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Your 2021 Guide To The Best Pet-Friendly Accommodation In Victoria

By Kate Fleming
1st Dec 2021

A ute with a woman and border collie in the back and a man driving smiling.

We all love a holiday, but so do our pets. So next time you book a Victorian getaway, why not save yourself the hassle of a dog sitter and find somewhere that’ll welcome the two of you? Victoria has countless options for pet-friendly accommodation, but we’ve wrapped up some of our favourites (in some of the best locations around the state).

Here’s our 2021 pick of the best pet-friendly accommodation in Victoria. 

Aggies Way

DAYLESFORD

Surrounded by beautiful gardens, this gorgeous cottage is perfect for a getaway in Daylesford. Bring your pooch and settle in for your stay in this quiet spot just a few minutes drive out of town. You’ll have the entire house to yourself, fully equipped with a country kitchen, barbeque facilities, and a wrap-around porch that’ll help you and your pet live your best cottagecore life.

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White Picket Cottage 

BENDIGO

Just over the road from Bendigo’s historic Ulumbarra Theatre and beautiful Rosalind Park, you’ll find this adorable, pet-friendly white picket cottage Airbnb. After exploring all that Bendigo has to offer, you and your bestie can kick back on the lounge by the fireplace or take in the serenity on the front porch. While the days away and spend some quality time together in this picturesque place. 

Grampians View B&B

DUNKELD

Want to have your stay with a continental breakfast included? Book in at the Grampians View Bed and Breakfast for a country escape with gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains—you might even spot a kangaroo or two hopping outside your window. The property is away from the main road, so it’ll have you feeling off the grid while still being close enough for you and your doggo to walk into town. 

Charming Rustic Barn

HEATHCOTE

Get off-grid for a while at this pet-friendly, secluded barn. Renovated to perfection, your pooch will love watching the kangaroos hop around the property while you enjoy reading a book carefully selected from the barn’s own library. Toast marshmallows on the outdoor firepit come sundown and then stay toasty warm by the indoor wood burning fireplace. 

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Tyntynder Garden Cottage

BRIGHT

For a winter escape, look no further than Tyntynder Garden Cottage in Bright. You and your best mate can rug up in front of the fire after a day out in the snow. The cottage has been beautifully renovated and the backyard has a fence so you can let your pooch run wild, stress-free. Just over a kilometre out of town, you could layer up for a winter walk or drive up to the shops for a bite, or if you’re feeling cosy you could stay in and cook up a storm in the lovely kitchen. The choice is yours. 

Zagame’s House 

CARLTON

Gift your dog with the full Melbourne experience at Zagame’s House in Carlton—the best pet-friendly accommodation in Melbourne. On arrival, your pooch will score a ‘Treat Yo Fur-baby’ goody bag, and during their stay, they can order from an exclusive in-room pet menu with dishes like holistic chicken and lentils, summer-bod meal and gluten-free ancient grain kangaroo. If your pal likes watching TV they can tune in to the ‘Furry Movie of the Month’ for free. Not all pets are accepted, so call ahead prior to booking.

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Cape Wye

WYE RIVER

If you and your furry friend love a room with a view, then Cape Wye is our pick for you. The modern beach house has an epic rooftop deck and the best panoramic coastal views from every room—even the bath has an unobstructed view across the sea. With such a massive rooftop deck, you won’t need to worry about fences or your doggo running off, so you can just sit back on a sun lounge and feel your stresses melt away. 

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Ovolo South Yarra

SOUTH YARRA

Did you know you can bring your dog for a stay at the groovy new Ovolo Hotel in South Yarra? The 70s-inspired boutique hotel is a feast for the eyes and is right in the heart of shops, restaurants and parks. The Royal Botanic Gardens are within walking distance, as is Fawkner Park and the Yarra Trail, so there are plenty of outings for you and your pet to plan. Check-in for a city staycation and a change of scenery from your backyard. 

Boutique Stays, Loft on Rose

FITZROY

Another city offering, this warehouse loft conversion is the ultimate pet-friendly accommodation for you and your pet to live your best Fitzroy lives. Like something straight out of Brooklyn or New York, the apartment is right on Rose Street in the heart of Fitzroy, seconds from bustling Brunswick Street and minutes from the CBD. You and your pet can live it up in this industrial-chic pad, with exposed brick walls, an epic entertainer’s kitchen, a wine cellar, and secure off-street parking. 

Once you’ve planned your vacay, take your pooch to one of Melbourne’s best picnic spot

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