Is there anything better than a getaway with your favourite four-legged friend? Think: morning beach walks, puppuccinos at the local cafe, salty arvo swims and snuggles in the evening. Heaven right? Fortunately the Sunshine Coast isn’t short of choice and variety when it comes to amazing places to stay with your pet.
Holiday with dogs
So, pack up the blankets, balls and leashes, and check into the best pet-friendly accommodation on the Sunshine Coast.
Nestled in the heart of the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Sunshine Valley Cottages will see you and your pup soaking up the very best mother nature has to offer. There’s three self-contained four-star cottages on site, complete with queen beds, smart TV, air conditioning and a private verandah with your own BBQ. The grounds are encased in lush tropical gardens and there’s even a saltwater pool for you to cool off in. Dogs of any shape, size and weight are welcome here, with a one acre off-leash area for your pooch to run and play in.
Sunshine Valley Cottages
Located in the heart of the Brooyar State Forest, Glastonbury Creek Campgrounds is one of the best pet-friendly camping sites located about a 15 minute drive out of Gympie. Picture: an open, grassy campsite surrounded by stunning rainforest. Grab your furry friend and get out and explore on foot, spotting birds and other wildlife, amidst panoramic views and babbling rainforest brooks.
Camping with your furry friend (stock image)
If you and your furry friend prefer to vacay seaside, then Saltwater Villas in Mooloolaba is where you’ll want to rest your head. Just a few minutes’ walk from sugar white sand beaches, and surrounded by the town’s mouth-watering restaurants (nearby eatery Riceboi is a pet-friendly must-do), you and your pup will be in total holiday bliss. The villas, which range from double bed studios to three-bed houses (the latter is fully fenced), all come with balconies or decks, air conditioning and have access to a pool and free use of kayaks & SUP boards. Dogs (and cats) of all sizes are welcome here.
Imagine waking up to uninterrupted views of Lake Cootharaba, its pristine waters only mere steps from your bed. Some would call this the dream, but fortunately for you, it can be a reality at Boreen Point Campground. The spacious unpowered camping sites at Boreen Point are the real deal, with sites set in nearly untouched natural bushland that fringe the glittering lake’s sandy foreshore. There’s also powered sites suitable for tents, caravans, campervans and RVs. Dogs are definitely welcome at this popular sailing and fishing lake, but only by prior application - so make sure you follow all the correct steps before booking.
Pooch pool party (stock image)
Just minutes from the postcard perfect township of Maleny lies Jacaranda Cottages. This zen-like retreat will have you and your pup thinking you’ve landed in the French countryside with idyllic surroundings—think rolling green fields and clusters of vibrant jacaranda trees. There’s a variety of lodgings to choose from, including a cute two-person cottage with a fireplace to a sprawling four-bedroom home with a large deck and saltwater infinity pool. While dogs are most certainly welcome here, you do need to apply for approval prior to booking.
If you’re looking for one of the best pet-friendly accommodation spots on the Sunshine Coast, Horizons At Peregian is it. With 14 kilometres of beautiful, dog-friendly beach on your doorstep, your four-legged friend will be forever grateful for this beach getaway. The modern digs allow for one dog (up to 10kg) per apartment and boast a communal saltwater pool, spa and BBQ area. Plus the area is packed with dog-friendly cafes for you to get that all
important puppuccino in the morning.
Horizons at Peregian