For many of us, our pets are a member of the family.
So when we plan a family holiday, it checks out that we want to take our four-legged friends with us. Depending on how you travel, this isn’t always possible. However, there are plenty of camp sites (we’ve heard estimates in excess of 500 nationwide) that will enable you to head outdoors with your doggy.
Camping/ caravanning with your pooch should be seen as a privilege rather than an entitlement; it’s crucial we respect our campsites and leave them in the same – if not improved – condition in which we found them.
For this reason you need to be sure to pack a few extra items should your canine superstar be joining you on the adventure. We’ve pulled together a good starting list to ensure your dog has as much of a blast as you. Happy holidaying – to the whole family!
Leash. There are going to be times when your dog will need to be on leash, and that’s probably more for his/her own good as it is for those around them. Think crocodiles, snakes, outback animal carcasses, mineshafts, etc – real and valid threats in many parts of the Australian outback.
I.D collar. With correct and updated contact number. If your dog doesn’t normally wear ID on his/her collar then make an exception whilst holidaying.
Tweezers. Depending on where you’re going these could well come in handy should your dog become the unwilling host to a nasty tick.
Emergency vet number. Wherever you’re headed make sure you have the details of the closest emergency vet, preferably after hours if possible.
Extra worming tablets / flea powder. You just never know what might happen on the getaway. It’s good to pack this extra ammo just in case.
Dog poo bags. You wouldn’t leave home without one on your daily walk, so why would you do it when travelling around.
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So now you’re packed and ready to roll – where can you stay? Check out these pooch-friendly camp sites or caravan parks in each state and territory. Just call ahead to ensure the status hasn’t changed and they’re still as dog-friendly as ever.
BIG4 Caravan Parks in Airlie Beach, Atherton, Ayr, Bowen, Charters Towers, Forest Glen, Goondiwindi, Helensvale, Hervey Bay, Innisfail, Kingaroy, Mackay, Mount Isa, Rollingstone, and Townsville.
Burgess Park Camping Area
Bramwell Station Touris Park
Cullen Point Camping Area
Granit Gorge Camping Area
Home Rule Rainforest Lodge
Keirs Krafts Camp
Stradbroke Island Main Beach North and Flinders Beach
Waterfront Caravan Park
New South Wales
BIG4 Caravan Parks in Armidale, Batemans Bay, Nelligan, South Durras, Bathurst, Wallaga Lake, Casino Resort, Deniliquin, Forbes, Forster-Tuncurry, Governors Hill, Hay Plains, Hunter Valley, Lake Macquarie, East Ocean Shores, Merimbula, Moruya Heads East Dolphin Beach, Mudgee, Nambucca, Island View, Koala Shores Port Stephens, Sunshine South West Rocks, Solitary Islands and Yamba.
Araluen Creek Camping Area
Coachwood Camping, Chichester State Forest
Coopernook Forest Park
Danjera Dam Camping Area
Mystery Bay Camp Ground
Newtons Crossing Camping Area
Scrubby Creek Forest Picnic Area
BIG4 Caravan Parks in Bendigo (Marong and Park Lane), Bright, Castlemaine, Mildura (CrossRoads and Golden River), Shepparton, Swan Hill (Riverside and Swan Hill), Traralgon, Wangaratta, Warrnambool and Wondonga.
Genoa Rest Area
Dead River Beach
Great Otway National Park
Johanna Beach Camping Area
Killarney Beach Camping Reserve
Queenscliff Recreation Reserve
Skenes Creek Beachfront Caravan Park
Surfside Holiday Park
BIG4 Caravan Parks in Devonport, Hobart, St Helens and Ulverstone.
Blackmans Lagoon Camp Site
Murrawah Green Point Beach Camp Site
BIG4 Caravan Parks in Ceduna, Coober Pedy, Hahndorf, Hawker, Loxton, Mount Gambier, Naracoorte and Port Willunga.
Tananoola Rest Area
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BIG4 Caravan Parks in Albany, Busselton, Carnarvon, Denmark, Dongara, Geraldton, Kununurra and Ledge Point.
Ten Mile Rocks
Cliff Head North
BIG4 Howard Springs
Beatrice Hill Rest Area