Sydney

Pack your pooch and head to Sydney for plenty of puppy-friendly venues and activities. Head across to the suburb of Leichhardt to Cafe Bones, which bills itself as "the world's first truly dog-friendly cafe". Open seven days a week, Cafe Bones has been designed as a destination for dogs and their owners to relax, exercise and enjoy a coffee - and there's even dog-friendly drinks available. Both dogs and humans can enjoy the range of food and drink on offer at Cafe Bones, with four-legged friends able to dine out on a Pupaccino, a cafe-style dog beverage. While you're there, pick up some Cafe Bones gourmet dog biscuits.

Take your dog for a run around at Cook and Phillip Park in Sydney's CBD, which allows dogs to be off-leash at all times. Just make sure you stick to the grassed areas, while you let your kids play on the fenced playground nearby. The newly redeveloped Prince Alfred Park is also a great option for families and pets, with tennis and basketball courts, sustainable landscaping and play areas for children. Four legged friends can roam around the 7.5 hectare park which includes an off-leash area for dogs.

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Adelaide

Pets can run freely at a range of off-leash dog parks in Adelaide. North Adelaide's Ngampa Yerta, located in the parklands at Medindie Road, offers two separate fenced off areas for dogs of different sizes. If your furry friend is under 14kg or less than six months old, it can enjoy a safe running environment here.

Whipped Bake Bar Cafe provides dog bowls and is very welcoming, with plenty of delicious food for you to dine on while your dog rests. Try the smashed organic avocado with pickled zucchini, cherry tomatoes and fried haloumi, or opt for something sweet with a banana smoothie complete with LSA.

Explore Belair National Park with man's best friend, but make sure your dog stays on a lead while you walk. The natural bushland offers many different walking trails alongside picnic areas for your group to refresh during your walk. The park is home to significant historic monuments such as Old Government house and the State Flora Nursery, and the native vegetation and undisturbed nature of the area makes it a haven for native animals.

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Melbourne

If you're missing your moggy while you're on holiday in Melbourne, check out Cat Cafe Melbourne to help provide some feline attention. It claims to be the first of its kind in Australia, offering a space where patrons can relax and play with cats from local rescue shelters. Book in a session with the affectionate cats, who each have their own unique personalities and have been rescued from shelters to live on the premises at the Cat Cafe. Let Jasper curl up on your lap and pat him as he meows, before falling in love with Sherlock, the beautiful feline who will pat your face with his paw to tell you he wants some attention.

Travel 7 kilometres from the CBD and let your dog explore Darebin Parklands, which spans around 33 hectares with ponds, bushland, wetlands and designated walking tracks for you and your pet. At the northern end of the park there is a large off-leash area that has access to the creek, adding an extra element of fun for your dog.

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