June 28, 2018
Dog-Friendly Camping NSW
It’s not only people that love camping, but our four-legged friends also do too. You can choose from the best places to take your pet from a list of pet-friendly campsites in NSW.
Boomi Co-Op & Caravan Park
Located on the border of New South Wales and Queensland, north of Moree. Boomi Co-Op & Caravan Park is not only pet-friendly, but it’s also home to Boomi Artesian Baths, which are said to have healing and restorative powers. Many patrons visit the Artesian baths to relieve aches and pains. All types of pets are welcome to stay in the caravan and campsites. The park offers powered and watered sites, non-powered sites, a clean and well-maintained amenities building with toilets, showers, and washing machine plus a general store and takeaway which is open 7 days per week. The adjoining Artesian Baths complex has a 25m main pool, a children’s wading pool and the well renowned hot Artesian pool/spa. The caravan park is a very short walk (50m) through the tennis courts to the pools. Pets aren’t allowing in the baths complex, however, they can be tied up and wait for their owners on the fence between the Co-op and the pool, with a full view of their owners relaxing in the pools.
39 Bishop Street, Boomi 2405
T 02 6753 5336
Byron Holiday Park
This family-owned holiday park prides itself on providing an authentic holiday experience. Enjoy spacious 28 acres of natural parklands with wallabies, echidnas, koalas and myriad of native birds. The park had direct access to leash-free Tallow Beach, bordered by Arakwal National Park and a pristine tea-tree lake. A tranquil haven for your holiday, within 5 minutes’ drive of the famous, vibrant and unique Byron Bay town centre. All of the campsites are pet friendly!
5-37 Broken Head Road, Byron Bay 2481
T 02 6685 6751
River Retreat Caravan Park
Set in a lovely riverside setting, the caravan park welcomes pets in traveller’s own accommodation and features a camp kitchen, coin-operated laundry facilities, BBQ, and is close to Gold Coast beaches.
8 Philip Parade, Tweed Heads 2486
T 07 5524 2700
Reflections Ferry Reserve Holiday Park
Dogs are permitted to stay at this holiday park, which is positioned on the banks of the beautiful Brunswick River. While pets are allowed at tourist sites they cannot go in or near cabins, conditions apply. Dogs must be on a leash at all times whilst in the camping grounds. Guests can enjoy the surf beach, which is a 3-minute drive away, or fishing, kayaking swimming in the river.
Riverside Crescent, Brunswick Heads 2483
T 02 6685 1872
Wooyung Beach Holiday Park
Located 20 minutes north of Byron Bay, this park is one of the few remaining bush camping grounds on Australia’s East Coast. Pets are welcome in the camping and caravan area, although they must be kept on a leash at all times in the park. The local beaches across the road are pet friendly and you can enjoy a campfire with the kids.
515 Wooyung Road, Wooyung 2483
T 02 6677 1300
Ballina Beach Village
You are more than welcome to bring your pet to this eco-village. Located 4.9 kms from Ballina and offering budget to superior accommodation as well as powered and non-powered wilderness camping sites. The pet rules are simple, keep them on leash when in the village, pick up after them, no barking or aggressive dogs, no banned breeds. The beach in front is a national park, and not pet-friendly but there is kms of lovely leash free walks all around, as well as a terrific pet-friendly beach 10 mins to the south.
440 South Ballina Beach Rd, South Ballina 2478
T 02 66863347
Maca’s Camping Ground
Well behaved dogs are allowed at this campsite situated 12 kms from Mullumbimby, and 30 kms from Byron Bay, offering powered and unpowered sites for travellers of all types and ages. Facilities include quality showers, toilets, kitchen and laundry available to campers.
1156 Main Arm Road, Upper Main Arm 2482
T 02 6684 5211
Big4 Saltwater – Yamba
This popular family-friendly holiday park has a selection of cabins, powered and unpowered sites available for guests travelling with a dog. There are 6 Figtree cabins, 3 Banksia cabins and 3 Casuarina cabins available for dogs without size restrictions. Dogs are welcome during school holiday periods. Facilities include a water park, swimming pool, playground, canoeing, BBQ, coffee shop and more. It is preferred that dog bookings are taken over the phone so the appropriate cabin can be allocated.
286 O’Keefes Lane, Palmers Island 2463
T 02 6646 0255
Little Styx River Camping Area
Located about 80 km from Armidale and set amongst beautiful bushland scenery, this free dog-friendly campsite right next to the river has places for campfires, BBQs and a compost toilet.
If you’re looking for calm and quiet then this is a good place to come as the camping area has limited sites available, but it can get busy during school holidays.
971 Point Lookout Road, Ebor 2453
Blackbird Reserve Camping
A car-based camping reserve which allows dogs and has toilets facilities, access to drinking water. No bookings required. Not suitable for caravans, towing or large vehicles due to road conditions and restrictions.
Armidale Road, Comara 2440
T 02 6563 151
Racecourse Headland Campground
A dog-friendly primitive campground which has an amenities block with cold showers, disabled toilet access, BBQ, 4WD access.
Goolawah Reserve, Crescent Head 2440
T 02 6563 1983
There are 2 dog-friendly campgrounds in the Goolawah Reserve. Both are suitable for tents, vans and campers, situated next to the beach with outside cold showers. Located south of Crescent Head and approximately 450 kilometres north of Sydney.
Goolawah Reserve, Crescent Head 2440
T 02 6563 1983
NRMA Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday Park
Located just over four hours from Sydney, this park boasts a newly refurbished swimming pool, camp kitchen, barbecue areas, swing set, kid’s club, and shared amenities. Dogs and cats welcome in your own accommodation – not the park’s cabins.
T 1800 636 452
Tyndale Tourist Park Roadhouse
This Caravan Park and roadhouse is located 12 kms south of Maclean and 30 kms north of Grafton in the northern rivers region of New South Wales. While dogs are welcome to stay at Tyndale (not in cabins) they must be leashed at all times. Birds are also welcome. With 10 acres available for walks and grassed sites, linen provided in cabins, hot/cold food & drinks available at roadhouse.
2848 Pacific Highway, Tyndale 2460
T 02 66476226
Coopernook Forest Camping
A peaceful dog-friendly camping area that is located 28 kilometres north of Taree. The camping area can be reached from the Pacific Highway and Moorland turn-off. Facilities include bins, BBQ facilities, flush toilets, and note there is no power.
Forest Road, Coopernook State Forest 2430
T 1300 655 687 or 02 9871 3377
Frying Pan Creek Camping Area
Located in Chichester State Forest, this popular free camping spot on the banks of the Telegherry River is dog-friendly but they must be under control at all times. Please be aware that many state forests are close to national parks (especially at Barrington Tops) where dogs are prohibited. Facilities include fire pits, long drop toilets, wooden BBQs, and rubbish bins provided. No bookings required.
Chichester Dam Road, 2420
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Stockton Beach Bush Camping
Free beach and bush camping with your pet. Bring drinking water and firewood, and note there are no toilets. A beach vehicle permit is required and can be purchased at Birubi Beach Service Station, Gan Gan Road.
Stockton Beach, Anna Bay 2316
T 02 4984 8200
Halifax Holiday Park
This 4-star park is a 15 minutes stroll to the centre of Nelson Bay. Pets are welcome when staying in your own tent or caravan. If you are bringing the dog along, bring them to say hi at check-in.
5 Beach Road, Nelson Bay 2315
T 1800 600 201
Big River Holiday Park & Ski Lodge
This holiday park is located right on the Clarence River in Grafton, NSW. With glassy water around every bend, Big River is the ultimate holiday destination for couples and families alike. Dogs allowed – conditions apply. Pets not allowed inside cabins.
166 Ski Lodge Road, Seelands 2460
T 02 6644 9324
Dogs are permitted at this popular campsite with large grassy sites that is located near to vineyards and shops. Facilities include toilets, showers, disabled access, water, BBQ’s and toilet dump. $15 per night for 1 person or $20 for 2 people. Dogs to be kept on leash.
111 Mount View Road, Cessnock 2325
T 02 4990 1181
Lostock Dam Caravan Park
This privately-owned park welcomes pets and is just over a two and a half hour drive from Sydney. Guests can enjoy a campfire, birdwatching, bushwalking, fishing, boating, windsurfing, canoeing and swimming in the dam. Set on the Paterson River in the beautiful Hunter Valley.
1823 Paterson River Road, Lostock 2311
T 02 4931 7118
Lake Lyell Camping Ground
Campers can stay around the shores of Lake Lyell, you will need to bring firewood or purchase on site. There are BBQs, a kiosk and hot showers available. All dogs are to be kept on a leash and under control at all times.
Magpie Hollow Road, Lake Lyell 2790
T 02 6355 6347
Camp at Old Bara
Enjoy pet-friendly camping on a private cattle farm. Amenity blocks and drinking water available. Camp in serenity and security whilst enjoying a true bush camping experience. $15 per adult per night, $10 per child (2 – 17yrs). Bookings essential.
631 Bara Rd, Mudgee 2850
T 02 6373 6555
Kendalls on the Beach Holiday Park
Bring your pooch along to the camping sites. Only a short walk into town and plenty of things do and see in the Kiama area. Please note that although the camping & caravanning sites are pet-friendly the beach is not.
33 Bonaira Street, Kiama 2533
T 02 4232 1790
Dolphins Point Tourist Park
Located just three hours drive from both Sydney and Canberra, this caravan park has clean amenities and friendly staff friendly and is set along the shores of Burrill Lake Inlet and adjacent to beautiful Burrill Beach. With water-front luxury cottages that are pet friendly, they also have powered and unpowered sites.
51 Dolphin Point Rd, Dolphin Point 2539
Wollondilly River Station
The river station welcomes all types of pets to this family-run campground. Facilities include an off-leash area, hot showers, swimming and cooking info and demonstrations. Underage school kids and pets stay for free.
4500 Wombeyan Caves Road, Goodmans Ford via Mittagong 2575
T 02 48889207
This pet-friendly campsite has excellent amenities and is a fantastic place for tent, trailer or caravan camping. Facilities include hot showers, a dump point, and stable hire. It is a very popular place to stay so it would be advisable to book ahead.
35 Alexandra Street, Berry 2535
M 0427 605 200
Grady’s Riverside Retreat
This retreat offers pet-friendly camping on the Shoalhaven River, near Nowra. Activities include campfires, fishing, 4wding, water skiing and more. Small pets are permitted on request – but not allowed in the retreat’s cabins. (One pet per site during peak time). Dogs must be leashed and supervised at all times.
674 Burrier Road, Burrier 2540
T 02 4421 3282
Surfside Cudmirrah Beach
Located near Sussex Inlet, this small family owned and operated holiday park located on beautiful Cudmirrah Beach offers a variety of accommodation options. Choose from a deluxe cabin, a surfside caravan or camp in the spacious grounds. All accommodation is pet friendly, but please keep dogs on leads and ensure they aren’t disturbing other guests. Mention pets at time of booking.
54 Collier Drive Cudmirrah 2540
M 02 4441 2182
Camping Milton Showground
Whether you are bringing your own van or a tent, you can stay here with your pet pooch. There are 25 powered and 20 unpowered sites with a hot shower and toilet.
107 Croobyar Road, Milton 2538
M 0429 934 067
Yadboro Flat Camping
This popular free campsite is pet-friendly. You can picnic or camp beside the Clyde River. Facilities include toilets, BBQ’s and fishing. Located 34km south-west of Milton via Brooman. However, dogs are not permitted in adjoining national park areas.
Yadboro State Forest, Yadboro Road 2539
T 02 4472 6211
Town Beach Camping Area
This beautiful dog-friendly campsite on the Murray River includes the following facilities: toilet, water, and cold shower. $5 per night. Turn off the Newell Highway onto Deniliquin Road.
Town Beach Road, Tocumwal 2714
T 03 58742517
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