Are you planning your next camping trip but don’t want to leave your doggo behind?
Here at The Laughing Pug, we love our dogs as much as we love our coffee and we understand how stressful it is to leave them behind while exploring the great outdoors. This is why we researched 15 dog-friendly holiday parks and campsites around Australia that have high ratings on Trip Advisor, all of which have your dog’s comfort in mind from dog washes and agility parks to luxury kennels.
Read our list per state to discover your ideal site so your pooch can join in the road trip fun!
Note: Some of the sites have an average rating based on the quality of facilities, but we put them on the list as they are the only dog-friendly sites in the area. If you know of others, let us know!
Australian Capital Territory
No need to worry about keeping your dog inside your caravan for long periods of time because Capital Country Holiday Park has four Freedom Dog Sites, which have fencing enclosures where your pooch is welcome to run around unleashed.
They also have two pet-friendly bungalows where your dog can stay with you. Make sure to book your stay in advance and let the management know that you’re bringing your fur baby. They don’t offer doggy daycare services at the moment, but they can recommend some nearby options so you won’t miss out on the amazing attractions around the Bush Capital.
New South Wales
Welcome dog treats? Yes, please! Dogs are part of the family at Tathra Beach Side and that’s why they get pampered right upon arrival. Tathra Beach Side has pet cottages and villas where your pooch can feel at home, and a warm dog wash to freshen up after a long day of exciting activities.
Tathra Beach Side is not only the place to be if you want to experience Tathra’s epic single-track mountain bike trails— you and your fur baby can also have lots of fun at the glorious beach where you can go paddling, kayaking, or simply run and roll around the sand.
Take a break from the daily grind at this dog-friendly caravan park where you and your dog can laze the day away by the calm waters of Moonee Creek. Your pooch is welcome to stay with you at your powered or unpowered site, and some selected cabins as well.
Reflections Moonee Beach is the perfect getaway for those who love visiting famous attractions, exploring the food and wine, and venturing into the beach to try some water sports.
At Wine Country Tourist Park, wine lovers don’t have to worry about leaving their fur babies behind. This family-owned park welcomes pets into their caravan sites and studio cabins. Cool off at the swimming pool or have a barbecue outside your caravan. Many nearby attractions allow pets inside so you can bring your floof while you experience the world-class vineyards and restaurants in the beautiful Hunter Valley.
Great dog-friendly accommodations are hard to find in Alice Springs, but fear not! Heritage Caravan Park has got you covered. All of their cabins are pet-friendly and some of them have a fenced-in dog area so your pup can happily burn off their energy. They also have a dedicated off-leash dog run area where they can make friends with the other doggies and a K9000 dog wash to jump into after an entire day of play. Nestled at the base of the MacDonnell Ranges, Heritage Caravan Park is a terrific spot for families who want to have a full, dog-friendly bush camping experience in Northern Territory’s epic outback.
This holiday park must be what a dog’s paradise looks like: they have a doggy poolside café, a doggy kennel, a Puppy Pampering Palace (aka a DYI dog wash), and a wide off-leash agility park where your active pup can run free and make friends with the other doggos. Their dog-friendly cabins can house up to 2 pooches, free of charge! Just make sure to book in advance and let them know that you’re bringing your four-legged friend so they can best accommodate your needs.
At Cairns Coconut, they have a designated area for pets so your dogs can have an exciting time in a safe and controlled environment. Bring your dogs to Ingenia’s dog agility park and let them get plenty of exercise by jumping on the ramps and through the tunnels and holes. This space is designed to bring endless fun to your energetic pooch and will surely keep their boredom at bay.
Just a two-hour drive north of Brisbane, Amamoor State Forest is a family favourite for its spectacular landscape of rugged mountains, unique wildlife, and pet-friendly sites. Explore the Amamoor Creek campsite with your pooch and be surrounded by the amazing sight of ironbarks and blue gums. Just remember to keep your pup on a leash and clean up after them to preserve the beauty of the wildlife and their natural habitat.
Whether you’re hiking the mountain trails, spotlighting, or making s’mores by the campfire, Amamoor State Forest has a lot to offer you and your floof.
Bring your fur baby to Palm Cove Holiday Park where you can enjoy some of the world’s natural wonders and choose between powered and unpowered pet-friendly sites. The property asks dog owners to keep their pup on a leash at all times while enjoying the variety of activities the holiday park has to offer.
While someone keeps your pup company, you can go snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef, catch the iconic Kuranda Scenic Railway, or try ziplining through the lush rainforest. At the end of the day, you can take your dog to the beach for a relaxing sunset stroll.
If you’re a laid-back camper who likes pitching your tent in the woods and taking long walks to the beach with your pup, Coodlie Park Farm is for you. You’re free to set up camp or park your camper trailer anywhere you like. The campsite is massive, so there’s lots of space for your pupper to roam and play as long as they’re on their best behaviour and near you at all times.
You can also bring your four-legged best friend to the private beach to see the sunset or join the other guests around the campfire and watch the millions of stars in the sky on summer nights. Coodlie Park Farm is a dog lover’s dream camping site.
Are you looking for a dog-friendly campsite with a serene environment just outside Adelaide? Murray Bridge Marina is just an hour’s drive away from the city where you can camp along the banks of Murray River and admire the scenic sights with your pup.
Because it’s close to many local attractions, you can easily explore the wineries and take part in water sports, or if you just want to chill, you can watch the pelicans floating by the marina and stargaze at night. You and your pooch will surely enjoy your holiday at Murray Bridge Marina.
From a dedicated off-lead dog paddock to pet-friendly campgrounds and accommodation options, Pine Country Caravan Park is a perfect campsite for dog lovers. Their dog-friendly accommodation includes an enclosed front yard, dog kennel, and water bowl so your fur baby can feel at home while on holiday. Let your pup unleash their energy in the one-acre grassy off-lead dog paddock, open from dawn to dusk. Pine Country Caravan Park is a great spot if you’re exploring South Australia’s Blue Lake and magnificent sinkholes with your pup in tow.
Pristine white sands and crystal clear waters await you and your pup here at the Bays of Fires Conservation Area. Dogs are allowed in most campgrounds as long as they are on a leash. You can also take them on long, leisurely walks at the stunning beach. While someone hangs out with the dogs, you can go bird watching, swimming in the protected bays, or snorkelling to explore the spectacular underwater world.
Head over to Best Friend Holiday Retreat for the ultimate holiday experience with your four-legged best friend. This boutique holiday park has been designed for guests who want to bring their floof on vacation— their cabins, camping, and caravan sites are individually fenced to provide a safe and controlled environment while you relax and make yourself at home.
Not only that, your dog can also enjoy the dog agility equipment and Giant Dog Ball Run to get their daily exercise. If you’d like to explore the national parks, forests, and other exciting locations in the area on your own, you can make use of their luxury dog kennels to ensure a stress-free stay both for you and your pup.
This holiday park’s fenced powered and unpowered camping sites make it an excellent location for dogs and their humans. Let your pooch stretch their legs and roam unleashed in the dedicated doggo exercise yard or take them to the dog beach 2.5 kilometres away. Many of the local wineries and breweries are dog-friendly, so visiting them with your pup won’t be a problem.
Have you found your ideal dog-friendly campsite? Make sure to contact the property to learn more about their pet policy before making a reservation. Don’t forget to pack your camping essentials and your dog’s travel needs to have a safe, relaxing, and memorable holiday with your fur baby.
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