Everyone loves a good day out in summer with their best friend. I'm not talking about the mate you grew up with in school, either. I'm talking about your pet dog, a man's best friend.
Western Australians love their dogs and will go out of their way to make sure they have a good time. Lucky for us, we're spoilt for choice when it comes to the best dog-friendly places for adventure and relaxation. Which means there's a realm of opportunities to spoil your best friend with too!
When you love your pet, you want to take them everywhere with you: pubs, restaurants, wineries and open spaces included. Whether it's coffee and brunch at your local café, casual Sunday wines or an afternoon at the beach, finding the ultimate pet-friendly places means both humans and dogs get a pretty sweet deal. And with sunny summer days just around the corner, you need some spots up your sleeve where your pooch can get some love too. That way no one misses out.
Burns Beach Café (Iluka) Sipping on cappuccinos and serving up tasty doggy treats, Burns Beach Café in Iluka loves your dog as much as you do. And they have the K9 protein shakes, iced water and tasty delights to prove it. The Iluka café north of Perth encourages humans and their pooches all year round, but summer is when it's really buzzing. The shaded outdoor alfresco area offers the perfect place to kick back after a beach walk and looks over the waterfront for the ultimate summer setting. Burns Beach Café even comes with its own dog menu. Spoilt, right!?
I love this place. Not only is it pet-friendly, but its quirky style and culturally-inspired atmosphere makes it a unique spot to veg out. The café has 'Freo' written all over it and even boasts a shipping container bar area for a few summer cocktails. Propeller offers a generously sized outdoor space with alfresco dining and a decent patch of grass for you and your pooch to hang. The café/bar is open from 8am until late every day, making it the go-to North Fremantle location for food and drinks to tempt humans and dogs.
Steam Haus (Maylands) This vibrant café in the heart of Maylands makes your best friend their priority. The café is wonderfully rambling with a rustic vibe and a sweet little outdoor section. Steam Haus are serious about their coffee, helping the environment and making sure your pooch feels loved. It's also a good spot to bring the kids with a dedicated play area for them too. Choose a cosy dining spot looking out to Maylands' hustle and bustle and spoil you and your best friend.
Union Kitchen (Mindarie) With its own doggy menu featuring the famous 'mutt-shakes', paw-ridge and a range of delicious doggy biscuits, Union Kitchen has all bases covered. Humans can be treated to a tasty breakfast menu, pizza, burgers, pasta and vegetarian treats, too. But it isn't just the food for both parties that tops it off. Outstanding waterfront views make it a great summer location and it's also fully licensed to indulge in a few beers or wines.
The Leaky Tap (Mosman Park) This characteristic gem is perfect for humans and pooches that crave something a little offbeat. Loaded with personality, its theme is inspired by local plumber and father, Craig Vivian. Expect a bit of humour injected into this café as dogs are encouraged to drink puppy-cinos from toilet-shaped bowls. Head to The Leaky Tap for a ridiculously good breakfast, plumbing themed furniture for you and your best friend to enjoy, healthy juices and staff passionate about dogs.
If you and your pooch are in the mood for open space adventures, Carine Regional is a dog and dog walker's paradise. Whilst your best friend loves hanging out with you, socialising with other dogs is vital for his happiness too. And Carine Regional Open Space is the spot to do it. Here your pooch can interact with multiple dog breeds, play in the sun and race around off the lead in a non-crowded and stress-free setting. The area is loaded with plenty of shade and features a large lake with local wildlife to explore too, perfect for the entire family or just you and your best friend.
Trigg Bushland Reserve Ideal for the dedicated explorer and his dog, Trigg Bushland has some of the best walking trails to explore. The reserve stretches across Karrinyup and the North Beach area, backing onto some of Perth's best beaches. This location alone is enough to soak up everything we love about summer, and it'll offer a good workout for you and your pooch too.
Bayswater Riverside Gardens This picturesque place should be on every dog walker's list. Running parallel to the Swan River, there are bridges, trail walks and corners of wildlife to explore. Bayswater Riverside Gardens offers the perfect summer-day setting to indulge in a picnic, with ample amounts of grassy open space for your dog to burn some energy off. There's also a playground and BBQ facilities to make it a family day out.
Jorgensen Pack (Kalamunda)
Take your best friend for a trip out to the hills. Kalamunda's Jorgensen Park is a 2.3km loop of open spaces and off-the-leash adventuring that joins up with the iconic Bibbulum track. If you head there in the leadup to summer, you'll be greeted with a vivid display of wildflowers to enjoy too. Dogs can safely run around and meet some furry companions to explore with. Don't forget to tackle the hill walks for the most spectacular views.
Watermans Beach (North Beach)
We're getting into the perfect beach weather and no doubt your pooch is ready to get his paws wet and his fur sandy. Watermans is a personal favourite to swim at because the surrounding rocks create that cove-like atmosphere. It's also safe for your best friend to venture into the water, with calm waters and smaller waves at the right times.
South City Beach (Army Beach)
For those dog walkers after a longer stroll, SCB – also known as Army Beach – offers a 2km stretch of white sands and perfect swimming waters. If you're after something away from the busyness of Perth's beaches, Army Beach is more secluded and uncrowded, with ample amounts of running space. The only downfall is there's no shelter from the sun, so avoid going during peak times in the warmer months.
Rainbow Coast (Albany)
South Western Australia has some mind-blowingly beautiful beaches. If you follow the Rainbow Coastline in Albany, there are multiple beaches you and your pooch can venture to. Lowlands Beach is great if you and your best friend prefer the more isolated spots or head to Light Beach for the truly fantastic views and paddling opportunities.
Boat Adventures in Mandurah
Take the beach experience to a whole new level and book a boating trip with your best friend! Mandurah Boat and Bike Hire ensure you don't have to leave your dog behind to enjoy a day out on the water. And what pooch doesn't want to go on the ultimate boating adventure. Take your dog on board and indulge in some of the surrounding dog-friendly cafes and restaurants in the area when you're back on dry land.