Say Why?

Why was the Aussie Dog Friendly Business Directory created?

In October 2016, I decided to take a road trip from Townsville QLD to Armidale NSW to visit my adult daughter (approx. 3600km round trip). I had recently moved to Townsville so it seemed a wonderful way to see a stretch of our beautiful country that I had never travelled through. My husband and I had recently adopted a dog from our local RSPCA, so I decided to take Max (the dog) with me so that we could bond more closely. Hence, I packed the car with my dog, my swag, an esky, and whole a lot of enthusiasm. 

A couple of hours into the trip I thought that I had better find a dog park or an open area for Max to relieve himself. I had never travelled with a dog before and was not quite sure of how often a dog needed a rest stop. Finding a dog friendly park was not an easy task. I was travelling down the highway and was not aware of any of the facilities available in any of the approaching towns. On top of that, I did not want to randomly detour too much off the highway either. I thought to myself, ‘I wish there was a website that easily identified local dog parks.’

But that was not the only inconvenience on this road trip. Each afternoon I needed to find dog friendly accommodation to stay at for the night. Unfortunately, most Visitor Information Centres were difficult to locate and they were usually closed in the late afternoon/early evening. My only hope was to pull the car over, hop on my ‘smartphone' (so I thought), and start searching for dog friendly accommodation. It seems that not all caravan parks welcome dogs. On top of that, there were times that I had to backtrack many kilometres to the only dog friendly accommodation in that area. Now I am sure that I am not the only one who gets a little irritable when tired! One of the last things that I wanted to do at the end of the day was to become a research assistant on the side of the highway. Once again, I thought to myself, ‘I wish there was a website that easily identified dog friendly accommodation.’

On my drive back from Armidale, I entertained the idea of creating a website that would help people and their dogs find:

  • dog parks close to home,
  • dog parks far from home, and
  • dog friendly businesses along their travels. 

On 23 February 2017, the Aussie Dog Friendly Business Directory website was launched. Were we ready? Not at all. However, since then, we have added more dog parks and off-leash areas, as well as, additional dog friendly business categories to cater for each sector in the dog friendly business market. Many of these changes were initiated because of the wonderful suggestions provided by lovely business owners who believe in what we are working towards ... consolidating 'ALL-THINGS-DOGS' across Australia - I am forever grateful to them. 

The goal of the Aussie Dog Friendly Business Directory is to make it easy for dog owners (locals and tourists) to find: 

* Refer to Terms & Conditions

Currently, we have identified over 4,000 Dog Parks & Off-Leash Areas. Help us, help you (and others), by looking up your local dog park and updating its facilities on our easy to use online form. These details are especially beneficial to travellers who are new to an area and are often weary from travelling many kilometres each day. Unfortunately, Max and I are unable to visit every dog park around the country, however, your assistance is VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.

Enjoy your day with your dog by your side!

Monica & Max (my RSPCA dog)

What people are saying about Aussie Dog Friendly Business Directory:

Great experience and very easy to work with. The team obviously know what they are doing with content creation and listings. We... read more

The Pet Health Store (Saint Georges Basin, NSW & Australia-wide)

Listing and updating our site on Aussie Dog Friendly Business Directory was so easy, it's a real pleasure to work with Monica. We look... read more

Bells By The Beach Dog Friendly Holiday House (Ocean Grove, VIC)

We have been so impressed with Monica and Aussie Dog Friendly Business Directory! What a great website - our customers love that there is... read more

Dogs Country Club and Kennel Resort & We Love Dogs Kennel Resort (Baxter, VIC)

Thanks Monica. You really do a great job connecting people searching for vacation destinations for themselves and their four legged friends.

Pelican Caravan Park (Nambucca Heads, NSW)

We think it's fabulous and a great way for pet lovers to find perfect places that suit their needs to holiday at. Thank you for your... read more

Endeavour River Escape (Cooktown, QLD)

I came across Aussie Dog Friendly Business Directory randomly one day on Facebook and contacted Monica for a listing. She was... read more

Diamond Waters Caravan Park & Dunbogan Caravan Park (Dunbogan, NSW)

Yesterday I spoke to the lovely owner of this page as she approached me wanting to share the word about out meetups :-) Monica has created... read more

Central Coast Dachshunds (Central Coast, NSW)

Listing our pet friendly property on this site was so easy. Monica's effective communication was spot on and she is so helpful and a... read more

Grangeview Guesthouse & Farmstay (Ambergate, WA)

This is our favourite website for our dog friendly accommodation. Easy to use site for anyone wanting to find the perfect holiday with dogs... read more

Halls Gap Gardens Caravan Park (Halls Gap, VIC)

Such an easy process to list our pet friendly park. Being on this site has made us even more determined to making our park as pet friendly... read more

Heathcote Queen Meadow Caravan Park (Heathcote, VIC)

A great website and resource of doggie businesses for all mums and dads. Thanks Monica for putting our page together, fast and efficiently.... read more

Caves Road Chalets (Gracetown, WA)

I love this site. We are nomads travelling our beautiful Australia and really need to stay at pet friendly places for our little Rusty.... read more

Beachfront Zilzie Holiday Homes (Zilzie, QLD)

This site has been great for our event and the process was very easy to setup and no drama's at all. Great for our pet friendly events.... read more

Avoca Beachside Markets & Fixx Events (Avoca Beach, NSW)

Great site for owners who travel with their pets plus other services. Monica made it very easy for us to set up our ad and was very... read more

Silver Pet Prints (Australia-wide)

Just so impressed with how professionally Monica runs the Website and associated Social Media. Great idea, executed well and an invaluable... read more

Gentle Annie Caravan & Camping Reserve (Whitfield King Valley, VIC)

Love this website. Such a great idea making it easy to find places to visit that have accommodation, off leash parks & other amenities for... read more

Must Love Dogs B&B (Rutherglen, VIC)

Like Monica from Aussie Dog Friendly Business Directory, we too are big dog lovers. Whether we go on holidays with our dogs, or we need... read more

MaxxWell Australia (Pacific Paradise, QLD)

Aussie Dog Friendly Business Directory were fabulous in helping us advertise on their website. We have just made a booking with an... read more

Pet Amigos (Kilsyth, VIC)

Aussie Dog Friendly Business Directory is a fabulous website! This website is the long overdue information pool every dog owner was wishing... read more

Herbal Pet Care (Blue Mountains, NSW & Australia-wide)

Monica has not only come up with an amazing concept, she has the passion and wherewithal to run an amazing business that helps dog owners... read more

Caroline Pope - Animal Communicator, CST & NES Therapist (Port Melbourne, VIC & Australia-wide)

It is a pleasure dealing with Aussie Dog Friendly Business Directory. Monica was very professional and helpful. Our park advert was done... read more

Yarrawonga Riverlands Caravan Park (Yarrawonga, VIC)

Great to be able to show information on pet friendly accommodation on my business Facebook page. Great people to deal with when I did an... read more

Pets and Saddles (Lismore, NSW)

You are providing an awesome service & you obviously have a fantastic work ethic. These two indicators alone put you miles ahead of the... read more

Lake Brockman Tourist Park (Cookernup, WA)

Congratulations:)) Fabulous website. Fantastic service for all dog lovers around Oz. I look forward to a long association with you and your... read more

Dazzlin Doggie Country Village (Brown Hill, VIC)

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