Placing your pets in kennels while you travel is stressful and guilt-inducing, so why not take them with you? Here are the most highly rated pet-friendly hotels in Australia.*
Drumreagh Bed & Breakfast Cabins in Deloraine, Tasmania
Drumreagh Bed & Breakfast Cabins in Deloraine
Guests at the Drumreagh Bed & Breakfast Cabins are greeted with a basket of warm white chocolate and apricot muffins, and while the muffins are sadly not pet-friendly, the rest of the cabins more than make up for that. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, dogs have plenty of exciting new terrain to explore and their owners quite like the mountain views too.
Storm Bay Guest House & Cottage in White Beach, Tasmania
Storm Bay Guest House & Cottage in White Beach
Only a 6-minute walk from the beach, it’s easy to see why pet-owners rate the Storm Bay Guest House & Cottage so highly. After an early morning walk along the seashore, you and your furry friend will be treated to full English or Irish breakfast on the outdoor sun terrace, overlooking Parson’s Bay and the nearby Hazards mountain range.
Grindelwald Lodge and Garden in Tamar Valley, Tasmania
Grindelwald Lodge and Garden in Tamar Valley
A far cry from its Swiss namesake but just as spectacular, the Grindelwald Lodge and Garden overlooks the vibrant and pastoral Tamar Valley. Every morning the dining room patio doors are opened wide, so guests can enjoy the view and watch the family pets play together in the garden, all while eating a delicious home cooked breakfast.
Roosters Rest in Port Sorell, Tasmania
Roosters Rest in Port Sorell
An early-20th century bungalow in Port Sorell, the Roosters Rest is only a 2-minute drive to the Applybey Creek Reservoir and a 5-minute drive to the Port Sorell beaches. Days spent admiring this beautiful, riverside stretch of Tasmania are followed by sunny evenings in the garden and around the barbeque. And with certain rooms even coming equipped with their own patio, there’s more space to relax in.
Andavine House - Bed & Breakfast in Clarence Valley, New South Wales
Andavine House - Bed & Breakfast in Clarence Valley
The Andavine House - Bed & Breakfast is surrounded by wildlife, including kangaroos, bowerbirds and wallabies. So it’s hardly surprising that the Andavine House owners have gone out of their way to be pet-friendly, even going as far as to dog-sit while guests explore the nearby Clarence Valley. Once the day’s adventures have come to an end, a lazy lounge out on the veranda is in order – your pet will be pleased too.
Elm Trees Accommodation in Ross, Tasmania
Elm Trees Accommodation in Ross
The heritage town of Ross is said to have inspired Studio Ghibli’s animated film Kiki’s Delivery Service. Fans of Ghibli’s whimsical brand of cinema will know exactly what to expect in Ross, and the Elm Trees Accommodation are a well-appointed, peaceful base. Dogs are welcome at this powder-blue board house, and the town centre is only a 5-minute walk away.
Friday Creek Retreat in Coffs Coast, New South Wales
Friday Creek Retreat in Coffs Coast
The traditional, ranger-style cottages at the Friday Creek Retreat combine simple architecture with warm, vivid interiors and luxury facilities that include a tiered pool, tennis courts and a wood fired pizza oven. Visitors during the winter months are charmed by the cottages’ individual open fireplaces and in the summer animals and humans alike will delight in the lush valley views.
Taras Richmond Farmstay in Hobart Surrounds, Tasmania
Taras Richmond Farmstay in Hobart Surrounds
Surrounded by vineyards and olive grovers, Taras Richmond Farmstay is a pastoral ideal that the whole family – including the four-legged members – can enjoy. While dogs do need to be kept away from the local farm animals who like to pop over and say hello, the apartments themselves are pet-friendly and include access to a big, secure, garden.
Penguin Beachfront Apartments in Penguin, Tasmania
Penguin Beachfront Apartments in Penguin
Pet-owners visiting the Tasmanian town of Penguin are spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful scenery. Staying at the Penguin Beachfront Apartment includes private parking and less than 1-minute walk to the beach, and Cradle Mountain National Park is only 1-hour drive away and there are also views of the Bass Strait at sunrise to take in. And the luxury doesn’t end there –inside the apartments, dark wood pairs with bold blues, for a modern, coastal scheme, that’ll keep both owners and pets alike happy.
** These accommodations were the most highly rated by Booking.com customers as 'pet friendly'.