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Pet friendly places to stay on the Gold Coast

Mirna Segal

Do you absolutely adore your pet? Then you'll agree that a holiday just isn't a holiday if you can't bring your furry friend along. It's great to be able to have a weekend away, but organising pet sitters or a loving kennel can cause far more stress than what it's worth.

Fortunately, pet-friendly accommodation options are growing fast on the Gold Coast - you just need to know where to look.

So, if you want the perfect coastal holiday where you can bring your furry friends with you, this list is for you...

Where to stay:

1. Bali Hai Pet Friendly Units, Bilinga

With a choice of one-bedroom or three bedroom accommodation, these self-contained units come with everything you'll need for a comfortable getaway. Pets are welcome at no extra cost and dog beds and a kennel are supplied. At Bali Hai, pets are allowed both inside and out.

2. Sunburst Motel, Biggera Waters

Sunburst Motel provides laid-back, pet-friendly rooms where your fluffy pals can stay for a small extra fee. Only 20 minutes' walk to Harbour Town Shopping Centre, you'll also be able to shop for bargains while you're away. Keep in mind when booking that only small to medium dogs are allowed.

3. Luxe@Boradbeach Waters, Broadbeach

If you and your pet prefer luxury, Luxe@Broadbeach will be more suited to your style. This newly renovated and spacious property overlooks both the private pool and canal, and sleeps up to 15 people between five rooms. You'll have no problems filling your days as you have board games to play, a large pool table, high-speed wifi and an outdoor barbecue area. This accommodation is also very close to a doggie day care so you can have some time to yourself if you're in need of some peace from an energetic pup. The home is pet-friendly by arrangement only.

4. Dog'n'Me Holiday Cottage, Biggera Waters

A holiday cottage which feels like a home away from home, this warm and charming place can be likened to a pet paradise. Everything your fur friend might want or need is available (or easily accessible) including trampoline beds, doggy doors and even a leash-free dog park just a short walk away. Pet rules are basic so your dog will truly feel like it's away on its own little relaxing retreat.

5. Beach House - The Cove, Hope Island

This four bedroom beach house sleeps up to eight people while still providing plenty of room for people to spread out. The spa bath and hardwood floors are bound to make you feel like you've got a luxury holiday house of your very own. Hope Island is a stunning area where you can unplug, yet it's still close enough to all the theme parks if you want to entertain the kids. Pets are welcome at no extra charge.

6. Lake View Retreat, Upper Coomera

Lake-side living is totally possible at this self-catering accommodation tucked away at the bottom of Tamborine Mountain. Basically everything you need to relax is provided, including a media room (who said you can't spend your holidays watching movies?), sun lounges and a jacuzzi. Pets are allowed on request and are no extra charge. Unfortunately, children cannot be accommodated.

7. Burleigh Break, Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Break is only one minute's walk from the beautiful Burleigh Heads beach. Basic accommodation is certainly not a bad compromise when it means you're in the heart of one of the Gold Coast's best suburbs. This accommodation's simple kitchenette isn't a problem as there's a shared kitchen, but really, by staying in Burleigh you're almost required to head out and spend your days trying all of the area's best cafes. Pets are allowed on request and are no extra charge.

8. Council-Run Tourist Parks

Kirra Beach and Jacobs Well Tourist Parks allow guests staying on powered sites to bring their dogs along to hang out in their special dog-friendly areas. Make sure you've read their policy before you go to ensure you follow all the rules.

What to do:

Having a place to stay is only half the getaway; the other half is knowing where to take your pets. Dog-friendly beaches are a great option as your pooch will have the freedom to run for hours while cooling themselves down as they chase the waves. Just be mindful of signs showing which areas don't allow dogs to be off leashes, you could get yourself fined if you ignore them!

Some beaches to visit are The Spit, Main Beach, Tallebudgera Beach and Palm Beach. But if you want ultimate flexibility and up-to-date information, be sure to download the GC Dog Parks app which allows you to search dog parks near you. You're able to filter your search specifically for what you're after to ensure you and your pooch have a fantastic holiday away.

Or if you adore your cat, but couldn't bring them along this time around... that's not a problem. You can get your feline fix at the Gold Coast's Crazy Cat Cafe in the heart of Surfers Paradise! There you can get comfy on the couches and bean bags while you sit and read, cuddle the cats and have a coffee or bite to eat.

Mirna Segal

Breathe Travel

Mirna is an obsessed traveller dedicated to showing women around how to get going in the best and safest ways. She founded Breathe Travel to provide an online platform where women can share their own tips, information and advice to fellow travellers around the world. Mirna has travelled with her husband for almost two years and they hope to make their next big trip one of their beautiful country, Australia. Visit her site at breathetravel.com

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