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Let’s Get Physical! ‘Doga’ And Other Pet-Friendly Exercise Ideas

Here at Jetpets, we love keeping up with the latest pet trends! This month, we’re looking at some great pet-friendly exercise ideas.

Are you heading away with your pet in the near future? Whether you’re travelling around, or taking a much-deserved vacation with your pet in tow – it’s always a great idea to stay active whilst away. Keeping your dog active whilst you’re out of your normal routine will help to make sure they’re comfortable in their new surrounds, and it will make you feel energised too! So what are some great pet-friendly exercise ideas to try out next time you’re away?

Doga

Yep, you heard us right, Doga! Think yoga, but you get to hang out with man’s best friend at the same time! Yoga is a great way to relax, de-stress and strengthen – and it does all this for your dog too! Doga is all about connecting and relaxing with your dog, and helping you work together as one. Try starting off with downward facing dog every morning with your dog!

Many Doga classes ask humans to stroke and massage their dogs, breathe with them and sometimes perform some light stretching. Other classes simply involve the dogs being there, present alongside other dogs and humans in a calm, friendly setting.

But you don’t need to head off to a Doga class to get involved. Why not simply try starting off with downward facing dog every morning with your dog!

Hikes

When travelling with your pets, forming a holiday routine is of paramount importance to maintain their energy, their diet and keeping them happy. If you normally go for a daily walk, or a weekly hike, then try and keep this routine going while on holiday. Going on hikes is also one of the best ways to experience a new place!

Stair running

Stair runs are a great way to get a cardio workout in for you and your pet whilst on holidays! Head down to the local park, and see what type of stairs, or inclines you can find. Changing it up between steep, short stairs, and longer stairs will ensure that you get a full body work out. Try changing up the pace to keep your pup engaged!

Agility Training

Agility training is a great way to get your dog’s brain working, as well as getting their daily cardio in! Of course, you may not always have access to an agility track, otherwise why not make your own! Position sticks for your dog to jump over, get them to jump up onto park benches, and run around trees. You’re both sure to work up a sweat! 

Stand-up Paddleboarding

Stand-up paddleboarding is a great way for you to bond with your pup! Not only does it take core strength, it also takes quite a lot of cooperation between you and your pet. Here’s a few steps to help you and your pup become SUP pros:

  1. Bring treats with you to the beach!
  2. Help your dog feel comfortable around the board and paddle first. Use treats to reward them for sitting near, or on the board
  3. When they’re comfortable, float the board in the water with your pup on it, remember to reward them for all good behaviour!
  4. Sit on the board with your pup and float around, so they can find their balance with you on the board too!
  5. You’re ready to go! Remember to start slow, and reward your pup as you go.

No matter your dog’s skill level, it’s always a great idea to hire them a doggy-life jacket, just to be safe. 

How do you and your pet stay active whilst travelling? Let us know your best tips on our Facebook page.

The Best Pet Friendly Wineries to Visit in the Yarra Valley and Hunter Valley

Here in Australia, we’re lucky to have beautiful beaches, scenic parks, and amazing wineries! And now there’s no need to leave your furry friend behind when you’re out exploring, because we’ve put together a list of some of the best dog friendly wineries in the Yarra Valley and the Hunter Valley!

Image courtesy of Capercaillie Wines
Image courtesy of Capercaillie Wines

Victoria’s beautiful Yarra Valley is packed full with trendy wineries, restaurants, and cafes. Why not take a day trip, or even spend the night with your pup and soak in the relaxed vibes. Here are a few of our favourite Yarra Valley wineries.

Hanrahan Winery – Yarra Valley

3 Hexham Road, Gruyere, Victoria, 3770

Family owned and operated, Hanrahan Winery is a must see when visiting the Yarra Valley. Hosts Bev and her beloved dog Otis will walk you through their beautiful grounds and teach you everything there is to know about winemaking.

Hanrahan Winery welcome owners and their pets all year round. Dogs must be on a lead at all times, and under effective control by their owners. Hanrahan will offer a water bowl to owners who decide to bring their dog along.

Rochford Wines – Yarra Valley

878-880 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream, Victoria 3770

As a regular fixture on the popular Day on the Green festival, Rochford Wines is a hot spot for most locals. Whether you want to visit for some lunch at their café, or book in for a tour, you’re sure to be spoilt with the views of the Great Dividing Ranges.

You’re more than welcome to bring along your dog and take a walk through the vines, then relax in their large outdoor seating area where you can sit back and enjoy a glass of wine in the sun.


Only a 45 minute drive inland from Newcastle, the Hunter Valley is a must see when visiting the east coast. With world-renowned wineries, the Hunter Valley is the perfect place for a city escape.

Hungerford Hill – Hunter Valley

2450 Broke Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320

Open since 1967, Hungford Hill is one of the best renowned wineries in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley region. With a sculpture yard, espresso bar, and epic tasting experiences, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

While you’re wine tasting, your dog will be offered a bowl of water which they’re sure to enjoy after exploring the winery all day!

Capercaillie Wines – Hunter Valley

4 Londons Rd, Loveldale, NSW, 2325 

Capercaillie Wines is located in Loveldale, the centre of the Hunter Valley. This award winning winery boasts some of Australia’s best wine and is a great place to sit back and relax with friends and family. Capercaillie Wines welcome pet owners to bring their furry friend into the winery to the bar or they can sit outside and enjoy a tasting overlooking the dam, where there is plenty of room for dogs to run around.

Image courtesy of Capercaillie Wines
Image courtesy of Capercaillie Wines

What’s your favourite winery to visit with your dog? Let us know on Facebook.

Our favourite places to explore during a trip along the Great Ocean Road

Whether you’re visiting from out of state, or doing the annual drive to the beach, the Great Ocean Road has many amazing cafes, beaches and walking trails to explore. If you’re planning a trip, then here is a list of our top pet friendly places to stop!

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Beaches

Of course, there are almost too many beautiful beaches along the Great Ocean Road to count! Here are a few of our favourite off the lead dog beaches.

Logans Beach located in Warrnambool is a must see if you’re interested in whale watching! Dogs are welcome at Logans Beach off the lead all year long, so if you’re travelling down the Great Ocean Road with your dog then it’s a great place to stop and stretch the legs.

If you’re stopping by Peterborough, then make sure to visit Bay of Islands Costal Park. It’s off lead all year round! Just make sure you have control of your dog at all times.

Take a 40 minute drive down the Great Ocean Road from the Twelve Apostles, and you’ll arrive in Johanna. Johanna Beach welcomes dogs off the lead at anytime, so make sure you bring the SPF and a frisbee!

Cafes

There’s no doubt that Victoria is full of great coffee and great cafes. The Great Ocean road is no exception. If you’re making the treck down the Great Ocean Road, then here are a few local café’s to stop off with your pup.

Swing Bridge Café, 30 Great Ocean Road, Lorne

This seaside beach shack is a great place to stop of for a morning brew with your pup. Grab some St. Ali coffee and enjoy the surroundings with mans-best-friend.

Sticks and Stones, 61 Surfcoast Hwy, Torquay

If you’re looking for a gluten-free-friendly café then make sure to check out Sticks and Stones in the heart of Torquay.

Café Moby, 41 The Esplanade, Torquay

This modern Australian café is a hot spot for dog lovers. Pop in for a coffee after your morning beach walk, and enjoy the view!

Great Ocean Road, Australia. View Overlooking The Pacific Ocean.

Walking trails

If you’re stopping off in Princetown Township, then head to the Serpentine Boardwalk on Old Coach Road East. Dogs are permitted all year round as long as they are on a leash.

The Camperdown to Timboon rail train stretches for 34 kilometers and is located inland off the Great Ocean Road. Whether you’re looking for a hike, or a short stroll, the rail trail is sure to appeal to man and dog! Stop off at the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery for a rest, they provide waterbowls for thirsty pets!


What are your favourite pet friendly stops along the Great Ocean Road? Let us know on Facebook!

 

 

The Best Off The Lead Parks to Visit in Sydney

Not only does Sydney offer some of the most spectacular tourist attractions, glorious beaches and gorgeous weather, it’s also home to some of the country’s best off the lead dog parks!

If you’re planning on heading to Sydney soon with your pup in tow, then here are some of the best off the lead parks Sydney has to offer!

Centennial Park

Location: Grand Drive and Parkes Drive, Sydney

Off the Lead: Off-lead areas available 24/7

Centennial Park is arguably the best off-lead dog park in Sydney. 158 hectares of the park are designated as off-lead areas, so there’s no doubt that your dog is going to love it.

Sirius Cove

Location: Sirius Cove Rd, Mossman 2088

Off the Lead: All day during the week, before 9am and after 4pm on weekends and public holidays

Sirius Cove is great for both land-loving and beach going dogs. There is shaded grass area for those who would prefer to stay dry, and the beach is open and accessible throughout the week for those who might want to cool off in the sea!

St Ives Showground

Location: 450 Mona Vale Rd, St. Ives, 2075

Off the lead: Off-lead areas available 24/7

St Ives Showground is great for younger dogs that are still being trained, and aren’t confident off the lead yet. The off the lead areas at St Ives are surrounded by fences, so it’s a great spot if you’re a bit worried you don’t have total control of your dog.

Warrigal Run

Location: Doonside Road, Doonside, 2767

Off the lead: 24/7

Warrigal Run is another completely fenced, off the lead dog park! Warrigal Run boasts the largest fenced, off the lead park in Sydney, so this is a good one for those dogs who need to stretch their legs! There are also some great walking paths through the park too.


What are your favourite off the lead parks in Sydney? Let us know on Facebook!

Travellers’ Tails– Sahara’s story

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sahara_langham_lSydney’s Langham Hotel is the height of luxury for humans and their furry friends. Located in the heart of Sydney, the Langham is the perfect getaway for the whole family, conveniently located close to the many attractions that this amazing city has to offer.

At the Langham, rooms are pet friendly, and come with luxury pet bedding, gourmet food and treats! (They do have human perks too like private terraces and luxurious bathrooms.)

Recently, our animal ambassador Sahara was lucky enough to spend a few nights at the Langham in Sydney, and her owner Dave tells us that she had an amazing time!

“When it comes to pet-friendly hotels, it doesn’t get much better than this” Dave says. “We had an amazing time, and Sahara of course, was treated like a princess by the team!”

 

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Not only did she enjoy the spectacular views from her private balcony, she was treated to gourmet meals cooked just for her (and delivered to her room,) talk about luxury!

Sahara was truly in pet heaven, relaxing on her own custom-made Langham plush bed (pictured,) before heading out on the town to check out some of Sydney’s best pet-friendly attractions.

At the Langham, pet-sitting and dog walking services are also available on request.

If you would like to know more about the Langham in Sydney, or book in your own pet-friendly vacation at the hotel, click here.

The Best Off the Lead Parks to Visit in Melbourne

 The Best Off the Lead Parks to Visit in Melbourne

Whether you’re looking for a holiday in the hills, a city escape, or time by the sea, Melbourne pretty much has it all!

If you’re planning a trip to Melbourne and you’re bringing your furry pal along, or if you’re a local looking for a new park to visit, here’s our list of the best off the lead parks in Melbourne!


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Location: Seacrombe Grove, Brighton, 3186
Off the Lead: 24/7

It’s time to trade in your traditional walk for one to the dog beach. Brighton Dog beach is designated for dogs all year round, and it is fenced, so you don’t need to worry too much if your dog isn’t the best at recall. Just remember to leash your dogs as soon as you leave the fenced area.

Albert Park
Location: Albert Park, 3260
Off the Lead: 24/7 in permitted off the lead zones, must be on a lead in picnic areas and on walking paths

Albert Park is a must see when visiting Melbourne. This lakeside park has several designated off the lead areas for you and your dog to enjoy. The park is equipped with dog-water taps and doggy-bag stations, (which is great for those days when you run out!)

Citizens Park
Location: Highett St, Richmond, 3121
Off the Lead: welcome at all times with the exception of during sports training and matches

Citizens Park is another great fenced dog park. Dogs are welcome to roam off the lead, as long as they are under effective control by their owners. This park is a local favourite for dog owners all year round. Make sure you do clean up after your dog, and keep an eye on them if they’re prone to digging holes. This park is also utilised as a sporting oval, so best to keep keen diggers on a lead to prevent any issues for those competing at the park.

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Location: Eastway Avenue, Donvale, 3111
Off the lead: 24/7

If your dog likes adventure, then this is the dog park for you. Also known as the Dog Activity Centre, this dog friendly park is separated into three sections; general activity, training area and dog agility equipment.  Whether your dog prefers casual afternoon strolls, or regimented training games, there is sure to be something at Aranga Reserve for everyone to enjoy!

What are your favourite off the lead parks in Melbourne? Let us know!

 

Packing Checklist

Packing Checklist

Clever young black retriever at the office tableWhether you’re a last minute packer, or follow a regimented routine, when you’re going on a pet-friendly holiday, there’s an extra family member to pack for! Because you don’t want to arrive at your holiday destination to realise you’ve forgotten your pet’s favourite toy, we’ve put together a list of the essentials to pack when going on holiday with your pet!

Food

When travelling with your pets, it’s always a great idea to bring along some of their favourite foods and treats. We all know how hungry we get after a long drive or plane journey, and your pet probably feels the same too!

It’s a great idea to pack food that your pet is familiar with. Because they might feel a bit unsure when you arrive at your destination, their favourite food will help comfort them and help settle them into a normal routine (not to mention help avoid any tummy upsets.)

Toys

Almost all of our pets have a favourite toy. Whether it’s a tennis ball or teddy they sleep with at night, our pets all have that one toy that they are obsessed with! Make sure you pack it in your luggage, and surprise them with it when you arrive.

Small dog maltese sitting in the suitcase or bag wearing sunglasses and waiting for a trip

Bed/blankets

Bringing along your pet’s bedding and blankets where possible will really help them settle into their new holiday destination. Plus, it will help ensure that they (and the rest of the family) get a relaxed night’s sleep.

The Essentials

Before you leave home, make sure you’ve packed the essentials. If you’re travelling with your dog, you will need to bring along their lead, harness and seat belt if they will be travelling in cars. (In some cities, dogs must be restrained by seat belts while travelling in cars, so it’s always great to have one with you.)

And don’t forget the disposable poo bags for when you take your dog out for a walk.

If you’re travelling somewhere cool, it’s also a great idea to pack a coat, just in case your dog starts to feel the cold.

Have we missed anything? Comment below and let us know.

Exploring Pet-Friendly Sydney

 Exploring Pet-Friendly Sydney

Latte Coffee art and biscuit stick on the wooden desk.Sydney is Australia’s tourism capital for a reason. It’s beautiful beaches, stunning weather and bustlingculture and make for a great getaway for humans, and their pets too!

If you’re planning a holiday with your pet, here’s our list of must-dos while in sunny Sydney.

Beaches

Sydney is known for its iconic coastline and beaches. It would almost be a crime to visit this seaside city and not spend some time at the beach. Here are some must-dos:

  • Bondi to Bronte costal walk: if you’re looking for a walk that both you and your pup will enjoy, then the Bondi to Bronte is a must. The walk will take you about an hour and a half so make sure you bring along some water for your furry-friend. There are plenty of places to rest and enjoy the scenery if all that exercise is making you feel a bit ‘ruff’.
  • Sirius Cove, Mosman: This may just be the ultimate pet-friendly beach. Sirius Cove has plenty of shaded grass areas for those pups that prefer to stay on dry land. For those keen to take a dip, unleashed dogs are permitted on the beach and in the water all day Monday to Friday, and before 9am and after 4pm on Saturdays, Sundays and on public holidays.

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Pubs and cafés

While holidaying in Sydney, visiting its trendy pubs and cafes is essential! You don’t need to worry about leaving your furry-friend behind;well-behaved pups are welcomed at most outdoor venues.

Here’s a list of our favourites:

  • The Grounds of Alexandria, 7A, 2 Huntley St, Alexandria
    Pop into the Potting Shed with your pup for a cold beverage (as long as they’re on a leash) or stop by the café terrace if coffee is your vice.
  • Honest Don’s, 2A McCauley St, Thirroul
    If the thought of puppychinos and liver treats get your dog excited then this café is perfect for your pup.
  • Cuckoo Callay, Newtown Railway Station, 324A King St, Newtown
    If you’re thinking about making the trip to Newtown then a visit to Cuckoo Callay is a must. Sit out in the sun with your pup and treat them to maple-bacon biscuits, which almost sound good enough for us humans to eat too.

What are your favourite things to do with your pet when visiting Sydney? Let us know on Facebook.

Get Ready For Take-Off!

 Get Ready For Take-Off!

Planning a holiday with the family? Now you can take your pets with you too!

Here at Jetpets Holidays, we have created a series of pet friendly holiday packages, so that you can enjoy many popular destinations throughout Australia with the whole family, including your pets!

When it comes to pet-friendly family holidays, it’s hard to beat our destinations. Whether you’re after 5 star urban luxury or a cozy country retreat, there’s a pet-friendly destination for every ‘fur-family’.

We understand that pets are part of the family – so rather than leaving them behind, take them on holidays with you and create some amazing memories with Jetpets Holidays.

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Ready For Take Off?

Here at Jetpets Holidays, we take care of everything for you and your pets, from booking flights for the whole family, to organising pet travel crates, accommodation, transfers/car hire and other pet services – you name it, we’ve got it covered!

On the plane

Our Jetpets Holidays Consultants will take care of your flight bookings to and from your destination, for both you and your pets. We will organise the entire process for you, and where possible your pet will travel on the same flight in a comfortable Airline Approved Travel Crate.

Transfers/Car Hire

Our Jetpets Holiday packages include transfers and car hire from the airport to your accommodation. Our transfers are all pet friendly, ensuring the whole family arrives together in comfort!

Accommodation

Here at Jetpets Holidays, we’ve hand picked a selection of pet-friendly accommodation venues across Australia. From five star luxury, to urban hideaways and cozy country retreats off the beaten track, we’ve got the perfect accommodation venue for your next holiday. Better still, all of our Jetpets Holidays venues are pet-friendly and some offer amazing extras like pet sitting, bedding for your furry friend, and meals prepared specially for your pet.

Travel tips

There are a few things to keep in mind when travelling with pets. Make sure your pet is up to date with their vaccinations, as well as their worming, flea and tick treatments.

Pet Holiday Checklist

Don’t forget:

  • Lead and collar
  • Your pet’s favourite toys
  • Heading to a cooler climate? Make sure you pack a coat or a jumper for your pet to rug up
  • Make sure that your pet is microchipped and their details are up to date

With over 25 years experience, we are truly the pet travel people, and pet welfare, comfort and safety are our number one priorities. You can rest assured that the entire family, including your furry friends, will have an amazing experience when travelling with Jetpets Holidays.

Are you ready to book a holiday with your pets? Click here to get started.