January 10, 2018
Pet-Friendly Accommodation NSW: Hunter Region
Travelling with Pets on Australia’s East Coast is the go-to guide for people travelling with their pets. We know that holidays just aren’t the same without your 4-legged best friend, so we have compiled a list of pet-friendly accommodation in the Hunter Region of NSW that welcomes most types of companion animals.
Although this list is by no means exhaustive, we feel it represents a genuine sampling of the diversity of pet-friendly accommodation our book has to offer travellers and their four-legged friends.
Forster Motor Inn
Centrally located, this 3.5-star motel has friendly staff and offers pet designated rooms. Facilities include an outdoor pool, BBQ area and on-site restaurant.
11 Wallis Street, Forster 2428
T 02 6554 6877
BIG4 Happy Hallidays
This holiday park is located in the heart of the coastal township of Hallidays Point NSW. This beautiful little town is only 3.5 hours north of Sydney and only a short 15 minutes from Forster-Tuncurry and Taree.
517 Blackhead Road, Hallidays Point
T 02 6559 2967
Big4 Great Lakes at Forster – Tuncurry
Located only 3.5 hours north of Sydney, this holiday park has designated pet-friendly cabins available but not during the December – January Holidays. While well-behaved pets are welcome at Great Lakes Holiday Park, they must be kept on a leash and under your control at all times.
1 Baird Street, Tuncurry 2428
T 02 6554 6827
Sea Horse Diamond Beach
This 3-bedroom house offers guests quality beach house accommodation (just 800m from the beach) that is both dog and horse friendly. Located in Diamond Beach on the mid-north coast of NSW. Your dog will enjoy exploring the rainforest creek, frolicking on the beach, digging in the sand, swimming in the surf through to snoozing in front of the open fire or in the large sun filled garden. Facilities include: private tropical pool, 3 bathrooms, wide verandahs, a fenced yard and sunny BBQ deck and a complimentary gourmet ‘Welcome’ basket on your arrival. For your horse there are 3 large, airy stables, a grassy paddock and a complimentary biscuit of hay for your horse on arrival.
M 0467 489 975
Diamond Beach Resort
Located between The Great Lakes Region and the Manning Valley, this beautiful beachfront pet-friendly accommodation with 6 acres of tropical gardens & direct beach access welcomes pets by prior arrangement only. Facilities include: large salt-water swimming pool, full size tennis court, volleyball court, BBQ / Picnic Area, fully equipped laundry.
394 Diamond Beach Road, Diamond Beach 2430
T 02 6559 2664
This boutique equine farm offers 3 types of accommodation; the Cabin, the Sleep Out or Camp on the property, accommodation to suit all budgets. Only 20 minutes to beach rides on Diamond Beach or 9 mile beach near Forster. Equine facilities including full-size dressage arena and show jumping. Located 3 hrs from Sydney, 2hrs from Central Coast, 1.5 hrs from Newcastle – 25 minutes to Forster, Gloucester & Taree. Horses and dogs welcome.
3686 Bucketts Way, Krambach 2429
M 0408 910 665
Chill-out Beach House @ Forster
This pet-friendly beach house sleeps up to 9 people and is located right beside the dog-friendly One Mile beach (mornings only). Doggy features include trampoline beds, outdoor kennel, large shed, bowls, toys, huge screened back deck and shady, fully-fenced back yard. While pets are allowed inside they must be fully vaccinated and flea-treated, and are not allowed in carpeted bedrooms or on furniture. Cats and birds are welcome.
Underwood Road, Forster 2428
Located in a valley on a beautiful Mountain River just 2.5 hours north of Sydney and only 1.5 hours north of Newcastle. This popular pet-friendly resort has accommodation to suit everyone choose from boutique family rooms, river cottage, family timber park cabins, riverside camping, and a bunkhouse for groups. Facilities include licensed a restaurant, bar and café, swimming pool, canoeing, horse riding, indoor half-court tennis and bushwalking – to name a few. With 750 acres to roam your pet can enjoy going off leash and for a swim. Pets can join their owners at verandah tables at the bar and restaurant. There is even a Hound’s Breath menu for them to enjoy at the cafe.
311 Upper Monkerai Road, Monkerai 2415
T 02 4994 7112/ 1800 809 772
Tinonee Cottages – The Manor
This child and pet friendly National Trust cottage is a relaxed, comfortable accommodation choice. Huge fully secured rear yard with 2 well sized dog kennels for larger dogs, smaller dogs allowed inside, cat friendly too. Two back yards in one – rear yard can be secured for larger pets. A country garden to relax in. Fantastic views from front verandah, enjoy a calming beverage and watch the world go by.
12 Manchester Street, Tinonee 2430
M 0488 585 605
The Oasis at One Mile Beach
Pets are very welcome at The Oasis by prior arrangement. The pet-friendly bungalows have small fenced back terraces and pets can stay inside these cabins. A fee of $15 per pet applies. There are two dog-friendly beaches nearby; Bagnalls Beach (an off leash beach approx 10 minutes drive away) and Birubi Beach (an on leash beach approx 5 minutes away).
5 Koala Place, One Mile Beach 2316
T 02 4982 2801
Halifax Holiday Park
Set in natural bushland and close to the beach, this 4-star park is a 15 minutes stroll to the centre of Nelson Bay. Pets are welcome when staying in your own tent or caravan. If you are bringing the dog along, bring them to say hi at check in.
5 Beach Road, Nelson Bay 2315
T 1800 600 201
Salamander Cottage, Port Stephens
This lovely spacious cottage sleeps up to 6 guests, within walking distance to the bayside beach, shops, jetty, club and hotel, and bush, all close by. We have regular guests stay with their family dogs and cats who are allowed inside with their own bedding. The house has easy access and is level throughout, well equipped and attractively presented with an excellent outdoor gardened patio off the living spaces. Contact for more information.
Salamander Bay, Port Stephens
M 0418 262990
Sea Shells Bungalow
This 2-bedroom fully self-contained bungalow, with all the comforts of home, is pet friendly so you are welcome to bring your pets along however big or small, you have your own veranda & BBQ with rural views & it is just a short walk to local shops & tavern, only minutes drive from 2 patrolled beaches & for those who love to surf you can take your pick of the 7 local beaches in Port Stephens.
T 02 49821942
Beaches Serviced Apartments
A spacious 2 bedroom self-contained apartment with a fenced-in grassed yard. The apartment is close to very good walking trails, which lead down to Little Beach or Shoal Bay Beach – just great for walking the dog. Food and water bowls are provided. Dogs must have the C5 (or equivalent) vaccination papers to be sighted. Cats also welcome inside. Features include a large bathroom/shower, internal laundry, free wifi and all linen is provided. Pet towels for wet weather are provided & a box of toys.
12 Gowrie Avenue, Nelson Bay 2315
T 02 4984 3255
Bagnalls Beach House
This spacious 3-bedroom house has water views from the balcony, dog-friendly beach access across the road and an outdoor kennel provided. Located 40.2 km from Newcastle.
3 Burbong Street, Nelson Bay 2315
Bream Cottage is a small, stylish, self-catering cottage with all home comforts, immediately opposite Wallis Lake in peaceful Coomba Park. It has 2 bedrooms that sleep 4 people, occasionally 5. House-trained pets are welcome inside. For their comfort and the comfort of our other guests, all pets must be treated against fleas and protected against ticks.
Coomba Park, The Great Lakes 2428
M 0417 427 572
This guesthouse offers the tranquillity of a rural location while having proximity to some of the areas best beaches. House-trained pets are allowed inside, but are not permitted on bedroom carpets – please bring their own beds. Horses can also be accommodated but please enquire first. Other small pets are also welcome. Facilities include parking at doorstep and level to house, disabled facilities, large backyard-not fenced, air-conditioned. Located 3 hours north of Sydney.
1 Worth Street, Wootton 2423
T 02 499 77 201
Lostock Dam Caravan Park
Set on the Paterson River in the beautiful Hunter Valley, this privately-owned park welcomes pets and is just over a two and a half hour from Sydney. Guests can enjoy a campfire, birdwatching, bushwalking, fishing, boating, windsurfing, canoeing and swimming in the dam.
1823 Paterson River Road, Lostock 2311
T 02 4931 7118
Kirkton Park Hotel Hunter Valley
Offering stylishly appointed rooms – some of which are dog-friendly. Situated on 70 acres, this is a sophisticated escape to the wine region. Guests can enjoy picturesque walking trails, the fitness centre, tennis courts, or relax in the Grecian style heated indoor pool, spa and sauna.
T 02 4998 7680
The Wattle Lodge
This 2-bedroom eco-friendly lodge is located between the Pokolbin Vineyards & Barrington Tops and provides all the comforts of home with 2 bedrooms and en-suites for up to 4 guests. There is a small kitchenette, spacious dining and lounge area, designed with bushfire and ESD standards, solar hot water, a rainwater tank, a front deck to relax on with a fully equipped BBQ. Because the Lodge is on a family owned 100-acre cattle grazing property, only well behaved, immunised dogs are welcome. Dogs have their own exercise yard complete with a pet safe dog run & kennel – conditions apply.
1402 Glendonbrook Road, Glendon Brook 2330
T 2 6577 6193
This chic, modern, adult only hotel is just 2 hours from Sydney. Set in an outstanding location, this hotel is fantastic value and offers great facilities such as massages and manicures. Pamper your self and bring your pet!
251 Talga Road, Lovedale 2325
T 02 4930 9999
Situated on 20 acres in Lovedale, the heart of Hunter Valley wine country, is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. This accommodation caters for families, groups or couples. The homestead is a self-contained 2-storey house that accommodates 6 to 12 guests while the self-contained cottage sleeps 2-6 people. Dogs and cats are welcome, please enquire for horses.
348 Talga Road, Rothbury 2320
T 0429 709 452
Valley View Cottage, Hunter Valley
This lovely country cottage sleeps up to 8 guests, has 6 acres of grounds, lovely gardens which attract birds, and great views across the Hunter Valley Wine Country. We have regular guests stay with their family dogs and cats who are allowed inside with their own bedding. The house is well equipped and attractively presented with excellent outdoor living spaces to maximise the rural setting. Contact for more information.
Pokolbin, Hunter Valley
M 0418 262990
Misty Glen Cottage
This centrally located self-contained cottage with 3 bedrooms which sleeps 6, is set in the grounds of the Misty Glen Vineyard. The cottage has its own private garden with barbeque area, the perfect place to sit back and enjoy a glass of Misty Glen Wines. Dogs and cats are welcome inside and pet guests have access to a one-acre fenced garden, dog bed and bowls are also provided. Pets can enjoy running around the 57-acre property. A strict condition of bringing your pet is that he/she must be properly vaccinated, flea and heartworm treated. For horses please enquire first.
293 Deasys Road, Pokolbin 2320
T 02 4998 7781
M 0414 802 567
Schatzi’s on Shalimah
Situated in a quiet street in the township of Cessnock, Schatzi’s on Shalimah is a walk to the various shops and restaurants of the town but still within the heart of the Hunter Valley and its vineyards. The property boasts a large well-fenced yard suitable for any but the wiliest digger of dogs, which can stay securely in the doggy room when left. All well-mannered dogs are welcome both inside the house and out.
Cessnock, Hunter Valley
M 0412 226 406
Set on 10 acres, these two romantic cottages have secure fenced areas for dogs. Facilities include: outdoor spa bath, BBQ, large kennel, towels and linen are provided, Foxtel/Austar. Cats are also welcome but please do not let cats damage the furniture. While pets are welcome inside the cottage they are not allowed on the furniture. This is Lady’s favourite place to holiday!
T 0403 953 458
Hathaway B&B NSW
The B&B welcomes dogs, cats and birds (in cages). Built in the mid 1900s this magnificent home is surrounded by beautiful and charming gardens in Raymond Terrace, situated between the Hunter Valley vineyards and the stunning beaches of Port Stephens. There is a large contained yard for dogs to exercise. From $135 pn.
50 Sturgeon Street, RAYMOND TERRACE 2324
T 02 4987 2404
Norah Head Caravan Park
This park is located only 300 metres from Soldiers Beach on the NSW Central Coast and is just a short stroll to shops, clubs and restaurants. The park offers visitors numerous accommodation options to suit all travellers. Caravan sites are available throughout the year in powered or unpowered varieties. While domesticated pets are welcome they are not allowed in cabins.
1 Victoria Street, Norah Head 2263
T 02 4396 3935
Hamilton Heritage B&B
This early 1900 Californian-style Bungalow is very child and pet friendly. With stained-glass windows and high ornate ceilings, the B&B can accommodate up to 11 guests and has a ‘private gated garden for your fur friends’. There is an off-leash park a short walk from the B&B and an off-leash beach a few minutes drive away. Pets must be vaccinated, house-trained and have been treated for fleas. All linen is supplied and breakfast is included in the price.
178 Denison Street, Hamilton, Newcastle 2303
T 02 49611 242
Newcastle Terraces & Apartments
Stay in one of the beautifully restored heritage houses or apartments in Newcastle East. Each of the pet-friendly properties has an enclosed and protected courtyard. Dogs and cats are all welcome, but we do request that they do not go beyond the ground floor in any of our two storey properties. All of our pet-friendly properties are located close to the off-leash Horseshoe Beach – also known as ‘dog beach’ by the locals. There is a minimum 2-night stay.
25 Darling Street Hamilton 2303
T 02 4929 4575
This lovely 3-bedroom cottage has that special home away from home feel. The fully fenced yard is great for dogs to run around in. With comfortable furnishings and a fantastic location – right near all the amenities of Hamilton and Newcastle CBD.
126 Turnball Street, Hamilton South NSW 2303
M 0414 241144
BEST WESTERN Endeavour Motel
Located in the Lower Hunter Valley, and conveniently located on the New England Highway, giving easy access to Hunter Valley vineyards. This motel offers rooms with comfortable beds, air conditioning and cable TV. Non-smoking rooms are available, as well as rooms with double spa bath and kitchenette. Pet-friendly Rooms are limited so contact the friendly reception staff to make a booking as a small surcharge will apply and are subject to availability.
233 New England Highway, East Maitland 2323
T 02 49335488
NSW Ski Gardens
This caravan park is located on the banks of the Hawkesbury River near Wisemans. It is popular with many river users, such as water skiers, fishermen, push bike riders, campers and holidaymakers. Dogs allowed but must be kept under control. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their dog.
2916 River Road, Wisemans Ferry 2775
T 02 4566 4212
Hawkesbury Riverfront Cottage
This peaceful 3-bedroom waterside cottage with private access to the stunning Hawkesbury River welcomes dogs and cats. Located around 1 hour from Sydney, it is a great place to explore. Guests will enjoy walking down the jetty, swimming or kayaking up/down the Hawkesbury River and relaxing at this fabulous holiday house. From $338 per night.
Wisemans Ferry NSW