Pet Friendly Destinations in the Illawarra

Wollongong, a beautiful coastal city in New South Wales, boasts a variety of pet-friendly destinations that are perfect for families who wish to visit with their furry friends. From stunning pet-friendly beaches to cafes, breweries and restaurants, there is no shortage of places where your four-legged companion can join in on the fun. 

If you and your pet are beach lovers, Wollongong has several dog-friendly beaches that allow dogs off-leash, providing the perfect opportunity for your furry friend to splash in the waves and dig in the sand. And for those looking for a pet-friendly dining experience, Wollongong has a variety of cafes and restaurants with outdoor seating that welcome pets. We have put together a list of our favourite places to visit with our pooches so hopefully you and your pet can enjoy them too!

With such a wide range of pet-friendly destinations, Wollongong is the perfect place for a vacation with your beloved pet. So pack your bags, grab your furry friend, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure in this pet-friendly city by the sea!

Flat White with One

This local, family-owned cafe offers a cosy place to have a coffee or a bite to eat in a quirky, rustic setting. They serve delicious food and are more than welcoming of pets. More often than not you will be greeted by their in-house doggo Rox, who is bound to brighten your day!

📷 @flatwhitewithone

North Beach Kiosk Wollongong

With pet-friendly hospitality and stunning views of North Wollongong Beach, we couldn’t think of a better spot to enjoy your favourite brew by the seaside! A family and pet-friendly cafe that has a range of wonderful breakfast and lunch options to suit everyone.

📷 @northbeachkiosk

Honest Don’s

This sunny little cafe in Thirroul offers good “honest” food and great coffee. They even have Puppuccino’s available for your doggies! A popular dog-friendly cafe amongst the locals, dogs are welcome outside where there is sun shelter for both humans and dogs.

📷 @honestdons

Towradgi Beach Hotel

Towradgi Beach Hotel offers wonderful food, entertainment and family-friendly activities for all ages. They welcome dogs in their modern outdoor patio area, so you can share the experience with your favourite four-legged friend.

📷 @towradgibeachhotel

Reub Goldberg Tarrawanna

Reub Goldberg Brewing Machine is a unique and exciting microbrewery, offering delicious craft beers and welcoming furry friends with open arms. The spacious outdoor area is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a cold pint with your four-legged companion by your side.


Scarborough Hotel

The Scarborough Hotel is a must-visit for anyone looking for a dog and family-friendly dining experience with delicious food, stunning views, and a warm and welcoming vibe. This charming establishment boasts a warm and welcoming atmosphere, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a meal with your furry four-legged companion.

📷 @thescarboroughhotel

Headlands Austinmer

Headlands Hotel Austinmer offers an unrivalled alfresco dining experience that boasts ocean views and a relaxing atmosphere that everyone can enjoy - including your furry friends! Situated on the stunning coastline of Austinmer, this hotel offers breathtaking ocean views and a welcoming atmosphere for both guests and their furry companions.

📷 @headlandsaustinmerbeach

Mantra Wollongong

Mantra Wollongong understands that your furry friend is an important member of your family and leaving them behind while you travel can be difficult. They offer pet-friendly accommodation options for you and your companion, and their spacious and modern apartments are the perfect home away from home for you and your pet.

📷 @mantrawollongong

North Gong Hotel

The North Wollongong Hotel’s pet friendly beer garden is a beloved destination for locals and visitors alike. Offering a unique and welcoming atmosphere for both humans and their furry companions, you can enjoy local craft beers, cocktails and delicious pub-style food, 

📷 @adventurehoundsnsw

Dagwood Bar and Kitchen

Dagwood Bar and Kitchen is dog-friendly every dayum day. It is the perfect spot for dog lovers to hang out and enjoy a delicious meal with their furry friends. This cosy neighbourhood bar and restaurant serves up tasty food and drinks and boasts a friendly and laid-back atmosphere, making it a great place to relax and socialise.

📷 @dagwoodbk

Longboard Cafe Wollongong

Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty breakfast, a refreshing smoothie, or a tasty lunch, Longboard Cafe offers great food, great views and great vibes all in one place. They even have puppuccinos and homemade doggy biscuits so your furry companion will feel right at home at this beachside location.


Pepes on the Beach Wollongong

This beachside venue offers a unique dining experience where dogs are not only welcome, but also encouraged to join in on the fun. The outdoor seating area is spacious and overlooks the stunning beach, providing the perfect backdrop for a relaxing meal with your four-legged friend by your side.

📷 @pepesonthebeach