13 best pet-friendly accommodation options on the Gold Coast

Have a paw-some holiday with man's best friend.

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Kennels can be expensive and let's face it, it's always a bit of a ruff time having to say goodbye to your furry friend when you're heading off for your travels.

That's where great pet-friendly accommodation comes in handy, because even dogs (and cats) deserve to spend a little bit of time away from the (dog)house.

Take a look at these Gold Coast accommodation options that offer pet-friendly stays or when you want to travel with your four-legged friend in tow.

Our picks: Best pet-friendly hotels on the Gold Coast


1. Best for location: Burleigh Break

With only a minute's walk between you and Burleigh Heads Beach this is the perfect place to stay. The popular Miami and Mermaid beaches are just 5 and 10 minutes away by car respectively.

  • Star rating: 3.5
  • Location: 1935 Gold Coast Highway corner Fourth Avenue, Burleigh Heads, QLD 4220
  • Cost: From $130
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holiday park

2. Best for families: Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park

With a water/splash park, pools, tennis courts and kids club and more you can't go past the Big4 Holiday Park. With the major theme parks like Movie World and Dreamworld virtually just across the road there's something for kids and big kids alike.

  • Star rating: 4
  • Location: 66-86 Siganto Dr, Helensvale, QLD 4212
  • Cost: From $151
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luxury stay pet friendly

3. Best for groups: One Lux Stay

With large suites available that sleep eight people and Surfers Paradise Beach just across the road, this certainly lives up to its name as one luxurious stay.

  • Star rating: 3
  • Location: 14 View Avenue Unit 209, Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217
  • Cost: $588
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How did we pick these hotels?

Our editorial team selected the Gold Coast hotels on this list based on price, location and real customer feedback from hotel booking sites and review platforms. Where applicable, we used our own personal experiences to make recommendations.

Full list of pet-friendly accommodation on the Gold Coast

Hotel nameAddressStar ratingAverage priceBook
Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park66-86 Siganto Dr, Helensvale, QLD 42124$151Check rates
Jadran Motel & El Jays Holiday Lodge54 Frank St, Labrador, QLD 42153$124Check rates
Sunburst Motel37 Brisbane Road, Biggera Waters, QLD 42163$125Check rates
Burleigh Beach Tower52 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads, QLD 42204$343Check rates
Timbertop for Life1 Timbertop Mead, Burleigh Heads, QLD


N/A$130Check rates
Southport-Dandar30 Dandar Drive, Southport, QLD 4215N/A$140Check rates
Riviera Bed and Breakfast53 Evanita Drive, Gold Coast, QLD 42113.5$169Check rates
Burleigh Break1935 Gold Coast Highway corner Fourth Avenue, Burleigh Heads, QLD 42203.5$130Check rates
Brandy Apartment17-19 Back Street, Biggera Waters, QLD 42164$463Check rates
One Lux Stay14 View Avenue Unit 209, Surfers Paradise, QLD 42173$588Check rates
Tall Trees Motel9 Eagle Heights Road, Tamborine Mountain, QLD 42723$141Check rates
Marlin Motel27 Brisbane Road, Biggera Waters, QLD 42163.5$96Check rates
Jacobs Well Tourist Park1161 Pimpama Jacobs Well Rd, Jacobs Well QLD 42084$135Contact park directly

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of pets are allowed in Gold Coast hotels?

Usually, the kinds of pets allowed to stay at these types of accommodation are dogs under a certain size. Some options may allow cats. Extra charges may apply and some places only allow pets on request so make sure to get in touch with your hotel or host before arriving on the Gold Coast.

What pet amenities can I expect?

This can vary between locations. In general, there may be dog beds and water bowls. Some Gold Coast accommodation options might offer dog treats and day care.

What are some dog-friendly locations on the Gold Coast?

There are some great spots that are dog friendly. Biggera Waters Beach, Palm Beach, Tallebudgera Dog beach and parts of Main Beach allow dogs to get off-leash and into the water. You can also take your pooch to Palm Beach Parklands, Pizzey Park and the Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens.

Can I leave my dog alone in a Gold Coast hotel room?

This depends on the policy of the individual hotel or motel. If you are allowed, you should aim to make your dog as comfortable as possible and try not to be gone for too long. A dog left unattended in an unfamiliar place might bark excessively or start wrecking the room.

Do Gold Coast hotels allow emotional support animals?

Emotional support animals, unlike assistance dogs, aren't legislated for in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. This means that while assistance dogs (trained to assist people with disabilities) can't be refused, unfortunately, an emotional support animal can be.

Are Airbnbs on the Gold Coast pet friendly?

Some listings in the Gold Coast may be. You can look for the "pets allowed" box in your search filters to narrow down the results to ones that let you bring along your pet. You can always check with your host directly if you don't see it explicitly mentioned in the Airbnb listing.

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