The BEST Queensland island for camping with your dog is North Stradbroke Island, off Redland Bay in Brisbane.
Warwick wrote in to say he loved our Straddie article and asked if there were 2WD, pet friendly camps… Unfortunately, to get to the only two areas that allow your pooch it is 4wd beach driving only.
Camp at Flinders Beach or Main Beach if you have a pet, as dogs are not allowed at any of the caravan parks. Although the National Parks will be out of bounds for you – there are still beautiful beaches to explore – Main Beach (not in patrolled areas), Flinders Beach and South Gorge Beach (on leash) and Home Beach at Point Lookout is a off leash area.
However, if you don’t bring the doggo, there are lots of caravan parks as well to access on regular roads. There is plenty to do there without 4WD beach driving, and you can access all three towns via bitumen.
Whilst on the ferry, keep your dog in your vehicle – or on a leash and with a muzzle if they explore the ferry with you.
More dog-friendly islands include:
There are two campsites here, Selina Magnetic Island and Nomads Base camp (tent only). Neither allow pets to stay, however, pets are welcome on the island. You can take one over on a leash on the Maggie Island ferry for the day.
Over half the island is National Park so please observe signage and keep dogs on leashes. On leash beaches include: West Point, Picnic, Nelly and Horseshoe. There are no off-leash areas, dogs are not allowed in swimming enclosures or on public transport.
Pets are welcome on the island, you can take one over on leash on the Maggie Island ferry. On leash beaches include: West Point, Picnic, Nelly and Horseshoe. There are no off-leash areas, dogs are not allowed in swimming enclosures or on public transport.
Although there is no camping with dogs on the island, Woorim Beach South is a dog beach – 4 km of it! You can access Bribie by bridge, so day trips are easy.
Great Keppel Islands
There is national park camping on the eight smaller islands, but no camping on Great Keppel Island, just glamping.
One ferry even offers to bring your dogs for free, so make the most of a day trip if you are a dog owner and stay in Yeppoon if you don’t want to leave your furry friend at home. Here’s a dog friendly road trip to Great Keppel.
Leave the dogs at home
You cannot bring pets to Moreton Island or Kgari Fraser Island. However, Inskip Point – just on the mainland where the ferry leaves, is a pet friendly budget beachside campground.
All these images are from beautiful North Stradbroke Island – thanks to Bruce, our friends’ pooch. Check out our blog for more pet friendly camps and tips when travelling with pets.
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