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The Ultimate Guide to Dog Friendly Southern Highlands

We know how much planning it takes to travel with your dog. Finding dog friendly accommodation alone can be a daunting task not to mention discovering the best dog walks or dog parks at your destination? Your dog might also get car sickness, in which case we highly recommend you to read the article on “What you should know about long car trips with your dog” from our friends at Sydney’s Southern Cross Vets before starting your journey.

Travelling to Southern Highlands with your dog has plenty to offer. We have listed the best dog friendly accommodation, walks, pubs and cafés to make your next visit to this beautiful NSW countryside with your dog a truly memorable experience!

Check out also our other popular travel guides with your dog

   

Where to stay in the Southern Highlands?

But let’s start with your visit to the Southern Highlands! We have sourced you the most amazing dog friendly accommodation options in the area. Whether you are after a couples retreat or travelling with a bigger band, there is always plenty on offer. The full list of all dog friendly accommodations can be found here!

Church Conversion on Pupsy

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This air conditioned 2 bedroom holiday home comes with the garden and free WiFi. Stylishly decorated, featuring a modern spacious bathroom and cozy bedrooms, this dog friendly home is close to the popular Carrington Falls and only a few minutes walk away from the Robertson Cheese Factory.
Click below for more info, the exact location and to make bookings!

 

 

Green Acres on Pupsy

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Green Acres is set amongst farmlands at the heart of Kangaroo Valley. Enjoy stunning views whilst relaxing by the pool or having a glass of your favourite wine with a good book by the fireplace.
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Kooyong on Pupsy

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Relax at the garden and take in the fresh mountain air. Stylishly decorated fully equipped luxury holiday estate includes 4 bedrooms, which means there is room for a bigger family or friends!
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Lark Cottage on Pupsy

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Located in the beautiful village of Burrawang and only a short walk to the award winning Burrawang Village Hotel, Lark cottage offers a relaxing and romantic retreat, allowing you to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The cottage is open plan and is perfect for both couples and family groups looking for a country escape.
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Taliesin on Pupsy

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Set in one of the exclusive areas of Kangaroo Valley, this family home offers a perfect hideaway for either a group of friends or the extended family. It will be very hard not to forget your daily agenda while sitting at the deck and gazing towards the rolling hills on the horizon. On colder nights, why not set a comfy family dinner by the fireplace.
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Treehouse on Pupsy

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The Treehouse is a place where you can hear the sounds of the water and the wildlife and be completely cocooned and immersed in nature. It is a place that allows you unplug the time and reconnect with yourself, your loved ones as well as mother nature with the freedom to do as much or as little as you like.
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Vicarage View on Pupsy

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Vicarage View Cottage boasts a year-round outdoor pool and mountain views. If you are passing by or for any other reason after a single night experience of beautiful the Kangaroo Valley, Vicarage View Cottage is definitely worth checking out.
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What to do?

Southern Highlands provide great hiking and walking tracks. You can climb up the hills, hike in the bush or enjoy the equally calming walking tracks close to the villages. We have handpicked the best walks and hikes to do with your dog!

Bong Bong Track on Pupsy

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The Bong Bong track is a popular walking track outside Bowral. Stunning scenery along the rolling hills and fields of Southern Highland makes you forget your daily routines and just take in the calmness of the nature!
Click below for more info, reviews, map & directions

 

 

Cherry Tree Walk on Pupsy

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Part of The Best of Bowral walking tracks, Cherry Tree walk is a beautiful and popular track among the blossoming 526 cherry trees. Start the walk from the RAW & WILD dog friendly café or walk all the way to the dog friendly Scottish Arms for a drink.
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Mt Gibraltar Track on Pupsy

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Hike with your dog up the hill to one of the best viewing spots around Southern Highlands. Dogs must be on the lead at all times but they will still be able to enjoy this countryside hike up to the Mount Gibraltar!
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Gibbergunyah Walk on Pupsy

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Gibbergunyah (meaning a “shallow cave used as a shelter”) is a reserve for public recreation and for the preservation of native flora and fauna. Kangaroos, wombats and echidnas are often been seenso keep your dog on the lead at all times. The track is quite steep ascending from Howard’s Lane, Welby but the easier approach is from Boronia Street in Bowral.
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Box Vale Track on Pupsy

(Photo: Destination Southern Highlands)

The Box Vale walking track takes you through a historic path out the back of Mittagong in the southern highlands. The bushwalk takes you through the track that was formed as a part of the coal mining in the area from the late 1800’s. Some of the key highlights of the hike are the cuttings, walking between the rock faces along either side of you.
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Berrima River Walk on Pupsy

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This beautiful dog friendly walk follows the Wingecarribee River. Discover what the German merchant seamen built along river while interned in Berrima for four years during during WW1. Finish the walk at Surveyor General Inn, one of the most dog friendly pubs in the Southern Highlands.
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Food & Drinks?

A Weekend away at the Southern Highlands wouldn’t be the same without a relaxing afternoon drink or meal in one of the many great cafes and pubs. But not all of them welcome your pup to join you. No worries, we have sourced you the best and most comprehensive selection of dog friendly cafes and pubs were you and your furry travel companion will always feel welcome! All below in alphabetical order.

Artemis Wines on Pupsy

(Photo: Artemis Wines)

If you are interested to mix it up a bit, how about visiting a local winery with your pup! Southern Highland wineries might not be known to be as dog friendly as the ones in the Hunter Valley but Artemis Wines is worth a visit. At Artemis Wines you and your dog can enjoy a glass of wine at the deck fully covered from the rain /sun!
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Burrawang Village Hotel on Pupsy

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This dog friendly pub is located in the quaint village of Burrawang, among the picturesque rolling green hills of the Southern Highlands. It is famous for its beautiful gardens, spectacular views and tasty food, so make sure you include it in your Southern Highland bucket list!
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Magpie Cafe on Pupsy

(Photo: Magpie Cafe)

Magpies not only welcomes pups, they love them to be around at the front garden. They will get an equal (or maybe a bit more) amount of attention with you. Great place to start the day, followed by a walk at the Berrima River!
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RAW and WILD on Pupsy

(Photo: RAW & WILD)

Gourmet market with a dog friendly café at the back. Delicious bites for you and a doggie menu for the pups. RAW & WILD is a great place to finish your morning walk , perhaps at The Cherry Tree Walking tracks!
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Scottish Arms on Pupsy

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Recently renovated beer garden must be one of the most stunning pieces of architecture you will find in the Southern Highlands. Plenty of shade for the pups and some rare Scottish beers for the two legged guests! Make sure this is one of your pit stops on The Best of Bowral walk!
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Surveyor General Inn on Pupsy

(Photo: Surveyor General Inn)

In our humble opinion, Surveyor General Inn is the most dog friendly pub in the Southern Highlands. Dogs are allowed inside the front bar and if the days are getting a little chilly, they can lay at your feet in front of the fire place, while you are enjoying a beer at this old school English style pub!
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The Friendly Inn on Pupsy

(Photo: The Friendly Inn)

The legendary Friendly Inn has been serving locals and visitors for a looooong time! Doggies are welcome at the beer garden, front terrace and the deck. Must visit for anyone travelling through the Kangaroo Valley town centre!
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The Royal Hotel on Pupsy

(Photo: The Royal Hotel)

Located in the centre of Bowral, The Royal Hotel is popular amongst locals as well as many of the visitors in town. Dogs are welcome at the beer garden on the side of the pub.
Click below for more info, opening hours, reviews, map & directions

 

 

In case of emergency

Rest assured, Southern Highlands has excellent vet services covering everything from upset stomach or rashes to laboratory and surgical services. Although we hope you will not need this list, it is always handy to have the local vet details close to you when travelling.

Pupsy would also like to remind you to make sure your fur babies tick treatment is up to date when venturing out in the Southern Highlands.


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