21 Mar 2024

If you and your furry friend are ready to “paws” and relax, Yorke Peninsula is the perfect place for a getaway. 

Yorke Peninsula is a very dog-friendly location. It could even be said that dogs love Yorke Peninsula just as much as Yorke Peninsula loves dogs. 

So if you’re planning on bringing your pooch to Yorkes, here are some recommendations to make your holiday PAWfect! 

Top dog stays - Pet-friendly accommodation

Yondah Beach House, Foul Bay
Yondah Beach House, Foul Bay

Yondah Beach House, Foul Bay

If your dog is a VIP, we’ve got the perfect stay for you at Yondah Beach House. Located near Foul Bay on the southern coast of the Yorke Peninsula, treat your dog to a luxurious stay that even includes exclusive access to your own private beach.

The Girl Next Door, Port Hughes

Welcome to The Girl Next Door, where charm meets simplicity. This light, spacious and airy weatherboard shack has room for the whole family, including your favourite furry friend. Your dog is in for a real treat with this shack's convenient location. It’s walking distance to South Beach, Port Hughes General Store and Port Hughes Tavern

The Girl Next Door, Port Hughes
The Girl Next Door, Port Hughes

Yorke Peninsula Caravan Parks 

Most caravan parks on Yorke Peninsula have pet friendly options. Some recommendations include:

“Ruff” it in the great outdoors - bush camping with dogs

For those dogs who enjoy being in the great outdoors, bush camping is a great option.There are 19 bush camping locations across Yorke Peninsula. Pets are welcome at all bush camping locations so you can bring your furry family members with you. 

 

Rueben and buddy at South Beach
Rueben and buddy at South Beach

 

Sit, stay and savour - places to eat with your dog 

Marli and her puppa-chino, Port Hughes General Store
Marli and her puppa-chino, Port Hughes General Store

Port Hughes General Store

The General Store is a great spot to grab some fish and chips and enjoy spectacular views of the ocean and jetty at Port Hughes. There’s a large dog-friendly outdoor seating area with water bowls for the dogs. 

North Beach Kitchen, Wallaroo

North Beach Kitchen offers outdoor seating for you and your dog that looks out over beautiful North Beach. It’s the perfect spot for coffee and brunch, followed by a leisurely beachside stroll. 

Location Cafe, Edithburgh

Bring your pooch to the Location Cafe. There’s a dog friendly area out the back where you can enjoy coffees and meals. 

The Bond Store, Wallaroo

At The Bond Store, you can book the outside tables if you have a dog with you. You can book online and tick the “pets” option so they can secure a spot for you and your four-legged companion. 

Yorke Peninsula pubs

Most pubs on Yorke Peninsula that have dedicated outdoor areas allow you to bring your dog with you. It’s best to call ahead to let them know that you’re coming and bringing your pooch so they can ensure that there’s a space for you. 

Some pet-friendly pub recommendations include:

Fetch a brew - places to drink with your dog 

Sunny Hill Distillery 

Sunny Hill Distillery features a large lawn area where you and your dog can relax and enjoy the open space. You can even make a booking for your dog, ensuring they have a spot reserved.

 

Sunny Hill Distillery
Sunny Hill Distillery

 

Watsacowie Brewery 

Watsacowie Brewery is a dog-friendly venue where your furry friend is more than welcome. Don’t forget to snap a photo and use their hashtag #dogsofwatsacowie 

Barley Stacks Winery

Barley Stacks Winery welcomes dogs, however they must be kept on a lead. 

Hedonbar Brewing Company

Hedonbar Brewing Company is another great spot for dog owners. This brewery is dog-friendly, but you must keep your dog on a lead and ensure they stay off the furniture and out of the brewing area.

Canine adventures - places to walk the dog

Beaches

Dogs can be walked on beaches off leash, provided that they are under “effective control”. If your dog is a little more on the boisterous side, please make sure that you walk them with a lead. 

Marion Bay, credit: Big Nose Australia
Marion Bay, credit: Big Nose Australia

 Walk the Yorke Trail

Yorke Peninsula is home to the spectacular 500 km coastal walking trail - Walk the Yorke. The trails are dog friendly, except for the parts in Dhilba-Guuranda Innes National Park. 

 Moonta Mines walking trails 

If you and your dog enjoy “tails” from the past, the Moonta Mines walking trails are perfect for history enthusiasts. Choose from one of the five trails. 

Doggy day out - places for pooches

Outdoor markets 

Many of the outdoor markets on Yorke Peninsula are pet-friendly so you can take your dog on a little outing. You may even find a stall or two dedicated to your poochy friend where you can buy dog treats, leashes and outfits and toys. Check the website for details on what markets are on. 

Boston and his puppa-chino, Port Hughes
Boston and his puppa-chino, Port Hughes

Dog parks 

You’ll find dog parks in Kadina, Wallaroo, Moonta and Port Broughton, perfect for working out the wriggles after a roadtrip. 

The Girl Next Door, Port Hughes
The Girl Next Door, Port Hughes

No paws allowed - Dhilba Guruanda- Innes National Park

While Yorke Peninsula is mostly dog friendly, we need to advise that dogs are NOT permitted in Dhilba Guruanda- Innes National Park. If you want to visit the National Park, there are several dog sitting services available that can accommodate your pooch while you explore: 

  • Must Love Dogs, Curramulka
  • Dusty Paws Boarding, Willamulka
  • Big Nose, Marion Bay
Marion Bay. Credit: Big Nose Dog Sitting
Marion Bay. Credit: Big Nose Dog Sitting

Additional services: 

Vets on Yorke Peninsula

Pet shops on Yorke Peninsula 

  • Pets Domain, Kadina 
  • Peninsula Nursery & Pets, Newtown
  • Petstock, Wallaroo 

The Final Woof

Yorke Peninsula is a pooch paradise, so make the most of your trip and bring your furry friend along for the ride. If you are bringing your dog along for a paw-some Yorkes adventure, we highly recommend calling ahead and making bookings to let places know that you have a dog with you. Most places are able to accommodate but need some advance warning to secure pet-friendly options for you. 

The Yorke Peninsula is the traditional lands of the Narungga (Nharangga) people, who have lived on, and cared for, this country since the beginning of time. We work, live and travel on Nharannga Banggara [Country], and we take time away from those pursuits to acknowledge and pay our deep respects to the Nharangga Elders of the past and present. 

Today, it is essential that we continue to care for and protect our spectacular natural environment. Tread lightly and leave no trace. Learn more about responsible and respectful travel on Yorke Peninsula.