Want to take a trip once coronavirus restrictions ease, but don’t want to leave your pooch behind? Take them along with you to one of these pet-friendly retreats in New South Wales.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced travel restrictions will lift from the beginning of June, which means it’s time to start looking for domestic holiday destination.
And even if you have a pet you don’t want to give to a friend or kennel to look after while taking a well-deserved break, there’s actually an abundance of hotels that’ll be happy to accommodate for you and your pooch.
Here’s our pick of the very best pet-friendly holiday destinations across NSW, from Sydney to the Blue Mountains.
(We recommend calling the hotel before booking to check how they’re operating with coronavirus restrictions still in place)
Best NSW pet-friendly holidays in NSW
The Hughenden, Woollahra
This boutique hotel is about as pet-friendly as they come. There is a range of rooms suitable for pets, each with a large living space, glass atrium or private courtyard. Centennial Parklands is located just across the road and it has lead-free areas so your pooch can run about. The Hughenden has been host to dogs, cats and even a baby kangaroo. You can also bring your pet with you to dine at the hotel cafe and restaurant.
Cost: From $248 full rate (specials available on website).
Contact: (02) 9363 4863, www.thehughenden.com.au
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The Observatory Hotel, The Rocks
If you really want to spoil yourself and your pooch, you can’t get much better than this luxurious five-star hotel. The Observatory has a small number of pet-friendly rooms and your pet will receive their own bed and can dine from the Scooby Doo room service menu. Owners can spoil themselves with a La Prairie facial at the day spa, or a champagne afternoon tea.
Cost: Packages start from $365 per night. Pets cost $50 extra per night, per pet.
Contact: (02) 8248 5220, www.observatoryhotel.com.au
Blue Mountains Secret Garden Cottage
This cosy self-contained two-bedroom cottage is located within walking distance of Katoomba. The English cottage-style garden has a 1.8-metre-high timber fence and there is an off-lead dog park just 100 metres down the road. For two-legged visitors, highlights include cosy lounges, an open log fire and clawfoot tub. Dogs must be garden-friendly.
Cost: From $360 for a two-night weekend.
Contact: 0418 105 543, www.secretgarden-cottage.com.au
Lilianfels Resort & Spa, Blue Mountains
This five-star retreat offers a small number of pet-friendly rooms at an additional charge of $89 per pet per night. Lilianfels is surrounded by beautiful bushland perfect for bracing walks with your four-legged friend. Dogs receive their own special pet bedding so they can cosy up in comfort while owners enjoy a pampering spa treatment or dinner at the award-winning Darley’s restaurant. Bowls are also provided for your pets’ meals.
Cost: From $245 for a deluxe room.
Contact: (02) 4780 1200, www.lilianfels.com.au
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Blue Moon, Hardy’s Bay, Killcare
This three-bedroom hillside holiday home overlooks the bay and is a short drive from excellent surf beaches and an off-lead dog beach. There is a secure garden and dogs are allowed inside the house (except on lounges and beds). A trampoline bed, dog toys and bowls are also provided.
Cost: From $1200 per week.
Contact: 0418 455 593.
Far North Coast
Sandy Paws on Belongil, Byron Bay
This modern three-bedroom duplex comes with all the mod cons and is situated less than 100 metres from dog-friendly Belongil Beach. Pets are welcome to stay on the property, but in the outdoor areas only. The yard is fully secured with a childproof lock on the gate.
Cost: From $235 per night (minimum four-night stay).
Hidden Valley Retreat, Grose Vale
This secluded property tucked away on the verge of the Grose wilderness has acquired a reputation for being both private and pet friendly. There are five settler’s cottages to choose from, each with its own unique features – think open fires, spa baths and sipping champagne on your own private verandah. Pets are welcome to explore the great outdoors and cosy up inside the cottages.
This is truly a spot to get away from it all.
Cost: From $380 for two nights midweek.
Contact: (02) 4572 1474, www.hiddenvalleyretreat.com.au
Rock Lily Cottages, Bega
The owners of these two quaint mudbrick cottages are dog lovers who have their own collies and terriers. The cottages are separately located and dogs are welcome indoors. There is a walking track on the properties where you can walk dogs lead-free. Both cottages have a fully fenced yard and kennel, and there are dog-friendly beaches within a 45-minute drive.
Cost: From $115 per night.
Contact: (02) 6492 7364, www.rocklily.com.au
On The Beach Holiday House, Culburra
This cute 1950s three-bedroom fibro cottage is a stone’s throw from dog-friendly Warrain Beach, which is a lead-free zone from 4pm to 8am. During other times, dogs must be on a lead. The house comes equipped with dog beds, food bowls and a selection of toys and the yard is fenced and dog-proof.
Cost: From $330 per night.
Contact: 0418 455 593, www.stayz.com.au/19106
Shady Willows Holiday Park, Batemans Bay
If you’re after a budget break, this pet-friendly holiday park offers affordable cabin accommodation as well as sites for tents and caravans. There are beaches nearby where you can take your dog for a run, and the site has established native gardens. When making your booking, let the owners know that you wish to bring pets, as approval is required and conditions apply.
Cost: From $26 for a powered site and $70 for a full ensuite cabin. An extra $10 per stay applies for pets in cabins and $5 per stay for campers or vans.
Contact: (02) 4472 4972, www.shadywillows.com.au