With more than 12,000 pet-friendly Airbnbs up for rent, staying in the Big Smoke with your dog and/or cat is now a cinch. Did you know that there are also camping grounds, villas, caravan parks and even five-star hotels that welcome pets with open arms? Here’s the pick of the bunch…
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Airbnb: Darlington, Sydney
With a garden and deck for Fido, the renovated ‘Architect’s Sydney House’ is great for families. It sleeps seven people, has two bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen and living area, and is a short train ride to the CBD – airbnb.com.au/rooms/314426
Campground: Delicate Campground, Crescent Head
Price: from $24 a night.
Delicate campground is situated in Goolawah Regional Park near Crescent Head and is a great, affordable getaway for dog lovers. There’s plenty of luscious scenery for walks and play time, as well as interesting campgrounds and beach access to Delicate Nobby for surfing for human guests. It’s a remote campsite, so please come prepared.
Luxury stay: The Langham, at The Rocks Sydney
Price: from $635 a night plus $120 a night per pet
If you wanted to treat yourself to a luxury night or two away, you no longer have to choose between that and your beloved pet! For just $120 extra per night, guests at The Langham Sydney can bring their pooch (up to 20 kilos) or the cat for a stay! They’ll even receive their own plush bed to match yours! Pet-sitting and dog walking services are also provided.
Airbnb: South Yarra, Melbourne
City-centric canines will feel right at home. This elegant two-bedroom Art Deco apartment has a tram stop at its doorstep, a wide balcony and a well-equipped kitchen. airbnb.com.au/rooms/3008528
Treetop stay: Treetop Stay in the Dandenong Ranges National Park
Price: from $285 a night
For a perfectly secluded getaway, you can’t go past a treetop stay in the stunning Dandenong Ranges National Park. Now, not all accommodations offer pet accommodation, so it’s worth calling ahead to check before you book. This is an incredibly popular option for pet owners and is fenced off, so perfectly safe for your pooch.
B&B: Must Love Dogs B&B, Rutherglen
Price: from $179 per night.
Built in 1840, quaint cottage Must Love Dogs B&B features two luxury suites created with dog lovers in mind. Upon arriving you’ll be greeted with muscat and chocolate for the humans – and special doggie cakes and treats for your furry baby. Pet sitting is also offered for free during your stay!
Caravan Park: Tamborine Mountain Caravan Park
Price: from $32 per night for two people in off peak season.
Described as an ‘amazing wildlife and geological rich oasis’ stretching over 112 hectares of Tamborine Mountain, Tamborine Mountain Caravan Park like no other. Though dogs must stay on their leads at all times, they’re permitted through caravan and camp sites.
Villas: Saltwater Villas, Mooloolaba
Price: from $130 per night
If you’re looking for a little luxury and amenities that you want from a summer holiday, you no longer have to sacrifice your pet by leaving them in a kennel. Saltwater Villas in Mooloolaba offer waterfront villas where pets are allowed to stay with you. They’re fenced in and perfectly safe for pets, with pet sitting available, so you’re free to enjoy the pool, the day spa or water sports.
Airbnb: Pike River Woolshed Villas
Price: from $185 a night
Set on 15 acres of riverfront at the gateway of the Riverland region of South Australia, Pike River Woolshed villas overlook the mighty Murray and Pike Rivers. Offering majestic views and landscapes, it’s the perfect place to spend quality time with your loved ones (including the furry variety!).
Hotel: Hilton Hotel Adelaide
Price: from $90 a night
Not many people will be aware of this, but the Hilton Adelaide will happily welcome you and your pet to come and stay, as long as they’re domesticated and under 34kg. They must also be on a lead or in a carrier whenever in public areas. The hotel will charge you a $500 refundable deposit in case of any accidents that may occur – so allow for plenty of outside walks!
Holiday house: Yallingup Holiday Houses
Price: sleeps 16. From $750 a night.
Yallingup holiday houses in South West and The Cape in rural areas of the wine growing region of Margaret River. All holiday houses are on acreage in the Yallingup rural area, conveniently located with beaches and Dunsborough only 5-10 mins away and major wineries and restaurants within 5 mins. They also sleep up to 16 people, making it perfect for a group stay with up to two dogs allowed.
Airbnb: Stuart park, Darwin
There’s plenty of room for your dog to play at ‘Nineteen on Nudl’, a three-bedroom house just five minutes from the CBD with tropical gardens, a large verandah, pool and barbecue. airbnb.com.au/rooms/12854690
Cosy up with your pampered pooch at cute-as-a-button ‘Writer’s Cottage’, with its white picket fence, cottage garden, French doors, antique claw-foot bath and fireplace. airbnb.com.au/rooms/7389116