January 8, 2023
If you are travelling from Sydney to Adelaide with a pet there are many pet-friendly accommodation options available in the Sydney to Adelaide region, including hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, and holiday rentals.
Sydney to Adelaide takes at least 15 hours and 30 minutes to drive. The 1,460 km trip can include stops at Canberra, Goulburn, Wagga Wagga, Murray Bridge, the Big Desert Wilderness, Albury, Wodonga, Shepparton, Bendigo, Bowral and Little Desert National Park.
The fastest route is Sydney to Wagga Wagga, then to Mildura and spend the night there, then Mildura to Adelaide. You could also stop in Balranald at the Capri Motel or at Commercial Hotel in Hay.
Some options to consider include via the fastest route:
City Park Motel & Apartments
Close to the city centre, this affordable motel allows pets for an extra charge of AUD 30 per pet, per night. Welcoming dogs only, 2 per room (up to 22 lbs/10 kg). Please note that pets cannot be left unattended. Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property on the number on the booking confirmation.
1 Tarcutta St, Wagga Wagga 2650
T 02 6921 4301
Mantra Pavilion Hotel Wagga Wagga
Wagga Wagga Tourist Park
Located just a 10-minute drive East of Wagga Wagga’s CBD along the Sturt Highway, this park has pet-friendly self-contained cabins – a cleaning fee of $25 applies.
16 Allonby Avenue, Forest Hill 2651
T 02 6922 7219
Pets are allowed on request but charges may apply, this is a good place for a stopover with a dog. The motel has both free WiFi and free private parking.
197/199 Lachlan St, Hay 2711
A popular stopover with many regular travellers. All 12 rooms include comforts such as air conditioning and free WiFi.
You’ll also enjoy perks such as a seasonal outdoor pool, free self-parking, cooked-to-order breakfast (surcharge), and barbecues. Pets are allowed for an extra charge of AUD 15.00 per accommodation, per stay. Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property on the number on the booking confirmation.
207 Market St, Balranald 2715
CityGate Motel Mildura
Offering value for money with fantastic service, this motel is a popular stopover. While they don’t promote being pet friendly, there is one room available but you need to contact prior to arrival.
After a long drive, this is the first town you will reach on the Calder Highway.
There are 2 one-bedroom units available in the main cottage. Each unit can sleep up to 2 people and has its own sitting room, kitchen, and bathroom.
Also located on the property is My Boho – a 2 bedroom family unit brightly decorated in a bohemian theme. It is air-conditioned and has a lounge room, dining area, kitchen, and bathroom.
30 Heath Street, Red Cliffs 3496
M 0417 056 548
Adelaide Inn is located in North Adelaide and offers guests an outdoor pool free parking, and thoughtful touches. Dogs are allowed for an extra charge of AUD 50, per pet, per day, plus a deposit of AUD 200 per stay.
Adabco Boutique Hotel
This charmingly renovated turn-of-the-century, 2 bedroom cottage is nestled in the southwestern quadrant of the Adelaide CBD. It’s only a few minutes walk to the vibrancy of the Central Market, Gouger Street and Chinatown.
Pet enquiries will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Other places to stay:
Depending on the route you are taking, below are some more pet-friendly places to stay.
The Lakes Tourist Park
This caravan park in Wallacia, New South Wales, is located just outside Sydney and offers a range of pet-friendly accommodation options, including cabins, villas, and powered and unpowered sites for tents and RVs.
Wakiti Creek Resort
Located just 20 minutes east of Echuca and is set on over 90 acres of beautiful natural bushland. Guests can stay in cabins, teepees and camps with or without their pets.
Smerdon Lodge Motel
With a select number of rooms designated as pet friendly, this affordable motel welcomes small pets only – generally less than 10 kilos. From $119 per night. It’s centrally located and makes a good stopover.
42 Dimboola Rd, Horsham 3400
T 03 5382 3122
Discovery Parks – Barossa Valley
This caravan park in the heart of the Barossa Valley, South Australia, is a great option for travellers with pets. They offer a range of pet-friendly accommodation options, including cabins, villas, and powered and unpowered sites for tents and RVs.
Don’t forget to stop at Gundagai to see the Dog on the Tuckerbox.
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