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Top 20 Pet-Friendly Spots around Australia

Take your dog to the pet friendliest hot spots in Australia this summer ... 

10,000 animal lovers nominated their favourite pet-friendly location in each state of Australia. TrustedHousesitters, the world’s largest house and pet sitting company compiled the data over two years and here are the results!

Beaches in Queensland and Western Australia all top the recommendations; Melbourne has the most dog-friendly caf
és and South Bank in Brisbane is the number one place to walk a four-legged friend in Australia, according to a list of the 100 most pet-friendly places in the world*, recommended by more than ten thousand members of TrustedHousesitters

In the global poll, 20 Aussie places made the list of the top 100 pet friendly places, from over 54,000 locations that were recommended worldwide. When it comes to keeping our four-legged friends fit and healthy, Australia leads the way having more dog-friendly beaches than any other country. 

Open spaces like Mount Tambourine in Queensland and Chelsea Beach in Victoria, proved to be some of the most highly recommended for a dog’s day out. 

Other pet-friendly places ranged from cafés, river walks, wine regions, cinemas and historical towns across all states of Australia. 

“We’ve collated these recommendations over the past two years and a handful of countries, including the UK, USA and Australia are leading the way with pet-friendly cafes and attractions. It’s great to see Australia take 20 of the 100 spots, really driving home that the nation is one of pet lovers,” said TrustedHousesitters Managing Director Tim Lyons.

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 house and pet sitting site created its top 100 list after animal lovers in 130 countries shared their favourite pet-friendly destinations. The list was initially released to celebrate the launch of the TrustedHousesitters app, that last week extended to Android phones, making it even easier to connect with caring, verified house and pet sitters who are willing to take care of pets for free, helping more owners to travel more often with greater peace of mind.

Available on Google Play and App Store, the TrustedHousesitters app is free to download and enables owners and sitters to connect and stay in touch, making the most of local points of interest and places to walk pets – no matter where they are in the world.

Top 3 Pet-Friendly Places in each State of Australia 

1. National Arboretum (arboretum), Molonglo Valley, Canberra 

Dogs on leads are permitted in the Arboretum during normal opening hours. Dogs - other than assistance animals - are not allowed in buildings or the Pod Playground.
2. George Harcourt Inn (pub), Nicholls, Canberra 
3. Australian War Memorial (Museum), Campbell, Canberra 


1. Spit to Manly (walk), Manly, Sydney 
Please note that the official path passes through Dobroyd Head where dogs are prohibited. However if you choose the alternative, dog-friendly route (after Clontarf Beach, head towards Tania Park and then rejoin the normal walk from North Harbour Reserve), you may find even better views.
2. Bicentennial Park (park), Sydney 
3. Balmoral Beach (beach), Mosman, Sydney 


1. Darwin Waterfront (waterfront), Darwin 
2. Lee Point Beach (beach), Darwin 

South Bank in Brisbane was voted the most pet-friendly place in Australia to walk your dog.

1. Eat Street Markets (outdoor market), Hamilton, Brisbane 
2. Mount Tambourine (walk), Tambourine Mountain 
3. Mount Coot-tha (walk), Brisbane 

Fletcher the Pom enjoying his brunch at Lux Foundry
(Photo Credit: @teemo_fletcher)

1. Deep Blue (café), Moana, Adelaide 
2. McLaren Vale (vineyard), McLaren Vale 
3. River Torrens Linear (park), Adelaide 


1. Chelsea Beach (beach), Chelsea
2. Lux Foundry (café), Brunswick, Melbourne
3. Beechworth (historical town), Beechworth


1. Bells Rapids (walk), Midland, Perth
2. Swan Valley (wine region), Perth
3. Kings Park (botanic garden), Kings Park, Perth

The study into the 100 most pet-friendly places in the world was conducted by across members in 130 countries. 54,000 pet-friendly places were recommended by tens of thousands of animal lovers. The top 100 list features the most frequently recommended places in order of popularity. 


TrustedHousesitters is based in Brighton, England and it is now the world’s largest house sitting platform, facilitating more than two million nights of house and pet sitting globally, and saving its members more than half a billion dollars in accommodation and pet care costs since its inception. Its community, which is nearly half a million strong, is spread across more than 130 countries.

For a small annual membership fee, members can find caring and verified house sitters or unlimited house sits all over the world. Because no money changes hands between owners and sitters the business has one of the strongest and most trusted reputations in travel. The site has more five-star reviews than any other travel or pet company on TrustPilot. 

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MEDIA RELEASE, 17th January 2019

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