Our dogs are part of the family so why leave them out of a fun holiday? Now, with plenty of pet-friendly hotels to choose from across Australia, you don’t have to. Knowing that your accommodation caters for dogs means you don’t have to worry about the expense of a kennel or the hassle of organising a pet-sitter. You’ll also know they won’t be at home pining for you.
Check out these dog-friendly accommodation options for your next holiday.
New South Wales
It’s not the cheapest place to stay in Sydney but book a room at The Langham, at The Rocks and your dog can lap up the life of luxury. The hotel offers a Pampered Pets Program for dogs under 20kg featuring a pet room-service menu, plush pet beds, and pet-sitting and dog walking services. Your pet will be so well treated here it may not want to leave.
The MGallery Collection of hotels includes the Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains which not only has views overlooking the Jamison Valley but pet-friendly standard rooms with a king-sized bed for you and a specially appointed bed for your pet. The room has an adjoining courtyard which is fully fenced with gate access to a park.
Another Sydney hotel that welcomes dogs is the Medusa Boutique Hotel in Darlinghurst. This dog-friendly boutique hotel has ground floor courtyard rooms (Grand, Premium and Deluxe) catering to guests with dogs. A maximum of two dogs are allowed in the room and guests have to sign a dog pet policy upon check in.
If you’re heading up south with the kids on a road trip from Brisbane, then consider pulling in for a pet-friendly overnight stop at the Tropic Oasis Holiday Villas. The complex has two-bedroom villas with tiled floors and a fenced backyard, and is close to a dog-friendly beach. Nearby Coffs Coast Pet Services offers clipping and grooming for a tidy up.
Mercure Canberra has dedicated pet-friendly rooms with secure outdoor areas. Their Pampered Pet Package includes: accommodation, buffet or room service breakfast for two humans, a dog bowl and bedding and a toy to take home.
At The Albany Hotel in South Yarra pets are allowed in the rooms and nearby Fawkner Park is on hand across the road so dogs can stretch their legs. South Yarra is a suburb of Melbourne close to the CBD and with many restaurants, bars and shops.
If you’re heading to North Adelaide with your pooch and need a place to stay, then Hotel Old Adelaide offers two executive dog-friendly rooms with private courtyards and is just a short trot to the North Adelaide Dog Park.
Queensland has its own pooch friendly places. Settle in for the night at Quarterdecks Retreat in Hervey Bay which allows pets under 10kg – including dogs, cats and birds. This five acre set up is the perfect place for dogs to relax after a fun day exploring the beaches and parks. At Quarterdecks 11 of its 61 villas welcome pets for an extra fee.
One of Western Australia’s most popular holiday destinations is the Margaret River region for nature, food and wine. Make your base at Margaret River Stone Cottages which allows dogs inside. Each double-storey cottage sleeps 4 to 5 people and features a fenced patio area and sweeping views of the native jarrah forest.