Dog-Friendly Adelaide: Visiting Adelaide with a Dog

While Adelaide may be one of the smaller cities in Australia, there’s still no shortage of dog-friendly options available in the South Australia capital. If you’re visiting Adelaide with your dog, here’s my top recommendations for dog-friendly things to do, plus where to dine with your dog and pet-friendly accommodation in Adelaide.

Dog-Friendly Adelaide

Dog-Friendly Sightseeing in Adelaide

If you’re visiting Adelaide with your dog, I recommend checking out some of these great dog-friendly places in Adelaide to enjoy a fun time together.

1. Head to Glenelg or Henley Beach

Adelaide has plenty of great beaches lining the western edge of the city. Glenelg is one of the most popular, thanks to its tramline (although dogs are not allowed on board). I also enjoyed the quieter surrounds of Henley, further north.

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Schnitzel checking out Glenelg Beach

Both of these beaches have lovely white sand, lots of dog-friendly outdoor dining, and beautiful sunsets over the water. They’re a great destination during the day or evening.

Even better, the rules for dogs on beaches in Adelaide are quite relaxed, making the beaches in Adelaide some of the most dog-friendly beaches in an Australian city. There’s plenty of dog beaches in Adelaide!

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The rules for dogs posted at Henley Beach

For most beaches in Adelaide, the main rule is dogs need to be on a leash between 10am and 8pm while daylight saving is in operation (roughly October to early April). This applies both in the City of Charles Sturt (in between Semaphore Park and West Beach) and City of Holdfast Bay (from Glenelg south to Seacliff).

During these hours in summertime, dogs are still allowed on beaches, but they need to be on a leash. Outside of these hours and during winter they are allowed off-leash, except around playgrounds. Also make sure to clean up after your dog any time of year.

Dog bench at Glenelg Beach
A cute dog bench at Glenelg! Not sure what Schnitzel thought…

2. Visit the Pigs in Rundle Mall

In the centre of Adelaide is Rundle Mall, the main shopping strip in the city. The most famous sculpture in the mall is “Mall’s Balls”, but my favourite was the innocuously titled “A Day Out’, a few blocks to the west.

Pig statue in Rundle Mall
A Day Out… with a dog

A group of life-size bronze pigs, including one scrambling up onto a bin, they’re a fun group of sculptures to check out and take some photos along with your pups. Just make sure you keep your dog on a lead though and stay out of the shops – it’s window shopping only for pups in this dog-friendly mall.

3. Walk along the River Torrens

On the northern side of the CBD, in between Rundle Mall and the Adelaide Oval, lies the River Torrens, or Karrawirra Parri to use its Aboriginal name. It’s a great spot to head for a walk with your pup, checking out the famous Oval from the outside.

River Torrens Adelaide
The River Torrens runs through the heart of Adelaide
Park next to River Torrens with Dog
Go for a walk with your pup past the Adelaide Oval

There’s plenty of open grass parks to stroll through with your dog, part of Adelaide Parklands. Just make sure they’re kept on a leash, especially near roads.

4. Visit Himeji Garden

On the opposite side of the Adelaide CBD, in the southern expanse of the Adelaide Parklands, is a relatively secret gem, Himeji Garden. This Japanese-style garden is a gift from Adelaide’s sister city, Himeji in Japan. Containing a delightful pond and even a Zen rock garden, the garden is small but a relaxing and beautiful spot to visit, with free entry.

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Schnitzel checking out Himeji Garden
The pond at Himeji Garden
The pond at Himeji Garden

Just like the rest of the Adelaide Park Lands, dogs are allowed inside, with just the usual rule of leashes being required. It’s best suited though to quiet, well-behaved dogs, who can respect the peacefulness that other visitors are seeking out.

5. Take a Day Trip to Hahndorf

It wouldn’t be a visit to Adelaide without visiting some of the famous wine regions that surround it. Just 30 minutes east of the city in the Adelaide Hills wine region is the cute town of Hahndorf. With German roots going back to its founding in 1839, this town was recently named the most dog-friendly town in all of South Australia.

Dog in Hahndorf
Exploring the main street in Hahndorf

To find out about the dog-friendly businesses in Hahndorf, check out the listing on their website. (It would also be handy if there were some stickers on the doors of businesses, but maybe in the future.)

One of the top things to do in Hahndorf is to enjoy the hearty German cuisine at the many restaurants and cafes lining its main street. Most venues have large outdoor dining areas, great for enjoying a meal with a well-behaved pup. Two highly-rated, dog-friendly options are The Haus and Hahndorf Inn.

Wunderbar Dog Haus in Hahndorf
Duck into the Wunderbar Dog Haus with German hotdogs

We went for a lighter option with a visit to the Wunderbar Hot Dogs with its German hotdogs. There’s a range of hotdogs on offer featuring Kransky sausages, including a Schnitzel option! I choose the German Dog option with plenty of sauerkraut. There’s tables out the front or enjoy a take-away hot dog.

And what about wine you ask? There are multiple shops that offer wine tasting along with other local goods – just ask if dogs are allowed to join you.

Alternatively, head to one of the dog-friendly cellars in the Adelaide Hills. One dog-friendly winery is Petaluma, also home to Croser sparkling wines. Choose from a wide range of wine tasting experiences at their cellar door in Woodside, with dogs allowed on their expansive lawns, with water bowls and treats provided.

Alternatively, head to the Simon Tolley Cellar Door in Woodside. This dog-friendly winery allows dogs at anytime. Or visit during one of their monthly Pinot and Pooch Days, held the third Sunday of every month. Pups enjoy free treats and a walk around the vineyard.

Also just a short drive outside Hahndorf is the Balhannah Dog Park. This huge dog park is the perfect place to let your dog off-leash, with a creek running along one side of it also great for doggy swims during the warmer months.

6. Go Hiking in the Hills

There’s a large number of dog-friendly hiking options close to Adelaide, whether on the outskirts of Adelaide or in the Adelaide Hills.

On the southeastern edge of Adelaide is Belair National Park, one of South Australia’s dog-friendly national parks, with its many hiking trails that permit dogs on leash. The nearby Brownhill Creek Recreation Park also allows dogs on a leash, as well as the smaller Blackwoods Forest Recreation Park and Shepherds Hill Recreation Park.

Close to Stirling in the Adelaide Hills is the Woorabinda Bushland Reserve. Perhaps follow the self-guided walk around Woorabinda Lake. Heading further east to Mt Barker, you can hike to the summit of Mt Barker itself with your pup, or for a flatter walk follow the trails through the Laratinga Wetlands.

Check out more ideas for dog-friendly day trips around Adelaide

Dog-Friendly Parks in Adelaide

There’s no shortage of dog-friendly parks in Adelaide. In particular, there is a wide swathe of parkland surrounding the CBD and North Adelaide, known as the Adelaide Park Lands, where dogs are allowed on- or off-leash.

There are also multiple fenced dog parks in Adelaide. When we visited Himeji Garden on the south side of the city, just across the road is the superb Pityarilla Dog Park, with a pair of enclosed spaces for large or small breeds. Both spaces are nicely grassed, contain double gates, water and a shelter, and of course poo bags and bins.

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Inside Pityarilla Dog Park
The gate at Pityarilla Dog Park
The gate at Pityarilla Dog Park

Alternatively, on the eastern side of the city head to Willow Bend Reserve, part of the River Torrens Linear park. The reserve is a popular dog walking spot and includes an off-leash exercise area, although it isn’t fenced.

Are Dogs Allowed on Public Transport in Adelaide?

Unfortunately, whether you’re visiting Adelaide with your dog or a local, it’s not possible to use public transport. Dogs and other pets are not allowed on any of the public transport in Adelaide.

If you don’t have your own car, read up on pet-friendly car rentals in Australia. Unfortunately, GoGet no longer operates in Adelaide.

Dog-Friendly Cafes in Adelaide

There’s plenty of dog-friendly cafes in Adelaide, whether you’re looking for something in the city centre or along the beaches, a great destination to head to enjoy a sunset over the water. Plenty of cafes even put out water bowls for dogs, or just ask if one can be supplied.

Dog-friendly cafe in Glenelg
One of the dog-friendly cafes in Glenelg

While visiting Henley we enjoyed coffees and drinks at Malobo, a dog-friendly cafe right on Henley Square with beach views. The cafe is open all day long, with lots of options on their breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

Just next door is their sister venue Hermanos Cubanos, with a fabulous range of Cuban sandwiches, and of course a large outdoor area.

Fare and Square in North Adelaide boasts that it has Adelaide’s best dog menu. While you select from the all day breakfast menu, order Snoopy Eggs, Scoopy Doo Stew or just a Furchino for your pup.

Another destination that caters for pups is Lamb Spit BBQ in Semaphore. They offer a Doggy Dinner Lamb option (including when ordering online). This yiros option just for dogs contains plain lamb, without any marinade to upset dog stomachs.

Dog-Friendly Pubs in Adelaide

A great dog-friendly pub close to the centre of Adelaide is the Malt Shovel Taphouse Adelaide, part of the Adelaide Festival Centre and just across the footbridge from the Adelaide Oval. The brewpub is open from Wednesday to Sundays until late, with dogs welcome at the outdoor tables.

Alternatively, head a little further out of the CBD to Little Bang, a dog-friendly brewpub that has been recommended to me by multiple people but I still haven’t made it to. With 21 taps offering up their range of crafty brews and a range of guest beers, plus a tasty menu of food, dogs are allowed in the outside area out the front.

Back in Henley Beach, a great bar and restaurant is Bacchus Bar. As well as waterfront views, there’s also leash-clips at the outdoor tables, water bowls and dog muffins on the menu. It’s open for dinner from Thursday to Sunday, plus lunch on the weekend.

Dog-Friendly Accommodation in Adelaide

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No matter your budget, there’s some terrific dog-friendly accommodation options available in Adelaide.

For starters, if you’re after a more luxurious stay, consider the Mayfair Hotel. This five-star property is located in the heart of Adelaide, in a heritage-listed, renovated building overlooking Rundle Mall.

Pets at the Mayfair are treated to the Luxe Pets package. Available in Deluxe King Rooms and Superior Queen Access Rooms, up to two dogs or cats are permitted, up to 20kg each, with larger dogs at the manager’s discretion. For an additional fee of $150 per pet per night, your pet will be treated to their own bed, food and water bowls, wet and dry food and a toy.

Another wonderful pet-friendly option in Adelaide is the Adabco Boutique Hotel. Located in a heritage-listed Venetian Gothic-style building, this boutique hotel is a mix of old-world charm and modern conveniences, including a guest lounge and communal kitchen.

Selected Premium Queen rooms have been designated as pet-friendly. Up to two dogs or cats are permitted to stay with you, for an additional fee of $80 per stay. Contact the hotel directly for further information.

Another affordable option is the Adelaide Inn in North Adelaide. This 4-star hotel with an outdoor swimming pool has multiple pet-friendly rooms available.

Note that only selected Deluxe Queen & Single with Courtyard rooms are pet-friendly – look for “pet-friendly” in the room name to ensure one is available. An additional pet fee of $50 per night is charged, but your pet is provided with a large bed, bowls and access to the outdoor area.

If you’re travelling with your own caravan or tent, there are multiple pet-friendly caravan parks in Adelaide. Perhaps camp by a dog-friendly beach at the Brighton Beachfront Holiday Park. Located on the southwestern edge of Adelaide, the park now welcomes pets year-round.

Choose between camping with your dog on one of the pet-friendly powered sites or stay in a pet-friendly cabin. Selected Seaside cabins (sleeping two) and Budget cabins (sleeping four) are pet-friendly. Double check any pet regulations in advance, before making a booking. Managers approval is required and there is a limit to the number of pets permitted.

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Shandos Cleaver is the founder of Travelnuity: Dog-Friendly Travel. She has travelled extensively with her Miniature Dachshund, Schnitzel, including to 33 countries across Europe, every state and territory of Australia except Tasmania, and 10 of the United States. She’s passionate about providing inspiration and information to others wanting to travel with their dogs, whether close to home or internationally.

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2 thoughts on “Dog-Friendly Adelaide: Visiting Adelaide with a Dog”

  1. Looking for places to hang out with friends in the warm with our fur babies. It would be super helpful if this information included what places are suitable for different weather conditions.
    The best i can think of for now is hanging out at hardware stores that serve coffee and allow doggos inside.

    • There’s not many warm indoor places in Australia that are dog-friendly. I recommend staying in a dog-friendly holiday rental, cabin or hotel, where they can be inside with you.


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