If you can’t bear the thought of taking a trip and leaving your tail-wagger at home, we’ve found 7 Aussie Slow Stays that are not only beautiful and cosy, but also pet friendly.
Fitted out with high-end finishes such as a Smeg fridge, coffee machine, outdoor bathtub and wine barrel-style plunge pool, this dog-friendly cottage is flanked by mountains in Currumbin Valley – aka the green behind the Gold Coast. Cosy up by the fire with your fur baby, or take a trip to one of the coast’s beaches to burn off that excitable energy.
Sunshine Beach, QLD
Ready to reframe your idea of what a tiny home looks like, Hale Douglas is a retro and very cute pet-friendly holiday home close to the heart of Noosa. Built from mostly reclaimed materials, with exposed beams, floor-to-ceiling louvres and a private deck cocooned by tropical gardens, it’ll be hard to believe you’re staying in someone’s backyard. Bring the pooches along and they might make some new friends with resident pups Billie and Stevie likely wandering over to say hello.
Detox from an on-the-go lifestyle and reconnect with nature and your four-legged best friend at this charming off-grid cabin. Sitting in natural bushland on a 20,000-acre cattle farm, Bloodwood features the bare necessities, but makes them luxury—think: sunken bathtub with locally made bath salts, handmade ceramics, linen bedding and most appealingly, a fridge packed with organic breakfast goods (including tea and coffee) and wine.
SILVERMERE COASTAL RETREAT
Culburra Beach, NSW
A home away from home, Silvermere Coastal Retreat is a renovated three-bedroom holiday abode in a still somewhat undiscovered nook of the NSW South Coast, Culburra Beach. With a securely fenced backyard and plenty of room to run, this is one getaway where pups are invited. Stroll along the beach nearby, ride around the neighbourhood or tell stories over the festoon-lit fire pit—it’s all in a day’s stay at this pet-friendly oasis.
BLUEBERRY BAY COTTAGE
If you’re combing the web for the best pet-friendly accommodation in Tasmania, you can stop the search at Blueberry Bay Cottage. Enveloped by eight acres of beautiful bush that leads down to the Huon River, this pavilion-style home features two bedrooms, a private hot tub (for you, not the dog) and your very own beach access. With plenty of ground to cover, pack your sneakers, throw a lead on your furry friend and get exploring.
LITTLE RAILWAY COTTAGE
Salvaged vintage furniture, a private and leafy quarter-acre block, and a central location in the Sunshine Coast hinterland are just part of what makes this 1940s original rail workers cottage one of the most charming pet-friendly stays in Australia. Days spent at Little Railway Cottage often revolve around floating in the pool or reading a book on the expansive deck, and by night toasting marshmallows over the fire and stargazing for what feels like eternity. Conveniently sitting right near town, be sure to wander in for coffee before you go hunting for waterfalls or exploring nearby Maleny and Montville.
SALTY CABINS – THE CABIN
It could be the mesmerising views across the Yelgun Valley, the outdoor bath built into the deck or the off-grid principles that guide Salty Cabins but whatever it is that lured you to this special pet-friendly Slow Stay, chances are the real thing will far exceed any expectations conjured up beforehand. Nestled in the Northern Rivers region, if you do feel like venturing off the property, Byron Bay is a 30-minute drive away and Brunswick Heads is a mere 10 minutes. Heads up: Their nearby A-frame is also pet friendly.