The 10 top pet-friendly stays in Australia

MANSFIELD ON THE MANNING, TINONEE NSW

Located in the Manning Valley (3.5 hours north of Sydney), this almost 6.5-hectare, pet-friendly property sits at the end of a country lane, with direct access to the mighty Manning River. There are two renovated cabins, a vintage Airstream, and a new three-bedroom cottage surrounded by soaring gum trees, native shrubs and each with their own fire pit. Pets are welcome to stay in the Airstream and hand-built cabins made from reclaimed local hardwoods and furnished with a mix of modern and mid-century pieces, and to roam freely around the property – aside from the pool deck, which is the domain of the owner's dogs, Doug and Bob. From $175 per night midweek. See mansfieldonthemanning.com

ADINA ST KILDA

This apartment hotel puts you and your pooch at the heart of happening St Kilda. Offering self-contained apartments with panoramic city skyline views across Albert Park, the Adina offers a pet-friendly premier studio queen (or twin) room. The room comes with map highlighting local dog-friendly parks and destinations, food and drink bowls, treats and chewable toys. Explore walking tracks (including Albert Park directly opposite), beaches, and a plethora of bars, restaurants and cafes including Miss Jackson and Dr Jekyll, on your doorstep. From $129 per night. See adinahotels.com/hotel/st-kilda-melbourne

PIER ONE SYDNEY HARBOUR

Set in a former shipping wharf almost beneath the span of the mighty Sydney Harbour Bridge, this historic hotel offers 10 pet-friendly rooms with direct access to the pier. Four-legged friends (25 kilograms and under) are supplied with a dog bed, water and food bowls, with the option of a mini bar loaded with dog friendly snacks. Dogs are also welcome in the al fresco area of The Gantry restaurant, under the direction of newly appointed executive chef Joel Bickford (ex Biota). Fresh air and exercise is close at hand with The Rocks, Circular Quay, and the pier moments away. In-room doggy dining options include ground short rib sauteed with fresh farm vegetables. From $399 plus exit cleaning fee of $90. See pieronesydneyharbour.com.au

MERCURE CANBERRA, ACT

This grand old hotel offers dedicated pet-friendly rooms for those visiting the nation's capital. Pets of any size staying on a Pampered Pet package, stay in accommodation with access to an enclosed garden, full buffet or room service breakfast for two people, bedding, food bowl and complimentary pet gift. Visit the dog-friendly Lerida Estate cellar door and Murrumbateman Winery (which sells homemade dog biscuits) or enjoy Canberra's many walking trails. From $179. See mercurecanberra.com.au/pet-accommodation 

SOUTH MOKANGER FARM COTTAGES, CAVENDISH, VICTORIA

At the southern edge of Grampians National Park, these two historic, self-contained, pet-friendly cottages are set among ancient red gum trees. Both properties offer purpose-built dog yards, so you can explore the Grampians sans pooch, while a three-kilometre laneway walk on the farm allows owners and dogs to enjoy a stroll and swim in the dams. Settlers Walk nearby is another option for a scenic dog walk. From $180 per night (min two-night stay). See smfarmcottages.com.au 

THE WATERFRONT MOTEL, WYNARD, TASMANIA

This retro cool motel on the banks of the Inglis River on Tassie's North West coast offers accommodation ranging from coastal pods made from upcycled shipping containers through to pet-friendly, deluxe and old-school classic rooms. The pick of pet-friendly stays are the funky deluxe rooms that come complete with king beds, coffee pod machines, fluffy bed toppers and electric blankets and north-facing river views. From $114 per night, including continental breakfast. See waterfrontwynyard.com 

DONGARA TOURIST PARK, WA

Four hours north of Perth, lies Dongara Tourist Park with beachside cabins overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean. The park offers pet-friendly cabins and caravan and camping in the relaxing twin towns of Dongara-Port Denison. Nearby enjoy a tasting tour of Illegal Rum Tender Co, a distillery using native Australian botanicals, paired with fresh-caught shellfish and seafood available from local fishing boats. Or head down the track to South Beach through the sand dunes and walk for miles with your furry companion. From $28 for an unpowered site per night. See dongaratouristpark.com.au

BLUE DOG BEACH HOUSE, CASTAWAYS BEACH QLD

This luxurious beach house not only offers 180-degree ocean views, luxe coastal interiors and every conceivable mod con, but it's dog friendly too. The four-bedroom house sleeps 10 and offers an infinity solar-heated pool overlooking the ocean, along with fully-fenced yard with dog beds and bowls. Best of all, a boardwalk leads you to a private gate where across the road is a dog-friendly beach. From $600 per night (minimum five-night stay). See stayz.com.au/accommodation/qld/sunshine-coast/castaways-beach/4919201

MERCURE DARWIN AIRPORT RESORT, NT

A stone's throw from Darwin International Airport, this resort-style hotel set in lush, tropical surrounds is perfect for every man and their dog. Guests booking a pampered pets package receive accommodation in a dedicated pet-friendly room, continental breakfast basket for two people, pet bedding and food bowl and complimentary pet gift. From $189. See accorHotels.com

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FLOP HOUSE, MACEDON RANGES and GOLDFIELDS, VIC 

Flop House offers luxurious local lodgings, many of which are proudly pet friendly in the Macedon Ranges and central Goldfields. Along with seriously stylish interiors, homes include a series of dog-friendly itineraries and adventures based on walking sections of the Goldfields Track. Guests are supplied with local guides and bikes, locally made preserves as well as discounts on a selection of local workshops. A percentage of profits goes toward a greyhound rescue initiative. From $185 per night (min stay varies). See flophouse.com.au

Sheriden Rhodes was a guest at some of these properties and also stayed at her own expense. 

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