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Your Dog's Happy Space - The Grampians Way

  • 7th February 2019
  • Amanda Cochran
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Did someone say road trip? Ears flapping, wind in your fur… Find your dog's happy space the Grampians Way! Dog-friendly wineries with outdoor spaces give a warm welcome to your fur baby. Posh pooches might appreciate a cheeky chunk of cheese or nibble at an antipasto platter while you sip the region's award-winning Shiraz. Take a stroll with your four-legged friend in one of our regional gardens and breathe in the clear cool air on a warm day. Hot dogs and cool humans love a little pet-friendly break, come and sniff out all the best waterholes for that irresistible dip and discover the perfect pet-friendly places on your road-trip through the Grampians...

Open seven days a week, experience the beauty of country Victoria the Grampians way at Seppelt’s Great Western historic cellar door for a tasting or to purchase wine, coffee, a light lunch or cheese platter with picnic tables, grassy lawns and dog bowls outdoors; your pooch can rehydrate while you sip on shiraz. Everybody’s happy!

If you’re on a wine tasting trail throughout Grampians wine village Great Western, a stop-off at family-owned Grampians Estate is a “must”; with local wine tastings, wine tutorials, cheese platters, muffins and espresso coffee in a warm and friendly environment. Your furry friend is also welcome to relax in the outdoors with access to water bowls while he or she patiently (or impatiently!) waits.

Also open seven days, the new Salingers Cafe is the perfect destination dining in the Grampians Region. Offering an all-day breakfast menu and a lunch menu starting at 11:30am every day. Enjoy the private courtyard with your fur baby in tow.

With a stunning backdrop of the Grampians National Park, visit Pomonal Estate and enjoy a selection of regional wines, handcrafted ciders and beers and delicious nibbles. The spectacular views, the cellar door and grassy lawn makes this the ideal spot to kick back and relax or wear your fur baby out; throw a frisbee and shake off all those wiggles and wags. Enquire with management about staying with your furry friend at Mt Cassel Villa on the property; good-natured, well-behaved dogs might just get the nod!

Good dogs on a lead are welcome to wet their palettes in the water bowls on offer on the deck at Harvest Café & Provedore; providing delicious breakfasts, lunches and light snacks with ingredients sourced from the local Grampians region. The provedore is stocked with the bounty of beautiful produce, wine and beer that the Grampians region has to offer.

Consisting of 6 pyramid shaped units all well-spaced and surrounded by 50 acres of native vegetation located five minutes from Halls Gap and the Grampians, Grampians Getaway welcome you and your furry, four-legged friend (on approval by management) to this peaceful location at the foothills of the Grampians. Perfect for the hotter days, the on-site dam provides guests with canoeing, in-season yabbying, fishing and loads of dog-paddling for your puppy!

Gariwerd Motel is the perfect location for you and your pet to stay whilst you visit the glorious Grampians region. Gariwerd is located just 700 metres from the centre of Halls Gap, with the whole of the Grampians yours to explore from this pretty little base camp. A short walk with your four-legged friend into the centre of Halls Gap gets you fabulous food and coffee at Live Fast Café where can sip on a turmeric latte on the verandah furry friend by your side, grab a pie at the nearby bakery, or perhaps an ice cream at the famous Coolas Ice Creamery.

The Halls Gap Hotel family bistro, surrounded by their huge open verandah, is the perfect place to enjoy a cold beer and the magnificent views of the Grampians with your best (four-legged) mate. Located on the edge of town, Halls Gap Hotel is a short bush walk from the centre of Halls Gap and offers a wide ranging menu offering quality meals including a kids menu as well as an outdoor playground; dog AND kid friendly! Winner!

Tim's Place offers a bedroom with yard and dog kennel to guests who would like to bring their dog on holiday with them to the Grampians. Guests have a sunny north facing bedroom with a double bed and a single bed with a verandah, table and chairs in a spacious fenced yard. Quiet and peaceful, the onsite kennel can be placed just outside the glass sliding door. Guests must bring bedding for their dogs and the dogs are not allowed into the bedroom. Tim's dog, Beau, a friendly, older chocolate coloured Labrador looks forward to meeting new friends. There is no charge for the dogs and guests pay normal rates. Keep your pooch on a lead outside the yard.

Parker Street Project is the more casual dining area at Dunkeld’s Royal Mail Hotel and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Serving comfort seasonal food with interesting local, Australian and International wines, Parker Street Project also has a range of boutique beers, ciders and garden-inspired cocktails, perfect for sipping alongside your wagging companion in the courtyard which is pet-friendly for well-behaved dogs and boasts some of the most stunning vistas of the southern Grampians mountains. Take a stroll afterwards at the Dunkeld Arboretum and admire the views from a different angle.

Grampians Olive Co is home to the historic Toscana Olives - the perfect stop for you and your pooch on your Grampians day trip. Enjoy a coffee (or puppucino!) from their newly-launched on-site coffee roastery, relax on the deck with your four-legged friend and take in the stunning views of the western Grampians olive grove. Enjoy free tastings of the estate-produced premium organic olive oils in the farm shop, including the distinctive range of infusions, table olives and artisan vinegars.