10 pet-friendly Christmas holiday destinations

10 pet-friendly Christmas holiday destinations

It’s nearly that time of the year, where you shut your laptop down, get out of your (home) office and pack off on a family adventure! And now we’re actually allowed out of houses (and even into other states), it’s time to plan the Christmas getaway.

Here at Baxta, we understand that you want to bring the whole family, which obviously includes your fur children. From luxury houses to wineries, B&B’s, and camping, we scoured the Internet for the best pet-friendly holidays.

New South Wales, Photo by Vika Chartier

New South Wales is very serious about its nature. With so many stunning beaches, walks and wineries, you’re spoilt for choice on the diversity of options and you may struggle to make your holiday pick!

South Coast NSW If you head down the South Coast for your Christmas holiday with your best furry friend, try glamping at a retreat or get cosy in a cottage in the picturesque Southern Highlands.  If you love astronomy, head to Warrumbungle National Park, the Southern Hemisphere’s first Dark Sky Park and gaze up at the stars. Or head for the fresh air of the Blue Mountains and head to the dog-friendly viewpoints of Echo Point Lookout and Eagle Hawk Lookout.

Pet-friendly holiday rentals include:

Glamping at South Coast Retreat

Hamptons Shack

Red Dog Retreat Kangaroo Valley (Southern Highlands)

Mid to North Coast NSW

From wineries to walks and much more – this diverse area ticks every holiday checklist. When travelling on the Central Coast of NSW you will find luxurious escapes and wineries (say hello to the Hunter Valley). If we’re talking beach accommodation, then head to the Sea Horse near Diamond Beach, where all pets are welcome. So pack up your dog or even your horse. Hamsters may be a problem.

Head north to Byron for paradise with your pet, to take a dip or go exploring. There are many beautiful accommodation options for you to choose from too.

Pet-friendly holiday houses include:

Fig Tree Retro Studio

Sea Horse near Diamond Beach

The Wattle Lodge, Hunter Valley

Pacific Garden Hotel – Central Coast

Queensland, Photo by City of Gold Coast

Spending Christmas in Queensland? Lucky you! There are no ugly places here. Sprawling beaches, coupled with lots of sunshine makes this part of Australia a must-do. It’s pretty much paradise and you’re going to love it.

Gold Coast

The Gold Coast has given some serious competition when it comes to its beaches. We’re talking long stretches of golden sand that your dog is going to love. The best news? There are quite a few dog-friendly beaches including Tallebudgera Dog Beach, Biggera Waters Beach and many more.

It’s also loaded with pooch-friendly accommodation, including:

White Lanterns Motel

Quest Service Apartments

Big4 Holiday Parks

Sunshine Coast

Say hello to relaxation on The Sunshine Coast. You’re about to get some real peace and quiet here, with a whole range of secluded dog-friendly beaches and gorgeous walks. Oh and did we mention the rainforest? Go for a whole day of adventure! To be honest, you might not want to go home.

Accommodation wise, you’ve got quite a few options:

Saltwater Villas

Gibson Pet Friendly (Discovery Coast – close to Bundaberg)

Bottlebrush Cottage

Western Australia, Photo by Nick Dunn 

Western Australia offers a whole host of beautiful scenery, green vineyards of world-class wineries and unbelievably clear ocean waters, It’s the largest of the Australian states with less than 10 per cent of the country’s total population. So that means you get beautiful beaches and tourist attractions to yourself, right? Almost.

It’s the home to the Margaret River wine region and boasts a beautiful riverside capital – Perth. If you head north, you can explore ancient Aboriginal rock art, or head to Broome for some camel riding. But, fair warning – your dog can’t join you for the camel expedition.

There’s also a lot of awesome accommodation choices including:

South West WA

Petra Olive Oil near Margaret River

Misty Valley Country Cottages in Denmark (don’t worry – not the European one, we wouldn’t tease you like that)

Emu Beach Chalets

South Australia, Photo by James Dimas

Known as the food and wine capital of Australia the state of South Australia is the perfect holiday location. If you love wineries, then you’ve got 18 wine regions to pick from in this beautiful area and it has officially been named a Great Wine Capital of the World. From the greenery of Kangaroo Valley to the sprawling city of Adelaide, there are plenty of places that allow you to bring your pet! There are lots to choose from in terms of accommodation: Hotels, cabins, cottages and caravan parks – so take your pick!

Fleurieu Peninsula to Kangaroo Island

There are plenty of holiday locations surrounding Adelaide

Pet Let (McCracken / close to Adelaide)

Seagrass Villas –  Fleurieu Peninsula

Sunrise on Falie (Kangaroo Island)

Discovery Lagoon Caravan Park

Victoria, Photo by Mitchell Luo 

Head to South East Australia for the mountains, surfing beaches, bustling cities of

Victoria. Take your pet on some of the many pup-friendly activities VIC has to offer. Have a puppuccino in the morning and plan your eventful day full of adventures in the many walks and parks there is to explore in this region of Aus. There are many pawsome campsites and holiday retreats to stay at when travelling in Victoria.

Great Ocean Road

Head to the Great Ocean Road for a sprawling 243-kilometre stretch of gorgeous coastal drive. The towering 12 Apostles are something to behold and once you’ve finished looking on in amazement, explore the misty waterfalls and bushwalk in the picturesque wilds of the rainforest.

Accommodation wise you have:

Countrywide Cottages

Beeches By The Sea

Mornington Peninsula

Just one hour from Melbourne, this little coastal town has a real European flavour to it. Almost as good as being able to leave the country! Explore muddling mazes or hike up to the highest part – Arthur’s Seat with your dog. Perhaps you wish to explore the local cuisine?  Enjoy the relaxed alfresco lifestyle of this area with your dog and you really will feel like you’re on holiday.

You can stay at:

Cottage on Rye

The Shoreham Beach House

Phillip Island

DID SOMEONE SAY PENGUINS? That’s right. Visit a whole host of tiny penguins on Philip Island. They come and do a fancy penguin parade in the evening time. Although this isn’t somewhere you can bring the dog, it is very much worth visiting as there are lots of pet-friendly beaches on the island including Foots and Cowes Beach.

Places to stay on the island:

Verandah Retreat

Mackaloucoo Retreats

Tasmania, Photo by Donovan Simpkin 

Are you ready for the wilds of Tasmania? We’re talking some serious hiking opportunities here, set amongst towering mountain peaks and punctuated with gushing waterfalls.

While our four-legged friends are not permitted in National Parks around Tasmania, there are plenty of great activities and adventures that our pooches can explore. Dogs are permitted on The Springs to Lenah Valley Track and the Fern Tree to Neika track, or visit bustling Hobart for a wide range of cultural hotspots.

Accommodation picks:

Castaway Cottage

Explorers Lodge

Ross Caravan Park


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