As the weather cools down a little, we’re craving the cozy things in life! This is the perfect time of year to go off-grid and enjoy some of the incredible retreats and farm-stays Australia has to offer. It’s cold enough that you will love kicking back by the wood-fire, but not so cold you can’t explore the great outdoors with family, friends and fur-babies in tow. 

We’ve pulled together some of our top picks for pet-friendly retreats across the country. Whether you’re looking for a luxury B&B, a kid-friendly cottage or an authentic farm-stay, we’ve got you covered!

VICTORIA:

Whistlestopover Luxury Cottage

The  Whistle-Stopover is a luxury self-catering cottage that will have you and your pup feeling relaxed and recharged in no time. Situated alongside the famous Puffing Billy track, this cottage is surrounded by a mountain ash forest setting and spans a one acre property. When pre-arranged, the train stops at Fielder Station, a mere one minute walk away from Whistle-Stopover.

Your host Lesley provides you a three bedroom fully self-contained accommodation, where your pets are completely welcome and able to sleep inside. You can enjoy the BBQ area and verandah, simply watching the myriad of bird-life, supervising your pup’s playful exploration or going for a swim in the pool.

Catering for families, groups of up to eight, or the couple who are craving a relaxing weekend away in a serene and private location, this cottage has something to suit everybody. With plenty of activities and attractions close-by, you can enjoy everything from wineries, parks, local arts and crafts, to wildlife sanctuaries.

Villa Nova B&B Retreat

This boutique bed and breakfast is the ideal pet-friendly retreat. Set on half an acre in the heart of Victoria’s Goldfields region, the villa stands on the site of a 19th century Gothic church and still retains many of it’s unique aesthetics. From the original handmade double entry doors to arched headlight windows, Villa Nova gives a nod to the past whilst boasting quality, contemporary furnishings that make the space feel fresh and modern. It sleeps up to 6 guests, across two bedrooms with queen beds and Sheridan linen provided. There are also comfortable, functional sofa beds available for use. 

The spacious living areas can suit any holiday mood, whether you’re entertaining guests, kicking back in front of the fire, relaxing with some Netflix and Wifi or enjoying the native garden and patio. Villa Nova also has a variety of kids’ toys and DVDs on offer so that little ones will be perfectly content (making it all the more peaceful for you!) and You’re welcomed to the B&B with a hamper of gourmet antipasto and breakfast provisions, featuring local produce, and you can use the brand new BBQ, coffee machine or double oven if you’re cooking from home. 

If your friends and family are eager to explore, you can stroll through Guildford or visit Castlemaine and Daylesford by car. Kids will especially love a visit to the neighbouring heritage-listed property, where they’ll find a stunning harden housing Wilson the Piglet, Timmy the Turtle, frogs, chickens and ducks. As for your own furry friends, house-trained dogs are welcome inside and the property is fenced and regularly treated for pests. 

Snow Brainer

Apart from the fantastic pun, Snow Brainer also has a huge amount to offer as a winter holiday destination. Located in the Alpine Village of Dinner Plain in the Victorian High Country, this dog-friendly chalet welcomes your four-legged family member just as much as you. 

The chalet is toasty warm in winter with heaters in all bedrooms and a gas log fire in the central lounge room. All bedding and towels are supplied. The accommodation has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and can sleep up to 7. It’s recently been refitted and renovated for your comfort, so you can enjoy a little bit of winter luxury.

The village of Dinner Plain is very dog-friendly and features lots of scenic walking trails for you to enjoy together. Plus, the surrounding location is fantastic – you can visit Mount Hotham and the Alpine National Park with ease.

NEW SOUTH WALES:

Elm Cottage

Nestled in the Goobarragandra Valley, this pet-friendly accommodation offers luxury, self-contained cottages where you can soak up serenity, and stunning scenery to boot! Choose from 2, 3 and 4 bedroom cottages, with quality furnishings and 180 degree views of the rural surrounds. Whether you’re taking your fur-babe on a long river-side walk or relaxing on your private balcony, Elm Cottage has all you need for a peaceful getaway. Doggie bowls, bags and treats are all provided, free of charge.

Tropical Coast Retreat

Tropical Coast Retreat gives you a little slice of bliss that will make you feel like summer can never end. Offering 4-star’s worth of self-contained luxury, it’s a 35 acre property situated near Byron Bay, Tweed Heads and Kingscliff. It boasts ocean and hinterland views, along with a 15 metre pool, 4 hole golf course and therapeutic spa. Each suite is self-catered, accommodating 2-4 guests each, with ensuite spa baths and BBQs.

Nestled in the rainforest, you’ll be soaking up the serenity of massages, saunas and kicking back with a good book. But even though you’re far from the crowds, it’s just an easy drive to all the night life, culture and entertainment the region has to offer. Pets are welcome inside the accommodation (BYO bedding!) and each suite has a fenced outdoor area so they stay totally safe. 

Dryridge Estate, Sunrise Lodge

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.

 

QUEENSLAND:

Byfield Creek Rainforest Retreat

Looking to go off-grid, but want to make sure your fur-baby can come with?! Look no further than Byfield Creek Rainforest Retreat. With cabin accommodation and bed and breakfast accommodation choices, this is a gorgeous family-run retreat nestled in the heart of Byfield National Park. Relax and rejuvenate amongst tropical waterways and rainforest, and even treat yourself to a hot spa, beauty treatment or Swedish massage. 

The Safari Cottage is fully self-contained and air-conditioned and can happily host a family or group of friends with 2x separate bedrooms and a spacious lounge and dining area. Your pet is more than welcome and has plenty of room to run around. If they’re water-babies, why not take them for a dip in the creek? You can soak up the serenity, visit the local working pottery, grab a coffee at the local general store or take a short 4-wheel drive up to Five Rocks. This is a great option if you’re looking to unplug and get back to nature, but still want to enjoy a few little luxuries. 

Alure Stanthorpe

Alure is located in the heart of Queensland’s high country in the Granite Belt, central to some of the region’s most outstanding cellar doors and set amongst stunning scenery. This is a fantastic luxury accommodation for a couples’ retreat, complete with a heated outdoor spa and fire. Your privacy is assured, with the only prying eyes being the local kangaroos dropping by! Whether you want to take a leisurely drive or enjoy a pre-organised local tour, you’re guaranteed to be well fed and watered, as this region is bursting with paddock to plate produce. Dine out at one of the Granite Belt’s restaurants or savour a home cooked dining option, hand-delivered to your villa. 

And how could your fur-baby miss out on this fun – if you can’t bear to leave them out of your indulgent weekend away, Alure welcomes them with open arms. Not only can they stay inside, but they will also receive their very own bathrobe, plush cocoon bed, food and water bowls and a goodie bag of toiletries and gourmet treats. Better still, you’ll be equipped with a list of pet-friendly attractions and activities so you can maximise your retreat.

Hay Point Country Bed and Breakfast

Hay Point Country Bed and Breakfast is a fantastic pet-friendly retreat if you’re looking for comfort, convenience and hospitality all in one! This is the ultimate country experience, from the herd of friendly goats, plentiful wildlife and a thriving vegetable patch. Situated in the Mackay region, you’re in close proximity to a variety of family-friendly attractions. Our favourite is definitely The Bluewater Lagoon; a leisure and water park that everyone can enjoy.

The unit is spacious, self-contained and air-conditioned. It’s suitable for two guests and your furbabies are more than welcome inside. With a fully functional kitchen, comfy living space, patio and a sofa bed available on request, they have everything you need for a relaxed, private stay. When you’re not reclining by the resort-style swimming pool, you can hit up the full size tennis courts or kick the BBQ into full gear. You can indulge in a delicious, home-cooked hot breakfast, served by your hosts Judy and Graham, or request the supplies to cook your own. Delicious evening meals are also available with 24 hours notice.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA:

Diamond Forest Cottages

A peaceful rural property on the edge of the beautiful tall timber forests in the South West of Western Australia, Diamond Forest Cottages is a perfect pet-friendly retreat in a relaxed rural setting. 

The property offers guests a choice of holiday: an active escape to discover the great outdoors around Pemberton and Manjimup; an affordable family farm stay holiday in the comfort and privacy of a quaint home away from home; or simply a relaxing break to renew and rejuvenate. Close proximity to the region’s tourism icons, restaurants, cafes, galleries, vineyards, forests and golf courses mean that you can indulge and sight-see as much as you like.

You can stay in one of four fully self-contained cedar cottages, boasting comfortable beds, modern kitchen facilities, air con and picturesque views. Pets are more than welcome on the property, whether they’re a dog or a horse; as a farm-stay, there is ample room for your furry family members to explore.

Che Sara Sara Chalets

Soak up allll that tranquility and enjoy your stay at Che Sara Sara Chalets in Walpole, WA. This pet-friendly retreat is nestled amongst 180 acres of forest and only minutes away from Walpole-Nornalup National Park, the Valley of the Giants and Treetop Walk. There are 4x self-contained accommodation options on offer, including 2x 3 bedroom and 2x 2 bedroom Western Red Cedar chalets. Each contain a separate kitchen, toilet, bathroom/laundry and sitting room. 

Pets are more than welcome to stay inside the chalets at no extra charge (just bring your own bedding). If you’d like to go out exploring in a National Park where your fur-baby has to stay behind, there are kennels on-site where they can be minded in comfort while you hit the road.

Redgate Forest Retreat

Redgate Forest Retreat is located in the gorgeous wine region of Margaret River, on a 167 acre country property. Complete with a small olive grove, blue-gum plantation, natural bush and dams, this is an accomodation option for those who want to get off grid and reconnect with nature. Enjoy the local birdlife and stunning WA sunset beaches right on your doorstep.

100% pet-friendly and securely fenced, your four-legged family can enjoy the great outdoors, while you enjoy a relaxing BBQ. Close-by to local wineries and beaches where you can enjoy stunning W.A sunsets, we think this is the definition of a true retreat!

SOUTH AUSTRALIA:

Bridgewater B&B

This quaint, pet-friendly B&B is comfortable, convenient and full of charm. There are 3 bedrooms, including a master bedroom with lounge, TV and access to the sunny balcony. Enjoy all the amenities you need for a super easy stay, with a fully functional kitchen that includes dishwasher and coffee machine. The spacious living room is equipped with a fireplace, leather lounges, TV and plenty of board games and the patio provides the perfect space for outdoor entertaining and BBQing. The property is completely pet-friendly, with a secure lawn and garden where your fur-kids can play among the fruit trees and veggie patch. 

Bridgewater offers plenty of opportunities for family and pet-friendly fun, with an amazing playground and picnic area bordering Cox Creek, a lovely village pub, several walking trails and a nearby oval for exercising. For adults, there’s the historic Bridgewater Mill and wine bar and multiple wineries between 10 and 20 minutes away. The towns of Aldgate and Stirling are also close-by, filled with cafe, pubs and shops. 

TASMANIA:

Cleburne Homestead

Set amongst authentic 1830’s heritage-listed sandstone buildings, Cleburne is a unique, pet-friendly art hotel. Offering luxury bed and breakfast accommodation, this homestead is the perfect base to explore Southern Tasmania. It’s only 20 minutes drive from Hobart Airport and 5 minutes drive from M.O.N.A.

You can choose from five furnished rooms that fuse old and new, contemporary and charming. All rooms are grouped around an elm-sheltered courtyard and you have access to a shared laundry, BBQs and a dining room with daily buffet breakfasts available (free of charge for the Homestead Suite, Barn Suite and Stables Room). All rooms are pet-friendly, just make a request when booking and ensure that your pet is comfortable around other animals that will be found around the homestead.

The Bakehouse Suite is located at the end of the magnificent old barn, with three whitewashed rooms and exposed stonework of the original baker’s fireplace! It’s also equipped with a kitchenette, dining setting, single day bed and free-standing bath. The Cottage is a self-contained two storey building with deep set windows overlooking the courtyard, a queen bedroom, 2x single day beds and trundle, and a fully equipped kitchen with slow-combustion fireplace. The Homestead Suite is in the main farmhouse with private verandah entrance and seating, queen bedroom, sofa bed, separate library, and beautiful views of the surrounding grounds. The Barn Suite sits in the middle of the sandstone barn, with a private entrance, deep-raked raw stone walls, kitchenette, BBQ area and a romantic king four-posted bed. It is suitable for wheelchair use. The Stables Room has a deck with outdoor setting and views to Mt Wellington, a queen bed and ensuite bathroom.

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