What if we told you we could save you the guilt trip, puppy dog eyes and expensive kennel fees that so frequently go paw-in-hand with taking a holiday?
Pack pooch, their bedding and favourite toys and experience the country with the whole family, fur-members and all.
You’ll find these properties all within three hours’ drive of Brisbane, offering the paw-fect antidote to fast-paced city life for both good boys and their owners.
To help you plan your next four-legged getaway, we’ve found six of the best pet-friendly Airbnbs near Brisbane – fresh, country, wind in their ears and dirt under paws guaranteed.
1. Rosebank Homestead and Farmstay, Yamison
You’re thinking of exploring the 30-million-year-old Bunya Mountains National Park, your boots are packed, hiking trails planned – you’re on your way until you realise one fundamental problem … no doggos are allowed on the mountain.
No need to retreat to Google with your tail between your legs to find another holiday destination, check into Rosebank Homestead and Farmstay in the Western Downs.
You’ll find this fur-friendly country charmer a short 20-minute drive away from the entrance of the Bunya Mountains National Park. You can leave pooch at holiday-HQ by day while you work through this guide to Bunya Mountains National Park.
Unlike other pet-friendly properties in the country, there are no restrictions to the size of your pet to enjoy Rosebank Homestead and Farmstay. Your hosts even encourage you to BYO-H(orse) to explore the 200 acres this country house is set upon.
For the two-legged members of the family, there’s three good sized bedrooms and a smaller one for kids, making this property ideal for families wanting to explore the great outdoors.
When you’re not exploring the Bunya Mountains or private, landscaped gardens on the property, we suspect you’ll be curled up on the screened verandas that wrap around this 110-year-old country homestead, soaking up the fresh country air.
2. Banksia Cottage, Toowoomba
Swap the four kennel walls that you’re used to for Banksia Cottage in Toowoomba’s CBD.
Built in 1898, everything about this cottage exudes county charm from its open kitchen, cottage garden and roaring open fireplace.
The owner’s meticulous detail in restoring the property goes right down to the dog kennel you’ll find outside, which has been painted in a matching colour scheme to the cottage itself so your best-friend can check into their very own home-away-from-home.
By booking Banksia Cottage, you and your best friend will have full run of the entire house, so you can settle in and explore the best of the Garden City at your own pace without having to share any cottage amenities with other holiday makers.
When you’re not resting and relaxing on its wide verandas with a cuppa, leash up your furry friend to explore the cafes (including pet-friendly ones), pubs and shops within paw prints distance of this Airbnb.
3. Flagstone Creek Rustic Cottage, Lockyer Valley
Skip the kennel club and set your holiday sights on the Lockyer Valley, where you’ll find this rustic character-filled renovated cottage.
Set high on a hill with panoramic views over the upper Flagstone Creek Valley, this property gives you little reason to leave once you’ve checked in.
Good boys are allowed both inside and outside, so long as their paws aren’t on the furniture or rugs, a rule we’re sure you’ll be happy to abide by in the chilly winter months when temperatures dip into single digits.
You’ll be grateful for the blackhole of internet this property sits within so you can fully digitally detox with no interruptions between you and the Lockyer Valley views.
If you can pull yourself away from the scenery for a day trip, opt for nearby The Barn and Scotty’s Garage which is like a time capsule in the valley with its automotive museum and diner packed with memorabilia from the 50s and 60s.
To explore the region more widely, tick off these 10 things to do in Lockyer Valley.
4. Coolmunda Springs, Goondiwindi Region
There’s plenty of room to let pooch loose on the 220 acres of Coolmunda Springs pet-friendly Airbnb in the Goondiwindi Region.
You’ll check into the four-bedroom homestead which is set on a 40-acre paddock of its own, close to the flowing Bracker Creek that’s perfect for a dip in the summer months.
The fully-fenced yard means you can breathe easy knowing pooch is safe and sound while you go exploring some of the highlights of the region including Lake Coolmunda, Coolmunda Olives or Inglewood Lavender Farm.
While your days might be spent exploring the best of the Goondiwindi Region, spend your nights under the stars, sitting around a campfire where you can help yourself to the homestead’s cast iron cookware to make a damper, jaffles or a campfire roast.
5. Hazelmont Cottage, Toowoomba
Calling pampered pooches with a penchant for country escapes, there’s a cabin in the woods with your name all over it (that is, once you get management’s approval first), Hazelmont Cottages.
We suspect you didn’t choose this part of the world for an active holiday, so spend your day like most guests and their furry friends, kicking back with a wine, coffee, book or boardgame.
Fido won’t be the only animal in these parts, keep your eyes peeled for the birdlife who frequent the rainforest that surrounds the property. A birdwatching book and binoculars are packing essentials.
6. Homewood Cottages, Toowoomba
For accommodation that looks like it’s stepped out of a picture book and into the streets of Toowoomba, pack pooch and head to the Highfield Hills checking into Homewood Cottages.
This English-style white double brick cottage has two king size bedrooms each with own bathroom with French doors that open onto lawn and terraced gardens.
Pooch may stay on request, and it’s worth asking the question since the cottage borders Davidson’s Arboretum, which features autumn trees from around the world – perfect for walks together.