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Pet Friendly Accommodation Sunshine Coast | Our Top Ten Picks

If you want to visit southern Queensland resorts such as Caloundra, Noosa and Maroochydore and want to take your four legged friend with you, then you need to book pet friendly accommodation on the Sunshine Coast. But with so much pet friendly Sunshine Coast accommodation around, how do you find the perfect place for your short break or holiday?

This guide is here to help. We have reviewed and recommended the best dog friendly accommodation on the Sunshine Coast so you can make up your own mind. Whether you’d prefer pet friendly accommodation in Caloundra or beachfront pet friendly accommodation on the Sunshine Coast, all the top choices are listed here. Whatever your budget, these are the best pet friendly hotels on the Sunshine Coast.

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The Saltwater Villas in Mooloolaba have been chosen because there are options to suit all group sizes. They are also centrally located, being close to two great beaches and theme parks as well as local restaurants, cafes and shops. Staff on site can even arrange pet sitting, spa treatments and equipment hire, and all units also have pool access.

So before you get down to booking your travel tickets or planning which route to drive, why not check out these dog friendly hotels on the Sunshine Coast? It’s the fastest way to find pet friendly accommodation in Mooloolaba, dog friendly accommodation  in Caloundra or indeed all the best pet friendly holiday accommodation in the Sunshine Coast area.

You can compare all the best pet friendly accommodation on the Sunshine Coast with the quick reference comparison table. We also outline exactly what to look for when booking a pet friendly hotel on the Sunshine Coast, before going through the top ten options in more depth. 

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Compare the best pet friendly accommodation on the Sunshine Coast

When you’re in a hurry, this quick reference table can help you find pet friendly accommodation in Maroochydore, Noosa, Coolum or other parts of the Sunshine Coast without delay. Whether you’re based in Brisbane, on the Gold Coast, in Far North Queensland or even interstate, this is the top dog friendly accommodation on the Sunshine Coast. Why not take a look here first so you can find out what sort of options are available?

NameLocationTypeKey featuresPrice
Horizons at PeregianNoosaApartmentsBeachfront with ocean views, luxury amenities, balcony or patioClick here
The Dome HouseCoolumRoomsBoutique style resort, large communal areas, great locationClick here
The Courtyards on Hill StSunshine BeachApartmentsWalk to beach, helpful hosts, lots of inside & outside spaceClick here
Dicky Beach pool retreatCaloundraHouse3 beds & 2 baths, very spacious, quiet yet convenient areaClick here
Avalon Street holiday homeCoolumHouse4 beds & 3 baths, games room, well equipped, walk to beachClick here
Saltwater VillasMooloolabaStudios & villasClose to everything, swimming pool, lots of bookable activitiesClick here
Bayz Maroochy WatersMaroochydoreHouseRiverside location, secure fenced yard, free bike & kayak useClick here
Cooroy Country CottagesSunshine Coast hinterlandCottages100 acre site, lots of local wildllife, 30 min drive to beachesClick here
Blackwattle Farm StaySunshine Coast hinterland Cabin & tiny housesMany birds & animals, authentic farm stay, plenty of spaceClick here
Lillypilly’s cottages & day spaSunshine Coast hinterlandCottagesBreakfast provided, day spa on site, fireplace & jacuzzi bath in eachClick here

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Choosing dog friendly accommodation on the Sunshine Coast – what to look for

When searching for holiday rentals on the Sunshine Coast that are pet friendly, there are some features that may be worth looking for. Do you want your pet friendly accommodation in Coolum, Maroochydore, Noosa or Caloundra to have a swimming pool, for instance? Do you hanker after a luxury retreat, or are you travelling on a fairly tight budget? What about family facilities or the amenities nearby?

Pet friendliness

Pet friendliness must be next to cleanliness when it comes to finding pet friendly accommodation in the Sunshine Coast region. We’ve made sure all the places listed in this guide welcome pets with open arms, providing facilities than even bigger dogs – as well as their owners – will be happy with. A bigger yard may be a better idea for a larger pooch, and it’s also worth looking at where you can walk your dog each day once you arrive for your stay.

Family amenities

If you’re travelling with the kids as well as Fido, then you’ll need to look for amenities that will keep them content too. A beach can provide hours of play, as can a shared or private pool. There is a farm stay option included too, as little ones are guaranteed to love spending time with the animals. For older kids, proximity to the town or resort centre can be a bonus, as it may allow them to explore independently without straying too far from you.


Do you crave some downtime – or me-time – at a spa style resort, or must your kids or teens stay connected to WiFi and have access to a TV at all times? It’s worth considering what sort of luxuries are offered at each option, and how this matches up with your holiday wish-list. Paying a little more for certain facilities may seem a little steep at the time, but amenities like a pool, games room or balcony can make for a more memorable holiday.


Location can of course be key – but it’s worth thinking outside the box a little. Several of the properties listed towards the end of this guide are not located as close to the coast as those found higher up, but they may more than make up for that in terms of space and other facilities. How important is a sea view to you? Are you happy to drive around, or would you like to walk everywhere? Is there a list of places you want to visit during your stay, and if so how will you get there?

Other helpful facilities

Do you require, for example, a laundry room, or a fully equipped kitchen complete with a dishwasher? A number of properties have lots of space inside and out, which can be useful if you’re taking a family holiday. Especially with pets in tow. It can be worth paying extra for these things, as they mean you’re more likely to spend more time in the accommodation. When you’re out and about most of the time, it’s much easier to blow the budget!

Top 10 pet accommodation on the Sunshine Coast – reviews

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Horizons at Peregian review

  • Luxury apartments
  • Noosa area

If you’d like something a little more luxurious than pet friendly cabins on the Sunshine Coast, take a look at Horizons. The complex offers pet friendly holiday houses in one of the Sunshine Coast’s most desirable areas, close to central Noosa. This is beachfront, luxury pet friendly accommodation on the Sunshine Coast that’s ideal for families, as each unit has two or three bedrooms.

Some of these pet friendly holiday homes in the Sunshine Coast area are located on the rooftop, so offer guests sweeping views over the ocean. Others on lower floors, meanwhile, offer direct garden access, and are thus perfect for those holidaying with their furry companions.

There is a swimming pool, spa, secure parking and a barbecue at Horizons, and each unit comes fully equipped with kitchen, two bathrooms and laundry. Linen is also supplied. Every apartment also has cable TV, WiFi and a terrace or balcony. Noosa is a 20-minute drive away.


  • Deluxe, well-equipped apartments
  • Beachfront location
  • Each unit has a patio or balcony


Click here to view the latest prices for this Peregian Beach dog friendly accommodation

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The Dome House review

  • Boutique resort
  • Coolum area

The Dome House near Coolum beach is a boutique style resort offering unique Sunshine Coast accommodation. This pet friendly holiday house near Coolum Beach certainly stands out from the crowd, thanks to its unique structure featuring lots of warm timber and vast glass windows.

Accommodation can be booked as King rooms with double and twin beds or a single bed plus en-suite. There are also Queen or standard doubles or twins. Shared amenities at this pet friendly Coolum Beach option include a large, light-filled lounge area with flatscreen TV; WiFi; communal kitchen with dishwasher, hob and oven plus private parking. There is also a pool set among delightful tropical gardens.

Every room comes with all linen and towels, plus an en-suite shower or bathroom. Some have balconies with mountain or garden views.  This dog friendly accommodation in Coolum is conveniently positioned for Noosa, the airport at Maroochydore and Mount Coolum National Park, as well as Coolum beach.


  • Unique boutique style resort
  • Shared kitchen and large lounge
  • Convenient location


  • Not suited to bigger families

Click here to explore this Coolum pet friendly accommodation option

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The Courtyards on Hill Street review

  • Deluxe apartments
  • Sunshine Beach area

If you want Sunshine Beach pet friendly accommodation for your family or couples’ holiday or weekend break, check out The Courtyards. As the name suggests, they offer lots of outdoor space as well as bright, contemporary interiors. One or two bedroom apartments can be booked here.

Each unit at this pet friendly beach house accommodation on the Sunshine Coast comes complete with WiFi access, dining area, flatscreen TV and a fully equipped kitchen. The property also has an outdoor pool and parking.

Past guests love the location and the cleanliness of this lovely place providing dog friendly holidays on the Sunshine Coast – as well as its thoughtful hosts. The beach is within walking distance and the town centre is just a short drive away.


  • Lots of indoor and outdoor space
  • Walking distance to beach
  • Very helpful hosts


  • Air conditioning only in bedroom

Click here to find out more about The Courtyards on Hill St

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Dicky Beach pool retreat review

  • Luxury holiday house
  • Caloundra area

Do you want pet friendly accommodation on the Sunshine Coast in the Caloundra area? Then don’t miss this deluxe three bedroom holiday home that will welcome the whole family – including your precious pet. It’s located just over a mile from Dicky Beach, as well as the facilities of the local holiday park.

This dog friendly Caloundra property has two bathrooms as well as three bedrooms, so there’s no need to share with the kids (or even your pooch). Inside you’ll find a washing machine, kitchen with dishwasher and a flatscreen TV. Outside, there is a spacious and very private sun terrace by the outdoor pool.

Guests can easily walk to local restaurants and bars, yet this pet friendly accommodation near Dicky Beach enjoys a secluded and peaceful location. There is plenty of space for the adults, kids and pets inside and out, and the house is clean, contemporary, light and bright.


  • Convenient yet quiet location
  • Spacious indoors and out
  • 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms


  • Early booking required

Click here to see this dog and cat friendly accommodation on the Sunshine Coast

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Avalon Street Coolum Beach review

  • Large holiday home
  • Coolum beach area

This Coolum dog friendly accommodation option is surely one of the finest pet friendly houses on the Sunshine Coast. With four bedrooms and three bathrooms, there’s lots of space for everyone, whether they have two legs or four.

The outdoor space is fabulous for summer style living, and comes with a barbecue and pool. There is also parking at the property. Inside there is a dedicated games room complete with pool table, dartboard, sofa, TV and even a bar area. Coolum Beach is just over 700 yards away.

Spending pet friendly holidays on the Sunshine Coast at a place like this means having access to lots of space as well as saving on the cost and uncertainty of placing your pooch into boarding while you’re away from home. Don’t miss seeing the sunset over the rear deck while you’re staying, too.


  • 10 minute walk to Coolum beach
  • Games room with pool table
  • Very spacious and well-equipped


  • Only one house available

Click here to discover this pet friendly accommodation in Coolum Beach QLD

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Saltwater Villas review

  • Studios and villas
  • Mooloolaba area

Dog friendly accommodation in Mooloolaba is offered at Saltwater Villas ranging from studios sleeping two right up to a holiday villa for ten guests. There is parking and a pool on site, and a pet minding service can even be booked for longer days out (at an additional charge).

There are two great beaches within easy walking distance: Mooloolaba Beach is five minutes’ away on foot, while Alexandra Headland Beach can be reached via a 10-minute stroll. This place is ideal for those who love theme parks, as your dog can be cared for while you head to nearby Underwater World or drive to Aussie World; the latter is only 15 minutes away by car.

The hosts can also help with booking SUP boards and kayaks, or even your choice from a range of pampering spa treatments. With local cafes, shops and restaurants only five minutes’ walk away, the location of Saltwater Villas is really hard to beat.


  • Close to beaches, local amenities and theme parks
  • Shared or private swimming pool
  • Kayaks, SUPs, spa rituals and pet minding available


  • Perhaps too central for some

Click here for more about this pet friendly accommodation on the Sunshine Coast in Mooloolaba

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Bayz Maroochy Waters review

  • Large holiday house
  • Maroochydore area

Right on the waterfront you’ll find this spacious, pet friendly Maroochydore holiday home with four bedrooms. The area is ideal for cyclists as well as fans of water sports, and bicycles are provided for guests’ use.

The property also offers free parking, WiFi connection and a TV and DVD player. There is a well equipped kitchen complete with dishwasher, plus lounge and dining areas. This riverview house also has a garden with barbecue and outdoor furniture. Should you tire of gazing out of the water, there is also a billiard table inside, as well as the use of kayaks.

Sunsets here are spectacular and the property comes with everything you need for a relaxing or active family holiday with pets. Maroochydore airport and Mooloolaba are just a few miles away, with Caloundra a little further distant.


  • Riverside position
  • Free use of bikes and kayaks
  • Secure fended yard for dogs


  • Interior not as modern as some

Click here to see rates and availability for this dog friendly accommodation in Maroochydore

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Cooroy Country Cottages review

  • Holiday cottages
  • Noosa Hinterland

Although many people head to the Sunshine Coast to see, hear, surf and swim in the ocean, the hinterland area makes a great alternative. In fact this kind of accommodation with dogs on the Sunshine Coast can offer the best of both worlds, as golden beaches are just a 30 minute car ride away from Cooroy.

Occupying a site of almost 100 acres, this area is rich in wildlife and offers superb views over the valleys, forests and mountains. As well as all cottages welcoming pets, one is also adapted for easy wheelchair access. Each home comes with heating, air conditioning, kitchen, laundry, parking and patio or verandah with barbecue.

The surroundings have so much to offer, such as native tree arboretums, walks by the creek, boardwalk and bushwalk tracks and even a gazebo in a tropical garden setting. The opportunities to spot native flora and fauna are many, yet popular attractions like beaches, theme parks and even the Big Pineapple are within easy reach.


  • Natural surroundings rich in wildlife
  • Around 30 minutes’ drive to coast
  • Site almost 100 acres


  • Not as close to beaches

Click here to explore this accommodation with pets in the Sunshine Coast hinterland area

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Blackwattle Farm Stay review

  • Farm stay
  • Beerwah area

This dog friendly farm stay on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is perfect for kids as well as pets. Blackwattle Farm has so much going for it – not least a 20 site set among pineapple plantations and views of the Glass House Mountains.

A variety of animals and birds can be seen at the farm, including miniature goats and pigs, sheep, dexter cows, alpacas, chickens, ducks, quails and even colourful peacocks. There is one self-contained cabin and two tiny houses at Blackwattle, accommodating up to four guests in each. These are equipped with modern amenities like air conditioning, bluetooth stereo and TVs, and all can be pet friendly if requested when booking.

If you don’t mind compost toilets, love nature and space and would enjoy access to facilities such as a claw foot bath or a large outdoor deck with barbecue, a farm stay at Blackwattle could make the ideal short term accommodation on the Sunshine Coast for your pet friendly family holiday.


  • Lots of animals on the farm
  • Luxury cabin or tiny houses
  • Authentic Aussie farm stay


  • Compost toilets

Click here to view this Sunshine Coast farm stay for families and pets

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Lillypilly’s Cottages and Day Spa review

  • Cottages and spa
  • Maleny area

If your idea of a great break involves lazy or revitalising spa days, then Lillypilly’s retreat could be your top pick among pet friendly resorts in the Sunshine Coast region. Each cottage has a double spa bath, cosy fireplace and a balcony with rainforest or lake views.

Each holiday cottage also comes with an iPod dock, DVD player, flatscreen TV and kitchenette, plus an outdoor barbecue. Breakfast is served daily on site, comprising goodies like fresh fruit, bacon and eggs, local jams, pancakes with maple syrup and homemade muesli. The cottages also share an outdoor pool and access to the Sanctuary Day Spa, which offers facials, massage treatments and body wraps.

This pet friendly accommodation in the Sunshine Coast hinterland is ideal for a small family or couple who want to share their holiday with the family pet.


  • Bed and breakfast stay
  • Well appointed accommodation
  • Day spa on site


  • Sleeps up to three only

Click here to explore more about this dog friendly holiday accommodation on the Sunshine Coast

Which is the best pet friendly accommodation on the Sunshine Coast for you?

From pet friendly apartments in the Sunshine Coast beach resorts to a range of sunshine coast accommodation that welcomes pets to the hinterland region, we hope this guide helps you find the perfect Sunshine Coast pet friendly accommodation for your stay in this beautiful area that’s so abundant in natural and man-made attractions.

While you’re here, why not take a look at the best family campsites on the Sunshine Coast, what to do with kids when you’re there and the top kids’ play parks in the area? And if you are planning on being on the Sunshine Coast for Christmas, check out our Christmas Day lunch restaurant guide.

If you are heading to the Gold Coast we also have an article on the best pet friendly accommodation on the Gold Coast too!

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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