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According to 10,000 animal lovers, Australia has the most dog-friendly beaches in the world! But what about other pet-friendly places? Turns out, we’re strong in that department too.

TrustedHousesitters.com recently released a list of the ‘Top 100 Pet-Friendly Places Around the World’ and Australia claimed 20 spots, with Brisbane’s South Bank named the country’s number one place to walk a four-legged friend.

Open spaces like North Stradbroke Island and the Big Banana in NSW proved to be some of the most highly-recommended for a dog’s day out, and the survey – which was conducted with more than 10,000 members of TrustedHousesitters.com, who recommended over 54,000 locations – revealed that Australia has more dog-friendly beaches than any other country.

“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,” said TrustedHousesitters.com Managing Director Tim Lyons. “It’s great to see Australia take 20 of the 100 spots, really driving home that the nation is one of pet lovers.”

Australia’s Most Pet-Friendly Places:

  1. South Bank, Brisbane (world #7)
  2. North Stradbroke Island, Moreton Bay, Queensland (world #12)
  3. Hahndorf German Settlement, Adelaide Hills (world #21)
  4. Safety Bay, Perth, Western Australia (world #26)
  5. Big Banana, New South Wales (world #29)
  6. Watiparinga Reserve, Adelaide, South Australia (world #36)
  7. Ballarat Botanical Gardens Reserve, Victoria (world #38)
  8. Gold Coast, Broadwater, Queensland (world #39)
  9. Floreat/Peasholm Dog Beach, Floreat, Western Australia (world #42)
  10. Lights In The Attic café, Hawthorn, Melbourne (world #44)
  11. Lux Foundry, Melbourne (world #48)
  12. Eumundi Markets, Sunshine Coast (world #50)
  13. Kings Park, Perth (world #61)
  14. Belle General Café, East Ballina, New South Wales (world #64)
  15. Drift Café, Margaret River, Western Australia (world #66)
  16. SkyHigh Mount Dandenong, Victoria (world #76)
  17. Burns Beach Café, Perth (world #79)
  18. The Pool Café, Peregian Springs, Queensland (world #81)
  19. Yarralumla Gallery and The Oaks Brasserie, Canberra (world #85)
  20. Mrs. S Café, Maylands, Western Australia (world #94)

But what about some spots a little closer to home?

We’ve compiled our own list of the top ten parks, cafes, beaches and other spots to take your dog around Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Byron Bay:

  1. Sassafras Garden Bar, Paddington – in a Brisbane first, this cute café has its own dog bar, open on weekends to dogs and their owners.
  2. The Spit, Gold Coast – time spent at the Spit is time well spent for dog-owners and dog-lovers alike, thanks to the large number of dogs (and their owners) who like to take a stroll and a dip there throughout the day.
  3. Suffolk Park, Byron Bay – dogs can also run off-leash on Tallows Beach, between the southern boundary of Arakwal National Park and Jarman Street.
  4. Light Years, Byron Bay – the perfect blend of retro styling and Vietnamese cuisine, this restaurant and cocktail bar is also pet-friendly. Win, win, win!
  5. Tuckshop Time, Woolloongabba – this new hole-in-the-wall, canteen-style eatery includes a large, grassy outdoor space that’s perfect for your four-legged friends!
  6. Yatala Drive-In, Yatala – it’s a Gold Coast icon, but did you know that dogs on leashes can also enjoy the family movie night?
  7. Byron Holiday Park, Byron Bay – it’s one thing to grab breakfast or chill on the beach with your pup, but why not camp with them, too? Byron Holiday Park offers pet-friendly accommodation.
  8. Elephant Rock Café, Currumbin – not only does Elephant Rock Café come complete with a stunning view, it’s also pet-friendly!
  9. Tuckeroo Park, Nudgee – a fantastic waterside dog park and an off-leash beach make Tuckeroo Park the perfect destination doggy day out.
  10. Musgrave Park dog park, Southport – this huge, fully-fenced park comes complete with walking paths, agility equipment and benches for you to relax on while your dog runs rampant.
Anastasia White

Anastasia White  

Anastasia (‘Anny’ to her friends and family, thanks to some nickname experimentation in year 4 that unfortunately stuck) is a born-and-bred Brisbanite with a love of coffee and her cat, Olive. Having recently finished a degree in journalism, Anastasia loves being able to learn and write about so many different topics for a variety of audiences.