November 24, 2018
The Great Ocean Road with your Pet
Victoria offers some great places to holiday with your pet. There is a wide range of pet-friendly accommodation to choose from, such as bed and breakfasts, self-catering accommodation, hotels, and caravan parks.
Although this list is by no means exhaustive, we feel it represents a genuine sampling of the diverse accommodation our book has to offer travellers and their four-legged friends.
Front Beach Torquay Beach Houses
These 2-bed beach houses are located opposite from a dog-friendly beach and are fully fenced. There are 3 fully self-contained townhouses, which are individually architecturally designed with spacious rooms and a beach essence. Dogs, cats and birds welcome.
2a Price Street, Torquay 3228
M 0408 395 312
Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
This family-friendly park offers dog-friendly sites from 1 May – 31 Oct (excluding Melbourne Cup weekend) on their Grove Camp Sites.
35 Bell St, Torquay 3228
T 03 5261 2496
Aireys Inlet 3231
Twisted Willow Cottage
This stunning eco escape is perfect for couples. The quaint cottage is set within Paradise Gardens and nestled in a beautiful rainforest valley only a short 5-10 minute drive from Apollo Bay. Small house-trained pets are welcome but there is no secure fencing or place to leave them unsupervised. Pets are strictly not to be left unattended if you head out inside the property. Any mess made should be cleaned up upon departure. From $141 per night.
Aireys Inlet Holiday Park
This park allows pets during the off-peak season on powered sites only – check the website for dates. Easy walking distance to sensational beaches, restaurants, art gallery, shops, and a cosy pub.
19-25 Great Ocean Rd, Aireys Inlet 3231
T 03 5289 6230
Marengo Beach Studios
This boutique beachside retreat has one pet-friendly studio available with a fully fenced self-contained yard. Dogs may sleep inside with you providing they are house trained. They may not be left unattended inside anytime. There’s a hose in the courtyard to wash down sandy pets. Please bring own bedding and towels for your dog. A large kennel is provided in the courtyard also. A pet cleaning fee applies. Dogs over 12 months of age and small to medium breeds are preferred.
8 Ocean Park Drive, Marengo 3233
M 0418 331 168
This well-equipped modern single bedroom unit welcomes couples and their dogs. There is a fully fenced yard, doggie bed, kennel, and treats on arrival. Located just a short walk to the beach. There is even an outdoor shower with hot and cold taps for dog washing or post-surf rinsing.
From $160 per night.
22 Belvedere Terrace, Lorne 3232
King Parrot Cottages and Event Centre
These rustic cottages with a pool, a petting zoo and an event space welcome dogs. You can take a hike through the bush tracks with your furry friend on the spacious grounds. Camping also available. No cats due to the wildlife.
195 Dunse Track, Pennyroyal 3235
T 03 5236 3372
These 4 self-contained award-winning cottages are set in the beautiful Aussie bushland of Bambra, near Lorne. Not only is the property eco-friendly but it is animal friendly too. The property has fully fenced yards and provides cozy beds, blankets bowls, and homemade doggie treats to canine guests. Dogs are allowed in the Otway Forest Park at the rear of the cottages. There are also lots of dog-friendly beaches within half an hour’s drive. Horses and birds are also welcome.
1205 Winchelsea-Deans Marsh Road, Bambra 3241
T 03 5288 7399 or 0419 114 786
Daysy Hill Country Cottages
Relax & explore in this self-contained accommodation, set on a picturesque 55 acre property with scenic country views. Enjoy a spa bath, or snuggle up by the fire. Pets are welcome in the cottages and cabins – but not the suites. Although the property is not fenced, you can enjoy lovely walks through the gardens and into the paddocks. Contact directly prior to booking if bringing a pet.
2585 Cobden-Port Campbell Rd, Port Campbell 3269
T 03 5598 6226
Port Campbell Holiday Rentals
This family business has pet-friendly properties in Port Campbell, Peterborough & Warrnambool. Family get-together? Friend catch up? School reunion … whatever the group size PCHR will sleep you all nicely!
T 0419 150 445
Warm and welcoming, the cottages at Glenaire will delight you with amazing views and personal touches such as fresh flowers and candles. Pet-friendly features include secure fenced yards and close to dog-friendly Johanna Beach. Your pets are made to feel at home here, but conditions do apply. The timber cottages have fireplaces, spas, BBQ, aircon, dishwashers and linen is provided. A pet fee applies. Minimum 2 nights stay.
3440 Great Ocean Road, Glenaire 3238
T 03 5237 9237
Beauchamp Falls Camping
Dogs are permitted on leads at this small grassy shaded campground in the northern section of Great Otway National Park. There is a great little walk that leads to the waterfall and creek. Turn off at Skeens Creek just before Apollo Bay. Facilities include well-maintained toilets, campfires.
T 13 1963
Warrnambool Holiday Park and Motel
This holiday park welcomes most types of family pets, set up your caravan or tent on one of the lush, grassed Powered or Ensuite Powered Sites, and let the holiday begin. There are several beaches and parklands that allow dogs in Warrnambool. Here are some of them:
- Blue Hole Reserve – from Hopkins River Bridge to mouth, east side only between May 1 and October 31
- Logans Beach
- Beach – Hopkins River (west side) to Flume
- Foreshore walking track – including Foreshore Promenade.
- Main beach area – Flume to Breakwater, May 1 to October 31
Cnr Raglan Parade + Simpson Street Warrnambool 3280
T 03 5562 5031
Big 4 Hopkins River Holiday Park
With pet-friendly caravan and campsites, cabins and a huge off-lead reserve along the river, this park is a great option for those with pets.
125 Jubilee Park Road, Warrnambool 3280
T 1300 718 030
Gardens Caravan Park
Set on the banks of the Moyne River, this park welcomes well-behaved dogs in select cabins as well as on-site at the discretion of the caravan park manager.
111 Griffiths Street, Port Fairy 3284
T 03 5568 1060
The Coach House
This charming retreat with a fenced yard offers self-contained accommodation in the heart of Port Fairy. Pets are welcome with prior arrangement.
56A Gipps St, Port Fairy 3284
M 0488 682 471
Great Ocean Road Brewhouse, 29/35 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay 3233
Make sure you pass by the tasting room ‘Tastes of the Region’ for a polaroid on their Furmentor Wall of Fame! Dogs, cats, and birds are welcome.
Ride With Us
Ride With Us provide bike hire complete with a doggy seat or pull-along for your pet – bookings required. Call 0438 407 777 or visit www.ridewithus.com.au