Many of us now enjoy taking our four-legged friends away on holiday. Leaving them at home while you travel can be daunting for both the dogs and the owners.
Although there are plenty of pet-friendly accommodation providers within the Margaret River region, you may not be willing or allowed to leave them alone at your holiday home for any period of time. In fact, if you’re staying in Busselton, Dunsborough or Yallingup, it is now against the law to leave your dog unattended at home.
But this shouldn’t stop you from having a good time. There are now several dog friendly wineries and breweries within the region, and you can even book dog friendly tours in Margaret River. Why not enjoy some world-class wine, beer and food in comfort with your fur baby?
So I hear you ask, how do dog friendly tours in Margaret River work? Well, it’s pretty simple, just find a tour operator who’s happy to take your dog along for the ride, then select some dog friendly venues. The best dog friendly tours will even look after your dog if you want to visit one or two locations that don’t allow dogs.
Here are some of our favourite dog friendly wineries and breweries in Margaret River –
Marri Wood Park
Located in Yallingup, Marri Wood Park is a boutique family-owned and operated vineyard. Set of 16 acres and 10,000 vines, this unique setting makes you feel at one with nature. The combination of no chemicals, pesticides, fertiliser and even no irrigation, has labelled Marri Wood as a Demeter-certified biodynamic vineyard. If you’re a lover of white wines, make sure you try the Chenin Blanc.
Dogs are welcome both inside and outside the venue, and if you visit Marri Wood with Star Class Tours you’ll even be treated to a cheese and biscuits platter for no charge!
Windance Estate is another Demeter-certified biodynamic vineyard that produces world-class small batch wine using sustainable practices. Located 5km south of Yallingup, this 39-hectare property produces some of the best award-winning wine in the region.
With an amazingly relaxed outlook, this family owned and operated vineyard is a great way to finish the day with a fantastic fortified.
After Hours Wines
Located in North Jindong, this cellar door offers a calm atmosphere in a farm setting. Their unique approach involves a dry grown, shoot and bunch thinned process which produces intensely flavoured high-quality small-batch wines.
The owner Warwick is among the most affable vineyard owners in Margaret River and has a unique style of discussing wine and gin. They’ll be releasing their one line of gin very soon, so stay tuned for release dates.
Dogs are also welcome inside at After Hours Wines, nnd you may even be greeted by Albert when you arrive, the owner’s affectionate border collie.
If you’re looking to taste some obscure varieties of wine using fruits that are rarely used in Margaret River, LS Merchants is a must on your dog friendly tours of Margaret River. This rural cellar door is located in Cowaramup and strives to provide a fun, relaxed and family-friendly venue that caters for all, including man’s best friend.
If you’re a novice when it comes to wine and looking to learn a thing or two, the team at LS MErchants deliver education in layman’s terms.
With dogs allowed inside the venue, the cosy fireplace makes this a great choice for dog friendly tours during the colder months.
Beerfarm is one the Margaret River’s best-known dog-friendly breweries. Located on an old dairy farm in Metricup, the tavern and brewery are known for serving great beer and food, in a relaxed “non-fancy” setting.
Beerfarm welcomes dogs within both the inside and outside areas of their tavern and you’re sure to come across another dog or two, if not more, on each visit.
Wild Hop Brewing Company
Opening in 2019, Wild Hop is a brew-pub that offers modern facilities, in a relaxed kid and dog friendly atmosphere. The ever-changing range of batch brews ranges from mouth watering sours right through to ciders and ales.
Located on a family property in Yallingup, the inside dining area and outdoor alfresco/open overlooking the lake area are both dog friendly. This is another great option for dog friendly tours in Margaret River.
Black Brewing Co
Located on Caves Road in Wilyabrup and nestled next to a picturesque lake with a centre water feature, Black Brewing Co produces some of the region’s best craft beers and their very own selection of craft gins.
The brewery includes a grassed area overlooking the lake where you can enjoy a drink and/or meal and relax in armchairs with your dog by your side.
Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co
Also located on Caves Road in Wilyabrup, Cheeky Monkey is another superb choice for dog friendly tours in Margaret River. Combining an award-winning restaurant and some nationally recognised beers, you’ll find a large playground for the little ones and a scenic vineyard and lake for the oldies.
The outdoor setting has water bowls and is vastly spread out, making it ideal for active dogs. However, it also includes shady umbrellas for the two-legged group members. You might even bump into the brewery’s own dog wandering around the property.
Dog Friendly Tours Margaret River from Star Class Tours
If you’re looking for the best dog friendly tours Margaret River has to offer, make sure you get in touch with Terry from Star Class Tours Margaret River. His private wine tours and beer tours are rated 5 stars and tailored to the requirements of your individual group and occasion.
As an added bonus, Terry will even dog-sit while you visit one or two venues that don’t accept dogs.
“Highly recommended! We were able to bring along our dog and Terry picked out some amazing dog-friendly wineries and breweries to visit. He even took care of our dog while we visited one brewery that didn’t accept dogs. Terry’s knowledge of the area, and fun and friendly nature made the day a really great experience. We’ll definitely be using him again on our next holiday to Margs!”