Pet friendly holidays

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A dog, enjoying the breeze of an open window in a moving car

School holidays are often the most difficult time to get your furry four legged friend into his
regular holiday digs andSummer 2021 is without a doubt going to be even harder! Why not save on kennel fees and take him or her with you to enjoy a summer adventure with the entire family?

The team at Ready 4 Adventure are unashamedly passionate dog people with most of us having a pooch or two in our households. We will be running a series of stories on Pet Friendly holidays in WA so to inform and inspire our readers as much as ourselves on what we can do and where we can go with possibly the most spoiled member(s) of the family in tow.

First off the list is Busselton. Thanks to the team at RAC Parks & Resorts for this insight
into the top 8 pet friendly things to do in and around this popular southern coastal town.

1. Bunkers Bay

Stroll along Bunkers Bay before enjoying beachfront dining at Bunkers Beach House. Sheltered and untouched, Bunker Bay is a 2 km wide beach with soft white sand and clear gentle waves. Dogs are welcome on the beach and can be exercised off the leash! So consider taking a ball or freebie and let your pooch run!

Once you’ve soaked up the sun, pop into Bunkers Beach House, a pet-friendly restaurant with a delicious modern Australian menu and some of the best views of bay. And if you’re visiting at the right time of year, you’ll have the best seats in the bay for whale spotting!

2. Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough

Enjoy a day of entertainment and great food at Clancy’s Fish Pub, 1710 Caves Rd, Dunsborough.

You can literally spend all day at Clancy’s Fish Pub, it has that much on offer! With breathtaking views of soaring gum trees and a tranquil lake, tasty pub grub, a fantastic selection of local craft beers, ciders, wine and more. Events such as art exhibitions and film festivals to international touring acts – Clancy’s Fish Pub is fast becoming a cultural hub for the South West Region. With a huge grassy area, both children and dogs will love running around in the open fresh air while the adults can kick back, relax and enjoy an ice-cold beverage while watching the entertainment under shady umbrellas.

3. Sensations Café, Busselton Foreshore

Walk along the beautiful Busselton foreshore with the dog and stop by Sensations Café for a quick bite to eat. 1/24 Freycinet Drive, Busselton.

Start your day with a nice relaxing walk along the The Geographe Path towards the Port Geographe Marina. There’s a paved trail along the foreshore that’s perfect for walking your dog. Just before you reach the Marina, turn right down Freycinet Drive and visit Sensations Café located just on the left-hand side. This pet-friendly venue offers an amazing selection of local cuisine complimented by amazing views of the marina.

Sensations Café is open Tuesday to Sunday for breakfast, lunch, coffee & homemade cakes and slices.

4. Yallingup Maze, Yallingup

Explore the wanders of Yallingup Maze 3059 Caves Road, Yallingup.
If you’re looking for an enjoyable day trip within the Margaret River region, we highly recommend Yallingup Maze. This family owned operation offers a family filled day of brain bending fun with a huge selection of puzzles and games, a giant bouncy castle, an ever-changing maze and a nature playground among the trees. Ideal for kids, Yallingup is also dog-friendly! You just need to keep your pooch on the grassed areas and on a leash at all times.

5. Wine Region, Margaret River

If you think going on a wine tour is out of the question when you’ve got a four-legged friend to worry about – think again! Grape Escape South West Tours are the only company in Margaret River that offer a pet-friendly private charter for people and dogs!

The team behind Grape Escape can pick you up from your accommodation at RAC Busselton before setting off on a fully customised wine tour. Paul and Geri who run this amazing service have partnerships with all the dog-friendly wineries in the area. You’ll be stopping off at a great mix of small boutique wineries and larger venues that will all happily accommodate your much-loved pooch.

6. The Goose Beach Bar & Kitchen, Busselton

After an enjoyable day of exploring around the Margaret River or relaxing by the pool at RAC Busselton, put the pooch in the back seat and drive down to The Goose Beach Bar and Kitchen.

Right in front of the iconic Busselton Jetty, The Goose Beach Bar and Kitchen is a pet-friendly venue where you can enjoy a mouth-watering selection of fresh local produce within a relaxed atmosphere while relishing the fantastic ocean views.

7. Swallow’s Welcome Art Studio, Witchcliffe

If you’re an art lover, you need to visit Swallow’s Welcome Art Studio, where local water-colour artist Patrica Negus is usually hard at work but very happy to have a chat. Pat specialises in painting birds, fish, shells, chooks, ducks and beautiful wildflowers.

All her work is on permanent display in the mudbrick Chapel, which also features amazing leadlight windows created by Dawn Klok, as well as a terrific mosaic by Jenny Hunt.

Available outside in the shade of Redgum trees is a wood barbecue great for a BYO picnic with the kids and the dog!

8. The Bush Loop, West Busselton

Take the dog on a fantastic walk around The Bush Loop. Whether it’s for an early morning hike or a relaxing afternoon stroll, The Bush Loop is a great walking path to take your pooch for a wander. Just make sure to keep your furry friend on a leash at all times.

Located in West Busselton, The Bush Loop is a 4.5-kilometre round trail that wraps along beautiful bushland and the Vasse Diversion Drain, cutting through suburban streets all the way back to the start of the track.

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