Traveling with pets can be challenging, but luckily there are plenty of people along the road who make it not only easier, but also fun. If you and Fido are headed to Australia, make sure you choose a pet-friendly location. Take a look at these cities and see what they have in store for you and your dog! From hotels with doggie beds to long walks in the park, you’ll be happy to visit these Australian destinations with your dog.
There are plenty of comfortable pet-friendly hotels in Sydney! If you’re going luxe, check out the Langham at the Rocks. This resort has everything you could possibly need for a stay in Sydney, including dog walking services! It’s close enough to the harbor that you’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore it with your pup. The one downside (other than the price; rooms start at $600 per night) is that bigger dogs have to stay in the doggie quarters, rather than in your room with you. A less expensive option on Sydney Harbor is Medusa Boutique Hotel, which is still extremely classy and definitely pet-friendly.
Your dog will love getting to experience all the new smells and sounds of Sydney! Take him on a walk around the harbor, or get out and explore the city. You can also take your dog to one of the beaches on the harbor, like Sirius Cove or Silver Beach. If you decide to take the hour-long drive to the Blue Mountains area, keep in mind that you can’t take dogs into the national parks. You’ll still find plenty of places to enjoy in the area, though! The hike to Minnehaha Falls is a great way to explore Australia’s wild side. You can also take your pup on the Charles Darwin walk at Wentworth Falls.
Just Off Chapel is a hotel where pets are welcome. You can stay here for $190 a night and enjoy the upscale shopping in Prahran. Or, book accommodations at pet-friendly Bronte in Frankston, where you’ll find a fenced-in front and back yard for your dog to play in. Another option is the Albany Hotel in South Yarra. This place is only $99 per night, and it’s right across the street from Fawkner Park, a great place to exercise your furry friend.
Take your dog out to eat! Dog House is set up just for pet owners. It has a complete menu for dogs, plus seating arrangements just their size. You can also take your dog to Kew Nursery and Café, a plant nursery where bringing the dog along is encouraged. For an off-leash adventure, visit Darebin Parklands, a huge park just a few miles from the city, or Princes Park, which features an exercise station for the humans.
Mt. Cotton Retreat feels like a cabin in the woods, except for the flat-screen TVs, minibars, and other amenities. Your dog is welcome to share in the relaxing surroundings here, which makes it the perfect place to stay in Brisbane! If you’d like to be a little further into civilization, stay at Mary’s Place B&B, where pets stay for free.
There’s plenty to do with dogs in Brisbane, so get a pen and start taking notes. First of all, several markets welcome dogs and even sell dog biscuits, designer collars, and other pet treats! Check out Kelvin Grove Village Market (hit up Soapy Moose for some creative and delicious treats), Nundah Farmers Market, and Carseldine Farmers & Artisan Markets. Another fun (and very unique) thing to do with your pup is a trip to The Canine Studio. This is a photo studio especially for dogs and dog owners! The photographer does an excellent job at capturing even the most camera-elusive of pets. Serendipity Farm Animal Center is another great place to bring the dog. Your pup can meet all the farm animals—so many new friends! Finally, you can take your dog on one of the many walks around Brisbane. At the end of the day, there’s nothing like a stroll with your favorite furry friend.
Australia is definitely a dog friendly destination. Hotels, restaurants, and markets cater to both you and your canine companion. Outdoor activities abound, so there’s plenty of opportunities for you and Fido to run and play.