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The Great Ocean Road With Your Dog!

The Great Ocean Road With Your Dog!

Travel one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives, The Great Ocean Road, with your furry friend by your side. The spectacular stretch of coast has plenty of magical dog friendly spots for you and your pooch to enjoy, including waterfalls, dog friendly cafes and restaurants, and an array of off leash beaches perfect for stretching those furry legs. Winding alongside the wild Southern Ocean, The Great Ocean Road is pup heaven!

This guide will reveal you the best dog friendly places along the Great Ocean Road to stop with your dog and stretch your legs! If your dog is not the biggest fan of long car trips there is a great article on “How To Reduce Your Dog’s Stress Levels In The Car” from Dr. Bethany Richards BVSC (Sydney University)

by Rebecca Francis



Torquay is the beginning of the spectacular Great Ocean Road where coast and hinterland meet in a chorus of oohs and ahhs and the dog friendly beaches are inviting you for a walk & play. We believe it is worth spending some time in this beautiful coastal area before starting your road trip.

Dog Friendly Beaches

Whites Beach

220 The Esplanade, Torquay

Torquay’s Whites Beach is the perfect place for some peace and quiet, away from the masses. The stretch of sand-dune edged coastline is an off-leash area all year round – a paw-fect place for your pooch to chase some frisbees! Other Dog Friendly Beaches around the area are Half Moon Bay, Zeally Bay Beach, Rocky Point and Torquay Surf Beach.

Dog Friendly Cafes & Bars

The Esplanade is where it all happens in Torquay. Visit the beach or go for a walk on the foreshore and make your way to one of the many dog friendly cafes for brekkie, lunch or a dose of cafeine!


37 The Esplanade, Torquay

Serving a fantastic range of breakfast, lunch and dinner options, you are sure to find something for everyone at Bomboras. Dogs are well catered for with outside tables on the decking and in the garden at the front. Across the road is a beach where dogs are permitted off-lead at certain times.

Cafe Moby

41 The Esplanade, Torquay

This modern Australian cafe is a hot spot for dog lovers after your morning beach walk. Grab a coffee and some fresh water for your pooch and enjoy the waterfront views.


23 The Esplanade, Torquay

Dog-friendly with a large outside dining area at the front with shade umbrellas. Walk straight down to the beach across the road where dogs are permitted off-lead at certain times.


17 The Esplanade, Torquay

With a prime beachfront location and an earthy-industrial space, Senors is the perfect stop for tasty tapas and cool cocktails. The popular bar allows dogs to join owners in the partly covered outdoor area while they drink and dine.

Bellbrae Estate

520 Great Ocean Road, Bellbrae

Bellbrae Estate is a stunning Victorian winery on the beautiful Surf Coast, just a short 5 minutes from the famous Bells Beach. Their award winning wines are aptly named after local surf breaks – including the renowned ‘long board’ range. Bring your pup along as you taste your way through their cool climate wines and feast on local produce. There is shaded seating outside and water bowls readily available for your thirsty canine companion.

Aireys Inlet & Anglesea

The boutique coastal town Aireys Inlet is one of the Great Ocean Road’s best kept secrets, offering visitors serenity and tranquility with spectacular cliffs, beautiful beaches, a picturesque river valley and the Great Otway National Park (which is unfortunately only for the two legged visitors).

The seaside town of Anglesea is situated along the scenic Great Ocean Road on the Anglesea River, between the nearby coastal towns of Torquay and Aireys Inlet. Anglesea is a particularly significant town on the Great Ocean Road as it marks the first spot south-west of the road’s official start at Torquay where it meets the coast.

Dog Friendly Beaches

Surf Beach


Surf Beach is one of the two dog friendly beaches in Anglesea. Endless soft sand means there is enough room for dogs of any level of activity and energy to run around.

Another off leash dog beach in Anglesea is the Main Beach where you can go for a play and swim with your pooch 24/7 (some restrictions apply during the summer months)

Surf Beach East

Aireys Inlet

Surf Beach is the largest beach in Aireys Inlet. Both East and West ends of the beach have off leash areas (East 24h & West Timeshare). It’s a stunning place to stop with your dog for a great run and play with amazing coastal views.

Other off leash dog beaches in Aireys Inlet are Surf Beach West, Boonah Coastal Reserve and Eagle Nest Reef.

Dog Friendly Cafes & Bars

Offshore Cafe

87-89 Great Ocean Road, Anglesea

Offshore Cafe is a cosy and comfortable space to stop for a cuppa and eye over their extensive all day menu. Your pup is welcome to sit with you in the outdoor seating area where water bowls are readily available

Aireys Pub

45 Great Ocean Road, Aireys Inlet

With ocean views on one side and the Otwey National Park on the other, this nature-surrounded pub is worth a visit with your pup. The extensive outside deck and tables on the lawn are dog-friendly and there’s a large garden around the hotel where dogs can be walked.


Lorne invites you to uncover a cove of indulgent little pleasures, promising an affair of endless weekend romance. You’ll quickly find out why the Nouveau riche of the 1920’s made Lorne their seaside getaway, gifting the beautiful Art Deco architecture and taste for the arts to the next generation of admirers. Old school with a touch of Mediterranean charm, Lorne is the perfect place for your next rendezvous

Dog Friendly Beaches

North Beach


Lorne is know for it’s beautiful beaches as well as the nature beyond them. Although there are three dog friendly off leash beaches in town, only North Beach is 24h off leash.

Other off leash dog beaches in Lorne are South Beaches and Loutit Bay. Both are timeshared so check the restrictions beforehand.

Enjoy the beaches in Lorne with your dog as from here on the coastal areas are mainly National Parks and therefore dogs are not allowed. Next off leash dog beach can be found from Warrnambool.

Dog Friendly Cafes

Pizza Pizza

2 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne

A local favourite, Pizza Pizza is the place to stop if you’re craving traditional or gourmet thin-crust Italian style pizza. There are tables at the front and a courtyard to the side of the restaurant where dogs are welcome and a water bowl is always readily available

Swing Bridge Cafe & Boathouse

40 Great Ocean Road, Lorne

One of Lorne’s best kept secrets, Swing Bridge Cafe sits at the mouth of the Erskine River overlooking the historic swing bridge where the river meets the sea. There is a lovely outdoor deck and lawn area where dogs are welcome. The beach in the area also allows dogs off-leash at certain times

Apollo Bay & Otway Hinterlands

Beach front cafes, stunning hinterland walks, waterfalls, dog friendly brewery with “doggie beer”, wineries and so much more… Apollo Bay and the Otway Hinterlands are one of the most scenic areas along The Great Ocean Road.

Great Ocean Road Brewhouse

29 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay

The Great Ocean Road Brewhouse is a craft beer and dog-friendly haven with over 100 craft beers to try and ocean views for you to enjoy with your tail wagging friend. Warm yourself by the fire or enjoy the dog-friendly beer garden with ocean views. Plus, they also serve “Beerdog’s Bitter”, a special alcohol-free doggy brew!

If you are staying overnight in the area there are great dog friendly destinations to visit approx. 45-60mins inland from Apollo Bay. Take your dog for an adventure to the hinterlands and visit some of the areas stunning waterfalls. Or drive up to a small country town of Forrest for a lunch at the Forrest Brewing Company or even further up to Barongarook West for wine tasting at Otway Estate.

Beauchamp Falls

Beech Forest

Beauchamp Falls is a must see attraction for those who love nature and exploring waterfalls. Walk through magnificent mountain ash forests to arrive at the spectacle of the Beauchamp Falls. Starting at the Beauchamp Reserve, the track should take around 1 hour to return and is a great 1.5km walk to see a magnificent waterfall. Dogs are permitted on the track but must be kept on a leash.

Stevenson Falls

Stevenson Falls Walk, Otways

Nestled in the Otways just 25 minutes inland from the Great Ocean Road, Stevenson Falls are a sight to behold if you’re a waterfall lover. The trail is around a 1.5km walk to the waterfalls and should take you around 1 hour to return to the carpark. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.

Forrest Brewing Company

26 Grant Street, Forrest

Forrest Brewing Co. is a small sibling owned microbrewery combined with a relaxed dining hall and has established a reputation for good food and great beer in the tiny Otways village of Forrest. Bring your pup along – there’s plenty of outdoor seating under the front verandah where dogs are welcome and water bowls can be found.

Otway Estate Winery & Brewery

10 Hoveys Road, Barongarook West

Otwey Estate Winery will welcome your well behaved pooch with welcome arms.  Dogs on lead are allowed throughout the Estate, from the Brewery Outlet right through to Accommodation. There is even an on site dog trainer who runs dog training courses for you and your dog at the Estate!

Warrnambool & Port Fairy

Warrnambool is known as one the best whale watching destinations during the winter months when the whales from the Antarctic make their journey to warmer waters along this coast. But there is so much more to discover with your dog from relaxing walks along the coast to dog friendly cafes and bars.

There’s a chance you missed the biggest news ever to hit the tiny Victorian town of Port Fairy. In 2012 the seaside village, with its whalers’ cottages, red-doored lighthouse and jaunty little fishing fleet, was voted the Most Liveable Town (population under 20,000) in the world. Yes, the world. There’s a sign declaring it as you drive into this hamlet at the end of the Great Ocean Road, also known for its folk festival and, more recently, its food.

Once you leave Apollo Bay, you have two alternative routes to Warrnambool. You can either remain on the coastal route from Port Campbell towards Peterborough and take in the stunning National Park scenery. Stop for a walk with your dog at the Bay of Martyrs in Peterborough and enjoy the fresh ocean air.

Bay of Martyrs

Halladale Street, Peterborough

A wonderful cliff top trail from Peterborough Golf Course, through Halladale Point where you can view where the Falls of Halladale was wrecked, along to the Bay of Martyrs car park which provides access to some spectacular beaches and coves, a favourite local dusk and dawn haunt.

Alternatively, you can turn inland from Port Campbell and head towards the old dairy industry hub of Timboon. The town remains true to it’s origins and the most visited attractions are Timboon Ice Cream and L’Artisan Organic Cheese. There is a great dog friendly hike following the old Camberdown to Timboon Railway line.

Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail

Camperdown / Timboon

Enjoy the historic Camperdown to Timboon rail trail with your pup. Stretching for 34 km, the trail passes volcanic lakes, farmland and even rainforest. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. Stop off at the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery for a rest – they also provide water bowls for thirsty pets

Timboon Ice Cream

1A Barrett Street, Timboon

Paws for a refreshing cone with your pup at this delicious ice creamery. Your four-legged pal will love the special dog-friendly ice cream that’s low in sugar and lactose, with a dash of hemp oil to keep a healthy coat.


Dog Friendly Cafes & Bars

Proudfoot’s Boathouse

2 Simpson Street, Warrnambool

Sat on the banks of the Hopkins River, the historic boathouse has been a Warrnambool icon for 130 years. Now a modern Australian restaurant, Proudfoot’s is the perfect spot for grabbing a bite to eat while on your Great Ocean Road adventure. Your pup is welcome to sit with you out on the deck as you admire the mesmerising river views.

Simon’s Waterfront

80 Pertobe Road, Warrnambool

Only a stones throw away from the beach, Simon’s Waterfront offers breathtaking views over the Southern Ocean and its dramatic shoreline. It’s a beautiful spot to pull up with your canine companion for a bite to eat. Dogs are welcome to admire the view with you out on the elevated deck that overlooks the ocean.

Woolsthorpe National Hotel

23 Manifold Street, Woolsthorpe

Just a short 15 minute drive from Warrnambool, lies the hidden gem known as the Woolsthorpe National Hotel. Dine on fresh, honest pub food with a beautiful dog friendly beer garden.

Port Fairy

East Beach

Griffith Street, Port Fairy

Known as Port Fairy’s safest dog-friendly beach with white sand and little to no surf, Little East Beach is great for swimming and water wading for the whole family. Parking is easy, crowds manageable, with shallow waters, soft sand, and almost no surf, this is a pooch paradise.

Caledonian Inn

41 Bank Street, Port Fairy

The Caledonian Inn, or the “Stump” as it is known to locals, is the Oldest Continually Licensed Hotel in Victoria and was established in 1844. There are outside tables with shade umbrellas where dogs can join their owners for a drink or meal.

Bank St & Co

28 Bank Street, Port Fairy

A popular spot amongst the locals, Bank St + Co is perfect for a morning pick me up with your pooch in tow. There is ample seating out the front under the verandah where dogs are welcome.

Charlie’s on East

4 Hughes Avenue, Port Fairy

Enjoy some of the best coastal views in Port Fairy with your furry friend by your side at Charlie’s On East, a licensed cafe and takeaway kiosk. There is dog-friendly seating out on the paved area near the entrance, as well as along the deck overlooking the magnificent beach.

Driftwood Coffee & Eatery

10 Bank Street, Port Fairy

Using only the finest and freshest ingredients, it’s clear to see that cooking is a passion at Driftwood Cafe and Eatery in Port Fairy. Popular with locals, the cafe offers classic favourite as well as a variety of vegan and vegetarian options. Dogs are encouraged to join owners outside in the shaded seating area where water bowls can be provided.

Farmer’s Wife

47 Sackville Street, Port Fairy

Hidden away in a little lane in Port Fairy is this cute and cosy cafe. The menu features a range of tempting dishes and there is outdoor seating in the laneway courtyard available for you and your pet pal.

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The Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Sunshine Coast

The Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Sunshine Coast

The sunny weather on the dog friendly Sunshine Coast is a continuous invitation to adventure outside with your four-legged friend. Many dog lovers have made this part of South East Queensland their home, and the area has responded with plenty of dog friendly cafes, bars, hikes, and beaches you can visit with your pup.

This guide will reveal you the best dog friendly places in Sunshine Coast to go with your dog and get those tails go crazy!

Where to Stay?

Noosa Hill

23 Eugarie Street, Noosa Heads

Noosa Hill is a funky, quirky, functional, dog friendly holiday home located in the heart of Noosa Heads. Enjoy the best of both worlds – stroll down the hill to Hastings Street or dog friendly heaven Noosa Spit Beach. Make a quick trip to Sunshine Beach or make use of the easy access to the hinterland.

Horizons at Peregian

45 Lorrikeet Drive, Peregian Beach

Three level dog friendly complex has spacious well appointed apartments. All you need is to bring your beach towels, food and beach toys, the rest is provided. Enjoy a lazy time around the pool and spa or take in the many local attractions and great food.

Lake Weyba Noosa Lodge

109 Clarendon Road, Peregian Beach

Relax in the soothing sounds of the rainforest in this 3 bedroom dog friendly holiday home. There are plenty of Kangaroos around so make sure your dog doesn’t get too excited about them.

Bayz Maroochy Waters

114 Tepequar Drive, Maroochydore

This 3 bedroom dog friendly property is ideally located close to restaurants, shops and markets. There is also a large shopping centre and cinema complex within easy reach. And those views…!

Dog Friendly Pubs & Bars

Weather is rather pleasant all year round in Sunshine Coast, however we do want to make sure our pups (and us) will be protected from the rain and sun while relaxing with a well deserved drink. Below is the list of paw-some dog friendly pubs and bars who provide under cover outdoor areas or in some cases might even invite your pup inside 🙂

313 Social

13 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba’s very own dog friendly bar with great cocktails, brilliant beer and even better coffee. And the best part, your furry friends are welcome everywhere at the venue, including inside!


522 Petrie Creek Road, Rosemount

Dog Friendly GURU Life Restaurant & Garden will bring happiness and enlightenment to your day through a delicious menu, served up by super friendly staff in a relaxed garden setting.

Wild Rocket at Misty’s

142 Main Street, Montville

Dog friendly micro brewery serving home made food from fresh seasonal ingredients. Dogs are welcome on the covered outdoor area.

Pier 11

2 Parkyn Road, Tewantin

Dog friendly bar and restaurant just outside Noosa with stunning views of the river from a dog friendly outdoor seating area. Book for lunch or dinner and take your four legged friend with you to a rare dog friendly dining experience in the Sunshine Coast.

Dog Friendly Cafes

The Attic Cafe

168 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland

Ideal location to relax after a walk with your dog along the stunning Alexandra Headland. Your dog is guaranteed to get spoiled with free sausage and steak treats and cuddles from Ian and the friendly staff.

Chips & Co Eatery

179 Wicklin Way, Warana

Known for their awesome Fish & Chips and burgers, Chips & Co invites your pooch to join you at the eatery after a busy morning on the close by dog beach.


2/18 Duke Street, Sunshine Beach

Don’t have the Fear of Missing Out by heading over to this quaint and stylish Sunshine Coast café. Dogs are allowed inside while owners enjoy fresh juice in the comfortable seating area. The coffee is exquisite, and FOMO has become a popular spot for breakfast and brunches on weekends.

The Paleo Place

28 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra

Go back to basics when it comes to eating at this fresh, minimally processed, delicious Paleo place. Everything on the menu is what the chefs truly believe are the healthiest and delicious food combinations available. You can also stop by to grab a quick smoothie or sit down and enjoy the rustic ambiance of this café. Dogs are welcome and will receive a water bowl on request.

The Moorings Cafe

89 The Esplanade, Caloundra

Dog friendly The Moorings Café are loud and proud when it comes to family outings including our furry friends. Check out all the cute photos on their Facebook page for proof!

The Velo Project

19 Careela Street, Mooloolaba

There is a dog menu! Isn’t that all that needs to be said? This café has a scrumptious selection of human meals, but truly takes the dog biscuit with its pet friendly menu. You can order your canine a doggy donut, puppy late, pooch biscuit, or another fancy treat. All of them are made from unique pup-safe flavourings and will have your dog drooling over the shaved liver treats.

Dog Friendly Hikes & Walks

Although we whole heartedly invite you to spend time with your dog in one of the many off leash dog beaches in Sunshine Coast, there is more to this beautiful region than just the beaches. We have listed the best dog friendly hikes & walks to explore with your dog.

You can find ALL official off leash dog beaches from Bundaberg all the way down to South Australia from Pupsy Dog Beach Directory. North Queensland will soon be added so stay tuned!

Ewen Maddock Dam


This 8.5km medium difficulty hike features stunning views of the edge of the lake and Paperbark trees. The path features beautiful wildlife and you can spot many birds in the surrounding trees. Dogs must be kept on leash and the path does get muddy after heavy rainfall.

Caloundra Foreshore


Home to a famous Caloundra Foreshore run, this 8km return trail starts at Bulcock Beach heading all the way to the off leash Shelly Beach. It is an easy two hour walk along the coast featuring beautiful water-front views, sections on a beach, and others on wooded platforms.

Noosa Woods

Noosa Heads

Just a short walk away from the popular and ever bustling Hasting Street you will find Noosa Woods as part of the Noosa Spit Reserve. It features many bush trails, which will lead you through beautiful native shrub towards the Noosa Spit. This is the perfect spot to jump in the water with your pup, who will surely enjoy cooling off in the calm waters.

Gary Evans Walkway


This little oasis located at the centre of Nambour is dog friendly Monday through Friday. It is a fantastic dog walking destination in the summertime. It features paved walkways along the banks of Petrie Creek, which is a tributary of the Maroochy river. Dogs must be on good behaviour, and well supervised, but otherwise can be off leash. The walk is only 3 kilometres long but there are plenty of beautiful shaded spots to sit and enjoy the surrounding nature.

Off leash beaches

You can find all off leash beaches in the area from Pupsy Beach Directory. However to make your job a little easier we have picked the TOP 6 off leash beaches in Sunshine Coast to visit with your dog! Ready, steady…..GOOOOO!!!

photo by: Budget Travel Talk

Stumers Creek Beach

Coolum Beach

This dog friendly beach is 24h off leash throughout the year. It is truly a salty sea dog paradise with waves for the more adventurous pups, or a calm creek for avid paddlers. There are picnic tables, a playground, and a family friendly dog loving atmosphere all around.

photo by: John McCutcheon

Buddina Beach


This stretch of beach typically remains quite quiet, making it the perfect spot to head out for a morning stroll with your pup to enjoy the serenity of crashing waves. The surf tends to be quite small, so your dog will surely enjoy splashing in it and getting you nice and salty.

photo by: Warren Lynam

Currimundi Beach


Another favourite dog friendly beach which allows pups to run around free without the leash every day. It is a one kilometre stretch of coastline which will surely give you and your pup enough space to run and get all your energy out!

North Shore Beach

Twin Waters

This part of the coast is still rugged and wild, and features some beautifully shaded areas to sit down and watch your puppy run around. There is abundant wildlife hiding away on the riverside which will provide your pup as a fun distraction. Make sure they don’t catch themselves a brush turkey!

Sunshine Beach

Sunshine Beach

This large section of beach stretching from beach access 27 to the National Park Headland features some of the most beautiful views on the entire sunshine coast. You will see fancy homes sitting high on the steep, rainforest covered hills merging into the Noosa National Park. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed in the National Park, so you will have to keep an eye out for appropriate signage in the area.

Noosa Spit

Noosa Heads

Great off leash dog park & beach right next door to Noosa town centre. Go for a play & swim on the beach before heading to town for some refreshing drinks. Water is nice and calm as it is protected from the surf and major currents.

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


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!

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

Yarra Valley in winter with your dog

Yarra Valley in winter with your dog

by: Helen Collier

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

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

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

Dog Friendly Wineries to visit during the winter

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

Maddens Rise

Maddens Lane, Coldstream

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

Yering Farm

19 St Huberts Road, Yering

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

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

Dog Friendly Pubs & Cafes

My Little Kitchen

274 Maroondah Highway, Healesville

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

Healesville Hotel

256 Maroondah Highway, Healesville

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

Four Pillars Distillery

2A Lilydale Road, Healesville

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

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

Dog Friendly Winter Walks

Maroondah Dam


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

Healesville Showgrounds

Don Road, Healesville

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

Lilydale Lake


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

Margaret Lewis Reserve


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

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

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

The Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Gold Coast

The Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Gold Coast

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

by: Katt Andryskova

Where to Stay?

BIG4 Holiday Park Gold Coast

66 – 86 Siganto Drive, Gold Coast

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

Jadran Motel & El Jays Holiday Lodge

54 – 56 Frank Street, Labrador

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

The Beach House

14 Merrimac Boulevard, Broadbeach

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

Dog Friendly Pubs & Bars

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

Alfred’s Diner

2389 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

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

Glenelg Public House

9/2454-2460 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

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

Elephant Rock Cafe

76 Pacific Parade, Currumbin

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

Dog Friendly Cafes

Cafe Catalina

Broadwater Parklands, 10/11 Gold Coast Highway, Southport

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

Lakeview Espresso

100 Burleigh Street, Burleigh Waters

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

Parc Bah Espresso

Shop 4/5, 19 Alicia Sreet, Southport

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

The Deck Cafe

1/794 Pacific Parade, Currumbin

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

The Raw Espresso

Corner Ferry Road and Meron Street, Southport

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

Dog Friendly Hikes & Walks

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

Hinterland Regional Park

30-46 Hardys Road, Mudgeeraba

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

Palm Beach Parklands

945 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach

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

Pizzey Park

Pizzey Drive, Miami

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

Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens

230 Ashmore Road, Benowa

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

Off leash beaches

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

photo by: emilystone_photography

Biggera Waters Beach

Biggera Waters

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

photo by: Charlie and Frankie

Currumbin Creek / Palm Beach

Palm Beach

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

The Spit

Main Beach

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

Photo by: dylan.h.jones

Tallebudgera Dog Beach

Palm Beach

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

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


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The Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Daylesford

The Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Daylesford

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

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

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

Where to Stay?

Chestnut Daylesford

34 Hill Street, Daylesford

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

Bilsons Landing

23 King Street, Daylesford

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


42 Millar Street, Daylesford

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

Gumnut Cottage

60 Lightwood Drive, Wheatsheaf

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

Dog Friendly Pubs & Bars

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

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

Animus Distillery

1 Piper Street, Kyneton

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

Daylesford Cider Company

155 Daily Flat Road, Musk

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

The Farmers Arms Hotel

1 East Street, Daylesford

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

The Cosmopolitan Hotel

21 High Street Trentham

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

Dog Friendly Cafes

Lavandula Farm

Hepburn-Newstead Road, Shepherds Flat

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


117 Vincent Street, Daylesford

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

Wombat Hill House

Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens, Daylesford

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

Daylesford Farmers’ Market

Vincent Street, Daylesford

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

Dog Friendly Hikes & Walks

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

Jubilee Lake

21 Hallenstein Street, Daylesford

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

Lake Daylesford


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

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

Wombat Hill

Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens, Daylesford

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

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

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

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Dog Friendly Sydney: Eastern Suburbs

Dog Friendly Sydney: Eastern Suburbs

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

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

Trails & Ales

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

Cooper Park ➣ 🐾🐾 ➣ The Golden Sheaf

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

Lumi exploring Cooper Park

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

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

Playtime @ Lower Cooper Park off leash area

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

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

Puppy Paradise @ The Golden Sheaf

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

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

Off leash Areas on the Trail:

Lower Cooper Park | Lough Playing Fields

Bondi to Bronte ➣ 🐾🐾 ➣ Bondi Beach Public Bar

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

Early morning @ Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk

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

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

Playtime @ Marks Park

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

Dog Friendly Bondi Beach Public Bar

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

Off leash areas on the Trail:

Marks Park | Bronte Park

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

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

Vaucluse Coastal Walk

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

Stunning views from Raleigh Reserve off leash area

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

The Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Off leash areas on the Trail:

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

Dog Friendly Bars & Cafes

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

The Golden Sheaf

429 New South Head Road, Double Bay

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

Bondi Beach Public Bar

203 Campbell Parade, Bondi

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

The Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

1 Military Road, Watsons Bay

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

Bucket List

Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach

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

The Regent Hotel

416 Anzac Parade, Kingsford

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

Storehouse on the Park

100 Bayswater Road, Rushcutters Bay

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

Off Leash Areas in the Eastern Subs

Raleigh Reserve, Dover Heights

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

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


Dickson Park | Waverley Park


Bronte Park


Burrows Park


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

Double Bay

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

Dover Heights

Raleigh Reserve | Hugh Bamford Reserve


Paine Reserve


Pioneers Park | Ella Reserve


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

Rose Bay

Dumaresq Reserve & Rose Bay Foreshore | Lyne Park


Marks Park


Diamond Bay Reserve | Christison Park

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5 Best Dog Friendly Winter Beaches in Sydney!

5 Best Dog Friendly Winter Beaches in Sydney!

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

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

Bicentennial Park

Glebe | City of Sydney Council

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

Curl Curl Lagoon

Curl Curl | Northern Beaches Council

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

Rose Bay Foreshore

Rose Bay | Woollahra Council

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

Rowland Reserve

Bayview | Northern Beaches Council

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

Sirius Cove

Mosman | Mosman Council

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

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Dog Friendly Travel Guide: Orange & Mudgee

Dog Friendly Travel Guide: Orange & Mudgee

by Rebecca Francis & Pupsy

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

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

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

Where to Stay?


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!


Black Rose Cottage

Burrundulla Avenue, Mudgee

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


146 Market Street, Mudgee

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

Almas Cottage

154 Market Street, Mudgee

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

Bandalong Cottage

282 Hill End Road, Mudgee

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

Dog Friendly Wineries, Pubs & Breweries


Borrodell Vineyard

298 Lake Canobolas Road, Orange

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


Di Lusso Estate

Eurunderee Lane, Mudgee

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

Moothi Estate

85 Rocky Waterhole Road, Mudgee

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

Woolpack Hotel

67 Market Street, Mudgee

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

Paragon Hotel

38 Perry Street, Mudgee

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

Mudgee Brewing Co.

4 Church Street, Mudgee

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

Dog Friendly Cafes


Bissy’s Cafe

889 Warrendine Street, Orange

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

Scrumptious On Summer Cafe

142 – 146 Summer Street, Orange

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


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


Bloomfield Park

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

Orange Botanic Gardens

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

Wirrabarra Walk

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

Pilcher Park

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

Anzac Park

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


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.

We would love to hear from your experience!

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

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

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

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

The Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Mornington Peninsula

The Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Mornington Peninsula

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

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

Where to Stay?

Cottage On Rye, 4 Hardy Street, Rye

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

Wonderland Hobby Farm | 165 Coolart Road, Hastings

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

Relaxing Retreat | 19 Mountain View Road, Mount Eliza

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

Caretakers Cottage | 224 Barkers Road, Main Ridge

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

The Shoreham Beach House | 56 Marine Parade, Shoreham

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

Dog Friendly Cellar Doors

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

Moorooduc Estate | 501 Derril Road, Moorooduc

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

Paradigm Hill | 26 Merricks Road, Merricks

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

Rahona Valley | 6 Oceanview Avenue, Red Hill South

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

Tucks Wine | 37 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South

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

Dog Friendly Bars & Cafes

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

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

Bass & Flinders Distillery | 40 Collins Road, Dromana

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

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

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

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

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

Morgan’s Beach Shack | 1 Esplanade, Sorrento

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

Mornington Peninsula Brewery | 72 Watt Road, Mornington

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

Dog Friendly Hikes & Walks

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

Off leash beaches in Mornington Peninsula on Pupsy

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

Red Hill Rail Trail | Red Hill South – Merricks

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

Balcombe Estuary Boardwalk | Mount Martha

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

Mount Martha Community Forest | Mount Martha

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

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

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

We would love to hear from your experience!

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

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

Thank You and enjoy Mornington Peninsula with your dog !

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

Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Yarra Valley

Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Yarra Valley

Edited by: Ella Holgate

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

This is your ultimate guide to DOG FRIENDLY YARRA VALLEY!

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


Dog Friendly Yarra Valley

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

Dog Friendly Wineries

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

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

Badger Creek Blueberry Farm

11 Garnook Grove, Badger Creek

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


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!


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.


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).



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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 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.


Maroondah Reservoir Park


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


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


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.


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.