a dog friendly staycation guide to sydney's woolloomoolloo

Yes, if you're an American friend, you're probably asking if Woolloomoolloo is a real word. It is (pronounced woll-uh-muh-loo.) Now that that's out of the way, I'm excited to share my pet friendly staycation guide! We’ve been so ready for a change of scenery now that were working at home full time for the last few months during the pandemic. Things in Australia have opened up and we can even do regional travel now within state, but we ended up deciding on a quick staycation in Sydney, and we came back feeling refreshed & inspired to do more travel soon! As you all are probably very well aware by this point, I am so overly obsessed with our cute pup Frankie, and obviously want to take him everywhere I go so I don’t miss a tiny bit of the puppy phase. I did some research on the cutest dog friendly hotels in Sydney so Joe and I could have a fun date night without having to arrange a dog sitter!

Woolloomoolloo is right nearby the Opera House and pretty much in the heart of CBD, so it's a nice area that's very central! It's also really close to Pott's Point (5-10 minute walk), so there's plenty of restaurants and things to do right nearby and this guide will walk you through both neighborhoods. It is a really cute, colorful area!


* Note that while many of these recommendations and restaurants are dog friendly, there are some tips provided where you may need to leave your pup pal at the hotel for a bit!


The Ovolo

The Ovolo was awesome. It was a very industrial chic, luxury boutique style accommodation. It's a 5 minute walk from the heart of CBD, but tucked away on a quiet, peaceful wharf. It's the perfect mix of history meets modern day, located on what used to be the Sydney finger wharf, a passenger terminal. Now, the wharf is a combination of apartments, top end restaurants, and The Ovolo hotel, with a view of the marina which is home for expensive yachts. There were tons of perks, outside of being dog-friendly - like free happy hour, mini bar, and breakfast. They even provided a bed, ball, bowl and treats for our pup Frankie, who felt right at home. Note there's an $80 fee to bring your dog!


Yellow: this is where we ate and I would absolutely recommend it. It's a vegan restaurant (but we're not vegans, and if you're not either, you'll still love it!) We went big with the 7 course tasting menu + wine pairings for our first big date night out of lock down!

Harry's Cafe de Wheels: this hole in the wall, walk up cart is an icon in Sydney that's been operating since the 40s! Not the most ideal spot for gluten and dairy free diets, but they made something work for me. Famous for their hearty pies and sausages -- we were very FULL but I don't regret a bite! Perfect for a quick lunch and it's outdoor seating on benches nearby, so you can bring the pup along.

Ms G's: an amazing Asian-fusion Merivale restaurant that has 4 levels filled with funky art & decor. We've been here with friends and love the food and vibe! Perfect for a casual dinner. Not dog friendly.

Chester White Cured Diner: a tiny, hipster looking Italian restaurant. It's cute and cool as can be. We've been back here a few times and their pasta is amazing! They serve their spaghetti out of a Sardinian truffled pecorino cheese wheel (which I LOVED before I gave up dairy!) Not dog friendly.

The Butler: a vintage themed bar and restaurant that is a bit more upscale, and has some pretty unbeatable views of the city off the outdoor balcony. Worth swinging by for drinks & apps or dinner! It's got a plant-filled decor vibe, which of course I love! Leave the pup behind for this one.

John Montagu: a cute little corner cafe with some of the tastiest breakfast sandwiches! Dog friendly. There is a few outdoor tables (with heaters for winter), and spots to tie your dog's leash to outside. They also provide water bowls for the pups.

Petal Met Sugar: flower shop x desserts x cafe. What more can you ask for? Flowers make the best ambiance, so you can imagine how pretty this place is. Great food and coffee! You can bring the dog for the walk and leave him/her outside while you grab a coffee.


Jangling Jack's: this is one of our favorite bars in Sydney because it reminds us of a quirky San Francisco bar! I came here on my first visit to Australia and Joe and I have been back a handful of times since! Not dog friendly, so leave the furry friends at the hotel.

Alibi Bar: good for high tea in the afternoon, or drinks in the evening! this is actually located in the Ovolo hotel, and it's got such a funky, colorful retro vibe going on. You can have some drinks, & play pool here!

Frisco Hotel: very dog friendly, so bring the pup along! Located just a few steps from the Ovolo Hotel, Frisco is a perfect little Sydney pub!


Botanical Gardens & Mrs. Macquarie's Chair: take a stroll through *the outside* of the gardens, since your dog isn't allowed in. You can walk all the way along the outside to the Opera House with the pup, if you're up for it! Swing by to see the famous Mrs. Macquarie's Chair on the way.

Artspace: This is a cool, very small, contemporary museum that's worth stopping in - right across from the Ovolo Hotel as well. There's no entry fee, but it is donation based. We really liked the exhibit we saw there! Leave the pup at the hotel for this one.

Andrew Boy Charlton Pool: one of the lesser known than Bondi & North Sydney, but one of Sydney's coolest ocean pools. Perfect for a quick workout, or to hang by the pool when the weather is warm! Keep an eye out, because they sometimes open it up for pooch pool parties (particularly on the last day of summer!) *Check for updates on its opening during COVID-19.

Becker Minty: a cute, technically homeware store, but they've got everything from jewellelry to fashion to furniture to gifts to decor, so it's a perfect spot to window shop and look around! Leave the pup at the hotel or outside while you shop!

Enjoy exploring!


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