Pet Friendly Holidays


We know pets are part of the family and if you want to bring them along you can!

You’ll be pleased to know that pets are welcome at beaches in every town, a broad range of accommodation (even a cooking school) and even some of our cafes, if you see a water bowl in front of a cafe you know they’ll welcome your little mate.

There is 24 hour veterinary care and grooming salons too.

Bermagui is a small vibrant town with pristine beaches and waterways, great produce and a relaxed culture. There are two off-leash beaches and a headland reserve right in the middle of town (see below for maps).

Some beaches, like Tathra‘s Mogareeka lagoon and parts of Boydtown Beach, Eden, are seasonally off-limits due to the nesting cycles of an endangered plover species. Keep an eye out for signage in late summer.

Merimbula’s offerings are plentiful. Main Beach and Short Point headland are the places to go for off-leash fun (and a spot of whale watching in spring). It also has a grooming salon which is happy top hold onto you pet for an hour or so if you want to catch a movie or have lunch out. Within a 15 kilometre drive of Merimbula, Pambula’s Lion’s Park Beach has an excellent barbecue and picnic area. Head in the other direction to Tura Beach and explore the beach there for a great view of the coastline.

Head 20km south to the fishing town of Eden and explore Twofold Bay with your hound. A boardwalk circles quite a few kilometres of shorefront, including Lake Curalo and historical Aslings Beach, where there is an off leash area. A few kilometres south of Eden, Keef’s Pinch is a little more remote and can be accessed via car or better still, a short walk from Cocora Beach (look for the signs at the southern end of the beach).

Away from the coast, there’s places on the  Bega River that are off-leash and beautiful.

Here are some tips:

Speak with your host before you book accommodation, that way you can talk about where your pet will sleep, what happens if you want to go out for dinner, and your host can learn a little about their furry guest. Also speak with your vet before you leave to ensure vaccinations are up to date and to protect your pet from threats such as ticks, which are active in New South Wales in the warmer months.

Pack for your pet. Bring along bedding, their usual food, and some dry or canned food in case of emergencies. They’ll be happier with their own familiar water and food bowls and one or two of their favourite toys.

When you do get on the road, take regular breaks so your pet can stretch and relieve themselves. Never leave your pet alone in the car.
Ensure your pet can be controlled when off the lead and isn’t a ‘barker’.

Places to stay in Bermagui

Dybara Park | Scarlets By The SeaRegatta Point Holiday Park | Wallaga Lake Holiday Park (Big 4) | Moorhen Cove Unit 7 | Bermagui – South Coast Holiday Parks Ocean Lake Caravan Park | Julie Rutherford Real Estate Marshall & Tacheci Real Estate

Places to stay in and around Bega

Brogo Homestead | Rock Lily Cottages BrogoCountryside Caravan Park, Kalaru | Bumblebrook Farm, Candelo

Places to stay in Merimbula

Hillcrest Motor Inn | Top of the Lake Holiday Units  | Admiral’s Lodge | 8 Trevally Terrace | Sapphire Valley Caravan Park | Mermaid Holiday Units | Aquarius Resort Apartments | Grandeur Holiday Units | Villa de View | Beach Cabins Merimbula | Merimbula Lake Holiday Park

Places to stay in Eden

The Beach Retreat | BIG4 Eden Gateway Holiday Park | Eden Holiday Rentals | Garden of Eden Caravan Park | Eden Beachfront Holiday Park

Places to stay in Tathra

Tathra Beachside