A guide to the Southern Highlands with your dog

Southern highlands dog guide

Over the years more and more homes are welcoming a dog into their family, which means more people are looking for ways to include their furry family members in their day to day life and more travellers wanting to bring them along on day trips and holidays.

I have compiled a list of the dog friendly cafes, pubs, parks, walks, swimming spots and a local list of vets, boarding kennels and diy dog wash locations.

Dog Friendly Bars & Cafes

Allumer Coffee & Eatery

Located in the main street of Bowral, Allumer cafe have some tables and stools out the front where you can sit with your furry friend while enjoying a morning coffee or maybe an afternoon treat.

Allumer bowral

Artemis Wines

Located outside of Mittagong in a town called Woodlands, Artemis Wines welcomes your dogs out on their deck which has plenty of shade so your dog can rest easy while you enjoy a glass of wine.

Artemis wines

Boston 107

‘The Boston’ is located in the heart of Mittagong in the stand out building covered in ivy. There is a Beautiful courtyard where your dogs are welcome by your side while you enjoy a morning coffee or delicious brunch.

Boston 107

Burrawang Village Hotel

This dog friendly pub is located in the small country village of Burrawang. Beautiful views, amazing food ( I recommend the pork belly) and your dog by your side. What more could you want!

Burrawang hotel

Glass Cafè

The Glass Cafè is located at the entrance to Mittagong. A lovely courtyard out the back allows your dogs to enjoy your company while you enjoy the amazing food they serve here.

Glass cafe

Gumnut Patisserie

Gumnut Patisserie is very popular among locals and travellers. They have 3 shops throughout the region and you can even take your furry friend along to sit with you at both the Mittagong and Berrima locations. Mittagong have tables and chairs outside on the grass and Berrima a lovely courtyard with more seating. This is a must stop over on your trip!

Gumnut Patisserie

Kookabar Cafe

The Kookabar Cafe is located in Bowral near the lovely Corbett Gardens. Head over here and your dog will enjoy sitting with you out the front where they offer mats to sit on, water bowls and might even find a treat or two or three offered.

Kookabar Cafe

Lil Piggy

Lil Piggy is a recent opening in 2021 in the heart of Mittagong and they are already a big hit amongst the locals. With delicious food and friendly service you can’t go wrong, but it gets better, with a lovely courtyard that accommodates your furry friends and they even have their own pupachinos and treats to enjoy.

Lil Piggy

Magpie Cafe

Located in the small town of Berrima, Magpie Café loves welcoming your furry family members in their front garden. This is a great place to enjoy your morning coffee, before venturing off on a walk along Berrima River.

Magpie cafe

Raw & Wild Cafe

Located in the heart of Bowral, this is a gourmet dog friendly café which offers delicious natural food for you and even a menu for your dog! This is a great place to head to after a walk along the nearby Cherry tree walk.

Raw and wild cafe

Scottish Arms Hotel

Located in East Bowral this is a beautiful beer garden with an inside restraunt. Your pups are welcome in the courtyard with plenty of shade to lounge around and water bowls offered. Amazing food and Scottish beers are to be enjoyed here.

Scottish arms hotel

Shaggy Cow cafè

Located in the heart of Mittagong, the shaggy cow is popular among locals. Dogs are welcome in the courtyard and front tables.

Shaggy cow cafe

Surveyor General Inn

Surveyor General Inn is located in Berrima. A piece of our History being the oldest continuously run inn. Dogs are allowed inside the front bar as well as outside so you pup can certainly feel at home resting by your side.

Surveyor General hotel

The Royal Hotel

Located at the entrance to Bowral, Dogs are welcome in the beer garden on the side of the pub. Great food and friendly atmosphere. Locally reffered to as ‘The Royal’, you’ll find this place popular eccspecially on weekends.

The royal hotel

Wt 1331

Nestled away in the stunning Corbett plaza in the heart of bowral, a new bakery brings the authentic taste of Beirut to the highlands. Delicious flatbreads and treats to enjoy while you pooch joins you in their outdoor seating area as well as the undercover tables. Water bowls are provided as well as hooks at the entrance so you can safely tie your pup up while you go inside.

Wt 1331

Dog Friendly Accommodation

Coming soon…

Dog Friendly Hikes & Walks

The Southern Highlands is full of adventure for you and your dogs. There are many walks that are in the national parks so be sure to check before you venture out. Here is a list of dog friendly walks that I have come across. Please note dogs must be on leash for all walks.

Berrima Riverside Walk

This easy walk runs alongside the Wingecarribee River. Your dog can even take a dip in the river but be sure to keep them on leash. Click here for more information.

Bong Bong Common

Starting point located in Burradoo at Cecil hoskins reserve, this walk has stunning countryside to take in and is along side the Bong Bong River.  The track is fully paved and if followed to the end is 4.35km to railway road. You can turn around at any point to make the walk shorter.

Box Vale Walking Track

The Box Vale track is by far one of my personal favourites. There are quite a few different tracks that take you throughout bushland behind Mittagong that were once used for coal mine access. A lot of history is here and so much to see including a tunnel through a large rock wall and boulder cuttings. Click here for more information

Cherry Tree Walk

The Cherry Tree walk is a popular walking track right through the suburbs of bowral starting at Bowral Pool and leading to east bowral where you’ll find the the botanic gardens. The walk starts with 526 cherry trees that were planted in memoriam of those that dies in the Vietnam war. For the most stunning experience, visit in spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The walk in total reaches 4.7km following the path all the way to the botanic gardens or turn around at any point to head into town.

Gibbergunyah Reserve

Gibbergunyah is a lovely walk in Bowral through a protected reserve. Kangaroos, wombats and echidnas can be seen. There are 2 entrances and multiple circuits ranging from 1km to 2.5km each. Click here to see more information

Mt Gibraltar Reserve

‘The Gib’ as its locally known is a fantastic hike to the top where you have 2 viewing platforms to see over the towns of Mittagong and Bowral. There are many different starting points and tracks to follow. Click here to find out more…

Off leash dog parks

The Southern Highlands has a small array of off leash dog parks for your dogs to enjoy safely and contained.

Follow this link for more information and location of our dog parks.

Off leash dog parks

Remember these general rules…

  • Always have full control and constant supervision of your dog.
  • Pick up any waste after your dog.
  • Give space to those around you and always be mindful of dogs that are of a significant size difference.
  • Never be in control of more than 4 dogs in any public space.
  • Do not take unvaccinated dogs to the park.
  • Desex your dog or do not take females in heat to the park.
  • Do not bring food into the park.
  • Do not bring small kids into the park.
  • Keep a harness or collar attached to your dog and carry their leash with you.

Veterinary Clinics

We have some amazing veterinary clinics here in the Southern Highlands. Click on the photos below for Contact details and further information


Mittagong vet hospital
Ironmines Vet Mittagong
Highlands vet hospital


Alcorn st vet
Bong bong vet
Bowral vet hospital

Moss Vale

Mossvale vet hospital
Southern highlands vet


Bundanoon vet

Boarding Kennels

We have a few options for boarding kennels here in the Southern Highlands as well as a nearby kennel in Wollondilly. There are listed below, click on the photos for more information.

Kelston kennels
Berrima kennels
Dogue retreat
Bargo kennels

Dog Wash Locations

Petbarn Mittagong

Highlands Vet Braemar

We know Pets Bowral

This list may not be all there is to offer and will be updated accordingly as new information is shared or found. I hope this assists locals in their daily lives with their pets and visitors with planning their trips 🙂

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