If there’s one downside to heading away for a few days, it is having to leave your beloved fur baby behind. Fortunately, plenty of hotels, vacation homes, and cottages understand how much Australians love to holiday with their pets, and are willing to accommodate you and your four-legged bestie.
If leaving your canine (or cat, rabbit, bird, or lizard) companion at home isn’t an option for your next getaway, consider booking a few nights at one of these pet-friendly stays.[related_articles]56675,56675,59223[/related_articles]
#1 Treetop Stay
Camping aside, you can’t get much closer to nature than in a stilted cabin overlooking a canopy of tree ferns and tall mountain ash. Perched three stories up, this light, bright and lofty abode is a hidden space best shared with your two- and four-legged friends.
It may be just under an hour’s drive from the heart of Melbourne, but the pooch-friendly Treetop Stay’s secluded, leafy locale in the Dandenong Ranges feels a world away. Just a short walk from the charming 19th-century Sassafras Village, your pup will love exploring the surrounding rainforest before you get to exploring the tea rooms and stores that the town is known for.
Back at the house, curl up in front of the wood fire with a good book, mug of tea, and a pup at your feet, or sit on the elevated deck with a cocktail in hand, watching the birds and the sun set over the treetops.
Cost per night: From $285
Where: 342 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Sassafras, Victoria
#2 Larmont Sydney
Pets like to be pampered, too, so it’s just as well that the chic Larmont Sydney lets you check in to your luxurious stay with your furry friends in tow.
The recently refurbished 103-room hotel in Potts Point has reserved four of its courtyard rooms for guests with pets. With a private outdoor terrace, a welcome treat, food, water bowls and a bed, the rooms are well equipped for your pup.
The contemporary Hassell Studio-designed interiors, king-size bed, Bose SoundTouch and SmartTV should have you comfortably covered for the stay, too.
Centrally located, the hotel is just a short walk from the CBD, cute cafes, swanky bars, and a number of off-leash dog parks, too. If the modern-day luxury and prime location isn’t quite enough to win you over, the incredible views out over the city and harbour might just do it!
Cost per night: From $399
Where: 2-14 Kings Cross Road, Potts Point, NSW
#3 Margaret River Stone Cottages
The Margaret River wine region is one of the most pet-friendly regions in all of WA. Home to a long list of pet-welcoming wineries, breweries and cafes, it only makes sense to bundle your companions in the car and bring them along for the trip.
For the best access to all the region’s best producers and dog-friendly beaches, base yourself at the Margaret River Stone cottages. Sleeping four to five people, the two-storey self-contained cottages sit on a lush 115-acre forested property, giving pup plenty of space to do, well, dog things.
Winters here are especially cosy, with each of the four cottages boasting indoor and outdoor log fires.
Cost per night: From $195
Where: 67 Rowcliffe Rd, Forest Grove, WA
#4 The Ultimo
In the heart of Chinatown, The Ultimo is as chic as in inner-city Sydney getaways come. Constructed in 1921, the heritage-listed building underwent a facelift in 2016 and now features 95 modern, New York-style warehouse rooms. And, within walking distance to the CBD, Darling Harbour and the Star Casino, you have literally everything you could want at your doorstep.
If leaving the pooch at home while you go on staycation isn’t an option, the largest of the rooms at The Ultimo fully caters for pets – so long as they come in at under 20kgs.
On the top floor of the hotel, the courtyard rooms feature a king-size bed, flat-screen TV, and plenty of space for your pets to get around. If your pup is getting cabin fever, take a short walk down to Mary Ann park, where you can let them off the lead to blow off a little steam, or wander along the boardwalk at Darling Harbour.
Cost per night: From $241
Where: 37 Ultimo Road, Sydney, NSW
#5 Shambhala at Byron
A lush rainforest retreat may be the last place you would think to take your furry friend, but at Shambhala at Byron, pets are welcomed with open arms.
Right where the rainforest meets the beach, this hidden paradise has ample space for your pup to run about. The property is just a few kilometers out of Byron, so while you have complete seclusion on the private Belongil Beach, you and your furry companion can walk along the coast and in to town in just 15 minutes.
Once you’re in town, there are a multitude of dog-friendly cafes and restaurants to dine at.
If you’d prefer to eat in, the kitchens in the self-contained treehouse accommodation at Shambhala come fully equipped. Alternatively, for dinner with a view, fire up the BBQ in the communal area and watch the sun set from the outdoor deck and dining table.
Cost per night: From $250
Where: 14 Childe Street Byron Bay, NSW
(Lead image: Alvan Nee)