Top 5 dog-friendly camping areas

You don’t have to leave your dog behind going on this trip – at least not if you camp at one of these five dog-friendly camping areas. These five spots offer some of the best camping outside of a national park. Even better? Most of these campsites don’t take bookings, so you’ll still be able to nab a spot.

Main Beach camping area, North Stradbroke Island, Queensland

North Stradbroke Island by TripAdvisor reviewer NattyGol

This could well be paradise – a spacious campground with 300 unpowered sites spread behind a 38km-long beach on the east side of North Stradbroke Island. This island is only a short drive from Brisbane, and it’s a local classic, full of old-fashioned camping areas meant for enjoying the sun, the sand and the sea with the whole family, including the pooch. There are zero facilities at Main Beach, and it’s 4WD-access only. You will need to book in advance.

Danjera Dam camping area, Nowra, New South Wales

Nowra by TripAdvisor reviewer Nirvikar Y

You’ll find one of the best campsites in the south coast area around 30km west of Nowra. That’s right – this isn’t a beach camping area, but rather a spot on the shores of Danjera Dam, a man-made reservoir that covers the old town of Yalwal. Although the dam is surrounded by forest, the camping area itself is a cleared, spacious area with toilets, picnic tables and barbecues; and the water, which is excellent for swimming as long as you avoid the skeletons of old trees, is right on your doorstep. It’s free, no-bookings and dog-friendly.

The Quarries camping area, Briagolong State Forest, Victoria

Briagolong State Forest by TripAdvisor reviewer Heather R

The Quarries is the most popular area in Briagolong State Forest, an accessible spot often full of happy campers splashing in Freestone Creek. But don’t let its popularity put you off, as the campsites are spacious and shady, potted about under the trees on the banks of the creek. This is the only campsite in Briagolong where you have to pay a fee.

Hastings Forest Picnic Area camping area, Southern Forests, Tasmania

Hastings Caves by TripAdvisor reviewer Kobosake

You’d want to camp at Hastings Forest Picnic Area camping area even if you couldn’t bring your dog. This camping area is a gem, with campsites spread out on the mossy banks of the Esperance River, a coolly magical spot deep in the Southern Forests south of Hobart. And even though the campground is free, no bookings and allows dogs, it has good facilities, including toilets and picnic tables. It’s pretty much perfect.

The Gap camping area, Yorke Peninsula Reserves

Yorke Peninsula by TripAdvisor reviewer rmakani

What The Gap camping area lacks in shade – apart from a few coastal shrubs, you won’t find any protection from the wind here – it makes up for in coastal views. This camping area is right on the long, isolated beach, with campsites arrayed in a no-fuss space in the coastal dunes. It’s the sort of place made for running along the beach with your dog … and for fishing, of course. This camping area, in the hardy north-west of the peninsula, is one of those run by the local council; check their website for information on how to get a permit. There are no facilities, and you’ll need to be entirely self-sufficient.

  • Alice Genoh

    Hi! It is very interesting to read your blog. After reading your blog, I got relieved regarding my dogs. I have two dogs, and it becomes difficult for us as well as for them to stay alone without us when we go for holidays. Now, as we found these five places you mentioned in your blog, we can take our lovely dogs with us on any of these. Thanks for sharing the information regarding these places.