This is for all my fellow four-legged, wagging-tailed buddies on the best places for dogs and their owners to eat, play and stay in the Daylesford Macedon region.

Places to Walk and Sniff

There are so many terrific scents to uncover while the humans wander and take in the sights. Here are my top five: 

  1. Domino Rail Trail between Trentham and Lyonville (Radio Springs Hotel) 
  2. Daylesford Sunday Market
  3. Wesley Hill Market, Castlemaine 
  4. Black Hill Reserve on the outskirts of Kyneton
  5. Creswick Market

Venues to Sneak Treats in

We all know that a core part of any good outing is the time when the humans need to eat. A skill all dogs learn at an early age is the art of hiding, ninja-like, under the table and moving in on any morsels of food that may have been dropped. Directing your owners to the best puppy-friendly establishments is important to ensure you get those tidbits.  Here are a few for you: 

  • Glenlyon The Glenlyon Store  
  • Clunes Bread & Circus Provedore – enclosed garden 
  • Kyneton AJ’s Eatery, Duck Duck Goose & Larder, Dr Abalone, Monsieur Pierre, The Parklands Kyneton 
  • Woodend Milko Café, Fox and Chamber Café 
  • Mount Macedon Mt Macedon Trading Post 
  • Romsey Soltan Pepper, Evan’s Wine and Cheese Bar 
  • Gisborne Jed Café - outside seating 
  • New Gisborne Baringo Food & Wine Co. 
  • Blackwood Garden of St Erth – Fork to Fork Café 
  • Daylesford Pancho - dog-friendly courtyard, Wombat Hill Café, Cliffy’s Emporium, The Boathouse Restaurant @ Lake Daylesford - dog-friendly courtyard 
  • Talbot Talbot Provedore and Eatery 
  • Hepburn Springs Blue Bean Love Restaurant – dog-friendly courtyard 
  • Castlemaine The Dove Café

Beer Gardens for Snoozing 

For those owners who want to sample some of the best cooling ales and wines in the region, it’s essential that a pup can find a shady spot to lie down in and have a snooze. A cool bowl of water is usually on offer as well. Be aware we are only allowed to laze in the beer gardens of these establishments.  

  • The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Trentham 
  • Animus Distillery, Kyneton 
  • The Farmers Arms, Creswick 
  • The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine 
  • Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs 
  • The Farmers Arms, Daylesford 
  • National Hotel, Clunes

Pet-friendly Accommodation  

At the end of the day, every pooch needs a comfy bed - one that is close enough to the fur-kin to get the occasional pat, scruff and snuggle.  Here’s a list of just some of the pet-friendly places to stay. Be sure to lull them to sleep with your puppy snores so that you can have more success in sneaking onto their bed later.  

  • Ballan Caravan Park 
  • Jubilee Lake Holiday Park, Daylesford
  • Daylesford Country Retreats 
  • Peonies & Pomegranates B&B, Gisborne
  • Yeramba Equestrian Farmstay, Blampied 
  • Hollow Log Estate, Musk Vale
  • Matilda Cottage, Gisborne South 
  • Tara B&B, Guildford
  • Rowanston on the Track, Glenhope 
  • Villa Nova B&B Retreat, Guildford 
  • Clunes Caravan Park 
  • Creswick Caravan Park 
  • Beckworth Retreat, Clunes 
  • Mews Cottages, New Gisborne

So now you know where to direct the fur-folk next time they head to this destination of pooch pleasure. Go and hunt down a marrow bone or a sneaky bit of cheese. You deserve it.