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!

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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!

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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.

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