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Qld vs WA: which is more pet-friendly?

Victoria comes close, NSW barely makes the cut and Tassie doesn’t even get a mention. But Queensland and Western Australia are almost neck and neck when it comes to being pet-friendly. Find out who’s top dog...

They’re on the trams, in the pubs and sunbathe in the afternoon light at my local hairdresser. Melbourne loves dogs. Just head to a park at five o’clock or the Brighton dog beach in summer. Nowhere else could possibly love dogs more than Melbourne, right? 





According to recommendations made by more than ten thousand members of, only four of the top 20 most pet-friendly places in Australia are in Victoria. 


New South Wales and South Australia only get two mentions each, Canberra only gets one and both Tasmania and the Northern Territory don’t make the list at all.


The states with the most entries on the list are Queensland and Western Australia, with Brisbane’s South Bank not only topping the Australian list, but also being the only Australian entrant in the global top ten most pet-friendly places.


But despite Queensland taking out the top two spots, with only five to Western Australia’s six mentions on the list, it looks like the Sunshine State comes in second when it comes being pet friendly. 


From over 54,000 locations that were recommended worldwide, 20 Aussie places made the top 100 list, pipped at the post by the UK with 30, followed by the USA with 26. Australia took the top spot for the world’s most pet-friendly beaches, while the UK had the most pet friendly tourist attractions and the USA had the most pet friendly parks.


When it comes to keeping our four-legged friends fit and healthy, Australia leads the way having more dog-friendly beaches than any other country.



“We’ve collated these recommendations over the past two years and a handful of countries, including the UK, USA and Australia are leading the way with pet-friendly cafes and attractions. It’s great to see Australia take 20 of the 100 spots, really driving home that the nation is one of pet lovers,” Managing Director Tim Lyons said.


Australia’s Most Pet-Friendly Places:

  1. South Bank, Brisbane (world #7) 
  2. North Stradbroke Island, Moreton Bay, Queensland (world #12) 
  3. Hahndorf German Settlement, Adelaide Hills (world #21) 
  4. Safety Bay, Perth, Western Australia (world #26) 
  5. Big Banana, New South Wales (world #29) 
  6. Watiparinga Reserve, Adelaide, South Australia (world #36) 
  7. Ballarat Botanical Gardens Reserve, Victoria (world #38) 
  8. Gold Coast, Broadwater, Queensland (world #39) 
  9. Floreat/Peasholm Dog Beach, Floreat, Western Australia (world #42) 
  10. Lights In The Attic café, Hawthorn, Melbourne (world #44) 
  11. Lux Foundry, Melbourne (world #48) 
  12. Eumundi Markets, Sunshine Coast (world #50) 
  13. Kings Park, Perth (world #61) 
  14. Belle General Café, East Ballina, New South Wales (world #64) 
  15. Drift Café, Margaret River, Western Australia (world #66) 
  16. SkyHigh Mount Dandenong, Victoria (world #76) 
  17. Burns Beach Café, Perth (world #79) 
  18. The Pool Café, Peregian Springs, Queensland (world #81) 
  19. Yarralumla Gallery and The Oaks Brasserie, Canberra (world #85) 
  20. Mrs. S Café, Maylands, Western Australia (world #94)


Global Top 10 Most Pet-Friendly Places:

  1. The Eden Project, Cornwall, UK 
  2. Lake Merritt, Oakland, USA 
  3. Piedmont Park, Piedmont, USA 
  4. Watercress Line, Hampshire, UK 
  5. Cashmere Hill Lookout, Victoria Park, New Zealand 
  6. Lost Gardens of Heligan, St. Austell, UK 
  7. South Bank, Brisbane, Australia 
  8. Verteuil-sur-Charente, France 
  9. Mission Bay, Auckland, New Zealand 
  10. Ibirapuera Park, Sao Paulo


Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 10 August 2018

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