December 27, 2018
Few things beat beachside camping with your best mate. But looking for places that will allow you to bring your pet – that can be tricky.
The good news is that there are some great beachside campsites and caravan parks that allow pets in Queensland. Travelling from north to south, here is a list to help you find the best dog-friendly beach camping spots around.
Palm Cove Holiday Park
If you’re looking for a tropical setting, this is the place to head. It’s located directly across from an amazing, dog-friendly beach, with some areas where they can run off-leash. Both cats and dogs can stay inside the park if you’re overnighting in a caravan or RV, with plenty of dog-friendly cafes and restaurants on the Esplanade.
149 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove 4879
T 07 4055 3824
Bingal Bay Camping Ground
Just three kilometres north of Mission Beach, this beachside campground welcomes pets, provided they’re kept on a leash. In addition to shower and toilet facilities, there’s drinking water available and a barbecue area, with campfires also permitted.
405 Alexander Drive, Bingal Bay 4852
T 07 4030 2222
Balgal Camping Area
With a 48-hour maximum stay, this small, beachfront campground allows for both vehicle and tent camping. Dogs are welcome but they must be on a leash at all times and there are toilets, barbecues and drinking water, but no showers available.
Cnr Tooth and Justin Streets, Balgal Beach 4816
Cowley Beach Caravan Park
Located about 8 kilometres off the Bruce Highway. A 20-minute drive south of Innisfail takes you to Cowley Beach, which is backed by this peaceful campground that caters to everything from small tents right up to large motorhomes. Dogs, birds and cats are all welcome to stay in your caravan, motorhome or tent, with dogs required to be on a leash at all times while in the park.
Bambarook Road, Cowley Beach 4871
T 07 4065 4871
Carmila Beach Rest Area
Offering free camping directly on the beach, this incredibly popular campsite allows dogs, provided they are kept on a leash. Although there are toilets with disabled access and barbecues, there are no showers and you need to bring your own drinking water.
441 Carmila Beach Road, Carmila 4739
Workmans Beach Camping
Follow signs from Springs Road and you’ll find this dog-friendly campsite that caters to tents and small vans, as well as dogs provided they are kept on a leash. There are disabled composting toilets and cold water shower, as well as barbecues, picnic tables and drinking water.
Agnes Water 4677
T 07 4970 0700
Fraser Coast RV Park
Just a stone’s throw from the Fraser Island ferry and 10 minutes’ drive from Hervey Bay, this well-positioned park sprawls across 75 acres. Pets are permitted at the manager’s discretion but dogs must be kept on a lead at all times due to the native wildlife.
54 Bengtson Road, River Heads 4655
T 07 4125 7119
Offering five different campgrounds to choose from (some requiring 4WD vehicles), Inskip Point is located just south of Fraser Island. Dogs are welcome but you must secure a camping permit and pay the required fee in person at the Rainbow Beach Office (8 am – 4 pm daily).
Boreen Point Campground
Offering eight powered, concrete-slab sites, this campground nestles in a natural setting near the water. Pets are allowed at certain times of the year and only with prior application.
Flinders Beach Campground
Boasting an absolute beachfront location, this campground sprawls across 12 different areas that are accessible only by 4WD from the beach or along the surrounding bush tracks. Dogs are welcome (max two per campsite) but must be on a lead and under control at all times. There are toilet facilities available but no showers.
North Stradbroke Island 4183
T 07 3409 9668 (08:00~16:00 daily)
Remember to always take plenty of water and sunscreen with you and ensure that your dog is under control. It is a normal requirement that all furry campers remain leashed when visiting. This is to ensure the safety of others and our native wildlife.