Looking for a great dog-friendly getaway from Sydney? There’s plenty of options available, no matter if you’re after a beach escape, to visit some winery cellar doors or to go hiking with your pup and enjoy the great outdoors.
Best of all, all of these destinations are under 3.5 hours drive from the centre of Sydney, most of them even closer. For each destination, I share with you dog-friendly accommodation options and cafes, off-leash dog beaches and parks, plus the best dog-friendly sightseeing options. Now it’s just time to choose where to head first…
1. Visit Kiama & Gerringong
Location: Kiama is 1.75 hours south of Sydney, Gerringong is 15 minutes south
The coastal area around Kiama and Gerringong is perfect for a quick dog-friendly getaway from Sydney. With beautiful beaches, rolling green countryside and some spectacular natural scenery, it has plenty on offer, including lots of dog-friendly sightseeing.
One of my top picks is the Kiama Coast Walk in between Minnamurra and Gerringong. Other options include seeing the famous Kiama Blow Hole, photographing the Cathedral Rocks and enjoying the off-leash dog beaches.
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2. Visit Berry & Kangaroo Valley
Location: Berry is 2 hours south of Sydney, Kangaroo Valley is 25 minutes inland
Just past Kiama and Gerringong are the towns of Berry and Kangaroo Valley. While the former are all about coastal delights, Berry and Kangaroo Valley are historic towns nestled inland, surrounded by farmland and the forested valleys of the ranges.
Take a stroll with your pup along the cute shopping strip of Berry, enjoy a glass of wine at a local winery, take in the views from the top of Cambewarra Mountain, or just relax at the Friendly Inn in Kangaroo Valley. There’s plenty of options, including some cute dog-friendly cottages perfect for your getaway.
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3. Visit Jervis Bay
Location: Huskisson is 2.5 hours south of Sydney
The Jervis Bay region, centred around Huskisson, is close enough to Sydney for a weekend getaway, but far enough away to escape the strict rules of Sydney beaches. The area is renown for its beautiful white beaches and many of them are dog-friendly, with both off-leash and on-leash options abounding.
Naturally then, Jervis Bay is the perfect spot for a dog-friendly beach getaway. Spend your days lazing on the beaches, perhaps trying some SUP or kayaking. Then spend the nights in one of the many fabulous dog-friendly holiday homes or at a dog-friendly glamping retreat.
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4. Visit the Southern Highlands
Location: Bowral is 80 minutes southwest of Sydney
Just over one hour southwest of the centre of Sydney, it’s not long after leaving behind the sprawling Sydney suburbs that you’ll arrive at the start of the Southern Highlands region. Home to country estates, historic country villages and cool-climate vineyards, it’s perfect for a weekend away.
Centred around the towns of Bowral and Moss Vale, the region offers up lots of dog-friendly choices, including plenty of pet-friendly accommodation options. In winter time it’s tempting to just curl up next to a roaring fire, with a dusting of snow possible on the coldest days.
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5. Visit Canberra
Location: Canberra is 3 hours southwest of Sydney
The nation’s capital, Canberra isn’t just about museums, galleries and roundabouts. There’s some great sightseeing options available for visitors with dogs, not to mention a growing number of dog-friendly hotels, ranging from self-contained to luxury.
In particular, early Spring is a great time to visit, when two great dog day outs happen each year: one involving the late season snow and the other the annual Floriade Festival.
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6. Visit the Blue Mountains
Location: Katoomba is 90 minutes west of Sydney
Whether it’s to go hiking in the mountains, take in the glorious views or enjoy a winter getaway with the chance of snowfalls, the Blue Mountains is a great getaway destination close to Sydney.
While many places are off limit to dogs, in particular the many tourist spots within the Blue Mountains National Park, there’s still plenty of dog-friendly options available that I’ve uncovered.
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7. Visit the Hunter Valley
Location: Pokolbin is 2 hours north of Sydney
Think wine growing regions close to Sydney and you’re sure to immediately think of the Hunter Valley. There’s countless cellar doors open around the valley for you to visit, not to mention breweries, cheese shops and restaurants.
Dogs are welcome to join you at some of the fabulous accommodation options, as well as a number of cellar doors. I share with you all the tips you need for a dog-friendly weekend away in the Hunter Valley.
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8. Visit Port Stephens
Location: Nelson Bay is 2.5 hours north of Sydney
Port Stephens is a fabulous beach holiday destination, particularly in the warmer months. Not far north of Newcastle, the region centred around Nelson Bay is perfect for a short weekend getaway or a longer stay.
There’s a great range of dog-friendly accommodation options in Port Stephens. Not to mention dog-friendly beaches, the option to hit the calm waters on a yacht or to take your dog on the ferry across to Tea Gardens.
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9. Visit Forster-Tuncurry
Location: Forster-Tuncurry is 3.5 hours north of Sydney
A bit further away from Sydney, the twin towns of Forster-Tuncurry on the Mid-North Coast deserve a slightly longer stay, at least a long weekend or a relaxing week-long break, to truly appreciate.
There’s plenty of dog-friendly beaches, empty in comparison to Sydney beaches, plus I share a great pet-friendly deluxe cabin option for your stay.
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