Owning a dog has many joys, but also a few really inconvenient perks. One of which is that he/she will stop you making that micro-adventure or weekend getaway. Planning a holiday to accommodate your furry pal is difficult, and dog sitting is expensive. We get it. So, We Are Explorers did a little research to bring you some ideas that are easy, close to Sydney, and most importantly, suitable to bring your best mate along.

  1. Hike with your dog – Abbott’s Falls, Watagans State Forrest.

Now there are many walks you could try, but we thought we’d draw your attention to a lesser known track. Abbott’s Falls Walking Track is perfect for a first time dog adventure as it’s only a two-hour drive from Sydney, and a medium grade 12km trail.

The route leads you through the misty, pine forest before stopping by some impressive rock pools with Aboriginal carvings. The track then follows Dora Creek down to Abbott’s Falls, which is a great place for a snack and swim. Along the length of the route are 3 campsites and 2 picnic areas, which between them offer toilets, fire pits and water stations.

  1. Camp with your dog – Mystery Bay Campsite, Mystery Bay (directly east of Cooma).

Mystery Bay is a paradise, for you and your best mate. Isolated enough to be proper bush camping, but with shower blocks, water stations and fire pits. From here you can simply chill by the beach, go paddling, surfing, swimming or fishing. Other great ideas include a walk to the historic light station, or a short trip to Bodalla, where the cheese industry began in Australia.

  1. Kayak with your dog – Riverwood Downs, Barrington Tops.

Riverwood Downs is an adventure/outdoorsy facility with all types of accommodation, ranging from nice cabins to powered/unpowered campsites. It’s located on a calm river that is perfect for taking your pal on his first kayak. They encourage ‘no leash’ so it’s perfect for your dog go nuts once back on dry land. Riverwood has all the facilities and then some, and you can even hire a kayak here if you don’t have one.

These three ideas are a good place to start, however there are a few things you should consider before rushing off with old mate four paws:

  • Glow Sticks: make great night collars for camping adventures
  • Personal Floatation Device: especially if he/she is not a great swimmer
  • Treats, meals and a collapsible water bowl
  • Bandages: For sore paws
  • Tick repellent: especially over Spring and Summer

Happy adventures to you and your pal!