Accessible AND Pet-Friendly Accommodation- is that possible? Yes, it is! It used to be such a challenge finding accommodation that is truly accessible, let alone allowing us to take our treasured pooch on a holiday. Not anymore.

Accessible Accommodation have several pet-friendly holiday accommodation locations around Australia. Our tribe of property owners are dog lovers too. Let me share them with you.

Accessible pet-friendly accommodation.

Victoria

CITADINES ON BOURKE

Melbourne Victoria

10 Studio Deluxe accessible apartments and 4 One Bedroom Deluxe accessible apartments. All accessible apartments feature roll-in showers with folding seat, flexi shower head, grab rail and space for wheelchair access as well as lowered surfaces such as kitchenette bench, vanity and widened doorway access. At Citadines Melbourne all hotel areas are step-free for easy wheelchair accessibility. The property is also pet friendly and can accommodate accessible pet-friendly rooms for guests.

Accessible AND Pet-Friendly Accommodation- is that possible? Yes, it is! It used to be such a challenge finding accommodation that is truly accessible, let alone allowing us to take our treasured pooch on a holiday. Not anymore.
Citadines On Bourke

SEACHANGE EXPERIENCE AT 100 HITCHCOCK

Bellarine Peninsula and Geelong – VIC

Luxury and value for money, this property meets all physical disabilities needs. From hoist, toilet and shower chair to extra-wide doors and corridors and all level access. The yard is fully enclosed with a lockable gate to keep your pet secure, a covered accessible entertaining BBQ area as well. (the only issue is poop collection- the grassed area is the only area where wheelchairs are unable to reach- so that’s a great excuse to get someone else on poop duty!) Best yet the miles and miles of flat paths meandering along the river and out into the Ocean. Some parts are reserves and dogs on leash is necessary for the protection of wildlife. Furthermore, surrounding beaches are pet-friendly (with the exception of peak summer periods of course.) Alternatively, leave your pet in the secure rear yard knowing it will be comfortable and safe while you enjoy all that the area has to offer. A pet bed and bowls are provided when requested. COVID cancellation policy: if your postcode or Barwon Heads postcode has travel restrictions in place, a full refund or rebooking is arranged.

Seachange @ 100 Hitchcock

QUEST DANDENONG- MELBOURNE

Dandenong Melbourne

Quest Dandenong offers apartment-style accessible pet-friendly accommodation for the whole family, including your furry friend. Our 1 and 2 bedroom apartments feature kitchens with hot plates, ovens and all the utensils you need, as well as having an open plan lounge & dining room. We offer both King and King Single beds in our 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. Our accessible room offers a wheel-in shower with a chair, as well as grab bars and your own laundry. You can relax by our pool and enjoy a BBQ in our outdoor courtyard. We offer complimentary on-site car parking (no height restrictions) and easy access to the property. COVID cancellation policy: if your postcode or Dandenong postcode has travel restrictions in place, a full refund or rebooking is arranged.

Quest Dandenong

COUNTRY HOUSE RETREAT

Gippsland – VIC

A contemporary rural homestead equipped for the whole family.  Country House Retreat provides a complementary range of mobility aids including mobile hoist, hi-lo bed, toilet and shower chair. Gaze out upon landscaped lawns from the wrap-around veranda to the native bush and open pastures beyond.  A secure fence allows your pet to enjoy the wide-open spaces and exciting scents, whilst the curious cows watch on. Sleeping up to 10 guests, this is a space the whole family can enjoy together, featuring outdoor accessible entertaining area with wood fire pizza oven, plus outdoor spa and games room.    

Country House Retreat

FISHEYE 9

Apollo Bay, Great Ocean Road – VIC

Fisheye9 is a purpose-built, accessible pet-friendly accommodation. The two-bedroom cottage is located directly along the stunning Great Ocean Road in Victoria. With magnificent ocean views, natural surroundings, and a modern, spacious interior, this Holiday House is owned and operated by an occupational therapist. The level access shower with rails is fitted with a fold-down bench seat or alternatively, a shower stool or shower commode can be provided. The toilet has accessible grab rails. A ceiling track is installed above the queen bed should you wish to bring your own portable hoist.

Pets are welcome indoors and there is also a secure, shaded deck area. Best of all, the yard is fully fenced, so you can leave your pet at the cottage knowing it will be comfortable and safe while you enjoy all that the area has to offer. The nearby beach is pet-friendly during summer months and within 400metres from the property. COVID cancellation policy: if your postcode or Apollo Bay postcode has travel restrictions in place, a full refund or rebooking is arranged.

Fisheye 9

COUNTRYWIDE COTTAGES

Great Ocean Road – Victoria

The Igloo Cottage offers wheelchair accessible accommodation featuring ramp access, widened doors, wheel-in shower, quarter turn taps. Their wheel-under hot plates, bench and sink in the kitchen make sure there is no excuse for anyone to get out of the chores! 

They will have a cosy bed set up inside for your dog/s with blanket, bowls and homemade treats, as well as furniture cover sheets in case they are couch potatoes.  Your cottage opens out to a huge securely fenced yard where your dog has the freedom to explore all things of canine joy.  Accessible (with sturdy wheels) tracks surround the 16 acres of bushland offer long walks.  You can also access the recreation area with BBQ and games which has a huge fenced yard for more off-leash space. 

Countrywide Cottages

ANGLESEA BEACH HOUSE

Anglesea- Surf Coast

Accessible Accommodation – Anglesea Beach House offers a light & bright four-bedroom house with lift access to the first floor with two large decks and large picture windows in living area Located in popular Point Roadnight area. And, the property is accessible and pet-friendly accommodation

This property is spread over two levels with the upper level easily accessible via a lift at the rear of the garage. The upper level is accessed either by an internal staircase or lift from the rear of the garage which brings you into the main living area.

Anglesea beach House

SECOND HOME

Yarra Valley Dandenong Ranges

Second Home is a close-to-nature homestay which is a conglomeration of comfort and care. It is equipped with ramps around the house and a fully modified bathroom.
You can play with their ponies, birdwatch, count the stars of the night sky, simply sit in the Bubble Room and sip on your coffee or read a book under the trees in the 3000 square meters of land. They have activities and facilities to keep you engaged during the stay here.

Second Home is a close-to-nature homestay which is a conglomeration of comfort and care. It is equipped with ramps around the house and a fully modified bathroom.
You can play with their ponies, birdwatch, count the stars of the night sky, simply sit in the Bubble Room and sip on your coffee or read a book under the trees in the 3000 square meters of land. They have activities and facilities to keep you engaged during the stay here.


BUFFALO BED AND BIKE

High Country- VIC

Buffalo Bed And Bike – With Accessible Accommodation, a brand new, pet-friendly (un-fenced)  accessible two-bedroom apartment with a kitchenette, carport, and BBQ is surrounded by lush farmland with views of Mount Buffalo and the Ovens Valley. Also, on-site is a lovely Farmhouse, should multiple families choose to stay.  With an electric adjustable bed, step-free shower, and shower chair. Dogs are welcome, but note, there is no fenced-in yard.

Buffalo Bed and Bike

Western Australia

QUEST EAST PERTH

CBD Perth

Quest East Perth is located just moments from Perth’s CBD and is surrounded by the shopping precincts, riverside area, WACA & Optus Stadium, State Theatre, Perth Arena, Convention and Exhibition Centre and a short drive to the beautiful Cottesloe Beach. There are 7 x One Bedroom wheelchair access apartments. It’s not often you find a major accommodation brand offering accessible pet-friendly accommodation.

quest east perth pet friendly doga and cats
Quest East Perth

QUEST MIDLAND PERTH

Perth

There are three Accessible One Bedroom Apartments, which can connect with a Studio to make a Two Bedroom Accessible Apartment and one dedicated open plan Two Bedroom Accessible Apartment. Featuring roll-in shower with folding seat; shower-head with Flexi hose; toilet with backrest, grab rail and space for wheelchair access; lowered vanity and handrails; doorway entrance of 920mm. 

Quest Midland

New South Wales

FERN HILL

Bega Region NSW

Fern Hill Accessible Accommodation is a farm stay with beautiful views. Conveniently situated in the picturesque hills between the popular coastal tourist destinations of Merimbula and Bermagui. The ramp gives you access to the ground spaces where you can interact with the animals. There is a wide mowed track which takes can take you under the bridge to the river. It is suitable for an electronic wheelchair which would be able to negotiate a golf course. Surrounding the track is a meadow which attracts butterflies and other insects which in turn attracts the birds. There is an area at the river where you can sit and watch the water move over the rocks.


MCKEOWN’S REST ACCESSIBLE FARM STAY B&B

Blue Mountains NSW

Accessible Farm Stay B&B Blue Mountains. Accessible pet-friendly accommodation in a brilliant location just 5 minutes from Jenolan Caves, 25min from Mayfield Garden. Farmstay style B&B in the Blue Mountains where you can collect the eggs, brush the cattle and lead an alpaca! Whether you are a family or a couple, you’ll love meandering through the beautiful gardens, breakfast with spectacular views. And in winter the snow falls are spectacular!
Best of all, pets are welcome too. Ferdi the Goat might make pop in for a visit when it is cold!

Mckeowns Rest

CANDY’S AT BRUNS

Brunswick Heads North Coast NSW

Purpose-built accessible accommodation in Brunswick Heads, with an owner who also has mobility challenges, and understands the importance of accessible accommodation.

‘CAndys at Bruns’ was built to offer the disabled community a private retreat within the world-famous holiday destination of Brunswick Heads. The apartment has features to accommodate many disabilities and specific equipment can be hired for your stay. The one-bedroom apartment offers a split king size bed and a double pull out bed in the lounge room for a carer or small families.  Electric adjustable beds, automated blinds, Wi fi, smart TV, floor-standing hoist, bathroom chair or commode available and pet-friendly enclosed garden, CAndys at Bruns aims to accommodate all your holiday needs. Best of all, it is pet-friendly!

CAndy’s at Bruns

TWEEN WATERS HOLIDAY PARK

South Coast – NSW

The Palm Villas accessible cabin accommodation is made up of  2 bedroom cabins with 1 Queen bed and 2 sets of bunk beds. The crew are more than happy to move beds to accommodate special requirements. Just ask!A bonus is the Tween Waters is a dog-friendly park. Dogs are welcome on their caravan sites and select Salt Water Villas and Islander Cabins at their Managers discretion

Tween Waters

PATHWAYS COTTAGE

North Coast – NSW

Accessible accommodation with equine / animal-assisted therapy! Pathways cottage is comfortable two-bed brand new purpose-built wheelchair accessible home. Pathways provide NDIS Short Term Accommodation (STA). Participants can fund up to 28 days STA a year through Core Supports to promote wellbeing and rest and regenerate. A qualified and experienced psychologist and mental health nurse live on-site, in a separate dwelling, and are available to provide support and guidance throughout your stay.

Pathways Cottage

ACCESSIBLE BIG4 COLONIAL HOLIDAY PARK

Harrington- Mid North Coast NSW

Colonial? Not this modern holiday park! They offer 14 cabins including an accessible cabin. Their Executive 2-bedroom family cabins offer luxury accommodation for up to 5 people in 2 separate bedrooms. The cabins have an open plan lounge & dining, fully equipped kitchen with modern appliances, spacious bathroom and secure outdoor verandah which make them perfect for a relaxing family holiday.

Big 4 Colonial

BEACH SUITES

Byron Bay- Northern NSW

Ground floor beachfront studios allow individual, direct street and beach access through private gates. Selected studios offer secluded, heated plunge pools on large timber decks. Garden suites, overlooking lush tropical terraces, are tranquil and elegant. All studios and suites have barbecues and well-appointed kitchenettes.
Beach Suites provides modern conveniences, flat-screen TV’s, DVD’s, free wireless internet, Foxtel, intercom access and secure undercover parking, in an unrivalled central location.

Beach Suites

REFLECTIONS EVANS HEAD

Accessible Accommodation Evans Head- Reflections Holiday Park Cabins also offer a selection of accessible cabins. Pet-friendly, boutique design and beach wheelchair nearby. What more could you ask for!

Their Accessible cabins consist of the following:

1 x Deluxe Cabin- 2 bedrooms (queen bed in main room & bunk in 2nd room)- sleeps 4

• Located close to the beach with a footpath the follows the water down to

2 x Premium Villas- 2 bedroom (queen bed in main room & bunk in 2nd room)- sleeps 4


SEAFARERS DIAMOND BEACH

Diamond Beach Mid North Coast – NSW

Seafarers provide wheelchair and dog-friendly luxury self-contained accommodation just 400m from dog-friendly Diamond Beach.

Purpose-built to support people with disabilities (off-street disabled parking, wide concrete paths and ramps, extra-wide halls and doorways, open wide/roll-in shower, toilet and shower chairs, easy roll flooring & sunny one level living) Seafarers has its own private tropical pool with handrail access!

Seafarers Diamond Beach welcomes both large and small dogs – inside and out, all year round.  Fully fenced and gated yard,  Bliss bean bags, snuggly blankets plus dog bowls and towels are all provided for your dog.  Dog-friendly (all day) Diamond Beach is an easy 400m away and there are multiple dog-friendly cafes nearby.  Meander with your pup to Diamond Beach or along the Black Head beach lagoon side pathway, spot whales from the beach or head into nearby Forster Tuncurry to explore along the many pathways around the bridge, lake and break walls – all dog-friendly. 

Seafarers


South Australia

HOUSEBOAT HEAVEN

Riverland – SA

Rarely does an accessible accommodation become available that offers a unique experience with all the accessible bells and whistles. An accessible houseboat that is custom refurbished by a couple who worked in Disability service, this gorgeous accommodation offers a memorable holiday experience in comfort. Choose to have your houseboat piloted, or do it yourself.

The wheelchair-accessible houseboat is aptly named ‘Inclusion’ offers Five large private bedrooms with queen size beds that can come apart into singles for ultimate flexibility.
Two standard Bathrooms and One large purpose-built wheelchair accessible bathroom that sets a high standard with excellent disabled facilities

They also have available, at no extra cost, the following items, if required.
• Sling Lifter(BYO Sling)
• Two Electric hospital-style beds
• Commodes
• Shower chairs
• Safety Access Ramp

Houseboat Heaven

BUNDALEE CABINS – PISTACHIO AND ALMOND

Port Elliot – Fleurieu Peninsula

A quiet natural bush setting but close to the sea and a cafe with wine tasting next door. The cabins were purposely designed to meet accessibility standards and requirements, so they are step-free throughout, have extra-wide doors, open space around any furniture, shower chair and rails in the bathroom. The pergola/BBQ area is undercover and enclosed to make a safe space for pets to play and there is a nearby dog park. Also, the local beaches and cafes nearby are pet-friendly. 

Bundalee Cabins

Queensland

MOORE PARK BEACH MOTEL

Bundaberg Region- Queensland

Accessible Accommodation @ Moore Park Beach Motel is a small friendly family-run motel where the host is is also a wheelchair user- he gets it! Includes hoist, roll-in shower, and beach wheelchair hire nearby!  Pets are allowed in the rooms, but not on the furniture or in the pool.

Accessible AND Pet-Friendly Accommodation- is that possible? Yes, it is!
Moore Park Beach Motel

BIG 4 GOLD COAST

Gold Coast Queensland

Situated across the road from Topgolf and the Gold Coast Theme Parks (Movie World, Sea World). Located just 45 minutes south of Brisbane at the northern end of the Gold Coast and only 45 minutes north of the Gold Coast Airport and central to all the activities and attractions that the Gold Coast has to offer. Amenities include accessible toilet seat, adjustable grab bars, fixed grab bars, on-site disabled parking, shower chair, step-free access, step-free shower.

Big 4 Gold Coast


Tasmania

BED IN A SHED

Launceston and North – TAS

A Scandi inspired large scale black shed that has been fitted out for comfort. Communal living spaces, private bedrooms and a rural aspect in a historical town. They have 4 large bedrooms with 3 tall single beds that can be reconfigured easily to create 1 king bed with one spare in the room. They have 2 full bathrooms, one with full disability compliance, and a separate toilet.

Bed In A Shed


Tips to ensure you your furry mate will be welcomed again.

Do check these tips to ensure the property owner will welcome you and pooch back again. It’ll also give the property owners a good feeling for the next time someone wants to bring their dog along too.

Before you arrive on your holiday- have you “de-flea” Fido? Allow at least two days before arriving for it to be most effective.

If your dog has behaviour problems, maybe best to not bring him along this time around.

 Cleaners are NOT responsible for poop in the garden! Do please ensure you have checked the grass and the garden. There is nothing worse than having to pick up someone else’s dog poop. And, a guarantee that you will not be able to return.

Avoid letting Fido on the sofas (particularly leather ones!) and the bed. As soon as you arrive, instruct Fido to sit on the dog bed in a spot he can see you.  It’ll help him remember when he is used to sitting on the sofa.

Ask the property owner if they supply dog bed and bowls, as some expect you to bring them with you.

Check with the property owner for paths that are accessible and pet-friendly. This is important. Firstly, in peak season, that dog–friendly beach nearby may be closed to dogs. Secondly, you may be cruising along a lovely scenic bush path that is a part nature reserve. You may need Fido leashed or not bring him along on your stroll. If the property owner cannot answer, the local council websites are great resources.

Of course, do be respectful of the law and ensure poop is collected and binned.

Can you recommend any useful tips or accommodation for accessible holidays with your pets? Let us know.

Kerry

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