Dog friendly accommodation
If you’re planning your next road trip but can’t stand to leave the dog behind, we’ve picked out the best dog-friendly accommodation across the country.
BEST FRIEND HOLIDAY RETREAT, SOUTH GIPPSLAND: What makes this a prime spot for doggy accommodation is the facilities - there’s dog agility equipment, dog playgrounds and even a hydro bath to clean off before they go back inside. At this holiday retreat, dogs are permitted on a leash in the common areas and required to sleep indoors. There are also day-use kennels on site if you’re visiting a nearby location that doesn’t permit dogs. General rules for staying here are dogs must be clean, up to date with their vaccinations and well-behaved.
LAKE PLACID TOURIST PARKS, CAIRNS: There’s some amazing campsites here surrounded by lush gardens and trees. Lake Placid only allows a limited number of dogs at the park at any given time, so you’re best to declare your pet as early as possible to get a booking.
STUART RANGE BIG 4 OUTBACK RESORT, COOBER PEDY: This enormous facility has over 100 powered sites in the middle of flat desert lands dotted with gum trees. Dogs are permitted here no matter their size – provided they are clean and respectful around other guests.
SEVEN MILE BEACH HOLIDAY PARK, GERROA: Sitting on a strip of land between the ocean and Crooked River, SMBHP is the only beachside holiday park in the suburb of Gerroa (NSW east coast). This park offers a mixture of accommodation from deluxe honeymooner cabins to unpowered riverside sites. Pets are permitted here outside of NSW public holidays and school holidays.
HERITAGE CARAVAN PARK, ALICE SPRINGS: This may be the best dog-friendly accommodation in the country. Heritage has a dedicated off-leash area for dogs to socialise and run freely in, as well as dog grooming and washing facilities including a coin-operated self-serve dog washing system. Even the pet-friendly cabins here have been upgraded to include better shading, turf, and some extra pet toys to help make your best mate feel comfortable.
SNUG BEACH CABIN & CARAVAN PARK, SNUG: 30 minutes south of Hobart sits Snug, a picturesque suburb that overlooks North West Bay and the northernmost tip of Bruny Island. Snug Beach Park sits directly on the beach with free Wi-Fi, a laundry and a recharge station for all smartphone or tablet devices. This gorgeous spot is pet-friendly, as agreed by management, so contact them for confirmation – then spend your days taking your furry friend for a walk along the beautiful beaches of Tassie.
BROOME’S GATEWAY CARAVAN PARK, BROOME: This fantastic park permits pets throughout. As is standard, dogs must be kept on a leash within the property, but there is still plenty of open space to take them running around in after the long hours of driving.
QUEANBEYAN RIVERSIDE TOURIST PARK, QUEANBEYAN: Sitting beside a scenic river 20 minutes’ south-east of Canberra, this town exudes charm and has a whole host of parks and sporting fields for the dog to have a run around. Conditions for pets apply, so contact them for further information before taking your furry one over there.