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.
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.
Quest Dandenong offers apartment-style 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.
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.
COVID cancellation policy: if your postcode or Gippsland postcode has travel restrictions in place, a full refund or rebooking is arranged.
Apollo Bay, Great Ocean Road – VIC
Fisheye9 is a purpose-built, accessible two-bedroom cottage 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Blue Mountains NSW
Accessible Farm Stay B&B Blue Mountains. Accessible 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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Murrylands South Australia
Wheelchair accessible Houseboat with 5 bedrooms. Includes accessible Hot tub! Pet-Friendly too. Imagination is a fully-equipped wheelchair-friendly houseboat based at Mannum in the River Murray. Each of the bedrooms has their own bathroom ensuite cabin with two of them providing full disability access. Wide doorways, central passage and spacious living to ensure comfortable wheelchair access. Pet-friendly too! (Pets will require toileting on the river banks). The hot tub is accessible, a motorised stair climber available for use. Instructions can be given on request.
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.
Sunshine Coast Queensland
Bonsai Cottage accessible & pet-friendly, completely private with its own fully fenced garden nestled within our beautiful property. The cottage is a 3-minute drive to Eumundi Markets and 15 minutes to Noosa and Peregian beaches. Perfect for the elderly, people with disabilities and those travelling with pets or service dogs.
Bonsai Cottage is located in Verrierdale / Doonan on the Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland. The home is on a quiet no-through semi-rural lane 3 minutes outside the little township of Eumundi.
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.
QUEST EIGHT MILE PLAINS
Brisbane – QLD
90 brand new serviced apartments including Studio, One, Two and Three Bedroom Apartments. Pet-friendly too! Accessible Toilet Seat, Fixed Grab Bars, On-Site Disabled Parking, Service Dog Provisions, Shower Chair, Step-Free Access, Step-Free Shower
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.
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.
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