The Gold Coast is widely considered Australia’s playground making it the perfect holiday destination for humans and hounds alike. With pristine beaches that stretch to the horizon, scenic trails to explore throughout the Hinterlands and plenty of dog-friendly cafes tailored to our fur kids (and the flesh ones too) there is oodles and cavoodles of fun to keep those tails wagging, from sunup to sundown.
When the sun does set there is a great selection of pet friendly accommodation along the Gold Coast, factoring low-budgets, locations and logistics. We ask the questions for you, such as: fenced off, sleeping quarters, pet(s) size, doggie door and swimming situation?
Whether you’re looking for beachfront accommodation, a Hinterland holiday, short-term or extended stay, we’ve sniffed out some of the best pet friendly accommodation, from people who understand that it’s not a family vacation unless there’s four legs included with the two.
Here are some of our top picks:
Burrows Beachside Apartment
Brandy Beachside Apartment
Magic on the Broadwater Waterfront Pet-Friendly
Grey Brick Beachside Apartment
Goldie Beachside Apartment
Surfers Regatta Waters
Marlin Motel – Deluxe Family Room
Clouds Silver Lining
Old Saint Johns Church
Budget Pet Friendly Accommodation
For the more budget conscious travellers, there are also some fantastic deals available with rates starting as low as $99 per night. These include:
Marlin Motel – Budget Double Room
Marlin Motel – Baramundi Studio
Marlin Motel – Family Room
Pet Friendly Activities On The Gold Coast
When embarking on a family adventure, the Gold Coast is best in show when it comes to your pooch being part of the action. There are several activities that cater to your canine, so if you’re on the coast, clearly your first stop: dog-friendly beaches!
Pet Friendly Beaches
All the pet friendly beaches have stunning views of the sun, surf and sand, although it’s doubtful the scenery will be doggo’s priority. Pouncing waves will be the order of the day and there are plenty of off-leash beaches for boundless energy to be expelled. Some are patrolled, some have ample parking, some have vital amenities and tempting kiosks, so check to see which ones suit your plans. The popular hotspots include:
- Biggera Waters Dog Beach
- Currumbin Creek Dog Beach
- The Spit
- Doug Jennings Park
- Tallebudgera Off-Leash Dog Beach
- Paradise Point Off-Leash Dog Beach
Who can resist the overjoyed tail-wagging of a pup pre-walk? If you’re keen to hit some grassed areas there are fantastic options for the whole family. Musgrave Avenue Dog Park is the biggest dog park on Gold Coast. It’s fully fenced, has BBQ and toilet facilities and a great agility area with hurdles, tracks, fresh drinking water that will entertain even the most energetic animals. Also take a stroll through Pizzey Fenced Agility Dog Park, Labrador Fenced Agility Dog Park and Tallebudgera Off Leash Agility Dog Island. Fetch me some island fun!
Dog Friendly Cafes
GC is the chill zone epicentre. Check out these relaxing hangs for you and Fang to watch the world go by over a coffee, cocktail or something to gnaw on.
- Parc-Bah Espresso, Southport (Famous for fur-baby ice cream!)
- Alfreds Diner, Mermaid Beach
- Local & Co, Main Beach
- Cafe Catalina, Southport (Beanbags put you at puppy level.)
- Harvest Moon, Burleigh Heads (There’s puppuccinos people!)
- Le Cafe Gourmand, Mermaid Beach (French Bulldogs meet French pastries.)
- BSKT Cafe, Gold Coast
- Burleigh Social, Burleigh Heads (Astroturf to protect sensitive paws.)
- Elephant Rock Cafe, Currumbin
- Dune Cafe, Palm Beach
Pampered Pooch – Yoga For Dogs and Pet Spas
Explore the fun and interactive activity of Doga – Yoga for Dogs, at Hot Tropical Yoga in Coolangatta. A combination of stretching, meditation, obedience and a beach walk with man’s best friend sounds like a beautiful way to spend your day.
Don’t skip the PAWSH Organic & Natural Pet Spa experience, with Dead Sea exfoliating treatments or a gentle paw oil massage, your puppy will never want to come home either!
We are committed to getting more Aussie’s on holiday with their dogs, so feel confident that we vet the best pet friendly accommodation the Gold Coast has to offer. We’ll put a “roof” over your head this holiday!
Check out all the properties we have available to book online now here: