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Stayz Unveils Ulti-Mutt Holiday Homes in Australia

Stayz Unveils Ulti-Mutt Holiday Homes for Aussie Dogs

Stayz®, Australia’s original holiday home website, has installed a collection of custom-built dog houses at homes in VIC, NSW and QLD as new research* - conducted by Longeron on behalf of Stayz - predicts Aussie pooches will travel more than ever with their humans in 2022.

More than half (55%) of Aussie dog owners are already planning travel trips with their four-legged friends this year and are most excited to visit a beach location (51%) and to form a stronger bond with their dog (33%).
  • Australian dogs are set to travel more than ever in 2022, with two million Aussie households* planning a holiday with their dog
  • 2 in 5 dog owners say their dog is better behaved (39%), happier (40%), more playful (55%) and wags their tail more (48%) on holidays*
  • More than half of Aussie dog owners prefer beach holidays (51%) with their pets, followed by country escapes (26%)*
  • Beach locations Rye and Cowes in VIC, plus Culburra Beach in NSW rate as the top three spots in Australia to find a pet-friendly holiday rental **
Stayz travel expert and dog mum Simone Scoppa says: 

“Let’s face it – the pandemic hasn’t only been tough on Aussies, it’s been 'ruff' on pets too, especially as dog owners head back to work and school.

We wanted to give the lockdown dogs a holiday to remember this year with the launch of Stayz’ custom-built doggy play houses at some of our most stunning pet-friendly holiday homes across the country.”

“We know that many Aussie households have also added a furry friend to their family during the pandemic, so making your dog’s first holiday away with the family should be in a place that everyone will love. Our latest data shows that one in ten searches on the Stayz website is a pet-friendly one, so let's make 2022 the year when Aussie doggos have the best holiday of their life.”

The three stylish paw-approved holiday dog houses, available to book from today and in place until the end of the year, reflect the States they now call home. 

With Queenslanders most likely to choose heading to the beach than anything else to do with their dogs on holiday (60%), the Green House pet friendly home at Mount Coolum on the Sunshine Coast takes inspiration from the lifeguard towers on the QLD coastline and even features a surfboard on the roof.

In New South Wales, active travellers and lovers of ball sports can unite with their dogs as they’re most likely to take their furry pals for a run or a long walk (34%) while on holiday, and will find a fun hideout made up of one of dogs’ favourite things – fetch balls.

Travellers to the limited-edition homes will also get to road test doggy holiday approved apparel from Australian online pet accessories company Stylish Hound – from doggo beach towels to swim vests, a doggo bed and the most important holiday essential, poop bags for tidying up after your dog.

A Paws-itive Holiday Experience For All

Holidays are not only good for your own wellbeing but there are benefits also for your dog. 

Two in five dog owners (41%) say that the holiday becomes more enjoyable for them when they take their pets away with them. Just like their owners, dogs also get the same benefits from holidays. Two in five dog owners say that their dogs appear happier (40%) and better behaved (39%). At least half of dog owners say they can tell their dog/s are happy as they become more playful (55%), excited to meet new people and explore new things (51%) and wag their tail more (48%) on holidays.

Dog Psychology Expert and Behaviour Specialist Nathan Williams says: " We're a nation of dog lovers, but owners can often forget that our four-legged friends are more like us in many ways. With Aussies returning to physical offices and schools this year, our doggy friends will be craving quality time with their family.

Separation anxiety is the most common problem affecting domestic dogs today. They get confused and anxious when apart from their owners, but by taking them away with you, everyone can enjoy a holiday with your loved ones. With these pet play houses, Stayz has made it even easier, and more fun, to take your fur family away with you.

Aussie beachside destinations catering for doggos and their families

Stayz travel expert Simone Scoppa adds:

“With 2022 set to be the year of doggy friendly holiday travel, our research shows that pet-friendly homes are the most important factor (70%) when thinking of travelling domestically with dogs.
“We’re proud to say that as at today one in five Australian Stayz listings are pet-friendly, making our site a great option for dog owners looking for lots of choice for a short domestic trip this year.”

NSW takes out the top spot for most pet-friendly holiday homes by a whisker, followed by VIC, QLD, SA and WA. Interestingly though, VIC had the most destinations with more than 90 homes in each with Rye on the Mornington Peninsula taking out the top spot with more than 180 dog friendly holiday homes to book.”

Australia’s top spots to find a pet-friendly holiday rental (based on destinations with the most holiday homes that welcome pets):

1. Rye, Morning Peninsula, VIC
2. Cowes, Phillip Island, VIC
3. Culburra Beach, South Coast, NSW
4. Apollo Bay, Great Ocean Road, VIC
5. Sorrento, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

For holiday inspiration and to book your next pet friendly holiday home in Australia, go to

A note about COVID-19 & Travel
Before booking, travellers should consult the latest government restrictions for the area in which they wish to travel. Travellers should be mindful that government restrictions are in constant review and travel guidelines may change between booking and travel.

* The research was commissioned on behalf of Stayz and conducted by Lonergan Research in accordance with the ISO 20252 standard. Lonergan Research surveyed 1,042 Australian dog owners aged 18+. Surveys were distributed throughout Australia including both capital city and non-capital city areas. The survey was conducted online amongst members of a permission-based panel, between 1 and 8 February 2022. After interviewing, data was weighted to the latest population estimates sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

** Based on destinations with holiday homes on Stayz that welcome pets in Australia as of 14 March 2022.

*** The dog houses will be on the three properties from now until December 31, 2022.

About Stayz

Stayz®, Australia’s original holiday rental website, is powered by the world class technology of Vrbo and is part of Expedia Group. The company’s mission is to connect travellers with the people and places they love. Stayz has more than 50,000 properties across Australia, and now over two million properties internationally available for rent. For more information about Stayz, please visit

MEDIA RELEASE, 22nd March 2022

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