If you want to take your four-legged friend on holiday with you here are some pet friendly places:
Loads of Character
The Curtain Fig Motel in Yungaburra in the heart of this character village is an oasis for both you and your pet. The owners have two little dogs and yours are welcome to join the fun. There’s plenty of room for both you and your pets to stretch your legs. You may be greeted with scones on arrival, and there’s a pool to relax in. Great value for money and the owners go out of their way to make everyone feel at home.
Curtain Fig Motel Website: https://curtainfig.com/
Lake Eacham Tourist Park is about a 10-minute walk from Lake Eacham and set in beautiful lush grounds. It’s also very near Yungaburra and Malanda. There’s cabins and powered caravan sites as well as shady spots for tents. There’s lots of space for the kids and pets to run around in, wild birds and ducks and chicks around a duck pond.
Lake Eacham Tourism Park Website: https://www.lakeeachamtouristpark.com/
Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park is happy for you to bring two pets per booking. Though they must be kept on a leash there’s plenty of park space to roam around in and pet “parking” spaces. The holiday park has all the amenities including a café, shop and pool. You can also rent water sports gear. Accommodation options include villas, units, cabins and powered sites.
Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park Website: http://www.laketinarooholidaypark.com.au/
NRMA BIG4 Atherton Tablelands Holiday Park has special pet friendly cabins among its range of accommodation options. Elsewhere small pets are allowed on the powered and unpowered sites. This eco-certified park has a swimming pool, playground and BBQ area as well as usual amenities. There is also a dump point for RVs and caravans.
Big4 Atherton Tablelands Holiday Park Website: https://www.nrmaparksandresorts.com.au/atherton-tablelands/
Bring the Family
The Tolga Caravan Park is happy to have pets stay but as usual let them know you are bringing the whole family when you make the booking. This caravan park has cabins and rent and caravan/RV sites and guests can use the nearby sports facility as a personal gym. There’s BBQs and a playground as well.
The Tolga Caravan Park Website: https://tolgacaravanpark.com/
Sharlynn by the River bed and breakfast at Malanda lets you share its beauty and wonderful features with man’s best friend though conditions apply. Picnics by the river, a fruit orchard and breakfast on the veranda in a tropical paradise are just some of the experiences at Sharlynn by the River you can enjoy together. The owners’ dog Charlie will probably meet you at the front door.
Sharlynn by the River Website: http://www.sharlynn.com.au/
Heading north west? Mt Carbine Caravan Park on the Peninsular Highway is surrounded by mountains with the Great Dividing Range just 3km away. This haven in the Australian bush is happy to have pets stay if kept under control, particularly with so much wildlife around. The park has cabins and powered and unpowered sites. It has its own dump point for RVs and caravans.
Mt Carbine Caravan Park Website: http://www.mtcarbine.com/
Going to and from the Atherton Tablelands the Villa Marine Holiday Apartments at Yorkey’s Knob near Cairns is a beach side paradise. There’s a range of accommodation options from budget apartments to luxury rainforest villas. This eco-friendly resort has a large pool and its own patch of rainforest and is very happy to accommodate your pet with smaller dogs allowed inside and special fenced backyards for larger ones. Plus, it has all the info on doggy day care, pet friendly car hire and local vets. What’s more there’s a whole beach for you and your pet to enjoy.
Villa Marine Holiday Apartments Website: https://www.villamarine.com.au/
Feeling energetic? Here’s a couple of parks to lark around in
The Atherton Off-leash Dog Park is a great place for you and your dog to stretch out and find new friends. It’s at 98 Atherton-Herberton Road, Atherton and is a large fenced park with plenty of trees and shades. It has bins, agility equipment, waste bags, seating, tables and water.
The Mareeba Off-leash Dog Park on Doyle Street, Mareeba has plenty of room for your dogs to have a run round in safety. It’s actually huge and fenced, with trees for shade, a water fountain for you and your dog, and a bin and bags.
Pet Friendly Attractions
The Historic Village Herberton is pet friendly with dogs on leads welcome. The historic pioneer Village is a must do stop for visitors to the Atherton Tablelands – you will need a whole day to explore, or two or three (lucky there is a three-day pass that comes complimentary with your ticket).