There is a growing range of pet-friendly accommodation South Australia, and indeed Australia, as more and more owners realise that people are wanting to have holidays and short breaks with their favourite furry friends. If you’re looking for pet friendly accommodation South Australia has some great options.
Places tend to book out quickly so try and plan and book in advance if possible. Places in popular areas like the beaches and wine regions can be very heavily booked!
Further reading: Weekend Getaways from Adelaide
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Pet friendly accommodation Adelaide
Visitors to Adelaide have fairly limited options with pets but there are a couple of good places on offer.
Hilton Adelaide is the only 5-star brand hotel to join the party to date and allow one dog per room that weighs up to 34kgs. There is a $90 charge per night on top of the regular tarriff.
Adelaide Dress Circle Apartments in Kent Town are very well appointed and self-contained and are in a very central location. They have one and two bedroom apartments and can sleep up to 5 people.
For budget travellers and people with vans Discovery Parks Adelaide beachfront allow one dog per booking with a second on prior approval. They also have cabins that are dog friendly and cost only $15 extra per night which includes food and a water bowl. The dog IS allowed inside, using their own bedding too.
Adelaide Dog parks and Beaches
Adelaide has a goof number of dog parks that are well spread across the city.
Our picks are:
Golden Grove Dog Park on Bicentennial Drive, Golden Grove. This park does not have much lawn but there is a good walking track and long runs for the dogs to use.
LJ Lewis Reserve Dog Park – this one has separate areas for the small and large dogs and, lots of lawn and shade and amenities for the humans as well
Jenkins Reserve Dog Park – this is part of the larger Jenkins Reserve which has playgrounds and sporting facilities. The dog park has 2 sperate enclosures and lots of shade and space.
Roy Marten Dog Park – located in Taperoo this huge park includes a big playground as well as BBQs and an undercover area. Great for the whole family!
Dog beaches in Adelaide
There are some truly beautiful beaches where you can take your dog in South Australia, some are leash-free and some are not. Our favourites are:
Marino Rocks Beach – a 24-hour leash-free beach
Henley Beach – dogs must be on a leash between Semaphore Park and West Beach between 10 am and 8 pm during daylight saving time and any time otherwise.
Glenelg North Beach – this is an off-leash beach between 8 pm and 10am during daylight savings and anytime other times of the year
Pet friendly accommodation South Australia - regional areas
There are now a number of great places across South Australia to have a break with your pet.
Dog-friendly Adelaide Hills
At the foot of the hills in Stirling is Hilltop, a charming 2-bedroom house with a big yard and great breakfast. Further up the hill in Hahndorf is Hilltop Too which is newer, very quiet yet a short stroll into the main street.
Dog friendly Barossa Valley
Our pick of this amazing wine region is Bethany Cottages – heritage buildings with cosy fireplaces and lovely gardens and very close to the best cellar doors.
Dog Friendly Clare Valley
There are some great choices in the land of Reisling.
Jack’s House B&B is a very sweet 3 bedroom cottage that is beautifully appointed and a white picket fence! It’s spacious and light and a short walk into town and all the cafes, restaurants and shops.
Out of town is Mollys Chase, 2 fully self-contained cottages that can sleep 4 people each with beautiful views of the countryside.
The fruit shop in Farrell Flat has been converted into a charming B&B that is great value for money. It’s a very unique place to stay and there is a fenced off-leash dog park nearby.
Dog friendly Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island is actually quite dog friendly although with much of it being National and Conservation parks you do have to leave you pooch at home when visiting them. Therefore it’s important to book somewhere that is not just pet friendly but also secure and appropriate for your needs.
It is free to take your dog on the ferry. They can either remain in the car if you are driving over or they can remain with you. on a lead or in a crate, but only on the top deck. Read more HERE.
For accommodation, we like Sunrise on Falie in American River who offer fully self-contained apartments that can sleep up to 5 people. They are not fenced but the managers are happy to help you find a pet-sitter if required.
Dog-friendly Airbnb Kangaroo Island
Kingscote is probably the most central and best-serviced town on KI and is where we would try and stay on our next visit. There is a lovely 3-bedroom renovated cottage right in the heart of town called The Mulberry Tree. It has a big, fully fenced yard with a 100 yr old Mulberry Tree and is very pet friendly.
The Mulberry Tree – backyard
Dog Friendly Fleurieu Peninsula
There’s so much to do and see on the Fleurieu Peninsula, with beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes and the amazing wineries of McLarenVale all so close together.
For dog-friendly accommodation look at Watson Park in Yankalilla, a charming small town only 7 minutes from the Carrickalinga Beaches. It has a small yard and dogs are allowed inside the small but beautifully appointed cottage.
For something similar check out Seagrass Villas in Normanville which also has an outdoor jacuzzi.
If exploring the wineries it’s hard to beat Grape Pickers Cottage in Tatachilla. We’ve had a wonderful stay there without our dog but got to play with the resident Kelpie instead. It’s a beautiful property with a fascinating history too.
Dog-friendly Caravan and Camping sites South Australia
Coodlie Park Farm Retreat – Port Kenny, Eyre Peninsula
This privately owned bush camp offers affordable unpowered sites with toilets, solar showers and a fully equipped camp kitchen. You can take your dog on the private beach and the can be off-leash as long as they are well supervised. $25 per vehicle.
Hillocks Drive – Marion Bay, Yorke Peninsula.
Offering space for caravans & campers as well as tents and swags Hillock Drive is especially popular with fishing enthusiasts. Ecor toilets are available as is a BBQ and water.
Wrights Bay Caravan Park & Camping– Mount Benson, Limestone Coast
Located on the coast near the Victorian border Whites Bay is a great spot for 4WD’s as well as food and wine buffs. Guests can have their own campfires between April-October and pets are welcome on-leash.
Kimba Recreation Reserve – located in the rural town of Kimba this is a free campsite that has toilets, showers, a playground, oval and some great hiking trails. It is pet-friendly and there is also a dog exercise area.
NRMA Victor Harbor – this beachfront holiday park on the Fleurieu Peninsula has amazing facilities such as a waterpark, pump track, jumping pillow, heated pool and is linked to nearby Granite Island. They offer unpowered and powered tents sites, powered van sites and even 2 bedroom pet-friendly cabins.
Discovery Lagoon Kangaroo Island – this eco-park near Emu Bay runs entirely on renewable energy and even has Glamping Cottages. There is a children’s playground, a camp kitchen and lockable power boxes are available too. One pet per booking.
Christies Beach Tourist Park – a small, boutique park at Christies Beach just south of Adelaide. Great beaches and close to many wineries too! Facilities include a playground, laundry, camp kitchen, games room and amenities block as well as pedal carts and lawn games for hire. Dogs are welcome during off-peak periods and the beach is also dog friendly.
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