If you’re dreaming of a beach holiday this upcoming summer along with your pooch, look no further. I’ve selected 18 beautiful beachside holiday rentals on the NSW North Coast. All of them are pet-friendly (although check the rules as they vary between properties) and still have availability over the summer. Take your pick from these dog-friendly beachside Airbnbs, stretching from Sydney up to Byron Bay.
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Close to Sydney
Beachside Cabin, Avalon
Avalon is still part of Sydney, located on the Northern Beaches not far south of Palm Beach, but it’s just north enough away from the city to feel that you’re getting away from it all. This cabin sleeps two guests, with soft white dreamy decor, and is highly rated.
Pets are permitted in this property, just check for any rules. There is a resident young kelpie on the property, so it’s best if your pup is friendly. The off-leash dog beach and park at Bayview is just a short drive away.
Rustic Cabin, Bateau Bay
While this cabin located in a backyard at Bateau Bay on the NSW Central Coast may be rustic, it’s just metres from the beach, perfect for a lazy summer holiday. Sleeping up to three, on a queen bed and sofa, note that the access to the private ensuite is external.
Pets are allowed on the property and warmly welcome. Other guests have noted that the backyard is fully enclosed, perfect for pups who aren’t after a lazy holiday. Not to mention there’s plenty of great dog-friendly beaches nearby, including North Shelly Beach.
Dutchies, Nelson Bay
Dutchies is located in the Port Stephens region, in Nelson Bay. This spacious, well-appointed house sleeps up to six guests, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. There’s a proper kitchen, aircon and even a rumpus room downstairs.
Small dogs are welcome, although you need to bring your dog’s bed. There’s a fenced garden area and it’s virtually across the road from Bagnalls Beach, the best off-leash dog beach in the Port Stephens area.
Bay Bliss, Nelson Bay
The Port Stephens area is a popular seaside getaway close to Sydney, just a 2.5 hour drive north, so I couldn’t resist including another holiday rental in Nelson Bay. Bay Bliss is located on the eastern side of Nelson Bay, heading towards Shoal Bay. It’s a roomy house sleeping up to six adults, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and all the mod-cons, including two large TVs for rainy days. There’s even an undercover dining area and BBQ.
Pets are welcome at the property, as long as they stick to the wooden floors only and stay off the lounges and beds. It’s best to sweep down before leaving, with a cleaning surcharge if fur is found inside. However, the grassy backyard is fully fenced and there’s no blackout dates for pets.
Mid North Coast
One Mile Beach House, Forster
Named after its close proximity to One Mile Beach in Forster, this beach holiday house is a classic 1960s house, albeit with unlimited wi-fi and Netflix. With three bedrooms and one bathroom, it’s best suited for a single family or up to four adults and two children.
Pets are welcome to join you, including inside, but must be kept off the beds and furniture. Dog blankets and towels are provided. Naturally it is expected that they are free of fleas and fully vaccinated.
Amaroo Blu, Forster
Amaroo Blu is also located close to One Mile Beach on the eastern side of Forster. This large, basic holiday home can sleep up to nine guests, with four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The double garage also doubles as a games room, which includes a ping-pong table, darts and large screen TV.
Pets are welcome to join you, although naturally you need to clean up after them. Double check for any other pet rules at the property.
Frangipangi Cottage, North Haven
This original fisherman’s cottage is located just metres from the off-leash dog beach at North Haven, close to Laurieton, about a 30 minute drive south of Port Macquarie. It’s been beautifully kitted out, including modern touches such as aircon in the living room and free wi-fi. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms sleep up to six guests.
This property is pet-friendly on request only. Note that dogs are only permitted inside during the evening, during the day the owners request they stay outside on the verandah. Dogs should also stay off the lounge and beds. At the moment the yard isn’t fully fenced, but should be by mid-September.
White Beach Cottage, Lake Cathie
Also on the southern side of Port Macquarie, this cottage at Lake Cathie enjoys 160 degree ocean and headland views, located just one block back from the beach. Sleeping up to four guests, it’s been recently renovated with a nod to the Hampton’s and plenty of modern inclusions.
Also pet-friendly by request, the owners ask that you specify the breed of your dog, to help with planning cleaning and statistics. Dogs bowls are provided, but bring your own dog bed, with dogs to be kept off the furniture and beds.
Nobby’s Beach Cottage, Port Macquarie
This small cottage is tucked away just above the entrance to Nobby’s Beach, one of the best off-leash dog beaches in the Port Macquarie region. An extra pet-friendly property, dogs are allowed inside, bowls are provided and there’s an enclosed yard. If you’re heading out without your dog (such as to the Koala Hospital), the host loves dogs and is happy to check in on your dog if available.
Tucked away behind the host’s home, the cosy cottage offers a relaxed vibe, but all the necessary modern inclusions. It sleeps up to four, with a queen bedroom and sofa bed in the lounge room.
Salt by the Sea #5, Port Macquarie
This stunning one-bedroom apartment is also located near Nobby’s Beach, just a few blocks back in a small apartment complex of six. It’s been beautifully decorated with a bohemian meets industrial style, including easy to clean concrete floors.
Pets are welcome to stay with you, although there is a limit of a single pet and it’s not suitable for larger pets. If this apartment isn’t available, also check out the other five apartments in the block, a mix of one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms also hosted by the same Airbnb host.
Billy’s Beach House, Nambucca Heads
This newly built guest home is perfect for a relaxing beach getaway, either for a couple or family with young children. There’s two bedrooms, the second with three single beds. Plus it’s just a short walk from the beach in the chilled coastal town of Nambucca Heads.
Pets are allowed as this property, but I recommend the owners in advance to obtain permission and double-check any rules. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the nearby beach from the Swimming Creek beach access northwards.
Diggers Beach Villa, Coffs Harbour
This beautiful near-new villa on the northern side of Coffs Harbour is located within walking distance of both the Big Banana and Diggers Beach. Sleeping up to five guests, there’s two double-sized bedrooms, one with a king bed and one with a queen. Note that there is only a kitchenette, rather than a full-sized kitchen, although it does have a pair of hotplates and microwave, as well as a bar fridge
Pets are allowed at the property, but double check with the owners in advance, including any restrictions or rules. While the nearby Diggers Beach doesn’t allow dogs, there’s plenty of other dog-friendly beaches around Coffs Harbour.
Moonee Beach House, Coffs Harbour
This beautiful beach house is situated a few suburbs north of Coffs Harbour in Moonee Beach. Sleeping up to four guests, there’s two bedrooms (one with a king size bed, the other with two singles), air-conditioning and a BBQ on the outside deck.
Pets are welcome at the property. Please advise the host at the time of booking, and note there is an additional charge of $5 per night, with up to two dogs permitted. The property is walking distance from Maggie’s Dog Cafe, and Moonee Beach permits on-leash dogs all day long.
Sunshine Studio at Emerald Beach, Coffs Harbour
This cute studio is situated just metres away from the northern end of Emerald Beach, one of the best off-leash dog beaches in Coffs Harbour, which permits dogs off-leash all day long. It’s suitable for two adults and two kids, with a single bedroom containing a double bed and pair of bunks. Note that there is no air-conditioning, but there is a fan.
Dogs are welcome to join you, just check for any rules and restrictions before booking. Note that the garden is shared and isn’t fenced, but Emerald Beach is a quiet and relaxing community away from the highway.
Far North Coast
Yamba Beach Shack, Yamba
Yamba is a relaxed seaside town at the mouth of the Clarence River, renown for its surfing and fishing. This one-bedroom apartment in the heart of town has been recently renovated and looks stunning. With just one bedroom it’s suitable for up to two guests, and has views looking towards Pippi’s Beach, which permits off-leash dogs on its southern half.
Only dogs up to 25kg are permitted, and the host requests that you specify your dog’s breed when making the booking. Dogs are strictly not permitted on furniture or the bed, but there’s a lovely outdoor deck for lounging out the front, especially after returning from the beach. Note also that bookings are not being taken from COVID hotspots.
Sea Horse Cottage, Yamba
If you have a larger dog, then Sea Horse Cottage may be more suitable. While I don’t usually recommend properties where dogs aren’t allowed inside, there are no size restrictions here. Plus the back verandah has protection from both the rain and wind, as well as a gate to stop your dog roaming the entire (fenced) yard.
Inside, the entire house has been recently renovated and has everything you could possibly need. There’s three bedrooms and two bathrooms, sleeping up to five guests. Aircon has been added to both the lounge room and the master bedroom. Outside there’s a shower with both hot and cold water for when you return from the beach.
Pelican’s Watch, Lennox Head
Lennox Head is a more relaxed alternative to Byron Bay, located just 25 minutes south, closer to Ballina. This three-bedroom “beach shack” is located above a real estates office, directly opposite the beach. Thanks to being located on the upper floor, there’s beautiful views from nearly every room.
Pets are allowed, just double check with the host in advance for any restrictions and rules. For a dog-friendly beach, walk north along to the beachfront to the Surf Life Saving Club, with the northern section of Seven Mile Beach from this point off-leash all day long.
Milly’s Beach Cottage, Byron Bay
This cottage is close to the heart of Byron Bay, just a stroll away from Clarkes Beach. Surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, the cottage has one bedroom with a king-size bed, as well as a pull-out sofa-bed. While the patio area jut outside is your own, note that there is another larger house on the property, with a shared deck area in between.
Dogs are welcome at the cottage, with many recent guests bringing their pups. The shared yard is fully enclosed. For a great dog-friendly beach, it’s a short drive south to the off-leash section of Tallow Beach or across to Belongil Beach.
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