Big lick from pam­pered pets

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - PARK LIFE -

Hol­i­day parks are not only al­low­ing dogs on site but also pro­vid­ing pooch-themed ac­tiv­i­ties and off-leash ar­eas

have car­ried their fond­ness for an­i­mals and their love of parks ever since.

“Hol­i­days at Ul­ladulla Hol­i­day Vil­lage typ­i­cally, in­volve sun, sport, surf, great food and wine from the re­gion and an evening spa in the park. But what makes Ul­ladulla Hol­i­day Vil­lage ad­di­tion­ally unique is the added bonus of meet­ing some of the cutest four-legged va­ri­ety fam­ily mem­bers,” the park’s Hay­ley Cheetham says.

“Our guests in­clude fam­i­lies, cou­ples, sin­gles on a road trip, and, of course, pam­pered pets.

“We have spe­cial pet­friendly cot­tages, pet-friendly pow­ered and un­pow­ered car­a­van and camp­sites, and 5ha of land for the pam­pered pooches to ex­plore away from busy roads. The venue’s re­cep­tion and kiosk stock all info re­quired for off-lead beaches and com­mu­nity parks in the area.” BIG4 Gold Coast Hol­i­day Park wel­comed guests of the two and four-legged va­ri­ety late last month to en­joy a day of dog­gie- themed ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a sausage siz­zle hosted by the RSPCA.

It’s a big state­ment about the di­rec­tion the park is head­ing for pet-friendly ap­peal.

The park has been a dogfriendly des­ti­na­tion for sev­eral years, but has stepped up its of­fer­ing by open­ing a fenced, su­per-sized off-leash dog­gie park.

The park was cre­ated with the ex­press pur­pose of pro­vid­ing dogs with room to stretch their legs and chase ten­nis balls to their hearts’ con­tent while on hol­i­day.

Park owner Theo Whit­mont has also in­stalled dog­gie agility equip­ment in­clud­ing a see­saw, hur­dle, weave poles and more.

“We un­der­stand dogs are part of many fam­i­lies, so we think pups de­serve to hol­i­day in style like the rest of our guests,” Theo said. “Dogs of­ten get left at home when fam­i­lies go out on the weekend so this is a chance to share the fun with them. We’d love to see lo­cal fam­i­lies drop in with their pups.”

But the pooches aren’t the only crea­tures at play in the park. A mini cow, two al­pacas, chick­ens, a goat and some de­light­ful ducks call a mini­farm home at BIG4 Gold Coast Hol­i­day Park. THE 4-star BIG4 Dis­cov­ery Hol­i­day Park in the port city of Devon­port is a hid­den trea­sure by the Mersey River in the Mersey-Forth val­ley.

The park has self-con­tained cab­ins and car­a­vans and camp­ing sites, with the op­tion to have your dog stay with you on the car­a­van and camp­ing sites. Your furry friend will have a

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