The thought of leaving your cherished pet for weeks or even months on end can be the source of serious heartache, but with such impressive boarding options the decision needn’t be so worrying. We’ve compiled the best places to drop off your cats and canines before jumping on a plane for your next sojourn.
If the crisp air of the Lower Hunter Valley is just the tonic your pet is in need of, then this place has your pets name all over it. Renowned for their premium service – providing high grade chicken thigh fillet, rice, veggies and snacks all cooked fresh daily.
5 Old Maitland Road, Kangy Angy
The Hunter Valley boasts it’s very own ‘Doggy Water Fun Park’ with water jets, shallow pools and sprinklers ensuring a sensational playtime. This luxury pet boarding is for those furry friends who are accustomed to being outdoors. Pickup and drop off services to Sydney, Newcastle and the Central Coast are also available.
254 Bathurst Street, Sawyers Gully
Mad Paws is another fantastic option if kennels or catteries aren’t your first preference. The website is a self-described ‘AirBnb for pets’ where you can source enthusiastic pet-sitters to take care of your four legged friend. The concept is fantastic as it teams passionate pet sitters with owners in need of switched on minding.
Spoilt Rotten Dogs in Lilyfield is a local answer to finding a luxurious spot for your dog to unwind, although outdoor activities are plentiful, it’s the entertainment offering and sofa lounge area that has our attention, we’re talking large flat screen TV with doggy movies. Grooming services are also available.
358 Norton Street, Lilyfield
Hanrob Pet Hotels have facilities in three locations across Sydney; Duffys Forest, Heathcote and close to Sydney International Airport (talk about convenience). Hanrob offers a Pet Limo service where you and your pet are picked up from your home, dropped at the airport and your pet is taken directly from the terminal to the Pet Hotel – meaning you can give cuddles right until the very last minute.
Sydney Airport, Duffys Forest, Heathcote
Catering exclusively to small dogs and cats, Small Paws ensures that more timid pets never feel threatened by larger animals, and there is plenty of space to roam on the five-acre property. From designer dog beds to relaxing music and optional Skype calls to owners, the decadent service is in the detail.
413 Killawarra Road, Duffys Forest
Dogue leads the charge with 100 acres of space to roam including the vineyard, lavish grooming services and day spa treatments. We’re talking weight loss programs, boot camp, therapeutic massage, yoga and meditation, just to name a few of the services on offer here for dogs 15kgs or under.
112 Compton Park Road, Berrima
Although not technically the Southern Highlands, The Pet Ranch is set in the picturesque region of South Nowra. Offering luxurious boarding for cats and dogs across 12 acres of land. Just 15 minutes from Jervis Bay, you can drop off Fido and then take the scenic trip back up to Sydney.
154 Woncor Avenue, South Nowra
Offering an idyllic change of scenery for the city-weary pooch, Berrima Boarding Kennels and Cattery features a Hydrotherapy pool to help older dogs limber up without the pain of walking. Its location lends itself to spacious grounds to exercise and large individual runs.
100 Nathan Street, Berrima
Also capitalising on their out-of-Sydney abundance of space, Pawtails boasts sizeable suites for your four-legged friend to settle in. Cats also get to enjoy the benefit of this rural retreat with fully secured exercise area. The boarding house also offers shuttle service to and from Sydney making the process incredibly efficient.
2549 Taralga Road, Laggan
Triple Crown Pet Resort is purpose built to cater to the discerning tastes of pampered pets. Large outdoor spaces for running and playtime, but when it’s time for downtime, they offer soothing ducted music throughout for a calming atmosphere and soft light night checks for minimal disturbance on your pet’s sleep.
295b Reynolds Road, Londonderry
Calabash Kennels and Cattery in Arcadia offers a host of services to make your pet’s stay perfect; walks across the 25-acre property, grooming, under floor heating, and extremely lavish suites available for the pup with expensive taste.
27 Calabash Road, Arcadia
Part of WellPet Vets Animal Hospital (so you know your beloved pet is in good hands) offers upmarket boarding service, with each furry guest provided with their own private room and bed, and the option of booking in to daily massages and nature walks around the lagoon.
74 Murphy Street, Blaxland
Situated on the outskirts of Penrith, this luxury pet boarding offers stays that are tailor-made for your pooch and his/her needs - think obedience training, rehabilitation and grooming. They also have a pet shuttle service leaving you more time to pack for your next adventure.
448 Llandilo Road, Llandilo