Does your heart sink when those big, droopy eyes catch your gaze as your dog realises it won’t be joining you on holiday? We understand that for many people their pooch is just another member of the family, so we've chosen a range of dog friendly accommodation to help you plan your next getaway... for you AND your four-legged friend.
Pier One Sydney Harbour
This funky five-star hotel in Sydney’s historic Walsh Bay wharves practically wags it’s tail when you and your pooch rock up to reception. The stunning heritage hotel has 10 dog-friendly rooms (suites 19 and 20 are the largest) each with waterside views and direct access to Walsh Bay Pier, so guests can easily take their fur babies for a stroll in the shadow of Sydney Harbour Bridge. Rooms are stocked with luxury Dogue amenities and a Dogue minibar full of gourmet doggie treats. But if room service is more the dog’s style, in-room doggie dining dishes include fillet of grilled sea trout with broccolini, tender chicken thighs with carrots and ground short rib sauteed with fresh farm vegetables. But what if a guest’s special doggo wants to go to the restaurant for dinner? Not a problem. Dogs are also welcome in the outside area of The Gantry restaurant.
This renovated iconic Queenslander in Brisbane’s trendy inner-city suburb of New Farm has allocated Suites 10 and 11 for guests wishing to bring their canine companions. ‘Pooch Packages’ include breakfast (for the humans), a dog mattress, a dog lead with doggie bags attached, water and food bowl, a plush blanket and even a bone.
Overlooking Victoria Square, the Hilton Adelaide welcomes pooches to stay and lap up the hotel’s luxury in an allocated set of pet-friendly rooms. The hotel has a running track that’s perfect for your four-legged training partner, plus they will be provided with a dog bed and bowls. However, when it comes to public areas like the marble-lined lobby, outdoor pool, tennis court, and restaurant, it’s humans only. Luckily pet sitting services can be arranged through the concierge.
Mercure Darwin Airport
A stone's throw from Darwin International Airport, this resort-style hotel set in lush, tropical surrounds is perfect for every man or woman and their dog. Guests booking a pampered pets package receive accommodation in a dedicated pet-friendly room, continental breakfast basket for two people, pet bedding and food bowl and complimentary pet gift.
The Waterfront Wynyard
This retro cool motel on the banks of the Inglis River on Tassie's North West coast offers accommodation ranging from coastal pods made from upcycled shipping containers through to pet-friendly, deluxe and old-school classic rooms. The “paw-suites” are funky deluxe rooms north-facing river views, perfect for strolls along the waterfront.
Ovolo Laneways Melbourne
Adorably dubbed the V.I.Pooch package, design hotel Ovolo Laneways invites guests to bring their dog for an extra $80 per night. That gets your pooch a plush dog bed, food and water bowls on a custom mat and a designer doggy bag. The latter is stuffed with toys, snacks and quintessential poop bags for park walkies and inner-city adventures. Pups will enjoy the street-art walks with plenty of corners to pee on along the way.
Dongara Tourist Park
Four hours north of Perth, lies Dongara Tourist Park with beachside cabins overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean. The park offers pet-friendly cabins and caravan and camping in the relaxing twin towns of Dongara-Port Denison. Head down the track to South Beach through the sand dunes and walk for miles with your furry companion.
The polished political animal, whether it be a cat, dog or bird, can enjoy one of two rooms, each with an enclosed garden, at Mercure Canberra. The hotel’s Pampered Pet Package includes breakfast for two humans and, for pups, bedding, a food bowl and a toy to take home. Visit the dog-friendly Lerida Estate cellar door and Murrumbateman Winery (which sells homemade dog biscuits) or enjoy Canberra's many walking trails.