Top Dog Summer Locations

Top Dog Summer Locations

A poll of over 10,000 animal lovers from global pet and housesitting platform TrustedHousesitters has revealed the top dog-friendly locations in each state of Australia.

From cosy cafes for a lazy Sunday brunch with your pet pal to pristine beaches where your pooch can around freely, feeling the soft sand in between his paws and the warm summer breeze in his fur, these locations will ensure to keep both you and your dog happy on your next day out.

Find top three pet friendly locations in each state of Australia below:


1. Lights in the Attic
A café with modern brunch items offering a menu for both humans and dogs, situated in suburb Hawthorn, Melbourne.

2. Ballarat Botanical Garden
A botanic garden offering visitors a lush and serene setting, located next to the picturesque Lake Wendouree, in Ballarat.

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


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

2. Belle general Café
A modern café 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 min from the city.


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

2. Mt Cool-tha
A mountain outside Brisbane featuring a lookout with scenic city views and bushwalking tracks.

3. Eat Street Markets
An outdoor, iconic riverfront shipping container, market and eat precinct in Brisbane suburb Hamilton.


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

2. Drift Café
A modern café 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 room around freely.


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


1. Frankies At Forde
A café 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 is a memorial to the members who served the Australian army forces and holds several functions in a scenic surrounding.

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


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 blue water.

Venue Manager at The George Harcourt Inn in Nicholls, ACT, Karina Blackwell said: "Being pet lovers ourselves, we have made it easy for our guests to bring their dog to our venue."

"The George Harcourt Inn is a relaxed family-friendly pub surrounded by several large beer gardens, all of which are pet friendly. Guests can enjoy a cold pint and pub meal in a shady spot and our friendly staff will be happy to bring out a water bowl for your dog."

The list took part of a larger study that assessed 54,000 pet-friendly locations globally with Australia stealing the top spot for the world's most pet-friendly beaches.