Top Places for a Doggy Date This Weekend

Last Updated 27 MAY 2019

The weekend is perfect opportunity to spend a little extra time with your beloved fur-child. Whether it's a leisurely stroll, a trip to the beach or brunch at your new favourite cafe there are sure to be plenty of options to choose from. Check out the guide below for some ideas for Doggy Dates near you!


Get out for some fresh air in the Centennial Parklands this weekend with your canine companion. There arer 154 hectares of off-leash open space to explore, and plenty more on-leash walking opportunities. Bring along a picnic lunch for you and your pooch (just be sure to avoid packing them any dangerous human foods).

If you want to treat your pooch to a puppachino or maybe an artisan doggie treat, there are plenty of dog-friendly cafés to choose from. Our favourites include Cuckoo Callay in Surry Hills and Newtown, Naked Brew in Erskineville, Barzura at Coogee Beach, and the highly picturesque The Boathouse at Shelly Beach.


Head out to Yarralumla for a leisurely walk around the leafy surrounds of Lake Burley Griffin and The Royal Canberra Golf Club. There is a large dog park along the route for your pooch to burn off any extra energy and you can grab a coffee or bite to eat at the nearby Yarralumla shops (for more information check out Canberra Dog Walks). Our favourite dog-friendly cafes include Two Before Ten in Aranda, Little Bird in Barton, and Fox and Bow in Woden.

Brisbane & Gold Coast

It's time to hit the beach! If you want to make a day of it, take a drive down the Pacific Highway to Palm Beach. This area is great for beach lovers canine and human alike. There is off leash access for dogs to both the surf beach and Currumbin Creek, so whether your dog likes to play in the surf or just paddle about he'll be happy.

If you prefer to keep it local, the closest beach for most Brisbanites is Nudgee Beach. There is an off leash area here with an obstacle course and water access. At low tide you can take your dog for a walk along the sand flats, but be sure to keep him on a lead here to avoid disturbing the local birds and wildlife.

Our favourite dog-friendly cafes in Brisbane include dog park adjacent Ironbark Cafe in Victoria Point, The Burrow in West End, Sassafrass of Paddington or Foxy Bean in Woolloongabba. If you're after a more adult refreshment, Suburban Social in Chapel Hill and Ballistic Beer Co. in Salisbury should both hit the spot


If your dog has energy to burn, the Aranga Reserve Dog Activity Centre is for you. It not only has a general activity park but also a separate training area and static dog agility equipment. Aranga Reserve also has a children's playground making it a great destination for a family day out.

For dogs that like to swim, head out to Brighton beach. In this off leash area your pooch can run along the sand and splash in the water to his heart's content. The beach is quite popular so there will be plenty of other dogs for him to play with.

Our favourite dog-friendly cafes in Melbourne include Priscilla Jones and Dundas & Faussett in Albert Park, The Flying Duck Hotel in Prahran, Palace Hotel in South Melbourne and Fitzrovia and Hunter's Kitchen in St Kilda.


For an enjoyable off leash stroll, take a drive out to Blackwood Forest Recreation Park. You can explore the enchanting pine forest as well as historical remnants from the Blackwood Experimental Orchard and nearby Blackwood Cold Stores.

Adelaide also boasts plenty of dog friendly cafes where you can enjoy a bite to eat or a coffee in the company of your canine companion. Our favourite dog-friendly cafes around Adelaide include The Esplanade Hotel, Beck's Bakehouse in Port Noarlunga and Whipped Bake Bar Cafe in Semaphore. If you're looking for a special treat for the canine companion in your life, you've absolutely got to check out The Woofery Dog Bakery in Melrose Park.


Riverside Gardens at Bayswater has plenty of space for your pooch to run free, and if he fancies a dip, there is also off leash access to the river. The barbeque facilities and playground here also make this a good spot for the whole family to enjoy. Other great dog friendly spots in and around Perth include Jorgensen park in Kalamunda, Peasholm Beach in Scarborough and Gwelup Lake.

Our favourite dog-friendly cafes around Perth include Furbaby Boutique & Cafe in Westminster, Burns Beach Cafe in Iluka, Toast in East Perth, and Little Stove Cafe in Bicton.


Top End dogs don't have to miss out on a doggy date! Our top pick is the Casuarina Coastal Reserve which features plenty of walking and cycling trails along with a dog friendly stretch of beach. Be sure to follow all signage as some parts of the reserve are off limits to dogs and others require them to be on a lead. By all means take in the glory of the unspoilt coastline but be wary of allowing your dog to enter the water, particularly during the wet season when crocodiles are most likely to be active.

Following a leisurely beach walk, De La Plage is a favourite spot for many Darwin locals. Soak up the sea breeze and catch some much needed shade with your pooch under the casuarina trees at this unique outdoor cafe.


Hobart has plenty of spectacular hikes and trail walks - a great resource for finding the right track for you and your dog is Greater Hobart Trails, which will see you and your dog wandering past waterfalls, fern-filled glades and plenty of sandy foreshores. If you choose to wander Battery Point with your dog, you can head to Jackman & Ross bakery and enjoy something sweet or something savoury. Coterie & Co is considered a best-kept city secret, while Mures Lower Deck offers dockside views and fresh-caught seafood.