Big Volcano® (Wollumbin) Visitor Guide

Pet friendly accommodation in the Byron Bay, Northern Rivers, NSW, to Gold Coast hinterland, QLD, region of Australia.

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Featured lodging: Akoonah Cottages
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Akoonah Cottages

At Akoonah Cottages we are truly pet friendly.  Pets stay free, and are allowed inside just like they are at home.

Pets Welcome! Pet Friendly Accommodation

If you're a pet owner, getting away on holiday presents a dilemma. Do you board your beloved pet for the duration, rely on family and friends, or do you hunt around for dog and pet friendly accommodation?

The directory below presents dog and pet friendly accommodation in the Ballina, Byron Bay, Tweed Heads, Tweed Valley and Gold Coast hinterland region, where well behaved dogs, cats, horses or other pets are welcome, allowed with conditions, or permitted by prior arrangement.

Choose from dog friendly camping grounds, resorts, cabins, cottages, farmstays and holiday houses where pets are allowed to stay.

Tariff is indicative only (per night/off peak).

Types of pets accepted are shown in the Telephone column for display convenience.  Conditions may apply *, so please check when making your enquiry. Happy travelling!

Gold Coast, Tweed and Byron Shire Councils off leash and pet exercise areasUpdated

Select the business name to go to the website for more information and to book direct

Akoonah Cottages Byron Bay hinterland Pet Friendly accommodation
Akoonah Cottages

Pet friendly.  Surrounded by 25 acres of beautiful sub-tropical landscape, this fully self contained accommodation with quality appointments throughout, offers outdoor living and fantastic views, just 10 minutes to Byron Bay and Bangalow.

From 1-2 guests to groups of 6 (3 in each cottage). Luxury, comfort and beauty – regardless of your budget. From AUD $140 per night, min. 2 nights

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Coorabell via Bangalow

(02) 6687 2717
pet friendly
Mango Tree Cottage pet friendly
Mango Tree Cottage

House trained pets are welcome to sleep on the deck or inside the cottage (but not allowed on furniture/beds), and our 50 sq mtrs deck is also enclosed for their safety.

There's also a sizeable lawn area where pets can run around, and multiple off-leash beaches are just 7 min drive away. No bond required, and 2 pets can stay free of charge. Cottage sleeps 1-6 people.  From $165 pn. 2 night min.

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0422 517 366
*pet friendly
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Hosanna Farm Stay

Hosanna Farmstay camping ground is dog friendly, please mention when booking.

Our facilities include powered and unpowered camp sites, communal lounge, kitchen and dining area, laundry, internet access, and a wood fired sauna next to our swimming and kayaking dam.  From AUD $12 pp camping Day visitors welcome - $.

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Stokers Siding via Murwillumbah

(02) 6677 9023
*dog friendly, camping ground only.
Aerial view of Wooyung Caravan Park
Wooyung Beach Holiday Park

A traditional family owned seaside caravan park, in pleasant park like grounds opposite the beach and a nature reserve.

With powered and unpowered caravan sites, and unpowered camping sites, docile family dogs are allowed in camping ground and caravan park section of the holiday park.  From $25-$29 pn for sites

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(02) 6677 1300
* docile family dogs: camping ground and
caravan park only online reservations Check availability and book* selected accommodation below via

Bali Hai Gold Coast
Bali Hai Gold Coast

This pet-friendly accommodation is air conditioned and is equipped with a cable flat-screen TV and CD player.

There is also a dining area and a kitchen fitted with an oven, a microwave, and a toaster.  Every unit has a private bathroom with a bath or shower, and free toiletries. Free private parking available.

Byron Bay Rainforest Resort
Byron Bay Rainforest Resort

Located 15 minutes walk through rainforest from Tallow Beach, there are spacious self-contained studio and 2 bedroom cottages with a kitchenette and enclosed patio.

Facilities include a swimming pool, barbecue, games room, and laundry facilities.

Suffolk Park via
Byron Bay
Gateway Lifestyle Casino
Gateway Lifestyle Casino

Located next door to Casino Airport, this pet-friendly resort features a 9-hole golf course, and outdoor swimming pool.

Guests have access to a BBQ area and communal kitchen facilities. All rooms are air-conditioned with a TV, and kitchette with a toaster, refrigerator, and a microwave. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided. The private bathroom includes a shower, and towels and linen are provided.

LakeSong At Lennox Head
LakeSong At Lennox Head

2 bedroom luxury townhouse just 100 metres to the beach. Pet friendly. 4-7 night minimum but check for our "fill the gap" availability. Free WiFi.

Lennox Head
Tall Trees Motel
Tall Trees Motel

Pets welcome here.  Tall Trees Motel boasts a terrace and views of the mountains.

Some rooms include a seating area where you can relax, and every room has a private bathroom.  There's a a kettle, and complimentary tea/coffee, milk, biscuits, cereal, soft drinks, water and chocolates are provided.

Mount Tamborine
Seabreeze Caravan Park
(02) 6686 3900
Gillies Cottage
(02) 6684 7171
dogs only
Calurla Chalets
Blue Knob/Lillian Rock
(02) 6689 7297
*small dogs only
Cabarita Beach Caravan Park
(02) 6676 3222
*small dogs by arrangment
Byron Bay Rainforest Resort
Byron Bay
(02) 6685 6139
La Maison
Byron Bay
(02) 6685 8009
small dogs
Poets Corner
Byron Bay
0427 847 057
River Bend Country Bush Camping
0409 550 745
dogs permitted
Coolangatta Pet Motel
Carool via Coolangatta
(07) 5590 9682
dogs and cats/boarding
Tweed Valley Pet Resort
Clothiers Creek via Cabarita
(02) 6677 7284
dog/cat boarding only
Serenity Cottages
(02) 6687 2258
Crabbes Creek Cottages
Crabbes Creek
(02) 6677 1737
* by arrangement
Abbiente House and Akoonah Cottages
Coorabell via Bangalow
(02) 6687 2717
pet friendly
Cudgen Holiday Rental (Kingscliff Professionals)
(02) 6674 9000
* by arrangement
Home for the Paws
Dulguigan via Murwillumbah
(02) 6676 4608
dog/cat boarding only
Valley View Pet Resort
Duranbah via Kingscliff
(02) 6676 6094
dog boarding only
Tassiriki Ranch
Empire Vale via South Ballina
(02) 6683-4602
horses only
Tropical Coast Retreat
Duranbah via Kingscliff
(02) 6677 7594
Harmony Nature Retreat
Highland Park
(07) 5527 4782
Kyogle Gardens Caravan Park
via Kyogle
(02) 6632 1204
* Pet friendly
Lakesong at Lennox
Lennox Head
* Pet friendly
Maca's Camping Ground
(02) 6684 5211
dogs, cats, horses
Mullumbimby Pet Sitting
(02) 6684 2522
pet sitting only
Mango Tree Cottage New listing
0422 517 366
*pets welcome
Hosanna Farm Stay
Stokers Siding via Murwillumbah
(02) 6677 9023
*dog friendly, camping ground only
Amazing Wollumbin Palms Retreat at Mt Warning
Mt Warning
(02) 6679 5063
BarkRoyal Boutique Pet Resort
Mt Nathan vai Nerang
(07) 596 7575
dog/cat boarding only
Ocean Shores Cat Boarding
Ocean Shores
(02) 6680 2038
cat boarding only
Possum Manor Barnhouse Farmstay
(02) 6679 3051
* by arrangement
Pottsville Holiday House
(07) 3395 0923
Chauvel Park B&B
(02) 6666 1238
dogs on leads, horses
Mid Town Pet Centre
(07) 5533 9452
cats, toy/miniature dogs only
River Retreat Caravan Park
Tweed Heads South
(07) 5524 2700
*own van or tent only
Wooyung Beach Holiday Park
(02) 6677 1300
* docile family dogs (caravan park only)
Gold Coast Dog exercise areas

Dog exercise areas Updated are provided by Council for dog owners. These areas are not for the exclusive use of dogs and their owners. They are for the enjoyment of all, so please be considerate of people who may be sharing the area with you and your dog or using the park after you leave.

There's also a Gold Coast Dog Parks app available on iTunes and Google Play.

Byron Shire Dog Exercise Areas and dog friendly places

Information courtesy of Mullumbimby Pet Sitting, with thanks to Byron Shire Council - Animal exercise areas, page with link to PDF..

A choice of dog walks are available in and around Mullumbimby. Brunswick Heritage Park, alongside Brunswick River, is a favouritie stroll.  There's an unleashed riverside park setting containing an open green area, with a tree shaded area alongside a children's playground, and a myriad choice of meditative settings for contemplation and photographic shoots. 

A further choice of delightful, picturesque, historical laneways meander through the village where you can find restuarants with pet friendly outside dining available.

Just 7 minutes drive to Brunswick Heads Surf Life Saving Club, will bring you to Byron Shire's longest leashed/unleashed dog friendly beach.  The one kilometre beach walk is available from Brunswick Heads Surf Life Saving Club south towards Byron Bay.

A longer beach walk is available from the beachside settlement of New Brighton, south to the northern break of Brunswick River.

Even further north at Golden Beach, another pet friendly beach walk is available from Gloria Street to Billinudgel Nature Reserve.

The opportunity to dine and wine with your pet (under control) is available at a number of Brunswick Heads restaurants, who offer al fresco/footpath dining.

In Byron Bay proper, there's a pet friendly area from Manfred Street at Belongil, to the western side of the Main Beach Car Park, including Cavanbah Reserve, Tallow Beach south towards Suffolk Park is a designated dog exercise area.

Local vets are located at Billinudgel, Mullumbimby, Byron Industrial complex and Suffolk Park.

Tweed Shire Council off Leash Dog Exercise areas

Information courtesy of Tweed Shire Council - "Dogs". UpdatedPage with information about responsibilities with your dog in a public place, tips for dog owners, leash free exercise areas and rules, and more.

The following areas are approved dog leash free exercise areas within the Tweed Shire*:

  1. South Kingscliff Beach - from the boundary of Salt residential area north to the rockwall of Cudgen Creek.
  2. Boyds Family Park, off Piggabeen Road, Tweed Heads West.
  3. Frangela Drive Reserve, Frangella Drive, Murwillumbah.
  4. River Street Park, between numbers 73 and 89 River Street, Murwillumbah.
  5. South Cabarita Beach - 200m south of Norries Headland to a point one kilometre north of Cudgera Creek.
  6. South Pottsville Beach - 200m south of the main bathing area at Pottsville Beach to 200m north of Black Rocks.
  7. South Fingal Head / Kingscliff Beach - access from Murphys Road Kingscliff to a point 0.5km south of the beach access point at the Fingal Head Quarry.
  8. Corowa Park - Corner of Chinderah Road and Terrace Street, Chinderah.
  9. Turnock Park - Corner of Chinderah Road and Chinderah Bay Drive, Chinderah.
  10. The riverbank reserve at the end of Old Ferry Road, Oxley Cove.
  11. Bilambil Road Park on the corner of Naponyah Road and Bilambil Road, Terranora.
  12. Amaroo Park on the corner of Darlington Drive and Amaroo Drive, Banora Point.
  13. Hibiscus and Oyster Point Park at the bottom of Bushland Drive, Banora Point.
  14. Ducat Park - Ducat Street, Tweed Heads.

Hastings Point / Cudgera Creek dog exclusion area

Council has designated a dog exclusion area encompassing land east of Tweed Coast Road from Yugari Drive north to Peninsula Street, including all foreshore areas of the Cudgera Creek estuary and the beach north of Cudgera Creek mouth to the shoreline adjacent to the Peninsula Street beach access walkway.

The closure of this area to dogs is to protect significant shorebird and beach nesting bird habitat and reduce disturbance. [Map (837kB JPG) available for download from the TSC page for "Dogs"].

Regulatory Services Unit, TSC, Tel. (02) 6670 2400.

*Maybe subject to change.  Please check for updates.

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