Dog Friendly Winter Activities across Victoria
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It's safe to say that warm days have come to halt and winter is finally upon us. But rest assured — the fun doesn't stop even as the weather starts to chill. We've rounded up our favourite dog-friendly winter activities to enjoy with your pooch along with family and friends. From fun in the snow to cozy cafes to the best wineries, of course, we've got something for everyone to enjoy. Whether it be a weekend outing or quick getaway, here are our top picks to do with your furry friend to make the most of your winter!
Have you ever wanted to take your dog to the snow? A 6-hour drive from Melbourne, Dinner Plain is Victoria's only dog-friendly alpine resort where you and your pooch can enjoy hours of fun playing in the snow. There are bush walks around the village that you can explore and can even hire ski gear and toboggans at the resort itself. Your doggo is sure to enjoy frolicking and rolling around in the snow. In close proximity to Mt. Hotham and Falls Creek, you can also visit these resorts and enjoy their slopes, just make sure to have someone look after your pooch as dogs are not allowed here.
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Private Wine Tours
Winter is the pawfect time to explore the Yarra Valley’s cellar doors as so many of them have wood burning stoves and are dog-friendly. Pooches & Pinot run private wine tours and know all the best dog-friendly cellar doors, breweries and distilleries to visit with friends and family. They offer half-day or full-day tours or their 'degustation' tour where you can enjoy delicious food and wine pairings, paw-fect for all the foodies out there. The best part?
Their VIP door-to-door service offers pick up and drop off back to your home
(within 75kms of Healesville) for you and your pooch for extra convenience and more wine, of course. Want to make a weekend of it? Pooches and Pinot can also recommend local places for you to stay with your furry friend. Rest assured, you will want to keep coming back after this fun-filled experience.
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Doggos can now hop aboard the Iconic Puffing Billy Railway, for a special 40 minute journey through the hills. Travelling from Lakeside to Gembrook, The Puffing Billy Dog Express runs once a month so make sure to keep an eye out for when their dates are announced. The next Dog Express will be welcoming pooches on 19th June — make sure to book quickly! Once arriving in Gembrook, there are plenty of parks to play in as well as trails to explore before boarding the train for an entire day of adventure.Image credit: @puffingbillyrailway
Calling all pooches and pawrents who love a good cafe day, Paws Up is for you! This doggie cafe offers a menu for both humans and pooches so no one has to miss out. Your furry-friend can indulge in delicious house-made chicken meatballs, Shepard's pie, pupcakes and more. Their warm PawsUpccino is a must on cold winter days. Paws Up also offers daycare and grooming services whenever you need.
A short drive from Warburton, La La Falls is a gorgeous dog-friendly hike amongst a canopy of lush trees. Enjoy a scenic and fairly smooth walk up to the waterfall where you can catch a breath and soak in the sights and sounds of the forest. There are even some parts of the trail that are off-leash so your pooch is free to explore and wonder.Image credit: @percy.the.irish.setter @jumping.janco
Whether you're down for a weekend getaway, just visiting for the day or are a local, Great Ocean Road Brewhouse located in Apollo Bay is a must for dog-friendly places to visit. Welcoming pooches in their front and back beer gardens, this brewery also serves Paw Blonde and Pawsecco because your fur-babies deserve only the best. Doggos are also allowed inside their Taste's of the Region building which features a 'Dog Wall of Fame' where polaroids of every dog that has walked through their doors are hung.
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Village Cinema Drive In
Want a to enjoy a cozy and low-key night with your pooch? Village Cinema's Coburg Drive-In is the perfect activity for a weekend movie and snuggle-fest with your furry bestie. Showcasing movies after dark, make sure to bring blankets and treats for your pooch so they don't miss out whilst you enjoy a snack from the Village Diner.
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Outdoor Food Precinct
The perfect place for a night of great food and entertainment, Grazeland is Melbourne's go-to destination for foodies. The best part? It is dog-friendly so your four-legged friends can explore food trucks and soak in the bustling atmosphere with you.
Let us know some of your favourite winter activities to do with your dogs below!