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12 Of The Best Pet-Friendly Airbnb Getaways In NSW

By Jessica Best
10th Aug 2022

Pet-friendly accommodation in NSW. If it was easy to find the best of the best, all us dog parents and cat carers would have a whole lot more free time on our hands. We’d potentially be holidaying a lot more, too.

True, our whiskered friends may not pay rent but damn, even they deserve to come on a weekend getaway from time to time. That’s why we’ve gone and found some of the best pet-friendly Airbnbs in NSW, so you can spend less time convincing your friends and family that looking after Fido for a few days really is a good idea.

The good news is that pet-friendly Airbnbs in NSW have stepped up a notch. We’re giving award-winning eco retreats in the bush, state-of-the-art holiday stays with sweeping water views, and beautifully restored beach shack cottages with all the wide open spaces.

Read on for the best pet-friendly Airbnbs in NSW.

The Greenhouse Retreat

Green Point

Greenhouse retreat airbnb stay with dog

The Greenhouse is a mammoth place sporting five bedrooms, a studio, games room, gym, pool and yep, she’s a waterfront one, too. The best part? This bad boy is dog-friendly—and it doesn't hurt that there are plenty of vantage points to take in all the killer sunsets. Santorini can stand down. Book here

The Shed

Upper Kangaroo Valley

Kangaroo Valley airbnb exterior

This one is lowkey one of the most beautiful Airbnbs in NSW. When there’s a quiet country road that leads you to a stunning farmyard property, you know you’ve hit a jackpot. The Shed is a converted farm shed and has been transformed using a heap of recycled materials and you’ll be able to invite up to six other mates onto its grounds (plus any animal friends you’re keen to bring along). You’ll find spacious living areas and a wood-fired pizza oven that makes even the worst cooks somewhat impressive. And not to mention, it’s set on Kangaroo River (so yes, spontaneous dips are necessary). Book here.

Stay Casita


Stay Casita airbnb stay

This charming three-bedroom coastal stay brings a bit of Mediterranean luxe to the sleepy beachside village of Vincentia. Aptly called Stay Casita, the charming Airbnb is beautifully designed and decked out with luxe linens, cosy robes, and spa goodies. Plus the indoor-outdoor vibe is perfect for arvo wines after a beach session. While this gorgeous stay is pet-friendly, you can only bring one small dog along—so pick your mates wisely or your pup may be out. Book here.  

Dungog Farmstay Retreat


Dog in Airbnb living room

If you and your cut pooch are chasing bucolic bliss on your next getaway, you'll want to book in a few nights at Dungog Farmstay Retreat. Located on 20 acres of verdant pastures just 7km from Dungog, this pet-friendly farm stay is perfect for the outdoorsy dog in your life. The house is situated right on the Williams River and, therefore, boasts pearler river views. On the property, there are fruit orchards, olive groves, and cattle. You can also partake in activities like swimming, fishing, canoeing, hiking, and mountain biking. Book here

Bundeena Beach House


Bundeena Beach House airbnb

Looking for a quick weekend getaway over summer? Bundeena Beach House is located right on Gunyah Beach right by the Royal National Park—and it's only a short drive from Sydney CBD. It's one of the OG fishing huts that's been revamped with modern amenities. Both bedrooms come with an ensuite, with the master boasting glorious beach views. The second bedroom, however, is located in "The Shack"—a private, standalone cottage. So pick wisely. Plus, two stand-up paddleboards are provided AND pets are allowed. Book here


Kangaroo Valley

In NSW, there’s no denying we love a good tiny house. Arabella fits a maximum of four people and features a fully-operation kitchen and outdoor gas BBQ. There’s also a combustion heater inside for chilly evenings and air-con for scorcher-worthy nights. Located on a 140-acre property, this escape is surrounded by tall, dense bushland that’s home to Kangaroo Valley’s precious wildlife. Will you see wombats, kookaburras, and kangaroos in one day? Yes. While your furry friend is out chewing twigs, you can keep a close eye from the sanctuary of Arabella’s outdoor bathtub fully enclosed in a giant, glass cube. Book here.

Hamptons Shack Boathouse

Dangar Island

Dangar Island boathouse airbnb

For something a little closer to Sydney, hit up Hamptons Shack Boathouse. Located on a private beach on the Hawkesbury, this little shed made of dreams features a mini-bar (stocked up with beer, wine and soft drinks) and an actual hot tub with views of the river. This site is gated as well so while you’re lapping it up in pure holiday mode you can rest assured your pup won’t be running amok up the road. Book here.

Escape Pod


Foxground tiny cabin airbnb

Rainforest, an outdoor shower, a firepit and ultimate seclusion. If that doesn’t sound like your dream weekend away we don’t know what does. This tiny home punches well above its weight with a fully functional kitchen, all the bathroom amenities you could ever need and an outdoor BBQ area. There’s also a myriad of local beaches, shops and cafes close by if going completely off-grid isn’t your vibe. Book here.

The Gumtree Lodge

Grose Vale

Gumtree Lodge airbnb

Take a trip one-hour north-west of Sydney to this stunning private ranch stay. Let’s just say, if you’ve got the type of four-legged furry legend who’s less about fancy cravats with their name embellished on the front and more about the great outdoors and big sticks, this pet-friendly accommodation is the place for you. Located on a 30-acre property, your safari-style set-up here is surrounded by forest and by default—all the loose leaves and branches for your fluffy companion to chew on.

The idea is that you’ll get to hit some epic hikes, soak up beautiful sunset and sunrise views, swim in rivers and fresh waterholes, shower under waterfalls and even explore some local markets. When Fido is all tuckered out, run yourself a hot bubble bath in the outdoor, freestanding tub or stoke a fire with some marshmallows and a glass of the good stuff. Book here.


Culburra Beach

Culburra airbnbArklow is one of the best pet-friendly properties in NSW all down to its prime location. Perfect for the classic, family summer getaway, you’ll be within walking distance of Culburra Beach which is honestly dog heaven (off-leash between 4pm and 8am every day, and on-leash at all other times). Boasting three bedrooms, this two-storey house sprawls across a whole lot of space with a spacious backyard and frontyard. You’ll also have Warrain Beach and Wollumboola Lake nearby for a spot of exploring too. Book here.

Normandie Cottage


Mudgee cottage airbnbWe mean, just look at her. At first glance, it may be hard to believe that Normandie Cottage is a pet-friendly stay in NSW but you best believe it is. Built back in the 1930s, Normandie is the type of cottage reminiscent of something straight out of a picture book and yes, you’ll want to make sure you stay within its stunning walls at least once in your lifetime. The cottage has been built with an open-plan living area at the heart, featuring a modern, country kitchen, plus a patio and yard for BBQ-ing and some wide open space for any pets. Book here

Sticks And Flora

Culburra Beach

Culburra Beach Airbnb stayCulburra definitely ticks all the boxes when it comes to pet-friendly holidays so we had to add another one from the area to this list. Sticks And Flora is a beach shack property that has been beautifully restored, filled with natural lighting and surrounded by gum trees. While travelling in style with any four-legged mates you have, more often than not, is kind of hard—this property lets you soak up some serious design cred. The dining area keeps bifold doors, there’s a front deck for long lunches, hardwood floors are any pet-lovers best friend and the beach is just an 800-metre walk down the road. Book here.

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Image credit: Chewy, Airbnb

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