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Dog friendly weekend stay: Kims Beachside Retreat

I’m always hanging for another road trip – and better yet, when dog friendly stays are on the cards too. Just over an hour’s drive from Sydney’s CBD, you’ll find the beautiful Kims Beachside Retreat on the Central Coast, in the beachside town of Toowoon Bay. This accommodation caters for guests aged 12-years and over only, and is pet friendly. Yes, you read right a boutique beach resort, with suite or villa rooms, that only cater for adults… and allows pets. Can you believe it?! I certainly couldn’t at first. We don’t have children of our own and whilst I have no issues with them (quite a few of my friends have kids), it’s rare to find waterfront getaways that cater for just adults – and dogs can join too. On arrival, there are two main parking bays; the Terrace level car park is generally better parking (it was empty most times we left and returned), however you’re required to walk several steps down to reception and then on to your room. For anyone driving …

Love Cabins: Enchanted Cave in The Blue Mountains

This experience is out of this world – it’s the perfect Blue Mountains retreat – and only a 1 1/2 hour drive from Sydney’s CBD. Set amongst 600 acres of private bush surroundings, the Love Cabins are a group of individually crafted cabins located near Bilpin in the Blue Mountains, designed by award winning local builder Lionel Buckett. When you stay in the Enchanted Cave or the Treehouse cabin, it does come at a high price tag (in comparison to most hotel stays), but what you’re about to experience is one-of-a-kind in Sydney. It feels like such a magical place. A secluded hideaway with no other interruptions; a relaxing haven for two, surrounded by endless wilderness and breathtaking views all-round. Expect to completely switch off in the Enchanted Cave in Berambing. There’s minimal human interaction during your stay, limited/no mobile reception or internet/data capabilities, coupled with the stillness and silence of nothing but nature – and just yourselves. Staying here is as though you’re living in a completely different era. The front door entrance reminds …

Family Fun And A Dog Friendly Getaway At Eden Farm Escape, Bilpin

Looking for your next relaxing weekender out of Sydney? Located just 1.5-hours drive from Sydney’s CBD in the small town of Bilpin, Eden Farm Escape is a beautiful, luxury farm stay, owned and managed by Eden Equine. Set on a 90-acre equine farm, this is one of the most unique, pet friendly accommodation stays that I’ve experienced.. and thoroughly enjoyed too mind you. The change in scenery hits you as soon as you arrive, that ‘ahh moment’ knowing you’re about to unwind from what was only a short road trip out of the big city. With your choice of five self-contained cabins, this is the perfect getaway for a couple, a family, or a group of friends to stay on a relatively quiet and peaceful acreage. The cabins are clustered near enough to each other and only walking distance apart, yet still offering privacy in between. And what I love even more about this stay, is that your dog is welcome too. Our accommodation was in the Charlie Cabin, a modern 2-bedroom property equipped with …

Dog Friendly Hotel Stay in Sydney: Ovolo Woolloomooloo

With an impromptu weekend getaway in town, what better way to indulge in a hotel stay that allows you to bring your furbaby too? In search for dog friendly accommodation in Sydney, I found Ovolo’s V.I.Pooch package at the Ovolo Woolloomooloo Boutique Hotel. Located on the wharf at Woolloomooloo, with both city and Sydney Harbour views throughout, expect your stay to be in a modern and luxurious, eclectic yet sophisticated, heritage-listed building, transformed to an artistic and funky hotel. It radiates plenty of personality, in a great waterfront location with a range of trendy restaurants at your doorstep. If you’re staying with a dog, I’d highly recommend booking the Deluxaroo King Room (or larger) because the extra space is definitely worthwhile. At 46m2, there’s plenty of room for you, your dog, a king-sized bed, a comfy doggy bed, a generous sized bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe too. In addition to the pooch bed, Ovolo’s dog friendly V.I.Pooch package also includes use of two dog bowls, bottled water and a ‘doggy bag’ inclusive of complimentary Billy …

A Visit to Sydney Zoo, Bungarribee

When Western Sydney’s newest zoo recently opened in Bungarribee Super Park, I booked myself some tickets online to see the attraction first-hand – and I must say, after visiting, I’m very pleased with the development thus far. Located less than a 10-minute drive from Blacktown, along the Great Western Highway in Bungarribee, Sydney Zoo exhibits more than 2,000 Australian and international animals from around the world, with more to still arrive and settle in. In comparison to Wild Life Sydney Zoo and Taronga Zoo, this new zoo offers a safari-like experience, with expansive footpaths and cleverly designed barriers to guise the surrounding animal enclosures. Parking was fairly straight forward, I arrived early morning to secure a spot right in front. There are over 1,000 car spaces available in the main parking area, with the added option of an alternate car park overflow just 2km away, offering shuttle services to and from the zoo. For those wanting to bring strollers, wheelchairs or electric mobility scooters, Sydney Zoo is easy to get around. The footpaths are wide …