Free Dog Friendly Campsites

If you can’t stand the idea of leaving your dog behind when you head off 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.

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.

We have compiled a selection of dog friendly stays across Australia below, discover more than 3,935 Pet Friendly sites in our Camps 11 guidebook, over 1,830 Pet Friendly Caravan parks in our Caravan Parks 5 guidebook and even more in our App.

“Hanging Rock “Jackadgery NSW

Free and pet friendly: Cangai Bridge at Jackadgery, New South Wales

This FREE pet-friendly camp spot is 20 km west of Jackadery via Gwydir Hwy. Small vehicles only, narrow bridges – we call it Cangai Bridge in CAMPS 11 – NSW site 245. Or find it on the Camps Australia Wide App! Photographer Anne Meagher says this area is also known as Hanging Rock, Jackadgery. It is for self contained vehicles, and Anne said there were plenty of caravans on site, with a good gravel road in from the highway. They camp on the grassy slopes just after the wooden bridge, probably about 8 km in from Gwydir Hwy. Fishing allowed

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VIC Meredith Park

Fish and free camp at Meredith Park, Victoria

A lovely peaceful spot on the shores of Lake Colac, the largest natural freshwater lake in Victoria. Meredith Park has large flat camping areas with easy access, views, and good facilities. There is water, shade, picnic table, fireplace, mobile phone coverage, toilets and a boat ramp. This popular camp ground is suitable for pets and there are good spots for big rigs. This is a great location for fishing when the water level is up. Expect water sports, prolific birdlife, fantastic sunsets and large grassy sites. Note: it can be windy here. You will find this site at 175 Meredith

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WA Doolena Gorge - Photo Credit Denhym Kelly-Wilson @denhym from Instagram

Doolena Gorge – a Western Australia free camp by the water

Photo credit: Denhym Kelly-Wilson @denhymn from Instagram Who knew that only half an hour from Marble Bar, the hottest place in Australia – there was a waterhole to cool down in? Doolena Gorge is shaded by trees and the cliffs most of the day, so perfect for a swim. Follow walking tracks to the next creek or climb up to the waterfall. If you are camping here, make sure you arrive in time – dusk is a must, this is when the sun lights up the cliff face. Facilities are non-existent, but pets are welcome. Access this camp only during

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WA Niagara Dam - Photo credit @onthetracksau from Instagram

Freedom Camp at Niagara Dam, Western Australia

Photo credit @onthetracksau from Instagram This is a great camp in an interesting historical area. There are three designated campsites – one below the dam wall and two to the west of the dam. It is rugged country, but some level sites are available near the dam. Toilets, BBQ, picnic table, dump point and fireplaces are on site. BYO firewood and bring water in case the dam is empty. Big rig and pet friendly. Built in 1897, the dam wall is 225 metres across and 18 metres high – you can learn about the story of the construction. One of the stops on

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VIC Lake Lascelles

Lake Lascelles, Victoria is a free camp with facilities plus

This lake is fed by the clean water from the Grampians Wimmera Mallee pipeline. Pull up and enjoy a beverage lakeside as the sun goes down. A known location for water sports and fishing, this top spot is on the edge of the Lake Lascelles in Hopetoun, developed and beautified over the last few years. Facilities are numerous: toilets, shower, drinking water, picnic table, fireplace, BBQ, mobile phone coverage and a boat ramp. There’s also shade and views! Suitable for big rigs and pets are allowed. Powered sites are also available for a fee. It is 24 hours only – you

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TAS Mayfield Bay

Beachfront at free camp, Mayfield Bay, Tasmania

If you are looking for scenery, this is your spot. There’s good camping, fishing, swimming, surfing and diving, as well as wonderful views across Great Oyster Bay to Freycinet Peninsula. Disabled toilets, shady trees, fireplaces, mobile phone coverage are available, and pets are allowed. BYO drinking water, gold coin donation and camera! Enjoy the absolute beachfront. There’s history, too. Further north is Spiky Bridge, built in the 1840s by a convict road gang. Local fieldstones were placed vertically, giving a spiky appearance. Perhaps it was to stop cattle falling over the sides? You can also learn about the convict ruins

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SA Greenrise Lake Penola - Image Credit Chris Alger @far_tracer on Instagram

Explore cellar doors at donation site, Greenrise Lake, South Australia

Image Credit Chris Alger @far_tracer on Instagram Penola is described as the “perfect place to pause”, and it is a well-earned title. There are more than 20 wineries and cellar doors in Coonawarra – you can even cycle to some from the campgrounds. For self-contained vehicles, it is just outside Penola, with large flat sites, BBQs, picnic tables, 48-hour limit, and is suitable for big rigs and dogs. Flushing toilets are in the adjacent picnic area. This magnificent site has a newly paved arboretum to explore the trees and 1.2km pathways, the Adam Lindsay Gordon walk around the dry lake,

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Point Brown, Haley Roberts via Instagram @roberts_oz.lap_no.map

Secluded beaches at Point Brown, South Australia

Point Brown, Haley Roberts via Instagram @roberts_oz.lap_no.map Off the beaten track and stunning, you’ll find private beaches here, and there are plenty of recommendations for this spectacular location. Come for the seafood, swimming, sunsets and stars. Facilities are none, so be self-contained, and pets allowed! It is not patrolled so please show caution in the surf, same goes for beach four-wheel driving. You’ll find shelter from wind, because there is such an expanse to park in. It is likely you’ll see pods of dolphins, maybe seals! Good luck with your crabbing and fishing – we hope you bring home dinner. Located

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SA Port Parham - Photo Ruth Palmer @rvmp on Instagram

South Australia Port Parham Foreshore: famous for crabbing

Also known as Parham Camping Reserve – this spot will sit you right on the Esplanade. This large flat camping area has toilets, water, picnic table, BBQ, and mobile phone coverage, with pets allowed. There is a 5-tonne limit and self-registration onsite. The views are free too! Swim and fish to your heart’s content. It is South Australia’s premier crabbing beach and home to the ‘Parham Jinker’ – a unique device for launching boats in the shallows. Maximum stay is 14 consecutive days, with no return to reserve permitted for a period of seven consecutive days. Find it on the Esplanade

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