16 Of The Best Dog-Friendly Experiences In Australia

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Looking for something fun to do with your furry friend this Spring? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. 

As the weather warms up, you might be thinking about hitting the road and exploring your own backyard. But instead of leaving your pooch at home, we’ve rounded up 16 of the best dog-friendly experiences to add to your radar. 

From wine tasting with your dog to pet-friendly spa treatments and even cafes with a decked-out menu for your dog, you’re going to want to jump in your car and try these all out. 

New South Wales Dog-Friendly Experiences

Pampered Pet Staycation

Want to treat yourself and your pet to some afternoon tea and a pamper session? Book a trip to Sydney or even have a staycation and bring along your furry friends a the Langham Hotel. Indulge in their Pampered Pets Staycation and enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast in bed for you and of course your pet.  

Wine tasting with your four-legged friends

Enjoy wine tasting without having to leave your dog at home at Capercaillie Wines located in Lovedale in The Hunter Valley. 

Established in 1995, Capercaillie Wines uses top-quality grapes from regions across Australia and stop its wine production at 5000 cases a year to give you premium quality wine. They also love when you bring your pets along for the ride. It’s considered one of the region’s most dog-friendly wineries for a reason!  

Victoria Dog-Friendly Experiences

Hit up Dish & Spoon for a dog-friendly brunch 

Dish & Spoon, located in Camberwell is the perfect spot to get some brunch with your friends and bring along your dogs. They even have a doggy door waiting to greet your dog with open arms and bowls scattered throughout the cafe to keep your dog hydrated. 

Enjoy a round of beer at this dog-friendly pub

Head to the Great Northern Northern Hotel for a round of drinks after your Sunday dog walk. Located in Carlton North, they’ll be serving craft beers in their beer garden and they even have a dedicated Instagram account featuring the dogs that stroll into their pub. 

Queensland Dog-Friendly Experiences  

Bring your dog to yoga 

Hot Tropical Yoga in Coolangatta is the perfect place to take your dog along to your next yoga class or DOGA as they like to call it.  Suitable for dogs of all shapes and sizes, you’ll be enjoying a doggy walk by the beach alongside some meditation, tricks and stretching. Plus, they also offer online DOGA classes. 

Visit Flinders Beach for your next camping adventure 

Ever wanted to camp by a picturesque beach with crystal blue waters? Flinders Beach in Stradbroke Island is your go-to spot for your next camping adventure and your dog can definitely tag along. There are a bunch of activities to choose from including guided tours that take you to sacred Aboriginal sites along the island. 

South Australia  Dog-Friendly Experiences 

Visit Kangaroo Island for a heap of dog-friendly activities 

Visit Kangaroo Island, Australia’s third largest Island and bring your four-legged friends along for the ride with you. The eastern side of the island has a stack of activities and places to explore with your dog including walks along the beach, dog-friendly cafes and wineries for lunch and a tipple. 

Paddleboard with your dog

Looking to try paddleboarding? Head to Brighton Seacliff Sailing Club in Adelaide for paddle boarding classes at South Australia’s leading stand-up paddle boarding site, Stand Up Paddle SA. Soak up some rays on a summer’s day with paddle boarding lessons, tours and yoga. 

Western Australia Dog-Friendly Experiences

Treat your dog to a dog-friendly brunch 

Looking for your next brunch spot? Head to Union Kitchen in Mindarie for breakfast, lunch or even dinner – they do it all. They even have a stacked-out dog menu, serving up Puppicino’s, K9 Kookies, Pupcakes and Pupsicles so while you’re enjoying your food, your dog isn’t missing out. 

Pamper yourself and your pet at a dog-friendly spa retreat

Yallingup Lodge Spa Retreat is the perfect spot for your next spa retreat located in the gorgeous Yallingup area within the Margaret River Wine Region. It’s home to wineries, breweries, and a bunch of fun adventure activities for thrill seekers and places to indulge in gourmet food. 

The best part is you can bring your pets along with you and stay in their Pet Suite, with a private garden and treat your pooch to doggy spa services and treats.  

Northern Territory  Dog-Friendly Experiences

Wander through the luscious botanical gardens

Just two kilometres north of Darwin city, you’ll find The George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, home to 42 hectares of north Australian and other tropical species from heliconias, and tropical orchids to an African-Madagscan garden. After wandering through the gardens, treat yourself to some high tea at Eva’s Botanic Garden’s Cafe and snap a couple of pics of your dogs to win Pup of the Month on Instagram. 

Head to the off-leash beach cafe and park

Cafe De La Page in Casuarina Coastal Reserve serves up a delicious menu sourced from local farmers with beanbags and hammocks to sit back and enjoy the scenery with your pup by your side. On the first Sunday of every month, they even have street food from different cultures around the world. 

Tasmania Dog-Friendly Experiences

Visit Australia’s oldest brewery 

The Cascade Brewery, established in 1824 is home to Australia’s oldest brewery, located in South Hobart beneath Mt. Wellington. The Cascade Brewery produces a range of beers and ciders and even serves up a crafted menu that matches their beers and ciders. Bring along your dogs and enjoy your meal and drinks from their heritage beer garden. 

Stay at an award-winning property on a heritage Milmkan’s Cottage

If you’re heading to Tasmania, you might want to check out this dog-friendly cottage in the heart of Hobart’s CBD. Milkman’s Cottage is architecturally designed and renovated on a heritage Milkman’s Cottage and even won a prize at the Tasmanian Architecture Awards in 2017. It has a sunny courtyard and a mini herb garden for you and your pet to catch some rays. 

ACT Dog-Friendly Experiences

Have a picnic and a swim at Uriarra Crossing

Less than half an hour west of Canberra’s CBD, you’ll find Uriarra Crossing on the Murrumbidgee River. On a summer’s day, enjoy a picnic, BBQ and a swim with your mates and bring along your dogs. Most of the area is off-leash, so your dog can run around and enjoy the natural scenery. 

Visit The Cupping Room for lunch

In the heart of Canberra City, you’ll find The Cupping Room, a cafe project of Ona Coffee aiming to educate and involve coffee drinkers who have a fine appreciation for the art of coffee making. Bring your dogs along and you might even get featured on their Instagram, @puppersofcuppers. They even host an annual Dog’s Day Out event where your dog gets a free treat and you get a free coffee. 

And that’s a wrap! Exploring your backyard with your four-legged friends by your side has never been this easy. Try some yoga and stand-up paddle boarding or hit up a local dog-friendly pub or cafe with your dog. You might even get your dog featured on one of their Instagrams. 

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