7 of the best dog-friendly cottages and holiday homes in Queensland
If your pooch – and that sad look they give you as you’re backing out of the driveway – is the only thing stopping you from taking a much-needed holiday, it is time to pack your bags. There is an increasing amount of dog-friendly cottages and holiday homes in Queensland that welcome your canine companions with open arms.
Save money on kennel costs by taking your pooch and lap up the ‘oppawtunity’ to have some QT with Fido and Rover. Let’s face it, they probably need some time-out too so here’s our pick of pawsome pet-friendly holiday homes in Queensland.
1. Wongari Eco Retreat, Scenic Rim
Even man’s best friend deserves a break from the daily grind and Wongari Eco Retreat is certainly the place to slow down, recharge and get back to nature.
Located in the foothills of the World Heritage-listed rainforests of the Border Ranges and Lamington National Park, Wongari offers absolute seclusion with creeks, waterfalls, wildlife, and forests at your doorstep.
There are two cabins to choose from including Serenity, which is set beside the bubbling Christmas Creek.
Wongari provides two pet bowls for your hound but its BYO pet bedding for those chilly winter nights.
2. Adogma’s Cottage, Mount Tamborine
This beautiful 1930s Queenslander-style home is ideal for a mountain getaway for the whole family – your four-legged friend included.
Located on the scenic plateau of Mount Tamborine, just 30kms from the Gold Coast’s iconic beaches, Adogma’s (stayz.com.au property is the perfect base to explore the shops, teahouses, restaurants, galleries, sweet stores, pubs, craft stores and rainforest walking tracks the mountain is famous for. (Here’s an itinerary we prepared earlier!)
This three-bedroom cottage has pet proof security doors, a fully fenced backyard and grass lawn for your cat or dog to play. A leash-free dog area, Staffsmith Park, is directly opposite as an added bonus.
Pets are more than welcome inside the cottage so when the sun goes down, your beloved pooch can join you for happy hour by the fireplace. Pawsitively perfect.
3. The Stonehouse Retreat, Scenic Rim
Originally built as a private, solar-powered eco-lodge, this hand-built home, which borders the Deongwar State Forest Reserve, is crafted from natural stone, raw timber, and concrete.
There are bushwalking tracks in the Ravensbourne National Park, mountain bike riding, fishing, and boating in the Cressbrook Dam. Not to mention the country pubs, cafes and antique stores in the nearby towns of Esk, Hampton, and Cabarlah.
Better yet, your dog will relish the chance to explore the 175 acres of natural bushland or chill in the ‘dog lounge’ on the end of the veranda.
4. Driftaway Villas, Yorkeys Knob
It is possible to enjoy a tropical holiday in Tropical North Queensland with your pooch in tow.
If you prefer to take it slow, you and your pup can head over to Yorkeys Knob Beach, which is just 100m from the villa, and enjoy a dip and a play at the off-leash area.
The property has a large yard and entertaining area so you and your canine pal can kick back and relax in style.
5. Sea Shanties, North Stradbroke Island
With its white sandy beaches, laidback island vibe, sub-tropical weather and an abundance of native wildlife, North Stradbroke Island is a much-loved island escape. Pack your pooch on the ferry as there are a host of pet-friendly holiday options on the island.
Located in the sleepy fishing village of Amity Point on the north-western tip of the island, Sea Shanties accept dogs in four of their seven waterfront, self-contained bungalows.
Cook under the stars in the outdoor kitchen, fish, surf and swim at one of the island’s many dog-friendly beaches. Or simply kick back with a glass of wine and watch the dolphins play with your pooch by your side.
Not so ruff, huh?
6. Lake Weyba Cottages, Sunshine Coast
A stay at this idyllic 20-acre property will bring new meaning to the term ‘pampered pooch’.
Located just 15 minutes from Noosa’s famous beaches and Hasting Street strip and nestled on the shore of Lake Weyba, these luxurious and pet-friendly, one and two-bedroom cottages boast a double spa, wood fires for those chilly winter nights and air conditioning in summer.
Canoe and fish on the lake, go mountain biking or relax with a massage in the privacy of the villa. Otherwise, after hours playing fetch, you can just sit and stare contentedly out over the lake.
If you can’t bring yourself to leave this tranquil lakeside setting, Peregian Beach – which has a dog-friendly, on-leash section – is only a five-minute drive away.
7. Tugun Hideaway, Gold Coast
This laidback beach town boasts epic beaches, cute cafes and restaurants with arguably the best acai bowls on the GC at Tugun Fruit and Flowers.
Make a booking in this open plan, three-bedroom designer beach house (stayz.com.au property #228770) and lap up the panoramic views, and indoor and outdoor entertaining areas. Come nightfall, your pooch will be dog-tired from all of the sandy, salty action and sleep like a baby.
If you and your best friend prefer to rough it use this helpful guide to find the best pet-friendly campsites around Brisbane.