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Readers' tips - Holiday with Pets

“I have checked out many places and none can compare to Best Friend Retreat. The units have to be seen to be believed, there’s a bottle of wine on arrival, chocolates and drinks, plus a little something for your pooches. It’s fully fenced, with at least five huge off-lead areas that are all double gated for your dog’s safety. Pets are allowed on the furniture if you wish, and it’s close to a pet-friendly beach. This place is by far the best, all you have to do is ask Ben or Anzac, our two dogs.”  Judy Small

“Sandy Point (South West Gippsland) has beaches set aside for dogs (with bags supplied to pick up dog business) and a caravan park that allows dogs.”  The Dunstans

“We take our family pets Coco (chocolate Lab), Buff (16-year-old Kelpie) and our budgie Bluey to Henty Bay Beach Front Van and Cabin Park in Portland, Victoria. We consider out pets family members also and it is great to find a place where they are welcome. We found this park in the Holidaying with Dogs book.”  Patricia Martin

“Last weekend we had to go away on business and of course could not take our dog. While I was in the process of googling kennels on the Central Coast, NSW, I came across and filled out a questionnaire. My dog was then matched with a suitable carer in the area. My dog was in excellent care for the weekend, and I was also at ease knowing she wasn’t stressing in a kennel. The service was prompt and the price was comparable to daily kennel rates.”  Leanne Rose

“We stay at Anna Bay, Nelson Bay, in a cottage we found through at 8 Margaret Street. It is five minutes walk to Birubi Beach, a great beach at the start of Stockton Beach. There is a large undercover patio area for Patch and kids to play if it rains and it has an outside laundry and garage if we feel Patch needs to be kept inside. All this makes for a great relaxing holiday especially knowing Patch is secure in a yard when we want to go out for dinner etc.”  Amanda H

“We run a pet friendly B&B in the Hamilton area of Newcastle. We have had not only dogs, but cats and also two adorable ferrets. We find that the people travelling with their fur children are wonderful and their fur children well-behaved.” Laraine Blunt, Heritage B&B,

“My wife and I with our two dogs had a great holiday at Riverwood Downs, they have a pet-friendly restaurant which is great, and many other pet-friendly facilities.”   John Page

“We have dogs as well as horses. Cabarita Pony Club (on the NSW north coast) is a place where you can camp in a tent or take your own van. You can have dogs there as well as horses at a good price and it’s right across from the beach.”  Kerrie Cook

“Great Lakes Caravan Park at Tuncurry, NSW, was our holiday destination this year. Dogs are allowed at tent sites year round, including school holidays, which was so great for us. Dogs must be leashed at all times and kept under control. We found all the dogs at the caravan park were well-behaved and very relaxed, as they were having a holiday too.” Leanne Rose

“Some places we have been for a holiday with our dog in WA are: Redgate Farmstay Margaret River, Mandalay Holiday Resort Busselton, Harvey Hills Farmstay. We found these places by consulting the book Holidaying with Dogs by Sandy Dennis and using the Go Stay accommodation guide (Sensis).”  Anita Fratel

“Moore River Beach Houses – - you can rent a really nice big house five minutes from the beach and it’s pet friendly.”   Gibbs Family

“We find all our accommodation through Holidaying with Dogs and we go away on a yearly basis to Noosa or up the coast, and we try to stay at a different home each year.”  Pathrina Watson

“We have stayed in a pet-friendly house in Burrum Heads, near Hervey Bay, found through the internet just by looking up ‘pet friendly accommodation’. We have had two holidays in this same house now, both with our doggies, and we have had the most fantastic holiday.”  Ann-Maree

“There’s an excellent place at Hervey Bay called Quarterdecks Harbour Retreat – it is four-star and great for people and families with dogs under 10kg. We took our nine-year-old King Charles Spaniel (who is deaf and has cataracts) who has never been in a kennel and it was just great. It is classy and new and reasonably priced. You just pay $50 cleaning fee on departure if you have a dog with you.”  Tracey Burrows

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Doggy sitters: (Melbourne, Geelong, Mornington Peninsula) (NSW Central Coast)



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