Canberra, Australia’s capital, is one of the best places in the country to go for a relaxing holiday. Not only is it a vibrant city, with plenty of art galleries, museums, and places of cultural importance to discover, but it also offers plenty of outdoor excitement and activities for people in the mood for fresh air and adventure.
The good news for dog owners is that there are plenty of places to stay that also accommodate and welcome pets, so it won’t be too difficult to find a place to set yourselves up while taking the pooch on holiday as well. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a sleepy B&B to simply get away from it all for a weekend, or a proper hotel for a longer family holiday, Canberra has you – and your dog – covered.
Built in 1927, this is a heritage-listed property that’s a short walk from Parliament House itself. There are plenty of bike paths near by, Lake Burley Griffin is a stone’s throw away, and Commonwealth Park is a lovely area to take your dog. You truly won’t find a place in Canberra more central and close to the action than this.
The house accommodates up to eight guests and features four bedrooms. However, keep in mind that only small dogs are allowed.
Located just outside of Canberra city is this delightful B&B that offers it all; if you’re looking for a night in, you’ve got everything from a BBQ to fast Wi-Fi, a full entertainment unit, and board games. If you’re looking to get out and explore, there are numerous walking paths nearby, as well as Big Splash Water Park, which will be a hit with the kids.
A renovated laundry offers plenty of comfort for your dog, though pet owners will be asked to pay an additional $40 for their stay to cover the cost of additional cleaning.
Here’s a place to stay for people looking for a bit of tradition; a 1927 weatherboard cottage, complete with sculptures and paintings by the artist-owner of the house. Hardwood floorboards and high ceilings, coupled with a working pianola to enjoy some very traditional music, offer guests plenty of classical style. The backyard gives pets plenty of space to roam, and they’re also welcome to shelter in a large laundry space if the weather is bad.
Even better, come walking time, there’s a large park (Corroboree Park) directly opposite the property. There’s a small ($30) additional fee for cleaning for people who stay with their pets.
Located down a quiet loop street in Watson, Cockatoo House is a good place to stay for people that take their dogs seriously; it’s a 10-minute walk from EPIC, which is where Canberra hosts a lot of its dog shows and competitions.
The backyard is well-fenced for dogs of all sizes, and dogs are allowed the run of anywhere in the house and backyard. Indeed, the house’s owner is quite proud of the relatively few restrictions that are placed on dogs staying here. Keep them off the beds inside, and anything goes.
For pet owners that want to stay in an actual hotel, the Mercure Canberra, in Braddon, is a pet-friendly facility. On the ground floor there are ‘superior’ double rooms that are available through ‘pet packages’. These rooms both provide access to private, fully fenced areas for your pets to enjoy.
Guests are welcome to have their dogs in all common areas of the hotel, as long as they’re kept on a leash, with the exception of the restaurant and bistro. For people that wish to dine in the hotel, they can arrange to have the meals served to the outdoor terrace in the hotel courtyard.
Another beautiful building from the 1920’s, Magnolia Cottage is a two-bedroom cottage with a well-fenced backyard that makes it very friendly for dogs. The garden itself is gorgeous, with a beautiful magnolia tree, camellias, azaleas, fruit trees, and a vegetable plot.
The Cottage’s owner claims that around 30% of her guests are dog owners, where the nearby Corroboree Park and dog show grounds make it an ideal location to stay at while in Canberra.
Technically not part of Canberra, the Riverside Tourist Park is, nonetheless, closer to Canberra’s city than most of the city’s caravan parks. This fully pet-friendly park has all the facilities you’ll need to make for a comfortable stay, with a well-maintained amenities block, a BBQ area, and laundry block. Public transport is also available nearby, so people can head into and out of the city quite easily.
For people looking for a budget holiday, the Blue Range Recreation Area offers a unique location to stay in. The site of a World War II Italian Camp (which you can stay in, if you’d like), the park offers some basic facilities, including wood fire pits, gas-powered barbeques, and pit toilets. The park is, of course, completely pet-friendly, but be mindful of other guests and their pets, and make sure your dog is well secured at night.
For people who want to stay in an area within reach of Canberra, but in a far more scenic location, there’s Providence Holiday Park, which is located in the heart of the Snowy Mountains. In Australia’s greatest mountain range, this park caters equally for caravanners and campers, and the location of the park on the edge of Lake Eucumbene makes it perfect for fishing, water skiing, or just going for a swim.
In addition to being completely dog friendly, the Park has all the facilities you’d expect for comfort, including an amenities block, laundry and dryer, and an on-site kiosk with the basic necessities.
Having a great dog-friendly holiday in Canberra
Whatever the holiday you have planned in Canberra, there’s no reason to leave your four-legged family members in a kennel, as the city has you well covered. One of the most hospitable cities in Australia, Canberra not only has the facilities for dog owners, but it also has a way of making you – and your pets – feel genuinely welcome.