Your Guide to Dog Friendly Campsites in Australia

October 07, 2015
Your Guide to Dog Friendly Campsites in Australia

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.

dogs playing

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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.

Atkinson Dam

Burgess Park Camping Area


Boonah Showground

Bramwell Station Touris Park

Cullen Point Camping Area

Darlington Park

Granit Gorge Camping Area

Home Rule Rainforest Lodge

Keirs Krafts Camp

Musgrave Roadhouse

Stradbroke Island Main Beach North and Flinders Beach

Waterfront Caravan Park

Yarramalong Weird

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

swiss shepherd dog

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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

South Australia

BIG4 Caravan Parks in Ceduna, Coober Pedy, Hahndorf, Hawker, Loxton, Mount Gambier, Naracoorte and Port Willunga.

Tananoola Rest Area

Point Lowly

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West Australia

BIG4 Caravan Parks in Albany, Busselton, Carnarvon, Denmark, Dongara, Geraldton, Kununurra and Ledge Point.

Ten Mile Rocks

Cliff Head North

Northern Territory

BIG4 Howard Springs

Longreach Waterhold

Beatrice Hill Rest Area

walking dig

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