The more you look for pet-friendly accommodation options in Victoria, the more enticing choices are revealed. Whether it’s a relaxing country break, a cabin by the beach, or a fun weekend in the city that you’re after, check out this range of dog-friendly places to stay in Victoria.
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Dog-Friendly Country Stays
Best Friend Holiday Retreat, Tarra Valley
Whenever the topic of dog-friendly accommodation in Victoria is raised, I always hear so many recommendations for Best Friend Holiday Retreat. Located in the Tarra Valley, about 2 1/2 hours southeast of Melbourne, this park nestled in the rainforest has been specially designed for people travelling with their pet dogs.
Some of the special features include individually fenced caravan and camping sites, six securely fenced areas for dogs to exercise off-leash, a hydro-bath hut and a dog-friendly playground, plus a giant ball run. Dog-friendly cabins with fenced yards are also available. All dogs are expected to sleep inside at night!
If you do need to head out without your dog, you can make use of the luxury dog kennels during the day. Although there’s also plenty of fun to enjoy on-site, including the adjacent waterfall and rock pool, perfect for doggie swims, or borrow a game of Dog Monopoly.
Must Love Dogs B&B, Rutherglen
The name of the Must Love Dogs B&B gives away that this B&B is truly pet-friendly and very welcoming to dogs! Located in Rutherglan, it’s about 3 hours drive north-east of Melbourne, not far from the border-town of Albury-Wodonga.
Built in 1849, the historic cottage contains two guest suites and a self-contained cottage, all of which permit dogs inside. Naturally there’s a log fire for the cold winter nights, plus a solar-heated pool and spa for warmer days. And of course there’s a beautifully manicured, fully-fenced garden for your dog to enjoy.
Given that the Rutherglen district is famous for wine, in particular fortified wines, the B&B can organise a wine tour for you and your dog, who will be permitted inside the tasting rooms. Another fun option is the Devonshire Tea, served by the log fire in wintertime, with the option of free pet sitting also provided.
Hollow Log Estate, Daylesford
Just a five-minute drive out of Daylesford, Hollow Log Estate is a delightfully dog-friendly place to stay. Onsite is a secure 1/2 acre dog exercise area, plus there’s walking tracks leading into the nearby dog-friendly Wombat State Forest.
Choose between the Stoney or the Cottage. The Stoney is a studio-style cottage ideal for a couple, plus up to one dog or two small dogs. The Cottage is more spacious, with room for up to four human guests. It also has a handy enclosed balcony. Both feature an indoor fireplace and are fully self-contained. A complimentary breakfast pack, plus wine and chocolate are provided.
At Wiggley Bottom Farm choose between the Apartment in the main farm building or the Cottage, both suitable for up to two adults and two children. We were delighted with our selection of the Cottage, which was very peaceful and offered beautiful vistas of the surrounding countryside.
No matter which option you choose, there are fenced outdoor spaces for your dog to enjoy, including a fully-fenced outdoor kennel next to the Cottage for dogs who prefer to sleep outside. There’s a doggie care kit and treats provided. Up to two dogs are permitted to stay with you, for an additional charge of $50 per dog.
Leddicott Cottage, Dandenong Ranges
Another dog-friendly luxury cottage to stay in close to Melbourne is Leddicott Cottage. Located in Olinda in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, it’s only an hour’s drive east of the centre of Melbourne.
With a wood-fired pot belly stove and clawfoot bath, it’s the perfect spot for snuggling in winter. Perhaps take a stroll through historic gardens that surround the property, otherwise it’s just a five minute walk to nearby restaurants, pubs and shops, with plenty of dog-friendly tips provided.
All dogs who stay are warmly catered for, with their own blankets, towels and of course plenty of treats. For a special occasion, put in an order for a peanut butter, bacon and maple syrup pupcake.
Countrywide Cottages, Otway Ranges
The pet-friendly Countrywide Cottages are a wonderful base for visiting the Otway Ranges or exploring the Great Ocean Road with your dog. A 25-minute drive north of Lorne, there are four cottages available.
Choose from the two-bedroom Ferny Reach or Igloo Cottages, or the three-bedroom Villa or Canopy, with the latter accommodating up to nine guests. All cottages are self-contained and have their own fenced yard. Two night or longer minimum stays generally apply.
Dogs are warmly welcome, with a cosy bed, blanket, dog bowls and home-made treats provided. Allow them to sleep on the furniture inside thanks to the furniture covers, or let them romp in the fenced dam outside. There’s also plenty of dog-friendly bush walks on your doorstep, with the Otway Forest Park next door.
A Tiny House, Various Locations
Curious about the tiny house phenomenon? Then wonder no more and stay in one for the weekend of longer, along with your pup. In2thewild have multiple tiny houses available to book throughout Australia, including four pet-friendly tiny homes in Victoria.
Choose between Tiny Phoebe in the Goulburn River Valley, Tiny Polly or Tiny Harper close to the Macedon Ranges or Tiny Jemina in the Goldfields region. Note that all are entirely off-grid, with solar power only and eco-friendly composting toilets.
Both dogs and cats are permitted, with pets of up to 20kg permitted inside, but only downstairs. A limit of two pets applies. Bring your own pet bed and bowls, with pets permitted on inside furniture only if a blanket is used.
Dog-Friendly Beachside Stays
Gum Tree Caravan Park, Port Fairy
For the best range of dog-friendly accommodation along the Great Ocean Road, head to the western end of the road. There’s plenty of dog-friendly cabins available, including many affordable options, once you get to the Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Portland. On our drive along the Great Ocean Road we stayed at in a cabin at the Gum Tree Caravan Park in Port Fairy.
We were very impressed with our stay in a studio cabin, which was lovely and modern, including an ensuite bathroom and a great kitchen with everything we could need. Naturally our dog was welcome to stay inside with us, for just an extra $10 per night (as of 2019), and the owner of the park was very friendly.
The nearby town of Port Fairy is a beautiful spot. I recommend getting a listing of the many historic buildings and going on a self-guided tour, or going for a stroll along the waterfront with your pup.
Bells By the Beach, Ocean Grove
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay closer to the eastern end of the Great Ocean Road, look no further than Bells By the Beach in Ocean Grove, on the Bellarine Peninsula, only 1 1/4 hours from Melbourne. Best of all it’s only 500m from an off-leash beach!
This holiday home has 3 bedrooms and can sleep up to 6, plus the option of up to 4 dogs – that’s a full house! Indoor cats, rabbits and guinea pigs are also welcome. Pets are permitted to stay and sleep inside, with bedding and bowls provided, as well as a treat on arrival.
There’s also secure fencing outside, along with a warm outdoor shower – perfect for post-beach outings, along with the supplied towels. Advance notification of pets is required, but pets stay for free.
Golden Beach Cabins, Central Gippsland
For a more remote beach holiday, head nearly 3 hours east of Melbourne to Golden Beach Cabins at Golden Beach in Central Gippsland. These cabins are situated opposite the impressively long 90-Mile Beach!
There are two cabins available, both of which accommodate up to 5 guests, and are fully self-contained. Well-behaved dogs are permitted to join you, although they should be kept off furniture. You’ll need to supply your own dog bedding, and there’s a small additional cleaning fee if dog hair is left on the furniture or you don’t pick up after them. Note there are no fences outside the cabins.
In return, you’ll have the joy of the endless unspoilt coastline. For off-leash dog beaches, head west in between Campsites 1 and 6 along Golden Beach or east to Paradise Beach. Wildlife is abundant in the local area, plus fishing is also popular. If you’re on a road trip, single night bookings are available.
Dog-Friendly City Stays
Best Western Melbourne City
If you’re wanting to enjoy a lively time in Melbourne with your dog, check into the Best Western Melbourne City, the first pet-friendly hotel in Melbourne City.
We stayed at the Best Western while in Melbourne and found the hotel to be very conveniently located (in between Flinders Street and Southern Cross Stations), plus we loved our pet-friendly courtyard room, complete with an outdoor green space in the city. The room had been recently redecorated, with modern lines and colourful accents, and included all the modcons.
The hotel is just a short walk from Southbank, with plenty of outdoor dining options, or head the other direction for laneways full of street art. Dogs are permitted to be left briefly in your room with the sign on the door, such as while you breakfast or just grab a coffee. There is an additional charge of $30 per pet per night.
For more details, plus dog-friendly tips for Melbourne, check out my dog-friendly Melbourne guide
Ovolo Laneways, Melbourne
A more recently available option for pets to stay at in the Melbourne CBD is Ovolo Laneways, located in the east end of the CBD near Victoria’s Parliament House. The Ovolo brand recently announced that their entire hotel chain in Australia was becoming pet-friendly.
Select a dog-friendly room along with a V.I.Pooch package. For an additional $80 per night, your dog will receive a plush dog bed, eating and drinking mat, food and water bowls, and a signed “doggy bag”, containing toys, snacks and clean-up bags. Up to two dogs are permitted per room.
Element Melbourne Richmond
Head 6km east of the CBD for another pet-friendly choice in Melbourne. Element Melbourne Richmond is the Australian debut of the Element by Westin brand, from Marriott International, an eco-friendly and pet-friendly hotel.
Some of the eco-friendly features of the hotel include oversized windows that provide an abundance of natural light, energy-saving LED lighting and water-saving taps and fixtures. There’s a 24-hour fitness centre and bicycles to rent, plus the hotel is close to the off-lead Fairview Park.
There are five pet-friendly rooms, which come with a dog bed (on request), water and food bowls, and toys. Up to two dogs up to 20kg are welcome, with an additional charge of $30 per stay. Contact the hotel directly for further details.
Lake Wendoree Holiday Apartments, Ballarat
The third largest city in Victoria, Ballarat has a rich history dating back to the Victorian Gold Rush, which has left the city a legacy of rich architecture. At just 90 minutes drive from Melbourne, it’s great for a short getaway.
Lake Wendoree Holiday Apartments offers multiple apartments in the suburb surrounding the lake of the same name, all luxuriously furnished and with a full kitchen. At Webster Street there are three dog-friendly two-bedroom ground-floor apartments, each with their own courtyard.
If you’re interested in staying with your dog, it’s necessary to book directly. Only one pet is permitted, up to 20kg in size. There is an additional fee of $50 per stay plus a refundable deposit is taken.
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