Accommodating all creatures great and small

chum creek hut

chum creek hut

A family holiday doesn’t just include human members of the family. Today, furry friends are just as welcome to stay at many of Victoria’s holiday accommodation options – both in Melbourne and beyond.

Melbourne

Stay Central offers a range of pet-friendly accommodation options in Melbourne – from St Kilda to Southbank, Brunswick to Albert Park. Most properties are self-contained and located close to some of the city’s best parks – so both human and canine visitors can get out and enjoy the scenery and the greenery. +61 3 9014 7385.

Birches Serviced Apartments in East Melbourne features 24 spacious apartments, complete with kitchens and wireless internet. And, for an extra fee, visitors can bring their furry friends to stay. 160 Simpson Street, East Melbourne, +61 3 9417 2344.

Quest Flemington offers 48 well-appointed one, two and three bedroom/two bathroom apartments to the north-west of Melbourne. They are all self-contained and feature separate kitchen, living and dining areas. Each apartment has either a private balcony or courtyard, private laundry facilities and is serviced daily. Visitors happy to pay an extra fee (and a bond) can have their pet stay with them. 600 Epsom Rd, Flemington, +61 3 9371 2200.

Regional Victoria

Best Friend Holiday Retreat is Australia’s first boutique, dog-friendly holiday park, specially designed for people holidaying with their four-legged friends. Located in the heart of Gippsland, it features cabin accommodation, camping and caravan sites, all of which are individually fenced. There are also six spacious off-leash areas complete with double gate entrances and dog-friendly play equipment. 1721 Tarra Valley Rd, Tarra Valley, +61 3 5186 1216. 

Set on 120 acres of undulating land that is part rainforest, part bushland and cleared farmland, Wild Valley Gippsland offers several styles of converted caravans, that provide affordable pet-friendly accommodation, among the sceneic surrounds of the Strzelecki Ranges. Budgeree, +61 411 103 821. 

A former dairy farm, Rivendell Farm Cottages allows dogs to stay in its one, two and three bedroom self-contained unit. Pets can also explore the farm, or go for a swim at the property’s private sandy river beach. Horses will also be made to feel at home, with facilities including stables, lunging and wash down areas. 926 Stephenson Road, Tambo, +61 3 5156 4317.

At the southern edge of Grampians National Park, South Mokanger Farm Cottages is home to two self-contained, pet friendly cottages nestled among the ancient red gum trees. Both properties are fenced and have purpose-built dog yards as well as a three-kilometre laneway walk on the farm where owners and pooches can enjoy a pleasant stroll together. 728 Mokanger Road, Cavendish, +61 3 5574 2398.

Bright’s Tyntynder Lodge is surrounded by one acre of private garden, and the fully self-contained cottages are located in a tree-lined country lane that runs beside the Ovens River. Each cottage has its own private fully fenced garden, and the lodge even offers doggysitting services if guests choose to venture out without their beloved pooch. 4 Tyntynder Lane, Bright, +61 408 476 046.

Nestled in a tree-lined avenue, Belmont at Beechworth offers luxury, self-contained two-bedroom accommodation within walking distance of the historic village of Beechworth. Guests are welcome to bring their pups along – but there is a limit of two, and they must be house-trained. 7 Williams Street, Beechworth, + 61 417 457 744.

Home to several alpacas, horses and sheep, GG’s by the River also welcomes guests of the furry – or hairy – kind, with both dogs and horses welcome on the property. Located in the Ovens Valley halfway between Myrtleford and Bright, the property offers luxury self-contained accommodation. 6132 Great Alpine Road, Eurobin, +61 407 242 789.

Just south of Daylesford, Hollow Log Estate offers a choice of two self-contained cottages overlooking the peaceful Wombat State Forest. Dogs are welcome across the 23-acre property and inside the cottages. There’s a fully fenced, half-acre exercise area, dams to swim in and a large outdoor dog bath (with hot water). A generous breakfast pack is provided – and there are some doggy treats thrown in for good measure. 151 Foxs Lane, Musk Vale, +61 419 319 126.

Kyneton’s Flophouse and its sister property in Maldon are both pet friendly, with the owners even developing a series of dog-friendly itineraries and adventures based on walking sections of the Goldfields Track. Inspired by their surrounds, Flophouse provides guests with guides and bikes to tour the town, locally made preserves as well as discounts on a selection of local workshops. A percentage of profits is also donated to a greyhound rescue initiative. +61 438 160 671.

Situated on a 10 acre Alpaca Farm with beautiful mountain views and only a 20 minute walk into Healesville, Alpaca Ridge Farmstay B&B offers two options of accommodation, including a rustic-style ‘half-house’ or self contained studio. There is lots of natural bush for walking, a dam for yabbying, plenty of open grassed area for children and pets are most welcome. 16 Cornelius Crescent, Healesville, +61 3 5962 3935.

Chum Creek is a picturesque 136 acre horse property in the heart of the Yarra Valley. In addition to trail rides that provide impressive views of the Yarra Valley and the Great Dividing Range, the property also features huts that offer ‘rustic luxury’ accommodation. Dogs are welcome to stay in the huts, and horses are can stay overnight in the paddock behind the property – owners can even watch them from the spa. 221 Heath Road, Chum Creek, +61 412 746 286.

Located on the southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula, Blue Moon Cottages provides the opportunity 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 ‘after beach’ towels available upon request. 12 Blakiston Grove, Rye, +61 3 9775 4015.

Blue Johanna Cottages are located approximately halfway between Apollo Bay and Port Campbell on the Great Ocean Road. This 12 acre property is 288 metres above sea-level and overlooks Cape Otway and the Southern Ocean. Dogs are welcome, with each cottage offering its own secure courtyard, kennel and feeding bowls. 225 Blue Johanna Road, Johanna Heights, +61 3 5237 4224.

Glenaire Cottages, along the Great Ocean Road, is located among rolling hills, forest and farmland – and adjacent to the Great Ocean Walk. Four spa cottages are on offer, each with outstanding ocean views, open log fires, covered verandahs and fenced, pet friendly yards. 3440 Great Ocean Road, Glenaire, +61 3 5237 9237.

Watersedge Beach Cottage is just a short drive away from the fishing village of San Remo in Gippsland’s south and Phillip Island’s famous Penguin Parade. With a studio and a cottage available, there are magnificent views over Westernport Bay – and fenced outdoor areas perfect for dogs. 50 Forrest Avenue, Newhaven, +61 407 996 763.

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