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Top Dog-Friendly Cities in Australia

pretty young woman spending some time with her pug pet dog at the park in melbourne

Find out all the fun places where you can take your dog in Australia

Love dogs? This one's for you!

Based on the latest national Pet Positives Score, Melbourne has been named the most pet-friendly city in Australia. The news came about after Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford joined high profile veterinarian and TV personality Dr. Chris Brown in launching the Keep Australia Pet Friendly campaign. 

Melbourne ranked first, Gold Coast was second and Canberra came in third, with Perth, Regional WA, Newcastle, Wollongong, Hobart, Adelaide and Regional VIC rounding up the top 10. Brisbane and Sydney also made the list.

If you are a dog lover, we hope you find this article useful. Here we listed down some of the best and fun places around OZ which will give your  furry four-legged friend some love.

pretty woman with her two pets in melbourne


Are you looking for great and exciting ways with your dog? Why not book your way to Barxercise and get physical with your dog for an outdoor group fitness classes? Barxercise has locations all over Australia including: Chermside, QLD; Boronia Heights,  QLD; Woonona/Illawarra, NSW; Unandera/Illawarra NSW; Dapto/Illawarra NSW; Narre Warren South, Melbourne VIC; Frankston/Melbourne, VIC, and Rosebud VIC.

In Melbourne, there are numerous dog friendly bars and restaurants, but the most amazing and breathtaking spot has to be the Rooftop Bar at Curtin House. Open every day from 11am to 1 am, enjoy a grand view of the city. Dogs are welcome during the day, as long as they are kept on the leash. Enjoy a coffee and sweet treat with your dog at Dog House, known as Melbourne's first cafe for dogs. Drive your rental car at 195 Johnston St, Collingwood and enjoy some sweets. Another good place to chill with your puppy is by visiting The Fox. The Place Hotel in South Melbourne, as well as the Great Northern Hotel can be a second home for your family and beloved dog.

Gold Coast

Gold Coast consists of some excellent dog friendly cafes, so if you are looking to take your puppy out for a treat, then this is it. The fantastic Parc-Bah Espresso in Southport is a must visit as it offers a menu designed primarily for dogs. Although you will enjoy their sweet treats such as peanut butter, walnut cake, and yoghurt, it's actually the top-selling dishes for dogs. 

Other cafes also worth-visiting in Gold Coast are All-Time Coffee in Mermaid Beach, Le Vintage Boutique Cafe in Worongary, Burleigh Social in North Burleigh, Alfred's in Mermaid Beach, Hidden Perk in Burleigh Heads, Paleo Cafe in Burleigh Heads, Cafe Nineteen in Sanctuary Cove, Crema in Harbour Town and  Elephant Rock Cafe in Currumbin.

Girl with dog on the beach by the sea in australia


Another great Aussie city for dog owners is Brisbane. With more than 120 excellent off-leash parks and dog friendly beaches for your dog to enjoy,  it actually shines when it comes to walkies. Most notable best dog parks in Brisbane include: Kroll Gardens, Colmslie Recreation Reserve, Downfall Creek, Schuster Park, Green Hill Reservoir, Kedron Brook Floodway, Sunset Park, Buddina Offleash Dog Park, Aquatic Paradise and GJ Walter.

If you are looking to find the Brisbane cafes to bring your dog to, make your way to any of these popular cafes: Brown Dog Cafe in Woolloongabba, Sassafrass in Paddington, Nana and Da's in Kedron, Todd & Pup in Moorooka, Alcove Café and Deli in Wilston, Saabi on Manson in Hendra, Bunker in Milton and Carte Blanche Espresso in Camp Hill. At the Yatala Drive-in, dogs on leaches can also have a fabulous night with the family.


Searching for an excellent cafe in Perth where your furry friend is welcome? Here are some of the most popular cafes worth checking:  Burns Beach Cafe, Dome Currambine, White Salt Sorrento, White Salt Sorrento, Cup and Co Innaloo, Blue Lotus Cafe Waldecks Stirling, Kaffeine Cafe & Pizzeria Gwelup, Lawley's Bakery and Cafe North Beach, The Kiosk Floreat and Steam Haus Cafe Maylands.

Perth also offer numerous great annual events designed with pups in mind. The Dog's Day Out in Rushton Park is always popular and includes plenty of fun activities like a doggy fancy dress contest, stalls selling great merchandise and demos from dog training groups and grooming services. Another popular event is The Dog's Breakfast in Wannerroo. It provides a  good deal of entertainment, as well as free vet check-ups.

hairdresser grooming dog in salon in adelaide


Dog lovers in Adelaide have plenty of  vibrant dog friendly cafes to select from, and the top of the list has to be Cafe de Bones. Cited as the first truly dog friendly cafe in Adelaide, make sure to treat yourself and treat your dog at Cafe Bones. Located in the Fullarton Road car park at Victoria Park Racecourse, this cafe is the perfect place for relaxation, to enjoy a coffee, as well as to exercise your dogs.

Another cafe worth a visit is The Appleseed Cafe, which is near the excellent pet boutique Toto & Bagpuss. Located at 24 Albyn Terrace in Strathalbyn, Toto & Bagpuss aims to provide their customers and their pets a full range of unique and exquisite products from fine collars and leashes to spa and grooming products to luxury bedding, as well as gourmet goodies and natural treats.

Other pet-friendly cafes include:  Thyme Cafe on Victoria Square in Adelaide, Whipped Bake Bar Cafe, Zootz Kitchen Bar, Sheoak Cafe, The Store and Lakeside Cafe.


dog licking the face of her pretty owner

Another city full of dog lovers and coffee lovers is Sydney, so it's no wonder that plenty of cafes don't mind if you bring your pooch along. Here are some of the favourite dog-friendly cafes in Sydney: The Grounds of Alexandria, Zeus Street Greek in Rosebery, The Norfolk in Redfern, The Oxford Tavern in Petersham, Stain Cafe in Hunters Hill, The Beresford in Surry Hills, The London in Paddington, Manly Wine in Manly and The Hughenden Boutique Hotel in Woollahra.

Sydney is also the home of some of the best pet salons, and one of the best has to be the Puppuccino Pet Spa, which can be found on Spit Road in Mosman. A finalist in the Australian Small Business Champion Awards for “Pet Services" this year, dog and pet owners will enjoy their sophisticated and impressive products, as well as their professional and excellent dog grooming, daycare and nutrition services.

Pet Policy 

In the event that you are travelling with your pet and looking for a car rental company that allows pets, don't fret because we can help you. Note that majority of the car rental companies allow pets to ride in vehicles, however, there are some restrictions. Keep in mind that when you book a hire car with one of these pet friendly car hire companies, make sure to stick to their pet policies. Normally, the suppliers do not specifically say no - but if there is not "normal" amount of dirt when the car is returned, say for instance, dog/pet hair, you would be charged for additional professional cleaning costs. Pet owners can also incur an additional fee for any damaged caused by animals.

If you know of any other dog friendly cafes and restaurants in Australia, feel free to leave a comment and we will update this list.