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Pampered pooch road trip

Sydney to Noosa

Tracey Leitch shares some of her favourite pet-friendly accommodation on the road from Sydney to Noosa.

Our holiday plans, like those of more and more pet-lovers, are often decided around where we can take our much-adored mini poodle Jett. A road trip from Sydney to Noosa won the vote this year and having Jett share our adventures was definitely a highlight of our holiday.

Here, we share some of the best accommodation we found for pets along the way.

Safety Beach Bungalows, Coffs Harbour

These fully self-contained bungalows just outside Coffs Harbour are set up well for pooch stays. They all have a fenced and covered deck area off the living room which is a great, secure space for the furry guests to relax. The surrounding tropical garden is bursting with pretty blooms and interesting scents. A real highlight after the long drive was the stunning dog-friendly beach at the end of the street, a five-minute walk away. We were as happy here as the other dog family holidaymakers. There is a choice of five bungalows with one- or two-bedroom options and free Wi-Fi.

KoKo’s Beach House No 4, Byron Bay

What a welcome this stunning, contemporary beach house was after some solid hours of driving. A revival splash in the pool followed by a long walk along the dog-friendly beach just five minutes away had everyone in the happy holiday zone. Once in residence in this beautifully appointed accommodation, it was incredibly tough to leave the sofa, but the beauty of Byron called! I'd say this superbly presented space is better suited to small-to-medium non-shedding dogs, unless larger dogs are okay to hang outside. There is rear lane access plus a large garage that also may be a good sleeping spot for Fido. Beach Houses of Byron has a number of other dog-friendly stays at various price points on its books for you to check out too.

Aruba Noosa on Barbados, Noosa

There was great excitement on check-in as there was a wonderful welcome note for Jett and some doggie biscuits in a smart bowl set to instantly win her over. Then when we opened the fridge, we were delighted to find a local produce hamper to enjoy once we settled in. This newly refurbished and comfortable two-bedroom townhouse, located in a quiet Noosaville cul-de-sac, was a great find. The interior was clean and fresh with bedrooms and bathroom upstairs and the main living space on ground level. The fenced garden area was a great puppy and people hang-out.

This article appeared in volume 54 of Holidays with Kids magazine. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.

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