Top Pet-friendly Campsites For Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Top Pet-friendly Campsites For Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Pack up your sleeping bag and dust off your walking shoes, there’s no time like the present to take your dog on a camping adventure at some of Australia’s best dog-friendly campsites.

Taking your dog camping can be an excellent addition to an already enjoyable pastime. And because we know your pup shares your enthusiasm for nature, we’ve rounded up the top pet-friendly campsites, so you don’t have to worry about leaving your dog behind! 

#1 Mystery Bay Campground Facilities

190 Mystery Bay Rd, Mystery Bay NSW 2546, Australia

Man walking dogs at Mystery Bay Campground

Located only a few metres away from the beach, the smell of fresh air and the salty ocean breeze will send you and your pooch into zen mode. Mystery Bay is one of the rare campsites on the South Coast that is still completely natural. You’ll be taken straight back to basics, as the campsites are unpowered, showers are cold, and you’ll be using pit toilets. Water can also be sourced from centrally placed water taps. 

Plenty of dog-friendly campsites are scattered throughout this area, however, pups are required to be on-leash. After ducking and weaving their way through the bush, your dog can cool off in the nearby bay. Just note that dogs are only allowed on the beach from 1st November to 30th April after 5 pm and before 9 am.

#2 Lake Maroon Camping

535 Burnett Creek Rd, Maroon QLD 4310, Australia

Dog relaxing at a pet-friendly campsite

For all things wildlife and stellar views, plan your next camping getaway to Lake Maroon. Located in the heart of the Great South East Scenic Rim, this park descends down to Maroon Dam – one of Australia’s best bass fishing dams. Two dogs are allowed per campsite and they must be on-leash at all times. 

Lake Maroon Camping Ground offers two different camping areas – Billabong and Maroon Cove. If you’re after a bushland setting, opt for the Billabong Camping area. Here you’ll find 4 powered large sites while still in close proximity to toilets and showers. 

Alternatively, Marron Cove is the paw-fect option for campers wanting to catch a glimpse of the lake. There are large unpowered sites for up to 10-12 people, toilets, and it’s only a short walk down to the Lakeside Day area. Showers can be accessed by using the Billabong Area. 

This pet-friendly campsite only accepts limited numbers, so make sure you book in advance

#3 Lake Lascelles

Hopetoun VIC 3396, Australia

Dog-friendly campsite at Lake Lascelles

Lake Lascelles is a recreational haven for anglers, boaters, swimmers, and walkers alike. During the warmer months, the lake is frequented by water skiers and wakeboarders, thanks to its easily accessible boat ramp. 

Lake Lascelles offers powered camping spots located right next to the acclaimed Mallee Bush Retreat. For scenic views and peaceful surroundings, take advantage of the free camping site at Hopetoun VIC. The amenities include four barbeque areas, clean bathrooms, and hot showers. 

Hiking and swimming are just two of many fun things you can do with your dog. Reward your pup with an early morning trek and stargaze in the evening for the best of both worlds.

#4 Paradise Valley Camping Ground

51 Gells Rd, Glenmaggie VIC 3858, Australia

Caravan in

For the perfect getaway to relax and get back to nature, Paradise Valley Camping Ground is the place for you. Set amongst 60 acres with a 1.5 km river frontage, this dog-friendly bush caravan park makes for an idyllic setting to create un-furgettable memories with your pup.

Campers have the option of staying in their powered or unpowered sites or a secluded cabin. Amenities include hot showers, toilets, picnic tables, bench seats and more! Many areas are pet-friendly, however, your pup must be kept on a leash at all times.

If you’re in the mood for some adventure, canoe along the river and cool off with your pup. Rather stay on dry land? Go on an exhilarating mountain bike ride or opt for a long bushwalk. At night, relax with a glass of wine and toast a marshmallow (or two) over a campfire with your furry friend.

#5 Shallow Crossing Camping Ground

2350 The River Rd, Mogood NSW 2538, Australia

Tents set up in dog-friendly camping area

Shallow Crossing Camping Ground has been around for 20 years, and it’s easy to see why —it’s full of charm and history with a tonne of fun, family-friendly activities.   

Situated on the Clyde River between Batemans Bay and Ulladulla, many campers make their way out to visit Shallow Crossing despite having to travel around the tide. With many fun activities around the campsite, you’ll be spoiled for choice! You can go swimming, canoeing, fishing, riding motorcycles, and hiking on the many trails that bisect the area.

Amenities are placed up on a hill, complete with a hot shower and composting toilets for all your camping needs.

#6 Sandy Cape Recreation Park

Sandy Cape Rd, Jurien Bay WA 6516, Australia

Dog on a cliff overlooking at Sandy Cape Recreational Park

Sandy Cape is a popular camping and recreation area in Jurien Bay. If you’re looking for water sports, you’ll appreciate the area’s abundance of beautiful, unspoiled white sand beaches where you can snorkel, fish, swim and sandboard. There are 88 designated campsites, so whether you are an individual camper or travelling with a large group, you won’t have to worry about finding a place to set up. Each site operates on a “first-in, first-served” basis, and guests are limited to a four-night stay.

The campground is littered with numerous dog-friendly stops—but four-legged friends must be on a lead at all times. Once your pet has finished sniffing out the area, you can take them to the nearby harbour for a refreshing dip.

Since there is no power on-site, making dinner around the campfire is a terrific way to bond with your family, friends and kids while also keeping them busy. Just make sure you research the campfire burning time limits before travel. 

Tip: bring your own drinking water.

#7 Bendleby Ranges

741 Crotta Rd, Belton SA 5431, Australia

Dog-friendly campsite at Bendleby Ranges

Located in Southern Flinders Ranges, Bendleby Ranges is an award-winning country-inspired camping ground that’s open all year-round. Whether you’re a committed adventurer or just looking for a place to relax, this dog-friendly campsite is perfect for camping, hiking, and bird-watching for the whole family (pets included). Just make sure to give them a heads up and call them before you travel to let them know you’re bringing your pooch.

There’s accommodation sites for everyone – if you’re looking for the full camping experience, opt for unpowered cabins or settle into a ‘home away from home’ in their powered accommodation sites.

In the evening, relax beside a campfire while you try and spot a constellation. There’s no need to worry about the firewood – it’s all provided to maintain the property’s natural environment.

#8 River’s Edge Wilderness Camping

1322 Lonnavale Rd, Lonnavale TAS 7109, Australia

Tents and caravan set up at River's Edge Wilderness Camping

Head down to River’s Edge Wilderness Camping to relax and breathe in the fresh air.

Spend a few days with the whole family or befriend other campers in this enchanting spot. Set up a single tent, multiple tents, RVs or a van over the private river frontage.

Get your blood pumping with a mountain or bushwalk with your dog. Or, if you like water adventures, go kayaking, white water rafting, swimming or fishing.

#9 Wollondilly River Station

Wombeyan Caves Rd, Wombeyan Caves NSW 2580, Australia

Dogs exploring Wollondilly's Pet-friendly Campsite

If your goal is to unplug from the world and soak up nature, this is the place for you. Camping at Wollondilly River Station is like going back in time—there’s no power and very limited mobile coverage. 

Don’t let that scare you off! This campground gives you the opportunity to be part of nature in all its glory. There are plenty of activities to keep you and your four-legged friend busy: swimming and canoeing in the river, bushwalking, fishing, playing games—you name it! And if you get tired of being outside, you can always curl up by the campfire, roast marshmallows or read a book with your pup by your side. 

The camp spots are spacious, so everyone can have their own space if needed. However, the number of guests allowed has a strict limit, so be sure to make a reservation early.

Tip: bring board games and plenty of snacks to nibble as you enjoy nature’s beauty by day or the star-filled sky at night.

#10 Big Valley Campsite

46 Boronia Rd, Rosa Glen WA 6285, Australia

Dog-friendly campsite at Big Valley Campsite

Are you an adventure seeker who loves hiking or exploring caves? Or do you just want to spend some time relaxing near nature? Well then, Big Valley Campsite is an excellent option for you. There are so many things for everyone in this stunning region—and Big Valley makes it easy to enjoy with your whole family.

Situated in the heart of the Margaret River Region, Big Valley is one of the few dog-friendly campsites in the area that you and your pup can explore together. From the best wineries and breweries, arts and crafts made by locals, fishing to bushwalking—you’ll find plenty of things to do, see and discover.

Try an extreme sport like surfing, abseiling, or mountain biking if you’re itching to get outside. You can even hand feed a lamb and pat guinea pigs! Campfires are permitted from April through November, so after you’re done exploring, relax at your campground with a warm fire.

Looking for more fun things to do with your dog? Explore different activities that suit your dog’s breed here.

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