New accommodation options provide paw-fect pet getaway

Published on 22 August 2019

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New pet-friendly cabins at Lake Macquarie Holiday Parks mean fur babies no longer have to stay at home when their owners take a vacation.

Specially equipped accommodation, with safety fencing, dog beds, pet food stations and covered furniture launched this week at Blacksmiths Beachside and Belmont Lakeside Holiday Parks.

Blacksmiths Beachside Park Manager Caroline and Andrew Affleck said they had received requests “at least daily” for pet-friendly accommodation over the past few years.

“That is where the idea came from,” Mrs Affleck said.

“Pets are a greater part of the family unit now more than ever, especially with older people whose four-legged friends might be their greatest companion.

“Another factor is the price of pet resorts and boarding kennels. These put greater financial strain on families going on holiday, but by offering these new accommodation options they can bypass this additional cost.”

Lake Macquarie Holiday Parks Coordinator Garry Ellem said a new Pet Policy in place at each site would ensure pets and their families had a fantastic stay without affecting other park guests.

“Belmont Lakeside and Blacksmiths Beachside already offer pet-friendly camping options year-round,” Mr Ellem said.

“This expands the accommodation options for people with pets. Blacksmiths and Belmont are our two pilot sites for this exciting initiative, but it’s certainly something we will look at expanding once we gauge its success.”

Lake Mac pet owner Joelle Brockman, whose English bulldog Brixton road-tested the Blacksmiths facilities this week, welcomed the new accommodation option.

“It’s great to see more of these pet-friendly places emerging,” Ms Brockman said.

“It really reflects the role our pets play as part of the family, and it means we can get away without having to leave Brixton behind.”

Lake Macquarie Holiday Parks operates sites at Belmont, Blacksmiths, Swansea and Wangi Point, with all four parks achieving a rating of at least 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor.

Blacksmiths Beachside Holiday Park won gold last month at the 2019 Sydney Surrounds North Regional Tourism Awards, taking out the Caravan and Holiday Parks category.

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