Most Frequently Asked Dog Questions

Is my dog allowed inside?

Yes!  Sea Horse Diamond Beach is really truly, dog friendly.  Big and Small Dogs, Inside and Outside.


Sea Horse Diamond Beach is recognised as NSWs No1 Dog Friendly Accommodation!  Where your well behaved dog is welcome to share both the inside and outside comforts with you.


Your dog is very welcome inside with you but is not allowed on the lounges, chairs or beds. Claws will scratch the lovely leather lounge and can catch on material fabrics.  Plus, not all of our guests are ‘doggie’ people.

DO NOT leave your dog alone in the house when you are out – some dogs  become stressed and behave erratically/destructively if left alone when away from home.  Make use of our ‘Doggie  Day Pen’ .

Wet Dogs & Sandy Paws -  With 3 local dog friendly beaches, we're sure you and your dog will enjoy plenty of time enjoying the sand and surf.   Please ensure, that after your dog has been to the beach, to wash any sand off outside and then leave your dog outside until they are nice and dry.  ‘Dog’ towels are provided for this purpose and your use.

Is there a safe, fenced area for my dog?

Yes!   There Certainly Is.

You can really relax and enjoy your holiday with your dog at dog friendly Sea Horse with its huge fenced and gated yard and gardens.   Enjoying your holidays with dogs and knowing that they are secure and safe at your pet friendly accommodation is of huge importance for dog owners and essential for a happy, dog friendly holiday.

The Sea Horse Diamond Beach house yard is a secure (canine Houdinis excepted!) fenced area of approx 1 acre of open space, expansive lawns and gardens, gated front and back.


Your dog will love the freedom of being able to roam and explore the gardens, tingle their nose with tantalising and interesting smells, snooze on the lawn in the sun, and have room to run and play – all whilst you relax and enjoy your holiday, knowing they are staying safe, on the property and having a good time too.  No more expense or worry of leaving your pup in dog kennels or trying to find a house sitter for them!


There are 2 gates, front and back.  Please keep these gates closed.

Are The Beaches Dog Friendly?

Dog Friendly Beach Walks With Your Dog - So much to be enjoyed!


Dogs are welcome off leash on all local beaches (Diamond Beach, Black Head Beach and Back Beach) up until 8am each day and then after 8am on the leash at any time. 


Your dog will have a great time on their beach walks with you and love digging, running and exploring on the beach and going out ‘adventuring’ with you.  They’ll love the rockpool and ocean swimming and other fun dog friendly beach adventures.  Maybe they’ll even develop a ‘taste’ for natural seaweed ‘chewies’ – our dogs love finding just that special piece of seaweed to chew on.

Friendly local Diamond Beach residents can be met walking their dogs on the beach from very early in the morning.  Feel free to say g’day – we’re a very dog friendly community here.

Doggie bag dispensers and receptacles are provided at many beach entrances – please make use of them and always ensure you clean up after your dog wherever you take them. 

When walking your dog on the beach off lead, don’t allow your dog to run up to and bark at other dogs (particularly if they’re on lead).  Most dogs are friendly (or at least tolerant) but a strange dog running up to them could cause an unnecessary hassle.  At the very least an unrestrained dog continually barking at another dog being walked on the beach is an annoying  nuisance for everyone.  

What’s the Doggie Day Pen?

The Doggie Day Pen is our large, undercover and secure day yard/pen for dogs. 

Situated under the verandah and next to the garages, it is protected from the hot sun by cool shady trees and a thick, sweetly perfumed,  jasmine vine – which also minimises any rain and wind coming into the pen.  Your dog will have a pleasant view of the front yard, driveway area and down into the paddock whilst in the pen.

Complete with a large, comfy dog kennel,  trampoline beds & thick mats to lie on, the Doggy Day Pen is ready for your dog to use. 

You can leave your dog in here anytime you have to leave them at home alone, knowing they are safe, secure and comfortable.  They'll be able to catch up on some sleep after a morning walk with you on the beach or an afternoon adventure down in the paddock whilst in here.

Giving your dog a ‘chewie’ or a bone when they are in the Doggie Day Pen helps to keep them occupied & prevent barking while you are gone.  We recommend you bring a pack of your dogs favourite long lasting chewies with you for this purpose.

Please check the water bowl is full prior to leaving your dog in the Doggy Day Pen and remove any dog poo from the pen after use.

What About Ticks?

Tick Prevention Measures Are Important.

The NSW eastern seaboard is a recognized tick zone.  Please ensure your dog is treated with your choice of tick prevention measures prior to arriving and if necessary, during your stay here.  Remember ticks are NOT dog friendly!  And it’s not worth the risk to your dog's health or spoiling your holiday, not to use tick preventatives.  

We recommend a liquid topline type product as the collars can be ineffective if your dog is swimming.

Can my dog go in the pool?



The pool is for people only!   Do not allow your dog in the pool or pool area - swimming in the clean ocean or rockpools is much better for them!

Your dog can also enjoy swimming in the rainforest creek at the bottom of the paddock.

Dog hair clogs pool filters!  We clean our pool filters after every booking and finding dog hair in the pool filter after your stay will impact your security bond.

Can we walk our dog down into the paddock and around the creek area?


Feel free to walk your dog in the paddock and to explore our ‘wild’ rainforest creek area together. 


The rainforest creek area at Sea Horse Diamond Beach is a great area for your dog to adventure around in and a fun place for your dog to swim and wade.  Your dog will find all sorts of fascinating smells that will tantalizingly tingle their nose.

Dogs love to gallop and leap around in the longer paddock grass too and it's great fun to watch their antics.

Should I bring my own dog beds, bowls etc?


​In an unfamiliar environment (such as being away on holidays) your dog will find the sight and smell of their own bedding and bowls etc to be comforting and settling, making it much more dog friendly for them.

We do provide dog bowls, blankets & towels for your dogs use if you happen to forget to bring your own.  Plus your dog (or the kids) can enjoy the ever popular and super comfortable bean bags we have available.  


Please do not use our human utensils, crockery, blankets or white towels for/on your dog – your security bond will be impacted. These items are NOT dog friendly!

Are there any local dog friendly cafes?



The whole Hallidays Point region (incorporating  Diamond Beach, Redhead and Black Head) is very dog friendly.  You’ll find these cafe’s are all dog friendly:

  • Meze' Gourmet Cafe at Hallidays Point Shopping Centre

  • The Point Bakery at Hallidays Point Shopping Centre

  • The Shop at Diamond Beach

  • Pasta and Pizza at Diamond Beach

  • Hallidays Point Tavern - has an outdoor dog friendly area

  • Plus you can enjoy fish and chips or icecreams under the Blackhead Beach pine trees overlooking the beach with your little mate; at the Diamond Beach lookout or on the beach itself.   They are all great places for a picnic or just to watch the surf/ers with your dog by your side.

What about Wallabies, Native Wildlife, Birds & Neighbouring Livestock?

Wallabies occasionally quietly pass through the Sea Horse paddock or can be spotted grazing the grass around the rainforest creek area (by keeping the area ‘wild’ we do our best to encourage this).  Please be aware of this and restrain your dog from barking at or chasing them if they are spotted.  The smell of a wallaby is very exciting to dogs.  This also applies to any other visiting wildlife eg echidnas, possums, water dragons etc.

Apart from the huge variety of native birds that also call Sea Horse home eg Lorikeets, King Parrots, Native Doves, Rosellas, Pink Galahs (etc) and who often  come in to feed from the bird feeder hanging outside the dining room glass doors, we also have a resident family of friendly Magpies.  Just be aware they can become a bit ‘anxious’ when they have babies in the nest or who have recently fledged, so please keep an eye out that your dog doesn’t chase them or accidently corner one on the ground.

At different times there may be cattle, horses or sheep in neighbouring paddocks which you and your children are welcome to feed carrots or apples to - but only from our 'safe' side of the fence.  

Where is the local vet?

In the unlikely event you need a vet whilst you’re here enjoying our pet friendly accommodation, these are their contact details:

  •   Windan Sea Vet Hospital, Forster - 6555 2275  (our own personal vet)

  •   Diamond Beach Vet Surgery - 6559 2277

Is there anything else I need to know when I bring my dog to Sea Horse?

Worming and Vaccinations – We do our best to maintain high standards at our pet friendly accommodation, to this end, we would greatly appreciate you worming your dogs approx 1 week before visiting Sea Horse and that their vaccinations are up to date.


Pick-Up Bags - We have spare pick-up bags if you run short – you’ll find them in the Doggie Day Pen.  Please clean up any dog manure and leave the Doggie Day Pen and house yard clean when you leave.  Used bags can be put in the general (red lid) garbage bin.

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