by Rebecca Francis & Pupsy
Surrounded by valleys of vines, peaceful farmland, and rolling hills, it’s impossible not to be charmed by the Central West region of New South Wales. Renowned for its exceptional food and wine, there is much to smell, taste and explore with your canine companion in tow. And where better to start than the historic towns of Orange and Mudgee?
A mere four hours from Sydney, and around two hours apart from one another, the regional towns are known for their cool climate wines and their sensational, fresh produce. Wander, shop, eat and drink your way around this stunning region with your furry friend by your side. Dog-friendly wineries, pubs, cafes and more are all eagerly awaiting your arrival. Coffee stops, long lunches, and wine tasting are just the beginning!
We found out just how dog-friendly the wine region of Orange and Mudgee in Central West New South Wales really is…. This is what also makes this historical town at the foothills of Great Dividing Range a pur-fect place to go on holiday with your dog.
Where to Stay?
Towac Valley Cabins
809 Canobolas Road, Canobolas
Enjoy the majestic views of the Mount Canobolas and the horses in the paddocks next door. The ultimate relaxation is guaranteed in this beautiful and cosy dog friendly countryside hideaway!
166 McLachlan Street, Orange
Dog friendly holiday home in the heart of Orange! Make Arden your base and explore everything Orange has to offer by foot! Fenced garden makes it safe even for the more exploring pups!
Casa Dolce Cottage
74 Dalton Street, Orange
Escaping “la vida loca” (the crazy life), dog friendly Casa Dolce Cottage is your cosy holiday home to simply chill!
146 Market Street, Mudgee
5 STAR luxury boutique accommodation for you and your pooch to travel in style. Choose your favourite villa and enjoy all the comforts Evanslea has to offer. If you are travelling with a larger group, you can also rent the entire main building for the ultimate luxury!
154 Market Street, Mudgee
Almas Cottage is a dog friendly 3 bedroom holiday home located only a kilometre away from the town centre. Double glazed windows keep the house cool in the summer and warm during the colder months. You are even welcome to bring your horse with you!
282 Hill End Road, Mudgee
Bandalong Cottages have 3 different villas available. The two bedroom cosy villa called Kurrajong is dog friendly. Enjoy your private space, set up a fire in the evening and sit back and listen to the calmness of the nature!
Dog Friendly Wineries, Pubs & Breweries
298 Lake Canobolas Road, Orange
The sky is the limit at this vineyard! Sitting pretty at an altitude of over 1030 metres above sea-level, Borrodell is one of Australia’s highest vineyards and is known for its stunning views, sensational cool climate wines and an abundance of fresh produce grown on the property. Dogs are welcome on the terrace with owners as long as they stay on a lead. The accomodation is also pet friendly if you decide to stay the night after a few glasses of vino.
Di Lusso Estate
Eurunderee Lane, Mudgee
Just 7kms outside Mudgee, di Lusso Estate offers Australia’s largest range of Italian varietal wines. The cellar door is open every day of the week and has over seventeen Italian varietals and blends available for you to try, while the restaurant is open for lunch only, Friday-Saturday, and serves up delicious wood-fired pizza and regional Mediterranean favourites. Dogs are allowed to join you in the cellar door, and water bowls are readily available at the outdoor seating area.
85 Rocky Waterhole Road, Mudgee
Located on the northwest facing slopes of Mount Frome, Moothi Estate offers award-winning wines, spectacular views and generous lunch platters. Dogs are welcome to join owners in the cellar door and there is air-conditioned indoor seating and heated outdoor seating for the cooler months. They even have two cellar door dogs of their own who love to play with guests.
67 Market Street, Mudgee
Tuck in to some great pub food at the lively Woolpack Hotel, an iconic country hotel located in the heart of Mudgee. Full of country charm, there are plenty of spaces for you to enjoy a local wine, cocktail or craft beer. Your furry friend is welcome to join you in the covered outdoor area and water bowls are readily available.
38 Perry Street, Mudgee
A popular watering hole for the locals, the Paragon Hotel serves up some delicious meals and icy cold drinks. There is a beer garden out the back and a front verandah, both are covered and have water bowls ready to rehydrate your canine pal.
Mudgee Brewing Co.
4 Church Street, Mudgee
For a true local beer, head to Mudgee Brewing Co. just a short distance from the town centre. The brewing takes place in a rustic 100-year old red brick former wool store owned by the Anglican Church and you can learn the history of how the company established itself in 2007 following the footsteps of Dressler’s Brewery, and taste the famous ‘Mudgee Mud’ beer. Dogs are more than welcome in the courtyard and out the front of the building. There are also dog biscuits on hand if they fancy a tasty treat!
Dog Friendly Cafes
889 Warrendine Street, Orange
Gather for wholesome and nutritious home cooked food at Bissys, a popular permaculture cafe in the heart of Orange. Enjoy the sun with your pup out in the cosy garden area where there is plenty of shade and water available.
Scrumptious On Summer Cafe
142 – 146 Summer Street, Orange
With hearty, homemade food that’s full of flavour using fresh produce and teamed with great coffee, this cafe certainly lives up to its scrumptious name. There are plenty of tables outside, some which are well covered in case it rains, for you to sit with your pooch as you peruse the varied food and drink menu and watch the world go by.
The Quick Brown Fox
79 Market Street, Mudgee
Located in the heart of Mudgee, The Quick Brown Fox should not be missed when you’re on the hunt for a caffeine fix or a bite to eat. The quiet little cafe is dog friendly and there are various sized, covered tables outside where you can sit with your pet pal.
The Dancing Goat
104 Church Street, Mudgee
For gourmet food and great coffee in the centre of Mudgee, take a seat at The Dancing Goat. Known for its mouthwatering menu and friendly staff, this colourful cafe allows you to sit outdoors with your pet. The seating outside is partially covered and there are also umbrellas available in case the heavens open up.
Artisan on Lewis
13 Lewis Street, Mudgee
An art space, shop and cafe, Artisan on Lewis has it all – even a dog-friendly courtyard! Monthly art exhibitions are held at the cafe, reflecting contemporary country life, and the work of several slow-craft regional artisans is showcased throughout the gallery. Your canine companion is welcome to join you in the hidden and peaceful garden as you try the local, home-made treats. Water bowls are also available.
Alby and Esthers
61 Market Street, Mudgee
Tucked away down a small yet inviting alley, you’ll find the charming Alby and Esthers, a coffee house and wine bar. There is ample seating available in this hidden gem, both indoors and out. Dogs are more than welcome to enjoy the cobblestone courtyard area with their owners, and the leafy grapevine overhead acts as a canopy offering plenty of shade. While you sip on some artisan coffee or a delicious local wine, your pooch can cool down with some refreshing H20 from the provided water bowls.
Dog Friendly Hikes & Walks
Set on 21 hectares of beautiful parkland, and surrounded by native and exotic trees, Bloomfield Park has several areas where dogs are allowed to be leash-free to run and explore.
Orange Botanic Gardens
Relax and enjoy the native and exotic plant collection with your pooch at the Orange Botanic Gardens. The 17 hectare gardens perfectly exhibit the four seasons of Orange and it’s an ideal spot for a picnic, bird spotting or just a leisurely stroll. Dogs on leads are permitted in the garden.
For a scenic wander, take your pal for a leisurely stroll along Wirrabarra Walk. It’s a long and shaded stretch, located on the western side of town and along the edge of Duntryleague Golf Course. The path is narrow and it is a popular spot for dog walkers, therefore it is an on leash walk only.
Let your dog burn off some energy in Pilcher Park. The park is a well shaded area and there’s lots to explore, including a creek. While the area is not fully enclosed, it is a relatively safe park to let your dogs off the leash.
If you’re ready for some high intensity exercise with your pet pal then head on over to Anzac Park. It’s the only dog park in Orange with its own agility equipment, including an A-frame, a balance board and rings to run through. The park is entirely enclosed and partially shaded, great for when your pooch needs a well-earned rest.
Glen Willow Sporting Complex
There is an off leash area near the netball courts that allows your pooch to run free.
All off leash areas in Orange & Mudgee (and in other areas across NSW and VIC) can be found from Pupsy Dog Parks directory!
Dog Friendly Markets
Orange Farmers Market
Shop for fresh produce from around the Orange region every second Saturday and fourth Sunday of the month at the popular Orange Farmers Market. More than 60 stallholders gather to offer freshly picked, grown and handcrafted produce each month. Your pooch will be welcomed with open arms (and maybe given a treat or two) as you wander through the market smelling, touching and tasting the best produce from the Central West region.
Mudgee Fine Food Farmers Market
If you want to taste everything the Mudgee region has to offer, then you can’t go past the Mudgee Fine Food Farmers’ Market. Held on the third Saturday of every month between 8.30am and 12.30pm, all produce is local, fresh and seasonal. Tantalise your tastebuds and listen to the serenade of local musicians as you make your way away around the stalls with your furry friend in tow.
All the places in this article (and many more) are also available on Pupsy website. Simply go to Dog Friendly Places & Services and search for any dog friendly places near you or in your holiday destination.
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