Top dog places to visit
The Murray's the perfect place for pet-friendly pursuits. Roam gumtree-lined riverbanks on dog-friendly trails or set out on the waterway. Explore the region's parks, and taste-test wines at historic cellar doors. There's produce galore to dine on, places aplenty to relax in, and houseboats to slumber on. Stretch your legs or rest your paws. It's all here.
1. Mildura Houseboats
Everyone's tail will be wagging as you board your very own houseboat. What better way to experience the might of the Murray River than to wend your way on a pet-friendly floating home.
2. Boo's Cafe and Providore
Mornings start with a bang in Swan Hill. Strong coffee, fresh regional produce and bang-up brunches won Boo's the Australian Good Food Guide Readers Choice Award 2019.
3. Spoons Riverside
Top up your caffeine levels and soak up some rays on the expansive riverside deck at Spoons. Bond with pup as you both rejuvenate among the magical sunlight-dappled River Red Gums.
4. Banyule State Forest
Let your pup lead the way from the Echuca Visitor Centre along myriad bushland tracks, spotting native wildlife and exploring the banks of the Murray. Just be sure your fur friend stays on-leash.
5. St Anne's Winery
Tongues hanging out after your bush walk? Your pooch is welcome to loll about while you refresh with the cellar-door tastings at award-winning family-run winery St Anne's in Echuca.
6. Port of Echuca Discovery Centre
Sniff out waterway history, visit the restored Echuca Wharf, meander riverside walkways, or leap aboard a historic paddlesteamer with your best friend (welcome for all except PS Emmylou).
7. Cactus Country
The desert calls with a maze-like park of ancient cacti and succulents. Discover varieties from around the world, and try some cactus cake. Keep your pooch's nose away from those sharp spines!
8. Massive Murray Paddle
Around the Murray in November? Join this yearly charity race from Yarrawonga to Swan Hill. Try two in a canoe, and dog in the middle to bark paddling tips — or show your support from the riverbank.
9. Pfeiffer Wines
In Rutherglen wine country your pfurry friend is welcome at Pfeiffer. Test your nose at the historic cellar door and wrap your mouth around a gourmet picnic hamper. Maybe spy a platypus!
10. Cofield Wines
Why stop at just one Rutherglen cellar door? Your best pal can stretch four legs on the shady lawn at this pet-loving winery or offer support as you sample another premium regional drop or two.
11. The Sweet Meadow
Make amends for an indulgent trip at this plant-based food bar, open for breakfast and lunch. The crumbs from this table might just make your dog beg to go vegan.
12. Echuca SUP
Ready to give stand up paddle boarding ago? Hire a board or take a lesson. Fur friends welcome too.