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The top pet-friendly places in each state of Australia

When you’re holidaying somewhere unfamiliar, it can be hard to know where the pet-friendly zones are. Luckily, a poll of over 10,000 animal lovers from global pet and house-sitting platform TrustedHousesitters has revealed the top dog-friendly locations in each state of Australia.

From cosy cafes for a Sunday brunch to beaches where your pooch can feel the sand between his paws, these locations are sure to keep both you and your dog happy on your next day out.


1. Lights in the Attic

A cafe with modern brunch items offering a menu for both humans and dogs, situated in the suburb of Hawthorn, Melbourne.

2. Ballarat Botanical Garden

A botanic garden offering visitors a lush, serene setting next to Lake Wendouree, Ballarat.

3. Chelsea Beach

An untouched beach in bayside suburb Chelsea, offering scenic views of the Mornington Peninsula.

New South Wales

1. The Big Banana

An amusement park overlooking the Coffs Harbour coastline with fun rides and activities for the entire family.

2. The Belle General Cafe

A modern cafe located in Ballina, near Byron Bay, offering clean food options in a beachside atmosphere.

3. Balmoral Beach

An idyllic beach in Sydney suburb Balmoral, with plenty of cafes and water activities only 15 minutes from the city.

balmoral beach nsw dog-friendly beach nsw

Balmoral Beach © Ethan Rohloff | Destination NSW


1. North Stradbroke Island

An island that lies within Moreton Bay, surrounded by some of the most picturesque beaches in the world.

2. Mt Coot-tha

A mountain outside Brisbane featuring a lookout with scenic city views and bushwalking tracks.

3. Eat Street Markets

A riverfront market and dining precinct in the Brisbane suburb of Hamilton.

dog-friendly beaches and places

Western Australia

1. Safety Bay

An outer suburb in Perth situated on the picturesque coastline, Safety Bay offers sheltered and stunning beaches.

2. Drift Cafe

A modern cafe located in Margaret River, offering delicious brunch food options in a cosy setting.

3. Peasholm Dog Beach

A long stunning beach located in Floreat, Perth, with ample of space for dogs to roam around freely.

South Australia

1. McLaren Vale Vinyard

A peaceful and stylish vineyard in the scenic landscape of South Australia, McLaren offers a tranquil city escape.

2. River Torrens Linear Park

A trail running alongside the Torrens River, through to Adelaide CBD, the walk offers a true oasis from the bustle of the city.

3. Artisan Cafe

A trendy cafe in the heart of Blackwood in Adelaide, serving breakfast and lunch.

Ballarat Botanic Gardens dog-friendly parks Victoria

Ballarat Botanic Gardens © Visit Victoria

Australian Capital Territory

1. Frankies at Forde

A cafe and bar in Canberra serving a wide range of delicious locally sourced meals all day.

2. Australian War Memorial

Based in Canberra, the Australian War Memorial recognises those who served the Australian army forces and holds several functions in a scenic surrounding.

3. George Harcourt Inn

A classic English pub in the suburb of Nicholls in Canberra, offering live music and a wide range of beer in an inviting environment.

Northern Territory

1. Darwin Waterfront

At the footbridge of Smith Street, Darwin waterfront offers a scenic walk with an array of cosy cafes and restaurants with stunning sea views.

2. Lee Point Beach

A pristine beach in northern suburb Lee Point, with stretches of white sand and crystal-clear water.

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This article was produced in partnership with TrustedHousesitters, the world's largest house- and pet-sitting platform connecting animal-loving travellers with holidaying pet owners.

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