Margaret River is one of Western Australia’s most beautiful regions.
From fabulous surf breaks to expansive countryside to world-renowned wineries, it’s the ultimate destination for the whole family. Visit the town of Margaret River and soak up the luxe wine bars and decadent restaurants, or take a cycle or river-side walk. Plus, the surrounding towns of Busselton, Yallingup and Dunsborough also boast spectacular scenery, national parks and beaches.
Best of all, Western Australia knows what’s up when it comes to pet-friendly holidaying! We’ve pulled together some of the finest pet-friendly accommodation and dining options in the Margaret River region – and Fido’s guaranteed to enjoy them too.
Silversprings Cottages is one of Margaret River’s best-kept secrets. Set amongst 101 acres, the cottages offer valley views, a tranquil bush setting and close proximity to the region’s vineyards. This farm-style accommodation has a warm, friendly atmosphere and the owners are full of hospitality. All cottages are self-contained and you can treat yourself to free in-house movies, and an in-house chef or massage by appointment.
You can choose from four cottages. Silversprings Cottage was originally the owner’s family home, with three bedrooms with vineyard/valley views. With a mix of queen, double and bunk beds, the cottage can sleep up to 9 people and pets are more than welcome to run around in the fenced backyard. There’s also an entertaining area with BBQ, tile fire, and an outdoor setting for 6 people. Banksia Cottage is super private, making it great for honeymoon couples. From spas, bathrobes and gift baskets, to services like massages and a private chef, this is a way to get 5-star comfort without the price-tag. With a fully equipped kitchen, laundry, wood tile fire, verandah, entertaining area and corner spa and shower, you’ll have everything you need for a relaxing stay. If you want something a little smaller, go for Red Gum or Tea Tree cottage, each with a king-sized bed, spa, fully equipped kitchen, tile fire, outdoor shower, and BBQ.
Redgate Forest Retreat is located in the gorgeous wine region of Margaret River, on a 167 acre country property. Complete with a small olive grove, blue-gum plantation, natural bush and dams, this is a pet-friendly accomodation option for those who want to get off grid and reconnect with nature. Enjoy the local birdlife and stunning WA sunset beaches right on your doorstep.
100% pet-friendly and securely fenced, your four-legged family can enjoy the great outdoors, while you enjoy a relaxing BBQ. Close-by to local wineries and beaches where you can enjoy stunning W.A sunsets, we think this is the definition of a true retreat!
This spacious country-style home is right in the thick of things, just minutes away from Margaret River speciality shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries. Situated on a half-acre property, you’re directly opposite lush forest and walking trails. Waters Edge Margaret River Guesthouse is the ideal spot to go off-grid and soak up the serenity amongst landscaped native gardens and abundant wildlife.
Whether you’re part of a couple, group or family, the self-contained, pet-friendly accommodation will cater to your needs. It sleeps 8, with a spacious lounge, dining and living area, 4x queen beds and 1x king bed and 3x expansive outdoor entertaining decks. All bedrooms have their own separate entry to the outdoor atrium.
Waters Edge Guesthouse has all the trimmings too, from LCD TVs and Foxtel in every bedroom, a DVD library, a slow-combustion wood fire, deluxe linen and organic bath products. Plus, you can top it all off with a complimentary wine from Redgate Wines, Margaret River.
Grangeview Guesthouse is a gorgeous B&B based in Busselton. With 2x bedrooms, 2x bathrooms, spacious living area and a patio, it sleeps 5-6 people comfortably. Whether you’re looking to use it as a base to explore the beautiful south-west, or as a tranquil home-away-from-home, this guesthouse can cater to your needs. Only a 7 minute drive from town, it’s ideally located close to shops, restaurants, wineries and beautiful beaches. The relaxed country setting, friendly service and comfortable amenities also make it easy to while away a day in the garden.
Grangeview Guesthouse Busselton is a pet-friendly accommodation, welcoming vaccinated dogs and cats. The property is fully fenced, making it 100% safe for your pets to explore. All pets are allowed inside, as long as BYO bedding is supplied.
Margaret River is known for it’s superior wines and there’s no shortage of cellar doors around. The Berry Farm has built a reputation as one of the best in the region, so you know it’s definitely worth a visit. It combines a cellar door and cottage cafe.
The winery is known for sparkling fruit wines, dessert wines, ports, liqueurs, ciders and vinegars, and you can grab yourself some delicious homemade jams, preserves and syrups too. The cafe specialises in fresh, local produce and gourmet creations. Both the cellar door and cafe are proudly dog-friendly, and with a kids playground, it’s a great day out for the whole family. The Berry Farm is open 7 days a week (Cellar Door – 10am – 4.30pm and Cafe 10am-4pm)
Located right on Gnarabup Beach, The White Elephant Beach Cafe is a fabulous pet-friendly cafe just 10 kilometres from Margaret River. It’s known for its wholesome fare, with locally sourced ingredients, house-made treats and delicious coffee.
The menu offers up casual beachside dining at its best, with creative takes on classic meals. For brekky, sample wild mushrooms on sourdough with beetroot and thyme relish, poached eggs, feta and smashed pumpkin, or spiced porridge with housemate granola and pickled rhubarb. For lunch, choose from beef burgers, steak sandwiches, fish wraps or a tasty moroccan-spiced chicken salad with feta, cashews and roast capsicum.
With a large deck, you can soak up uninterrupted ocean views or relax by the fire on cooler days. Your pets are welcome in the outdoor seating area, and the staff supply water bowls. The cafe is open every day from 7.30am – 3pm.
Right in the centre of Busselton, The Urban Coffee House is a fantastic option for families. There’s a spacious outdoor area, plenty of table seating and even a kids area complete with board and card games. With speciality WA roasted coffee. Prana chai, Elmstock tea and gluten-free cakes on offer, you can easily while away a morning while you watch the world go by.
If your belly is rumbling, you can go straight for the big brekky (which has vegetarian and vegan options) or try the French toast, pancakes or scrambled eggs with wilted spinach and Danish feta. For lunch, you can’t go past the lasagne, red lentil and pumpkin dahl or their healthy take on the classic cheese burger.
The Urban Coffee House is super conscious of the environment and prides themselves on biodegradable and reusable packaging. Bring your keep cup for a 20c discount! The cafe is open Mon-Fri 6am-3pm, Saturdays 7am-3pm and Sundays 7am-2pm.
Clancy’s Fish Pub has multiple venues around W.A and their Dunsborough institution is absolutely worth a visit while you’re exploring Margaret River. Overlooking a tranquil lake and lush bushland, this north-facing venue has views aplenty. You can expect a family friendly atmosphere, delicious pub fare and a huge selection local beers and wines on offer. Clancy’s attracts a diverse crowd; local families, surfers, tourists and of course, doggos!
They specialise in sustainable Australian seafood, with a menu that features Kilpatrick and natural oysters, charred octopus with smoked chorizo and kindler potatoes, prawn tacos with crunch slaw and cilantro mayo, and even a kids fish and chips. You can also sample battered feta fingers with green tomato relish, charred cauliflower steak with chickpea curry or a classic chicken parmy or beef burger. And of course, don’t forget dessert – you can’t go past the caramel macchiato waffle with candied pecans. They’re open from 11am til late, Monday to Sunday.
The Studio Bistro is a gorgeous restaurant in the town of Yallingup. It’s attached to a gallery, which means you can scope out original WA artworks before you grab a feed. Because it’s not associated with a particular winery, you can count on a really varied and cleverly constructed wine list, with east coast and international labels to choose from.
The bistro-style menu offers share dishes and mains that range from duck-liver parfait and Shark Bay whiting fillets, to Moqueca (brazilian stew) with WA seafood complemented with Peruvian peppers. You can sample the roasted wattle seed parsnip with Jerusalem artichoke, the house made gnocchi and the pork belly with tamarind and maple glaze. And if your party is feeling up to the task, why not take on their whole duck, swimming in Thai red sauce and chilli?!