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.
Read also our Ultimate Dog Friendly Guides to Daylesford & Yarra Valley at Dog Friendly Travel Guides section of Pupsy!
Where to Stay?
Adrienne’s Country Retreat
515 Barringo Road , 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.
Wurrung B & B
46 Henshalls Road, Woodend
Soaring timber ceilings in a newly fitted-out cottage, this accommodation is perfect for a couple escaping for the weekend with their furry companion, friends or a small family wanting to relax in beautiful surroundings.
Kyneton Spring Hill Road, Spring Hill
Dog friendly Bunjil Farm is a rural retreat set in the foothills of the Macedon Ranges, near Kyneton, just one hour from the Melbourne CBD. Two Cottages are dog friendly whereas the main homestead is reserved for guests without furry companions.
Station Road, New Gisborne
Boutique dog friendly self-contained accommodation nestled in the hear of Macedon Ranges. Perfect getaway destination for couples with their furry companion.
1136 Bacchus Marsh Road, Gisborne
Rooks Edge is located at the edge of Bullengarook, overlooking Lerderderg and Wombat State Park with open views to the Brisbane Ranges, the You Yangs and Corio Bay. This 84-acre property offers a contemporary upmarket Bed & Breakfast for couples or groups with their pooches 🙂
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.
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!
The Parkland Kyneton
37C Piper Street, Kyneton
A stylish restaurant and bar on Kyneton’s historic Piper Street with gourmet meals and a great drinks menu. Their menu is focused on locally sourced produce and offers an extensive range of wine, beers and spirits from the Macedon Ranges and surrounds. Sit out on their verandah overlooking a shady park with a cold glass of vino with your dog by your side.
Royal George Hotel
24 Piper Street, Kyneton
Enjoy upscale bistro meals, plus craft beer & cider, in an old-school, two-storey pub with rustic decor. Dogs are welcome to join owners in the partly shaded outdoor area and water bowls are available.
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.
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
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.
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
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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