Travel with your furry friends on Airbnb this World Animal Day

October 4 marks World Animal Day, an international day promoting the rights and welfare of both domestic and wild animals. Originated in 1931 by German writer, publisher and animal activist Heinrich Zimmerman, this commemorative day seeks to help shape a better future for animals all over the world. 

Airbnb Hosts all around the world have welcomed thousands of guests and their beloved pets. In 2021, Aussie Hosts with pet-friendly listings earned over AUD $370,000,000¹. As the pandemic pet boom continues, guests are increasingly looking for listings that allow them to bring their furry friends along, with ample outdoor space for them to roam in. As of June 2022, pet-friendly stays make up almost one-fifth of all Aussie listings, an 11% increase compared to the same time period in 2019². 

Susan Wheeldon, Airbnb Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand, said when it comes to pet-friendly Airbnb stays, owners are seeking locations outside capital cities, near beaches and dog parks, ideal for pets who love the great outdoors. 

As of Q2 2022, the top ten destinations outside major capitals for pet-friendly travel in Australia are:

  • Gold Coast, Queensland
  • Geelong, Queensland
  • Nowra, New South Wales
  • Mornington, Victoria
  • Caloundra, Queensland
  • Coolum Beach, Queensland
  • Noosa Heads, Queensland
  • Ballarat, Victoria
  • Margaret River, Western Australia
  • Buderim, Queensland

If you’re an avid pet lover like me, you’ll know that no holiday is quite complete without taking your family pet along. With thousands of pet-friendly Airbnb listings across Australia, we have something for even the fussiest four-legged family members, but certainly homes with spacious yards, deck areas and amenities like tennis courts are always among the most popular for guests with pets.

Susan Wheeldon, Airbnb Country Manager, Australia and New Zealand

In Australia, over 109,000 pets have traveled on Airbnb³. To inspire fur mums and dads planning to bring their pet friends on their next getaways, here are several popular pet-friendly listings in Australia – from spacious homes with huge backyards for your dogs to roam, to stays with thoughtfully prepared welcome pet baskets by your friendly Hosts. 

Rye Coastal Retreat - Rye, Victoria
Tiny Go Lightly - Tanji South, Victoria
Sun-soaked seaside cottage - Moffat Beach, Queensland
Pandanus House Ascot - Ascot, Queensland
For a country escape, stay at Kirro - Darlington, Queensland
The Mini House - Connolly, Western Australia
New mid-century modern suite - Summerhill, Tasmania
The Beach Shack - Coolum Beach, Queensland
Quinns Summer Beach House - Quinns Rocks, Western Australia

Note: All stays referenced are intended purely to inspire and illustrate. Airbnb does not recommend or endorse specific stay or experience listings on the Airbnb platform.

¹ Based on Airbnb internal data from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. 
² Based on Airbnb internal data from June 30, 2019 to June 30, 2022. 
³ Based on Airbnb internal data from November 11, 2019 to June 30, 2022.