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1 July 2022 | Chiara Bailey

Dog Friendly Margaret River

Brown Hill Winery Dog - Buster

If leaving your four-legged furry dog friends at home is a holiday deal-breaker, we’ve compiled the ultimate dog-friendly Margaret River guide. From unique places to stay, to cafes, restaurants, beaches and trails, here’s how you can enjoy our incredible wine region with your dog in tow. Margaret River is surprisingly pet-friendly, including our Cellar Door here at Brown Hill, where our own winery dogs love to meet visiting pups (on a lead preferred). We know what it’s like when a pet is part of the family, so take your pick from these dog-friendly Margaret River ideas below to create your dream break in our region.

Pet-Friendly Margaret River Accommodation

Big4 Breeze Holiday Park, Busselton

On Geographe Bay in Busselton, Big 4 Breeze Holiday Park is just 150m from a dog-friendly beach. This holiday park has a range of cabins and camp sites, and the team welcomes booked-ahead dogs. With some options even including a jacuzzi, plus a full kitchen and bathroom, this is not your average campground.

Margaret River Hideaway, Bramley

Much closer to Margaret River township is this pet-friendly farmstay Margaret River Hideaway offering nine cottages just past Cowaramup. You and your “well-behaved dog” can meet alpacas, sheep, cows, geese and others, which the kids can feed, too. It’s an excellent base for exploring the greater region.

Jarrah Grove Retreat, Rosa Glen

Complete with luxe appointments, Jarrah Grove Retreat’s dog-friendly one-bedroom forest retreats will make you and your pooch feel a world away, despite town being within a 15-minute drive. Don’t miss the outdoor hot tub – the perfect way to unwind after a day of wine touring.

Harmony Forest Cottages & Lakeside Lodge, Forest Grove

Choose between seven cottages and one lakeside lodge at Harmony Forest Cottages & Lakeside Lodge, which boasts a bushland backdrop. Pets are welcome at an extra fee, and you can even take a guided tour here to learn more about the local wildlife.

Pet-friendly Margaret River Cafes

Dear Darnell's, Witchcliffe

Even your furry friend can come to the coolest new place in town Dear Darnell's, an old trading post in Witchcliffe, just south of Margaret River. Open since late 2023, the menu uses fire and smoke to create some delicious plates of food for lunch and dinner. The wine menu focuses on neighbouring wineries, and has our Brown Hill Estate Lakeview Sauvignon Blanc Semillion and Brown Hill Estate Hannans Cabernet Sauvignon by the glass. Dogs are welcome in all outside areas.

Credit: @deardarnells Photo credit: Lauren Trickett


Sidekick Café, Margaret River

For great coffee and cafe favourites on Margaret River’s main strip, pet-friendly Sidekick Cafe is the place to go. Water bowls and outdoor tables will make you and your dog feel right at home.

The Hairy Marron, Margaret River

At the start of some of the region’s best dog-friendly trails, The Hairy Marron is the ideal place to fuel up pre-hike or reward yourself when you’re done. On the banks of Margaret River, this humble cafe is a local favourite.

Yardbyrd, Witchcliffe

With a relaxed pet-friendly courtyard setting,Yardbyrd even allows for BYO, which is handy for all those new favourite wines you’ll discover on your tastings around the region. Your dog will love settling into the outdoor area, too.

White Elephant Cafe, Gnarabup

This beachside gem has the "best breakfast with a view" in town. Sit outside on the deck with your dog, before or after a walk on Gnarabup Beach.

Dog Friendly Winery

Pet-Friendly Margaret River Dining

The Brewhouse, Margaret River

The best dog friendly place to eat in Margaret River is hands-down The Brewhouse. It's where all the dogs hang out after a long walk through the woods. Sit on the deck or out on the grass. They even have a Dogtoberfest with a parade of the best dressed dogs in town.

Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough

Dunsborough’s hotspot Clancy’s Fish Pub ticks all the boxes, including having plenty of al fresco tables for your dog to join you on a night out. Delicious local seafood is the star here, along with a top local drinks list and stunning lake views.

Petra Olive Oil Estate, Yallingup

Learn all about olive oil – and sample it, too – at Petra Olive Oil Estate in Yallingup, which also welcomes dogs. You can all enjoy a picnic on the grounds to enjoy the olive grove setting, and dog-friendly accommodation is available on-site, too.

Dog-Friendly Margaret River Beaches

Dunsborough Foreshore, Dunsborough

Expect calm waters and sand banks close to shore at Dunsborough Foreshore, which even has a seasonal netted swimming area and pontoon. The idyllic spot, which has dog-friendly areas, is ideal for stand-up paddle-boarding, picnics and barbecues.

Bunker Bay, Naturaliste

Among an embarrassment of riches, Bunker Bay is arguably one of the region’s most picturesque beaches, with calm, clear waters that demand you bring a snorkel. The cafe here serves up tasty treats, and dogs are welcome to the north of its access path.

Yallingup Beach, Yallingup

Surrounded by stunning national park, Yallingup Beach offers the best of both worlds, with kid-friendly waters as well as a beach break that draws surfers. Its dog-friendly area is clearly signed – on the beach north of the Dawson Drive access area.

Gnarabup Beach, Gnarabup

Also, home to the White Elephant Cafe, Gnarbup Beach welcomes dogs on a leash and is accessible from the steps at the Reef Drive car park. A popular spot with locals, swimmers of all ages enjoy this beach, and it can prove hard to resist a jetty-jump here, too.

Visit us at our dog-friendly cellar door at Brown Hill

Just a 10-minute drive from Margaret River township in Rosa Brook, we have plenty of outdoor spaces at Brown Hill where you can relax with your pup. Our team offers winery tours and seated cellar door tastings daily – you can book ahead, but walk-ins are welcome, too.

For a special experience, book in to one of our private Barrel Hall Tastings hosted by one of our family members. We hope to see you and your pooch if you’re travelling in the region.

Keep exploring Margaret River:

Here’s some other local suggestions of things to do if you’re in Margaret River

Small Family Winery Trail -

Southern Backroads Trail 

Margaret River Surf and Source Trail


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