If you’re hooking up the caravan or hitting the road solo with your swag and don’t want to leave your 4 legged bestie behind, we have a list of 7 of the Best Dog Friendly Camping Parks in Australia. These destinations have been chosen for both their location and proximity to great summer adventures. They also offer additional facilities and accommodation options for your dog so you can be assured they are having the adventure of a lifetime with you.
There are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to camping with dogs so here are a few tips to make your trip more enjoyable.
- Ensure you pack dog bedding as not all locations provide this
- Bring along your pup’s food and a handy travel bowl
- Make sure you have ample poop bags available as all parks will require you to pick up after your pet
- Ensure you have a suitable leash to tether your dog. A lot of the parks we’ve selected have dog fencing around your site and dog runs however your dog will be required to be on leash around the park.
- Don’t be one of those annoying campers with the yappy dog. Ensure you bring along some toys and stimulation to keep your dog entertained and respectful towards other campers.
- Don’t leave your dog unattended. Even campsites with dog fencing around your site will still require you to be in attendance of your dog at all times.
Now that we’ve covered some do’s and don’ts of camping with dogs, here’s our top picks for Dog Friendly Camping Parks in Australia for summer adventures.
Best Friend Holiday Retreat, Gippsland
If Glamping is more your dog’s style then this is the park for them! This retreat is set on 10 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens 2.5 hours east of Melbourne and only 3km away from the cool temperate rainforest of Tarra-Bulga National Park. But don’t think you will have to miss out on the National Park just because you have your pup with you, Best Friend Holiday Retreat offer dog minding in their luxury dog kennel facility so you can make the most of this idyllic setting. The park also has a plethora of other purpose built dog facilities including 6 securely fenced off leash dog areas, a giant dog ball run and a doggy playground. As well as this there are hydrobaths available should you need a refresher during your stay. And the best part is that all dog campsites and pet friendly cabins are securely fenced so your dog won’t have to remain on leash for their entire stay and are welcomed to come inside. If you are looking for the perfect combination of hiking and beach adventures, this is the park for you.
New South Wales
Reflections Moonee Beach Holiday Park
This pet friendly holiday park is set in an idyllic setting only 10 minutes north of Coffs Harbour and within easy walk of Moonee Beach for all your surfing and fishing adventure. The holiday park sits alongside an estuary making it a great spot for you and your dog to enjoy some stand up paddleboarding, kayaking or simply a swim together in the calm water. The Moonee Beach Holiday Park has extra dog facilities including dog drinking stations, poop bag dispensers, dog baths and dog sitting available on booking. And the best part, is that there are no restrictions on bringing your dog during peak times as they are welcomed all year round. Choose from a pet friendly campsite or selected cabin and use as a base to explore the surrounding nature attractions in Dorrigo and Bellingen.
Big 4 Holiday Park, Gold Coast
This Gold Coast Holiday Park has thought of everything when it comes to Dog Friendly Camping! Situated on a 32acre expanse, The Big 4 Holiday Park is conveniently located in Helensvale within a short drive to dog friendly beaches, cafes and adventures. In fact, you don’t even have to leave the park for your morning brew as there is a dog friendly café on site where you can enjoy a pool side latte with your furkid. The Gold Coast Holiday Park has a dedicated off leash area for your pup to stretch their legs and test their skill on several agility activities plus a dog wash to keep the sand at bay. Your furkid will be welcomed into one of 20 pet friendly cabins as well as numerous campsites and the best part, is they are accommodated at no extra charge.
Heritage Caravan Park, Alice Springs
The Heritage Caravan Park is located 5km south of Alice Springs at the foot of the McDonnell Ranges. This shady oasis in the red centre offers campsites and cabins for you and your pup. There is a dog wash available as well as a dedicated dog run which will certainly come in handy after a long car drive! Your furkid can stretch their legs and find some new scents to sniff under the lemon-scented gums.
Southern Stars Holiday Park, Dunsborough
Located in the heart of the Margaret River Region, the Southern Stars Holiday Park is a short 10 minute drive out of Dunsborough. You and your furkid will be welcomed with dog friendly camping sites that come fully fenced allowing your pup can have a sniff and stretch their legs. There is also a 1 acre fully fenced dog exercise yard at the back of the property plus a dog friendly beach only 2.5km from the campsite so you can rest assured your 4 legged friend can be a part of all of the adventure.
Captain Cook Holiday Park, Bruny Island
Bruny Island has so many great spots to visit including majestic walks, winery and cheese factory and it just wouldn’t be the same without having your dog camping with you. The Captain Cook Holiday Park welcomes furkids into their pet friendly campsites and cabins. The park is located directly across the road from the beach on South Bruny Island in Adventure Bay.
Pine Country Caravan Park, Mount Gambier
The Pine Country Caravan Park is your ideal base for exploring everything the Limestone Coast has to offer. This country escape is located on the edge of Mt Gambier and only 1km from the world renowned Blue Lake. There are two pet friendly cabins available as well as dog friendly campsites. Due to the limited availability of cabins it is advised to book in advance. These come fully fenced with your dog’s own kennel, watering station and well behaved furkids are allowed to come inside. You and your furkid will certainly be made to feel welcomed at this tranquil family operated park.