There’s something to be said about a great getaway, isn’t there?! Not the kind of ‘getaway’ that Ronald Biggs had to do with the Great Train Robbery of 1963 or the ‘getaway’ the crew of retired elderly crooks of The Hatton Garden Diamond Heist did, but rather the kind of getaway that lets you unwind, relax, take a breather and rediscover the tantalizing tastes of a Strawberry Daquiri or a glass of Champagne by the pool while reading a good novel and soaking up the sun. And what makes it even better is being able to take your beloved fur baby with you too!
I know when we traveled, we absolutely loved having Maya and Blaze with us. They made our getaway so much more enjoyable, relaxing and exciting. No two days were ever the same and they had lots of fun and enjoyment on their puppy dog adventures with us too.
And whilst travel may seem a thing of the past since COVID-19, social distancing and travel restrictions, the thing to remember is, this too shall pass. There’s nothing stopping us from planning ahead within Australia or within our state (where permitted). Many places don’t require full payment and have no or very little cancellation fees when booking in advance.
We thought we’d look at some of our favourites and some of the top ‘Pooch inclusive,’ getaway stays around Australia, starting with Melbourne….
Whilst Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire is currently in lockdown, there are still those places to keep in mind for when we are back open and able to travel around Victoria. When it is safe for us to be traveling in and around Victoria again, it’s good to remember that a lot of these stunning country areas have also been hit hard and directly affected by COVID-19 because tourists, and city-folk wanting to getaway, have not been able to do so. It’s a great way of giving back to them too, once we’re safely able to.
LEDDICOTT COTTAGE – DANDENONG RANGES
The Dandenong Ranges is one of my personal favourite areas in Victoria. I grew up travelling to this gorgeous part of Victoria and can remember spending lots of time with Mum and Dad and our two German Shepherds, Kaiser and Heidi, at a number of stunning log cabins in and around the Dandenong Ranges. It’s also home to the famous Puffing Billy Railway. The Puffing Billy Railway is a 2ft 6in narrow gauge heritage railway in the Dandenong Ranges and is pretty much an icon in Victoria.
Leddicott Cottage is nestled on one and a half acres of private gardens and woodlands. Leddicott Cottage is a luxury holiday retreat with one generous bedroom in the charming village of Olinda in the Dandenong Ranges. Leddicott Cottage is conveniently situated within walking distance of great restaurants and unique boutique stores. This self-contained and dog-friendly hideaway is prefect for those who are looking to relax and renew.
One of the best things I love about Leddicott Cottage is that not only can you take a bushwalking trail, stroll through scenic gardens or take your dog and visit some of the gorgeous quirky pet cafes. But if you feel like staying in, you can spend the time enjoying the woodland gardens or have a soothing soak in the tub whilst enjoying a glass of your favourite cool-climate wine. And, Leddicott is one of the few that also features a large secure grassed enclosure with under covered area where you can confidently leave your fur baby without a concern.
SPICERS TAMARIND RETREAT – MALENY, SUNSHINE COAST
One of my ultimate favourite areas of Queensland is the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands. A stunning natural backdrop of greenery, mountains and stunning sunsets in the evenings.
Spicers Tamarind Retreat is nestled amongst eighteen acres of lush tropical gardens. Spicers Tamarind Retreat is a boutique luxury property that provides exclusive accommodation in the heart of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
They have 14 luxurious villas all nestled in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
The fully self-contained Orchard Villa is perfect for a family or group. It’s one of a kind, the stand-alone Orchard Villa features two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, an open fireplace and a verandah with a comfortable outdoor setting. The rates include daily breakfast too. What a way to wake up and be greeted with the stunning view and you don’t have to cook your own breakfast!
Guests staying in the Orchard Villa can also choose to bring their fur baby along. Don’t want to bring the dog bed with you? For a small additional fee, your fur baby will receive a plush dog bed with mattress, a dog lead with doggie bags attached, a water and food bowl, a blanket and a long lasting bone. Now that’s a treat fit for a fur King or Queen!
NEW SOUTH WALES
AMALFI VILLA – BYRON BAY & SURROUNDS
You wouldn’t be mistaken into thinking you’d been teleported to the Amalfi Coast when you stay at the Amalfi Villa in Byron Bay.
This stunning luxury beachfront holiday home with 5 bedrooms is fit for any King and/or Queen of the pooch kind as well as the human kind!
A magnificent place to rest, relax and recover from the stresses of daily life with a retreat to the extraordinary Amalfi Villa, an expansive five bedroom beachfront villa located on the beautiful Broken Head Beach close to Byron Bay. With direct access to the beach, multiple indoor and outdoor living areas and a capacity for 10 guests, this luxury holiday home is made for large families, group gatherings and entertaining. Teleport me now! Where’s the Tardis when you need it?!!
INSPIRATION ON WEDGETAIL – EAGLE BAY, MARGARET RIVER & SOUTH WEST, WA
‘Fido, I don’t think we’re in Australia anymore!’ is what comes to mind when I look at this magnificent pet friendly exquisite 7 bedroom estate with unsurpassed ocean views that will not only take your breath away but will have Fido wanting to find buried treasured in the bottoms of that ocean as an excuse to go for a swim!
Inspiration on Wedgetail, is the ultimate holiday destination. This is a truly fantastic getaway, offering the very best in entertainment and luxury living in the magnificent South West of Western Australia.
Nestled in the exclusive enclave of Eagle Bay with stunning ocean views, this sensational property has everything you need to relax and play. Boasting 7 superbly appointed bedrooms, Inspiration on Wedgetail is the ideal adults and fur baby escape perfect for a family or group of friends who want to enjoy a truly utopian lifestyle.
Inspiration on Wedgetail even boasts it’s own 2 lane bowling alley and 12 seat private cinema! Yeah baby! It also has a squash court and fully equipped gym, a 20 metre indoor/outdoor swimming pool and spa and last but not least, a pool table and table tennis table. As well as the practicalities of two enormous living spaces that have their own modern kitchens and have access to magnificent alfresco areas, an extensive sun deck, huge outdoor living and dining pavilion with gas BBQ and cocktail bar that provides a perfect platform for watching the whales cavort in the bay or the multitude of stars that loom large in the velvety night!
Even Fido won’t have a problem finding a spot to enjoy the stars or puppy nap thinking of the adventures he/she can get up to in the morning!
PIKE RIVER LUXURY VILLAS – LYRUP, RIVERLAND & MURRAYLANDS
Pike River Luxury Villas is beautifully located on 15 acres of riverfront, perched high above the river, the Pike River Luxury Villas have been carefully designed to offer the highest quality of luxury while paying special attention to deliver environmentally friendly and sustainable accommodation full of romance and serenity.
There are five indulgent, self-contained luxury villas for couple and/or groups. Outdoor sunken spa baths with views over the rivers and vineyards. Lounge rooms with Italian leather love-seat and open wood fire – sounds divine! Outdoor entertaining deck complete with BBQ and outdoor seating. Light continental breakfast included and fur babies are permitted at the Woolshed as long arrangements are made before hand.
Sounds absolutely divine to me!
And that concludes our ‘trip around Oz’ of luxury pet friendly accommodation to be enjoyed in the not so distant future!
We look forward to seeing some of your photos and travel adventures with your fur kids too!
Want to learn more about these amazing pet friendly luxury accommodation. Check out each of these wonderful sites that have helped us put this array of luxury for you. You could find your next getaway retreat with your fur baby
Leddicott Cottage – VIC
Spicers Tamarind Retreat – QLD
Amalfi Villas Byron – NSW
Inspiration on Wedgetail – WA
Pike River Luxury Villas – SA