By Carla Francis

When choosing a pet-friendly holiday it is a good idea to keep the distance to a minimum and not go too far afield. Travelling for pets, particularly cats, is like us licking ourselves clean -” it would take too long, make no sense and end up leaving an unpleasant smell.

Despite being labelled pet-friendly the reality is that the vast majority of accommodation on offer only welcomes dogs and often under strict guidelines -” so you could ask just how pet-friendly they really are.

Country break

The first leg of our pet travels took us to the Cedar Lodge Cabins in the Blue Mountains. The cabins are located in the village of Mount Victoria, an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding sights. Your pet will be kept thoroughly entertained by the multitude of birds that visit the garden. When you go to visit Katoomba and Jenolan Caves you need not feel guilty that your pet will be bored. The animal-loving proprietors, who have their own feline, will not think you are two sandwiches short of a picnic if you bring out your cat on a lead and will welcome you and your friend with open arms.

Beach break

The second leg of our trip took us down the south coast to Gerringong. Also known as Geriatricgong by some Sydneysiders this little-known seaside town is ideal for those wishing to escape city life. Gerringong Holiday House is a large five bedroom two storey beach house, set back from the ocean. The house is so spacious it can sleep up to fourteen and can be divided into two separate living areas. Unless you fancy an uphill walk you would be better taking your car to the local dog-friendly Werri Beach, 200 metres away.

The owner of the beach house, Sue Barnett, is an animal lover who always travels with her pet Cavalier. She says that the benefit of having a pet-friendly place is we get great guests who appreciate being able to bring their pet.

City break

For the final leg of our travels we opted for a city break. The Hughenden Hotel in Paddington is so animal-friendly the hotel manager claims that all animals are welcome and only poisonous spiders may not be admitted, as they could pose a threat to guests.

There are four clean rooms which are designated as pet-friendly and a $20 daily charge per pet guest is required. Two of the bedrooms are tiled which is ideal for moggies who have a penchant for clawing. All of the pet-friendly rooms have a private courtyard or glass atrium, allowing your animal some freedom and you some peace of mind.

Cedar Lodge cabins
Mount Victoria, Blue Mountains
Standard Cabin:
Weekends: $165/night
Midweek: $110/night
Deluxe Spa Cabin:
Weekends: $225/night
Midweek: $170/night
*no fee for pets

Gerringong Beach House
Weekends: From $350/night high season to $160/night low season
Midweek: $150/night
*no fee for pets
*Call for rates

The Hughenden Hotel
Paddington, Sydney
*Free parking
Room Rates
Single $128
Double $148
(All room rates include breakfast)
Pets: $20 daily charge

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