THE FOLD LOVES :: A Weekend With Your Pooch!
Where To Keep Your Furry Bestie Happy and Hydrated
Highland folk love our hounds, which means there is lots to do with our four legged friends when the weekend rolls around.
A Saturday favourite for us (and our own doggos) is The Cherry Tree Walk in Bowral. Meet at the Bowral swimming pool on Mittagong Road Bowral. There are plenty of places to park your car and the walk into the township is gorgeous.
This is an on-lead walk and takes about 20-30 minutes until you reach the edge of Bong Bong Street. Grab breakfast at Raw & Wild Market Café which is a dog friendly venue that has a special doggie menu with Dog-A-Cino's and servings of organic beef pasta made especially for our fur babies - sooo cool! They also offer mats, water bowls, and plenty of canine companions at nearby tables.
The return walk is another 30 minutes depending on your fitness level so it’s a great way to start the day for you and your mate.
A visit to Seymour Park in Moss Vale offers some off-the-leash action with a very large fenced-in area where your dogs can roam safely and freely.
If you're in the mood do some shopping, the artisan shops of Moss Vale are so welcoming of pooches, and lunch at the Briars Country Lodge and Historic Inn on the way back into Bowral offers great outdoor areas that your dogs can enjoy while you tuck into some hearty country food.
On Sunday, you can take in a longer walk through the state forest at Box Vale Track which offers a 2-4 hour walk through native wooded areas with great single-track walking for off-leash exploring with either the 60 foot water falls or a hike up the hill to take in the views of the region.
As most farms and all national parks do not allow dogs because of the native animals, the state forest options in the area offer bushland that your dogs can adventure in with you. Box Vale Track can be accessed by Alexandra Reserve at Mittagong or via the turnoff on the Old Hume Highway on the way to Berrima opposite the Artemis Winery turn off.
There are many AirBnB and Stayz options for accommodation with your canine as well as a vineyard retreat – Dogue at Blue Metal Vineyard in Berrima - where your dog can make new friends while you take some time out for yourself.
And if you cannot bear to part with your mate The Grape Escape offer Dog Friendly Wine Tours.
If your pooch likes a little more activity than that, try one of the seven Bundanoon Discovery Rambles that your dog is welcome to enjoy with you.
These walks are designed to show you not only bushland but homes of the earliest settlers, the oldest commercial buildings, pioneer graves, quaint lanes and along the way you will pass beautiful gardens with glimpses of rugged sandstone escarpments the area is famous for.
Pic via @oyuxi and Dogue