PAWesome Busselton: best dog-friendly beaches, cafes, wineries & breweries
Staying at BIG4 Beachlands means your dog can have a holiday too. Dogs are most welcome in selected accommodation and sites, but for the enjoyment of all guests (and the dog), take them on exciting day trips around Busselton and the Margaret River region.
The truth is, dogs hate being left alone – they want to join the party and share in the family adventures. Let them enjoy the many public spaces, eateries, wineries, breweries, and beaches of this magnificent region.
One of the top reasons holiday-makers flock to Busselton and the South West is for the beautiful beaches. Dogs like the beach too, so finding a good dog beach is key to your dog’s holiday. Here are our top dog-friendly beaches:
- Busselton Beach closest to Beachlands – just 150 metres away
- Yallingup – not the lagoon area, but the northern part of the beach is dog friendly. Park at the Dawson Drive beach entrance.
- Dunsborough Foreshore
A park in another ideal place to take your dog on holiday. Busselton is full of open spaces which welcome dogs for a run-around for exercise, play, and fun. But please know that some areas are restricted to leash-only and regional parks such as Meelup do not allow dogs at all. Here are a few parks to take your pup for some fresh air and a walkie.
- Busselton Foreshore between Geographe Bay Road and Gale Street
- Dunsborough Foreshore between Gifford Road and Centennial Park car park
- Seymour Park, Dunsborough
- Signal Park, Busselton
- Barnard Park, Busselton NOTE: a new dog ban is in effect for the area bounded by Ford Road, Geographe Bay Road, Marine Terrace and Georgette Street of Barnard Park East
Caution: Be careful taking your dog off-leash on bushland walking trails. The region is teeming with wildlife and dogs will be dogs, which not only endangers the life of our native animals, but also your pet. If your dog chases a kangaroo he may keep running and get lost. Don’t chance it. Keep your dog on a lead in the bush and parks.
Remember to always clean up after your dog. The City of Busselton provides doggie bags along in the foreshore walking trails and some parks.
When in Margaret River region, enjoying the local wine is on many wish lists. And there’s no reason to leave your furry friend behind – there are plenty of dog-friendly wineries who enjoy meeting well-behaved dogs on holiday. Some wineries even have a resident dog, so if your pooch is friendly, he/she may make a new friend. Check out these animal-loving cellar doors on your Busselton holiday.
- Fraser Gallop
- Flametree Wines
Don’t want to drive? Grape Escape South West Tours offer pet-friendly wine tours in Margaret River.
Dogs on holiday will love hanging out at a brewery just as much as his/her owner. The breweries in the region are top-notch gastropubs, so plan to stay with a meal as you sample new brews, and all-time favourites.
- Wild Hop Brewing Company
- Bootleg Brewery
- Cowaramup Brewing Company
Cafes and Restaurants
When you’re not cooking in our camp kitchen or in your self-contained chalet, take everyone and the dog out for a nice meal. The region is well-known for its gourmet eats, which is why you’ll be spoiled for choice. Whether you’re after a casual coffee, snacks at beer o’clock, or a lazy breakfast overlooking the ocean, there are countless offerings dotted around the region. Here are 3 places that welcome dogs:
- The Goose Beach Bar, Busselton
- Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough
- Bunkers Beach House, Bunker Bay