8 Aug 2018
Pets are more than just hounds and felines - they’re part of the family. That means when we go on holidays, they love to come and join in the fun, too (and so they should!).
THUNDER THE CAT
These days, it’s more and more common for our furry companions to come along the holiday ride with us. We couldn’t be more thrilled about it, with more and more of our parks pet-friendly, some even with their own in-park pet.
Park Manager Jenny Derbyshire and Thunder the Cat.
Discovery Parks - Boat Harbour Drive, Hervey Bay is one of them, home to two 10-year-old resident cats, Thunder and Jackson. Receptionist Lisa loves the addition of this feline duo. “Thunder is sort of the office manager, staying close to all of us inside, with the occasional trip outside for a bit of sun,” she says. “Jackson on the other hand is more of the man about town, and tends to come in only to eat, and prefers to visit all of the guests.”
Make sure to keep an eye out for these two when you’re next in town, or ask the front desk if there’s a furry friend to look out for at your next park stop.
BRUCEY THE PUG
Brucey the Pug. Pic: Shannon Doherty.
To celebrate our love affair with our pet pals at G’DAY Magazine, we held a little pet competition around the country. Contestants were asked to share their favourite pet photo and memory with us. We’re excited to introduce you to our winner - Brucey the pug. Owner Shannon Doherty reckons this four-legged water baby loves a beach adventure just as much as anyone with two. “Brucey learnt how to swim down along the Yorke Peninsula and now the beach is his favourite place. He loves it whenever we go away by the coastline. He’s the first in the water!”
WHERE ELSE CAN YOU BRING YOUR FURRY FRIEND?
Here are 10 pet friendly parks to visit on your next holiday.
“We get a lot of tourists who choose to stay with us because we’re dog friendly, and all of our park annuals have pets. Around 90% of our sites that allow dogs have them when people stay with us, so it’s obviously really important to them.”
Darryn Jones, manager
“These days most pets are the families fur child, and any holiday would not be the same without the kids! We even allow pets in our cabins to keep the family together.”
Bianca Paradies, assistant manager
“Pets definitely create more interactions between travellers visiting our park. We’re looking at updating our cabins in the next year or so with fenced areas specifically for pets.”
Dimity Davey, assistant manager
“It’s very special for travellers who are able to bring their pets to our park because for a lot of people they’re their main travel companions.”
Clair Rossouw, manager
“We’re all pet lovers here. The park has a cat called Ivy. She just rocked up one day and took a liking to the staff. We’re also starting a pooch pack which will have information about dog friendly areas, cafés and wineries in the town and surrounding region.”
Lonny Peel, marketing
“We have eight dogs, including a rescue dog, that belong to people that live in our park permanently. I think the people who are able to bring their pets are so much happier. They don’t all have children so being able to bring pets really brings them a lot of joy.”
Denise Pekin, manager
“Our two resident pugs Miss Molly and Lewis have a little yard out the front of our building. The kids just love it, and the dogs love getting pats.”
Wendy Batten, manager
“Around Christmas time, people dress their pets up and let them run around. The kids love it, and so do we!”
Sue Calder, manager
“The whole family can come and enjoy themselves because a dog is a part of the family. We’ve got Town Beach below our park which is a pet friendly beach where people can let their dogs off their leads.”
Maryann Van Dyk, manager
“We have our Ridgeback Molly, two guinea pigs Rocky and Pebbles and five budgies who’ve just had chicks! People come and learn their names and have a look or a play. The children love it! We have pet parking facilities and sell dog toys as well.”
Leah O’Connor, manager
Note: pet policy varies from park to park.
This travel feature was published in G’DAY Magazine.