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Dog Friendly Spots in Melbourne

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Published May 6th 2012
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I love my dog she's like part of the family that's why I hate having to leave her at home, locked inside a tiny apartment, while the rest of go out. So I have found a few spots around Melbourne that are dog friendly. So if you have a dog, you should probably check out some of these places this weekend.

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne's South Yarra is open to dogs provided they are kept on a leash. With 63 hectares to explore and 50,000 different varieties of plant life to enjoy, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne is the perfect place to give your dog the walk it deserves this weekend. Once you've finished your stroll through the gardens, make sure you stop off at the Observatory Cafe for a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, or something to eat. They have a great selection of ice-cream for the kids as well. Want to know what the best part is? The Observatory Cafe is dog friendly. So you can treat your pooch to a puppyccino while you sit and enjoy your lunch.

If the weather is good, you should take the dog for a walk around Albert Park Lake. If walking 5.6 kilometres around a lake isn't exactly your idea of fun, then fear not because there are plenty of other things you could do instead. You could have a picnic by the water for example, or make use of the free barbecuing facilities and have a sausage sizzle. There are a couple of restaurants and cafes around Albert Park Lake that allow dogs so if you feel like sitting down to eat at a nice restaurant, you don't have to lock the dog in the car.

The Abbotsford Convent or "Abby" as it is known by the locals is another dog-friendly spot in Melbourne. Located at 1 Heliers Street in Abbotsford, the Abby is open 365 days a year and entry is free. You can take a stroll around the magnificent grounds of the Abby, have a drink at the bar or grab something to eat at their award-winning restaurant. I recommend you buy a loaf of bread or a fresh baguette at the world famous Convent bakery, and then sit down on the grass to eat it while you listen to live music.

These are just some of the dog-friendly places that are around Melbourne. Another popular spot is Fawkner Park. So think twice before leaving the dog at home when you go out this weekend.
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Why? To go out and have fun with the dog
Where: The Royal Botanic Gardens, Albert Park Lake, The Abbotsford Convent
Your Comment
Thanks for this article, we like to take our dog when we go out, just wanted to add that if you visit the Abbotsford Convent be sure to have a meal at Lentil as Anything. It' a vegetarian place and a great place to try something you may never have tried.
by janef (score: 2|105) 1852 days ago
Dear Amy,
Please note this correction for your article. You mentioned the South Melbourne Market as a venue to take dogs in Melbourne. I work as part of the management team at SMM, and as we are a food market we do in fact operate a 'no dogs' policy (exclucing guide dogs). We do have signs at each entrance indicating this. I would appreciate if you could please remove this reference as we do request that dog owners leave their pooches outside, and we want to avoid confusing this message wherever possible and minimise any possible offence taken by our customers.
Many thanks.
by nabel (score: 0|4) 1669 days ago
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