Holiday vibes: A guide to our top dog-friendly spots in Australia

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Holiday vibes: A guide to our top dog-friendly spots in Australia

The days are longer, the breeze has lost its bite… and there are mince pies in the supermarket. Yes, the holiday season is on the way!

Like most people, you’re probably considering a little summer break somewhere. Whether you’re planning a short staycation or you’re packing up the entire family for an extended trip, your pupper doesn’t need to miss out on all the fun!

From up-market hotels to cosy Airbnbs and laidback campgrounds, we’ve curated a list of our top dog-friendly picks for your next vacay.

NSW

South Coast Retreat, Shoalhaven

Located on the tip of Greenwell Point, South Coast Retreat is a great glamping site surrounded by dog-friendly beaches. Enjoy the views, local seafood and pristine waters with your pupper. Bliss!

Seaside Paws, Kingscliff

If you’re looking for a home away from home, Seaside Paws could be your dream destination. It’s only 400m from the closest beach and less than 40km from Pacific Fair shopping centre if you’re in need of some retail therapy.

Kookawood, Blue Mountains

If a cosy cabin in the country is more your style, check out the mountain views from this cosy hideaway. With an outside, freestanding bath and open fireplaces, you and your furry bestie will be feeling zen in 3, 2, 1….

Intercontinental, Double Bay

For those wanting a high-class Sydney staycation, the pet stay package at the Intercontinental is the choice for you. They even have a pet menu for in-room dining!

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the travel guide book: Dog Trip Sydney.

QLD

Little Red Barn, Noosa Hinterland

Nestled in the hinterland countryside, this gem of a place is full of charm and lovely little luxurious extras including a heated pool and cosy fireplaces. Seriously, what more could you and your pupper ask for?

Luxury Villa, Gold Coast

Only 25 minutes away from Gold Coast beaches lies this stunning house. If you’re after a bit of peace and quiet, this might be the place for your pack. Set in 10 acres of land, the villa also boasts horses and stables, so plenty of new and exciting smells for your pupper to sniff out.

Ovolo Hotel, Brisbane

Located in the ultra-hip entertainment quarter of Brisbane, Ovolo The Valley Hotel even offers a V.I.Pooch experience complete with a pupper-friendly menu to ensure you and your pupper have an unforgettable stay.

Crystalbrook, Cairns

For a pet-friendly stay in Queensland, have a look at the Bailey Residences. Rooms are on the first floor and have balconies, so you and your furry bestie can enjoy some tropical sunshine and enjoy that deliciously fresh air and great outdoors.

VIC

Zagame’s House, Melbourne

If you’re heading for a cultural city break in Melbourne, Zagame’s House hotel welcomes fur babies. They can even organise an exercise session for your pupper!

Brighton Abode, Brighton Beach

Less than 300m from Brighton Beach, this sunny townhouse is the perfect place for you to enjoy a spot of beach hopping with your pupper.

Bendigo cottage, Bendigo

Walk through the gate of the white-picket-fence into this delightful pet-friendly cottage that’s close to the centre of Bendigo and a great offering of shops and cafes.

Mt Sturgeon Cottages, Mount Sturgeon

Stay in fully restored and renovated cottages in the tranquil location of Mount Sturgeon. With no TV, telephone and limited mobile reception, you and your pupper can truly switch off and escape the daily grind.

ACT

Mecure Hotel, Canberra

Located in Braddon, this hotel is the ideal spot when visiting the capital. Each pet-friendly room has access to a private courtyard, making tinkle-time a breeze.

Abode Apartment Hotels, Canberra

With multiple locations across the capital, there’s bound to be an apartment for you and your pupper on your next visit to the city.

Cockatoo House, Watson

This classic Canberran house could be the perfect home away from home for you and your furry bestie. With a large, private and fully-fenced backyard, there’s plenty of space to have a good sniff around.

Blue Range Hut Camping Ground

On the border of NSW and ACT, this picturesque campground is nestled amongst tall ribbon gum eucalypts. If camping is more your vibe, you’ll be pleased to know that pups are welcome here – just don’t forget the leash!

SA

Explore dog-friendly Adelaide

Whether you are looking for a central Bed and Breakfast, a relaxing rural stay or a wine region glamping stay, we’ve found the place for you. Check out our list of best stays for you and your pupper in SA.

TAS

Coastal Cottage, Bicheno

If you’re heading for Tassie and want to relax by the coast, this Bicheno cottage might be the perfect stop for you and your pupper to enjoy the sunshine.

Shearers’ Quarters, Rathmore

This beautiful, restored sandstone homestead is a quaint farm stay in the tranquil Central Highland Hills. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to spot some platypus playing in the nearby lake.

WA

Petra Olive Oil Estate, Yallingup, Margaret River Region

Nestled in the 30-acre estate with olive groves and dams, you and your pupper will have plenty of places to sniff out. Plus, there’ll be plenty of delicious food and wine for you to taste nearby.

Pier 21, Fremantle

If you fancy a bit of Freo, this coastal stay offers fully serviced dog-friendly apartments right beside the Swan River.

Hidden Paradise, Gnarabup

For more of a southwest holiday retreat, check out this architecturally designed, light and bright stay near Margaret River.

NT

Luxury villa, Cullen Bay

Only 2.5km from Darwin’s CBD, lies this stunning resort-style, beachfront property. It’s perfect for an urban retreat close to local restaurants and beaches.

Tropical Dream Retreat, Rapid Creek

This place has everything you could need in a retreat, including a pool! Plus, it is surrounded by hotels, eateries and bustling markets to keep everyone fed and entertained.

Ooraminna Homestead, Alice Springs

If an outback adventure is calling you, this station homestead is your answer. Tucked away in some low wooded hills this could be the escape you and your pupper are looking for.

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