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Pet-Friendly Campsites Across Queensland

Animals Posted Dec 21, 2020
Whether relaxation means swims at the beach or hikes through forests and the cool mountain waters, you and your pet can both take a break in Queensland this Summer

The sunshine state is full of pet-friendly campsites in some fantastic spots across the coast and inland for the paw-fect getaway with your doggo.

If you intend to hit the road with your pet, here is a quick little checklist of what to do before you go.

  1. Ensure your pet is fully-vaccinated and you have a certificate to prove this.
  2. Take everything your pet will need - food, water, bowls, lead and collar with identification attached, poo bags, bedding etc.
  3. Call ahead and book to ensure you can have your dog staying with you.
  4. Keep your dog on lead and be a courteous camp neighbour, clean up after your dog and make sure they are not nuisance barking.
For more information and tips for travelling with pets, visit The Pet Care Travel Guide from RSPCA Pet Insurance.

dog on chair next to campfire

South East Queensland

Our top pet-friendly sites around South East Queensland - from Sunshine Coast to Coolangatta

1. Neurum Creek Bush Retreat

WHERE: Mount Archer, near Woodford on the D’Aguilar range

FEATURES: Dog-friendly camping, fire pits, 312 acres of bush with 1.5km of creek frontage. Take your pet pooch for a bushwalk, frollick in the creek, bring a canoe, or just relax. Neurum Creek Bush Retreat also runs events during peak holiday periods and is a great spot for children, and fur kids too.

DOGGY DETAILS: Dogs are welcome but must remain on lead or tethered. There are handy hitching hooks around the campgrounds to help you manage your pet. You need to clean up after your dog and ensure that they are well-behaved onsite.

CONTACT: visit ncbr.com.au or phone 5496 3692

2. Coolum Beach Holiday Park

WHERE: Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast

FEATURES: Right on the waterfront with free wifi, fully-equipped camp kitchen, and near to the Coolum Beach off-leash dog area. There are also restaurants, coffee shops and the surf club nearby.

DOGGY DETAILS: Your furry friend is accepted upon application to the park. Call before you book, not all dog breeds are accepted, and it’s two dogs per site maximum. Dogs must be on lead at all times.

CONTACT: visit sunshinecoastholidayparks.com.au or phone 5446 1474

3. Kookaburra Park

WHERE: 2951 Maleny Kenilworth Rd, Cambroon

FEATURES: Set on 75 acres with an animal sanctuary where you can hand-feed deer, meet pigs, chickens and guinea pigs. It’s dog-friendly accommodation with access to swimming in the Mary River and a hike up the ridge along a Jurassic trail. There are also fire pits and starry nights.

DOGGY DETAILS: Dogs that may disrupt guests need to remain on lead. Also they need to stay away from animal feeding area so they don’t disturb the deer and the property owners are asking doggos to stay off the trail to encourage the local fauna to stick around.

CONTACT: visit kookaburrapark.com.au

4. Gordon Country

WHERE: 2081 Inverramsey Rd, Goomburra

FEATURES: Eco-tourism camping site on With over 4000 acres of creekside camping on offer you will find some peace and quiet here. Each campsite is allotted a few acres of its own. There is swimming and 4WD tracks to test out, beautiful bushwalking and mountain scenery. Relax by a fire pit and enjoy a digital detox with your doggo or horse!

DOGGY DETAILS: Your four-legged best mate doesn’t have to stay on lead, unless they don’t play well with others or chase the wildlife. Horses and dogs must be fully vaccinated, and if you plan to do the trails with your horse you need to be affiliated with a club and have insurance.

CONTACT: visit gordoncountry.com.au or phone 4666 6179

5. Kirra Tourist Park

WHERE: Charlotte St, Coolangatta (two blocks back from the beach)

FEATURES: Enjoy laidback beach vibes at Kirra with your paw-fect pal with pet-friendly accommodation options, surf breaks and cafes nearby, and grassy parklands adjacent to the site. There is a pool, and jumping pillow and fully-equipped camp kitchen.

DOGGY DETAILS: There are dog-friendly cabins and campsites on offer at this caravan park. You need to apply for your dog to join you on holidays and they need to remain on lead and out of the amenities. You need to clean up dog poo and there are bags available on site.

CONTACT: Phone 5667 2740

Regional Queensland

That's not all though - there's many campsites beyond the South East!

1. Eddie's Camp

WHERE: Elim Beach, one hour north of Cooktown

FEATURES: Right next to the coloured sands and easily accessible, this is a great spot to pitch a tent right on the beach with your doggo and enjoy some relaxation. There is great fishing and crystal clear water for swimming. There is also kitesurfing and many photogenic spots to apply your photography skills.

DOGGY DETAILS: Family-friendly dogs are welcome onsite.

CONTACT: 4060 9223

2. Charlotte Plains Station

WHERE: Cunnamulla

FEATURES: Family-owned and operated sheep station near to Cunnamulla in country Queensland. It’s an authentic outback experience with thousands of sheep being shorn in the historic woolshed. The campgrounds are on the artesian bore, and there are also shearers quarters on offer. You can take a soak in the very instragram-worthy outdoor bore baths, take a tour of the historic sheep station or stalk some birds for a spot of twitching.

DOGGY DETAILS: Dog-friendly camping

CONTACT: Visit charlotteplains.com.au or phone 4655 4923

3. Mission Beach Hideaway

WHERE: Mission Beach, north Queensland

FEATURES: Situated in the heart of Mission beach township and 100m to its famed beach, this is a great spot to pull up for the night. Camping options include, powered and unpowered sites and there is a fully-equipped kitchen, freshwater pool and a toddler’s pool, playground, amenities and near to restaurants and cafes. It’s the gateway to lots of attractions including Dunk Island and Paronella Park.

DOGGY DETAILS: Dogs are permitted upon application prior to your arrival.

CONTACT: missionbeachhideaway.com.au or phone 4068 7104
4. Fisherman's Beach Park

WHERE: Emu Park

FEATURES: It’s right on the beach at the small town of Emu Park. Centrally located near to everything that you and your pooch could need for the paw-fect getaway. It’s on the Capricorn Coast and close to Keppel Bay Islands. They have dog-friendly cabins with their own fenced off areas so your pooch can run around off lead and pet beds are supplied.

DOGGY DETAILS: Dogs need to be on lead while staying at the holiday park in doggy-designated camping sites or cabins. There is a dog beach within walking distance from the accommodation. All mess needs to be cleaned up and disposed of.

CONTACT: visit fishermansbeachhp.com.au

5. Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park

WHERE: Spring Creek Rd, Killarney

FEATURES: Enjoy a bush retreat with your doggo near the national park and Queen Mary Falls. You can hand-feed parrots, bushwalk, go 4WD-ing. The 40m drop falls run year-round and are a great spot to visit. It is also a short drive through the flora and fauna reserve to Carrs Lookout to take in a spectacular view.

DOGGY DETAILS: Dogs must be on lead, and you need to provide a vaccination certificate for your pooch.

CONTACT: queenmaryfallscaravanpark.com.au or phone 4664 7151

First time going on a hike with your dog? We’ve got you covered, read more about how to hike with your dog here.

Taryn Paris

Taryn Paris
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