For pet lovers, leaving the furry members of the family at home over the holidays just isn’t an option. However, finding holiday rentals that are suitable for pets as well as people can be tough, especially when you’re looking for places to keep everyone entertained. That’s why we’ve assembled our picks for the best holiday in Western Australia suitable for pets and people. Check out the full list below.
Sunnyhurst Chalets, Bridgetown
Just a few kilometers from historic Bridgetown, the Sunnyhurst chalets are a charming set of two and four bedroom Swiss style accommodations for families and pets. The rural setting ensures there’s plenty of space for your furry friend to explore, and each chalet has a big deck to sit out on and watch the the sun set.
Aside from being dog friendly, you’ll also find everything you need for the whole gang. Barbecues, fully equipped kitchens, flat screen TVs and a range of DVD entertainment for a rainy day.
Nearby Bridgetown boasts a range of art galleries, cafes, restaurants, boutiques and historic buildings. Also nearby are the towns of Pemberton, Boyup Brook, Balingup and Nannup, while the Margaret River is only a short day trip away. Find out more about Sunnyhurst Chalets here.
Bay38 – Coastal Chic, Dunsbourough
A remarkably beautiful holiday spot for large groups (up to 10 people), this modern getaway is moments from the white sands of Geographe Bay.
Pet friendly and with a dog park and dog friendly beach within walking distance, it’s just a quick stroll to the town of Dunsborough, where you’ll find bakeries, watering holes, restaurants and a playground for the kids.
With all the modern conveniences of a high quality holiday rental, it’s ideal if you like to travel in luxury with your furry friends, have a large family or are travelling in a big group. Find them on Stayz.
The Vinters Retreat, Margaret River
Get close to one of Australia’s most popular wine regions without leaving your pooch at home. The Vinters Retreat is a charming bed and breakfast just a couple of minutes drive from the township of Margaret River, yet offering the peace and serenity of a beautiful B&B.
Run by Glen and Rosemary Davis and surrounded by native bushland, you’ll see a range of native flora and fauna on the property. Beyond being dog friendly, it’s also visited by the occasional kangaroo, making it the perfect retreat for couples who don’t want to be without their dog.
To find out about rates and make a booking, contact them here.
Forest In The Town, Margaret River
Hidden away in the bush, this picturesque retreat is only a 5 minute walk from the town of Margaret River and a ten minute drive to the beach at Prevelly. Featuring enough room for 6 guests, this modern and cozy home is the perfect base of operations for taking in all the Margaret River has to offer, from wine tasting to dining and trail walking. Best of all, it’s pet friendly! Find more details at their Stayz listing.
Seas By The Day, Bussleton
Escape to the Southwest of WA in this remarkably turned out and well presented beachfront home with private jetty.
Featuring wood floors and modern amenities it boasts a private balcony that looks over the marina and ocean. Enjoy a paddle in one of the supplied kayaks, or bring your own watercraft and attach it to the local boat mooring.
With room for up to eight adults, Sea By The Day is dog friendly by negotiation. Other features include being close to the cycleway and only a short stroll to town. Check out the photos and fall in love with this terrific holiday house.
Angler’s Retreat, Peaceful Bay
A freestanding home that sleeps up to eight people in four bedrooms, the Angler’s Retreat is a spacious property close to the Peaceful Bay coastline.
It’s a rural setting great for large families or groups with pets looking to escape the hustle and bustle and get in touch with nature.
Perfect for a family get together in a rural setting, especially if you’re into fishing, you can book dog friendly Angler’s Retreat here.
Wolfes Landing Eco Retreat, Denmark
Wolfes Landing is a reproduction pioneer home suitable for eight adults and a couple of furry friends.
Located close to West Cape Howe National Park, the Nullaki Peninsula and the townships of Denmark and Albany, you have choice at your fingertips without losing the solitude of your retreat.
Featuring all the modern conveniences in a rural setting with a focus on pet friendly fun, Wolfes Landing is a great place to escape into nature. Make a booking through their Stayz listing.
Taking your pet camping in Western Australia
There’s a number of pet friendly camping sites in Western Australia that are suitable for dogs of all sizes. Camping is a great way to enjoy a holiday with your furry friend in the great outdoors, something all dogs will love.
When it comes to modern campsites with great amenities, BIG4 has you covered, with a number of pet friendly holiday parks across Western Australia. We’ve included some of our favorites.
Emu Beach Holiday Park
Just 10 minutes from Albany town centre and a few metres from the beach, you can set up camp at powered or unpowered sites or book one of the onsite villas. With whale watching, dining and beach fun all on offer, Emu Beach is packed with fun and interesting things to do for you and your pooch. You can find out more here.
Denmark Ocean Beach Holiday Park
Located near the south coast of WA with Wilson Inlet and Ocean Beach just a few metres from the campsite, Denmark Ocean Beach Holiday Park is a pet friendly camping designation close to wineries, breweries and plenty of outdoor exploring. You can make a booking here.
Pilbara, Karratha Holiday Park
Choose from cabins, chalets, caravan sites and camping at this pet friendly holiday resort that’s regarded among the best in the region. Close to nature, and with modern conveniences like a beautiful swimming pool, gardens and water views, you can bring your pet for a great camping experience. Find out more about this popular site here.
Dining out with your doggie
You don’t have to leave Perth to have a great holiday with your doggy. Experienced locals know there are plenty of cafes and dining options that are pet friendly around the city. Here’s just a few of the best places to grab a bite to eat for your and your best friend.
Furbaby Boutique & Cafe
29/386 Wanneroo Rd, Perth City WA | 08 9440 6690
Alfresco dining with free treats for your pooch, the staff at Furbaby love dogs, and it shows. The human menu is a great mix of traditional and new breakfast items and brunch scrumptiousness, with everything from eggs benedict to french toast and the unique and satisfying coconut and chia seed pudding.
350 Marmion St, Melville WA | 08 9330 1945
The casual setting of Delicious Fingers belies a bevy of international dishes with everything from Indian burgers and Garam Masala to speciality hash browns, Thai, Moroccan, Italian and Egyptian inspired dishes.
Bring your dog and grab a table outside and soak up the atmosphere at this delightful and pet friendly brunch spot.
Park & Vine
31 Gayton Rd, City Beach WA | 08 9385 8991
Located across the road from Beecroft Park in City Beach, Park & Vine offers modern Australian fare in a casual setting with outdoor tables. Dog lovers can grab a takeaway coffee or cold pressed juice and enjoy it in the park while their pooch stretches their legs in the grass, or simply pull up an outdoor table and enjoy your meal.
The Park & Vine menu includes a number of unique fusions like the pearl barley and rhubarb pudding, slow cooked pork brisket and panko crumbed duck. All in all, it’s a must visit for lovers of both pets and food.
The Shore Cafe Alkimos
Lot 3, Portside Promenade, Alkimos WA | 08 9562 0433
With a menu as wide and varied as the ocean, the Shore Cafe Alkimos is an oasis along Perth’s Portside Promenade, serving up great food in a relaxed and pet friendly environment. Bring your dog and sit out on the beachside chairs while enjoying delicious burgers, cool refreshments and tasty gelati.
Tips for making the most of your pet friendly WA holiday
Regardless of where you end up holidaying with your pet, there are a number of tips to keep in mind to make your holiday just that much easier!
- Big dog tidy bags: While there’s plenty of awesome spots to take your dog on a holiday, not all of them have dog tidy bags on hand. Cleaning up after your pooch is part of being a dog owner, so take plenty of dog bags with you so you never find yourself in an awkward situation.
- Bring a few familiar things from home: Your pet probably has a favourite toy, prefered blanket or bed. Packing these to bring along during your holiday will help make your dog feel at home even when home is far away, and ease some anxiety.
- Travel in comfort: Travel crates can help keep your pet safe and happy when travelling around Western Australia. Secure your furry friend in a comfortable crate and make travelling with a pet just that little bit easier.