It’s said that dogs are a man’s best friend, and we’re sure every dog owner would agree. But, did you know our four-legged friends are providing us with not only companionship, but mental and physical benefits? According to several studies, having a furry best friend can improve your wellbeing, and in some cases, dog owners live longer, healthier lives. Not only do dog owners generally get more physical activity, but pets also provide us with a lot of joy and social support, and can improve our happiness and mental health.
It’s safe to say dogs are an integral and cherished part of our family. At Newenham, we understand that, and it’s why we’ve created a place and a community where you and your furry friends are free to roam and explore nature, where people and pets alike can flourish. But we also understand that it can be hard to know where your four-legged friends will be welcome, outside the comfort of your own home. So, we’ve compiled a list of our top dog-friendly attractions in the Adelaide Hills – enjoy your escape form the city.
(Please note: while your furry friends are welcome at all these venues, most will require your pooch to be on a leash at all times.)
WALKS AND PARKS
Officially opening for ‘doggy’ business in 2015, Barka Park is an enclosed dog exercise area that features two shelters and seating, doggy bag dispensers, drinking fountains, dog exercise equipment, park furniture and several walking trails and paths. If you’re pampered pooch is looking to make some more four-legged friends, or you’re simply looking for more than a classic walking trail, we highly recommend Barka Park.
Featuring picturesque views, dog walkers and dogs alike (on leashes) can enjoy a variety of birdlife and wildlife along The Loop Trail at Mount Barker Summit. The hike is classified as relatively easy and can be done by inexperienced hikers, with only two steep sections along a narrow dirt path.
Not only a productive water reclamation facility, the Laratinga Wetlands are a great place for yourself and your dog to walk, picnic and laze around in the beautiful, natural environment. There are several walks and routes you and your four-legged friend can explore. The trails in the wetlands are also linked to the Mount Barker Linear Trail, an amazing, award-winning walkway, which will soon be linked to Newenham, following the local creek line.
Located in Mount Barker, a trip to Totness Recreation Park is a must for dog-owners and is a great walking trail for both yourself and your pup. It is considered a hidden gem and is the perfect spot for your dog to frolic and enjoy their surroundings. We guarantee he or she will absolutely love it here.
The Tinjella Trail in Kuitpo Forest is perfect for walking and hiking, trail running, horse riding and mountain biking, but more importantly, it is perfect for dog walking. This relatively easy track takes 4 hours via a 14km circuit.
In the heart of the Adelaide Hills, Belair National Park is a fantastic outdoor space to explore with your beloved pooch. With picturesque views and challenging hikes, Belair has something for every dog and features several picnic areas that allow you and your four-legged friend to relax and recharge. Due the abundant wildlife seen in this park you can walk your dog in this park as long as it is under your control on a lead.
Perhaps one of the less accessible parks of the Adelaide Hills region, Mount George Conservation Park boasts gorgeous scenery and various picnic areas. Dogs are permitted in the recreation park on a leash—between Cox Creek and Mount George Road.
An amazing dog park that is regularly visited by local dog lovers, Balhannah Dog Park is a fully off-leash area filled with gorgeous oak trees and plenty of wide open space for your furry-friend to stretch its legs.
EATERIES, RESTAURANTS AND CAFES
The relatively new Lot 100 is becoming a very popular hot-spot in the Adelaide Hills, located in Nairne. This 84-hectare property features Mismatch Brewing, Adelaide Hills Distillery, The Hills Cider Company, Ashton Valley Fresh and Vinteloper. So, there’s something for everyone! And even better, it’s dog friendly. So, bring along your family, friends and your pooch (on a leash) for a fun day out.
Bird in Hand is a family-owned and ever-popular winery, but not many people know that it’s actually a dog-friendly venue. So, we’re here to report they most certainly are! Their shaded courtyard is a great place to sit with your furry friends. They can sit by your side while you relax and indulge on some of South Australia’s best wine, and will be brought cool water to ensure they stay hydrated and happy.
A popular spot for good reason, this café has several mouth-water options for humans and pets alike. This eatery offers free dog biscuits, and better yet—a doggie latte of lactose-free milk with a dog biscuit and turmeric sprinkled on top. If you’re thinking about bringing along your four-legged pal, it will be one spoiled pooch! Find Fred Eatery in Aldgate Village.
This Adelaide Hills café uses only the freshest produce to create their divine dishes. Located on the main street of Mylor, it’s is a great place to indulge in South Australian ingredients with your four-legged friend by your side.
Offering a sensational menu, this restaurant, located in Hahndorf, is where you can enjoy all the best flavours of South Australia in the most beautiful setting. They offer dog bowls and treats for well-behaved pooches.
A favourite in Hahndorf, The Haus is the perfect spot for you and your pooch if you’re craving a hearty dish. Free water bowls are provided for pets, so they’ll be able to relax and enjoy some well-deserved love and attention from Hahndorf visitors while you tuck into a German feast.
There’s nothing better than sipping on a glass of red or white wine, surrounded by the picturesque Adelaide Hills. Well—perhaps, it would be even better with your beloved pooch by your side. Hersey Wines Cellar Door lets you do just that and encourages you to bring your furry friend along while you enjoy some well-deserved vino.
Located on Mann Street in Mount Barker, the ever-popular Adelaide Hills Farmers Market is a fantastic spot to buy fresh produce, and indulge in a glass of vino. Even better, it’s a great dog friendly destination (though dogs must be on a short leash). This market runs every Saturday all year-round, with the exception of Easter Saturday.
Sponsored by Nairne Veterinary Clinic, The RSPCA Million Paws Walk in Mount Barker is a fantastic, barking mad good time for pet owners and dog lovers alike. The event itself is comprised of a 2 or 5km walk, followed by entertainment food and fun things to do for the whole family. The event raises money for the fight against animal cruelty and is a bucket load of fun! It’s held each year in May.
Ready to take your dog to canine school, to turn your dog into a canine scholar? Introducing Scholars in Collars, a stress-free and rewards-based training school for your pup and full-grown dogs alike. They utilise positive training techniques to motivate your dog, so you and your four-legged pal can be squarely on the same page. Offering puppy and dog training classes, as well as private dog training, in the Adelaide Hills, including areas such as Balhannah, Lobethal and Stirling.
Located on Hutchinson Street in Mount barker, Mount Barker Dog Grooming offers professional and personalised one-to-one dog grooming for small to medium dogs.
LOOKING FOR A FUREVER FRIEND
Are you looking for a four-legged companion? We recommend the Hahndorf Interim Animal Shelter as the first stop on your search. A charity and non-profit, they give abandoned cats and dogs a second chance to find loving homes. Check them out!
Newenham residents can rest assured that there is no shortage of dog-friendly places and events in the Adelaide Hills. And even better, Newenham’s linear park pathway connects to the established path which will take you all the way to Laratinga Wetlands and back. It also provides a direct link into the town centre of Mount Barker, an relaxed and enjoyable walk for both you and your pooch.
We encourage you to enjoy all the great places the Adelaide Hills has to offer with your four-legged friend, and while you’re there be sure to pop in to Newenham.
Our Newenham Sales and Information Centre is open daily from 12-5pm at 164 Flaxley Road, Mount Barker or you can book a personal tour at a time that suits you.
Come and see for yourself why you and your pooch will love living at Newenham.