Gone are the days when pet-friendly accommodation consisted of mildew walls and flea ridden couches, or when you had to re-mortgage your home to pay the kennel to keep your beloved pooch fed, watered and entertained.
These days, there are a range of pet friendly holiday accommodation options that will ensure fun for all the family, two and four legged creatures alike. Here are some of our favourites:
Puri Pantali Beach House – Byron Bay New South Wales
With pooch in your Gold Coast hire car, head for the hinterland and beach all rolled into one in the beautiful areas surrounding Byron Bay. Nestled on the exclusive Tallow Beach, Puri Pantali House affords absolute beachfront location in luxury Balinese style. The house has four bedrooms, each with ensuite, catering for up to eight people comfortably. Open plan living and a kitchen complete with state of the art appliances will ensure you feel right at home. A private salt water solar heated pool will keep the kids entertained, while the stone paved pergola area and tropical gardens provide a romantic setting for adults. Best of all, pets are welcome! $1000 – $2000 per night.
Cape Otway Cottages – Great Ocean Road Victoria
Providing creature comforts for four legged and two legged creatures alike, Cape Otway Cottages is a short drive in your Melbourne car rental along the famous Great Ocean Road. The 60-acre property provides plenty of great walks for man and beast. As you crack a bottle of champagne to celebrate your arrival, your pampered pooch will also have reason to celebrate, with a comfy bed next to the wood fire, silver service dog bowls and complimentary dog treats provided. With an array of different cottage options of varying sizes, you are sure to find something that sill suit your family. Prices start from $225 per night.
Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park, Queensland
Between Cairns and Townville lies Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park. The quiet fishing village provides the perfect backdrop to a dream family camping escape as you scoot off in your Cairns hire car or Brisbane car rental and into paradise. The Park offers self-contained cabins and large private sites, set among long deserted dog friendly beaches, salt water swimming pool and an array of great fishing spots. Self contained cabins form $65 per night, powered camp sites from $22 and unpowered camp sites from $19.
Peppermint Tree Lodge, Peppermint Grove Beach, Western Australia
Half-way between Bunbury and Busselton, Peppermint Tree Lodge offers oceanfront accommodation just 40 meters from the beach. Choose from three uniquely designed houses and a spa villa, all air conditioned and with wood fires to keep you comfortable no matter what time of the year you visit. Pets are allowed inside and there is a dog beach directly in front of the house. Relax and keep an eye out for dolphins from the luxury of your own Jacuzzi style outdoor spa. Prices start at $250 a night.
By Scott Podmore and Karly Hickman