If it’s time you took a hard-earned break but you don’t want to leave your pet behind, camping is the perfect solution; you get to spend some precious down-time in the open-air, all while keeping your precious pet close at hand.
If this sounds like the ideal solution to your holiday conundrum, here’s 12 pet friendly camping spots in Australia where you and your pal can enjoy some outdoor fun.
Dog friendly camping spots in Queensland
Keirs Krafts Camp
Just 50km north west of Bundaberg, you’ll find Keirs Krafts Camp, a pet-friendly campsite which allows both caravans and campervans. This campsite really offers a chance to get back to the simple life; while there are toilets and showers, there’s no mobile reception and no designated picnic areas.
Located by Yarramalong Weir, this campsite of the same name welcomes campers with well-behaved pets. You’ll find you have mobile reception however you’ll have to make your own arrangements for your ablutions, as there are no showers on site. But don’t worry, the beautiful views and dog-friendly atmosphere will more than make up for that little inconvenience!
This is one of Queensland’s most popular camping areas, so you’ll need to book early. Here, you’ll find fantastic facilities for a great stay including a kiosk, playground and disabled access, however you will have to supply your own drinking water. Of course, pets are welcome to join in the fun, as long as they’re well behaved. Located in Beaudesert,not too far from Surfers Paradise and Brisbane, this popular campsite is the perfect place to stopover if you’re coming off the inland drive up from Melbourne.
Loyalty Beach Campground and Fishing Lodge
Excellent facilities and a prime beachfront location make Loyalty Beach one of the most sought after campsites in its area. Just a 45-minute drive from the tip of Cape York, this campsite boasts a great range of grassed beachfront sites, power points, hot showers, and a stunning location. Just be wary of crocs, and keep your dog close to you at all times.
Dog-friendly camping sites in New South Wales
Coopernook Forest Park
Located 4 kilometres northwest of Coopernook, this dog-friendly campsite is well positioned and offers mobile reception, toilets, plenty of shade, a picnic area, and allows fires to be built. What more could you want?
Scrubby Creek Forest Picnic Area
Pet-friendly with a picnic area, caravans and campervans welcomed to this awesome camping ground – and fires are permissible. Located 20 kilometres south of Eden, it’s a shady place to relax and chill out with your dog.
Coachwood Camping Area
On the banks of the Telegherry River in Chichester State Forest, you’ll find the dog-friendly camping haven of Coachwood. Due to its river location, this campsite is very attractive to families and pet owners, and there’s also a two-kilometre trail for taking your buddy for a walk. However, it’s only accessible during dry weather by two-wheel drive vehicles, and you’ll need to bring your own firewood and drinking water.
Located on the South Coast of New South Wales between Narooma and Tilba Tilba, Mystery Bay campsite offers you a chance to get back to nature and experience true bush camping with your dog. The spectacular views add to the experience, and there’s fishing and swimming opportunities galore to keep you occupied.
Badja Camping Reserve
You’ll be able to have a primitive bush camping experience at Badja Camping Reserve, located near Numeralla. There’s no showers or any other facilities, except for a basic toilet. You can’t book either – but you can kick back and enjoy the bush, birds and other native wildlife to your heart’s content, along with your dog. If you’re planning to attend the annual Numeralla Folk Festival held in January, this is the place to stay.
Dog-friendly places to camp in Victoria
Dead River Beach
Located in the Murray River Reserve, Dead River Beach is a dog-friendly stopping off point for both caravans and campervans. While there’s no mobile reception out here, you’ll find some very welcome shade and incredibly beautiful scenery. As camping spots are by the river, you’ll only be able to access this great location during dry weather.
Just behind the sand dunes in Great Otway National Park, you’ll find this awesome camping area. Being both free and well located it can get very crowded, so it’s not the ideal place if you and your pet are looking for peace and quiet. However, there’s plenty of great walks to keep you and your dog interested and happy, and you’re super close to the beach!
The Howqua Hills Historic Area
Once famed for gold mining, the Howqua Hills Historic Area is set in a beautiful secluded valley by the Howqua River. Popular with campers, picnickers, horse riders and bushwalkers, it’s a fantastic place to enjoy all these activities and more.
Keep your pet safe and happy while camping
Wherever you choose to stay with your pet while camping, always make sure that you have your dog under control at all times, so as to avoid accidents, mishaps or your pet getting lost. If you don’t already have pet insurance in place, taking out a policy before you travel will put your mind at rest, and ensure that any incidents that do occur while on holiday are taken care of.