Holidaying with pets

Want to escape to the NSW Central Coast, but worried about leaving your furry friend behind? There’s plenty of pedigree options for pets.

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It’s official, Australian’s are obsessed with their pets. Around two thirds of Aussie households have a pet. 2020 saw a sharp increase in pet ownership with our canine friend by far the most popular at almost 72 per cent.

As employees grow accustomed to working from home, having a little companion by our sides has become more and more appealing. After all, playing with pets helps increase our feel good chemicals, namely dopamine, that boosts happiness in our brains. So no wonder dogs (as adorable as they are) have been so highly sought after in recent times.

Whilst many of us were tethered to our local suburb, animal shelters and breeders reported a huge spike in demand for dogs and cats, as people who’d put off adding a pet to their household made animal rescue or adoption a reality.

With travel restricted, most people are looking for pet friendly vacation ideas within NSW. This summer many Sydneysiders will be looking to venture out of the city and the NSW Central Coast is a premier location with so much vacation variety on offer.

Pet owners are on the hunt for pet friendly holiday destinations. So much so that entire websites and Facebook groups have appeared dedicated to the topic. Luckily for us, the NSW Central Coast offers plenty of pet friendly holiday options.

Holiday house owners on the Central Coast are becoming more flexible, with many more allowing pets in their homes. Belle Escapes offer a number of properties in Killcare, Pretty Beach and Macmasters Beach that allow pets to stay too.

So that’s an easy one, just find a fabulous holiday house that allows you to take the dog with you! Belle Escapes Central Coast properties that are pet-friendly include:

  • Casa De Pueblo,
  • KillcareIndys Beach House,
  • KillcareOcean Eyes,
  • Macmasters BeachPretty Beach Escape,
  • Pretty BeachSalhia Beachhouse,
  • Macmasters BeachSunset Retreat,
  • Killcare

Simply visit and plug in your dates and properties or call the Belle Escapes Central Coast booking team on (02) 4360 1717, who’ll help you find your perfect match.

Alternatively, if pet-friendly accommodation is unavailable, or you just want a break from having to think of holiday activities that can include your pet, there is an animal care facility in Terrigal that is the creme de la creme – Pet Resorts, a state of the art pet hotel with features that could rival a five star ‘human resort’.

With a staff of friendly pet care professionals, cat lovers and qualified dog trainers it’s the purrrrrfect place to spoil your feline friend or pet pooch. The facility is set in a tranquil tropical surrounding with features such as a supervised lap pool, lagoon side walks, spacious courtyards for playtime and a day spa and dog groomer parlour on site.

Sydney mum Melanie Hoole recently visited Terrigal with her kids and couldn’t believe it when she saw where her dog Ariel was staying.“It was like a Bali resort but for dogs, I was lost for words,” she said.

Melanie and her family are particularly attached to Ariel, a staffy cross kelpie that was rescued last Christmas from Monika’s Rescue in Ingleside.

“I initially felt really bad about leaving our dog somewhere unfamiliar to her, while we holidayed with friends, but when I saw the facilities at Pet Resort, the guilt disappeared completely – I figured Ariel was going to be spoilt for fun with other doggy guests.”

For supremely pampered pooches, a Royal Private Suite is on offer at Pet Resorts for dogs who require a room with their own TV, human-sized bed, and grass terrace. Can you believe that there is also a daily maid with linen service, in-room dining, aircon with heat and humidity control, a hydro bath and blowdry option, plus unlimited TLC and cuddles.

Pet Resorts also offer a Pet Taxi to pick up and drop off your feline or canine pet from your home, holiday house or local vet, and there are even dedicated pet nannies available if you just need pet sitting service for a few hours. What more could you ask!

To book, visit or call 02 4367 1200