Central Coast, NSW

40+ places to visit with your pet NSW & SA

By The Weekender Travel

November 4, 2020 | 3 minute read

The number of dogs adopted from the RSPCA and other animal shelters has skyrocketed to record numbers this year, as people see the pandemic as a perfect opportunity to bring home a new member of the family. The RSPCA alone has received more than 26,000 online applications to adopt a pet since the start of the pandemic.

It makes sense - you’re at home a lot more than usual so you’ve got plenty of time to bond with your fur baby and start training. You might even be a bit lonely and want a loyal companion to spend time with. But what happens when life returns to normal and you return to work or head off on an Aussie road trip?

There is a growing concern that all those pandemic puppies who got adopted in the early days of COVID will soon end up returned to shelters. Remember that adopting a pet shouldn’t be an impulse decision, you’re committing to love that puppy all the way through its doggy years.   

But if you have brought a pet home, you don’t have to give up on your travel dreams. If your pet doesn’t mind a car trip, you can easily take them on your next weekend away or summer holiday. You just need to be prepared and do your research.

Make sure your pet is microchipped and make lots of rest stops while on the road. Don’t forget to pack all the pet essentials you’d use at home. Just as you like your creature comforts when on the road, so does little Bella. Pack their bed, food and water bowls and favourite toys so they get a little taste of home. 

Looking for somewhere to stay? Browse our accommodation using the ‘pets allowed’ search setting, there’s some gorgeous homes that won’t mind if you leave behind a few hairs on the couch! 

If you’re looking for things to do, read on. We’ve rounded up a list of all our articles on pet-friendly travel in NSW and South Australia so you can plan a trip without leaving anyone behind at home. From off-leash beaches to the wineries and cafes that will actually be excited to see your pooch and not just tolerate them, these are our tried and tested favourites.

New South Wales

Best dog-friendly beaches on the Central Coast 

Top dog-friendly cafes on the Central Coast

Our favourite dog-friendly beaches on the Far South Coast 

10 great dog-friendly beaches on the South Coast


South Australia 

Top dog-friendly activities on the Fleurieu Peninsula

The best dog-friendly wineries in the Barossa Valley