The Best Pet-Friendly Hotels to Book on the Gold Coast, Australia

Kirra Beach Tourist Park on the Gold Coast welcomes you and your pooch
Kirra Beach Tourist Park on the Gold Coast welcomes you and your pooch | Courtesy of Kirra Beach Tourist Park / Expedia
Jennifer Johnston

With a sunny sub-tropical climate, white sandy beaches and a laid-back vibe, the Gold Coast in Australia has long been an attractive destination for holidaymakers. For many pet owners, a holiday would not be complete without their cherished friend. We can relate and have taken the worry out of finding the best pet-friendly accommodation on the Gold Coast. Read on, and book your stay now with Culture Trip.

1. Quest Robina

Apartment, Hotel

A small brown poodle on a beige dog bed at the Quest Robina
Courtesy of Quest Robina / Expedia

Centrally located with connections to the northern suburbs of the Gold Coast and Brisbane City and a short drive to the popular tourism destination Surfers Paradise, Quest Robina offers convenient options. Phone ahead, and book one of its pet-friendly apartments. An additional charge applies, but your pooch will love you for it. While the pool and the fitness centre might be out of bounds for your pet, the luscious grounds aren’t. Or hang out together on your private balcony.

2. QT Hotel


Modern communal area at the QT Hotel, with colourful and trendy seating
Courtesy of QT Hotel / Expedia

The QT Hotel Gold Coast is a five-star resort with an uber-cool, relaxed beachside vibe. This stylish hotel is also pet-friendly – the only proviso: your K9 must be under 20kg (44lb). Indulge your best friend with canine treats from the mini-bar, or order an in-house meal from the menu. Select the ultimate indulgence with a treatment from the doggy day spa service. Doggy daycare is also available, should you need to slip out to the beach or shops alone.

3. Kirra Beach Tourist Park


Young woman with a mint-green bike at Kirra Beach Tourist Park, looking at her dog in her bike basket
Courtesy of Kirra Beach Tourist Park / Expedia

At the southern end of the Gold Coast, Kirra Beach is popular with surfers and beach lovers. A short 300m (985ft) walk from the beach is Kirra Beach Tourist Park. Its dog-friendly cabin welcomes well-mannered dogs all year round (at the discretion of the Park Manager). After a morning at the beach, chillax with your pooch on the balcony. Enclosed with pet-proof mesh and secured with gate access, it gives you peace of mind that there will be no wanderings.

4. NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Resort


Yellow cabins at NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Resort, surrounded by palm trees
Courtesy of NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Resort / Expedia

In the heart of the Gold Coast, the campground and caravan park is a haven for the furry friends in your family. Park rules allow for two dogs of any size, provided they are “well-behaved”. Both campers and caravan owners have pet-friendly options. If you own neither tent nor caravan, several private pet-friendly cabins are available to rent. Kids are also welcome, and youngsters can burn off excess energy at the waterpark and jumping pillows. Adults can catch up with friends at the bistro and bar.

5. BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park


Green cabins at BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park, surrounded by palm trees
Courtesy of Big 4 Gold Coast Holiday Park / Expedia

Want to avoid being in the doghouse with your pooch? Book a dog-friendly cabin at this favourite holiday destination by the ocean. Safely let your pooch run around in the large off-leash area. Wash any salt and sand away at the DIY dog wash – the Puppy Pampering Place. Take off with your family for a day at one of the nearby theme parks, without the worry of neighbours complaining about your dog howling from loneliness. Doggy daycare kennels are available.

6. Jadran Motel


Balconies at the Jadran Motel facing a tall palm tree
Courtesy of Jadran Motel / Expedia

Ocean views come complimentary with overnight stays at the Jadran Motel in Labrador. Overlooking the Broadwater at the northern end of the Gold Coast, this motel provides pet-friendly budget accommodation. Your pooch can keep watch as you swim in the pool. Maybe keep an eye on him/her as you’re flipping steaks in the BBQ area. Take a leisurely walk along the water’s edge with your four-legged friend, or jump in the car for a 10-minute drive to Main Beach, the closest dog-off-the-lead beach.

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