Known for its cultural vibrancy, sprawling vineyards and wide range of dog-friendly places to stay, there are a wealth of reasons to add South Australia to your travel bucket list.
And whether you want to get back to nature by camping (in style) under the starry sky, or stay in a unique Airbnb perfect for both you and your pooch, we’ve rounded up our pick of the very best dog-friendly stays in South Australia.
If you want to be a stone’s throw from the water, this beautiful beach front apartment will make for a dreamy holiday destination; made even better by having your four-legged friend in tow. With a sun-drenched balcony with unrivalled views of Henley Beach, this stylish space features high ceilings, loads of natural light and an eclectic mix of antiques, to make for the perfect waterfront stay.
If a secluded getaway on the river sounds like your cup of tea, look no further than Bill’s Boathouse. A tiny, floating home on the Murray River, this unique stay is an idyllic pick for anyone truly wanting to get away from it all. Our favourite bit? The wrap-around timber deck that offers sensational views directly facing the river. Grab a deck chair or a sun lounger, soak in the sunset and embrace the fun of river life! And when the sun decides to set, indulge yourself by lighting the fire or soaking in a steaming outdoor clawfoot bath.
The Greenly Carriage
A reimagined train carriage nestled on the untouched west coast of South Australia, The Greenly Carriage is the perfect fusion of style and sustainability. Offering would-be visitors the chance to truly live off grid, this boutique Airbnb is the perfect pick for anyone wanting a creative retreat or a romantic getaway, thanks to its warm, hand collected vintage interior furnishings, expansive outdoor entertaining area and cosy nooks galore. Gorgeously located in the bush, The Greenly Carriage features breathtaking views of the countryside and ocean, without a neighbour in sight.
Glamping Bell Tents
Want to sleep under the stars without compromising on comfort? Coonawarra’s Glamping Bell Tents may be exactly what you’re looking for. Located next to one of the region’s best vineyards, this sumptuous bell tents offer the full camping experience – without the hassle. Nestled in the heart of heritage-listed 200-acre bushland, each tent has tent has fresh linen, light and power, electric blankets, a king size bed, 2 single beds, free WiFi, tea and coffee facilities, 4 person outdoor setting, fire drum and full access to the camp kitchen with refrigerators, BBQs and TVs. Add into the mix plenty of space for your pet pooch to roam for the perfect dog-friendly holiday.
Once a desolate, unloved stone farmhouse located off the beaten track in Myponga, Lapito House has been a country getaway for the owners and their two dogs Hugo and Doug for many years. Boasting over 116 acres and borders with the Myponga Conservation Park and Heysen Trail, Lapito House is just an hour’s drive from Adelaide, and makes for the perfect place to escape to unwind, and enjoy and explore the Australian bush.
A five-star hotel that boast a central position in the heart of the city, Adelaide Hilton is five-star luxury at its finest. And if travelling without your pup isn’t an option, you’re in luck, because guests can have their pampered pooch stay with you in luxury thanks to the Hilton’s dog friendly package. With dog friendly rooms that have been designed to accommodate guests and their four-legged friends, complete with a bed and bowl, you can stay over in style with your dog in tow.
Luxe Haus Villa Moana
A contemporary beach terrace with unrivalled beach views, Luxe Haus Villa Moana is within easy reach of several local attractions including Lions Head Point, Frank Hilton Reserve and Moana Beach. Perfectly positioned for guests to enjoy hiking, canoeing, and hiking, it’s a great option for anyone wanting to experience the very best of the great outdoors South Australia has to offer
New York Style Loft
Stylish, sumptuous and pet-friendly to boot, this New York Style Loft has it all. Perfectly located on the esplanade at Encounter Bay, this luxury loft has spectacular ocean views to Granite Island and Seal Island, an enclosed rear yard where your pet pooch can play, and a wealth of stylish touches and furnishings that simply ooze industrial cool.
For more to do in South Australia, check out these vineyards that made the World’s Top 50 list, or go off road at the best places to go 4WDing.