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Puppy Love
A pet is forever, not just for Christmas... and forever means holiday time too! If ‘pet friendly’ is a factor in your getaway planning, here are somegrrr-reat pointers for you.

Barking fun with BIG4
Aussie families love escaping to the numerous holiday parks speckled across the nation, and BIG4 not only know how to pack in the kid-friendly fun, but also the pooch-friendly options too. Whether you want to camp, caravan or stay in a self-contained cabin, they have at least 60 options nationwide to tempt you. Its list contains a number that are proven favourites of HWK readers as voted in our Readers’ Choice Awards: BIG4 Ballarat Welcome Stranger (number one in VIC), NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Park (third in NSW), and BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park (seventh in QLD), just to name a few. These parks have special dog-friendly zones, and can be identified by a big ‘Dogs Welcome’ icon on their web pages.

Paw-fect Stayz
Popular accommodation booking site, Stayz, lets you browse lodging options right around the country that are specifically ‘pet friendly’. Its vast assortment of housing styles ranges from cottages and villas, apartments to beach houses; so no matter where you want to go or how you wish to live it up, you’re sure to find an option that suits you (and your furry friends).

Blue Mountains bliss
A little bit of camping, glamping and cabin luxe is what’s on offer at Turon Gates Country Retreat in the Blue Mountains en route to Mudgee – for you and your four-legged friend. Many cottages have large gated balconies that make for a perfect pet play space; all you need to do is bring bedding and feeding bowls (and kindly keep them off all beds and chairs, and pick up any of their number twos). With accommodation sorted, all the family will be able to get out and active with horse riding, fishing, canoeing, golf, biking and more.

Puppy luxe at Langham
Fancy families want five-star service for their pets too, and that’s exactly what’s on offer at The Langham, Sydney. The only luxury offering of its kind in the city, its Pampered Pets Programme sees the family pooch or kitten treated to Pet Room Service Menus with an array of gourmet cuisine, access to dogwalking and pet-sitting services, customised plush bedding, food and water bowls, and a special bag of treats upon check-in. With culinary delights like the beefy ‘Lassie’s Favourite’ on the menu, we think your pet may never want to leave!


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