Dog Friendly Holidays & Travel: The Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly NSW South Coast
Dog owners around Sydney are blessed with great dog friendly travel destinations. Try wine tasting with your dog in the Hunter Valley, escape from the city to Southern Highlands or go hiking with your dog in the Blue Mountains. But if you are simply looking for some chillaxing time with your pup, travel south from Sydney and discover the beautiful dog friendly NSW South Coast.
We have listed the best dog friendly hikes & walks, beaches, pubs and cafés to make your next visit to this beautiful NSW coastline with your dog a truly memorable experience!
Approximately after 2h drive south from Sydney, you will arrive to a popular travel destination of NSW South Coast. It offers plenty to explore for you and your dog from dog friendly beaches and parks to beautiful art & craft towns and markets in Kiama and Berry. The climate is also well suited for wine growing so make sure you visit one of the dog friendly wineries in the area.
Dog Friendly Accommodation
Perfectly located dog friendly accommodation with private pool. Belvoir Pavilions is only a minutes away from boutiques in Berry, dog friendly hikes around Nowra and the beaches of Shoalhaven.
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Dog Friendly Beaches
There are plenty of dog friendly parks and beaches to choose from, thanks to a very dog friendly Shoalhaven Council. Here are Lumi the Groodle’s (our Head of PR aka Puppy Relations) TOP 3 Dog Friendly Beaches in the area. For the full list of all dog friendly beaches click here!
Absolutely stunning beach for both you and your dog to relax, run and play. It is ok to go for a swim as well but keep on eye on your dog as the currents in the area can sometimes be rather strong. One of our go to places every time we are in the area!
Regularly inviting families, couples, dog owners, surfers and even fishermen to share this wide beach filled with soft sand. Dogs have plenty of place to roam and sniff or have a dip into the surf.
Slightly trickier to find than other beaches, which probably is the reason it is often rather quiet and hence suitable for dogs that might get overwhelmed by busy dog parks. Dog are prohibited from the northern most part of the beach, which still leaves plenty of sand to dig elsewhere 😉
Dog friendly Cafes, Pubs & Bars!
Berry really is the centre of good food and cafe scene, however also Kiama Farmers’ Markets is definitely worth a visit with your dog. And if you are interested in a little scenic drive inland, Jamberoo Pub should definitely be one of your doggie pit stops. We have collected the best dog friendly cafes and pubs for you to choose from.
103 Queen Street, Berry
Whether you are after a healthy brekkie, lunch or maybe taste some delicious pastries with your favourite style of coffee, Garden Berry is guaranteed to satisfy you with their menu, setting and location. They are proud to be dog friendly and your pup is surely going to get heaps of attention from the friendly staff. Although dogs are only allowed outside, it offers plenty of cover from sun or rain.
62 Albert Street, Berry
Did I hear Puppycino? That’s right, dog friendly Just Delicious has even cute little puppycinos on offer (for your pup that is). Dogs are welcome to join you on the covered verandah. Try it once and we are sure you will return.
Kiama Farmers’ Market
Coronation Park, Kiama
If you are passing by or staying in the area during the week, we highly recommend to drop by at the dog friendly Kiama Farmer’s Market. Great variety of food is on offer from various local food stands. Or maybe you get your olives, cheese and salami to take with you to enjoy with a bottle of wine at home.
12 Allowrie Street, Jamberoo
Up for a little scenic country side drive with your dog? Don’t miss Jamberoo and it’s well known locals’ and visitors’ pit stop, The Jamberoo Pub! Dogs are welcome at the partly covered beer garden or at the fully covered front of the pub, so no need to worry about the occasional drop or two (from the sky or tap!).
30 Staples Street, Shoalhaven Heads
Bangalay Dining offers both formal dining and a DOG FRIENDLY alfresco area, where you can enjoy a cocktail by the bar looking out over the pool and golf course whilst enjoying the ocean breeze as you sit back, relax and connect with each other over a delectable meal.
Dog Friendly Wineries
Wine growing in the region has flourished during the last 20 years or so to become one of the most essential wine areas in the NSW together with Hunter Valley and Mudgee. Luckily several cellar doors are also open for the four legged visitors.
Mountain Ridge Wines
11 Coolangatta Road, Coolangatta
Located only a few minutes drive from Berry towards Shoalhaven Heads, dog friendly Mountain Ridge Winery is a great option to stop for wine tasting or some lunch before (or after) hitting the beach. Stunning views of the rolling hills and paddocks forces you to drop any city life thoughts. Dog friendly beach at River Road Reserve in Shoalhaven Heads is only a few minutes away.
B640 Princes Highway, Jaspers Brush
Take in the fresh country side air and simply chillax. Silos Estate invites pets of ALL kinds to join their human parents for wine tasting in the beautiful premises in Jaspers Brush. They have had dogs, cats, horses and even a python visiting them in the past.
520 Illaroo Road, West Cambewarra
Dog friendly cellar door, outdoor dining, scenic views and world class wines. Combination all wine aficionados travelling with their dogs should be interested in.
Lyrebird Ridge Winery
270 Bugong Road, Budgong
Lyrebird Ridge is a small organic dog friendly winery situated on 40 acres of bushland only 20 minutes from Kangaroo Valley , 25 minutes to Berry and 15 minutes from Nowra. There are 2 acres under vine and 5 dams providing swimming and fishing during the warmer months. There is a natural gully on one side and the vineyard on the other makes a lovely tranquil spot to relax and read a good book. You can wander around the property and the vineyard, feed the chickens, collect the eggs, throw in a yabbie pot in the warmer months and see what you catch.
On the banks of beautiful Shoalhaven River, Nowra is a delightful town with full of great coffee shops, dog friendly hikes and close to gorgeous dog friendly beaches. Rich soils support farmlands and vineyards, and the river estuary is part of Australia’s Oyster Coast. For breathtaking panoramas stroll along dog friendly Bens Walk and stop at Hanging Rock (feature image above).
Drive less than an hour further south and you will arrive to the beautiful beaches of Jervis Bay. There are several stunning dog friendly beaches and coffee shops in the charming seaside towns such as Huskisson and Culburra for you to enjoy one of the most pristine waters in the NSW coast.
Dog Friendly Accommodation
Burra Burra Retreat
Guests 2 | Bedrooms 1 | Bathrooms 1
Private, architect-designed, absolute beachfront dog friendly hideaway nestled in a mature native garden by the sea. Guests at Burra Beach Retreat for Two have garden and beach views from every room. The house is peaceful, secluded, relaxing and perfect for two people who are welcome to bring their fur-friend for long strolls along the dog-friendly beach in front of the house.
Escape to Jervis Bay
Guests 10 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 2
A wonderfully presented dog friendly house only a short drive from the off leash Huskisson Beach. Perfect for the family holiday or weekend getaway for 1 or 2 families.
Perfectly located close to shops and restaurants of Huskisson and Vincentia and a short drive to beautiful Hyams Beach and Booderee National Park.
Palm Beach Caravan Park
Palm Beach Caravan Park is situated in a quiet residential semi bushland setting. It is close to Jervis Bay Marine Park, Booderee National Park and a short walk to St Georges Basin. Small dogs are welcome to join the happy campers.
Gradys Riverside Retreat
674 Burrier Road, Burrier
For the more exploring adventurers, head 40-50 minutes west from Nowra to Gradys Riverside Retreat. This dog friendly camping site offers a delightful scenery and camping right on the river. There is no town in Burrier so bring your essentials from Nowra.
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Dog Friendly Hikes
Along the Shoalhaven river banks you can find several dog friendly hikes and walks of different lengths and difficulty levels. We definitely recommend you to try Bens Walk and The Grotto as a unique outing opportunity for you and your dog but there are many others as well. Find other dog friendly hikes on Pupsy!
27 West Street, Nowra
Approximately 5.5km in length (you can also walk just parts of it), Bens Walk is one of the most popular walks in the area. It provides access to the famous Hanging Rock Lookout that simply takes your breath away!
Koloona Drive, Bangalee
If you are looking for an easy grade walking tracks in the native bushland, Bangalee Reserve is a great choice. It also has picnic tables for you and your furry friend to sit and relax and have a bite to eat.
Yurunga Drive, North Nowra
Start the walk from the top of the cliff and make your way down to the riverbanks. Listen to the birds and stop around the picnic area before climbing back up to your starting point. Time just disappears and you won’t believe how close to town you actually are.
Dog Friendly Beaches in Jervis Bay
A natural wonderland, Jervis Bay on the NSW South Coast is a perfect seaside escape. From the crystal blue waters and resident dolphins to splendid beaches and fun water sports, this coastal paradise in the Shoalhaven region will delight you and your dog with many memorable experiences.
Long stretch of open white sand and clear waters. Culburra Beach is a relaxed small seaside town north of Jervis Bay. On your return from the beach, stop by at the dog friendly cafe The Little Snapper for a quick refreshment before hitting the road again.
In the remote seaside town of Currarong you will find one of the most amazing walks in the South Coast with your dog called Abrahams Bossom. But head first to the dog friendly Currarong Beach for a splash. Wreck Walk is 3km long and takes you to Abrahams Bosom through the famous Gosangs Tunnels.
Dogs are allowed off leash (restricted times) south from the Caravan Park close to the town centre of Huskisson. Crystal clear waters and white sandy beach is a perfect place to have fun with your dog and meet other dog owners.
Dog Friendly Cafes & Bars
There are probably thousands of cafes in the area and many of them allow dogs to join you for a coffee at the outside tables. We have picked the following cafes based on the level of dog friendliness (e.g. outside areas are under cover, water is provided, staff is dog friendly) and their location.
The Hopper Society
92 Kinghorne Street, Nowra
Babies and pooches are all welcome to The Hopper Society and very often this in deed is the scene. Dogs are not only tolerated but welcomed by the staff and you really don’t feel like an intruder bringing your pup here.
The Deli on Kinghorne
84 Kinghorne Street, Nowra
As a dog cafe central, Kinghorne Street has another dog friendly cafe right next door to the neighbouring The Hopper Society. The Deli on Kinghorne welcomes dogs in their outdoor area. Check out their facebook site for heaps of photos of the local loyal four legged visitors. Oh and don’t miss the doggy treats on the menu!
The Lookout Cafe
Cambewarra Lookout Road, Beaumont
A little bit out of the way but so worth the drive! Views over Nowra and the entire Jervis Bay are breathtakingly unique. There is no other spot with similar scenery. And that’s not it. Dogs are welcome on the viewing deck and remember to ask their irresistable puppycinos!
The Quarters Huskisson
13 Currambene Street, Huskisson
The Quarters is a great place to visit for lunch, drink or dinner with your dog. Located in a 100 year old coastal cottage just off the main strip it offers a great relaxing experience. Dogs are welcome on the covered and heated front deck.
We also highly recommend you to view the entire dog friendly cafe directory on Pupsy for more places to visit such as The Pelican Waterfront Cafe in St Georges Basin and Pelican Rocks Cafe in Greenwell Point.
Dog Friendly Markets
Shop fresh produce from the locals or discover your favourite arts and crafts. Jervis Bay truly offers something for everyone and you are more than welcome to bring your dog along (on the lead for obvious reasons).
336 Huskisson Road, Huskisson
The Huskisson Market is a monthly market with something for everyone, right in the heart of the seaside town. You’ll find live plants, unique arts and crafts, fresh produce, bric-a-brac and much more.
Jervis Bay Maritime Museum Market
11 Dent Street, Huskisson
Lazy Saturday afternoon, cold drink, relaxed setting with local stalls and live music. Maybe you have just finished an amazing dog friendly Mangrove Boardwalk, which starts from the Maritime Museum. Market not to be missed when you are in the area.
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