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The Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Macedon Ranges

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Dog friendly Macedon Ranges, a region to stimulate your every sense, is located less than an hour from Melbourne. Taste, sight, sound, touch and smell. In the dramatic undulating landscapes you can taste artisan food and produce, drink cool-climate wines in the dog friendly wineries, see and enjoy breathtaking dog friendly walks and expansive forests while smelling the fresh, clean air.

Where to Stay?

Dog Friendly Country Retreat

Mount Macedon

Dog friendly Adrienne’s country retreat is located on a picturesque setting of 15 acres in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges, abundant with Australian wildlife. There is plenty of space to unwind especially in the heated out door spa and BBQ area where you can enjoy the ambiance of the fresh country air and views. 

The House | Sleeps 7 | Bedrooms 3

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The Studio | Sleeps 2 | Bedrooms 1

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The Entire Retreat | Sleeps 11 | Bedrooms 5

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Dog Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Gisborne

In the picturesque Macedon Range, an 84-acre property offering a contemporary upmarket Bed & Breakfast with three rooms for couples or groups. Ten minutes from Gisborne (40 minutes from Melbourne airport), the deluxe rooms are designed to take in the sensational mountain views and glorious sunsets. Absolutely pawfect getaway with your dog!

The Claude Room | Sleeps 2 | Bedrooms 1

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The Dove Room | Sleeps 2 | Bedrooms 1

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The Mitch Room | Sleeps 2 | Bedrooms 1

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Dog Friendly Wineries

Let’s be honest, wine is equally important as the breathtaking country side in the Ranges. After a hike in the morning what would be more rewarding than visit one (or a few) dog friendly wineries in the area!

Gisborne Peak Winery

69 Short Road, Gisborne

Sit on the open air deck with your furry friend, enjoy a wine tasting and feast on wood-fired pizzas and tasting platters. The winery is so pet friendly it even posts a ‘Pet of the Week’ pic every Wednesday to their Facebook page.


Hunter Gatherers Vintners

362 Pipers Creek Pastoria Road, Pipers Creek

A family-run vineyard and cellar door offering a range of award winning wines. Super dog friendly, pets are allowed to join inside for a wine tasting or join owners in the shaded outdoor areas where you can enjoy a picnic table with views of rolling hills and vines.


Parkside Winery Estate

308 Parks Road, Lancefield

All about great wine and a relaxed atmosphere, this family friendly venue offers tastings in a lovingly restored 1890’s horse stable. Relax with a glass of wine on the deck or surrounding lawn area with your canine companion.


Hanging Rock Winery

88 Jim Road, Newham

Just 3km from the iconic Hanging Rock, this winery offers stunning views and over 20 wines for tasting with your pooch by your side. Dogs are welcome to join you at the shaded picnic tables as you enjoy local produce and delicious wine with a view.


Hesket Estate Winery

856 Romsey Road, Hesket

Hesket Estate is today a boutique cool climate vineyard specialising in the varieties of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. Dogs are welcome to join you for a wine tasting and there is shaded seating outside with water bowls available.


Mount Towrong Vineyard

4 Taylors Road, Mount MAcedon

Situated at 600 metres above sea level with direct views of Mount Macedon and Mount Towrong. The Cellar Door offers a carefully thought out environment coupled with breathtaking views of the local landscapes for an intimate way to experience wines perfectly matched with exceptional local produce. Dogs are welcome to join owners for a tasting and there are shaded outdoor areas.

Dog Friendly Pubs & Cafes

Woodend and Kyneton are the main hubs if you are after some good old pub meal, visit a dog friendly brewery (or gin distillery) or just simply enjoy a morning coffee in a dog friendly cafe.


Kyneton

Animus Distillery

1/89 A Piper Street, Kyneton

A gin distillery and bar located on Kyneton’s Piper Street. There is shaded outdoor seating where pooches can sit with their owners while they enjoy a gin cocktail in the sun. Animus’ hand crafted, artisan gins are winning awards worldwide!


Woodend

Holgates Brewhouse

79 High Street, Woodend

A family-owned affair, Holgates Brewhouse is a truly historical pub set inside a beautiful 19th century red-brick hotel in Woodend. Dog owners can kick back with their pup in the shady courtyard with a view up to the old village clock tower as they enjoy tasty craft beer and a delicious menu.


The Victoria Hotel

67 High Street, Woodend

The Victoria Hotel in Woodend is a great country pub serving country food with regional wine and warm hospitality. There is a dog friendly courtyard and water bowls available for thirsty pets.


The Milko

118 High Street, Woodend

The Milko is a great cafe in the heart of Woodend, with an outdoor courtyard. It’s kid friendly and dog friendly and a popular spot for brekkie and lunch. Time it with a trip to the Woodend Community Farmers’ Markets (1st Saturday of the month) and pay a visit to the nearby Woodend Children’s Park if you have kids in tow.


Dog Friendly Hikes & Walks

Macedon Walking Trail

Mount Macedon

This is a loop trail and takes approximately seven hours to complete the entire walk. It incorporates most of Mount Macedon’s scenic highlights, including Camels Hump, Memorial Cross and lookouts with outstanding views to Port Phillip Bay, the You Yangs and the Dandenong Ranges. Be prepared with lots of water and treats for yourself and your pup to keep energy levels up. Dogs must be kept on leash.


Turpins Falls

Langley

Situated 12.6km from Kyneton, Turpins Falls cascade into a large billabong, with sheer rock formations on three sides. Enjoy scenic views of the falls from a lookout nearby the car park, or if you are up for an adventure there is a steep, unmaintained pathway to the waterhole at the base of the falls. Enclosed footwear is recommended and make sure you are ‘snake aware’, particularly over the summer period. Dogs should be kept on a leash at all times.


Black Hill Reserve

Kyneton

Only five minutes drive north of Kyneton, this reserve is known for its imposing rock formations such as The Monolith, one of the biggest granite features in Victoria. It offers three walking trails for different fitness levels. Dogs are permitted on the trails but must be kept on leash.


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