Dog friendly accommodation on the Great Ocean Road

Dog friendly accommodation on the Great Ocean Road

Because your dog needs a holiday too!

It’s been a tough year, and while many of us are at home planning where we’ll go as soon as we have more freedom to travel, those with a dog in the household are wondering where we can take our bestie….

With separation anxiety in our dogs set to be unprecedented, following a long period of full attention, it’s even more important to consider travelling with your dog.

For short (or long!) breaks with your dog, the Great Ocean Road is ideal. There are plenty of dog friendly beaches and some beautiful accommodation in the Great Ocean Road region where you dog will be welcome.


Here are our top places to stay with your dog…

1. Coast Cottages - Apollo Bay

Ocean Frontage and direct access to the beach? Yes please! Coast Cottages, on Sea trees farm near Marengo. The three charming cottages are a delight for your dog, who will be welcomed indoors. The beach adjacent to the property offers off-leash fun all year round.

2. Glenaire Cottages

Glenaire Cottages are on a large rural property, close to Castle Cove and Johanna Beach (which is dog friendly). Each dog-friendly cottage has a fenced area and your dog will be pleased to know that cats are not allowed!

3. Beeches by the Sea - Apollo Bay

In the heart of the thriving Great Ocean Road town of Apollo Bay, Beeches by the Sea offers charming accommodation just a short walk from Apollo Bay’s main beach and shops. Take your dog for an outing to the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse for an afternoon refreshment — yes, they have dog beer!

4. Countrywide Cottages - Otways

Countrywide Cottages offer an exclusive getaway for your bestie, with added touches such as home-made pet treats. Close to the Great Otway National Park the hosts will let you know exactly where you’re allowed to take your dog nearby. We suggest the Lake Elizabeth Circuit Walk — one of the few walks in the National Park where dogs on leads are allowed.

5. Cherry Tree Creek Cottages - Lorne

Nestled behind Lorne, here you can choose between 2 cottages, both equipped to make your dog’s stay a great one. The cottages are just a short walk to the town centre and beach but have a sense of seclusion in pretty bush surrounds.

6. King Parrot Cottages and Events Centre - Pennyroyal

King Parrot Cottages and Event Centre provides accommodation near the Great Ocean Road and Lorne in the Otway Ranges. Dogs are part of the family and are welcome at King Parrot with acres of accessible terrain waiting to be explored.

7. King Parrot Campground - Pennyroyal

The family-friendly campground, surrounded by beautiful rainforest, provides the option of getting back to nature. Aquila Creek runs alongside the campground for a tranquil setting. The perfect retreat for you and your four-legged friend.

8. The Sands Torquay Resort

Just an hour’s drive from Melbourne, The Sands Torquay Resort is a contemporary, premium resort destination nestled between the beach and the fairways of a championship golf course with pet-friendly rooms available with outdoor access.

Phone The Sands Torquay Resort directly to book your dog friendly apartments.

9. Marengo Family Caravan Park

Overlooking the ocean, Marengo Family Caravan Park is the perfect place for you and your family to holiday. And don’t forget your pooch as they are dog friendly. Unlimited options for bushwalking with your pooch.

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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawurrung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.