Australia is not only one of the top destinations in the world for travel, but it’s also one of the best places to take a dog on holiday. Plenty of destinations have dog-friendly accommodation, leash-free parks, pup-friendly beaches and more for a memorable experience with your pooch.
Best areas for dogs in Australia
From beautiful parks to pristine beaches with calm waters, you’ll have plenty of places to choose from to enjoy a holiday with your dog. Whether you want to spend your whole time exploring the great outdoors with your pet or you're interested in a beach retreat and sightseeing in dog-friendly areas, you’ll never run out of ways to entertain your dog on your trip.
Gold Coast, Queensland
The Gold Coast is an enjoyable coastal area with plenty of fun for people and dogs alike. You'll find numerous areas dedicated to off-leash dogs, especially on the beaches, and even more places that welcome leashed pets. You’ll also like pet-friendly cafes that sell gourmet ice cream for dogs and other treats for both you and your pet.
Port Stephens, New South Wales
Port Stephens is a picturesque harbour area with opportunities for coastal trail walks, swimming, whale watching and more. It’s also a great place for dogs, as there are numerous designated parks and reserves to exercise pets and take in the views of the bay and wilderness. The suburb of Hawks Nest on the north shore offers plenty of leash-free dog areas on beaches and in parks.
Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia
Just outside of Adelaide is the Fleurieu Peninsula, a vibrant area with vineyards, beaches, parks and other beautiful outdoor areas including the Onkaparinga River Recreation Park. Dogs are allowed on most of the area beaches and parklands, so you can go for long walks along rivers, valleys and gorges.
Dog-friendly amenities and accommodation
On top of the many parks, beaches, cafes and shops that allow dogs, you’ll have plenty of options for dog-friendly accommodation with unique amenities that will keep your dog comfortable and happy on your trip. Whether you want upscale beachfront accommodation or an apartment in the city, there are tons of dog-friendly rentals throughout Australia.
Green lawns and outdoor space
Dogs will love the space to play in Australia’s pet-friendly rentals. Many cabins, holiday homes, cottages and lodges have large green spaces dedicated to pets as well as fenced areas where your dog will be safe while you enjoy dinner or see the sights. Even with an apartment, you will have an array of parks and other outdoor areas nearby for convenient dog walking and exercise.
Self-contained dog-friendly accommodation
Dog-friendly accommodation isn’t only convenient for your dog, but also for you. Fully self-contained units ensure you have everything you need in one place so you don’t have to leave your dog behind to get dinner or spend time in town. You can cook your own meals, do laundry and more, all from your rental.
Dog-friendly cabins in Australia
Cabins are a cosy and comfortable option for a rustic retreat in Australia. Many cabins are located near some of the most impressive parks and beaches in Australia, and on top of that, they allow dogs and come with plenty of dog-friendly amenities like outdoor pet areas, bowls, crates, toys and more.