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.

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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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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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NT WWII Gorrie Airfield @philreit

Best for bragging: WWII Gorrie Airfield, Northern Territory

WWII Gorrie Airfield via Instagram: @philreit There are absolutely no facilities – but how many people can say they’ve slept on an airfield? It is suitable for big rigs and pets, camp in dry weather only – and enjoy the views! This little strip of history was the Territory’s largest aircraft service and repair base during World War II. It is hard to imagine that in late 1943, during its peak of operations, it was the base for 6,000 service personnel. Back then, staff could attend the open-air picture theatre (which seated 2000), or relax at the boxing ring, four

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NT Mud Tank Zircon Field Fossicking Area

Fossick at Mud Tank Zircon Field, Northern Territory

Stay the night on a fossicking field. Zircon is a lesser known semi-precious gem stone, found by digging and sieving. The Mud Tank area on Alcoota Station, 17 km south east of Gemtree, has been known for its zircon material since 1940. It is now a camping spot with shade, and pet friendly. Don’t expect facilities – it is for self-sufficient travellers. Most zircons discovered here are orange to amber to pale brown, some are even pink, purplish, colourless, yellow and part-coloured. You can find them as double terminated small crystals or chips. Turn south off Plenty Hwy 7.5 km

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NSW Cowra Overnight Rest Stop

Cowra Overnight Rest Stop, New South Wales has location, location, location!

This overnighter is opposite McDonalds in Cowra, a pleasant walk to the Australia’s World Peace Bell, 50 metres to the river, and just over the bridge you’ll find the shops. There are toilets and a dump point, plus an Information Centre and even a rose garden! This bitumen parking area is surrounded by parkland and sports fields, and is adjacent to Edgell Park, with BBQs and a good dog area. Cowra is best known for the largest Prisoner of War breakout in modern military history. It has a cemetery, POW theatre and hologram, military and migrant camps. There’s even more

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Imperial Hotel Qurindi

New listing – Imperial Hotel Quirindi, New South Wales,

Image Courtesy Mattinbgn WikiCommons If you find yourself on the Kamilaroi Hwy heading south from Gunnedah, pop in and say hello to new owners Ann and Mick at the Imperial Hotel in Henry Street, Quirindi. Nestled In this beautiful district in northern NSW, the Imperial is a traditional country hotel offering old fashioned pub meals, a yarn or two from the locals and we hear that the food is excellent. On a hot day, there’s a cool beer garden to relax in and the hotel is close to the centre of town, bowling club, swimming pool and tennis courts. Owners

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Ngumban Cliff Lookout

It’s Ngumban, not Ngumpan! 

Ngumban Cliff Lookout Image Courtesy Sheng Yee Camps Australia Wide Ngumban Cliff Lookout should be how WA site 682 in Camps 10 is written. RV traveller, Michael Lennon has advised us that unlike the Hema version, WA main roads spell it with a ‘b’. Please update your CAMPS 10 book.  Add this site to your list if you want to be in the ‘middle of nowhere’ admiring sunset on the ranges. About an hour from Fitzroy Crossing you’ll find this camp area, looking over a huge gorge and the Mueller Ranges. Park on the hill, near the edge.  Facilities wise,

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Weldborough Hotel & Camping – Now Free

The Historic Weldborough Hotel has long been a favourite for campers, now with an added bonus – they recently switched from paid to free camping! Originally built in 1876, the hotel and campground is nestled in the unspoilt majestic rainforest area of North East Tasmania at the bottom of the Blue Tier Mountain bike trails.

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