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


Victoria

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.

Seachange Experience Barwon Heads Victoria

Victoria

FARMSTAY EXPERIENCE THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN ENJOY – 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 – Gippsland Victoria

Victoria

FISHEYE9

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 surrounding and a modern, spacious interior, this Holiday House is owned and operated by an occupational therapist. The house is suitable for families and those with unique requirements. 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.

Holiday in summer by the beach, enjoy a cosy winter getaway by the gas log fire in the quieter months. Situated just 5 km from Apollo Bay, which offers shopping, farmers markets and a selection of restaurants and cafes. Otway National Park is on the doorstep and the 12 Apostles are an easy day trip.

Fisheye9 Great Ocean Road Victoria

Victoria

COUNTRYWIDE COTTAGES

Great Ocean Road – Victoria

Countrywide Cottages Igloo cottage is a purpose-built cottage for people of all mobility levels, specifically for independent wheelchair accessibility.

The Igloo 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 and sink in the laundry, 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.  There are other cottages on each side of the Igloo, however, they are at least 75 – 100 meters away, with virgin bushland in between each cottage, so you are well away from others during your stay.  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. 

There is a large dam on site which guests are welcome to try their hands in yabbying or to take their dogs for more off-leash fun and swims. Access to the dam is via a sloping driveway. However, you are able to park nearby and wheel straight into this area.

Countrywide Cottages – Great Ocean Road Victoria

CALM N’ COSY

Phillip Island

Calm ‘n’ Cosy Accessible Beachhouse is situated in the heart of San Remo, the gateway to Phillip Island. San Remo offers delightful beaches, walks, cafes and parks. Calm ‘n’ Cosy offers a light-filled open plan living area and three spacious bedrooms. Perfect for couples and families and your dog is also welcome. Please make sure you bring dog bed and doggie clean-up bags. NO DOGS ON FURNITURE OR BEDS.


New South Wales

MCKEOWN’S REST ACCESSIBLE FARM STAY B&B

Belue 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!

McKeowns Rest B&B Farm Stay

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 Holiday Park

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

ACCESSIBLE BEACH HOLIDAY HOUSE AT BANGALAY VILLAS

South Coast – NSW

The best of both worlds. Enjoy a luxury, private & accessible holiday house yet take advantage of the amenities of the adjacent resort as well.

This property is pet-friendly for small dogs on application, so you can let your furry friend enjoy their holiday too in the secure backyard and off-leash area to the north of the surf club. Bangalay Beach House is a perfect holiday escape for all of the family including well-behaved puppy dogs.

You will be enjoying a modern four bedroom architecturally designed luxury beach house furnished with interior decorator flare and a strong bent towards accessibility, including a 3 person internal lift.

Beach House at Bangalay Villas

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.  You can relax and enjoy having your dog holiday with you knowing they’ll stay safe in the 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 Diamond Beach – Mid North Coast NSW

South Australia

BUNDALEE CABINS – PISTACHIO AND ALMOND

Port Elliot – Fleurieu Peninsula

Located in the popular seaside town of Port Elliot on the Fleurieu Peninsula Bundalee provide the perfect getaway to be in a quiet natural bush setting but close to the sea and a cafe with wine tasting next door. The cabins are named after the Pistachio orchard at the front of the property and Almond trees along one side.

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 – Port Elliot South Australia

Queensland

MANGO LODGE

River Heads (near Fraser Island & Hervey Bay)

Mango Lodge is set in an RV Caravan Park. Cosy and rustic self-contained timber cabin set on 75 acres adjoining the 40-acre nature reserve where kangaroos abound. Located just 3 minutes to Fraser Island ferry & 15 minutes to whale watching in Hervey Bay. The RV Park is perfect for people with dogs as there is plenty of room.  They also have information on 3 different dog minders in the area who can cater to all types of dogs.  The prices range from $20 to $50 per day.  There are also overnight fur baby minders available. So this option is a perfect way to see Fraser Island as you are not allowed to take dogs over there as it is a National Park.  Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world.   The dog-friendly beach at Urangan is only 10 minutes drive from the accommodation and it has a big area for the dogs to run. There is also a 40-acre park 2 streets away called the River Heads Reserve. 

Mango Lodge- Fraser Coast Queensland

Tips to ensure you and Fido 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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