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Bring your fur baby on holidays

  • Kate Mather
  • 29 May 2024

Traveling with pets is becoming increasingly popular as more accommodations, eateries, and attractions open their doors to our four-legged companions. The NSW South Coast is an ideal destination for pet lovers, offering a variety of pet-friendly experiences that ensure both you and your furry friend have a memorable vacation. From pet-welcoming accommodations to activities and dining options, here’s everything you need to know about exploring our stunning coastal region with your pet.

Pet-Friendly Accommodations

One of the most important aspects of planning a pet-friendly trip is finding suitable accommodations. Fortunately, the NSW South Coast boasts a plethora of options.

Pet-Friendly Hotels and Resorts: Many hotels and resorts in the region welcome pets, providing special amenities to make your stay comfortable. For example, The Mollymook Motel offers pet-friendly rooms with direct access to outdoor areas, ensuring your pet can enjoy the coastal air.

Holiday Rentals: For a more home-like experience, consider renting a pet-friendly holiday house.  Imagine staying in a charming beach house in Jervis Bay such as Luna Cottage, or an old dairy farmhouse such as The Byres in Far Meadow, The Werri Shack in Gerringong caters for your pup and is a walk to town.

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Activities and Experiences

The NSW South Coast is brimming with activities that you and your pet can enjoy together.

Beach Adventures: Many beaches along the South Coast are dog-friendly, allowing your pet to run, swim, and play to their heart’s content. Some popular spots include Seven Mile Beach in Gerroa and Huskisson Beach in Jervis Bay. Always check local regulations as some beaches have off-leash areas and time restrictions.

Nature Walks and Hiking: Explore the scenic trails of the region’s national parks and reserves. The Kiama Coast Walk offers spectacular views and is perfect for a leisurely stroll with your pet. For a more adventurous hike, head to Booderee National Park, where certain trails are pet-friendly.

Tip: Always keep them on a lead when walking as cliff tops and waterways can be a danger to a dog exploring new places.

Outdoor Cafés and Eateries: Dining with your pet is a breeze on the South Coast. Many cafés and restaurants have pet-friendly outdoor seating. The Huskisson Bakery & Café is a favorite, known for its welcoming attitude towards pets. Another great spot is the Milton Hotel, where you can enjoy a meal in their garden area with your pet by your side.

Photo Shoot: Bringing your pup on holidays with the family is a great opportunity to hire a photographer who is local and knows all the best spots close by.  Creating memories with a professional photoshoot means forever keepsakes are made.

Booking Dog Sitters and Finding Pet Services

While traveling with your pet is fun, there might be times when you need a pet-free day. Booking a dog sitter is an excellent solution, allowing you to enjoy activities that might not be suitable for pets.  Let us know where you are staying and we can recommend.

Dog Sitting Services: Services like Mad Paws and Pawshake offer reliable dog sitters in the South Coast region. These platforms allow you to find local sitters who can take care of your pet for a few hours or even overnight, giving you peace of mind while you explore.

Veterinary Clinics: It’s always good to know where the nearest vet is, just in case. The South Coast Veterinary Services in Kiama, Gerringong, Nowra and Milton Village Vet in Milton are reputable clinics that can provide care across the stay if your pet needs medical attention during your trip.

Pet-Friendly Experiences

Winery Visits: The NSW South Coast is home to several pet-friendly wineries. Cupitt’s Estate near Ulladulla welcomes pets in their outdoor areas. Enjoy a wine tasting session or a meal at their restaurant while your pet relaxes by your side.

Camping Trips: For a more immersive experience, consider camping at one of the many pet-friendly campsites. The Pebbly Beach campground is a fantastic option where pets are allowed on a leash, and you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings and local wildlife.

Local Markets: Visit local markets like the Kiama Farmers’ Market, which welcomes pets. Stroll through the stalls, sample local produce, and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere with your furry friend.

The NSW South Coast is a haven for pet owners, offering a range of pet-friendly accommodations, activities, and services. Whether you’re exploring stunning beaches, enjoying outdoor dining, or booking a trusted dog sitter, this beautiful region ensures both you and your pet have an unforgettable experience. So pack your bags, grab the leash, and set off on an adventure with your furry friend on the NSW South Coast!