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If you can’t stand the idea of leaving your dog behind and going on a camping trip, the good news is you don’t have to. There are campsites and rest areas throughout Australia that allow you to bring your best friend with you.

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Travelling with your dog is a great way to bond and is a special treat for them. The excitement they will experience from being included in your trip is priceless – they get the chance to stick their nose out the window, explore new places with new smells and, most importantly, spend time with their dearly loved owner.

Dog Camping Etiquette

Unfortunately the amount of campsites that allow furry companions has decreased due to owners who don’t respect other campers. Although it may not be enforced, you have certain responsibilities as an owner.

  • Pick up after your dog
  • Keep your dog on a leash (don’t leash your dog alone outside though)
  • Don’t take an aggressive and uncontrollable dog
  • Ensure there is an ID tag on his/her collar
  • Train your dog beforehand
  • Never leave your dog in a car on it’s own

Other Tips

  • Give your dog regular bathroom breaks, exercise and water during your travels.
  • Offer reassurance so they know they are safe.
  • Take a soft dog bed including some blankets from home.
  • Check for ticks and be attentive to health (us flee/tick collars or repellant).
  • Be on the lookout for snakes in summer and make sure your dog is securely on the leash when bushwalking.

Taking these tips and guidelines into consideration will make your trip much easier and ensure your fellow travels don’t get annoyed. Be a responsible pet owner and respect the campgrounds that have kindly allowed you to stay.

Queensland Keirs Krafts Camp

Pet Friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Shower: Yes
Water: No
Picnic Areas: No
Caravan & Big Rig: Caravans & campervans
Mobile Reception: No
Close to Road: No
Directions: Camp Area 50 km NW of Bundaberg. From Bundaberg take the Bundaberg-Lawmead Rd N for 32 km, turn W into Monduran Rd for 11 km, turn R into Tindels Rd then L into Margetts Rd. Homestead on the L. Bush Camping on 27 hectares.

Yarramalong Weir

Pet Friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: No
Water: No
Shade: Yes
Picnic Areas: No
Caravan and Big Rig: Yes
Mobile Reception: Yes
Close to Road: No
Scenic: Yes
Boat Ramp: Yes
Directions: Camp Spot 25 km SW of Pittsworth. From Fore Hwy, turn E 11 km N of Millmerran or 33 km S of Pittsworth onto Leyburn Rd for 11 km, then N onto Yarramalong Rd, 3 km to weir. The site is well signposted.

New South Wales
Coopernook Forest Park

Pet Friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Shade: Yes
Picnic Area: Yes
Fire: Yes
Caravan and Big Rig: Yes
Mobile Reception: Yes
Directions: 4 km NW of Coopernook. Turn N onto Wester St, N onto Lansdowne Rd W, N onto Forest Rd, 4 km dirt road.

Scrubby Creek Forest Picnic Area

Pet Friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Shade: Yes
Picnic Area: Yes
Fire: Yes
Caravan and Big Rig: Caravans & campervans
Mobile Reception: No
Directions: Picnic Area 20 km S of Eden or 39 km N of Genoa. 200 m W of Hwy. GPS at entrance.

Victoria Genoa Rest Area

Pet Friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Shade: Yes
Picnic Area: Yes
Fire: Yes
Caravan and Big Rig: Yes
Mobile Reception: Yes

Dead River Beach

Murray River Reserve

Pet Friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Shade: Yes
Picnic Area: No
Fire: No
Caravan and Big Rig: Yes
Mobile Reception: No
Scenic: Yes
Directions: Camp Area 5.5 km NW of Cobram. Turn N off Cobram-Koonoomo Rd 1.7 km W of Cobram onto Richie Rd. Travel to the end of the road through gate/grid. After 200m take middle track for 500m, then R into Dead River Track. Camping is beside the river.
Note: Dry weather access only

Tasmania Blackmans Lagoon Camping Area

Waterhouse Conservation Area

Pet Friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Shade: Yes
Picnic Area: No
Fire: No
Caravan and Big Rig: Caravans & campervans
Mobile Reception: Yes
Access: Dry weather access only
Maximum Stay: 1 month
Directions: Camp Area 26.5 km NE of Brdiport. Turn N off the B82, 24 km NE of Bridport. 2.5 km dirt road. Camping beside pine forest. Small vehicles only.

Marrawah Green Point Beach Camping Area

Pet Friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Shower: Yes (outside cold water)
Water: Yes
Picnic Area: Yes
Fire: Yes
Caravan and Big Rig: Caravans & campervans
Mobile Reception: Yes
Directions: Camp Area 3 km W of Marrawah, via Green Point Rd & Beach Rd. Outside cold shower. Located on the oceanfront.

South Australia
Tantanoola Rest Area

Pet Friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Shade: Yes
Picnic Area: No
Fire: Yes
Caravan and Big Rig: Yes
Mobile Reception: Yes
Maximum Stay: 48 hours
Dump Point: Yes

Point Lowly

Pet Friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Shower: Yes
Water: Yes
Caravan and Big Rig: Yes
Mobile Reception: Yes
Boat Ramp: Yes
Dump Point: Yes
Directions: Camp Area at Point Lowly, 35 km NE of Whyalla. Turn E off B100, 65 km SW of Port Augusta or 8 km N of Whyalla onto Point Lowly Rd. Adjacent to toilet block, near boat ramp. Dump Point 500m N campsite.

Western Australia
Ten Mile Rocks

Pet Friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Shade: Yes
Picnic Area: Yes
Fire: Yes
Caravan and Big Rig: Yes
Mobile Reception: No
Maximum Stay: 24 hours
Directions:  113 km W of Balladonia or 79 km E of Norseman.

Cliff Head North

Pet Friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Fire: No
Caravan and Big Rig: Yes
Mobile Reception: Yes
Directions: Parking Area 51 km N of Leeman or 6 km S of Brand Hwy junction on Indian Ocean Drive.

Northern Territory
Longreach Waterhole

Pet Friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Shade: Yes
Picnic Area: No
Fire: Yes
Caravan and Big Rig: Caravans & campervans
Mobile Reception: No
Maximum Stay: 24 hours
Directions: Camp Spot 12 km W of Elliott. Turn W immediately N of Elliott onto sandy track (Elliott Stokyard sign and Dip sign at entry), 11 km to main camping area.

Beatrice Hill Rest Area

Pet Friendly: Yes
Toilets: No
Water: No
Shade: Yes
Picnic Area: Yes
Fire: Yes
Caravan and Big Rig: Caravans & campervans
Tents: No
Mobile Reception: Yes
Maximum Stay: 20 hours
Scenic: Yes
Directions: Rest Area 30 km E of Stuart Hwy junction or 53 km W of Bark Hut Inn. 1 km W of Windows on the Wetlands.

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