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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!

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!


Find more dog friendly Travel Guides and dog friendly places to visit on Pupsy!

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.

Hanrahans Winery | 3 Hexham Road, Guyere

Dog friendly in and out. Pooches are welcome inside the Cellar Door and of course in all of the outdoor areas. Their reverse BYO policy (as in Bring Your Own food) is very popular and super chilled way to enjoy lunch at the Cellar Door.

READ MORE ABOUT HANRAHANS WINERY


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.

READ MORE ABOUT BADGER CREEK BLUEBERRY FARM


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!

READ MORE ABOUT PANTON HILL WINES


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.

READ MORE ABOUT DE BORTOLI WINES


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).

READ MORE ABOUT MADDENS RISE


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.

READ MORE ABOUT IMMERSE


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.

READ MORE ABOUT GREENSTONE VINEYARDS


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.

READ MORE ABOUT WARRAMUNDA ESTATE


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.

READ MORE ABOUT INNOCENT BYSTANDER 


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.

READ MORE ABOUT WATTS RIVER BREWING


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.

READ MORE ABOUT WAGTIME CAFE  


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.

READ MORE ABOUT HABITUEL


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.

READ MORE ABOUT THE LILYDALE GENERAL


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 NSW South Coast

The Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly NSW South Coast

Dog owners around Sydney are blessed with great dog friendly travel destinations. Try wine tasting with your dog in the Hunter Valley, escape from the city to Southern Highlands or go hiking with your dog in the Blue Mountains. But if you are simply looking for some chillaxing time with your pup, travel south from Sydney and discover the beautiful dog friendly NSW South Coast.

We have listed the best dog friendly places from walks, beaches, pubs and cafés to make your next visit to this beautiful NSW coastline with your dog a truly memorable experience!

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Approximately after 2h drive south from Sydney, you will arrive to a popular travel destination of NSW South Coast. It offers plenty to explore for you and your dog from dog friendly beaches and parks to beautiful art & craft towns and markets in Kiama and Berry. The climate is also well suited for wine growing so make sure you visit one of the dog friendly wineries in the area.


Where to stay?

Hedgerow Berry | Broughton Vale

Two bedroom dog friendly country side house with stunning mountain views. Hedgerow Berry is close to everything, only a few minutes from the boutiques and cafes of Berry,  Kiama and Nowra.

ENQUIRE & BOOK HEDGEROW BERRY


The Beach House | Gerringong

Chilled beach vibes with your dog surrounded by hand crafted items and tranquil outdoor setting. Dog friendly Werri Beach is right next door and Gerringong town centre is only a short stroll away.

ENQUIRE & BOOK THE BEACH HOUSE


Belvoir Pavilions | Meroo Meadow

Perfectly located dog friendly accommodation with private pool. Belvoir Pavilions is only a minutes away from boutiques in Berry, dog friendly hikes around Nowra and the beaches of Shoalhaven.

ENQUIRE & BOOK BELVOIR PAVILIONS

Find other dog friendly accommodations in the South Coast and beyond on Pupsy!


Life’s a dog friendly beach!

There are plenty of dog friendly parks and beaches to choose from, thanks to a very dog friendly Shoalhaven Council. Here are Lumi the Groodle’s (our Head of Quality) TOP 3 Dog Friendly Beaches in the area. For the full list of all dog friendly beaches click here!

Jones Beach | Kiama Downs

Absolutely stunning beach for both you and your dog to relax, run and play. It is ok to go for a swim as well but keep on eye on your dog as the currents in the area can sometimes be rather strong. One of our go to places every time we are in the area!

READ MORE ABOUT JONES BEACH


Werri Beach | Gerringong

Regularly inviting families, couples, dog owners, surfers and even fishermen to share this wide beach filled with soft sand. Dogs have plenty of place to roam and sniff or have a dip into the surf.

READ MORE ABOUT  WERRI BEACH


Bombo Beach | Bombo

Slightly trickier to find than other beaches, which probably is the reason it is often rather quiet and hence suitable for dogs that might get overwhelmed by busy dog parks. Dog are prohibited from the northern most part of the beach, which still leaves plenty of sand to dig elsewhere 😉

READ MORE ABOUT BOMBO BEACH


Visit a great variety of local dog friendly cafes & pubs

Berry really is the centre of good food and cafe scene, however also Kiama Farmers’ Markets is definitely worth a visit with your dog. And if you are interested in a little scenic drive inland, Jamberoo Pub should definitely be one of your doggie pit stops. We have collected the best dog friendly cafes and pubs for you to choose from.

Garden Berry | 103 Queen Street, Berry

Whether you are after a healthy brekkie, lunch or maybe taste some delicious pastries with your favourite style of coffee, Garden Berry is guaranteed to satisfy you with their menu, setting and location. They are proud to be dog friendly and your pup is surely going to get heaps of attention from the friendly staff. Although dogs are only allowed outside, it offers plenty of cover from sun or rain.

READ MORE ABOUT GARDEN BERRY


Just Delicious | 62 Albert Street, Berry

Did I hear Puppycino? That’s right, dog friendly Just Delicious has even cute little puppycinos on offer (for your pup that is). Dogs are welcome to join you on the covered verandah. Try it once and we are sure you will return.

READ MORE ABOUT JUST DELICIOUS


Kiama Farmers’ Market | Coronation Park, Kiama

If you are passing by or staying in the area during the week, we highly recommend to drop by at the dog friendly Kiama Farmer’s Market. Great variety of food is on offer from various local food stands. Or maybe you get your olives, cheese and salami to take with you to enjoy with a bottle of wine at home.

READ MORE ABOUT KIAMA FARMERS’ MARKET


Berry Hotel | 120 Queen Street, Berry

Great Southern Hotel | 95 Queen Street, Berry

Unfortunately there is not a single pub in Berry or Kiama allowing your dog inside. Berry Hotel and Great Southern Hotel allow your dog to join you for a drink on their covered outside areas so unless it gets really freezing cold, have a seat on the verandah and watch the world go by on the busiest street in town.

READ MORE ABOUT BERRY HOTEL & GREAT SOUTHERN HOTEL


Jamberoo Pub | 12 Allowrie Street, Jamberoo

Up for a little scenic country side drive with your dog? Don’t miss Jamberoo and it’s well known locals’ and visitors’ pit stop, The Jamberoo Pub! Dogs are welcome not only at the beer garden but also inside the bar, so no need to worry about the occasional drop or two (from the sky or tap!).

READ MORE ABOUT JAMBEROO PUB


Wine Tasting with your dog

Wine growing in the region has flourished during the last 20 years or so to become one of the most essential wine areas in the NSW together with Hunter Valley and Mudgee. Luckily several cellar doors are also open for the four legged visitors.

Mountain Ridge Wines | 11 Coolangatta Road, Coolangatta

Located only a few minutes drive from Berry towards Shoalhaven Heads, dog friendly Mountain Ridge Winery is a great option to stop for wine tasting or some lunch before (or after) hitting the beach. Stunning views of the rolling hills and paddocks forces you to drop any city life thoughts. Dog friendly beach at River Road Reserve in Shoalhaven Heads is only a few minutes away.

READ MORE ABOUT MOUNTAIN RIDGE WINES


Silos Estate | B640 Princes Highway, Jaspers Brush

Take in the fresh country side air and simply chillax. Silos Estate invites pets of ALL kinds to join their human parents for wine tasting in the beautiful premises in Jaspers Brush. They have had dogs, cats, horses and even a python visiting them in the past.

READ MORE ABOUT SILOS ESTATE


Cambewarra Estate | 520 Illaroo Road, West Cambewarra

Dog friendly cellar door, outdoor dining, scenic views and world class wines. Combination all wine aficionados travelling with their dogs should be interested in.

READ MORE ABOUT CAMBEWARRA ESTATE


Lyrebird Ridge Winery | 270 Bugong Road, Budgong

Lyrebird Ridge is a small organic dog friendly winery situated on 40 acres of bushland only 20 minutes from Kangaroo Valley , 25 minutes to Berry and 15 minutes from Nowra. There are 2 acres under vine and 5 dams providing swimming and fishing during the warmer months. There is a natural gully on one side and the vineyard on the other makes a lovely tranquil spot to relax and read a good book. You can wander around the property and the vineyard, feed the chickens, collect the eggs, throw in a yabbie pot in the warmer months and see what you catch.

READ MORE ABOUT LYREBIRD RIDGE WINERY


On the banks of beautiful Shoalhaven River, Nowra is a delightful town with full of great coffee shops, dog friendly hikes and close to gorgeous dog friendly beaches. Rich soils support farmlands and vineyards, and the river estuary is part of Australia’s Oyster Coast. For breathtaking panoramas stroll along dog friendly Bens Walk and stop at Hanging Rock (feature image above).

Drive less than an hour further south and you will arrive to the beautiful beaches of Jervis Bay. There are several stunning dog friendly beaches and coffee shops in the charming seaside towns such as Huskisson and Culburra for you to enjoy one of the most pristine waters in the NSW coast.


Where to stay?

Seabank | Currarong Beach

Beautiful dog friendly beach house with lush green backyard and only few minutes away from the dog friendly Currarong Beach. Hike to the nearby Abrahams Bosom with your dog and relax in your patio with seaviews.

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Villa Mare| Culburra Beach

Culburra Beach is a quiet seaside town just 20km away from Nowra. Villa Mare offers modern dog friendly stay only a few pawsteps away from the dog friendly Culburra Beach.

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Hayes Beach House | Callala Beach

Award winning dog friendly beach house right next door to one of the most scenic dog friendly beaches in Jervis Bay. This 3 bedroom house is a perfect getaway with your entire family.

ENQUIRE & BOOK HAYES BEACH HOUSE

Find other dog friendly accommodations in the South Coast and beyond on Pupsy!


Dog Friendly Hikes

Along the Shoalhaven river banks you can find several dog friendly hikes and walks of different lengths and difficulty levels. We definitely recommend you to try Bens Walk and The Grotto as a unique outing opportunity for you and your dog but there are many others as well. Find other dog friendly hikes on Pupsy!

Bens Walk | 27 West Street, Nowra

Approximately 5.5km in length (you can also walk just parts of it), Bens Walk is one of the most popular walks in the area. It provides access to the famous Hanging Rock Lookout that simply takes your breath away!

READ MORE ABOUT BENS WALK


Bangalee Reserve | Koloona Drive, Bangalee

If you are looking for an easy grade walking tracks in the native bushland, Bangalee Reserve is a great choice. It also has picnic tables for you and your furry friend to sit and relax and have a bite to eat.

READ MORE ABOUT BANGALEE RESERVE


The Grotto | Yurunga Drive, North Nowra

Start the walk from the top of the cliff and make your way down to the riverbanks. Listen to the birds and stop around the picnic area before climbing back up to your starting point. Time just disappears and you won’t believe how close to town you actually are.

READ MORE ABOUT THE GROTTO 


Gradys Riverside Retreat | 674 Burrier Road, Burrier

For the more exploring adventurers, head 40-50 minutes west from Nowra to Gradys Riverside Retreat. This dog friendly camping site offers a delightful scenery and camping right on the river. There is no town in Burrier so bring your essentials from Nowra.

READ MORE ABOUT GRADYS RIVERSIDE RETREAT


Dog Friendly Beaches in Jervis Bay

A natural wonderland, Jervis Bay on the NSW South Coast is a perfect seaside escape. From the crystal blue waters and resident dolphins to splendid beaches and fun water sports, this coastal paradise in the Shoalhaven region will delight you and your dog with many memorable experiences.

Culburra Beach & The Little Snapper | Culburra Beach

Long stretch of open white sand and clear waters. Culburra Beach is a relaxed small seaside town north of Jervis Bay. On your return from the beach, stop by at the dog friendly cafe The Little Snapper for a quick refreshment before hitting the road again.

READ MORE ABOUT CULBURRA BEACH & THE LITTLE SNAPPER


Abrahams Bosom | Currarong Beach

In the remote seaside town of Currarong you will find one of the most amazing walks in the South Coast with your dog called Abrahams Bossom. But head first to the dog friendly Currarong Beach for a splash. Wreck Walk is 3km long and takes you to Abrahams Bosom through the famous Gosangs Tunnels.

READ MORE ABOUT ABRAHAMS BOSOM


Huskisson Beach | Huskisson

Dogs are allowed off leash (restricted times) south from the Caravan Park close to the town centre of Huskisson. Crystal clear waters and white sandy beach is a perfect place to have fun with your dog and meet other dog owners.

READ MORE ABOUT HUSKISSON BEACH


There are plenty of other dog friendly beaches in the area such as Nelsons Beach, Callala Beach and Swan Lake Beach. Click here to find all dog friendly beaches in NSW South Coast (and beyond)!

Dog Friendly Cafes

There are probably thousands of cafes in the area and many of them allow dogs to join you for a coffee at the outside tables. We have picked the following cafes based on the level of dog friendliness (e.g. outside areas are under cover, water is provided, staff is dog friendly) and their location.

The Hopper Society | 92 Kinghorne Street, Nowra

Babies and pooches are all welcome to The Hopper Society and very often this in deed is the scene. Dogs are not only tolerated but welcomed by the staff and you really don’t feel like an intruder bringing your pup here.

READ MORE ABOUT THE HOPPER SOCIETY 


The Deli on Kinghorne | 84 Kinghorne Street, Nowra

As a dog cafe central, Kinghorne Street has another dog friendly cafe right next door to the neighbouring The Hopper Society. The Deli on Kinghorne welcomes dogs in their outdoor area. Check out their facebook site for heaps of photos of the local loyal four legged visitors. Oh and don’t miss the doggy treats on the menu!

READ MORE ABOUT THE DELI ON KINGHORNE


The Lookout Cafe | Cambewarra Lookout Road, Beaumont

A little bit out of the way but so worth the drive! Views over Nowra and the entire Jervis Bay are breathtakingly unique. There is no other spot with similar scenery. And that’s not it. Dogs are welcome on the viewing deck and remember to ask their irresistable puppycinos!

READ MORE ABOUT THE LOOKOUT CAFE


We also highly recommend you to view the entire dog friendly cafe directory on Pupsy for more places to visit such as The Pelican Waterfront Cafe in St Georges Basin and Pelican Rocks Cafe in Greenwell Point.


Dog Friendly Markets

Shop fresh produce from the locals or discover your favourite arts and crafts. Jervis Bay truly offers something for everyone and you are more than welcome to bring your dog along (on the lead for obvious reasons).

Huskisson Market | 336 Huskisson Road, Huskisson

The Huskisson Market is a monthly market with something for everyone, right in the heart of the seaside town. You’ll find live plants, unique arts and crafts, fresh produce, bric-a-brac and much more.

READ MORE ABOUT HUSKISSON MARKET


Jervis Bay Maritime Museum Market | 11 Dent Street, Huskisson

Lazy Saturday afternoon, cold drink, relaxed setting with local stalls and live music. Maybe you have just finished an amazing dog friendly Mangrove Boardwalk, which starts from the Maritime Museum. Market not to be missed when you are in the area.

READ MORE ABOUT JERVIS BAY MARITIME MUSEUM MARKET


Did we miss an amazing dog friendly place? Let us know about it at hello@pupsy.com.au.

Don’t forget to leave a review of the places you visit. Reviews help other dog owners to find the best dog friendly places and the venues to know what they are doing right and what needs to be improved!

Have fun in NSW South Coast with your dog!

Weekly Viral Videos

Weekly Viral Videos

Welcome to Pupsy’s Weekly Viral Dogs. Looking for funny dog videos? We got them! Missed that cutest ever dog on Youtube everyone is talking about? Don’t worry, it’s right here. Or what about that adorable clumsy dog on Facebook. Yep, we know!

And if we missed something or if your dog should be included in this blog, just send it to our Facebook page or email it to us at hello@pupsy.com.au.

Dog quote of the week:

There is no better advice to keep in mind every single day!

 

Dog Videos of the Week:

At this section we collect the funniest and the most amazing viral dog videos of the week! They may not all be brand new as many classics simply re-surface every now and then, often for a good reason! Enjoy and don’t forget, if you have an amazing video of your pup, send it to us and your pup might be on his/her path to stardom!

This week we have picked 3 amazing capabilities our furry friends possess.

#3 Viral Dog Video of the Week

Accuracy as demonstrated by the Jack Russell Titti!

 

#2 Viral Dog Video of the Week

Physical ability (including flying)!

 

#1 Viral Dog Video of the Week

Endless love and caring!

 

Previous Viral Dogs

Should your dog be included? Let us know at hello@pupsy.com.au or send it to our Pupsy Team Facebook page!

 

 

From Beach to Bar | Top 5 dog friendly combos in Melbourne

From Beach to Bar | Top 5 dog friendly combos in Melbourne

There are 30 dog friendly beaches in Melbourne and more than 50 dog friendly pubs/bars to choose from. But what are the best combos not too far away from each other to thrill & chill? 

We have listed the best combinations of dog friendly beaches and dog friendly bars in Melbourne! It’s time to go From Beach to Bar with your dog!

Looking for Beach to Bar tips in Sydney? Check out our 10 best Sydney Beach to Bar combos.

FROM Elwood Beach TO The Milton

 

Head just few minutes south from St Kilda and you will arrive to the beautiful Elwood Beach that welcomes dogs off leash at certain times. Take in the street culture through the graffitis, skateboarders and eateries or simply enjoy one of Melbourne’s most beautiful seaside spots. After a splash & play it’s time to head to Elwood’s best dog friendly pub, The Milton. Located less than 10 minutes away from the Elwood Dog Beach, it’s a great place to have that after play drink with your pup. The Milton even invites dogs indoors!


FROM West Beach & St Kilda Harbour TO West Beach Bathers Pavilion

 

It won’t get much better than this combo! Dog friendly bar, West Beach Bathers Pavilion is actually on the dog friendly West Beach. Two dog friendly beaches, West Beach & St Kilda Harbour, are both located only a few pawsteps away from Albert Park and main St Kilda Beach. Enjoy the play & swim on the beach and once it’s time to chill, head to the Bathers Pavilion for some sweet tunes and vibrant atmosphere. Guaranteed winner for both you and your pup!


FROM St Kilda Beach TO Republica

 

The one and only iconic St Kilda Beach is dog friendly between April and October, which makes it a great winter time playground for the pups loving the water. Enjoy the vibes and take in the fresh ocean breeze while your furry companion makes new friends to play with. After the play, head to the dog friendly beach bar, Republica St Kilda. Don’t miss their daily specials on the menu and live music on weekends!

 


FROM Port Melbourne Beach TO Tipsy Cow

 

Think clean golden sand, 24/7 off leash beach and views of the pier and St Kilda. That’s what to expect from the dog friendly Port Melbourne Beach. It’s a great spot for small or large pups to cool down and have a play. Dog friendly bar, The Tipsy Cow, is located about 20 mins walk from the beach. There are two great 24h dog parks on the way, Gas Works Park and Lagoon Reserve, which makes the walk enjoyable for both you and your pup. At The Tipsy Cow, the resident dog Nisha is waiting to welcome you both into their dog friendly courtyard!


FROM Altona Dog Beach TO Vince & ME

 

XL sized Altona Dog Beach is 24h off leash beach with shallow waters and wide sandy plains. Grass area next to it gives you and your pup some safe distance from the Altona Road in case the excitement takes temporarily over! Altona Dog Beach offers great panoramic views of the bay and the city skyline. Vince & ME is a few minutes car ride away but it’s surely worth the drive. It’s local owners Maryanne and Vince have made the place look and feel amazing and the best part is that it is dog friendly. Food is great and has something for everyone. Definitely worth trying after a play with your pup!

 

Did we miss out your favourite dog friendly BEACH & BAR combo? Let us know and we are happy to add it in and credit your dog for the discovery 😉

 

Weekly Viral Dogs – Funniest Dog Videos on Planet Earth and Beyond!

Weekly Viral Dogs – Funniest Dog Videos on Planet Earth and Beyond!

Welcome to Pupsy’s Weekly Viral Dogs. Looking for funny dog videos? We got them! Missed that cutest ever dog on Youtube everyone is talking about? Don’t worry, it’s right here. Or what about that adorable clumsy dog on Facebook. Yep, we know!

And if we missed something or if your dog should be included in this blog, just send it to our Facebook page or email it to us at hello@pupsy.com.au.

Dog quote of the week:

We love this particular quote as it sums up the beautiful nature of our loyal four legged companions. And it all comes pro bono!

 

 

Dog Videos of the Week:

At this section we collect the funniest and the most amazing viral dog videos of the week! They may not all be brand new as many classics simply re-surface every now and then, often for a good reason! Enjoy and don’t forget, if you have an amazing video of your pup, send it to us and your pup might be on his/her path to stardom!

#3 Viral Dog Video of the Week

Trevor’s excitement from few years ago re-surfaced in Social Media this week taking the #3 position for the week!

 

#2 Viral Dog Video of the Week

Chris De Aboitiz and his dogs Millie and Rama catching some waves at Avalon on Sydney’s Northern Beaches is just simply stunning. Number 2 for the week!

 

#1 Viral Dog Video of the Week

Dogs with water & other clumsy moments! We simply could not stop laughing! Video of the Week GOLD MEDAL!

Should your dog be included? Let us know at hello@pupsy.com.au or send it to our Pupsy Team Facebook page!

 

 

10 Things You Need To Know About Exercising Your Dog On A Hot Day!

10 Things You Need To Know About Exercising Your Dog On A Hot Day!

 

When is it too hot to go for a walk with my dog? Can my dog overheat when the temperature is over 30C? How to exercise my dog when it’s hot?

According to veterinary advice, it is absolutely fine to exercise your dog even during warmer summer days, however you have to be more cautious on not to overheat your dog. We have put together the list of things you need to know about exercising your dog on a hot day and of course some great ideas on alternative activities.

1. Know the signs of overheating!

Dogs relieve heat by panting. While not as efficient as sweating, panting works well if your dog has the chance to breathe relatively normally. Monitor the sound of breathing. If you hear harsher sounds (louder breathing, coughing or wheezing) your dog is struggling to get enough oxygen.

Your dog’s gums are a great indicator of how they are handling the heat. If they are pink, they are getting enough oxygen and everything is just fine. If you see them going more pale pink, give your dog some water and have a break. If you see red mucous membranes this is indicative of heat stroke. This means it is time to stop right away and take your dog to an emergency hospital. Other colours also indicative of an emergency are blue, grey, and white.

Finally, monitor your dog at all times during the exercise. If there’s a change in his or her gait in any way or he or she is slowing their pace, even a little bit it is time to have a break. Your dog is going to want to please you and might not understand to slow down on time.

 

2. Exercise early morning or late afternoon and take enough breaks!

This is not only important for your dog but also a great way to kick you out of the bed! Avoid that scorching midday sun and try to get out and about early in the morning and later in the afternoon. If your dog is expressing any signs of overheating, give him some water and stop the exercise.

 

3. Carry water with you at all times!

As simple as it may sound, make sure you don’t leave the house without water or access to it at all times. Overheating happens fast and you won’t have time to start looking for water when your dog overheats. Carrying some water for yourself might not be a bad idea either!

 

4. Be mindful of hot surfaces!

Unlike you, your dog doesn’t have shoes. Concrete, asphalt, stone and sand surfaces might get too hot for your dog to walk. Good test is for you to take off your shoes (or use your palm) and if the surface is too hot for you, it will be too hot for your dog as well. Don’t fry those little paws!

 

 

5. Be extra cautious with breeds sensitive to heat!

Frenchies, Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers… many dogs with more flat nose will have trouble breathing much faster than other breeds. Also be mindful of older dogs or if your dog is overweight. They will feel the heat much faster than others.

 

6. Give indoor exercise a go!

Although physical activity might be a little more limited indoors, mental activities consume plenty of energy as well. Play hide and seek, ask you dog to find hidden toys or treats or organise a playdate with your dogs best mate. You could even take your dog to a doggie day care centre such as Darlo Dogs for a social activity with other pups in an air-conditioned indoor environment.

 

7. Cool down your dog!

Make sure your dog drinks enough water. A great way to avoid dehydration is to freeze some chicken broth into pupcicles. Your dog is guaranteed to love crunching through those icy treats. Hosing your dog with cold water is also very efficient. Just remember to hose him from bottom up. Your dog cools down through the belly and paws. You could also offer your dog a cold towel to lie on.

 

8. Play in or with water!

Going to the dog beach is a great way to cool down and have fun with the entire family. Have a splash in the water and find some shade to chill out afterwards. Don’t over do the ball or stick fetching from the water though. Dogs can have serious consequences from water intoxication. Find the list of ALL dog friendly beaches in NSW and VIC and many dog friendly pubs & bars to go for an after swim drink!

 

9. Let your dog take the lead!

Listen to your dog. If he/she show signs of not wanting to go out or lay down in the shade during the walk, it is his/her way of telling you it is not the right time to go and exercise. Our furry friends are very keen to please us so look actively for the signs and let them take the lead on a hot day.

 

10. Shorter exercise!

Keep the exercise fun and short. If you dog likes to play fetch, don’t over do it. Couple of throws and a break is more appropriate than a 10-15 maximum performance. In particularly, retrievers and working dogs have sometimes hard time to know when to stop the play so make sure you give them enough time to rest and provide water.

Be mindful of the weather, follow the signals your dog is sending and you can have heaps of fun even during those warmer summer days!

 

 

Pubs & Bars in Melbourne allowing your dog inside

Pubs & Bars in Melbourne allowing your dog inside

We have listed over a 100 dog friendly pubs & bars in Melbourne welcoming your dog in their beer garden or other outdoor areas. However, when the weather does not allow you to sit outside, where do you go?

Don’t worry, we have a solution for you! We have discovered & tested 12 pubs and 5 breweries in Melbourne allowing dogs inside.

These pubs and breweries are simply pawsome and a choice of a few is better than nothing!
For when the weather allows outdoor sitting, 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 and add them in 🙂

Enough said, here are the 17 super dog friendly pubs/breweries in Melbourne allowing dogs inside in the front bar -public bar

PUBS & BARS YOUR DOG IS WELCOME INSIDE

Westside Ale Works is a small dog friendly craft brewery in South Melbourne. Bring your friends and family to discover their new favourite beers!

Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

Dog friendly Watts River Brewing is located in Healesville (Yarra Valley) and offers a great break from wine tasting for you and your pup!

Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

Hippo is a dog friendly bar, or is it a shop? Doesn’t matter, while you are tasting your next purchase, your dog will enjoy a little treat of his/her own!

Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

The Tipsy Cow is one of the most dog friendly places in Melbourne. You simply have to visit to fully appreciate why! Staff loves dogs and the entire environment is created with our furry friends in mind!

Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

There is always something going on in the dog friendly The Cricketers; from trivia nights to bottomless brunches. Technically dogs are not allowed inside but the Gin Garden has a closed roof and heaters, which makes it close enough for us to include them on the list.

Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

The Mill Brewery is Collingwood’s newest local dog friendly brewery and bar, with a relaxed vibe in an intimate warehouse just off Smith Street.

Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

One of the two dog friendly Hopheads venues, Hopheads Altona is all about craft beer tasting and BYO food, with your dog of course!

Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

Travel a bit further west and you will find another dog friendly Hopheads venue at the heart of Point Cook. Enjoy great craft beers in a cosy indoor setting with your pup!

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The Milton on Pupsy

Interior design in this well established Elwood dog friendly bar would be well worthy to feature in Grand Designs Australia. Not only it is amazing to watch over a beer but also it has an amazing calming airy impact!

Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

Bonehead Brewingon Pupsy

Bone Head Brewing is a great craft brewery in Kensington welcoming all friendly pups to visit with their thirsty owners.

Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

The Uitgang on Pupsy

Relax in a very warm local Richmond environment while your dog is getting all the attention from the friendly staff and other visitors!

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Henry Street Brewhouse on Pupsy

Dog Friendly microbrewery in the heart of Kensington. Great place to satisfy your thirst with something little different.

Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

Bar Josephine on Pupsy

Down to earth super doggie friendly spot in Footscray to chill, write, read or simply meet with your best mates (furry or not).

Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

Rochester Hotel on Pupsy

Dogs are welcome everywhere in Rochy. Indian inspired pub classics and great Fitzroy vibes. Make sure you book enough time for your visit as it kind of disappears in Rochy!

Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

The Ascot Lot on Pupsy

Think food trucks, industrial environment turn super cool dog-friendly venue. If the day gets a little too hot, it might be better to visit a little later with your pooch as the dog friendly indoor area is an open environment.

Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

Prince Patrick Hotel on Pupsy

No introductions are required for this Collingwood icon since 1887 has always welcomed furry friends to join you for a local refreshment. You can simply touch & feel the authentic vibes!

Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

Madame Brussels on Pupsy

Madame Brussels must be the most chic place you can take your dog in Melbourne. Think bright colours (especially pink), cocktails, amazing city views and overall quirky ‘60s vibes. Must see for you and your pooch!

Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

If you have visited one of the above or any other dog friendly places in Melbourne, why don’t you help other dog owners and leave a review!

Have fun finding your dog’s next adventure!

Check out also the best dog friendly Beach & Bar combos in Melbourne!

Top10 Dog Friendly Camping Grounds in NSW

Top10 Dog Friendly Camping Grounds in NSW

Camping with your dog is a highly rewarding experience for both of you. Explore new places and scents or go for a swim in the nearby river or ocean. At the end of the day simply sit and relax with friends and family without the fuzz and buzz of the city.

There are millions of blogs written about camping checklists so we decided NOT to create yet another one reminding you of bedding, water bowls, tick tablets, first aid kits, leash, collar… you know the drill! In stead we did some extensive study on WHERE you can go camping with your dog.

We have listed the Top10 dog friendly camping sites in NSW. For the full list of dog friendly campsites click HERE!

 

Turon Gates

Spread over 6000 acres, Turon Gates is one of the most remote dog friendly camping destinations, yet only a few hours drive from Sydney. Choose from rustic and eco friendly cabins or camp near the river. Or maybe choose something in between i.e. glamping of course!

942 Upper Turon Road, Capertee

READ MORE ABOUT TURON GATES

 

Mystery Bay Campground

Dog Friendly campsite combined with a dog friendly beach. Win-Win all around. Note that Mystery Bay Campsite doesn’t take bookings so it’s on first come first serve basis. Once you are in the area, drop by at the beautiful village of Tilba, home of River Cottage Australia!

190 Mystery Bay Road, Mystery Bay

READ MORE ABOUT MYSTERY BAY CAMPGROUND

 

Shallow Crossing Camping Ground

Dog friendly private bush campsite along the Clyde River in Southern NSW. Tidal river offer great swimming for families with kids as well as their dogs. Campsite is located roughly half way between Ulladulla and Batemans Bay.

2350 The River Road, Mogood

READ MORE ABOUT SHALLOW CROSSING CAMPING GROUND

 

Yadboro Flats

Another peaceful spot on the banks of the Clyde River. Pack a picnic blanket and your fishing gear, with bass fishing popular in this area. Other popular activities include bushwalking, swimming and four-wheel-drive touring. Note that dogs are allowed only at the Yadboro Flat camping area and not in adjoining national park areas.

Western Distributor Road, Yadboro

READ MORE ABOUT YADBORO FLAT

 

Grady’s Riverside Retreat

Located on the beautiful banks of Shoalhaven river, Grady’s is surrounded by natural bushlands, mountains and cliffs. This makes Grady’s Riverside Retreat an ideal place to bring your friends and family to relax, unwind and enjoy the scenery.

674 Burrier Road, Burrier

READ MORE ABOUT GRADY’S RIVERSIDE RETREAT

 

Glenmack Park

Beautiful campsite / holiday park in the heart of Kangaroo Valley with heaps of amenities such as swimming pool, canoes, bikes, animals, mini golf…

215 Moss Vale Road, Moss Vale

READ MORE ABOUT GLENMACK PARK

 

Delicate Campground

Create some family memories at the remote Delicate campground. Being located in Goolawah Regional Park, you can bring your dog along to the campground to join in the family snaps. A fabulous spot for beach camping, this back-to-basics campground has all the ingredients for a classic beach holiday.

1010 Point Plomer Road, Crescent Head

READ MORE ABOUT DELICATE CAMPGROUND

 

Coachwood Camping Area

Chichester State Forest along Telegherry River has been harvested many times over for timber, for many decades – some for over 150 years – meaning the forests you see today are re-growth forests. On the opposite bank to Frying Pan Creek is breathtaking Coachwood camping area. This spot is popular with family groups and those wishing to enjoy river-based activities.

Chichester State Forest, Upper Allyn

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Riverwood Downs

Dog friendly Riverwood Downs camping area is filled with activities from great bush walks and horse rides to tennis, volleyball or canoeing. Also the rare platypus live in the area so please ensure your dog is under sufficient control at all times.

311 Upper Monkerai Road, Monkerai

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Wollondilly River Station

Family run camping site with owners living within the area. Never crowded and surely not over commercialised. If you are after an affordable bush camping experience with your dog, Wollondilly River Station should definitely be on your radar.

4650 Wombeyan Caves Road, Wombeyan Caves

READ MORE ABOUT WOLLONDILLY RIVER STATION

You can find other dog friendly camping areas and holiday parks on Pupsy!

Happy Camping!

 


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From Beach to Bar | 10 Best Dog Friendly Beach & Bar Combos

From Beach to Bar | 10 Best Dog Friendly Beach & Bar Combos

Life’s a dog friendly beach! And to make life even better  these 10 dog beaches have a dog friendly bar close by. 

We have listed the best dog friendly beaches in Sydney together with the best dog friendly bars to go for an “after beach” drink! Technically there is only one ocean beach in Sydney that allows dogs (Greenhills Beach in Cronulla) but there are many other great spots to go for a swim.

It’s time to go From Beach to Bar with your dog! Great combos listed below from South to North in Sydney.

Looking for Beach to Bar tips in Melbourne? Check out our Top 5 Melbourne Beach to Bar combos!

FROM Horderns Beach TO Driftwood Cafe

    

Bordering the National Park in Bundeena, Horderns Beach is a tranquil spot to visit with your dog. Take a ferry (paws allowed) from Cronulla, have a fun playtime and a dip in the ocean. Finish the morning or afternoon at the dog friendly Driftwood Cafe. Only a few paw steps from the beach, Driftwood Cafe is an optimum spot for you to chill out with a coffee, beer or glass of wine after a swim. Note that Horderns Beach is a timeshare off lead area. See the off lead hours here!

FROM Greenhills Beach TO Next Door

    

Greenhills Beach is the only dog friendly ocean beach in Sydney. There are time and area restrictions for the off lead exercise, which you can find here. The beach is absolutely beautiful and often packed with many playmates. Walk to the dog friendly bar Next Door takes about 20-30 minutes but rest assured it will be rewarding to see your puppy to get some refreshing drinks or maybe a puppycino at the terrace after a swim!

FROM Silver Beach TO Cook at Kurnell

    

Silver Beach is 24h dog off lead beach in Kurnell. Dogs are allowed off leash between the third and fourth rock groynes at the western end of the beach, in front of the Bonna Point Reserve car park. Enjoy the soft sand and swim with your pooch before heading for a drink to the dog friendly Cook at Kurnell. This super cool beach bar / cafe operates from a converted airstream serving brekkie, lunch and great cocktails!

FROM Bicentennial Park TO The Annandale Hotel

    

24h off lead area at Bicentennial Park is a very popular summer evening spot for all the local dog owners. Dogs can have a play at the grassy area next to the shoreline or go for a little rumble in the water. Dog friendly The Annandale Hotel is about 20 minutes walk away from the harbour. This super dog friendly pub welcomes your pup to join you EVERYWHERE in the premises, yes that is inside, outside, beer garden, kitchen (ok, not in the kitchen but we can live with that)!

FROM Blackwattle Beach TO Lord Wolseley

    

Located in the shores of Rozelle Bay, 24h off lead Blackwattle Bay is a great spot to stop for a swim. The entire Glebe Foreshore is a great dog exercise area overlooking the harbour, Anzac Bridge and the Fishmarket. Make sure you continue your journey to the heart of Ultimo to dog friendly pub Lord Wolseley for a refreshing after play drink. Walk from Blackwattle Bay will take you about 25 minutes and you can stop for another round of play at the Wentworth Park off lead area. You can also start your journey from Ultimo to the foreshore and walk back the same way.

FROM Rose Bay Foreshore TO The Sheaf

    

Rose Bay Foreshore is an 24h off lead beach to take your pup for a walk, run, play or swim. Enjoy stunning harbour views with the CBD skyline in the distance while your pup is having a rumble or making new discoveries on the beach. On your way back, make a pit stop at The Sheaf in Double Bay. Your dog is warmly welcomed at the courtyard to have a chilling afternoon while you are having a glass of your favourite beer, wine or bubbles!

FROM Sirius Cove TO Greens

    

This is a great combo for families and their furry friends. Sirius Cove has a large green area to sit down for a picnic.  Walk down to the beach to cool down in the shallow waters. Puppies can play and swim with the kids or make new friends. As visiting Sirius Cove most likely means you need to drive, Greens North Sydney is only about 10-15 minutes drive away and unless you are coming from the north, it is probably more or less on your way home. Greens North Sydney is a fantastic family venue to go for a drink, meal, bowls or just for a relaxing afternoon with the entire family (this includes your furriest family members as well, no we don’t mean dad).

FROM Manly Lagoon TO Hawkesbury Brewery

    

Dog Friendly beach Manly Lagoon is located at the Queenscliff Rock Pool end of Manly Beach. This tidal lagoon has everything you need for your dog to have pawsome time: shallow waters, beach and a large grassy area. Dogs aren’t allowed on the actual beach so make sure you stay at the Lagoon side of Bridge Road. After a pawsome playtime drive down to a dog friendly Hawkesbury Brewing in Manly for some refreshments before heading home. (Manly Lagoon image credit: Thingdoer)

FROM Curl Curl Lagoon TO Nomad Brewery

    

Curl Curl Lagoon is always a hit during the warmer months. The neighbouring Flora and Richie Roberts Reserve includes all the essentials, including doggie bags, bins, a drinking area, and public toilets for owners. We bet your dog will not be alone in this great Northern Beaches doggie summer paradise. From Beach to Brew: Head to the dog friendly Nomad Brewing for an “after swim” craft beer experience with your pup. (Curl Curl Lagoon image credit: Weekend Notes)

FROM Rowland Reserve TO The Newport

    

It is impossible to ignore the final and the most northern Beach & Bar combo in Sydney. 24h dog off lead area in Rowland Reserve is one of the most stunning and largest dog friendly beaches in Sydney. Large grassy area provides enough space to exercise, beach is a great spot to wrestle with some new mates (your dog that is) and calm waters offer a fantastic opportunity to cool down for both of you. The Newport across the water is a must after beach venue to visit with your pup. Dogs are allowed everywhere in the venue and they will be looked after by the dog friendly staff!

Have a splash everyone!

Check out our other dog friendly guides for some inspiration to your next adventure with your dog!

  


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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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How to turn a rainy day into a dog friendly fun day in Sydney

How to turn a rainy day into a dog friendly fun day in Sydney

We have all been waiting for some rain, but then reality hits and often the choice is going out without your pooch or being stuck at home.

At Pupsy, we want you to have as much quality time as possible with your fur baby so we’ve sniffed out the best dog friendly things you can do with your pooch on a rainy day in Sydney!

 

Visit a new suburb and their pub

We at Pupsy have been super busy at getting all the best intelligence for you on pubs which actually welcome you AND your pooch inside!

On a rainy day a must-have feature for dog owners is a super dog friendly pub so we won’t get stuck outside in the rain 🙂

So far we have found 34 really pawsome venues and visited lots of new suburbs and places, and its been lots of fun!

If the rain does clear for a bit, of course don’t forget that your pooch needs to relief him/herself and also wants a bit of a runaround so search for a dog park near you on the  Pupsy’s Dog Park Map for an off leash Dog Park near the pub.

 

Have a fancy Doggie High Tea

The Hughenden, a boutique dog friendly hotel, superbly located at the crossroads of Centennial Parklands, Woollahra and Paddington villages, is simply full of luxury for both you and your pooch.

Dogs are welcome to the hotel restaurant and especially on a rainy day their special Doggie High Tea events are definitely worth a try!

 

Arrange a puppy playdate and meet new mates

Sign up to Pupsy (it’s free for you!), create a cute profile and upload a pawsome profile pic and start finding some mates!
This works just like Facebook (not quite as sophisticated but hey we don’t have a Facebook budget ;-)), except that instead of you, your dog connects to other dogs and the human identity stays out. It’s all about your pup!

Need some help on how to get the pawfect shot and have fun with your fur baby in the process?
Check out these 6 invaluable tips on how to master a pawfect Pupsy Profile photo of your dog!

Once you are connected, you can send messages via Pupsy and arrange a playdate with your new friend in a safe and public environment like i.e. a dog friendly brewery. Most breweries have lots of space to roam around so your pooch and his/her new mates won’t get stressed.

 

Visit a brewery

The trend of microbreweries has well and truly arrived in Sydney and the best part is that most of them love dogs and are super dog friendly. Another advantage is that most breweries have their bars in large warehouses, so usually there is lots of space and its not too noisy, a perfect outing with your dog on a rainy day!

How about a Puppy Pale Ale for your pup? Check out All Hands Brewing to get your hands on one of those for your dog, yumm!

Try new brews, meet up with friends and give you and your dog a break from being stuck at home, check out the dog friendly breweries here.

 

Try a new gin

Another great dog friendly adventure on a rainy day is to visit a Gin Distillery and try their unusual and tasty drops.
At Poor Toms Gin Hall, pups are allowed inside while you can taste the final product of distilling 106 ingredients to get a sense of each flavour, which is a dry, wheat-based gin flavoured with strawberry gum (leaves), lemon myrtle and Granny Smith apple.

 

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 Dog Yoga, 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 The Mindful Dog’s Yoga class

 

Take your dog for a swim

Let’s be honest, you and your pooch are wet already why not go all the way and go for a swim?

Check out these off leash dog beaches to play in the waves in the rain!

 


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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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Top 5 irresistible and simple home made dog treats

Top 5 irresistible and simple home made dog treats

Home made dog treats are not only significantly cheaper but also you can be 100% sure of what’s in them. Healthy but yet irresistibly tasty treats for your special friend are surprisingly easy to make and we can guarantee you won’t be working alone in the kitchen!

We have listed our Top5 DIY treats that we recommend you to try and if required, modify to your dog’s liking.

Happy baking everyone!

Peanut Butter & Honey Pupcakes (adaptation from Sprinklebakes)

These delicious pupcakes are a great addition to your furry friends special day e.g. birthday, meeting with siblings or friends etc…!

Photo: Sprinklebakes

          

 

Pupsicles 

Although pupsicles are a great treat for a hot summer’s day, they can be equally enjoyed on a warm afternoon sun during the winter months. Adapt your pupsicles according to your dog’s liking. In stead of chicken stock, you can use beef stock or plain water. And you can include any treats, fruits or vegetables in them. Just make sure you use ingredients your dog can eat. Find more inspiration from Pupsy Insta Board “Can my dog eat…?”!

          

 

Chicken jerky

Home made chicken jerky is a great treat for training or rewarding your pup’s good behaviour! If your dog gets allergic symptoms from chicken treats, you can also try a similar method with beef or liver. If you are using liver, boil it for 10-15 minutes before slicing and placing it in the oven. Your dog will also love the boiling water so don’t throw away this nutritious drink.

          

 

Dog biscuits

Dog biscuits are another super cute treat for special occasions but can be also used for a rewarding treat on a more regular occasion.

          

 

Carrot & Apple treats (adaptation from For the Love of Pooch)

Sweet flavours of the grated carrots and the apple sauce will create a totally irresistible combination for your dog! Fast and simple to make, Carrot and Apple treats makes a great way to reward those good behaviours of your special friend!

Photo: For the love of Pooch

          

 

We will guarantee those happy tails and thankful eyes will be worth a tiny little effort for making home made treats for your furry friend.

And you will save money and reward your dog with healthy treats baked with love!

Happy baking everyone!

My dog has a smelly breath, what should I do?

My dog has a smelly breath, what should I do?

Early morning and your puppy is looking adorably right into your soul and then without the warning that tongue reaches your face! Very cute but what if your dog has a smelly breath? If you own a Cavalier King Charles, Pug, Malteses, Chihuahua, Greyhound, Shetland Sheepdog or Yorkshire Terrier, we recommend to continue reading as they are more prone to dental diseases than other breeds.

What causes smelly breath with dogs?

It can be a symptom of several diseases such as diabetes, mouth tumour or a sign of upcoming teeth problem such as Periodontal Disease. No matter what the cause is, good dental care is critical for your dog’s well being. As a bare minimum it is likely to save you a huge vet bill in the future.

 

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease is maybe the most common condition on dogs. If your pup has reached 3 years of age, it is very likely there are early signs of this condition. Some of the most popular dog breeds in Australia have a higher tendency to have this condition than others. These breeds include Cavalier King Charles, Pug, Malteses, Chihuahua, Greyhound, Shetland Sheepdog and Yorkshire Terrier.

Best and easiest prevention and treatment is brushing your dog’s teeth. You can also supplement this by giving your dog dental sticks, dental powder, water additives or dental supplements.

 

Oral tumours

Oral tumours may also cause bad breath, excessive drooling or even bleeding. This mouth disease is significantly more rare that periodontal disease. Tumours can be removed through a surgery. In particular benign growths are relatively simple to operate, while cancer cells will require more significant treatments.

 

Diabetes

Just like us humans, dogs can also get diabetes, in particularly if they are overweight. This will cause a disgustingly sweet or fruity smelling breath. Treatment is no different to us that is your dog will require regular insuline shots. You can give them to your dog at home. Best prevention is to keep your dog on healthy diet, provide enough exercise and monitor the weight.

 

Kidney diseases

Kidney diseases will cause bad, ammonia like breath. You dog is likely to drink excessive amounts of water, urine heavily and in many cases vomiting and diarrhea are also common. Fluid treatment and changing diet are the likely treatments required.

 

When is the right time to consult the vet?

If your dog’s breath smells like urine or unusually sweet you should consult your vet immediately as these are the signs of non-dental diseases. If your dog is vomiting, has diarrhea or the bad breath simple remains for more than a few days, we would strongly recommend to contact your vet.

 

 

Amazing dog walking area right next door to Sydney CBD | Glebe Foreshore

Amazing dog walking area right next door to Sydney CBD | Glebe Foreshore

 

GLEBE FORESHORE – WALKS WITH MY DOG NEAR SYDNEY CBD

Glebe Foreshore is a stunningly beautiful dog walking area with multiple parks and viewing points towards the Anzac Bridge and Rozelle Bay. It is one of the best dog walking areas only a few minutes away from the CBD.

If you arrive by car, you can park at the parking area on Chapman Road right next to the Federal Park. PetO is conveniently located opposite the car park in case you needed to get a ball or some treats for your walk.

 

Dogs at Bicentennial Park
Game on at the off lead area in Bicentennial Park!

PLAYTIME @ BICENTENNIAL PARK!

Start your journey by releasing some of your pup’s excitement with a little play at the Federal Park or Bicentennial Park off the lead areas. If the weather allows, your dog has even access for a quick swim at the edge of the Bicentennial Park. Although the park sometimes gets busy, it is large enough not to feel too crowded. Bicentennial Park was established in 1988 to commemorate 200 years of white settlement in NSW.
Once your furry friend is ready, start your walk towards the Blackwattle Bay along the Rozelle Bay shoreline. This is an easy and picturesque walk, however remember to leash your dog when crossing to the eastern side of the Bicentennial Park.

 

Stunning views from Pope Paul VI Reserve

ENJOY THE VIEWS AROUND THE FORESHORE

Right after the Jubilee Park you will arrive to the Pope Paul VI Reserve, established to commemorate the first ever papal visit in 1970. Slow down, relax and enjoy the unique viewing point over the three iconic bridges: Anzac Bridge, Glebe Island Bridge and the Harbour Bridge. From this point onwards your dog can roam freely off the lead all the way up to the Sydney University Women’s Rowing Club.

 

Great dog beach at Blackwattle Bay!

TIME FOR A QUICK DIP @ BLACKWATTLE BAY!

Blackwatttle Bay Park is another great off the lead area where your dog can meet new friends for a tail wagging play. You may decide to turn back or continue a little further to the Wentworth Park off the lead area, located north of the Greyhound Stadium. If you feel super energetic, you could even walk across the Anzac Bridge and come around the entire Rozelle Bay, which would take you approximately 2h altogether. Alternatively, you can return through the small streets in Glebe to admire all the Victorian homes and Federation houses.

 

Food & drinks galore @ Tramsheds

COFFEE & DELI @ TRAMSHED

On your return to the Federal Park have a quick look at the Tramsheds located between Dalgal Way and Maxwell Road. Unfortunately your dog is not allowed inside but there is a rather cute dog parking station just outside the Tramshed in case you want to have a quick peak or pick some delicious treats or maybe a bottle of artisan wine. Some of the cafes have outdoor seating areas for both you and your dog to enjoy the coffee together. Or simply reward yourself with an ice cream from Messina!

 

Plenty of room to play!

WALK AROUND THE CREEK!

From here you can either return to your car or continue your walk along the Johnstons Creek through Smith Hogan & Spindlers Park towards Annandale. Most of the park is off lead except the end of the park (area is well signed so just follow the signs). You can return on the cute little walk path on the other side of the canal.

 

 

 

Dog friendly pubs near Glebe Foreshore

TIME FOR A WELL DESERVED DRINK!

By now you must be ready for some refreshments! There are two excellent dog friendly venues nearby where your dog is allowed inside the main bar with you. Our Venue of the Month Wayward Brewing is an easy 15mins walk from the Tramshed and offers a unique brewery experience for both you and your dog. Or you can drop by at the iconic The Annandale Hotel located 20mins walk from Tramshed on the corner of Parramatta Road and Nelson Street. Normally you can find a parking spot relatively near both of the venues in case you wanted to drive a little closer.

 

 

Let the tail wagging adventure begin!

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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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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