You’ve zipped your bag, locked the house, packed the car, but you’re missing one travel essential: man’s best friend.
Give kennel fees a bone and bring your cute K9 along to one of these pet-friendly properties. (Psst! You might also like this list.)
Hounds in Hervey Bay
Have a whale of a time with your four-legged-friend at the Best Western Plus Quarterdecks Retreat in Hervey Bay. Their pet-friendly villas, set on five acres, make the perfect stomping ground to play fetch by the seaside. As well as being close to the whale-watching action, you’re also at the gateway to the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island. There’s plenty of fun and games for pooch too, with an off-the-leash beach just 60 metres from your door.
Where your two best friends collide
Corks, cabins and canines – sign me up! Ocean View Estate, a cellar door and vineyard just 45 minutes from Brisbane, has opened their door to furry friends. The Winemakers Cottage can accommodate dogs and up to twelve of their closest humans. While your bundle of fur fossicks in the yard, you’ll have time to swill, sniff and sample a local drop.
Paddle with pooch
Who said old dogs can’t learn new tricks? At Enviro Reefs Paddle & Surf School, dogs and their owners can team up to master stand-up paddle boarding and surfing together. Lessons are available for people (and pooches) at select locations from the Sunshine Coast to Bundaberg. At the end of the lesson, pocket a Certificate of Completion to earn yourself bragging – and barking – rights among your friends
Paradise and paws
Get more bang for your bark and explore the beauty of the Whitsundays with 28 acres of tropical heaven at the Big 4 Airlie Cove. Bali-inspired villa and cabin accommodation is the perfect kennel to rest your weary paws before discovering the 74 island wonders of the Whitsundays. While in town, check out Dog Friendly Whitsundays to help you and your four-legged friend make the most of your escape. Combining four-legged friendly activities, pet care and services in the region, you’ll be able to create a totally ‘pawsome’ itinerary.
A diamond in the ruff
Enjoy some R&R in this piece of pet paradise. Lagoon Pocket is a B&B farmstay just two hours north of Brisbane near Gympie. If your pooch likes the finer things in life (like sleeping inside), it’s no problem here. You’ll need to bring your own bedding and food for pooch but courtesy towels are provided to wipe paws down after running around like Lassie with the farmstay’s own friendly collie Danny.
Escape to the Noosa Hinterland to explore Capriole Estate’s luxury homestead paw-in-paw with your special friend. Guests can choose from a range of accommodation, from a designer loft to a grand homestead overlooking Mount Eerwah on the Sunshine Coast. If you need a little bit of Noosa action, you’re only a 30-minute drive to Hastings St, where the pet-friendly (and aptly named) Doggy Beach is the perfect spot to put some sand between paws.
Feel the wind in your fur
Your pampered pooch will have his tail wagging like mad, exploring the 50 acres of native bushland and rainforest in the Blackall Range at Wattle Gully Retreat. The private bush retreat has three pet-friendly cottages, sleeping between 3-14 people. Start and end the day with the calls of native birds, before discovering the rock pools and walks scattered around the property. The onsite pony rides and farm activities will also help keep little two-legged friends busy.