Our sitters love your
home & pets like you do

Going on holiday and need a trustworthy sitter to look after your pets, home and garden? We have been connecting caring sitters to happy owners since 1999.

How it works

Australia's Trusted Network of House Sitters & Pet Lovers

Our sitters love your
home & pets like you do

Going on holiday and need a trustworthy sitter to look after your pets, home and garden? We have been connecting caring sitters to happy owners since 1999.

How it works

Our sitters love your
home & pets like you do

Going on holiday and need a trustworthy sitter to look after your pets, home and garden? We have been connecting caring sitters to happy owners since 1999.

How it works

Find a house

  • Live rent free
  • 1000's of houses Australia wide
  • Receive real time or daily email alerts
  • Our house sitting guarantee
  • Message unlimited home owners
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Find a sitter

  • Sitters treat your pets like family
  • Save on pet boarding fees
  • Choose the most suitable person
  • Feel safe about your home and pets
  • Trusted by owners for over 16 years
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Australia's trusted network of pet lovers



Sitter, Perth

Have returned from my very first ‘happy house sit’ & am now hooked! The dog I sat was fabulous
(thanks for the lovely company Bob!) the owners were happy & have decided to let me know when they want to go away again.


Sitter, Sydney

I had petty much given up on the house-sitting idea, and was planning to move back to my own home after living in a gorgeous rental apartment for over 12 months. Then I received an invitation to house-sit for an extended period (12-18 months) not far from where I am renting. I was thrilled. Looking forward to starting that house sit (my first) in 2 weeks time. Being on your website gave ‘fate’ the opportunity to work its magic!!!


Home owner, Wellington PT, QLD

Great site
Easy to use website. I had multiple responses to my ad for a sitter within a few days.

Matt and Izzy

Home owner, Sydney

Just want to pass on our thanks and appreciation for your wonderful site, which has just helped me and my husband place another sitter.we used your site last year when we went on honeymoon for a month. we recieved many responses within two days, and found a fabulous sitter to look afier our home and two cats while we were away. This year, when we wanted to go camping for a few days for Easter, we were doubtful about finding anyone who'd be interested in sitting for such a time, and on a major holiday. We were, of course, wrong. Within three hours of posting our new ad, we had recieved four replies. We took the ad down two days later, and booked meetings with potential sitters. We have just chosen the new sitter who wiil be minding our house foir Easter. Again, 100% fee, 100% easy and our expectations have been 200% met and exceeded.

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House sitting guarantee

If after your 12 or 18 month membership you don't find any homes to apply for, we will send you $30.00 cash back!

PLUS we will also give you an extra three months on your membership, absolutely FREE.

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About House Sitting

Want to go on a holiday without having to worry about your pet and your home? With Happy House Sitters, you can enjoy your holiday or leave home for extended periods of time without having to board your pet or hire expensive contractors to look after your garden.

Our network of reliable house sitters in Sydney, Melbourne & the rest of Australia will care for your beloved pets whilst you're away. They'll even take good care of your home so everything remains exactly the way it was when you left.

House sitting has become very popular in Australia because it gives homeowners the freedom to travel as and when they need without requiring them to make too many last minute arrangements. When you sign up with Happy House Sitters, you'll have access to our network of new and experienced verified sitters. As a house owner, you pay absolutely nothing to create and post an ad. You only offer the sitter free boarding in exchange for the wonderful work they do. You also get to negotiate all tasks directly with the sitter. Whether you want your mail collected, pool kept clean, plants watered or pet groomed, you can make your expectations known at the beginning.

House sits can be arranged for any duration of time from 2 weeks to 12 months. Above all, our aussie house sitters are trusted house sitters. On top of all the convenience, it gives both the homeowner and the house sitter plenty of opportunities to save money.

House sitters are in great demand in major Australian cities such as Melbourne, Sydney,Brisbane, Adelaide,Hobart, Perth or Canberra. Singles, couples, retirees and people from all walks of life look for sitters throughout the year. As a housesitter, you get to live in rent-free accommodations without having to worry about buying furniture and appliances or setting up utility connections. You can use the opportunity to save money for your own home. You could even consider house sitting if your own residence is being renovated. Most house-sitters end up saving more than $15,600 per year by house-sitting instead of renting. You could even escape the busy vibe of cities such as Melbourne and Sydney and opt for a house-sit in rural areas. If you hate paying rent and love being around pets, you'll enjoy your role as a house-sitter. The possibilities as a hour sitter are endless.

To contact available house-sitting opportunities, you are required pay a small registration fee, but once you've set up your account, you can get in touch with UNLIMITED house owners who have placed ads for home sitters. You'll also have the chance to directly talk to homeowners about their expectations from you as a housesitter, terms, and conditions, before agreeing to look after their pets and properties.

Your member's page remains valid for the entire membership period and you can start looking for house minding opportunities immediately after you register.

House minding opens many doors of opportunity. You get to explore new suburbs, maybe even temporarily relocate to a new city. From pretty cottages to villas by the ocean, you may come across fantastic properties that need to be looked after by a house sitter. If you're happy to pack your luggage and move, complete your registration and get ready to find a picture perfect home to live in.

Why Us?

Here at Happy House Sitters, we want to make it as easy as possible for home owners and house sitters to connect with each other. We began operations in 1999 and have successfully helped many homeowners find reliable and experienced home minders. We have one of the most efficient and user-friendly platforms, making it easy for people to find the right house sitting opportunity, or carer for your home.

Since we have an extensive list of both home-sitting opportunities and home minders, people find it easy and convenient to find the right matches, sometimes in even less than 24 hours. One of our key objectives is to achieve customer service excellence. We offer nothing other than friendly, prompt, and helpful support, seven days a week.

We constantly strive to improve our online environment, ensuring it's transparent, user-friendly, and safe for both house sitters and home owners. Since we've been in business for well over a decade, we have just the right experience and knowledge to make our service rewarding for everyone. We value integrity and always act on the feedback of our customers. We don't sneak in any hidden charges, neither do we post expired ads. We keep the process simple and offer your fast and reliable services that are affordable. House owners pay nothing and house-sitters only pay $65 for a 12-month membership. Additional membership options are also available.

It's not easy to find the right housesitter to look after your home and pets. Our online platform lets Australian house sitters apply for positions that match their availability. To save time, the system also displays a list of 'preferred locations' that match home owners' locations. If you live in North Sydney for example, you'll be able to view all sitters who have selected North Sydney as their preferred location. If you’re looking for a house sitter Melbourne, then you’ll be able to view those in Melbourne. Sitters who are currently and actively searching for house sits are the ones who are always at the top of the list.

House sitting assignments vary depending on the needs of the homeowner but home minding benefits both the owner and the sitter. In fact, it gives both parties the opportunity to travel and explore fantastic locations. Happy House Sitters is committed to making house-sits a success. Our members have access to our free e-book that has all the necessary information to help both new and experienced house sitters and home owners.

As a homeowner, you'll have the peace of mind knowing that your home and pets are in safe hands when you're away. Whether you're going on vacation, temporarily relocating for a job, or travelling overseas to look after a loved one, you'll know that your property will be well cared for.

As a house minder, you'll receive the opportunity to travel cost effectively, sometimes even for extended periods of time. Depending on the duration of the house-sit, you could even find a job or pursue a course in your new location. You can expect to do all the jobs you would do in your own home, without having to pay high rent or a monthly mortgage repayment. Imagine the savings!

Why Our Members Love Our Site

  • Our registration process is quick and easy. We don't charge any weekly or monthly fees. Nor do we sell you memberships to 'exclusive home-sits'. Once you become a member, you'll have access to ALL home sit opportunities available. You can contact 'UNLIMITED' homeowners every month.
  • If you're dependable, honest, and approachable, you're in the right place. You don't even need to be an Australian citizen or resident.
  • We have a huge community of house owners and sitters. This makes it easy for you to find the PERFECT sitter or home. We add hundreds of new opportunities every month and we know you'll be successful in finding a good match.
  • If you don't find the right sit to apply for, we'll even give you $30 cash back and 3 months' membership for free (on 12 and 18-month memberships only).
  • We don't disclose your personal or contact details to prospective homeowners. Only you can share your contact details if you choose to do so.
  • Our memberships offer you real value for money. You could suspend your account if you've decided not to house-sit for a few months. So, your account could last you for even 2 to 4 years, depending on how you use it.
  • We don't charge you a fee to change your profile. You could simply login to your account and make changes to your profile as often as you like.
  • We make it easy to enter into a formal agreement with the homeowner. All you need to do is download our House Sitting Agreement, speak directly to the owner regarding the terms and conditions, complete the agreement, and you're set.

Our house sitting service gives homeowners the opportunity to choose from three, four, or more ideal candidates. Likewise, for sitters, they can initiate discussions with several owners soon after becoming members, and close a deal without wasting much time.

Happy House Sitters let you secure your home when you're away. You could request your house sitter to pick up your mail, tidy the house, water the plants, take the dog for a walk, and even do the occasional odd job. Each homeowner has different needs and expectations, but they all look for candidates who are considerate, responsible and verified. Those who own pets generally find sitters who are willing to groom pets, take them outdoors, play with them, and give them the care they deserve.

Although we don't ask you for a police check to complete your registration, you should consider obtaining one as some home owners do ask for it.

With Happy House Sitters, house sitting is easy to organise. Don't just take our word for it. Read our testimonials to see what our members have to say. Contact us on 1300 780 809 if you have any queries or to register as a sitter or a house owner. Get ready to connect with our online community, and enjoy the journey.

House Sitting in Sydney

We currently have a lot of positions for house sitting Sydney. With its rich history, warm sunny beaches and wealth of culture and activities, Sydney is one of Australia's fastest growing cities for both house sitters and homeowners.

House Sitting in Melbourne

Often referred to as the 'most livable city in the world' we've recently had a surge of opportunities for house sitting Melbourne. With a food and arts scene that is second to none in Australia, Melbourne is a great place to start your house sitting journey.