Top dog places

Great Ocean Road

There’s no happier space for dogs than the dramatic Great Ocean Road. Roam along wild beaches, splash in the surf, follow historic rail trails past rainforests and volcanoes, or find out about clever local dog breeds. Fresh produce abounds at casual eating spots where your pet pal will be welcomed. All you have to do is go. We show you how.

1. Driftwood Coffee and Eatery

Match your pet’s energy levels with a morning shot of expresso at Driftwood in Port Fairy. Expert baristas brew single origin beans from around the globe.

2. Australian Kelpie Centre

Explore the birthplace of the kelpie, a wonderfully smart and beloved Aussie breed. Follow the kelpie sculptures around Casterton on the Kelpie Walking Trail.

3. Rebecca’s Cafe

Paws for brunch, biscuit treats and a caffeine top-up at Rebecca’s in Port Fairy. Your four-legged companion can join you at a sunny outdoor table.

4. Meet the Maremma Middle Island Tours

Meet the clever Maremma dogs and the cute penguins they protect from predators on Middle Island. Tours run 18 December 2018 to 27 January 2019. Book online or at the Warrnambool Visitor Centre.

5. Timboon Fine Ice Cream

Stop into the Timboon Ice Creamery for a refreshing cone. Your pup will love the special doggie ice cream that is low in lactose and sugar, and with a dash of hemp oil for a healthy coat. 

6. Timboon to Camperdown Rail Trail

Trace the historic rail line on the 34km trail (one way) between Timboon and Camperdown. Pass by volcanic lakes, farmland and rainforest, traversing some challenging inclines.

7. Forrest Brewery

Taste-test the creations bottled by this popular microbrewery and brewpub, set in Forrest’s old general store. Pair with a bite from the tasty beer-influenced menu.

8. Wye General Store

Pick up some house-made bread and picnic supplies at Wye River for a beachside snack with your furry pal. Enjoy coffee and pastries or all-day brunch at the store cafe.

9. Swing Bridge Cafe

Swing into Lorne before 2.30pm Friday to Monday for lunch by the Erskine River and iconic swing bridge. The outdoor deck is popular with dog-lovers after their daily walk.

10. Whites Beach

Expect excited barking and vigorous shaking of a wet coat as your dog runs free along this sand-dune-edged coastline. Whites Beach is an off-leash area year-round.

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