Top dog places

Ah... the Goldfields. You'll dig the treasures on offer in this pet friendly paradise. Paws here for parks, gardens and lakes, posh nosh, craft brews and lazy lunches. There's a wealth of great spaces to explore here – for every good dog and their best mate.

1. Percy and Percy

This Bendigo corner-café does coffee and classic breakfasts, lunch and sweet treats. Spend a lovely morning or sunny afternoon with your dog, in the shade of an umbrella in the courtyard.

2. Lake Weeroona

Walk, jog or cycle around this beautiful ornamental lake and reserve in Bendigo. Grab your dog’s favourite gelato flavour from the café.

3. Bendigo Botanic Gardens

Spread a picnic blanket by the pavilion, stroll by the lagoon and admire the rare plants at Bendigo's historic botanic gardens.

4. Lake Wendouree

Run laps, or go fishing, canoeing or sailing. Sausage dogs stake out the barbecue areas, and café dogs admire the lakeside views.

5. Pipers by The Lake

Dine out at the grand pavilion. It’s on the foreshore of Lake Wendouree, and just across the road from the Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

6. Ballarat Botanical Gardens

Stop to smell the flowers, go bonkers over exotic begonias and admire the impressive historic trees in the cool climate gardens.

7. Hop Temple

Dogs and other family are welcome in the Hop's relaxed converted stables. Choose from over 220 craft beers and ciders, with fabulous food to match.

8. The Boardwalk Bendigo

Dogs are welcome here for breakfast, lunch, or any time. Chino, the resident Labrador, will greet you and show you around. He loves to make new friends.

9. The Gallery Café

Park yourselves at a table in the outdoor dining space, overlooking historic Rosalind Park. Grab coffee and cake, or something more substantial.

10. Mandurang Holliday Cottage

This cottage has plenty of space (and shady trees) for your pet to run free and explore. It's such a great holiday space, it needs two 'l's. Good dogs are allowed inside.


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