22 ‘Pawfect’ pet-friendly holidays

Take your pet on holiday at these Scenic Rim cottages, farms and campgrounds

Family holidays are the best, but what if your family includes a furry four-legged friend?

Holiday time often means expensive kennel fees and a sad separation from your dogs, cats and horses. But not anymore!

In the Scenic Rim there are plenty of pet-friendly accommodation options to keep every member of the family happy.

Pack the ball, the lead and pet food and check out these pet-friendly destinations. And if you have horses, don’t worry – there’s even a few places where they’re welcome too.
But remember your pets aren’t allowed in the Scenic Rim’s national parks.

Choose from these camping grounds, cottages, farm houses and Creekside parks.

  1. Stay at Kirro
    Have horse, will travel. Stay at Kirro is a lovely, renovated Queenslander homestead (sleeps 8), set on a 1011ha working cattle property. The house-yard is fenced, which means your fur-babies are welcome. There are horse facilities available too and the owners will tell you about the gorgeous trails available around the property.

    Charlie and Mia enjoy Stay at Kirro

    Charlie and Mia enjoy Stay at Kirro

  1. Andrew Drynan Park
    This is a popular Scenic Rim park for people seeking serenity and an escape from crowds. Dogs are allowed (on lead). The park is located close to the NSW border, in the Scenic Rim’s southern corner. Facilities for smaller caravans, camping trailers and tents, with creek access and flushing toilets.
  2. Burgess Park
    Burgess Park is another fabulous Scenic Rim Park, situated on Christmas Creek in the Lost World. Dogs are allowed. BYO drinking water. The park is about 20km from Beaudesert.
  1. Sharp Park Riverbend Country Bush Camping
    James Sharp Memorial Park is a family bush camping ground situated 5km from Canungra. It’s an ideal base for swimming, fishing and relaxing and accessing nearby walks and shopping. Pets are welcome, ask when you book.
  2. Spring Gully Stays
    Low-key relaxation is on tap at this camping ground, located near Canungra. Use the shared kitchen and barbecues, cool down in the swimming hole and if you like life’s comforts book into an on-site safari tent. Ask about bringing your pet when you book.
  3. Witheren Heights Bush Camping Retreat
    Stay on this 140-acre working farm and explore the 4WD and walking tracks. The town of Canungra is just seven minute’s drive away for shopping and meals. Restrained dogs are allowed when you stay here.
  4. Darlington Park
    Darlington Park is one of the Scenic Rim’s most popular places to escape the crowds and have a back-to-nature family holiday. Bookings are recommended during holidays. BYO drinking water. Some animals are allowed, check with the managers ahead of booking.
  5. Wongari Eco Retreat
    Stay in one of these private, secluded wilderness cabins and explore the Scenic Rim’s Lost World. Do as little or as much as you want. Splash in the creeks, read books by the fire, go for walks. The cabins and property are pet-friendly.
  6. Worendo Bed & Breakfast Cottages
    You won’t want to leave Worendo Cottages. Choose from one of three cottages onsite at this stunning property that’s overlooked by the dramatic mountains of the Lamington National park. Some house yards are fenced and are suitable for pets, ask when you book. Book ahead for the super-popular Wild Lime Cooking School, also located onsite.

    Pawfection at Worendo

    Pawfection at Worendo

  7. Barney Creek Vineyard Cottages
    Beds & Reds. Now that sounds like a great holiday. Barney Creek Vineyard Cottages are the perfect place to try the local wines, relax and enjoy time as a family. All four cottages here are dog-friendly so you can explore the local countryside with your furry friend.

    Hanging around at Barney Creek Cottages

    Hanging around at Barney Creek Cottages

     

  8. Bigriggen Park
    This popular park is situated on river flats, close to Mt Barney National Park and offers visitors a choice of bunkhouse accommodation, as well as campsites, caravan, motorhome and camper trailer sites. On-site facilities include a self-catering kitchen. Pets are welcomed by application and there’s plenty to do, including canoeing, swimming, bushwalking, bird watching and relaxing.
  9. Flanagan Reserve
    Flanagan Reserve is situated close to the Mt Barney National Park, about 45km outside Beaudesert. A great base to access Mt Maroon, Mt Barney and Mt Lindesay. Set on the Logan River, it’s a natural playground for every member of the family. Go for walks, swim in the river and relax by the fire.

    Harvey loves his holiday at Flanagan Reserve

    Harvey loves his holiday at Flanagan Reserve

     

  10. Scenic Rim Adventure Park
    Wilderness awaits at this 680-acre property, located at Tamrookum Creek. The park features children’s play areas, mountain bike tracks, remote control tracks, spider walls, a maze, walking trails and plenty of wildlife. The park features 14 different camping areas and there are hot showers available onsite. Pets are welcome but must be attached to runners.
  11. Tallowood Farm & Dog Holidays
    Located at Carneys Creek, via Boonah, this one-bedroom self-contained cottage is the perfect place to escape the crowds and relax. Go for long walks, read books and unwind with your dog by your side.
  12. Hanoob Views Carneys Creek
    Everyone will love this two-bedroom, self-contained cottage at Carneys Creek. The house yard is fenced and dogs are welcome because as the website says, ‘Even dogs got to paws for a while.’ As well as panoramic views, there’s a wood fired pizza oven on site, a dam and everything you’ll need for a relaxing escape.
  13. Hilly Ridge
    Hilly Ridge is a beautifully-renovated Queenslander located up high on Green Hills Road, outside Boonah. Dogs are allowed by prior arrangement and there are plenty of fabulous walks nearby.

    Hilly Ridge

    Hilly Ridge

  14. Yarramalong Outdoor Recreation Centre
    You won’t want to go home once you arrive to Yarramalong. This 160-acre property close to Lake Moogerah, offers cabin accommodation and plenty of space to pitch your tent or park your camper trailer. Go paddling, swimming and fishing. Meet the local wildlife and explore the bush trails. The on-site commercial kitchen can be hired. Dogs are welcome but need to be kept on a leash, ask about bringing your pet when you book.
  15. Tamborine Mountain Caravan and Camping
    This campground is situated within the grounds of Thunderbird Park on Cedar Creek Falls Rd and guests can enjoy plenty of activities onsite, including horse-riding, the Tree Top Challenge, Laser Skirmish and Thunder egg mining. Pets are allowed on both the powered and unpowered sites, but not in the safari tent accommodation.
  16. Lake Maroon Holiday Park
    This popular lakeside park offers visitors a number of accommodation options, from camping to self-contained houses. Pets on a leash or lead are allowed in some parts of the park, enquire when you book. Go boating and fishing on the lake, or take a drive into the towns of Boonah, Kalbar and Aratula. All members of the family will enjoy the bushwalking that’s on the doorstep.
  17. Moogerah Lake Houses
    Pets are allowed at these six lake-front homes. Soak up the water views from the verandah of the self-contained homes. Great shopping and walking is close by. Pets are welcome but are to be kept outside.

    BYO horses and enjoy the local trails.

    BYO horses and enjoy the local trails.

  18. The Gatekeeper’s Cottage Dugandan
    BYO horses and utilise the arena and round yard located on site. Access some great trails and explore the area on horseback. Well located for the Dugandan Pub and Kooroomba Winery. The owners run Droughtmaster cattle on the property.
  19. Cedar Glen Farmstay
    Cedar Glen is a real working farm and has been a farmstay for over 30 years, perfectly placed in the foothills of the spectacular ‘Lost World’ section of the Lamington National ParkGuests can take part in a variety of farm activities and can also enjoy other holiday activities such as bushwalking, birdwatching, swimming, tennis, or simply enjoying the beautiful scenery. Pets can visit the farm and must be kept on-leash at all time.