Pawfect stays – Australia’s best dog friendly hotels

Spicers Dog friendly hotels

Today, nearly 4 million Aussie households have a dog living under their roof. With road trips and local travel on the rise and the whole of Australia to explore, why not bring your four-legged friend along for the ride?

Whether you’re looking for a country retreat, a seaside escape or a city break with your best bud, these dog friendly hotels will tick all your boxes.

Spicers Balfour dog friendly hotel in Brisbane
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Spicers Balfour Hotel, Brisbane QLD

Taking your pup on an urban escape? In Brisbane’s trendy suburb of New Farm, Spicers Balfour Hotel offers a ‘Pooch Package’ where dogs can sleep soundly on the plushest of dog beds, go for a wander with a stylish lead equipped with doggy bags, and dive into dinner in a special Spicers food bowl (just in case you leave yours at home). This fabulous dog friendly hotel is located just a short walk from New Farm Dog Park (sometimes referred to as Powerhouse Park) with stunning river views and loads of space for pooches to roam around.

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High tea at one fo the best dog friendly B&B in Victoria
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Must Love Dogs B&B, Rutherglen VIC

Consistently voted in the top 25 Bed & Breakfasts in the country’s since opening in 2010, this rural retreat is located in the heart of Victoria;s North East wine region, Rutherglen. Built in 1840, the quaint cottage has been lovingly restored to offer a luxury escape for pets and owners alike. Cosy up by the open fire, enjoy high tea with your fur babies and take a dip in the solar heated pool while your four-legged friends explore the tranquil gardens, all fenced for their safety. You can even book dog-friendly wine tours throughout the Rutherglen region. Ask your hosts when you stay.

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Aerial view of dog friendly house in SA
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Yondah Beach House, Yorke Peninsula SA

Set on 150 acres and with 2 kilometres of coastline to explore, Yondah is the perfect escape for dogs with energy to burn. This secluded beach retreat sleeps up to 8 guests in a stunning architecturally designed abode overlooking the Yorke Peninsula. The property is fenced on three sides but is open to the coastline, so pups with a tendency to wander should perhaps be kept on a long lead while outside. Pets are welcome inside, just not on the lounges.

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Dog at Vibe Hotel Rushcutters Bay
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More dog-friendly accommodation around Australia

Planning a trip with your furry friend? Holidays with Dogs and Holiday Paws are two great resources for finding pet-friendly accommodation and things to do around Australia. When browsing platforms such as Airbnb, and Stayz, you can use the search parameters to narrow the result to show only “pet-friendly” options. Make sure you read through the rules and regs before you book – many hotels and rentals appear to be pet-friendly but do not allows pets inside.

It’s also a good idea to check the council website of the destination you’re travelling to so you can find out which areas of town are dog-friendly and which parts are off limits. And of course, make sure your dog is wearing an ID tag with your up-to-date details just incase they go exploring a little too far and can’t find their way back.


Looking for more dog-friendly holiday inspiration? Why not take a trip to the beach:

Spend a sunny day at these dog beaches in Victoria

Queensland’s top dog-friendly beaches

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