Pets are the best, period. However, trying to find epic accommodation that’s also pet-friendly around Sydney isn’t the easiest.
Thank Dog, though, because we’ve found everything from huge farms peppered with friendly farm animals and ample space for your doggo to run around to waterfront beauties for playful morning dips, secluded cottages for your cat to get cosy in, and acres of lawn for tail-chasing.
Here’s the best pet-friendly accommodation near Sydney.
Rydal | 2.5-hour drive
For the perfect blend of relaxation and action among nature, this pet-friendly stay near Sydney is a must. As well as the gorgeous outdoor bath with Blue Mountains views, the property is mega cosy thanks to the fireplace inside and brazier outside, and you can even rent mountain bikes. The yard is fenced so your pup will be safe and secure, but the owners limit four-legged guests to “small–medium dogs”, so it’s best to run your bestie past them first. Book your stay here.
Rosewood Farm Stay
Binda | 3-hour drive
Escape to this pet-friendly farm stay with a twist, where your accommodation gets you close to nature without compromising on comfort. The glamping tent here is equipped with everything you’ll need for a gorgeous weekender, including a fully open living space, a luxe bathtub on the verandah, and a fire pit for staying cosy once the sun sets. Book your stay here.
Valla Beach Cottage
Nambucca Heads | 5-hour drive
If big, wide-open spaces are high on your agenda, cast your eye over the incredible dog-friendly beach stay known as Valla Beach Cottage. This original ’40s beach cottage sits just on top of Valla Beach which reels in a cruisy 5km of sandy shores for your four-legged friend to run amok. You’ll also want to make use of that outdoor shower, the local cafes and grocery stores. Book your stay here.
Kangaroo Valley | 2.5-hour drive
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, and she’s pet-friendly. 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 your stay here.
Dangar Island | 1-hour drive
This restored pet-friendly waterfront cabin sends out all the rustic vibes you need for a no-frills getaway, with air conditioning and electric blankets keeping you comfy year-round. You can also expect a number of vantage points including the upstairs balcony which overlooks the Hawkesbury and a large shady deck. You can also make the most of the jetty (in case fishing tickles your fancy), head over to Bradley’s Beach or take to the water in one of the kayaks. Dogs are accepted by prior arrangement and need to be kept on a lead. Book your stay here.
Termeil | 4-hour drive
Billabong Cottage is well worth the drive for a dog-friendly getaway from Sydney. You’ll be in complete seclusion here and, yes, much like its name suggests, it’s situated right next to its own billabong. Surrounded by bush, this is any dog’s version of heaven with 25 acres of land right at its paws. There’s even a wildflower farm, a short trail through nine acres of bush and two large organic veggie gardens so you can level up your feeds while you stay. Book your stay here.
Bundeena Beach House
Bundeena | 1.5-hour drive
Looking for a quick weekend getaway? Bundeena Beach House is located right on Gunyah Beach by the Royal National Park—and it’s only a short drive from Sydney. 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. Plus, two stand-up paddleboards are provided AND pets are allowed. Book your stay here.
Barefoot Beach House
Culburra Beach | 2.75-hour drive
Two words we guarantee those words resonate with your little furry mate: big backyard. Barefoot Beach House rests on the bay of the Shoalhaven River and it’s just a few minutes walk from the iconic and absolutely stunning Culburra Beach. From the dog-friendly garden you can go kayaking, paddle boarding, start up the BBQ and throw a feast in the outdoor dining area (or even slip into the six-person spa). Book your stay here.
Kangaroo Valley | 2.5-hour drive
If you’re looking to step up your usual getaway, this place is absolutely for you. The Treehouse is suspended high among treetops and sleeps seven guests. Up here, you’ll get to soak up the sounds of the river below, chill out in a sunken courtyard or zone out in a double bath. For this one, you’ll just need to notify the owners of your dog’s breed so they can approve it before your stay. Book your stay here.
Sunset Ridge Cottage
Pokolbin | 2-hour drive
As one of six super-private cottages on the Billabong Moon Estate, this pet-friendly haven is perfect for any couple and their furry companion for a weekend getaway outside of the bustling city. With your fluffy third wheel at your heel, you’ll be able to take a bushwalk around the entire estate, past billabongs and even to a saltwater swimming pool. Book your stay here.
Foxground | 2-hour drive
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 pet-friendly 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 your stay here.
Upper Kangaroo Valley | 2.5-hour drive
When there’s a quiet country road that leads you all the way to a stunning farmyard property on the Kangaroo River, you know you’ve hit a jackpot. This stay 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 to master. Book your stay here.
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