Beach Public Bar

Time: 1-2h return | Level: Medium | Off Leash Areas: 2

Early morning @ Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk

Iconic coastal walk that needs no introductions. It does tempt to get busy especially during the summer months so we recommend to do this walk in the morning or maybe a little later in the afternoon. Regardless of the time you choose, you and your dog will both love this dog friendly coastal walk.

Soon after leaving Bondi, you will pass an off leash area at Marks Park (twice if you return to Bondi) with access to water, toilets, poo bags and a great grassy area to have a play.

Playtime @ Marks Park

Stop for a coffee at one of the many coffee shops in Bronte or simply get a take away and sit by the Promenade or maybe visit an off leash area at the back of the Bronte Park. This part of the park does get rather muddy after the rain but is normally fine during the sunny days.

Dog Friendly Bondi Beach Public Bar

Return to Bondi and visit the most dog friendly pub in the area, Bondi Beach Public Bar. You and your dog are both welcome inside for a refreshment. While you are enjoying your favourite drink, your pooch is guaranteed to get heaps of attention from other patrons and the staff. The Bucket List also invites dogs on the outdoor area, which tempts to get very busy during the summer weekends but is perfect for off peak visits.

Off leash areas on the Trail:

Marks Park | Bronte Park


Dover Heights Coastal Walk ➣ 🐾🐾 ➣ Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Time: 2-3h return | Level: Medium | Off Leash Areas: 3

Vaucluse Coastal Walk

Less know coastal walk with equally (if not more) amazing views of the ocean. Start your walk from the Raleigh Reserve off leash area and walk all the way to the other side of the Rodney Reserve sports field. Walk up to Military Road and stop at Dudley Page Reserve (not off leash) for some amazing views of the city.

Stunning views from Raleigh Reserve off leash area

Follow Military Road to Diamond Bay Reserve where you have access to water and another off leash play. Then continue on the cliff walk up to Marne Street and head straight towards the Christison Park and the Lighthouse Reserve, both 24h off leash. Follow the coastal path all the way down to dog friendly The Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel.

The Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Off leash areas on the Trail:

Raleigh Reserve | Diamond Bay Reserve | Christison Park | Lighthouse Reserve


Dog Friendly Bars & Cafes

There are plenty of pubs and bars particularly in and around Bondi and Double Bay but surprisingly few welcome your dog to join you. Luckily the ones that welcome your dog, REALLY welcome them rather than just allow them. We have listed the most amazing dog friendly bars and cafes in the Eastern Suburbs.

The Golden Sheaf

429 New South Head Road, Double Bay

Everything from special Doggie Menu to Dating with Dogs events. The Golden Sheaf is arguably the best dog friendly pub in the Eastern Suburbs! Your dog is welcome on the partly covered and heated beer garden.


Bondi Beach Public Bar

203 Campbell Parade, Bondi

Dog friendly heaven for Bondi dog owners welcoming you and your pooch inside the bar, which comes handy particularly during the colder months of the year! Check out the trendy cocktails and cool lounge vibes at the BBPB!


The Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

1 Military Road, Watsons Bay

Popular place for visitors near and far. Cool beach tunes and colourful dog friendly beer garden is a a guaranteed winner. Expect heaps of attention for your pooch from the fellow bar goers!


Bucket List

Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach

From pop up to local icon, Bucket List is a super popular destination for locals and visitors. Dogs are welcome on the large ocean facing outdoor area, which gets rather busy during the summer weekends but great place to sit and relax with your dog during the slower periods.


The Regent Hotel

416 Anzac Parade, Kingsford

The best dog friendly venue in the southern part of Eastern Suburbs! Regular host for doggie events & dogs are welcome inside the front bar away from the cold and rain. Great dog friendly beer garden for warmer days!


Storehouse on the Park

100 Bayswater Road, Rushcutters Bay

Cosy garden at the back of the cafe serves a special doggie menu and even has a special doggie corners full of toys and bedding. Straight access from the Rushcutters Bay Park side makes it a pur-fect place to enjoy a morning coffee after a walk & play at the park!


Off Leash Areas in the Eastern Subs

Raleigh Reserve, Dover Heights

There are plenty of off leash areas to choose from in the Eastern Suburbs. We would highly recommend you to visit at least Rose Bay Foreshore (great for swimming), Raleigh Reserve and Marks Park (views), Christison Park (size) and Rushcutters Bay (meeting new friends).

All off leash areas in the Eastern Suburbs are listed below. You can also find all off leash parks and beaches in Sydney from our Places & Services section!

Bondi

Dickson Park | Waverley Park

Bronte

Bronte Park

Clovelly

Burrows Park

Coogee

Bardon Park | Baker Park | Trenerry Reserve | Blenheim Reserve | Bangor Park

Double Bay

Steyne Park| Lough Playing Fields & Lower Cooper Park | Rushcutters Bay Park

Dover Heights

Raleigh Reserve | Hugh Bamford Reserve

Kingsford

Paine Reserve

Malabar

Pioneers Park | Ella Reserve

Maroubra

Snape Park | Broadarrow Reserve | Nagle Park | Coral Sea Park

Rose Bay

Dumaresq Reserve & Rose Bay Foreshore | Lyne Park

Tamarama

Marks Park

Vaucluse

Diamond Bay Reserve | Christison Park

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5 Best Dog Friendly Winter Beaches in Sydney!

5 Best Dog Friendly Winter Beaches in Sydney!

Cooler months don’t mean we should shy away from going to the beach. It is actually a pur-fect time to take our dogs for a run & play on one of the off leash beaches around Sydney. Although we would love to see more dog friendly beaches in Sydney, there are several to choose from.

Although there are several fantastic off leash dog beaches in Sydney such as Greenhills Beach in Cronulla, Horderns Beach in Bundeena or Silver Beach in Kurnell, we have collected the best dog friendly off leash beaches in Sydney for you to visit during the cooler months of the year! You can find all Dog Friendly Beaches in Sydney from our website!

Bicentennial Park

Glebe | City of Sydney Council

Protected most of the time from the harsh southerly winds, Bicentennial Park is a great dog friendly beach to visit with your dog during the colder months. Although it is not technically a dog beach, dogs can have a swim on this harbour side off leash area or just simply have a good old rumble with their mates on the large green off leash park area. Dog friendly pubs, The Annandale Hotel and Wayward Brewing are both located 15-20 minutes walk away.


Curl Curl Lagoon

Curl Curl | Northern Beaches Council

Although North Curl Curl Lagoon may not have the clearest water in Sydney, it is very shallow making it a great place to go for a play. Stroll along the shoreline (on lead) all the way to Freshwater Beach and back (approx. 4km return) is an excellent walk to keep warm on those cold winter days. Head to the dog friendly 7th Day Brewery located only a few minutes away for an after beach drink. Dogs are welcome inside!


Rose Bay Foreshore

Rose Bay | Woollahra Council

Rose Bay can get a little windy at times but it’s vast sandy off leash beach combined with shallow waters makes it a great beach to visit with your dog also during the cooler months. On a low tide walk along the beach all the way to Lyne Park off leash area for a play before heading back.


Rowland Reserve

Bayview | Northern Beaches Council

Rowland Reserve is one of the best (if not THE best) off leash beach in Sydney. Large grassy area to play with your dog, beach to run around and shallow waters to go fishing. That’s right, there area plenty of small fish around the bay and almost without an exception you will witness at least one of the furry friends attempting to catch them (normally the retrievers;-)). The beach is also relatively shelter from nasty winds and there are plenty of options nearby to go for a after play drink. Choose from Modus Operandi, The Newport and The Park House.


Sirius Cove

Mosman | Mosman Council

Well hidden dog friendly off leash beach in a small cove in the heart of Mosman. Surrounding trees provide shelter and the grassy area offers plenty of space for a run and rumble. Take few steps down to the beach and enjoy the views of the boats in the harbour.

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Dog Friendly Travel Guide: Orange & Mudgee

Dog Friendly Travel Guide: Orange & Mudgee

by Rebecca Francis & Pupsy

Surrounded by valleys of vines, peaceful farmland, and rolling hills, it’s impossible not to be charmed by the Central West region of New South Wales. Renowned for its exceptional food and wine, there is much to smell, taste and explore with your canine companion in tow. And where better to start than the historic towns of Orange and Mudgee?

A mere four hours from Sydney, and around two hours apart from one another, the regional towns are known for their cool climate wines and their sensational, fresh produce. Wander, shop, eat and drink your way around this stunning region with your furry friend by your side. Dog-friendly wineries, pubs, cafes and more are all eagerly awaiting your arrival. Coffee stops, long lunches, and wine tasting are just the beginning!

We found out just how dog-friendly the wine region of Orange and Mudgee in Central West New South Wales really is…. This is what also makes this historical town at the foothills of Great Dividing Range a pur-fect place to go on holiday with your dog.

Where to Stay?

Orange

Towac Valley Cabins

809 Canobolas Road, Canobolas

Enjoy the majestic views of the Mount Canobolas and the horses in the paddocks next door. The ultimate relaxation is guaranteed in this beautiful and cosy dog friendly countryside hideaway!


Arden

166 McLachlan Street, Orange

Dog friendly holiday home in the heart of Orange! Make Arden your base and explore everything Orange has to offer by foot! Fenced garden makes it safe even for the more exploring pups!


Casa Dolce Cottage

74 Dalton Street, Orange

Escaping “la vida loca” (the crazy life), dog friendly Casa Dolce Cottage is your cosy holiday home to simply chill!

Mudgee

Black Rose Cottage

Burrundulla Avenue, Mudgee

This charming 3 bedroom holiday home is pur-fect place to set up your headquarters during your next visit to Mudgee. Relax in front of the open fire with a perfect book and your furry companion, and of course a glass of the finest local produce.


Evanslea

146 Market Street, Mudgee

5 STAR luxury boutique accommodation for you and your pooch to travel in style. Choose your favourite villa and enjoy all the comforts Evanslea has to offer. If you are travelling with a larger group, you can also rent the entire main building for the ultimate luxury!


Almas Cottage

154 Market Street, Mudgee

Almas Cottage is a dog friendly 3 bedroom holiday home located only a kilometre away from the town centre. Double glazed windows keep the house cool in the summer and warm during the colder months. You are even welcome to bring your horse with you!


Bandalong Cottage

282 Hill End Road, Mudgee

Bandalong Cottages have 3 different villas available. The two bedroom cosy villa called Kurrajong is dog friendly. Enjoy your private space, set up a fire in the evening and sit back and listen to the calmness of the nature!


Dog Friendly Wineries, Pubs & Breweries

Orange

Borrodell Vineyard

298 Lake Canobolas Road, Orange

The sky is the limit at this vineyard! Sitting pretty at an altitude of over 1030 metres above sea-level, Borrodell is one of Australia’s highest vineyards and is known for its stunning views, sensational cool climate wines and an abundance of fresh produce grown on the property. Dogs are welcome on the terrace with owners as long as they stay on a lead. The accomodation is also pet friendly if you decide to stay the night after a few glasses of vino.


Mudgee

Di Lusso Estate

Eurunderee Lane, Mudgee

Just 7kms outside Mudgee, di Lusso Estate offers Australia’s largest range of Italian varietal wines. The cellar door is open every day of the week and has over seventeen Italian varietals and blends available for you to try, while the restaurant is open for lunch only, Friday-Saturday, and serves up delicious wood-fired pizza and regional Mediterranean favourites. Dogs are allowed to join you in the cellar door, and water bowls are readily available at the outdoor seating area.


Moothi Estate

85 Rocky Waterhole Road, Mudgee

Located on the northwest facing slopes of Mount Frome, Moothi Estate offers award-winning wines, spectacular views and generous lunch platters. Dogs are welcome to join owners in the cellar door and there is air-conditioned indoor seating and heated outdoor seating for the cooler months. They even have two cellar door dogs of their own who love to play with guests.


Woolpack Hotel

67 Market Street, Mudgee

Tuck in to some great pub food at the lively Woolpack Hotel, an iconic country hotel located in the heart of Mudgee. Full of country charm, there are plenty of spaces for you to enjoy a local wine, cocktail or craft beer. Your furry friend is welcome to join you in the covered outdoor area and water bowls are readily available.


Paragon Hotel

38 Perry Street, Mudgee

A popular watering hole for the locals, the Paragon Hotel serves up some delicious meals and icy cold drinks. There is a beer garden out the back and a front verandah, both are covered and have water bowls ready to rehydrate your canine pal.


Mudgee Brewing Co.

4 Church Street, Mudgee

For a true local beer, head to Mudgee Brewing Co. just a short distance from the town centre. The brewing takes place in a rustic 100-year old red brick former wool store owned by the Anglican Church and you can learn the history of how the company established itself in 2007 following the footsteps of Dressler’s Brewery, and taste the famous ‘Mudgee Mud’ beer. Dogs are more than welcome in the courtyard and out the front of the building. There are also dog biscuits on hand if they fancy a tasty treat!

Dog Friendly Cafes

Orange

Bissy’s Cafe

889 Warrendine Street, Orange

Gather for wholesome and nutritious home cooked food at Bissys, a popular permaculture cafe in the heart of Orange. Enjoy the sun with your pup out in the cosy garden area where there is plenty of shade and water available.


Scrumptious On Summer Cafe

142 – 146 Summer Street, Orange

With hearty, homemade food that’s full of flavour using fresh produce and teamed with great coffee, this cafe certainly lives up to its scrumptious name. There are plenty of tables outside, some which are well covered in case it rains, for you to sit with your pooch as you peruse the varied food and drink menu and watch the world go by.


Mudgee

The Quick Brown Fox

79 Market Street, Mudgee

Located in the heart of Mudgee, The Quick Brown Fox should not be missed when you’re on the hunt for a caffeine fix or a bite to eat. The quiet little cafe is dog friendly and there are various sized, covered tables outside where you can sit with your pet pal.


The Dancing Goat

104 Church Street, Mudgee

For gourmet food and great coffee in the centre of Mudgee, take a seat at The Dancing Goat. Known for its mouthwatering menu and friendly staff, this colourful cafe allows you to sit outdoors with your pet. The seating outside is partially covered and there are also umbrellas available in case the heavens open up.


Artisan on Lewis

13 Lewis Street, Mudgee

An art space, shop and cafe, Artisan on Lewis has it all – even a dog-friendly courtyard! Monthly art exhibitions are held at the cafe, reflecting contemporary country life, and the work of several slow-craft regional artisans is showcased throughout the gallery. Your canine companion is welcome to join you in the hidden and peaceful garden as you try the local, home-made treats. Water bowls are also available.


Alby and Esthers

61 Market Street, Mudgee

Tucked away down a small yet inviting alley, you’ll find the charming Alby and Esthers, a coffee house and wine bar. There is ample seating available in this hidden gem, both indoors and out. Dogs are more than welcome to enjoy the cobblestone courtyard area with their owners, and the leafy grapevine overhead acts as a canopy offering plenty of shade. While you sip on some artisan coffee or a delicious local wine, your pooch can cool down with some refreshing H20 from the provided water bowls.

Dog Friendly Hikes & Walks

Orange

Bloomfield Park

Set on 21 hectares of beautiful parkland, and surrounded by native and exotic trees, Bloomfield Park has several areas where dogs are allowed to be leash-free to run and explore.


Orange Botanic Gardens

Relax and enjoy the native and exotic plant collection with your pooch at the Orange Botanic Gardens. The 17 hectare gardens perfectly exhibit the four seasons of Orange and it’s an ideal spot for a picnic, bird spotting or just a leisurely stroll. Dogs on leads are permitted in the garden.


Wirrabarra Walk

For a scenic wander, take your pal for a leisurely stroll along Wirrabarra Walk. It’s a long and shaded stretch, located on the western side of town and along the edge of Duntryleague Golf Course. The path is narrow and it is a popular spot for dog walkers, therefore it is an on leash walk only.


Pilcher Park

Let your dog burn off some energy in Pilcher Park. The park is a well shaded area and there’s lots to explore, including a creek. While the area is not fully enclosed, it is a relatively safe park to let your dogs off the leash.


Anzac Park

If you’re ready for some high intensity exercise with your pet pal then head on over to Anzac Park. It’s the only dog park in Orange with its own agility equipment, including an A-frame, a balance board and rings to run through. The park is entirely enclosed and partially shaded, great for when your pooch needs a well-earned rest.


Mudgee

Glen Willow Sporting Complex

There is an off leash area near the netball courts that allows your pooch to run free.

All off leash areas in Orange & Mudgee (and in other areas across NSW and VIC) can be found from Pupsy Dog Parks directory!

Dog Friendly Markets

Orange Farmers Market

Shop for fresh produce from around the Orange region every second Saturday and fourth Sunday of the month at the popular Orange Farmers Market. More than 60 stallholders gather to offer freshly picked, grown and handcrafted produce each month. Your pooch will be welcomed with open arms (and maybe given a treat or two) as you wander through the market smelling, touching and tasting the best produce from the Central West region.


Mudgee Fine Food Farmers Market

If you want to taste everything the Mudgee region has to offer, then you can’t go past the Mudgee Fine Food Farmers’ Market. Held on the third Saturday of every month between 8.30am and 12.30pm, all produce is local, fresh and seasonal. Tantalise your tastebuds and listen to the serenade of local musicians as you make your way away around the stalls with your furry friend in tow.


All the places in this article (and many more) are also available on Pupsy website. Simply go to Dog Friendly Places & Services and search for any dog friendly places near you or in your holiday destination.

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Did your dog find his/her new favourite spot? Was the place you visited not as dog friendly as you expected?

Leave a review and help other dog owners to find the best places to visit with their dogs. Your review will also be super valuable for the dog friendly venues to improve their dog friendliness!

Thank you and enjoy the beautiful Central West NSW with your dog !

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Top 10 places to take your Mum and Pooch this Mother’s Day

Top 10 places to take your Mum and Pooch this Mother’s Day


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It’s Mother’s Day again which usually leaves your pooch at home while you are taking Mum for a nice drink.

Don’t despair, this year browse a few dog friendly pubs around Sydney that will welcome your dog into their beer garden, but when it’s May and quite cold you might want to actually celebrate Mother’s day inside with Mum and Pooch!

Below find our Top 10, well and truly tested 🙂

If our recommendations don’t suit you, here is our complete dog friendly pubs & bars directory:

https://pupsy.com.au/places/dog-friendly-pubs-bars/

Enough said, here are our Top 10 dog friendly places Mum will love as well as well as Pooch!

Spend time near the beach, take a scenic walk to Mark’s Park and warm up afterwards at Bondi Beach Public Bar!  Chilled out vibes, great drinks, delicious food and your furry friend is allowed inside… what’s not to like? This makes BBPB our favourite winter place in Bondi Beach…

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Frisco Hotel on Pupsy

Frisco Hotel offers you and your pup a great pub experience. Your dog is welcome to join you everywhere in this two-storey pub including the upstairs balcony, which is designed for chilled out afternoons! Have a drink or two while enjoying the CBD and wharf views.

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Poor Toms Gin Hall on Pupsy

Want to try something a little different? How about tasting a unique craft gin with your dog? You (not your dog) will sample gin while your pup is either chilling at your feet or saying hi to every other gin lover inside this micro distillery.

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In addition to welcoming your dog inside, Public House Petersham also has a heated beer garden for you to relax. Great pub meals and even occasional dog events, so stay tuned.

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The Cricketers Arms Balmain on Pupsy
The Cricketers Arms Balmain on Pupsy

Dog friendly pub Cricketers Arms not only allows your pup to join you at the public bar but boy do they know how to make burgers! Super dog friendly staff will take care of you and your pup while you are trying one of the many craft beers on tap.

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The Courthouse on Pupsy

Courty is a legendary Newtown establishment to hang out, meet friends (or strangers) and to enjoy great food and drinks. It’s located right next door to the off leash Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, which makes it a perfect after play spot!

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The Duck Inn on Pupsy
The Duck Inn on Pupsy

The Duck Inn is a light, bright and airy locals favourite pub. Relax on the sofas or enjoy the bar! The menu is great and the food is tasty, all the right ingredients for a great afternoon out with your pup!

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The Marlborough Hotel on Pupsy
The Marlborough Hotel on Pupsy

Newtown’s favourite dog friendly pub The Marlborough Hotel is known for live music, sport and its twist on the classic pub meal. Doggies are welcome to join you for a refreshing drink and chilled out vibes at the partly covered beer garden.

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The Newport on Pupsy
The Newport on Pupsy

Not only are dogs welcome everywhere in The Newport, they also regularly organise dog events at this fantastic Northern Beaches venue! Extensive food and drinks menus have something for everyone and weekend live tunes are not to be missed.

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The Paddo Inn on Pupsy
The Paddo Inn on Pupsy

With high ceilings and painted brick walls, Paddo Inn has a very cosy pub feel and most importantly the entire front bar is dedicated to our furry friends. The bartenders even have treats to share… with your dog, that is!

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The Best Dog Friendly Country Pubs in NSW

The Best Dog Friendly Country Pubs in NSW

Where can you experience the true aussie traditions and values better than in the country side watering holes? Places to swap stories and witness the true mateship the country was built upon. When these country pubs were established (most of them more than a 100 years ago), more or less every man AND HIS DOG visited them on a regular basis to meet up. But where are the best dog friendly country pubs in NSW that still today invite man’s best friend for a drink? We decided to find out!

We are sure, everyone feels they local should be on the list as one of the best dog friendly pubs in NSW, so if you believe we have missed your favourite one, let us know and tell us why it should be included ;-

This is your Ultimate Pub Crawl For Dog Friendly Country Pubs In NSW!

Don’t miss our other Dog Friendly Travel Guides in NSW!

Burrawang Village Hotel | Burrawang

Dog friendly Burrawang Village Hotel is located in the NSW Southern Highlands about 2.5 hour drive from Sydney. Dogs are welcome in the partly covered stunning outdoor area. General Store across the road is also worth a visit for an afternoon tea!


Jamberoo Pub | Jamberoo

Located about 30min drive south from Wollongong, Jamberoo Pub is a popular stop on the way to the Southern Highlands. It is definitely worth a short de-tour if you are staying in the NSW South Coast. Dogs are welcome in the covered beer garden as well as inside the front bar!


Jindabyne Brewing | Jindabyne

Dog friendly brewery just over 2h drive south from Canberra on the shores of Lake Jindabyne. Enjoy a relaxing arvo with family & friends (including the furry ones) while admiring the amazing lake views from the dog friendly terrace. If the weather gets a little too rough, dogs are also welcome inside the brewery.


Mount Warning Hotel | Uki

Mount Warning is located about an hour’s drive inland (north-west) from Byron Bay. Dog friendly pub Mount Warning Hotel is located in the historic town of Uki and has stunning views of the mountain. Dogs are welcome on the under cover outdoor area.


Mudgee Brewing | Mudgee

Mudgee might be better known for it’s wines but Mudgee Brewing is a great example of how much more the Region has to offer. In addition to tasty craft beers there are plenty of other local produce available. Dogs are welcome on the partly covered beer garden.


Railway Hotel | Millthorpe

Millthorpe is a heritage listed village 30 minutes drive from the area’s more famous destination, Orange. Railway Hotel is a true blue country classic that welcomes your dog to join you at the semi enclosed outdoor area with a fireplace to keep them warm during the colder months.


The Boathouse Hotel | Patonga

Previously known as Patonga Hotel, this dog friendly pub was bought and renovated by the Sydney’s Northern Beaches Boathouse group. Take a ferry with your dog from Palm Beach and have a play on the off leash beach before heading for lazy afternoon drinks and meal on the dog friendly beer garden.


The Friendly Inn | Kangaroo Valley

Sydney-siders all time favourite destination, Kangaroo Valley has plenty to offer also for our furry friends. Country side walks, laying by the fire at one of the valley’s dog friendly accommodations and of course visit to the iconic The Friendly Inn. Dogs are welcome at the beer garden but our favourite spot is to sit at the verandah and watch the world go by (rather slowly).


The Heritage Hotel of Gladstone | Gladstone

This NSW mid north coast riverside dog friendly pub is a great place to hang out with your dog on a lazy afternoon! Cold beer, pub food and easy going live music!


The Scarborough Hotel | Scarborough

Just over an hour south from Sydney, you will find one of the most scenic dog friendly country pubs in NSW. Views from The Scarborough Hotel beer garden are hard to match. And the best part is, your dog is welcome to join you to enjoy them.


Thirsty Crow | Wagga Wagga

Iconic dog friendly pub / brewery in the equally iconic country town of Wagga Wagga! Beer flows as the locals gather after a hard days work, with their dogs of course! Of and don’t forget to ask for a special treat for your furry mate!


Tilpa Hotel | Tilpa

Bush Pub at it’s best! Tilpa Hotel has been a popular stop in the region for over 100 years and it’s easy to understand why! Stunning location, friendly service and no b#$%t attitude to enjoy great company and cold beers. Pups included!


Shoal Bay Country Club | Shoal Bay

Destination in itself with plenty of activities on offer, well behaved puppies are welcome to visit Shoal Bay Country Club at the covered alfresco dining area. This is a truly unique spot in the area for all the dog owners to enjoy a superb dining experience with their pups.


Surveyor General Inn | Berrima

Another epic Southern Highlands dog friendly country pub. Dogs are welcome inside the pub to enjoy the warmth of the open fire and friendly staff. Berrima River Walk is a great way to start the day before heading to Surveyor for a refreshment.


Willawarrin Hotel | Willawarrin

Willawarrin Hotel is a small country pub 1h north from Port Macquarie (about 30km inland from Kempsey). Dogs are welcome in the covered beer garden and there is even a designated off lead play ground at the back for the social puppies.


Wollombi Tavern | Wollombi

Dog friendly Wollombi Tavern is located on the edge of the Yengo National Park 30 mins inland from the Hunter Valley. Great escape for fine wines into the country side vibes. Wollombi Tavern is popular amongst the locals as well as regular Sydney-siders!


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The Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Mornington Peninsula

The Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Mornington Peninsula

Dog Friendly Hikes & Walks, Off Leash Beaches and Cellar Doors inviting your dog with you for a wine tasting as well as countless dog friendly cafes and bars to chill out. All this is possible in the Mornington Peninsula. Less than 2 hours drive from Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula together with Yarra Valley, is one of the best dog friendly weekend getaway destinations from Melbourne.

It’s time to go on holiday with your dog, because simply put, you both deserve it. This is your Ultimate Guide to visit Mornington Peninsula with your dog!

Where to Stay?

Cottage On Rye, 4 Hardy Street, Rye

Air-conditioned 3 bedroom holiday home only a few minutes drive away from the dog off leash beaches in Blairgowrie & Rye! Enjoy a glass of pinot with your pooch on the fenced backyard and let the world go by.


Wonderland Hobby Farm | 165 Coolart Road, Hastings

Dog friendly farm stay in the heart of the peninsula with plenty of room to roam, sniff and play! Farm has cattle, sheep and chooks and will be a truly magical experience for the entire family!


Relaxing Retreat | 19 Mountain View Road, Mount Eliza

Stay close to the dog friendly beaches and wineries and enjoy your sun drenched terrace and a private pool with your pooch.


Caretakers Cottage | 224 Barkers Road, Main Ridge

Peaceful and quiet 3 bedroom farm cottage hideaway surrounded by dog friendly wineries. Ideal location for a you and your pooch to stay off the fuzz & buzz, visit the wineries and just chill.


The Shoreham Beach House | 56 Marine Parade, Shoreham

The Shoreham Beach House is located right on the water and only a few minutes away from the dog friendly wineries. Rather large 120m2 property is stylishly decorated with wooden beach lifestyle items and is fully equipped with everything you need for a relaxing weekend away from the city.


Dog Friendly Cellar Doors

The Mornington Peninsula landscape with its rolling hills and tranquil vineyards is as stunning as the range of wines produced by its wineries. Mornington Peninsula is known for producing high quality, cool climate varieties such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinto Gris. No vineyard is further than 7km from the ocean, which creates a unique climate for the vines as well as for the visitors in the region. We have listed the most dog friendly vineyards (in an alphabetical order) you should visit with your pooch!

Moorooduc Estate | 501 Derril Road, Moorooduc

Family run award winning vineyard to enjoy with your pooch. Dogs are allowed to join you in the Cellar Door on leash (as apparently the local peacock is not too happy to be chased;-)). Great place to enjoy beautiful wines and maybe buy a bottle or two to take home for the evening meal.


Paradigm Hill | 26 Merricks Road, Merricks

Paradigm Hill focuses on achieving balanced healthy vines producing carefully selected, exceptional & low yielding fruit. Their very rationale dog policy says ” we are dog friendly to friendly dogs”!


Rahona Valley | 6 Oceanview Avenue, Red Hill South

One of the most interesting boutique dog friendly wineries in the Mornington Peninsula. It’s located on a steep north-facing slope of a secluded valley in the Red Hill area known for its ancient red basalt soils.


Tucks Wine | 37 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South

Tucks has a fresh take on winery visits. Rather than having your traditional wine tasting in the Cellar Door, why don’t you take advantage of the massive lawns and have a picnic in stead!


Dog Friendly Bars & Cafes

There are thousands of bars & cafes in the peninsula to choose from. But we do feel your pain when it comes to taking a gamble on which places will allow your furry friend to join you. To make it less time consuming for you to search for these places, we have combined a list of dog friendly places to drink & eat (in an alphabetical order) for you.

You can find the full list of dog friendly pubs/bars and cafes in Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne, Yarra Valley and beyond from Pupsy.

Bass & Flinders Distillery | 40 Collins Road, Dromana

Gin flights, cocktails and sun drenched garden to enjoy them. Bass & Flinders offers an interesting alternative to winery tours and brewery visits. And while you are in Dromana, visit the dog friendly Safety Beach only a few minutes away from the distillery.


Green Olive at Red Hill | 1180 Mornington Flinders Road, Main Ridge

Visit Green Olive for a full Mornington farm experience. Meet the local sheep, pigs and chooks and taste the locally grown olives, grapes and veggies. Green Olive will not disappoint any family members (including the furrier ones).


Miss Drew’s Bakery & Dog Cafe | 14 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Tyabb

Mornington Peninsula’s one and only Cafe / Bakery serving DOGS ONLY! Humans can purchase great food and drinks from the Red Rattler Train cafe just opposite to Miss Drew’s.


Morgan’s Beach Shack | 1 Esplanade, Sorrento

Perfect place for lunch or afternoon drinks with your pooch. Enjoy the views of Port Phillip Bay while having a taste of the best local seafood the Peninsula has to offer. Like


Mornington Peninsula Brewery | 72 Watt Road, Mornington

Casual craft beer brewery with a rustic dog friendly beer garden. Great place to sit and relax after spending a day at the beach, exploring dog friendly hikes or visiting wineries.


Dog Friendly Hikes & Walks

There are too many stunning dog friendly beaches on the Peninsula to list them all here. In stead, you can find, visit and review all off leash beaches on our website.

Off leash beaches in Mornington Peninsula on Pupsy

But Mornington Peninsula has so much more to offer than just the beaches. We have selected the most amazing dog friendly hikes off the coastline and we strongly recommend you to explore at least one of them.

Red Hill Rail Trail | Red Hill South – Merricks

One of the most scenic dog friendly hikes in the entire peninsula. Follow the old rail trail between Red Hill South and Merricks. Turn back whenever you feel like it as the entire return will be approx. 12 kms long.


Balcombe Estuary Boardwalk | Mount Martha

This wooden boardwalk runs through the bushland between Eplanade and Nepean Highway. Home to numerous flora and fauna this walk is a great way to start the day. Make use of the off leash areas and dog friendly Hawkers Beach!


Mount Martha Community Forest | Mount Martha

Beautiful off leash forest walk with plenty of places to sniff, creek to swim and other dogs to play with. Enjoy the tall trees, sounds of kookaburras and the running creek before heading back to the village for a drink or a bite to eat.


As we are writing this, all off leash dog parks are being created on Pupsy as well. For the full list of off leash exercise areas, visit the Mornington Peninsula Council website.

All the places in this article (and many more) are also available on Pupsy website. Simply go to Dog Friendly Places & Services and search for any dog friendly places near you or in your holiday destination.

We would love to hear from your experience!

Did your dog find his/her new favourite beach or hike? Was the place you visited not as dog friendly as you expected?

Leave a review and help other dog owners to find the best places to visit with their dogs. Your review will also be super valuable for the dog friendly venues to improve their dog friendliness!

Thank You and enjoy Mornington Peninsula with your dog !

You can find our other Travel Guides from pupsy.com.au/dog-friendly-destination-guides

Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Yarra Valley

Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Yarra Valley

Edited by: Ella Holgate

The Yarra Valley must be one of the best wine regions in the world, and it’s only a one hour drive away from a major cosmopolitan city. It’s known for the warm welcome visitors will receive across the variety of wineries and as we found out, this welcome is extended to our furry friends as well. Dog-friendly wineries in the Yarra Valley are only a start. There are great dog-friendly hikes and dog-friendly pubs and cafés as well in this beautiful wine region. Next time you are heading for wine tasting or a mini break in the Yarra Valley, make sure you take your dog with you.

This is your ultimate guide to DOG FRIENDLY YARRA VALLEY!

Check out other Pupsy Dog Friendly Guides around Melbourne & other Wine Regions

   

Dog Friendly Yarra Valley

One of the main reasons for heading to the Yarra Valley is drinking and purchasing wine. Fair enough, and there are many wineries to choose from. We don’t like travelling without our dog, as he surely wants (and deserves) to be part of the experience. Good news is, visiting the Yarra Valley is not just possible with your dog but even recommended in many places. This guide will unleash the best dog friendly wineries, dog friendly pubs & cafes, dog friendly walks & hikes and even a place to go for a swim with your dog. But let’s start with the most essential.

Dog Friendly Wineries

There are over 150 wineries in the Yarra Valley, which is best known for the cool climate Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sparkling Wines. It’s the oldest wine region in Victoria with the first wines planted at Yering Station in 1838.

You can visit most of the wineries without any bookings but we do recommend to check with them in advance as some of them do get very busy during the weekends.


Badger Creek Blueberry Farm

11 Garnook Grove, Badger Creek

Potentially the sweetest place in Yarra Valley to visit. Blueberry wines, ciders, Moscato and plenty more. All of which can be enjoyed with your pup beside you.

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Panton Hill Winery

145 Manuka Road, Panton Hill

Experience the hospitality of a family founded and run dog-friendly boutique winery. You’ll discover outstanding architecture reminiscent of Southern Europe, exceptional estate produced wines and delicious light food. Being one of Melbourne’s Closest Wineries, it’s just 35 minutes from the CBD and 35 minutes from Melbourne Airport. There is a great 24h dog park at  Fergusons Paddock in less than 10 mins drive away from the winery!

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De Bortoli Wines

58 Pinnacle Lane, Dixons Creek

Philosophy at De Bortoli is that great wine begins in the vineyard and should reflect the region where the grapes that made it are grown. Achieving this must involve both vineyard and winery.

In the vineyard, this means thoughtful site selection, vine maturity and a move towards sustainable, biological farming practices that deliver exceptional fruit quality and real environmental benefits. It also involves an increasing embrace of single vineyard wines.

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Maddens Rise

Maddens Lane, Coldstream

The Maddens Rise range of wines is focused on a pure expression of the Yarra Valley region. Decisions are made based on the fruit itself, and the climatic variations of each and every season. The consistent quality of wines comes from carefully managing this balancing act. Dogs are more than welcome to join you for a wine tasting, even inside the Cellar Door (subject to other guests being alright with it).

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Immerse

1548 Melba Highway, Dixons Creek

Immerse is a dog-friendly winery in the heart of the Yarra Valley. Their team is friendly and knowledgeable, and loves nothing more than taking you through the wines, sharing a few yarns and giving your dog plenty of cuddles. Dogs are allowed in the stunning outdoor area, where you can relax with a glass of your favourite drop while local wine dogs Luca & Zya entertain your pup.

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Greenstone Vineyards

179 Glenview Road, Yarra Glen

Greenstone Vineyards is known for their dog friendliness. Even dog touring companies regularly pay them a visit. Dogs are allowed on the covered deck and on the large open lawns.

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Coombe Yarra Valley

673 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream

Enjoy a glass of wine and platter / light lunch options from the cellar door menu or maybe a game of croquet in the infamous hedge while taking in the beauty of the flora and fauna surrounding the winery. Dogs are welcome to join you in the outside seating area.

READ MORE ABOUT COOMBE 


Seville Hill

8 Paynes Road, Seville

Although Seville Hill doesn’t allow dogs inside the Cellar Door, you can bring your pup with you to enjoy a glass of wine on the lawns. Very enjoyable vibes but check the weather forecast as there is not much shelter from rain or sun.

READ MORE ABOUT SEVILLE HILL


Steels Gate Wines

1974 Melba Highway, Dixons Creek

Steels Gate Vineyard, situated at 230m above sea level, was planted in the late 1970s on an undulating slope of friable grey loam soils. Completely naturally irrigated and hand nurtured, surrounded by National Park, the vines are cared for by hand and the grapes carefully hand picked at the perfect harvest time. For a unique wine-tasting experience, sit next to the vines on a picnic blanket with your dog and simply chillax.

READ MORE ABOUT STEELS GATE WINES


Warramunda Estate

860 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream

Explore the home-grown wines at the Warramunda Estate cellar door with a plate of small bites, cheese or charcuterie. Dogs are allowed at the serviced and covered outdoor area.

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Seville Estate

65 Linwood Road, Seville

Winery not to be missed with your dog! Seville Estate won the 2019 James Halliday Winery of the Year award and they welcome your pooch to enjoy every inch of it. Dogs are welcome inside the Cellar Door to make sure nobody misses out on tasting their award winning wines.

READ MORE ABOUT SEVILLE ESTATE


You can find all dog friendly wineries in the Yarra Valley (and beyond) from Pupsy Dog Friendly Wineries directory.

For the ULTIMATE winery experience with your dog you can book your private luxury packages with Pooches & Pinot


Dog Friendly Accommodation

Finding a place to stay with your dog is always a bit of mission as still too often the answer is a straight no when you are travelling with your pooch. We have listed some of the most amazing dog-friendly places in the Yarra Valley for you to choose from. They are all well located close to the main towns, wineries and other attractions in the valley.

Leddicott Cottage

11 Cards Lane, Olinda

This is a beautiful hidden cottage in Olinda, close to the dog-friendly hikes and cafés. The fireplace will warm your pooch in the winter and 1.5 acres of historical garden settings will give you and your dog plenty of room to roam.

ENQUIRE & BOOK LEDDICOTT COTTAGE


Mount Evelyn Retreat

4 Borang Avenue, Mount Evelyn

Ultimate relaxation with your dog and your partner (optional) is what Mount Evelyn Retreat is all about. With its central location, dog-friendly wineries, cafés and hikes in the Dandenong Ranges are all only a few minutes away.

ENQUIRE  & BOOK MOUNT EVELYN RETREAT


Haig Avenue

Haig Avenue, Healesville

This cosy little dog-friendly cottage is only a few pawsteps away from Healesville shops, bars and the Four Pillars Distillery. There are also plenty of great walks and hikes nearby that you can do with your dog.

ENQUIRE & BOOK HAIG AVENUE


Harvest Farm

101 Badgers Avenue, Badgers Creek

This dog-friendly farm-house is surrounded by the best flora and fauna that the Yarra Valley has to offer. This tranquil setting is guaranteed to make you forget your daily routines and enhance your visit to the valley with your dog.

ENQUIRE & BOOK HARVEST FARM


Find more dog friendly accommodations in the Yarra Valley and beyond on Pupsy!


Dog Friendly Pubs & Bars & Cafes

Yarra Valley is known for its culinary experience as well as great bar and café scene. The main towns in the region are Coldstream, Lilydale, Yarra Glen, Dixons Creek, Seville and Healesville, out of which Healesville is the clear centre for the active bar scene.

Dog Friendly Pubs & Bars

Innocent Bystander

316 Maroondah Highway, Healesville

A dog-friendly Winery Cellar Door comes to town! Visit dog-friendly Innocent Bystander for delicious wine, local produce, artisan pizza and tasty paella, or enjoy a non-wine option such as the real cider, local beers and spirits or great coffee. Dogs are welcome in the heated and covered outdoor area.

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Giant Steps

336 Maroondah Highway, Healesville

Giant Steps is another beautifully designed Cellar Door turnd bar/restaurant in Healesville. It is located right next door to Innocent Bystander, making the block one of the must-visit spots in Healesville. As with its neighbour, dogs are allowed in the partly covered outdoor area.

READ MORE ABOUT GIANT STEPS 


Watts River Brewing

7 Hunter Road, Healesville

Two young families passionate about creating high quality, brewer driven beers that could be shared with everyone came together to create the Watts River brand. Watts River is comprised of brewers Aaron and Ben with over 11 years industry brewing experience and their wives Emily and Hanna. Dogs are an essential part of beer culture and therefore they are allowed everywhere, as long as they are kept under control.

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The Grand Hotel Healesville

270 Maroondah Highway, Healesville

“The Grand Old Lady” with a modern twist focuses on showcasing local produce and wines. Whether you are looking for an afternoon catch up for drinks with friends, a family meal or a social gathering to wine and dine, The Grand Hotel is the perfect dog-friendly pub to visit with your dog. Dogs are allowed in the beer garden and the front verandah.

READ MORE ABOUT THE GRAND HOTEL HEALESVILLE


Dog Friendly Cafes

Yarra Valley is full of cafés and most of them “allow” your dog to sit under the table with you but there are others that actually LOVE your dog as much as you do. We have listed the most welcoming dog-friendly cafés in the region you should visit for that morning brew, brekkie or lunch!

Wagtime Cafe

1526 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda

The name says it all! Wagtime Café is super dog friendly, and has many four-legged regulars. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor seating area, or should we say laying area, as they even have doggie beds to maximise the comfort of your pup.

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Habituel

314 Maroondah Highway, Healesville

Think freshly brewed coffee, on-premise baked sourdough and a pleasant undercover outdoor seating area inviting you and your dog to start the day in the most relaxing way you possibly can. This is Habituel and we highly recommend you check it out especially if you are staying in the area. By the way, the artwork above is made by their very own espresso.

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The Lilydale General

110 Beresford Road, Lilydale

Whether you are after something hearty or healthy The Lilydale General has it on the menu, from fresh berries and fruits with granola to the mouth watering General’s Burger. Dogs are welcome in an outdoor seating area and we can almost guarantee they will have some four-legged company! Visit the nearby Lilydale Lake off leash park / beach for a play and complete the morning with a coffee at The Lilydale General.

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Non-wine related activities

If you are spending more than a day in the valley (which we highly recommend), there are plenty of other things to discover than just wine. Take your dog for a swim, meet other dog owners in the off leash parks or follow the historic Warburton Railway line that used to service the agriculture industry 100 years ago.

Lilydale Lake

Lilydale

Lilydale Lake has several 24h off leash areas but the one we recommend is the sandy beach right next to the lake where your dog can have a splash in the water. There is no better way for your pup to start the day than by running freely on the soft sand and having a little swim. Go to the nearby The Lilydale General for an after play coffee / breakfast.

READ MORE ABOUT LILYDALE LAKE


Maroondah Reservoir Park

Healesville

Maroondah Reservoir Park is a massive area offering hundreds of kilometres of dog-friendly walking tracks along the lake and in the bush! It is something a little different to explore when visiting the Yarra Valley. Take a picnic basket and enjoy this beautiful slice of nature before heading to the wineries

READ MORE ABOUT MAROONDAH RESERVOIR PARK


Warburton Historic Rail Trail

Lilydale – Warburton

Follow the historic railway line through the valley from Lilydale all the way to Warburton (or just parts of it). This stunning dog-friendly hike (on lead) provides you and your dog the most amazing views of what the Yarra Valley has to offer

READ MORE ABOUT WARBURTON RAIL TRAIL


Yarra Valley Farmers Market

Yering Station, Yering

Held every third Sunday of the month between 9am – 2pm, Yarra Valley Farmers Market offers something little different to explore with your dog.

READ MORE ABOUT YARRA VALLEY FARMERS MARKET


There are several off leash areas in the region. CLICK HERE to find all official off leash parks within the Yarra Ranges.

That’s it; you’re all set for your adventure to the Yarra Valley with your dog! For other dog-friendly guides, visit Pupsy Destination Guides.

The Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Southern Highlands

The Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Southern Highlands

Edited by: Ella Holgate

We know how much planning it takes to travel with your dog. Finding dog friendly accommodation can be a daunting task in itself, not to mention discovering the best dog walks or dog parks at your destination. Your dog might also get car sickness, in which case we highly recommend you read the article on “What you should know about long car trips with your dog” from our friends at Sydney’s Southern Cross Vets before starting your journey.

The Southern Highlands has plenty to offer you and your dog. We have listed the best dog friendly accommodation, walks, pubs and cafés to make your next visit to this beautiful NSW countryside with your dog a truly memorable experience!

Check out also our other popular travel guides with your dog

Where to stay in the Southern Highlands?

Let’s start with your visit to the Southern Highlands! We have sourced the most amazing dog friendly accommodation options in the area. Whether you are after a couple’s retreat or are travelling with a bigger band, there is always plenty on offer. The full list of all dog friendly accommodations can be found here!

Church Conversion on Pupsy

This air-conditioned, two-bedroom holiday home comes with a garden and free WiFi. Stylishly decorated, featuring a modern spacious bathroom and cosy bedrooms, this dog friendly home is close to the popular Carrington Falls and is only a few minutes walk away from the Robertson Cheese Factory.

Click below for more info, the exact location and to make bookings!

Green Acres on Pupsy

Green Acres is set amongst farmlands at the heart of Kangaroo Valley. Enjoy stunning views whilst relaxing by the pool or having a glass of your favourite wine as you sit by the fireplace, reading a good book.

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Kooyong on Pupsy

Relax in the garden and take in the fresh mountain air. This stylishly decorated, fully equipped luxury holiday estate includes 4 bedrooms, which means there is plenty of room for family or friends!

Click below for more info, the exact location and to make bookings!

Lark Cottage on Pupsy

Located in the beautiful village of Burrawang and only a short walk to the award winning Burrawang Village Hotel, Lark cottage offers a relaxing and romantic retreat, allowing you to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The cottage is open plan and is perfect for both couples and family groups looking for a country escape.

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Taliesin on Pupsy

Set in one of the exclusive areas of Kangaroo Valley, this family home offers a perfect hideaway for either a group of friends or the extended family. It will be very hard to recall your daily agenda while sitting on the deck and gazing towards the rolling hills on the horizon. On colder nights, why not set a comfy family dinner by the fireplace?

Click below for more info, the exact location and to make bookings!

Treehouse on Pupsy

The Treehouse is a place where you are utterly immersed in nature, cocooned by the sounds of running water and native wildlife. It is a place that allows you unplug and reconnect with yourself, your loved ones and Mother Nature, with the freedom to do as much or as little as you like.

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Vicarage View on Pupsy

Vicarage View Cottage boasts a year-round outdoor pool and mountain views. If you are passing through or looking for a accommodation that allows single night bookings for a quicker experience of the beautiful Kangaroo Valley, Vicarage View Cottage is definitely worth checking out.

Click below for more info, the exact location and to make bookings!

What to do?

The Southern Highlands is filled with great hiking and walking tracks. You can climb up the hills, hike in the bush or enjoy the equally calming walking tracks close to the villages. We have handpicked the best walks and hikes to do with your dog!

Bong Bong Track on Pupsy

The Bong Bong track is a popular walking track outside Bowral. Stunning scenery along the rolling hills and fields of the Southern Highland makes you forget your daily routine and take in the calmness of nature!

Click below for more info, reviews, map & directions

Cherry Tree Walk on Pupsy

The Cherry Tree walk is listed in The Best of Bowral, and is a beautiful and popular track that meanders through 526 cherry trees. For the most stunning experience, visit in spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. Start the walk with a morning coffee from the RAW & WILD dog friendly café.

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Mt Gibraltar Track on Pupsy

Hike with your dog up the hill to one of the best viewing spots around Southern Highlands. Dogs must be on the lead at all times but they will still be able to enjoy this countryside hike up Mount Gibraltar!

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Gibbergunyah Walk on Pupsy

Gibbergunyah (meaning a “shallow cave used as a shelter”) is a reserve for public recreation and for the preservation of native flora and fauna. Kangaroos, wombats and echidnas are often seen so keep your dog on the lead at all times. The track is quite steep if you ascend from Howard’s Lane in Welby. The easier approach is from Boronia Street in Bowral.

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Box Vale Track on Pupsy

The Box Vale walking track takes you along a historic path out the back of Mittagong in the Southern Highlands. The bushwalk takes you along the track that was cut during the late 1800s for coal mining access. One of the key highlights of the hike is the cuttings; walking between the rock faces along either side of you is awe-inspiring.

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Berrima River Walk on Pupsy

This beautiful dog friendly walk follows the Wingecarribee River. Here you can discover what the German merchant seamen built along river while they were interned in Berrima for four years during WW1. Finish the walk at Surveyor General Inn, one of the most dog friendly pubs in the Southern Highlands.

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Food & Drinks?

A weekend away in the Southern Highlands wouldn’t be the same without a relaxing afternoon drink or meal in one of the many great cafés and pubs. Unfortunately, not all of them are as welcoming of your pup as they will be of you. No worries, we have sourced the best and most comprehensive selection of dog friendly cafés and pubs, where you and your furry travel companion will always feel welcome! These are listed below in alphabetical order.

Artemis Wines on Pupsy

If you are interested in mixing it up a bit, how about visiting a local winery with your pup! Southern Highland wineries may not be known to be as dog friendly as the ones in the Hunter Valley but Artemis Wines is worth a visit. At Artemis Wines you can enjoy a glass of wine on the deck, which is fully covered from the rain /sun, accompanied by your pup.

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Burrawang Village Hotel on Pupsy

This dog friendly pub is located in the quaint village of Burrawang, among the picturesque rolling green hills of the Southern Highlands. It is famous for its beautiful gardens, spectacular views and tasty food, so make sure you include it in your Southern Highland bucket list!

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Magpie Cafe on Pupsy

Magpie Café not only welcomes pups, they love them to be around at the front garden. They will get an equal (or maybe a bit more) amount of attention as you. This is a great place to start the day, followed by a walk along Berrima River!

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RAW and WILD on Pupsy

This is a gourmet market with a dog friendly café at the back, which offers delicious bites for you and a doggie menu for your pup. RAW & WILD is a great place to finish your morning walk, and is near the Cherry Tree walking track!

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Scottish Arms on Pupsy

Their recently renovated beer garden must be one of the most stunning pieces of architecture you will find in the Southern Highlands. There is plenty of shade for pups and some rare Scottish beers for the two legged guests! Make sure this is one of your pit stops when staying around Bowral!

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Surveyor General Inn on Pupsy

In our humble opinion, Surveyor General Inn is the most dog friendly pub in the Southern Highlands. Dogs are allowed inside the front bar and if the days are getting a little chilly, they can lay at your feet in front of the fire place while you enjoy a beer at this old school English style pub!

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The Friendly Inn on Pupsy

The legendary Friendly Inn has been serving locals and visitors for a looooong time. Dogs are welcome in the beer garden, front terrace and on the deck. Visiting this inn is a must for anyone travelling through the Kangaroo Valley town centre!

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The Royal Hotel on Pupsy

Located in the centre of Bowral, The Royal Hotel is popular amongst locals as well as many of the visitors in town. Dogs are welcome in the beer garden on the side of the pub.

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In case of emergency

Rest assured, the Southern Highlands has excellent vet services covering everything from an upset stomach and rashes to laboratory and surgical services. Although we hope you will not need this list, it is always handy to have the local vet details close to you when travelling.

We would also like to remind you to make sure your pup’s tick treatment is up to date when venturing out in the Southern Highlands.

 


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What you should know about long car trips with your dog

What you should know about long car trips with your dog

At some point you will need to take a long car trip with your dog. This may be required to move, go on holidays or visit relatives. Long car rides can be perfectly safe for your dog, and stress free, but there are steps you should take to help your dog in the car.

Reducing stress in the car

How your dog copes with the long car ride depends on personality and previous exposure to cars. Relaxed dogs who frequently ride in cars will probably have little to no difficulty with an extended trip. Anxious dogs and dogs who seldom ride in cars can find long car rides very stressful.

If your dog is unused to the car you should gradually build up to a long car ride before embarking on extended trips. Many dogs fear cars because car rides often lead to a visit to the vet, or to boarding kennels. Take your dog on frequent 5-10 minute rides to exciting places such as the beach and dog park. Maintain a normal conversation in the car and do not appear overly anxious in front of the dog. If your dog does not suffer from motion sickness then treats provided during the journey can help make the trip positive.

If your dog suffers from an extreme fear of car trips reconsider the need for taking your dog on a long car journey. At best an anxious dog in the car is stressful for the driver, at worst it can be dangerous. If a car trip is absolutely necessary for a fearful dog then speak to your veterinarian about the use of sedatives in the car. There are risks associated with the use of these medications, and your veterinarian will likely recommend a trial run with the drug in the house under direct supervision.

Make the car comfortable for your dog

Dogs can suffer from motion sickness in the car, just like people. Make sure your dog has a comfortable spot to lie, on the back seat or in a crate. Some dogs like to be able to see their owners, particularly if they are anxious. Being able to look out the window is also important for dogs that may feel motion sick. Ensure air flow through the car is adequate, crack open the back window so your dog has a constant supply of fresh air.

Remember that your dog needs toilet breaks. An accident in the car will be unpleasant for both you and the dog for the rest of the long car trip. Try to stop at least every 2 hours to give your dog a rest outside and the chance to eat, drink or go to the toilet. Remember to keep your dog leashed when stopping near roads. If you notice your dog suddenly becomes restless, this may be a cue to pull over in a safe spot for a quick poo or wee break.

Your veterinarian may be able to supply you with anti-nausea medication for a long car ride. If you are worried about motion sickness in your dog, chat to your veterinarian.

Car Safety for your dog

There are a few important rules to keep in mind when travelling with your dog in the car:

  1. It is illegal to travel with an unrestrained dog in the car. Make sure your dog is secured with a safety harness & dog seat belt or in a crate in the back of the car. Unrestrained dogs have been known to fly through windscreens in car accidents. Never ride with your dog on one of the front seats. Front seat airbags can kill a dog if they go off. Car harnesses can be bought in most pet stores and are useful to safely secure a dog in the car. Make sure your dog wears a safety harness and the seatbelt is secured at the top of the harness on your dogs back. Never attach the dog’s seat belt to their collar as it could strangle your pup in an accident!
  2. Do not allow your dog to stick he/her head out of the window of the car. Do not open windows wide enough to allow your dog to stick their head through, or climb through. Dogs can easily be injured by passing cars or flying gravel if they have their head out of the window.
  3. Do not leave your dog unattended in a car, even if the windows are down. Temperatures rise quickly in cars even on cold days. A dog left unattended in a car can die in minutes. Sometimes dogs may be forgotten in cars, particularly if owners do not often travel with them in the back seat. To avoid this leave an important item like a phone, wallet or handbag in the back near your dog.
  4. Always focus on your driving with your dog in the car, and pull over to stop safely if you need to adjust or check anything to do with your dog.

With preparation long car rides do not have to be difficult. If you are at all worried about how your dog will cope in the car you can talk through the issue with your veterinarian.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Bethany Richards. BVSC (Sydney University) from Southern Cross Vet.
Dr Beth  enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and has a special interest in promoting animal welfare. Dr. Beth is part of the Animal Ethics Committee at the Children’s Medical Research Institute of the Children’s Hospital in Westmead.
Thanks for the guest blog, Dr. Beth!


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How to master a pawfect Pupsy profile photo of your dog

How to master a pawfect Pupsy profile photo of your dog

6 Top Tips on how you can take a pawfect photo of your dog to help your pup shine above all the rest!

Increase your chances for new Pupsy connections with other dogs by mastering your dog’s profile photo or uploading some great photos of your dog for the Newsfeed!
(Instructions here)
Remember at Pupsy there are no judgements and there is no such thing as too many posted photos of your fur baby in the Newsfeed 🙂

Presentation is everything, its no different to any Dating app, effort will be rewarded and your pooch will love you for finding new mates to play with 🙂

Find below a beginner’s guide to help you help your dog shine above all the rest.
Let’s face it, he’s/ she’s destined for Pupsy-stardom!

No matter what ideas you choose, your dog will get plenty of attention, you’ll get some pawsome pictures, and both of you are sure to have a great time!

Equipment

Of course, a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera will be great to take the pawfect photo of your pooch, if you do have one handy make sure to choose a faster shutter speed as your dog is unlikely to pose for you very long.
A faster shutter speed means less light so balance this out with more natural light available i.e. outdoors or near a large window.

Don’t despair  though if you don’t have a SLR camera handy, most modern Smartphones have amazing cameras so you can take just as great photos with the following settings:

Turn off the power saver +  turn on HDR

  • Ensure any power-saving modes are turned off. They slow down your camera’s performance.
  • Turn on HDR mode to help balance the lighting.

Use special modes for action shots

  • To keep up with fast-moving pets, use burst mode feature shooting and pick the least blurry of the shots.
  • On the iphone just hold down the shutter release button on the screen or use the volume buttons on the side of the iphone to capture a series of shots. Check your photos and then choose the best shot from the sequence.

 

Find the right light

Take advantage of natural light

  • If you can, pose your dog by a window or glass door to get soft lighting.
  • Avoid harsh, bright sunlight. On cloudless days, take photos in the shade. Overcast days are perfect for outdoor photography.

Avoid flash by using lamps

  • Avoid using flash unless necessary. Flash makes lighting harsh, and it can give dogs that dreaded red-eye effect.
  • If you have a flexible-neck desk lamp available to you, use it for great lighting for an indoor dog photoshoot.

 

Get your dog’s attention

If your desired effect is to have your dog look straight into the camera, call his or her name, make sounds they respond to, and talk to them to get them to look at the camera.
Don’t forget the power of treats! Dogs will almost always look right at the treat and if you have an assistant, even better!
Have them hold the treat where you’d like your dog to look and, of course, don’t forget to hand it out as a reward to the super dog model 🙂
A little trick which helps to keep your pup’s weight in check: feed part of their dinner in the photo shoot, this way your dog will feel rewarded without the additional calorie intake.

Make your dog smile

To give you that big grin, an easy way is to take them for a quick run around the living room or have a tug of war with them.  An active dog is a happy dog and will likely flash you a huge smile after settling down.

Perspective, Angel and Background

Get the puppy perspective by getting on your dog’s level or take pictures from different angles for more interesting shots. Especially getting on your pups level will make a huge difference and to show what life is like from their perspective!

Take photos from above, below, in front, behind!
Use your creativity to produce different photos that highlight your favourite parts of your dog from all different points of view.

Don’t forget to pay attention to the background of the image and stop focusing on your fur baby for a moment!
The cutest photo of your pooch is destroyed by having dirty dishes or rubbish bins at the park in the background.
For portrait photos a neutral background works well to make your puppy shine even more!

Post-processing of your dogs photos can make a huge difference

Whether on a mobile or a computer, photo editing applications are priceless. Even a slight adjustment can make your photos look more professional and appealing.
If you don’t want to fork out the expensive license fee for photoshop, try a free desktop editor like Pixlr.
Most smartphone camera’s have built-in editing or download one of the countless apps available for photo editing.

Pay attention to the following settings and adjust them as required:
Brightness & Contrast – brighten & contrast enough to highlight features & shadows to make the image pop but be careful not to loose too much colour
Saturation – less is more with this setting, you don’t want to make the photo look fake with too much colour
Sharpening – this can be an especially great tool for dog photography to really make the dog’s hair stand out. Again less is more, as the photo will become too grainy if you sharpen it too much and will appear fake.

We hope you will have lots of fun taking your dog’s pictures for Pupsy and when you are ready to upload his/her profile pic or a photo in the Newsfeed find instructions here.

 


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6 Best Activities To Do With Your Dog On A Rainy Day?

6 Best Activities To Do With Your Dog On A Rainy Day?

What to do when the weather turns so bad that even your dog doesn’t want to go outside? No worries, there are still plenty of activities you can do with your dog on a rainy day and we have listed the TOP 6 of them right here!

We are very confident your pup will find some if not all of these super exciting! After all, spending time with you is the best reward you can give to your dog!


 

Make some simple and tasty doggie treats!

Your dog is guaranteed to elevate your status even above superhero for these yummy and healthy home made treats! It’s heaps of fun to make them and you know exactly what goes into them. Maybe you can teach your pup a new trick and reward him/her with your own special treats.


Visit a dog friendly pub!

What’s more comforting than having a hearty meal with your favourite glass of wine or a beer on a rainy day! These 51 pubs in Sydney have made it even more appealing by inviting your dog inside the public bar out of the rain. Winner in our books! And if you are in Melbourne, here are the Pubs in Melbourne welcoming your dog inside!


Arrange a playdate!

Invite your dog’s best mates for a visit! There’s nothing more fun than exploring toys together and maybe engage in a tug-of-war or just simply having a little wrestle with your best buddies.

If you don’t have your dog’s best mates contact details, you can also find friends through Pupsy Social. Create a profile for your pup, search for friends (age, area, breed) and send them a friend request from your dog! You can then message them and organise tail wagging playdates!


Visit a Dog Yoga Class!

Who would have thought? Yes, we have been doing our research and it’s finally come to Sydney: Dog Yoga!

During The Mindful Dog’s Yoga Class, your dog will learn how to practise a set of postures, movements and expressions, in order to relax, calm down and cope with the inevitable stressors of modern dog life.

The benefit of Dog Yoga lies in how and when your dog learns to apply the taught postures and movements: the sets become your dog’s “go-to” behaviours in times of stress, because they experience them as self-soothing, relaxing and calming.

Sounds like a great way to spend some quality time with your pooch and teach an anxious dog how to relax!


Try a new game or DIY toy!

Shine or rain, your dog loves to spend time with you. So come up with some rewarding games you can play indoors. Hide & Seek is surely one of the all time favourites (just remember to let your dog find you every time). Also plenty of educational games such as finding hidden treats or learning a new trick are super rewarding for your pooch!

We all want to spoil our dogs with new toys, treats, clothing and other dog accessories. But this doesn’t have to be a killer blow to your bank account. With a little bit of imagination and DIY spirit you can turn almost anything at home into an interesting toy. Check out some inspiration on DIY Dog Toys!


Plan a holiday with your dog!

Rainy days provide a pur-fect opportunity to sit back and plan your next holiday with your dog! Whether you are after a beach destination, go camping, visiting one of the iconic wine regions or simply ideas for a short city break there is plenty of inspiration available on our Dog Friendly Travel Guides section.


As much as we love the sun and warm weather, occasional rainy days aren’t that bad after all. Have fun with whatever activities you choose to do with your dog. We are sure they will love spending time with you.


Allowing dogs on public transport could replace millions of private car trips in Sydney every year!

Allowing dogs on public transport could replace millions of private car trips in Sydney every year!

by Dr Jennifer Kent

Allowing dogs on public transport could replace millions of private car trips in Sydney every year!

Many of us like nothing better than to navigate our city and our lives with our dogs. But if you live in Sydney these excursions are unavoidably car bound as dogs are not allowed on Sydney buses and trains. In fact, a University of Sydney study of over 1250 Sydney dog owners estimates that there are approximately 2.4 million dog-related trips in a private car carried out in Sydney each week.

There are more than 1.5 million dog owners in Sydney. Together we can make our voices heard and improve Sydney’s public transportation to be more suitable for the modern urban lifestyle. 

The survey, published in an international transport journal, examined a series of popular activities that people do with their dog. We looked at the regularity of trips such as a taking the dog for a walk; visiting dog parks, beaches or other recreational areas; going to dog friendly cafés, dog friendly pubs/bars or the shops; and visiting family, friends or the vet. Then we looked at how often these trips required a car.

You need a car to own a dog! 

We found that, on average, people walk their dog twice or more a week, however in 25% of cases, a dog walk actually began with an outing in a car. Now, any Sydney dog-owner will know that not everyone is lucky enough to live a walkable distance to an off-lead dog park. This knowledge is confirmed by the data – in fact of the more than 75 per cent of dog owners who go to a recreational area twice or more a week, 45 percent go by car.

While many of these trips could be considered ‘discretionary’ (although if you’re anything like me having my dog accompany me to a dog friendly café, dog friendly bar or family gathering is anything but optional!) some trips with dogs are not simply made at the caprice of gallivanting dog-owners. For example, the survey found that dogs visit the vet, on average, two to three times a year, and these trips are also very car-dependent. In fact, almost 14 percent of people said that since dogs are not allowed on public transport it had prevented them from taking their dog to the vet.

Allowing dogs on Public Transport is the answer in Europe!

Our results indicate that enjoying and caring for a dog in Sydney – a practice proven to have positive health benefits – is a relatively car dependent affair. And this is unnecessary.

A policy solution would be to allow dogs on public transport in Sydney. Although the restrictions vary between modes, overall our approach to allowing dogs on public transport in this city is a default “no”. Dogs (other than guide dogs) are entirely banned on Sydney trains, and on buses they are only allowed at the whim of the bus driver and if wearing a muzzle. CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION ALLOWING DOGS IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT!

Predictably, our survey of dog owners found that an overwhelming 95 per cent favour allowing dogs on public transport. More than half indicated they would do more activities with their pup if they were allowed, and 20 per cent said they’d even consider getting by without one of their cars if this policy was in place.

With this in mind, we went on to investigate the policies of dogs on public transport across major cities in Europe and Australia.

All European cities allowed dogs on public transport, while most cities in Australia did not. The policies did vary with limits on the dedicated areas of the train, tram or bus, peak hour travel and the size of dog. Most cities charged a fare at a concession or child price. Zurich went one step further to offer an annual travel card for dogs!

So why is Australia so restrictive? We are a country with one of the highest dog ownership in the world!

Team Pupsy on the road

Of course, it might be saying something about the way we think about dogs in public in Sydney. But, somehow, I don’t think that is all that is going on here.

Australia has one of the highest rates of dog ownership in the world, and we are slowly becoming more lenient with allowing dogs into and around pubs, bars and cafes, albeit only outdoors. I propose that it says more about the way we view public transport in Australia.

The public transport infrastructure and networks in Sydney are planned and operated as though they should only be used for predictable and ‘clean’ trips – such as the journey to work, or a trip to the city. But in reality, our lives are made up of ‘messy’ trips – we go to the hardware store, pick up children and groceries, go to the dentist and, of course, travel with our dogs.

For these types of ‘messy’ trips in Sydney, most of us still need to use a car. This is why we all find ourselves sitting in traffic every Saturday morning, and struggle so much to predict what traffic will be like from day-to-day. And dog owners, purely through circumstance and not choice, are adding to this problem.

Olive travelling to park

In short, car ownership and use is something transport planners want us to leave behind for the sake of sustainability, health and liveability in our cities. If we are trying to reduce car use, understanding some of the intricate activities, which lead to car dependence, is really important – we need to plan for the mess. How? Well, it might include changes to timetables, or making the interior of our trains and buses more amenable to those carrying groceries or travelling with kids. A relatively quick initiative, however, would be to allow people to take their dogs on Sydney’s public transport.

 

 

There are more than 1.5 million dog owners in Sydney. Together we can make our voices heard and improve Sydney’s public transportation to be more suitable for the modern urban lifestyle. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr Jennifer Kent is a University of Sydney Research Fellow in the Urban and Regional Planning program at the University of Sydney. Jennifer’s research interests are at the intersections between urban planning, transport and human health and she is widely considered one of the leading urban planning scholars on healthy built environments in Australia. Jennifer publishes regularly in high ranking scholarly journals and her work has been used to inform policy development in NSW and Australia. Thanks for the guest blog, Jennifer!


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Discovering dog friendly Sydney – Adventures of Lumi the Groodle –  Inner West

Discovering dog friendly Sydney – Adventures of Lumi the Groodle –  Inner West

Woof everyone,

Boy,  do I have a story to tell from this weekend’s adventure to the dog friendly Inner West! My human parents asked if I was ready to go somewhere new, which got me so excited that I might have accidentally jumped onto the couch… Thankfully they understood that I was just so happy to hear those words.

VICTORIA PARK –> 4 BONES RATING

Victoria Park | Pupsy  Victoria Park | Pupsy

First stop was at Victoria Park in Camperdown where I immediately spotted a friend who was ready for a chase. What was I thinking, Groodle vs Kelpie? What chances do you think I had on that? Anyway, I went for it regardless. I was pretty exhausted after a while and decided to follow my nose in stead. What is that delicious perfume? I cannot resist that. Oh, there it is. I really need to roll on it right now. And then it happened. My human dad grabbed me just when I was ready to get that perfume on my fur. I don’t understand why my human parents wouldn’t like that yummy rubbish on me.

Anyway, I would rate Victoria Park with 4 bones as it is large enough for me to run like crazy without disturbing others. Unfortunately we are only allowed off the lead in the mornings and from 6pm onwards 🙁 4 BONES

THE DUCK INN –> 5 BONES RATING

The Duck Inn | Pupsy  The Duck Inn | Pupsy

My human dad suggested going for a drink around the corner. I wasn’t too excited at first as this might mean that I need to stay outside. But then he revealed the best thing ever; I’m invited inside the bar as well! I almost ran into a lamppost out of pure joy.

As soon as we walked into The Duck Inn, everyone greeted me with crazy amount of cuddles. I didn’t see the ducks anywhere though but never mind I was happy with the attention alone. My human mum said we needed to come back on Tuesday for the Doggy Date Night. I have no idea what that is but it sounds pawsome and I’m in. Food looked irresistible and I’m kind of happy that my human parents didn’t order anything.

The Duck Inn | Pupsy  The Duck Inn | Pupsy

YOUNG HENRY’S BREWERY –> 4 BONES RATING

Back into the car (not my favourite place by the way) and as soon as I jumped in I remembered that I forgot to do my 7th wee. Luckily Young Henry’s Brewery wasn’t too far and I could relief myself just a few minutes later. Again I was welcomed inside and this time I was the only dog in the hoods. That’s the way wo-of wo-of, I like it, wo-of wo-of. One of the bartenders gave me some water and everyone thought I was super cute, which I know is the case, but it is still nice to hear that. My human dad refilled his beer bottle (looked like a canister to me) and then I heard the magic words: Lumi, do you wanna go to the park? I’M READY!!!

 

CAMPERDOWN MEMORIAL REST PARK –> 4 BONES RATING

We went to the nearby Camperdown Memorial Rest Park. I made some new friends right away. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (although she smelled more like a queen to me) and a Rottweiler puppy (who was as big as I am) where there among many others. Oh yeah, and another Kelpie that I decided not to challenge for a run this time. Learned my lesson even without a treat, you see.

 

Very nice community and the place was full of interesting things to sniff as many humans seems to come there for a picnic. And a water station for me, which was very much in need after playing fetch with my new mates.

 

THE COURTHOUSE –> 5 BONES RATING

 

Apparently I wasn’t the only one who got thirsty so it was time to go and check out another dog friendly pub, which is literally 3 puppy pawsteps away. The Courthouse has a big dog friendly beer garden but to my surprise I was also asked to come and say hello to everyone at the bar inside! They were quite a few of us four legged creatures at the Courty, one even had a jacket and a beanie. Not my cup of chicken soup but he looked kind of funky.

 

Finally, it was time to head home for my favourite part of the day. Yeah you guessed it, dinnertime. After my food, I all of a sudden realised that I’m actually knackered. So I decided to roll into my favourite spot and let my human parents enjoy some quality time without me.

See you soon at my next adventure!

Lumi the Groodle

Dog friendly pubs in Sydney allowing your dog inside in the front bar / public bar

Dog friendly pubs in Sydney allowing your dog inside in the front bar / public bar

Edited by: Ella Holgate

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There are a few dog friendly pubs around Sydney that will welcome your dog into their beer garden, but when the weather takes a turn for the worse, where do you go?

Don’t worry; we have a solution for you! We have discovered & tested 36 pubs and 18 breweries in Sydney that allow dogs inside. These pubs and breweries are simply pawsome and a choice of a few is far better than nothing! For when the weather warms up, there are more recommendations in our complete dog friendly pubs & bars directory:

https://pupsy.com.au/places/dog-friendly-pubs-bars/

If we missed any pubs in our list please let us know, we are more than happy to try them out and add them in 🙂

Enough said, here are the 54 super dog friendly pubs/breweries in Sydney allowing dogs inside in the front/public bar

PUBS YOUR DOG IS WELCOME INSIDE (in alphabetical order):

The Bank on Pupsy

Rozelle & neighbouring Balmain are known for their fantastic pub culture but not many places are as do friendly as 3 Weeds. Your dog is welcome inside the front bar to join you for a refreshment at any time!

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Albion Hotel is the only pub in Parramatta welcoming your dog inside away from the elements. This local icon can get very busy so choose the time wisely to visit wth your pooch.

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Spend time near the beach, take a scenic walk to Mark’s Park and warm up afterwards at Bondi Beach Public Bar!  Chilled out vibes, great drinks, delicious food and your furry friend is allowed inside… what’s not to like? This makes BBPB our favourite winter place in Bondi Beach…

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Botany View Hotel on Pupsy

Yet another dog friendly pub in our favourite district of Newtown. Botany View Hotel invites dogs everywhere in the venue. They even have dog in their logo. Now that can’t be a bad sign!

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Darlo Bar on Pupsy

This is an iconic Darlinghurst establishment that’s worth a visit for those with two and four legs! Great local vibes, beers and tunes make this . And of course your pup will surely be noticed!

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Frisco Hotel on Pupsy

Frisco Hotel offers you and your pup a great pub experience. Your dog is welcome to join you everywhere in this two-storey pub including the upstairs balcony, which is designed for chilled out afternoons! Have a drink or two while enjoying the CBD and wharf views.

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Lord Raglan on Pupsy

Dogs are welcome to join you anywhere in Lord Raglan. All the venue asks is that owners are prepared for the staff to fawn all over their pups! The Lord Raglan also has some meat/meat free dog snacks to give to the fur babies. Check out one of the only original pubs left in Alexandria!

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Small dog friendly bar in Marrickville owned by locals, serving locals! Dogs are welcome anywhere in this cozy evening venue.

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Poor Toms Gin Hall on Pupsy

Want to try something a little different? How about tasting a unique craft gin with your dog? You (not your dog) will sample gin while your pup is either chilling at your feet or saying hi to every other gin lover inside this micro distillery.

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In addition to welcoming your dog inside, Public House Petersham also has a heated beer garden for you to relax. Great pub meals and even occasional dog events, so stay tuned.

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The Annandale Hotel on Pupsy

The style is casual and the venue offers many different settings. Just note, it’s a live music venue so you might have to check what’s on before visiting with your pup. Also don’t miss out on their amazing burgers!

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The Bank on Pupsy

The Bank Hotel offers something for everyone under a single roof. Craft beers, live music, beer garden, great food and of course your pup is welcome to join you everywhere in this Newtown institution!

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Whether you are after a schooner or well build cocktails, The Beauchamp has it all. Escape the weather with your dog inside or spend a sunny arvo at the beer garden.

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The Carrington on Pupsy

The Carrington was built in 1877 and true to their early days, dogs are allowed to roam anywhere in the pub. Friendly staff members are always ready to bring your pup some water and they even have a dog menu available.

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The Cricketers Arms Balmain on Pupsy
The Cricketers Arms Balmain on Pupsy

Dog friendly pub Cricketers Arms not only allows your pup to join you at the public bar but boy do they know how to make burgers! Super dog friendly staff will take care of you and your pup while you are trying one of the many craft beers on tap.

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The Courthouse on Pupsy

Courty is a legendary Newtown establishment to hang out, meet friends (or strangers) and to enjoy great food and drinks. It’s located right next door to the off leash Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, which makes it a perfect after play spot!

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The Duck Inn on Pupsy
The Duck Inn on Pupsy

The Duck Inn is a light, bright and airy locals favourite pub. Relax on the sofas or enjoy the bar! The menu is great and the food is tasty, all the right ingredients for a great afternoon out with your pup!

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Think locally sourced food and beers served to the local community, including the furrier ones. That sums it up for The Erko. “We don’t bite as long your dog doesn’t either”, they say!

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The Grand National on Pupsy
The Grand National on Pupsy

The Grand National has established itself as a favourite meeting point for Paddington locals. The Grand National was selected as the best dog friendly pub in Sydney a few years back and they have not let that reputation slide one bit.

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The London Hotel Paddington on Pupsy
The London Hotel on Pupsy

In the middle of the busy boutique district, The London offers you a great pit stop during a trip to Paddington, or if you’re a local you could just simply drop in on your walk with your dog. The entire front bar is dog friendly so no matter what the weather looks like, you and your pup are both safe.

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The Lord Wolseley on Pupsy
The Lord Wolseley on Pupsy

It doesn’t get more local than The Lord Wolseley in Ultimo. Dogs are not only allowed at the public bar but staff and patrons alike will insist your pup comes and greets all the folk inside. This pub serves great craft beers and pub staples, and they prepare incredible specials!

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The Marlborough Hotel on Pupsy
The Marlborough Hotel on Pupsy

Newtown’s favourite dog friendly pub The Marlborough Hotel is known for live music, sport and its twist on the classic pub meal. Doggies are welcome to join you for a refreshing drink and chilled out vibes at the partly covered beer garden.

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The Newport on Pupsy
The Newport on Pupsy

Not only are dogs welcome everywhere in The Newport, they also regularly organise dog events at this fantastic Northern Beaches venue! Extensive food and drinks menus have something for everyone and weekend live tunes are not to be missed.

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The Newtown Hotel on Pupsy

Sydney’s vibrant and trendy inner city district wouldn’t be the same without The Newtown Hotel. This local favourite invites you and your dog inside the bar, through to the courtyard or even upstairs on the balcony, which is a great viewing spot looking over King Street.

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The Noble Hops on Pupsy
The Noble Hops on Pupsy

One of the several dog friendly pubs in Redfern, The Noble Hops offers you a hard-to-beat craft beer journey of local and global drops. Your pup is requested to join you for the experience but be aware, you will be drawing a lot of attention from all the locals eager to give your dog a pat!

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The Paddo Inn on Pupsy
The Paddo Inn on Pupsy

With high ceilings and painted brick walls, Paddo Inn has a very cosy pub feel and most importantly the entire front bar is dedicated to our furry friends. The bartenders even have treats to share… with your dog, that is!

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Dogs are welcome on the beer garden at the back. Rain or shine, this flexible indoor/outdoor oasis with a giant sunroof is a perfect spot to visit with your dog.

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The Paddo Inn on Pupsy
The Regent Hotel Inn on Pupsy

The Rege is a dog friendly pub in Kingsford close to UNSW, which makes it a vibrant (read: crowded, and lively) place to hang out. Your pup is allowed everywhere in the venue except the bistro area.

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Nestled in the chic back streets of Paddington, The Stables is a vibrant juxtaposition of elegant old world charm with the buzz and vibe of New York meat packing district. The warm and comfortable rustic surrounds of the heritage building invites you and your dog inside to enjoy and relax!

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Iconic Inner West venue in Rozelle invites your dog to join you for a well deserved drink and/or meal. Or maybe your sports loving pup wants to watch the game with you? It’s all possible at The Sackville!

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The Unicorn Hotel on Pupsy

The Unicorn Hotel in Paddington is a proud boiling billycan of Aussie wine, beer, music, art, food, conversation…. and of course the local doggies!

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The Vic on Pupsy
The Vic on Pupsy

The Vic has been dog friendly since it opened, and there are no signs of that changing– there’s even graffiti at the back of the building to confirm it. It is not unusual to see dogs inside the front bar or on the terrace at the back.

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Lord Raglan on Pupsy

Visit this cosy country style pub in the heart of Paddington. Dogs are welcome anywhere downstairs so no need to worry about the weather. Great burgers and good selection of beers!

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The Welcome Hotel on Pupsy
The Welcome Hotel on Pupsy

Dog friendly since 1877, how about that! Your pooch is welcome in the front bar and the beer garden, and for both areas The Welcome Hotel offers a mouthwatering menu and 15 beers on tap from around the world!

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The Tudor Hotel on Pupsy
Tudor Hotel on Pupsy

If you enjoy craft beers, love dogs and support the Swannies, it is hard to find a better place than Tudor! This old school Redfern pub might look rough from the outside but should definitely take a spot on your bucket list of places to visit with your dog!

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The Woolpack on Pupsy
The Woolpack on Pupsy

We haven’t seen any sheep at the Woolpack but instead there are heaps of furry four-legged companions who all really seem to love the place. They are welcome inside the pub and there is even a puppy treat jar with voluntary donations going to the local rescue shelters.

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BREWERIES YOUR DOG IS WELCOME INSIDE (in alphabetical order):

During the recent years, Sydney has become one of the craft beer centrals in Australia. And this trend is not showing any signs of decline, which is great news for all the doggies in town as most of the breweries are super dog friendly! We have listed all the craft breweries in Sydney you and your pup are welcome to visit, indoors or outdoors!

7th Day Brewery on Pupsy

The name of this dog friendly brewery tells it all. It’s all about celebrating a hard week’s work with some stunning craft beers. With your dog, of course!

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Akasha Brewing on Pupsy
Akasha Brewing on Pupsy

Brew the beer you like yourself: that’s the mantra at Akasha. This brewery attracts locals who stop by to sample the latest beers with their pooches in tow. Have a beer right next to the tanks and enjoy the relaxing dog friendly environment at Akasha!

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All Hands Brewing House on Pupsy
All Hands Brewing House on Pupsy

A.H.B.H is the only dog friendly craft brew house in the CBD. The combination of the amazing views across the harbour and delicious craft beers is impossible to beat. And they even have a craft for your pup as well, irresistible A.H.B.H Puppy Pale Ale!

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Batch Brewing on Pupsy
Batch Brewing on Pupsy

You must check out this old warehouse-come-brewery complex. Your dog is more than welcome to join you, staff even recommending they take a seat with you at one of the couches while you enjoy one of the many delicious craft brews.

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Ekim Brewing is a dog friendly brewery in a very unique location in Mount Kuring-gai. Their rebellion against mass production has created a very inspiring range of brews. Cellar Door is open only on Friday afternoons, which makes a visit to Ekim a great way to start the weekend.

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Grifter Brewing on Pupsy
Grifter Brewing on Pupsy

Grifter Brewing is located in a large warehouse area, with pool tables aplenty and food trucks driving inside the venue to feed the hungry crowds. The beer is tasty, dogs get heaps of attention and the atmosphere is grungy and comfy at the same time!

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Modus Operandi on Pupsy
Modus Operandi on Pupsy

A brewery outside Sydney’s inner west… Does such a thing even exist? There are a few, and Modus Operandi is definitely one to visit if you are up at the Northern Beaches. You and your pup are likely to be greeted by the local Labrador “brewdog” Stout.

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Nomad Brewing on Pupsy
Nomad Brewing on Pupsy

Nomad is another favourite Northern Beaches brewhouse. To summarise their attitude towards their four legged customers: “the more tails at the brewery the better”.

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One Drop Brewing on Pupsy

This has got to be one of the best dog friendly spots in the area. Great drops to explore with your pup right by your side, rain or shine. Great vibes!

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Riverside Brewing on Pupsy
Riverside Brewing on Pupsy

The brewery takes its name from the views of the Darling Mills Creek in North Parramatta. Riverside is dedicated to brewing pure, natural, hand-crafted beers that are bursting with flavour and aroma whilst being free of additives and preservatives.

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Rocks Brewing on Pupsy
Rocks Brewing on Pupsy

Located in the busy urban centre between O’Riordan Street and Bourke Road next to Sky Zone and All Sorts Indoor Centre, Rocks Brewing Co. is a great place to visit with the entire family, including of course the furrier members as well. Try the all time favourite Convict Lager!

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Sauce Brewing on Pupsy
Sauce Brewing on Pupsy

A bit harder to find but once you get there, you won’t be disappointed! In our opinion, their pilsner is the one to go for. Located in a cool warehouse building, and hiding from the main roads, Sauce has an outside sitting area you and your dog will both love!

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Stockade Brewing on Pupsy
Stockade Brewing on Pupsy

Stockade is a multi award winning craft brewery in Marrickville, the craft beer centre of Sydney. Taste their regular line up or bi-monthly changing small batches and let your dog sniff the hoods and make some new (two and four-legged) friends in the meantime.

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Wayward Brewing Co. on Pupsy
The Wayward Brewing Co. on Pupsy

Wayward Brewing was actually built with our furry friends in mind. They wanted to make sure from the beginning that it would be inclusive to all, including our dogs. The selection of craft beers on offer is simply amazing!

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Wildflower Brewing on Pupsy
Wildflower Brewing on Pupsy

Wildflower is focused on fermenting beers with a unique house culture of brewers yeast mixed with wild yeast and bacteria foraged from New South Wales. The goal is to balance the tart, funky characteristics of the house culture to deliver a beer with length, nuance and subtlety.

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Willie the Boatman on Pupsy

Willie the Boatman welcomes your dog everywhere with you! Great weekend spot to get your craft fix or have a little tasting session with your pup!

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Young Henrys Brewing on Pupsy
Young Henrys Brewing on Pupsy

Young Henrys is one of the most famous craft breweries in Sydney, not only with locals but also with the likes of the Foo Fighters! Your pup can hang out with you in the brew bar and will not be short of cuddles from the crowd and staff.

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Yullis Brews on Pupsy
Yullis Brews on Pupsy

Located next door to Sydney Park, one of the largest off lead areas in Sydney, Yulli’s Brews is a great place to visit with your dog after a play at the park. Their funky beer-can designs are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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5 best dog friendly pubs in Sydney

5 best dog friendly pubs in Sydney

There are several dog friendly pubs in Sydney.
But are they all truly dog friendly pubs?
We see some advertised as dog friendly pubs only to find out that our pups are ok to wait outside tied to a post while we are having a drink.
We have tried and tested these 5 dog friendly pubs in Sydney and are very happy to give them the Pupsy stamp of approval 🙂
For more recommendations also check out our dog friendly pubs & bars directory:
https://pupsy.com.au/places/dog-friendly-pubs-bars/

We have selected the Top 5 dog friendly pubs in Sydney based on:

    • Area your dog is allowed with you

    • How dog friendly is the staff

    • Does your pup have access to water

    • Any other special treats for your dog (events, dog menu, treats on offer…)

       

 The Carrington


(Picture: @thecarringtonsydney)

It’s all about steak and wine at this third oldest pub in Sydney. The Carrington was built in 1877 and true to their early days, dogs are allowed to roam anywhere in the pub. Friendly staff is always ready to bring your pup some water and a dog menu is available.
This is like it should be in our opinion!

The Beresford


(Picture: Chris Pavlich)

The iconic Beresford is one of the largest dog friendly pubs in Sydney. Head out to the dog friendly beer garden at the back and simply chill. Your dog is likely to meet a friend or two.

Gazebo


(Picture: @bonditobali)

Party in style with your pup. This Italian style cocktail bar and restaurant is one of the Sydney hot spots for you and your pooch. Dogs are allowed at the terrace and the staff is always happy to bring water for them. Gazebo even has a full Dog Menu available so make sure you ask for it.

The Vic on the Park


(Picture: Chris Pavlich)

Legendary Vic is located in the heart of Marrickville. The Vic is a home away from home for locals and their pups alike. The iconic inner west local will put classic pub food on your plate. Save a table on the deck for beers and something sizzling from the kitchen, or catch a gig by your favourite local band.

Dogs are allowed everywhere and will always be warmly welcomed by other pub goers and the staff. Be ready for some serious cuddling action.

The Newport


(Picture: @minniethefoodiepup)

Newport’s waterfront location, stunning Pittwater views, huge outdoor area and super dog loving staff makes The Newport the best dog friendly pub in Sydney!

There’s a huge communal deck surrounded by gardens providing shade during the hot summer’s day. Your pup is allowed everywhere in the venue and there are plenty of dog events taking place every month. Staff is super dog friendly and will always bring your pup a private water bowl when asked.

Just across the water is one of the most popular dog beaches on the Northern Beaches:  Rowland Reserve.

 

For the full list of truly dog friendly pubs in Sydney go to https://pupsy.com.au/places/dog-friendly-pubs-bars/.

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Puppy Checklist – What do I really need?

Puppy Checklist – What do I really need?

You can download our checklist here: Puppy Checklist
Looking at the Puppy Checklist can be daunting as there are so many things you need to buy. Do I really need all of this? What can I live without? This article will help you to know what to consider before spending thousands of dollars on your puppy.

Sleeping

Find a bed that is suitable size for your puppy. Consider how fast your puppy will grow to make sure you don’t need to buy another one after a few months. Pay attention to how you can clean the bed, as it WILL get dirty.
Good quality crates can also work as beds, especially during the night as you don’t want your puppy to wonder around the house while not observed. Another benefit of your puppy sleeping in the crate is that dogs don’t relief themselves where they sleep. Crates with an open top are good as you can calm your puppy without taking them out of the crate.

Your puppy will miss his/her mother and siblings during the first few days. If possible, take your puppy’s future blanket with you when you pick him/her up. Rub the blanket (or soft toy) to the mother. This will leave a familiar scent onto the blanket, which will give comfort to your puppy during the first few days in the new forever home.

Eating

Unlike us humans, dogs love to eat the same food every day. Try not to change their diet during the puppy stage too much. Their stomachs cannot handle many changes yet and therefore diarrhea is a very likely result.
Also keep in mind; the way you prepare the food at puppy stage will become the expectation.

Heating up meals or pouring hot water on to the dry food might feel a reasonable thing to do for your new family member. Ask yourself whether you are prepared to do this every day for the next 15 years. It is entirely up to you, however your dog does not require that kind of service. Your puppy will be very happy with good quality dog food with high nutrition levels.
Stay tuned for our “Food your puppy should not eat” –list for the items you have to avoid giving your puppy. This includes items such as nuts, onions, apples and chocolate.

You naturally need some bowls for your puppy. Two bowls will do. One for food and another one for water is all you need. Think about the size of bowls you will need in 6 -12 months time. Too small and you will buy them again very soon. Too big and your puppy will take a swim in the water bowl.
What about the treats? Shops are full of treats for puppies. Be aware about the artificial ingredients, salt and sugar. It is safer and better to stick to natural treats such as poached chicken, ham or dried liver. Do not buy rawhides (at least watch the following video first https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc265q0ZRss) or any high sugar, salt or fat content treats. Normally the cheap ones on your local supermarket shelf contain high levels of sugar and salt.

If you want to be 100% sure, you can make the treats yourself. It is surprising how easy some of them are to make. Check out our  “DIY Toys and Treats” blog. In a meanwhile, you can connect with other puppy owners on Pupsy to ask and share experiences.

Walking

Before your puppy has learned the correct etiquette of walking with you, pulling is inevitable. Pulling can hurt your puppy’s neck if wearing the wrong type of collar. A harness where you can attach the lead also on the front will be your best option. Every time your puppy is pulling, the harness will move your puppy sideways and pulling becomes impossible. A harness is also required for your puppy’s seat belt . The seat belt attaches to the harness as opposed to a collar so your pup does not get strangled in an accident.

Probably the most offended rule by dog owners is to not pick after their dog. Get into the habit from day one and always carry a sufficient number of poo bags with you. Your puppy might surprise you with 2-3 toilet breaks in a single walk, so be prepared. Shop around as prices vary a lot between supermarkets, pet shops and online stores.

Registration

You have to register your puppy at your local council by law. It is a very simple, online process (check your council website for more details). Before you register your pup you have to decide whether your puppy will be de-sexed as the registration fees are higher for non-desexed puppies.
We also recommend getting your puppy an ID Tag with your puppy’s name and your phone number in case he/she will go exploring beyond the boundaries. Ask your local locksmiths as they normally carry ID Tags and can engrave them for you in few minutes.

 

Health & Safety

Locate a Vet close to you and read some reviews about their customer service, prices etc.
You will need to visit a vet in the first few weeks for an overall health check and vaccinations. Consider medication against ticks, fleas and worms depending on where you live. Your vet will be able to take you through all the essentials. Remember that before your puppy has had all the vaccinations, you should not introduce him/her to other dogs or walk him in areas where other dogs have been. Our blog about “How to socialise my Puppy” is coming soon.

Pet insurance is becoming more popular, however only around 5% of all dogs in Australia are insured. If you are considering insuring your puppy, do your homework before signing up. Be absolutely clear what’s covered and what’s excluded and shop around. What happens if your dog gets sick and needs antibiotics? What about accidents with other dogs? Do I get compensation on x-rays and veterinary hospital fees? What if my puppy needs a surgery? What about hip problems on larger breeds when they get older? And what happens to the premium when my dog gets older?
Proofing your home for the newcomer is very important. How often have you inspected your home from the level of where your puppy will operate? Go onto your fours and check for cables, sockets, shoes, plants or any loose items that could be tempting to pull. Make sure you get into the habit of closing all drawers and closets and don’t leave your papers, books or clothes around the house.

Playing

As there are so many toys out there, it is difficult to know what to buy. The secret lies within understanding and observing your puppy’s playing style.

Wrestler Puppy

Likes to “kill the toys” and investigate what’s in them.
Choose toys that are made to be ripped apart or have the option of being pulled. Also, more durable toys, like those made of rubber or canvas, may be better choices.

Chaser Puppy

Loves chasing everything.
These puppies may not be as interested in stuffed toys. Instead, opt for balls (rubber is better than a tennis ball, which can wear down their teeth!), rubber Frisbees (easier on the mouth than hard plastic), etc.

Cuddler Puppy

Loves to hug and hold toys in their mouth and even sleeps with them.
These puppies will do fine with cute stuffed toys! You may want to avoid hard toys, balls, etc., because they won’t be as interested in them.

Chewer Puppy

Likes to chew everything.
Make sure you avoid anything that cannot withstand chewing. Instead of stuffed animals, opt for rubber or rope toys that are made for chewing. Keep an eye on your puppy as small pieces can be swallowed.
If your puppy gets bored with the toys he/she liked earlier, simply put them away and rotate them. After a few weeks an old toy seems like new again.

You can save a lot of money by getting creative with toys. You can create toys from egg boxes (just hide some treats inside and close it) or place an empty plastic water bottle in and old sock (bottle makes an interesting sound and sock has your smell).

Check out our blog  “DIY Toys and Treats” for more inspiration.

However, it is very important to remember that toys should never replace the socialisation and playtime with other dogs. Especially, at puppy stage it is important to find suitable playmates to keep the play safe. You can use Pupsy app to connect and find other puppies in your area for some safe and happy playtime.

 

Training

Training your puppy is critical for many reasons.
– You need to be in control of your dog at all times.
– You have to protect your dog from picking things that are harmful, running of to the road or getting into fights
– Your dog loves learning new things
– Your dog loves pleasing you by obeying your commands and being rewarded
– Training is a great stimulation for your dog and one of the best bonding opportunities

So what do you need for training?
Most importantly, sign up to your local Puppy Pre-School.
You can find some excellent puppy trainers on Pupsy here.
Professional dog trainers will teach you how to understand, control and train your dog. It is also a great way to socialise with other puppies. It is important for you to continue to train and socialise your puppy after Puppy School. Remember to keep socialisation safe and positive. Many Dog Trainers recommend using Pupsy as a safe way to socialise puppies of similar age and therefore avoiding incidents with adult dogs.
See our blog on “Play it Safe” for more tips & tricks.

 

From your point of view, toilet training is likely to be very high on the list. Allow your puppy outside every hour if possible and praise him/her every time he/she goes to the toilet outside.
If this is not possible, use wee pads or newspaper and encourage your puppy to use them as toilet. As accidents will happen elsewhere, simply use proper wee cleaners. Dogs wee on spots they recognise from the scent. Wee cleaners remove the scent and your puppy will not choose the same spot again.
Bitter apple spray is effective for proactive measures. Spray bitter apple spray to areas or items you don’t want your puppy to be interested in. The strong bitter scent will be unappealing for your puppy and he/she will stay away from items.

Grooming

Depending on the breed, your puppy will need different levels of grooming. You need a good brush to ensure your puppy doesn’t get matted. You can ask your local groomer for advice. If your puppy gets too matted the only option left for the groomer is to shave him/her completely. Matted fur will also cause a lot of pain for your puppy.

 

You will also need a comb to get down to the skin of your puppy. This is particularly important for shaggier breeds such as poodles and sheep dogs.
Dogs pick up a lot of things from the ground, roll in the dirt, get wet and muddy. Get your puppy a dog shampoo and rinse him/her everytime after a swim as the salt from the ocean can be very itchy and pool chemicals are not good for the fur.
If you want to get your pup professionally groomed, check out our recommendations.
Although various dental sticks are good, vets recommend to brush your puppy’s teeth once a week.
Get your puppy a dog toothbrush and toothpaste. It is significantly cheaper than the potential dentist bill that might be heading your way, as your puppy gets older. Start brushing your puppy’s teeth from a young age so he/she gets used to it. This will save you a lot of wrestling later on.

Shop around for all puppy supplies you decide to buy as prices and quality varies a lot.
Join the growing Pupsy community at https://pupsy.com.au and connect with other dog owners and dog services. It is a great opportunity to ask for advice, share experiences and of course get together for a happy play, every day.