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20 of Australia's Best Dog-Friendly Getaways

Are you looking for the purrfect adventure without leaving your precious furbaby at home? 

With knowledge of hundreds of pet-friendly properties and experiences around Australia, here's a list of twenty of the best pet-friendly accommodation. 

From idyllic beach locations to serene country retreats and everything in between, it's time to start planning your next long week-end or summer break because now there is no reason to leave your dogs behind!


#1. Sea Horse Diamond Beach - Mid North Coast, NSW 

Set on 6 beautiful and private coastal acres, just 800m from Diamond Beach, Sea Horse features sparkling ocean views, sun filled rooms, golden timber floors, a private rainforest creek and spacious yard and gardens. 

Your pets (dogs and horses) are welcome to come along too.

It's a beach holiday house with country coastal character and atmosphere and plenty of room for every member of the family to run and play. A home where you'll feel on holiday the moment you walk in the door.

For more details, please click here

#2. Glamping at South Coast Retreat - South Coast, NSW

When you’re glamping, there’s no tent to pitch and no sleeping bag to unroll!

South Coast Retreat’s luxurious African safari-style tents have been created with the luxuries of hotel accommodation alongside the escapism and adventure of camping. Glamping has never felt so good.

Inside you will find a beautiful and super comfortable bed. The bathroom is large and modern and the oversized shower includes a dual shower head. Your kitchen has a full sized fridge, microwave, kettle and toaster. On the deck there are some outdoor settings and your own BBQ.

In addition to six safari tents, South Coast Retreat have nine cabins and one waterfront house set over an acre of landscaped grounds on the tip of Greenwell Point. 

For more details, please click here

#3. The Wattle Lodge - Hunter Valley, NSW

The Wattle Lodge is located in Glendon Brook, in the heart of the Hunter Valley between the Pokolbin vineyards and Barrington Tops National Park.

The property has been owned by the family for four generations, since leaving Ireland in the 1850's. Enjoy a front deck to relax on and take in the breathtaking views of the rolling hills and countryside and incredible starry skies at night!

While you’re visiting the area, why not stop at these two great dog-friendly local wineries: Stomp Wines and Iron Gate Estate? 

For more details, please 
click here

#4. Tantarra Guesthouse - Central Coast, NSW 

Located in Warners Bay near Lake Macquarie, Tantarra Guest House is an Indo-Asian inspired Pet-Friendly Guest House, with an outdoor pool, and Asian style gardens- a quiet hideaway from the world to relax and unwind.

Close to Newcastle City Centre, surfing beaches, and dining options, this breath-taking tropical Balinese-style oasis offers a perfect getaway with your pooch.
For more details, please click here

#5. Red Dog Retreat - Kangaroo Valley, NSW
With only two cottages, this secluded 18 acre retreat in the Kangaroo Valley (Berry) offers peace and privacy, helping you to escape the stresses of everyday life whilst admiring the beauty of a rainforest teaming with wildlife. There is plenty of grass at the cottages for your dog to play and run around. 

Both cottages have two bedrooms and are designed with a rustic feel to blend in with the tranquil rainforest setting. 

To complement this, each is furnished with an array of eclectic furniture providing all the creature comforts of home including a well-stocked kitchen. 

For more details, please click here


#6. Brighton Abode @ Boutique Stays - Brighton, VIC
Brighton Abode
is a spacious 3-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, pet friendly townhouse in Brighton, 11km east of Melbourne CBD. 

Situated only 250 metres from the beach, this classically styled 2 storey townhouse with 3 secluded outdoor spaces is the perfect escape for the whole family if you are not looking to travel far from Melbourne CBD. 

Enjoy dining al fresco at the 6 seater table as you fire up the BBQ in the rear paved courtyard. 

With over 50 amazing places across Melbourne, Boutique Stays has accommodation for everyone (and their dogs). 

For more details, please click here

#7. OceanBlue Coastal Retreats - Sea Esta, Rye, VIC

This perfect beach house is located in a quiet area of Rye, nestled between the bay and ocean beaches. More than a 'home away from home', it's ideal for groups or families. 

With plenty of room for families to share, it has 5 bedrooms and comfortably sleeps 8. The property is a single level brick beach house with the heart of the property centred around a pool and undercover outdoor area.

For more details, please click here 

#8. Countrywide Cottages - Great Ocean Road, VIC

Countrywide Cottages offer 4 star, pet friendly, self-contained cottages. Choose from 4 secluded Great Ocean Road accommodation cottages spread over 26 acres of farm and pristine bushland. 

Ideally located in country Victoria only 25 minutes north of Lorne and under 2 hours from Melbourne, this is the perfect accommodation on the Great Ocean Road. 

Your dog will love the open spaces and long bush walks. A huge dam is securely fenced so that your dog/s can be off leash for some happy galloping and perhaps a swim or two. 

For more details, please click here

#9. Golden Beach Cabins - Gippsland, VIC 

Less than 3 hours from Melbourne, and across the road from the beautiful 90 Mile beach, Golden Beach Cabins are self contained, and an ideal place to bring your family, or get away for a romantic break. Each cabin sleeps up to 5 people. 

The cabins are pet friendly and they welcome single night bookings. 

For the perfect vacation, Golden Beach Cabins are fully self contained and provide for a romantic getaway or memorable family holiday. For more details, please click here

#10. Must Love Dogs B&B - Rutherglen, VIC 

Must Love Dogs B&B in Rutherglen is a pet friendly B&B and located within the North East wine region of Rutherglen where you and your furry friends or pets are guaranteed to receive personal attention. Come and relax and enjoy all they have to offer.

Built in 1840 and previously home to the Globe Hotel, Must Love Dogs Rutherglen now offers pet-friendly luxury accommodation. This quaint cottage has three luxury suites, and is set on a corner block with tranquil gardens with an ambience, character and charm all of its own.

For more details, please click here


#11. Pet Let – Encounter Bay, SA

Located just 1 hour from Adelaide and 5 minutes from Victor Harbor, Encounter Bay is nestled between the Bluff and the Inman River. Quiet, peaceful and calm, Encounter Bay is the perfect place for a relaxed holiday by the ocean.

Discover the yesteryear charm of this 1860’s timber cottage, with absolute beachfront, sitting proudly in McCracken, one of the most spectacular locations ever created! There is three bedrooms and you can walk to the sandy beach via your own pathway straight from your front lawn. 

Over 30 Pet Let properties are 100% pet-friendly: your dogs and cats are allowed inside, the back yard is fully fenced and secure, fresh water for animals on arrival and food bowls for your convenience. All cats and dogs are welcome, regardless of size

For more details, please click here

#12. Yondah Beach House - Yorke Peninsula, SA

Located on the southern coast of Yorke Peninsula in South Australia on 300 acres of secluded oceanfront, Yondah Beach House is the perfect luxury pet friendly escape for you and your pooch. 

This secluded three-bedroom multi-award winning property with private beaches and stunning seaviews of Kangaroo Island, is designed for privacy, long nature walks and relaxation in a simple yet luxurious accommodation. 

For more details, please click here

#13. Seagrass Villas - Fleurieu Peninsula, Normanville, SA

Located 70 min drive from south of Adelaide in the beautiful town of Normanville, and only a short stroll to Normanville Beach, Seagrass Villas in the perfect place for you and your best friend.

Seagrass Villas have two villas, each designed for couples or singles to have a wonderful getaway. Ideal for a special celebration, each has one bedroom with a King size bed with wall mounted TV and split system. 

For more details, please click here


#14. Saltwater Villas - Sunshine Coast, QLD 

Saltwater Villas in Mooloolaba are quiet boutique villas away from the high rises and noise of the esplanade the perfect place to unwind and indulge. All accommodation is air conditioned and beautifully furnished.

Choose from a range of Waterfront two bedroom Villas, Garden View Villas and Waterfront Houses with outdoor entertainment areas, private pools and pontoon. The Waterfront Villas have beautiful private courtyards and are fully fenced to keep your dog safe. 

For more details, please click here

#15. Gibson Pet Friendly - Discovery Coast, QLD

Gibson's Pet Friendly at Agnes Waters offer 4 incredible holiday homes that are pet friendly, clean, open plan, centrally located and well-priced! 

Choose from 3 fully self-contained holiday homes with secure fences,

private pools, outdoor entertainment areas, and all within walking distance to the local beaches, cafe’s and local shops. 

For more details, please click here

#16. Sunshine Valley Cottages - Sunshine Coast, QLD

Situated in the heart of the Sunshine Coast and Hinterland, you will find Sunshine Valley Cottages.

The 3 secluded officially accredited 4-Star rated cottages are set in a beautiful tropical garden and cater for anyone who is looking for private self-contained accommodation.

All you need to do is relax, enjoy the time spent on your own verandah, have a private BBQ, cool off with a dip in the crystal clear water of the saltwater pool set in natural surroundings or wander through the beautiful garden.
Pets and horses are welcome upon request. 

For more details, please click here

#17. Burleigh Beach House - Burleigh, QLD 

Located in a private and exclusive position next to Burleigh Heads National Park 3 minutes walk from the beach, Burleigh beach House is sure to tick all the boxes for your next family holiday.

The property features 3 Bedrooms & 3 bathrooms (2 Ensuites + Family bathroom), master bedroom with Ensuite, Walk In Robe, Sunny Balcony, Queen Bed, rumpus / 4th bedroom with sofa lounge, gas fire place, large outdoor entertainment area and double lockup garage. 

For more details, please click here


#18. Petra Olive Oil - Margaret River Region, WA

Nestled amongst the olive trees with a backdrop of Yallingup ocean views, this charming Estate offers five inviting chalets (King & Queen) for couples and your beloved pooch.

Set on 30-acre property in the Margaret River with dams and ocean views, Petra Olive Oil Estate combines a peaceful and romantic ambiance with easy access to a number of wineries, galleries, eateries, and beaches.

Each suite sleeps two people in a king or queen size bed, with ensuite bathroom, living area, self-contained kitchen, air-conditioning, TV and a gas BBQ on the outdoor patio. 

For more details, please click here

NB: Sadly two previously listed dog-friendly properties have since closed but we will two new ones soon...

Last updated 23rd September 2023

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