Dog-Friendly Warrnambool Pt 1

Sometimes I forget, that it was only last year around Easter at the Grampians when I started camping/glamping.

Since then I’ve invested in a tent with The Adventouriist and we tried something different during last Melbourne Cup weekend. We took the dog camping.

Some caravan sites allow pets – it makes sense because many people on the road don’t want to leave behind their furry best friend. We chose Warrnambool, after researching if there were enough dog-friendly activities around the area.

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We set off on the 3-4 hour drive with Amicus, the golden retriever, in the back seat complete with his pair of doggles – to keep things from flying into his eyes of course. Would this be the worst decision ever? Only time would tell!

As it was the long weekend, the Great Ocean Road would be packed, so we cut across Victoria on the faster route to Warrnambool.

Red Door Cafe: 15 High St, Inverleigh VIC 3321
As we drove through the country area of Inverleigh, we drove past a strip of shops and decided to stop by a place called Red Door Cafe. It had the homey, country vibe that one would desire on a long weekend – blankets outside, cushions, rustic tables and a tiny little shop with organic and healthy options.


The food wasn’t mind-blowing but it suited the atmosphere of the cafe – simple and heart warming. I had some turkish bread with two dips – I think a garlic and beetroot one. The beetroot was delicious but the garlic very strong.

We sat at the front with Amicus and a couple sitting next to us even gave him leftover bacon because he went straight to them with begging eyes. After this cute little stop – we continued on our journey!

Find out more about the Red Door Cafe here.

Red Door Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Australian Music Festival
When we finally arrived in Warrnambool, we drove down the main road in town and found there to be quite a few shops and eateries for a town so far out.

I also discovered their Australian Music Festival was on, so as part of this, the Civic Green (a public area/lawn) in town had some music performances and a few stalls. I took this as my chance to enjoy some raspberry white chocolate ice-cream on a lovely day to some chill tunes.

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Surfside Holiday Park: 120 Pertobe Rd, Warrnambool
After this little stop, it was time to make our way to our campsite to set up our tent before dark. It was quite busy but our site was spacious. Not to mention this open green area below was not far, and was ideal for taking Amicus out for strolls and for when he needed to do his business.

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If you’re wondering what our sleeping arrangements were – our tent fits up to four people. So we brought Amicus’ bed and put it in the corner of the tent. Surprisingly when we brought him into the tent, he would go straight for his bed and calmly curl up there to sleep.

The only time something went wrong was when we were playing monopoly and he suddenly stood up and walked over the board for no apparent reason. Like a human, he also made grumpy sounds when we got too loud or when he heard a V-line train power through the town.

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Our trip also coincided with Halloween so we saw some kids going around trick or treating. In the spirit, we had brought some decorations and decided to take Amicus trick or treating around the campsite (mainly to people who also had dogs, so they could give him a treat!) Needless to say, many photos were taken of him.

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The park was also conveniently located at the entrance to the Warrnambool foreshore. You simply followed the signs out the back of the caravan park, onto a footpath and then onto the beach. The beach allowed dogs, so it was a great little welcome!


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As we spent most of the day driving and settling in, I’ll detail all our fun activities in Part 2!

In the meantime, follow Amicus on Instagram for more cute pictures and The Adventouriist for more of our adventure photos.


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