Pet-friendly accommodation in Victoria

Best Friend Holiday Retreat

Best Friend Holiday Retreat

Those wanting to take their four legged friends on holiday with them should look no further than regional Victoria.  Whether pooch-loving holiday makers are after a seaside cottage, mountain retreat, caravan park or something in between, there is an option to suit all tastes and budgets with this selection of pet friendly accommodation options dotted throughout the State.

Mornington Peninsula

The multi-award-winning Blue Moon Cottages are located on the southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula in the beacside village of Rye. The homely cottages provide an ideal setting for a seaside getaway for the whole family with secure fencing for pets in the courtyards and gardens as well as kennels, food and water and towels for a rub down after the beach available upon request. 12 Blakiston Grove, Rye

Havana in Rye is situated within a secluded bush setting, a short distance from Rye beach. The spacious accommodation features a luxurious outdoor entertaining area and fenced in landscaped gardens with a deck, lounge area in a sand pit, hammocks, fire pit, a BBQ with pets allowed both indoors and out. 40 Beauna Vista Drive, Rye

Great Ocean Road

Blue Johanna Cottages are located near Lavers Hill, approximately half-way between Apollo Bay and Port Campbell. This stunning 12 acre property is 288 metres above sea-level and overlooks Cape Otway and the magnificent Southern Ocean. Dogs are welcome at the cottage accommodation with each cottage offering its own secure courtyard, kennel and feeding bowls. 225 Blue Johanna Road, Johanna Heights

Inspired by nature, Glenaire Cottages are located in the small rural settlement of Glenaire amongst rolling hills, forest and farmland on the Great Ocean Road. Conveniently located adjacent to the Great Ocean Walk, they offer a choice of four spa cottages with outstanding ocean views, open log fires, covered verandahs and fenced in pet friendly yards. 3440 Great Ocean Road, Glenaire

The contemporary styled and nautical themed Anglesea Overboard Seaside Cottage is a cosy seaside cottage with world class ocean views. The cottage is fully fenced allowing guests to bring a dog or two and take advantage of the pet friendly beach just a 350 metre walk away. 39C O’Donohues Road, Anglesea

Phillip Island

Watersedge Beach Cottage is just a short drive away from the fishing village of San Remo and the famous Penguin Parade at Phillip Island Nature Park.  With a studio and a cottage available, they also have a fenced outdoor areas perfect for dogs along with magnificent views over Westernport Bay. Forrest Avenue, Newhaven

Paws on Woolamai is a modern three bedroom house where pets are permitted inside and is located walking distance from  Cape Woolamai surf beach. There is also a big fully fenced back yard with a large lockable dog kennel/run for extra security with the dog friendly beach, Colonnades Beach, within easy walking distance. 42 Princeton Avenue, Cape Woolamai

Cowes Caravan Park is ideally located right on the beach one kilometre west of Cowes on Phillip Island. The park offers a full range of accommodation with cabins and powered and unpowered camp sites. The park is well equipped with all the necessary amenities and pets are allowed on site during non-peak periods. 164 Church Street, Cowes


The historic Mt Sturgeon Cottages at the iconic Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld now allows guests to bring along their pets to enjoy the ultimate escape away in the tranquil rural settings of the Grampians region. The one bedroom dog friendly cottage is located on the property’s working sheep station, where four-legged friends are well catered for with plenty of space for walks (with dogs on leads), fresh country air and stunning views of Mt Sturgeon. 98 Parker Street, Dunkeld

At the southern edge of the Grampians National Park is South Mokanger Farm Cottages, home to two self-contained pet friendly cottages nestled amongst majestic and ancient red gum trees. Both properties are fenced and have purpose built dog yards as well as a 3km laneway walk on the farm where owners and pooches can enjoy a pleasant stroll together. 728 Mokanger Road, Cavendish


Karingal Homestead B&B’s Woolshed is a pet friendly fully fenced self-contained cottage set on five acres of farmland just five kilometres from the seaside village of Inverloch. Visitors can stroll through the gardens and enjoy the tranquility of country life and wander down to the nearby beaches. 6480 Bass Highway, Inverloch 

Multi award-winning boutique dog friendly holiday park, Best Friend Holiday Retreat is situated in the beautiful Tarra Valley Rainforest in South East Gippsland. Four legged friends are fully catered for with securely fenced cabins, luxury kennels, a dog playground and a giant dog ball run, dog hydro-bath huts and “doggy-doo” and drinking stations scattered around the park. The ten-acres of parkland and gardens also offer budget and deluxe cabins for pet owners too.  1720 Tarra Valley Road, Tarra Valley (via Yarram)

High Country

Tyntynder Lodge in Bright has been named as providing the Best Pet Friendly Accommodation in Australia for the past four years.  Surrounded by one acre of magnificent, private, mature gardens, the fully self contained cottages are located in a tranquil tree lined country lane that runs beside the beautiful Ovens River. Each cottage has its own private fully fenced garden, ideally suited to guests and their pets seeking country ambiance with all the comforts of home. 4 Tyntynder Lane, Bright

Home to several alpacas, horses and sheep, GG’s by the River also welcomes guests to bring well-behaved pets (by arrangement). Guests are welcome to bring their dogs or even their horse. Located in the Ovens Valley halfway between Myrtleford and Bright, the property offers 4.5-star luxury self-contained accommodation. Located opposite Eurobin Station on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, GG’s also offers guests free use of the property’s bikes. 6132 Great Alpine Road, Eurobin

Nestled in a picturesque tree lined avenue Belmont at Beechworth offers luxury self contained accommodation within walking distance of the historic village of Beechworth. Belmont offers boutique, self-contained two-bedroom accommodation and is dog-friendly (limit of two small dogs, must-be house-trained). Located a short ride from the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, Belmont also offers guests free use of the property’s bikes. 7 Williams Street, Beechworth


Pets and owners are given a four star experience at Coghill Cottages located close to Lake Mulwala and the Murray River in Yarrawonga. The recently completed pool area has a large veranda with its own kitchen and BBQ area and dogs are welcome in the comfortable one, two and three bedroom self-contained units which all have a secure fenced area. 6 Coghill Street, Yarrawonga


Shady Acres Caravan Park Ballarat is Ballarat’s only pet friendly caravan park. Situated in a relaxed, peaceful setting on 13 acres of shaded bush-land on the outskirts of Ballarat, this quiet park is the ideal setting for visitors who want to relax in peaceful and natural surrounds. 9435 Western Highway, Ballarat

The Little Bird House is a beautifully renovated 1950’s cottage located two kilometers from the heart of historic Bendigo. The two bedroom cottage features all the comforts of home including a secure spacious garden and courtyard which is perfect for four legged friends (by arrangement). 58 Chum Street, Golden Square, Bendigo

Daylesford and Macedon Ranges

Dayget is the leading accommodation booking provider in the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges offering high-end, boutique accommodation – a number of which allow visitors to travel with their pets.

The iconic Coach House is an 1800sqm lakefront property with plenty of open space for dogs to run around. The historic home dates back to 1854 and offers beautifully appointed bedrooms and bathrooms and a variety of spaces for relaxation and can cater for up to 14 guests. 8 Leggatt Street, Daylesford

Nestled on 40 acres, Greenfields offers an escape for up to eight guests and is set in established gardens with majestic gum trees and an abundance of open grassed areas for pooches. It is a haven for families and friends seeking a tranquil escape with all the comforts of home. 180 Mannings Road, Hepburn Springs

Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

Folly Farm Rural Retreat in Olidna offers a private country cottage for two. Situated on 10 acres of gardens and blueberry farm, it provides a quiet escape with no passing traffic. The open plan cottage provides all the luxuries of today with the ambience of a Hill Station property. Folly Farm is dog friendly, as is the town of Olinda with many cafes providing outside services for four legged friends. 192 Falls Rd, Olinda

For more pet friendly accommodation ideas go to Visit Victoria.

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