As the weather cools down, it’s time to swap your sunny beach getaways for a cozy winter retreat. And what better place to embrace the chill-factor (and creature comforts) than the Blue Mountains, NSW. Bring your pooch along for some toasty wood fires, gorgeous scenery and a whole lot of R&R. Here’s some of our favourite pet-friendly getaways in this gorgeous region.

Dryridge Estate Sunrise Lodge, Megalong Valley

Soak up mountain life and get away from the grind with a visit to Dryridge Estate Sunrise Lodge. With stunning escarpment views across the Megalong Valley, this self-catered, pet-friendly accommodation is nestled on a boutique vineyard. Set on a working farm, half the estate is covered in conservation-protected Megalong Granite Forest. You can enjoy the abundance of native flora and wildlife and picnic along the crystal clear Megalong Creek.

With two bedrooms, two bathrooms with under-floor heating, a spa bath and an open log fire, you and your family will have plentiful space to relax over the winter months. Not only that, but the pet-friendly lodge is kitted out with exceptional Dryridge wine and the cellar is available to guests for additional purchases.

You can be assured that your dogs will be absolutely welcome, both inside and outside the property. All backyard space is fully fenced, especially given that the farming nature of the property. There is plenty of space for your pets to romp around and ample opportunity for you both to explore around the property.

Secret Garden Cottage, Katoomba

Redefining quaint and character-filled, Secret Garden Cottage is a gorgeous pet-friendly accommodation in Katooma. Only a short 10 minute walk from the main street and train station, this is an easy location to explore via foot or the local bus network. This cottage has such a welcoming air about it and is filled to the brim with antiques and collectables that will have you captivated. It’s kitted out with a fireplace and aircon/heating.

Visit the best national park walks the region has to offer, along with a range of tourist attractions like the Three Sisters. Or if you prefer, you can always recline in the clawfoot bathtub with a book and kick back with Foxtel and some DVDs on the flatscreen TV and couches. Secret Garden Cottage contains a queen and king bedroom, comfortably sleeping two couples or a family.

And of course, your pets are welcome too (small to medium size dogs specifically). They’ll be content curling up in front of the fire, or getting out and about amongst the Katoomba trails and cafe culture. We’ll leave it to you guys to track down the best pupacino in town.

Fairmont Resort, Leura

Go off-grid with this up-scale accommodation set amongst the charming Blue Mountains village of Laura. Set on the cusp of the dramatic Jamison Valley, in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park, Fairmont Resort is the perfect place to escape for the winter. Better still, it’s only 90 minutes from Sydney, making it an easy option for holiday makers taking a break from the big city. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a family holiday, a wedding venue or a business retreat, their facilities cater for every need.

Fairmont Resort has one spacious pet-friendly room available to book upon request. Not only will you be treated with a deliciously comfy king bed, but your fur-baby will have a pet bed all to themselves. This room is also connected to a fully fenced courtyard, giving your pet ample opportunity to stretch and explore outside.

Madison’s Mountain Retreat, Kurrajong


If national parks are your cup of tea, then this mountain-side accommodation will blow you away. Madison’s Mountain Retreat is a peaceful, quaint farm-stay of Kurrajong Heights, nestled on acres bordering the Wollemi and Blue Mountains National Parks. Choose from 8 self-contained one-bedroom cedar cottages (3 with private spas) or 2 refurbished train carriages with air-con. Each accommodation can fit up to five people and the cottages contain creature comforts such as a cozy log fire.

Make the most of the facilities of a 18m indoor heated pool and spa, tennis court, gazebo and BBQs and common room. Or get outside and enjoy the huge array of bush walks right on your front door. If you’re travelling with kids, they’ll love the opportunity to help collect eggs for breakfast or feed the alpacas and goats every morning. Madison’s Mountain Retreat is pet-friendly and welcomes your pooch inside and out. With plenty of gorgeous walking trails and ample yard space to explore, it’s a breath of fresh air for the whole family.


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