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Pet-Friendly Campsites In Australia

Wednesday 18th September 2019
By Ely Power
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By Ely Power
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Is it really the holiday of a lifetime without your furry companion by your side? Embarking on a road trip doesn’t have to mean saying goodbye to puppy playtime and slobbery snuggles - you just need to find a dog-friendly camping spot and RV. We’re here to help you hunt for both. 

A third of the listings on Camplify are pet-friendly, so you can find the perfect motorhome, campervan or caravan for you and your four-legged friend! What’s more, our guide to van life with pets will help you brush up on the basics of camping with dogs - from pet-proofing a campervan to keeping a motorhome mud-free, it’s important to consider some key factors before bringing your pet on board. 

But before you book a rental, you need to decide which natural wonderland to visit. We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but it’s best to rip off the bandaid: hardly any National Park in Australia welcomes pets, regardless of how well-trained or behaved they are. To protect native wildlife and other campers’ experience, anyone who ignores this ban faces a weighty fine. 

So, where can dog owners camp? 

With pet-friendly camping spots across Australia, your van life adventure can take you and your pup pretty much anywhere. Whether it’s a relaxing beach retreat or a week full of paddleboarding, hiking and swimming, your pooch can join in on the fun - provided you do your research.

Rules vary from place to place, so we’re here to help you out with a list of our top ten pet-friendly campsites that will keep tails wagging!

As a holidaymaker, Camplify helps you find an RV that is perfect for you so that you can experience the joys of caravanning - without having to own one yourself. 

Interested? Learn more about Camplify for hirers here.

Shaws Bay Holiday Park

Ballina, NSW

Pet-friendly camping in Byron Bay is what dreams are made of. Play fetch on Seven Mile Beach, paddleboard with your pooch off Tallow Beach, and go for walkies around Lake Ainsworth. When your pup is all tuckered out, set up camp at Reflections Holiday Parks Shaws Bay, which welcomes man’s best friend all year round. Just south of Byron Bay in the heart of Ballina, pet-friendly camping has never been so blissful.

Simply call ahead to book in your pup. While you’re there, be sure to follow their dog-friendly code of conduct

Price per night: From $42 for two people

Gordon Country Campground

Goomburra Valley, QLD
Enjoy the perfect park with your pooch.
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For awesome pet-friendly camping near Brisbane, head west to the outback. The best part about Gordon Country Campground is the unleashed freedom it offers! As long as they’re supervised, you can let your dog run free across 4,000 acres of stunning bushland. Famed for its pet-friendly policies, you probably won’t be the only dog owner setting up camp here. And let’s face it: the more playmates, the merrier. Now, that’s how you do dog-friendly camping in Queensland.

Dogs must have up-to-date vaccinations and be put on a leash at night. 

Price per night: $17 per person

A proud pet-friendly camping spot, the Heritage Caravan Park not only offers a dedicated off-leash dog run but also a K9000 dog wash for bath time! Its spacious bush camping area is the perfect base for exploring the region’s vast desert, giant gorges and peaceful oases with your pup. Take your dog for a walk along the Todd River and make sure to stop by Redbank Waterhole for a refreshing splash on your way to or from Alice Springs! Just remember to roll down your windows to avoid those wet dog odours...

Always keep your dog on a leash.

Price per night: From $30 for two people

They will love the break just as much as you!
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Jervis bay is a paradise for humans and animals alike! One of our favourite destinations for dog-friendly camping in NSW, you can enjoy heaps of beautiful beaches, parklands and walking tracks with your pooch. Jervis Bay Holiday Park offers pet-friendly camping throughout the year, with riverfront sites for all-day doggy paddling! Don’t forget to visit nearby Shoalhaven Heads for 24-hour access to leash-free zones on Seven Mile Beach and River Road Reserve.

Please declare your doggo upon booking. Pets must be supervised, well-behaved and on a leash whenever onsite. 

Price per night: From $35 for two people

Inskip Point Camping Grounds

Sunshine Coast, QLD

For dog-friendly camping on the Sunshine Coast, look no further than the white sands and turquoise waters of Inskip Point. Park up at one of the stunning beachfront campgrounds and take your pup for a salty frolic on Rainbow beach (between Griffith Esplanade and Middle Rocks). 

Pets are not permitted in the Cooloola Recreation Area so campers driving with dogs must take a detour via the sealed roads of Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach. Once at camp, your doggo must always be well-behaved and on a leash.

Price per night: $6.65 per person

Big Brook Arboretum

Pemberton, WA
Take your best friend along for the trip!
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Tucked away in Karri Forest, this campsite is perfect for owners looking to spice up their usual dog walk. The trail meanders through a sequoia grove, alongside spotted gums and across native karri forest before looping back to camp. Here, you’ll find everything you could want from barbecues for post-walkie steaks to fire rings for cosy cuddles. So kick back and spend some quality time with your fluffy friend!

Dogs must be on a leash at all times.

Price per night: $11 per adult

As if the gorgeous Coral Coast wasn’t a reason in itself to visit Monkey Mia, now you can bring share this slice of heaven with all family members. Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort is a pet-friendly holiday park with a gorgeous dog beach nearby. Netta’s Beach in Shark Bay is every pooch’s dream come true, so set up camp and then soak up the sunshine with your beloved buddy.

Check out Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort’s pet-friendly policy, which includes some pretty understandable rules like making sure your dog stays away from the wild dolphins!

Price per night: From $42

Delicate Campground

Crescent Head, NSW
Beach camping with your dog
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Beach camping with dogs in NSW is harder to come by than you think. But we’ve got you covered. Delicate Campground is one of the only seaside campsites on the North Coast that permits your furry friend. Thankfully, it’s located in Goolwah Regional Park, rather than the National Park beside it! That means you can play fetch on the shore, try your luck at dog surfing and let your pup stretch their legs on the off-leash beach. 

Dogs must be supervised, well-behaved and vaccinated. They are not allowed in Goolawah National Park, as tempting as it may be!

Price per night: $24 for two adults

Swimcart Beach Campground

Binalong Bay, TAS

No list of Australian campsites would be complete without a Tassie mention. And what better region to explore than what Lonely Planet has deemed the ‘hottest’ travel destination in the world? Especially when it’s dog-friendly! 

The Bay of Fires offers several pet-friendly campsites with panoramic ocean views, so set up camp and explore the beaches and bushland with your doggo in tow. To top it off, you can stay in this magnificent setting for up to two weeks without spending a cent.

Dogs are forbidden from entering the National Park and must be kept on leads.

Price per night: Free

Sheepyard Flat

Howqua Valley, VIC
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Enjoy quality dog-friendly camping in Victoria free of charge at this gem of a campsite! Nestled in the Howqua Valley on the banks of the Howqua River, Sheepyard Flat is an ideal launching point for a wealth of walking trails. Explore the great outdoors with your canine sidekick before heading back to camp for dip in the water and a cosy evening around the campfire. Yep, pet-friendly camping in Victoria is pretty hard to beat.

Please keep your dog on a leash at all times and double-check any pet-related regulations for nearby areas that you’re planning to visit with your pup. 

Price per night: Free

Et voilà, there you have our favourite pet-friendly camping spots! Want some more travel inspiration for your next camping trip with Skip? Check out Australian Dog Lover, Turu and Take Your Pet for even more paw-perfect destinations.

Once you’ve found your dream campsite, you need to hire a motorhome, campervan or caravan to take you (and your fluffy friend) there. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Head over to our search page to find the best RV for your dog-friendly road trip! 

So what is Camplify? 

We are Australia’s largest caravan hire and RV sharing community, helping connect thousands of holidaymakers with RV owners. 

What does that mean?

Essentially, we provide a unique sharing service where owners of caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes, and campervans list their RV for hire while not in use. 

As a holidaymaker, Camplify helps you find an RV that is perfect for you so that you can experience the joys of caravanning - without having to own one yourself. 

Interested? Learn more about Camplify for hirers here

To find out how Camplify can work with you and your RV, register today here.

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