Holidaying with the whole family

If you dread going on holidays without the beloved family pet, there is now a new way to holiday that means everyone – including your four-legged friend – is kept happy.

Ingenia Holidays resorts and holiday parks are now rolling out the welcome mat for pets in Queensland and New South Wales – catering to all the ‘fur babies’ out there who are well and truly part of the family. So, whether you usually travel with your pet, or if a pet-friendly holiday is something on your ‘to do’ list, include the whole family at Ingenia Holidays.

Pets are pawfect family travel companions

Families that travel with their pets are on to a good thing, and they certainly know it. Whether it’s long walks on the beach, a game of fetch by the waterfront or just relaxing at the resort, sharing holidays with pets can add another element of fun and adventure to any getaway.

Long-time dog lover and Resort Manager at Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut Richard Yazbek sees how pets can perfectly complement a family holiday. When families take a break, they are often eager to see new sights, try new things and spend time reconnecting as a family. Richard says there’s no reason family pets should miss out on all the fun.

 “At Cairns Coconut, our goal is to accommodate the whole family so that they can create long lasting memories – and this often includes a much-loved family pet.”

  • Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut Resort Manager Richard Yazbek

Beyond sharing special holiday adventures with a family pet, bringing your four-legged friend on holidays can often be more convenient and budget-friendly. There’s no need to organise a pet-sitter or book expensive kennel or cattery stays, plus guests often say their pets enjoy the holiday just as much as they do!

Pets bring ‘warm and fuzzy’ community feel

Holiday parks have long been known for providing warm and welcoming environments where guests can relax and be themselves. Parks and resorts provide places for different kinds of travellers to come together and enjoy a holiday that suits them – whether that’s days of exploring and adventuring or simply sitting by the pool and taking it easy.

Welcoming pets to holiday parks has only added to this much-loved ‘community feel’. Ingenia Holidays South West Rocks Park Manager Alison Evans sees travellers come and go and loves being able to cater to their pets too. Alison says it’s not uncommon to see both families and grey nomads travelling with a pet cat or dog in tow.

“Pets can provide wonderful companions for road trips and relaxing getaways – holiday parks are a great option when you need somewhere welcoming to stay that also allows furry family members,” she said.

“We’re genuine animal-lovers here at South West Rocks. My dog Pretzel – a dachshund-foxie cross – spends a lot of time in the office here as the ‘unofficial park mascot’, welcoming guests when they arrive at reception and bidding them farewell when they leave.”

Animals are a sure-fire way to bring people together – they spark conversation and give people something to bond over – making them a perfect fit for holiday parks. So, what are you waiting for? Whether it’s a short break or the trip of a lifetime, treat your whole family – pets included – to a well-earned break at one of our many pet-friendly parks or resorts.

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