To ensure you don’t spend your weekends barking up the wrong tree, VisitCanberra has put together our hit list of things to do with your fur babies.
Pop your pooch on a leash and soak up some vitamin D with a leisurely walk among taking in some of Canberra’s most picturesque scenery.
Head to Weston Park in Yarralumla for lovely views across the water and beyond to the city and Black Mountain. Keep your eyes peeled for the odd kangaroo at sunset.
Canberra’s masterful centrepiece, Lake Burley Griffin, is an ideal puppy’s playground. Do as the locals do and enjoy the leisurely 5km ‘bridge to bridge’ walk or take a seat and enjoy some people and pooch watching.
Once you’re both tuckered out, let your furry friend cool off in the water. Dogs are permitted to swim in most of Canberra's lakes, provided they are not within 10 metres of a sign-posted public swimming area.
If you prefer to let your canine friend roam free, fenced dog parks are available at a number of locations throughout Canberra.
We all know brunch is a must-do when you’re in the capital – but there’s no reason to leave your pup at home.
For fresh, natural, wholefoods and cold pressed juices, head to Local Press Café on Kingston Foreshore.
Blend in with the weekend brunch crowds at Braddon coffee spot, Barrio, which sure to satisfy even the pickiest coffee connoisseur.
Get cosy and comfortable at Mocan and Green Grout , an ethical and eco-friendly café located in the arts and cultural hub of Canberra’s NewActon precinct.
Housed in Acton’s historic Old Canberra House, Ivy and the Fox is the perfect spot for a long lunch looking out to Lake Burley Griffin, with plenty of room for your mate to roam free under the trees.
Hydrate your furry friend and caffeinate yourself in the outdoor seating area at The Knox Made in Watson.
Flower festivals, fundraisers and fine dining – why do humans get to have all the fun? Well in Canberra, we’re all for equality. Be sure to add these pup-tastic events to your diary.
Canberra’s biggest celebration of spring is opening up the gates to our pups on Saturday 14 October! Pose with your pup in the photo booth, chow down on delicious delicacies at the Pooch Café and soak up some sunshine as you peruse more than one million blooms.
Join the fight against animal cruelty and hit the pavement with your four-legged friend. This year’s event attracted thousands of people and raised almost $30,000 for the cause. Be sure to register your interest for the 2018 event.
Hit the Doggie Mall for some retail therapy, dine in style with an elegant high tea or check out the stage shows for some canine-centric entertainment.
After a busy day out and about, you and your pooch will need somewhere to rest your heads.
Fortunately, Mercure Canberra encourages guests to bring their loyal friends on holiday with them. This heritage-listed, centrally-located hotel extends the star treatment to pets of all ages and sizes with dedicated pet-friendly rooms and even a Pampered Pet Package!
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