It’s time to prep your backpack, plan some adventures, and round up your pals. The Easter long weekend is here and we’re sure you’ll want to include your best animal buds in all your activities! Tails, feathers, and butts are wiggling across Australia in excitement for some fun-packed days and more quality time with their favourite hoomans. So whether you’re a long stroll in the city park, cuddle on the couch, early morning beach run, or bush hike kinda pet parent, get ready for some serious holiday fun and action. No time to research things to do with your pets? You’re in luck! Check out some of our absolute favourite ideas for you and your furry pals to get your claws into… it’s going to be Egg-cellent (and yes, watch out for our Dad jokes and egg puns!)
#1 Go Pet friendly camping for tonnes of activities
Getting out into the great outdoors is good for the soul. It’s the perfect way to unplug and unwind. And who better to do that with than with our furbag friends. Many campsites offer both cabins and caravan spots to suit parties of all sizes, even if you have little people in tow. Most come fully equipped with creature comforts and the convenience of facilities such as BBQ areas, kids play parks, swimming pools, and natural swimming in rivers and lagoons. Holiday park destinations like Reflections and Discovery Holiday Parks both accept dogs across their wide range of Australian locations, so be sure to check them out for pet friendly camping near you!
1. For NSW, around the naturally beautiful Shoalhaven and Jervis Bay area south of Sydney you’ll find plenty of dog friendly campgrounds. Mystery Bay is another hidden gem, head to the nearby ocean lookout where you can regularly spot dolphins and whales migrating.
2. North of Sydney, we have Reflections Holiday Park at Jimmy’s Beach which is situated in scenic Hawk’s Nest Bay. This stunning watering hole isn’t just dog friendly, it comes with a gorgeous, protected beach perfect for a relaxing day with your little wolf pack, alongside water sports like kitesurfing and wakeboarding!
3.In WA, Discovery Park’s Woodman Point Camping in Cockburn welcomes pets and pooches. It comes complete with the hire equipment for fun-filled days, an activity room, swimming pool, and kids park to occupy your little monkeys, leaving you a time to find a quiet spot to relax in the sunshine!
#2 Dog friendly beaches for a whole day by the water
Water lovers of the canine world, watch out! There’s nothing better than being able to sunbathe, swim and stay cool all day in the water. Prefer some ball action? Set up a game of beach volleyball accompanied by ALL of your family members including the furry ones, as long as they don’t mind a bit of sand in their coats! Our ideal Aussie seasons suit all year round seaside fun, even when it gets chilly.
Here’s a quick tip – Let our Baxta app point you in the right direction. Simply tap “explore”, choose “places and services” and voila! Dog friendly beaches, parks, cafes and more, complete with reviews and tips from other pet parents will pop up. If you’re visiting rural coastal areas on your Easter travels, make sure to check individual beach signs and online info on whether there are sections of the beach that don’t permit dogs (no one wants a hefty fine to remind them of their Easter break!). However, don’t stress, there are many beaches near to cities which welcome our canine pals. For a great day trip just an hour from Sydney, check out Curl Curl Beach Dog Lagoon, Bayview Dog Park and Long Reef Dog Park. All have drop-dead Egg-stroadinary Northern Beaches waterside views that offer the perfect backdrop for an egg-hunt picnic with friends, beach BBQ, or birthday gathering. Or why not just enjoy a peaceful moment together with your pet pal taking in the sunrise or sunset? Let your BFF roam free off the leash and run for frisbees all day at Altona Dog Beach in Melbourne. Or for Queenslanders on the road, there is plenty of fun dog friendly beaches near Brisbane to search through, like Coolum Beach where you can puppy paddle and surf with your pawpal too.
#3 Dog friendly watersports!
Some of us aren’t quite content with sitting still and zoning out. Find putting your feet up and sitting down for too long a little, egg-scruciating? Craving a little bit more action and activity to pass the time? What better to enjoy the outdoors than some pet friendly watersports! Our top picks are Babinda Kayaking up in North Tropical Queensland. They offer kayaking tours where your favourite pal can jump on board and play captain. Spot platypus and river turtles as you cruise downstream, before finding a secluded picnic spot to jump on land and have some playtime! If you need convincing, just check out this corgi living his absolute best life out on the river in their video, it’s 10/10 cute! We also L-U-R-V the fact that Sydney Boat Hire has collaborated with Pound Paws adoption charity to create All Paws On Deck! It’s a service where you can bring your adventurous four-legged friend aboard to enjoy a day’s boating around Sydney Harbour and other locations. Best of all, they donate your fees to an Aussie-owned charity that promotes and campaigns around ‘adopt, not shop’ to reduce the number of animals euthanized each year in our pounds.
#4 Pet Friendly Picnic – complete with Easter Egg hunt!
Don’t say the “W-A-L-K-I-E-S” word too loud while you’re planning this one, because they are sure to get seriously wiggly and excited about an Easter picnic in the park… complete with Egg Hunt! This is also a great activity if you prefer to stay closer to home, or inside your home in which you could even have an indoor picnic! Step one Get the whole wolf pack involved and hand-make some pet-friendly treats, or buy from a pet-treat artisan like Pure Paws Bakery! Step two Pick a pet friendly park or your backyard, where your roaming rovers are safe and away from hazards so they can enjoy themselves to the fullest! Step three Hide your doggy treats in sneaky little spots ready for your eager hounds to sniff out. For an adults-only picnic with a few fur babies in tow, it’s as easy as cracking a cold one and seeing who’s pedigree pal takes the top spot finding the most hidden treats. The winner gets the prize bottle! This doesn’t even need to be a dog-only activity, your rabbits, cats, and even reptiles can play this fun and tasty holiday game!
#5 Join the Baxta Great Easter Parade!
Enter your adorable animal companions into our in-app Easter competition between the 22nd March and the 5th April. Upload a picture of your fur-babies in their best fancy dress outfit to be in with a chance of winning one of 5 x $50 Visa gift cards! Don’t forget to check out and like our Facebook, and see some of the best, most creative Easter Parade outfits so far! Enter as many times as you like for the chance to win.
Some final pup-dates for your doggy diary!
Make sure you save the dates for the following dog-friendly events. Here are some we know you and your little padfoot pals will love in April 2021…
- Adventure Dog 2021 on the 18th April, which is an adventurous cross country challenge for you and your pooch to raise money for Animal Aid in Wandin Park Estate, Gruyere.
- Dogs in the Park – A fun-filled, family-friendly dog event where you can support a Not For Profit and meet other pet parents in Swansea on the 11th April.
- Dogs in the Park – This is the Sydney Family Show where you can explore the park and meet others in the local doggo community on the 18th April.
Whatever you’re up to this Easter break, we hope you have the ulti-mutt time together with your nearest and dearest friends of all species! Now, did some-bunny say treats? Let’s get this Easter weekend going!
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