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Stay at the dog friendly Dryridge Estate, Blue Mountains

Located in the Megalong Valley and just a 20-minute drive from Katoomba or only two hours from Sydney, the Dryridge Estate is easy to find, with ample signage available after turning off from Megalong Road. Before arriving at the winery, there is a 2km stretch of unsealed road (a little bumpy at times), and one you’ll need to drive slowly along before reaching the estate. And once you arrive, oh my… you will absolutely love your stay.. The secret is out about staying at the beautiful Sunrise Lodge, in the heart of the Dryridge Estate, surrounded by the breathtaking views of the Blue Mountains National Park. We booked our accommodation four months in advance, and one which I’d say was well worth the wait. As you settle in to your cabin, what a phenomenal sight – insert those love heart eyes emoji. It is absolutely spectacular when staying in the Sunrise Lodge accommodation. Imagine a private cabin located on the high side of a hill, with views over the vineyards and a magnificent mountain backdrop …

The Megalong Valley Tearooms, Blue Mountains

First established in the 1950s, The Megalong Valley Tearooms reminds me of a country homestead, surrounded by lush green fields and the incredible backdrop of the world heritage listed Blue Mountains. Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon cakes and desserts, it is the only remaining tearoom in the valley (which once had up to six operating in the area at one time). And to date, still serves fresh scones with homemade jam and cream to locals, travellers, hikers and the like – similar to a devonshire tea experience, but with your choice of beverage that is. If you’re in the area, The Megalong Valley Tearooms is about a 15-minute drive from Blackheath, or a 25- to 30-minute drive from Katoomba and Leura. It’s a little out of the way from other local attractions, yet it’s a beautiful rest spot to have a cuppa and take in the views. Open seven days a week, you can visit Saturdays and Sundays from 8.30am to 3.30pm, and all other days from 9.30am to 3.30pm. We were passing through to …

The Hive Cafe, Berambing

If you’re in the Bilpin or Kurrajong area, or driving from Lithgow, the greater Blue Mountains, or possibly even Mudgee, I’d suggest for you to visit the Hive Cafe, Berambing. This is a small, roadside cafe, offering a light breakfast and lunch menu, with both indoor dining and a handful of outdoor tables. It’s the perfect stop too for those with a pooch as it’s dog friendly outdoors… just the place we were looking for. The Hive Cafe is open seven days a week on Mondays to Fridays between 8am to 4pm, and Saturdays and Sundays between 8.30am to 5pm. There’s ample parking available right in front, which is an easy turn off from Bells Line of Road. They make excellent coffees here, so even if you just need a 10-minute break from driving, this would be my recommended coffee rest stop in the area en-route. The staff are very friendly and accommodating whilst you are accompanied with a dog. The service itself is also personable and warm. And even though the menu is not …

Beachfront Dining: Cove Cafe, Terrigal

As we were driving through Sydney’s Central Coast, we found the perfect dog friendly cafe to stop and have lunch at, with the added bonus of amazing beach views all around. Cove Cafe – I’m in love! Nothing beats waterfront dining and better yet, listening to the gentle ocean waves crashing on the shore, with endless water views glistening under the sun. Parking was easy to find – the local car park was situated right next to the Cove Cafe side entry. We followed a handful of stairs towards the signed footpath, and as soon as you turned the corner, you knew you’ve come to the right place to dine at.. the views are absolutely epic. We were seated fairly quickly with our dog, tucked near some steps adjoining the beach. It was a good spot for us actually as our pooch was getting #fomo at the other dogs playing near by and he wanted to join in. It was a great spot to sit at – an easy exit from the cafe without having …

Dog Friendly: Saddles Restaurant, Mount White

Located in Mount White on the Central Coast (and a good halfway stop point between Newcastle and Sydney) you’ll find Saddles Restaurant, Bakehouse and Garden Centre. At the time of writing this post, with an average Google rating of 4.4-stars (out of 5) by more than 380+ reviews, it’s not just us that love visiting this place – many others vouch for their superb dining experience too. Situated on 10-acres of bushland with stunning views all around, Saddles is a relaxing oasis offering both indoor dining by a fire place, and outdoor dining on their expansive verandah, overlooking a picturesque lake. As its name states, ‘Saddles’ was originally inspired by an artisan saddler, Heath Harris, who worked with John Singleton crafting saddles for his nearby Stud. Inside this restaurant, you’ll find uniquely designed saddle bar chairs in the main dining area, plenty of natural lighting and soft sandstone interiors throughout. What’s more, is that your pooch can join you too; both indoors and out. Yes, you read right, surprisingly indoors as well. The first time …