Boutique Luxury Gold Coast Boarding Kennels

Barkroyal is a family owned business established in April 2005. After years of extensive research, design, planning and obtaining council approvals, the combination of exceptional  engineering and a great love for animals, the result is Barkroyal Boutique Pet Resort, the ultimate pet oasis, the only luxury pet kennels Gold Coast, Australia.

The Freestone family purchased Barkroyal in February 2012, immediately looking to do everything they could to ensure its name, reputation and standard of care continued to remain of the highest regard.

Craig and Melody had been looking for a business in the pet industry for a great length of time but were very particular with what they required.  Having always been very passionate about animals, they endeavoured to find a unique and specialised care type of accommodation for pets, somewhere they would be happy to leave their own dogs.  This became a long process as “we were quite specific about what we wanted. We required a great location in a tranquil natural setting that was close to the CBD, a modern facility where we could concentrate on each guests particular needs.”

“We are ecstatic to be running Barkroyal, not just a kennel, but a boutique pet resort where we pride ourselves on the intimacy, personal touch and hands on approach we provide for each and every animal in our care.”

Mission Statement

Barkroyal’s mission is to ensure that all our guests are happy, comfortable and enjoy a stress free stay in their home away from home. We strive for your satisfaction and peace of mind, welcoming special requirements and instructions for your loved one.

Here your pet is cared for and loved like they are our own, in a healthy environment where your pet(s) are safe and secure.

You can enjoy your holiday, knowing your pet is well cared for and will enjoy their stay with us here at Barkroyal Boutique Pet Resort.

We aim to continually improve our services and accommodation striving to reach above and beyond your expectations.

Owner Operators

Craig and Melody met through dog training, and have enjoyed many years training and competing with dogs, including agility and sheep dog trials. They boast hands on experience in the industry, providing trained dogs for performance and demonstrations.

Their Border Collie ‘Maverick’ (a past guest of the Animal Welfare League of Qld) was a featured dog in the show at the Australian Outback Spectacular and they now have their Kelpie ‘Silk’ in the current show.  They provide working dogs for Paradise Country, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, the EKKA and regularly entertain crowds at regional and metropolitan Shows.

“Our pets are a very important part of our lives, they mean everything to us. They were even included in the bridal party on our wedding day.”

Animal Attendant

My name is Julia, zookeeper turned dog trainer.

My fascination with dogs and their behaviour led me to leave my 6 year career as a zookeeper and become a certified dog trainer and behaviourist with my own training business.
In my spare time I can usually be found hiking, running, or swimming with my two dogs Honor and Hamlet, or training for Flyball and Jetty Jumping, two sports we engage in competitively.

I have previously worked as Head Trainer of an assistance dog program for children with autism and for adults suffering from PTSD, and have a passion for puppy development, behaviour modification, and mental health awareness.

What I love most about working at Barkroyal is witnessing the positive changes in the behaviour of many of our guests (both cats and dogs) as they come to know the staff and make friends among our other regular visitors.

Animal Attendant

Hi I’m Sarah and this is Stumpy, affectionately known as Humpy. Stumpy is an Australian Terrier cross. I also have a cat called Barry but he didn’t want to be in the photo.

My hobbies include Animal conservation, music, socialising with friends, camping, and travel.

I’m a singer in a rock band and run an Animal Conservation Volunteering agency in my spare time.

What I love most about animals is their unconditional love, their forgiving nature and their ability to trust after being hurt.

My favourite quote is “Some of the best days of your life haven’t happened yet”

Animal Attendant

My name is Belinda and I am the mother of one human and 2 fur babies.

I have worked in animal welfare/ rescue for 10 years and loved every minute of it. My passion for working with animals started when i got my first dog and I haven’t looked back.

I have fostered hundreds of animals in my own home over the years, with my interest being dogs with special needs and behavioural issues.

In my spare time I volunteer for animal rescue and work on my own pet related business.

Although I love all animals, I am a self declared crazy dog lady and I’m proud of it!


Hi, I’m Natasha and this is Wally. Wally is an Irish Wolfhound cross Mastiff.

We are avid dog foster carers and Wally is a part of the Share Reading Program for children who get to read to Wally weekly.

I have over 5 years experience in animal welfare and I absolutely love being around all the the dogs and cats that come and stay at Barkroyal.


Hi, I’m Denis and this is me with one of my favourite guests.

After a successful career as a jockey I found retirement a bit boring. Barkroyal is a great job because it keeps me active and around animals.

After losing my beautiful German Shepherd Mustard a few years ago I adopted Lily, a little Silky Terrier who was a guest at Barkroyal that was in need of a new place to call home.