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 guidebooks, over 1,830 Pet Friendly Caravan parks in our Caravan Parks guidebook and even more in our App.
Victoria Falls

High country free camp: Victoria Falls, Victoria

If you are looking for a pretty waterfall, then check out some of our camps beside waterfalls. Victoria Falls Campground is known more as a historical area rather than a waterfall – it was the site of Victoria’s first hydro electricity scheme. The history is interesting, but infrastructure was removed – just some concrete remains. Instead, park up and enjoy the serenity! This camp area has enough going for it, to visit in its own right. It has a beautiful little creek (see our video below) and bridge with picnic area, barbeques and toilet alongside.  Plus you can bring your pets,

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Perisher Ski Fields by Kate Gilmore

Do you want to build a snowman? Free camp near the snow in New South Wales and Victoria!

Perisher Ski Fields by Kate Gilmore In 2022, we are so fortunate that the snow season has started early! If skiing or snowboarding is your thing, or if you just want the kids to have the experience of a snowball fight and sticking a carrot in the face of a snowman they have rolled themselves… Here’s a few options for accommodation that are easier on the wallet. Island Bend Campground, NSW Island Bend Campground, NSW by Kate Gilmore It is only 15 minutes to Perisher and the snowfields. This is a free national park campground with toilets, BBQ, picnic tables. Permits apply.  Island

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Lilydale Falls, Tasmania

Lilydale Falls Reserve – North East Tasmania

Travel_and_tassie via Instagram While heading off on an early morning trip towards the Meander Valley, it was an opportunity to stop at the Lilydale Falls Reserve about 25 km east of Launceston, just on the outskirts of the village of Lilydale.  The spot is popular for a picnic, to camp or for bushwalking.  (Above image @Travel_and_tassie via Instagram ) The reserve is a leafy, shaded haven, with lots of birdlife and plenty of room for vehicles,  caravans, motorhomes or to camp up for one night. There is an undercover area with bbq, a playground for the kids, picnic tables, toilets, bins

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Border Gate Roadhouse, New South Wales

We’d like to give a shout out to the folk at the Border Gate Roadhouse, New South Wales. Right on the border with South Australia, Covid and state border closures hit them hard. On top of that, they have had floods to contend with. This site was closed for a few months, but is now open again for 72 hour rests, pet friendly and free! However, they are still waiting for a plumber – so for now it is SCV (self contained vehicles) only – until repairs are made on their amenities. They said plumbers are flat out with repairs

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Molong Bowling Club NSW Free Camping

Molong Bowling Club now open for free camping in New South Wales! 

Molong Bowling Club in New South Wales is now open for self contained vehicles – just find a spot under the trees. It is FREE camping with no time limit! The club will be looking at a donation box soon. This private, flat grassed area behind the bowling club, is pet friendly and central to town. Volunteers run the club which opens in the late afternoons most days, with meals available one day of the week (check with club). The organisers said, “Thanks for including us, we love having caravanners, great for us and our small community.” Also note the latest phone number is in

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QLD Cunningham Highway (The Pocket Reserve)

Cunningham Highway (The Pocket) Reserve, Queensland

Cunningham Highway (The Pocket) Reserve is free, pet friendly with a bonus of water views and birdlife. It was our first night camping of our Outback Queensland trip, and we were on route to Cloncurry – via Goondiwindi, Carnarvon Gorge, Winton, Longreach, and more. Our youngest, a 15-year-old, was watching a footy game – as he was in our local footy tipping comp. We turned off the highway, and as we drove a couple of hundred metres down to the water, he and his brother squealed – it’s SOS only, Dad. They were talking about their mobile range. Of course,

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Marg McIntosh Park Widgee QLD

Camp at Marg McIntosh Park, Widgee, Queensland

The Gympie Region in Queensland have doubled their free and budget options for RV travel and camping! Marg McIntosh park is pet friendly, allows free RV overnights and has: Toilets BBQs Picnic tables Mobile coverage Shade It is suitable for big rigs, caravans, motorhomes and camper trailers (self contained) with a stay limit of 20 hours – but hopefully this will be extended when the Gympie RV strategy is implemented. The camp is located beside a road, and water – so does have great views! Widgee also has a showground you can camp at, closer to the town. Find more free and budget

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Dumaresq River Texas Queensland

Dumaresq River Free Camp and Queensland Rabbit Works at Texas, Queensland

Dumaresq River image from the Camps Australia Wide App Travel ‘Deep in the heart of Texas’…. Texas, Queensland – that is! The camping area at Dumaresq River is actually just south of town and unique – as you are perched right on the state border. Step over either bridge and you are in NSW! Pet and Big Rig friendly, this site has a 14 day limit and is for self contained vehicles only. Bonuses include level grassy areas, wooden BBQs and rubbish bins. Be sure to leave a donation in the box at the shed. Drive over the cattle-grid for riverside

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Oceanfront FREE CAMP: Green Point Beach, Marrawah, Tasmania

Here is a beautiful coastal campsite in the rugged west coast of Tasmania. It is free, pet friendly and protected from the wind. Metres down the road, you’re at the beach! The park here has toilets, cold showers, a playground, sheltered BBQ and picnic tables right over the beach with AMAZING views.  There are more picnic tables in the camp area (see the video below). Suited for motorhomes, campervans, camper trailers and tents. Bring drinking water. Cold outdoor showers. No open fires allowed.  The campsite is clearly signed and on the right before the beach.  Choose from flat bitumen sites

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