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Published October 2nd 2013
The best spots to play, stay and explore with your pooch
Sydney is a great city for dog lovers. Whether you'd like to treat your four-legged friend to a gourmet meal, spoil her with the latest and greatest canine couture or simply let her run amok in an off-leash park, you'll find what you're looking for in the harbour city.
But where should you go to give your dog the best Sydney experience? Here's the WeekendNotes guide to the three best places in Sydney to take your pooch.
There are plenty of cafes and other eateries in Sydney with a positive attitude towards dog owners at outdoor tables, and they'll go out of their way to make sure your pooch is well catered for while you sit down to a meal. But the best place to take your dog when you're hankering for some cafe fare is Leichhardt's Cafe Bones.
This inner west institution is open seven days and promotes itself as the world's first truly dog-friendly cafe. Cafe Bones is a vibrant meeting place for people and dogs, serving up high-quality food and beverages for both humans and their pets.
You can enjoy a cappuccino while your furry friend enjoys a Pupaccino; you can enjoy a light lunch while Rover tucks into the Cafe Bones range of gourmet dog biscuits. And you don't have to worry about any non animal lovers being offended by the sight of your pooch - this is a place for dog lovers, so you're sure to be surrounded by like-minded people.
To top it all off, Cafe Bones is found in Hawthorne Canal Reserve, a hugely popular off-leash dog park. So, once your pooch has finished chowing down, he can go and make a host of new doggy friends and run off his lunch. Perfect!
Play Whether you head north, south, east or west, Sydney is home to some beautiful and well-maintained off-leash dog parks. Perhaps the best park, however, is found right in the heart of the city in Centennial Parklands.
Centennial Parklands offers a massive 154 hectares (43 per cent of its total area) of off-leash space. With so much room for dogs to roam free, it's no great surprise that this park is so popular with the city's dog owners. If your dog loves running, frolicking, socialising and generally just being a dog, this is the place to take him.
Centennial Parklands. Hamilton Lund; Destination NSW
This handy brochure details those areas of the park that are off-leash areas, and also contains instructions on responsible dog ownership.
Stay How great would it be to pamper yourself for a night or two in a luxury hotel? What about if you could take your pooch along for a night of indulgence as well?
Well, that's exactly what you can do at the Hughenden Boutique Hotel. Located in leafy Woollahra, the Hughenden is a boutique hotel which also features pet-friendly rooms. The elegant Hughenden has seen everything from poodles and terriers through to golden retrievers through its doors, and the staff ensure everything possible is done to make the stay comfortable for you and your pet.
Pets are welcome in a number of areas of the hotel and can even join you for breakfast. During your stay the Hughenden can also help arrange pet-sitting, dog-walking, and even a visit to the doggy day spa. And just across the road is Centennial Parklands, with its special leash-free areas so your pup can run wild.
It's the ideal place to stay for pet-friendly getaway.