Hate seeing those sad eyes when you leave your best doggie friend at home? Make the pet-friendly Granite Belt your destination and you can take them along! My cockalier Bella rarely gets invited when I go travelling but a trip to some dog Granite Belt dog friendly accommodation changed all that.
Dog friendly accommodation on the Granite Belt
At Alure Stanthorpe, not only was she invited to stay, but her personally addressed welcome email mentioned gourmet treats, a plush bed and a bathrobe. Next visit, Bella will be requesting a wake-up puppa chino and a doggie pedicure as well. Note to self – better manage future dog expectations early!
There were a few requests (rules) that had to be negotiated with Bella. After a full day of exploring and sniffing, she could stretch out by the fire, or end the day stargazing in the private courtyard. Bella also had to agree to resist the temptation to climb on the furniture or sleep on the bed. (It never happens at home, well mostly never happens.)
As you would expect, there was a mention that Bella uses the great outdoor facilities and never make a mess inside and only her ‘inside voice’ so as not to disturb the residents in other villas. The rule that she couldn’t be left behind inside or outside the villa, in case she disturbed other guests, came with a long list of pet-friendly attractions and activities. So along with walking shoes and swimmers for the spa, I packed dog food for a weekend of dog friendly accommodation on the Granite Belt.
It costs an additional $100 per pet per stay at Alure and pet sitting in the evenings also may be available.
Granite Belt Pet-Friendly Accommodation
Alure Stanthorpe was every bit as luxurious as promised for both humans and dogs. We had a king-sized bed with crisp white sheets and a furry throw, while Bella had a deeply plush bed of her own. She did sleep on it after a few reminders.
Bella very much appreciated the special treats waiting for her on arrival. Well, who doesn’t like pink iced doughnuts? I was almost tempted to eat it myself before I saw the homemade bread and local honey in the breakfast basket.
We were all very content to lie around and enjoy the ambience, but the great outdoors did beckon Bella on a regular basis for toilet stops. Luckily there was a great view of the dog walking area from the spa, so I was able to supervise K2 and make sure that he did everything according to the rules.
Pet friendly Granite Belt dining
They are friendly folk on the pet-friendly Granite Belt and happy to accommodate travelling dogs where possible with an outdoor spot and a bowl of water.
Hidden Creek Winery
Hidden Creek Winery Cafe (Open for lunch Saturday and Sunday) was a perfect lunch spot. With tables set under a heavy tree canopy and overlooking the lake, this was the sort of place where you could while away the afternoon.
Sutton’s Shed Cafe
Famous for its apple pie and a huge range of apple products, Sutton’s Juice Factory and Shed Cafe has a spot you can tie a dog under a shady tree with tables near by. A visit to the Granite Belt is not complete for me without at least one stop here and a giant slice of pie.
Other pet-friendly Granite Belt places where your furry friend can visit
- Balancing Heart Vineyard has outdoor dining with a lakeside view. Lunch is available daily, and dinners are available from Friday to Sunday.
- Stanthorpe town café’s Brinx Deli and Zest Pastries both have outside tables and chairs. Some have dog water bowls.
- Jamworks –Dogs are allowed in the outdoor undercover dining area. Open Wednesday to Sunday.
- Stanthorpe Cheese have outdoor tables.
- St Jude’s Cellar Door and Bistro have plenty of outdoor seating.
- Ashbern Farms allow small dogs on a leash in their outdoor picnic area (Open October to May).
- Granite Belt Brewery allows dogs outside on the verandah.
- Outdoor tables at Vincenzo’s Cafe and Deli are a perfect spot to dine with your canine friend.
- Varias Restaurant offers dog friendly dining on the veranda. Ask when booking.
- The Persian Poppy at Robert Channon Wines offers dog friendly alfresco dining.
- Heritage Estate offers the option to dine on the verandah with your dog. Lunches are available Thursday to Monday weekly, Friday night dinners weekly.
- Girraween Country Inn offers dog friendly outdoor dining.
Dog friendly Granite Belt Wineries
Many of the pet-friendly Granite Belt wineries often have their own dogs as well.
- Symphony Hill Wines
- Tobin Wines
- Golden Grove Estate
- Bungawarra Wines
- Girraween Estate
- Ridgemill Estate Cellar Door.
- Summit Estate welcomes dogs inside their cellar door, with a water bowl provided and lots of space to enjoy the verandah and lawns overlooking the vineyard. There’s even bean bags for you to sit and join your pet on the lawn.
- Heritage Estate Wines
- Art of Krupinski
- Balancing Heart Vineyard
- Twisted Gum Wines
- Jester Hill Wines
- Robert Channon Wines
- Bent Road Cellar Door & Distillery
- Casley Mount Hutton Winery
- Ballandean Estate Wines
- Pyramids Road Wines
- Sancerre Estate – View Wines
- Just Red Wines
- Banca Ridge cellar door and Varias Restaurant at The Queensland College of Wine Tourism