Thursday, February 6, 2020

Pet-friendly holiday homes in
WA’s South West

When you want to take your four-legged fur baby on holiday with you, we have a portfolio of Pet Friendly holiday homes in the Margaret River region.

Some have enclosed gardens for the pooch, others have acreage for them to run about, and plenty are only a short walk from the coast, where you can let them burn off some of that exuberant canine energy, on the sand or in the water.

Safe swimming waters in Eagle Bay

Alfie the dog enjoying a swim with his Mum near the Eagle Bay boat ramp

Our opinion is that just because you’re taking your pet on holiday doesn’t mean you have to miss out on sophisticated accommodation. Start daydreaming and planning your next break in these gorgeous holiday homes.

Summer of 81

Coastal chic right by the beach, your pooch will love staying here. Playful, nostalgic, refined. Summer of 81 is a holiday home unlike any other, blending the best of 20th century design originals with lux comfort and considered quality appointments, all set in a superb location. Stroll across to the pristine shores of Geographe Bay for morning walks and sunset swims. Relax during the day on the sun lounges by the pool in the warmer months, or sink into the sumptuous lounges by the fire in the cooler months. Guests love the master retreat on the upper level with it’s spacious living area and balcony with superb views across the bay. Full fenced so it’s perfect for your furry friend.

Summer of 81, Dunsborough

Summer of 81, Dunsborough


This stunning rural retreat in Yallingup is quite possibly the most luxurious pet friendly holiday home in Western Australia. The spacious 6 bedroom home rests on a hillside overlooking the picturesque Gunyulgup Valley and lake. Adults, children and four-legged friends alike will love exploring the 8 acre property and your dog may even like a swim in the dam. This is the best of country living with views from every room, lounge room with fireplace and a home theatre room, a sparkling pool, terraced lawns, various alfresco areas for dining and relaxing, an outdoor pizza oven plus trampoline, swings and sandpit for the kids. At Marribrae you are well located to explore iconic beaches and indulge at regional wineries and breweries.

Marribrae, Yallingup

Marribrae, Yallingup

Nikabel Beach House

This is it! Family-friendly, pet-friendly, a quintessential ‘down south’ beach house. With its pretty blue-boarded exterior, white posts, long verandah, and just a short stroll from Dunsborough foreshore, Nikabel is all kinds of summer joy. Let the kids, and your pooch, muck around on the enclosed back lawn with sandy bare feet in the warmer months or kick back by the indoor fire in winter. Everyone will love it here. There’s a fish cleaning area too, if you want to catch a fresh dinner for yourself.

Nikabel Beach House, located in old Dunsborough, stroll to the shore

Nikabel Beach House, old Dunsborough

Kangaroo Lodge

If country charm with oodles of open space is more your thing, you’ll be inspired by this warm and welcoming home in rural Yallingup. We call this Kangaroo Lodge for a reason; this property is a mecca for our beautiful marsupial neighbours at dawn and dusk. It’s absolute idyllic living with its own landscaped gardens and manicured lawns, serene views of native bushland, and plenty of family-friendly amenities. The big property is also fenced for your dog’s safety, so you’ll have peace of mind during your stay.

Kangaroo Lodge, Yallingup

Our collection of pet-friendly holiday homes can be found here. We have something for everyone.

Where can I take my pet for a walk or run?

In the City of Busselton, your dog can be on-leash at most public places, including:

  • Busselton Foreshore (not the jetty)
  • Dunsborough Foreshore, various spots, specific locations shown here.
  • Quindalup – east of the Boat Ramp
  • Eagle Bay – access via the Boat ramp, to the west
  • Bunker Bay – access via café path, to the west
  • Yallingup Beach – north of Dawson Drive beach access path
  • Smiths Beach – north of Gunyulgup Brook
  • Rural trails – various


Dog walking available at Yallingup beach

Alfie ready for walkies at Yallingup.

And in the Augusta-Margaret River Shire:

  • Gracetown – southern end of the beach and Gracetown Hall. See here
  • Gnarabup Beach to Prevelly Beach plus Rifle Butts Park
  • Hillier Park in Margaret River
  • Georgette Park, Margaret River
  • More locations here.

Which eateries allow pets?

Lots of them! It would be best to call ahead and double-check so you don’t miss out. Take a look at these cafes and wineries:

  • Evviva Café, Dunsborough
  • Artezen, Dunsborough
  • Bunkers Beach Cafe, Bunker Bay
  • Eagle Bay Olives, Eagle Bay
  • White Elephant Café, Gnarabup
  • The Berry Farm, Rosa Glen
  • Yallingup Maze, Yallingup
  • Clancy’s Fish Pub, Yallingup
  • Barnyard, Yallingup
  • Marq Wines, Yallingup
  • Rustico at Hay Shed Hill, Wilyabrup
  • Fishbone Wines, Wilyabrup
  • Flametree Wines, Dunsborough
  • And, most of the region’s breweries. By the way, check out our brewery blog for the top 10 breweries with great lunch menus.

Enjoying a beer with your best mate at Wild Hop Brewery, Yallingup. Image courtesy of @wildhopbeer


Find lots of other tips, pet-friendly locations, and pet health information to enjoy your next holiday, making memories with the whole family.


Browse our portfolio to find the paw-fect pet-friendly holiday home in the South-West.


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