January 1, 2019
If you love the great outdoors, then you will agree that camping with your dog is an unforgettable experience.
You and your best mate have heaps of space to roam and explore. There are numerous places to stay with your dog in Queensland. Here is a list from Cooktown to the southeast of Brisbane. Take your pick of some of the best dog-friendly campsites Queensland has to offer.
Adel Grove Camping Park
Enjoy incredible landscapes at this outback oasis. Adel Grove Camping Park is located 10km from the Lawn Hill Gorge, Boodjamulla National Park, pets are allowed in some of the Bushranger accommodation, as well as in the Top Camping area (only) – no pets are allowed to camp in ‘The Grove’. Dogs are permitted anywhere throughout the grounds as long as they are kept on a leash at all times and their droppings are picked up. However, they are not permitted in any of the buildings. A pet minding service is available in return for a donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Please notify if you have pets and/or generators, so they can allocate you to the correct site.
T 07 4748 5502
Lawn Hill Road, Lawn Hill 4830
Cooktown Orchid Travellers Park
Located in the centre of Cooktown, this park welcomes pets, but at the discretion of the caretakers. Please keep leashed and under control at all times. Owners are expected to clean up after their pets.
Charlotte Street, Corner of Walker Street, Cooktown 4871
T 07 40696400
Lync Haven Rainforest Retreat
Located in a stunning tropical rainforest setting, dogs can stay on powered and unpowered sites – not inside the accommodation. Facilities include laundry, toilets and showers, camp kitchen, stove, BBQ and fridge for your supplies.
Lot 44, Cape Tribulation Road, Diwan, Cape Tribulation 4873
T 07 4098 9155
Rainforest Holiday Village
This secluded park with clean and tidy facilities welcomes well-behaved dogs and cats in your own accommodation, but they must be leashed during your stay due to the wildlife. There are 8 acres of mowed lawns to walk your dog but do not allow leave your pet unattended for any length of time.
Facilities include a kiosk, swimming pool, BBQ, laundry among others.
2094 Cape Tribulation Road, Diwan 4873
T 07 4098 9015
Daintree Riverview Caravan Park
Set in gorgeous surroundings along the Daintree River. All small pets are welcome to the campsite, but owners are asked to clean up after them. Powered sites are available.
2 Stewart Street, Daintree 4873
T 07 4098 6119
Newell Beach Caravan Park & Holiday Units
A very pet-friendly park, located 1 hour north of Cairns and 15 minutes away from Port Douglas. The units are quite protected and many people use the covered area as an extended living area when staying – it is preferred that larger pets stay here. Please bring a litter tray for cats. The park offers 30 shaded powered sites, salt-water swimming pool, communal BBQ area with TV, free book exchange and a modern amenities block with laundry.
Marine Parade, Newell Beach 4873
T 07 4098 1331
Mossman Leisure Park
All small pets are welcome to stay as long as they are not left unattended and are with their owners at all times. Animals must be kept quiet and are prohibited from the camp kitchen, beer garden and laundry area. Guests staying at the park have access to a swimming pool and gymnasium.
Corner Foxton Avenue & Park Street, Mossman 4873
T 07 4098 2627
Kuranda Rainforest Accommodation Park
Set on 10 acres of tropical rainforest, this park welcomes pets but conditions apply.
Located 30 minutes from Cairns and a 10-minute walk to Kuranda village, this peaceful park is close to Barron Falls and has shady caravan and campsites available.
Facilities include a large saltwater pool, free tour booking office and kiosk, camp kitchen and campfire, public phone, internet access
88 Kuranda Heights Road, Kuranda 4881
T 07 4093 7316
Alva Beach Tourist Park
This pet-friendly caravan park with en-suite cabins, powered sites and dongas in sunny Queensland is only 500 metres walk to the beach. Guests can enjoy fishing, crabbing, bird watching!
36 Braby St (Follow Beach Rd From Ayr) Alva, Ayr 4807
T 07 47833383
Located in the Mareeba valley of the Cairns Highlands, surrounded by open woodlands. Facilities include a campfire, cooking area and toilets. Pets on a lead are welcome. Ringers Rest Motor Home Park for self-contained RV’s is also available.
277 Fichera Road, Mareeba 4880
M 0447 136 865
Innot Hot Springs Leisure and Health park
Located in the centre of this small township, guests can enjoy a relaxing dip in the hot spring pools. Facilities include toilets and showers, laundry (no dryers), telephone, kiosk/shop, gas refills, ice, barbecues, pool, pets OK. There are 20 powered sites, 50 unpowered sites, the park fits big motorhomes, and has onsite cabins.
Kennedy Highway, Innot Hot Springs 4872
T 07 4097 0136
NRMA Cairns Holiday Park
Set in a convenient spot close to town, this friendly park has great staff, clean amenities, free Wi-Fi, and a decent swimming pool. Small dogs, cats and birds are allowed in your own accommodation – not in the park’s cabins.
12-30 Little Street, Manunda 4870
T 07 4051 1467
Bingal Bay Camping Ground
Set in a beachside location, 3 kilometres north of Mission Beach, pets are welcome if kept on a leash. Facilities include a BBQ area, drinking water, fires, showers, and toilets.
405 Alexander Drive, Bingal Bay 4852
T 07 4030 2222
Balgal Camping Area
This small beach-front area for vehicle and tent camping welcomes dogs, but they must be leashed at all times. There is a 48-hour maximum stay limit; BBQ, toilets and drinking water are available, but there are no showers.
Cnr Tooth and Justin Streets, Balgal Beach 4816
T 07 4727 9000
Discovery Holiday Parks – Lake Tinaroo
Located opposite Lake Tinaroo, this holiday park allows well-behaved animals by prior arrangement to stay either on camping sites or sleep on the cabin’s verandah – conditions apply. Guests have access to a café and swimming pool. All pets must be kept leashed whilst in the park and picked up after. A refundable bond is required.
Tinaroo Falls Dam Road, Tinaroo Falls 4872
T 1300 727 044 or 07 4095 8232
Lake Placid Tourist Park
Set in a 14-acre tropical rainforest resort setting, this pet-friendly park welcomes domestic animals but conditions apply. Facilities include a shop, tourist information desk, kitchen, BBQ and swimming pool.
Lake Placid Road, Lake Placid 4878
T 07 4039 2509 or 1800 807 383
Fishery Falls Holiday Park
Located on the Bruce Highway, 37 kilometres south of Cairns, this park has award-winning gardens, and is surrounded by luscious green mountains. Guests can choose to caravan, camp or stay in a range of accommodation. Although all small pets are welcome, they are not permitted inside park accommodation. A pub and coffee shop are within an easy stroll of the park. Guests have access to a saltwater pool and camp kitchen.
Bruce Highway, Fishery Falls 4871
T 07 4067 5283
August Moon Caravan Park
Set on 10 acres, and located on directly on the Bruce Highway, this 3.5-star park welcomes all small animals. There is a saltwater pool, large camping area and sites for motorhomes. Pet-friendly features include a grassed off-leash exercise area. Pets must stay in own accommodation – not in the park’s cabins – and please keep them leashed at all times.
Bruce Highway, Innisfail 4860
T 07 4063 2211
Cowley Beach Caravan Park
Located about 8 kilometres off the Bruce Highway, 20 minutes south of Innisfail, this caravan park is ideally situated in a quiet location next to Cowley Beach. Most dogs, birds and cats are welcome in guest’s own caravan, motorhome or tent. Please keep on a leash at all times whilst in the park. The site caters for all sizes and comfort levels – small tents right up to large motorhomes.
Bambarook Road, Cowley Beach 4871
T 07 4065 4871
Kings Reef Hotel and Caravan Park
This quiet caravan park has a quiet beachfront setting and offers powered sites, camping areas with large shady trees, a camp kitchen and BBQs. While pets are welcome they must remain on a lead in the park and on the beach. The resort has its own pub and a motel – but pets must stay outside!
Jacobs Road, Kurrimine Beach 4871
T 07 4065 6144
Tropical Hibiscus Caravan Park
This friendly caravan park has clean modern amenities, is well located with a pub and small shopping centre within easy reach and a 5-10 minute walk to the beach. Four-legged friends are welcome in your own caravan or tent.
2008 Tully Mission Beach Road, Mission Beach 4852
T 07 4068 8138
Secura Lifestyle Magnetic Gateway
Unwind in the recreation lounge with WiFi, camp kitchen, BBQ area and refreshing pool. Kick back with live entertainment, BBQs, outdoor cinema and more during Peak Season. Guests enjoy deals to many local attractions including Reef HQ, Billabong Sanctuary, plus discount return ferry to Magnetic Island.
There’s a dog-friendly studio available – plus portable kennels also available for decks for cabins that are not designated dog friendly. Doggy poop bags provided to guests at check-in. Local information for vets and pet supplies also provided to guests. Four-legged friends welcomed on all sites throughout the year.
88 Minehane Street, CLUDEN 4811
T 07 4778 2412
Burdekin Falls Dam Caravan Park
Located about a 2-hour drive from Townsville, this reasonably priced park is suitable for everything from camping to big rigs. Facilities include hot showers, toilets, a pool, and laundry. The park operates a phone reception. Dogs should be kept leashed because of the peacocks that roam the area.
Ravenswood Road, Ravenswood 4816
T 07 4770 3177
Virgin Rock Rest Area
So-called because the Rock once looked like the Virgin Mary cradling the baby Jesus. The rest area is about 2 km north of Springsure or about 64 km south of Emerald. Facilities include male and female amenities, a BBQ hotplate, covered picnic table and rubbish bins. Pets welcome.
Springsure, Great Inland Way, Charters Towers–Hebel
Fisherman’s Beach Holiday Park
Set in a great location, this park provides a relaxed, family-friendly environment. Dogs allowed in campsites only during low season – call to book as there are only limited sites are available. A short 30 min drive from Rockhampton and a 10-minute drive from Yeppoon.
67 Pattison Street, Emu Park 4710
T 07 4847 6002
Stanage Bay Campground
If you’re looking for remote bush camping on QLD’s Central Coast stay at Stanage Bay Campground. Located north of Rockhampton on the Bruce Highway, turn east and be prepared to drive another 100 km of dirt road.
Most campsites at Stanage Bay are pet friendly and allow campfires. Freshwater can be obtained by donation bring your own. There are no showers or washing machines.
Banksia Road, Stanage 4702
T 07 4913 5000
Kangaroo Country Caravan Park
Located on the Bruce Highway, about 22 kilometres outside Rockhampton, this park has a large aviary and cat-friendly cabins. Convenient for an overnight stay for those travelling with pets.
T 07 4921 1799
Carmila Beach Rest Area
This free (and popular) beachside camping area allows dogs, though they should be kept on a leash. There are toilets with disabled access and BBQ area, but no showers. Be sure to bring your own drinking water.
441 Carmila Beach Road, Carmila 4739
Red Rock Campground
Dogs are welcome at Red Rock Campground in the Byfield State Forest and must be kept on a lead at all times. Access to the campsite is via a gravel track off Byfield Road junction, northeast of Rockhampton. Facilities include picnic tables, wood BBQs, toilets and water. Red Rock can also be reached in caravans and campervans. Photo by @badger.and.the.queen
Byfield State Forest, Byfield 4703
T 1300 130372
Workmans Beach Camping
For access to this dog-friendly camping area which is suitable for tents and small vans, follow signs from Springs Road. Facilities include disabled composting toilets, cold water shower, BBQs, picnic tables and drinking water. Please keep dogs on a lead. Fees are collected by the ranger twice a day.
Agnes Water 4677
T 07 4970 0700
Mt Larcom Tourist Park
This family-run park has well-maintained cabins, clean amenities, and a friendly atmosphere. There is a large unfenced pet exercise area and some of the cabins are pet-friendly – book ahead. Cats also welcome. The park offers a variety of accommodation including deluxe motel-style cabins, powered and unpowered sites and camping. Facilities include a laundry (coin-operated), camp kitchen and BBQ area, and free WI-FI.
7 Balfour Street, Mount Larcom 4695
T 07 4975 1717
Wongi Camping Area
Dogs are welcome to the camping area in Wongi State Forest but must be kept on a leash at all times. Permits are required and can be bought online or at Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre (a small fee applies). Campers will enjoy swimming in the waterholes. Facilities include cold showers, tank water, picnic tables and toilets.
Wongi State Forest, Maryborough 4650
T 1300 130372 or 07 4123 7729
Kilkivan Bush Camping
Set in the foothills of the Oakview State Forest, visitors will find themselves surrounded by nature. You can choose to go real bush camping, stay in your caravan or motorhome, or stay in the site’s huts if you want a real bed for the evening. Facilities include toilets, hot showers, camp kitchen, BBQ, fireplaces, power and water, and large grassy sites. Please inquire first if bringing pets other than dogs and horses.
Rossmore Road, Kilkivan 4600
T 07 5484 1340
Amamoor Creek Camping Area
This grassy camping area permits dogs. Bring your own drinking water and rubbish bags. BBQ, showers and toilet facilities (with disabled access) available; suitable for motorhomes and caravans as well as tent camping.
Via Amamoor Creek Road, 4570
Gympie Caravan Park
This park is very pet friendly and allows cats and dogs in its cabins. Conveniently located just off the Bruce Highway, the park is managed by an Akita enthusiast and has a Hachiko statue at the reception. The park has a swimming pool for guests and an off-leash area park nearby.
T 07 5483 6800
Fraser Coast RV Park
This park has 75 acres for big rigs, just 3 minutes to Fraser Island ferry & 10 minutes to Hervey Bay. Pets permitted at Managers discretion – must be kept on a lead due to the native wildlife. A great getaway from it all, yet just a stone’s throw from local attractions.
54 Bengtson Road, River Heads 4655
T 07 4125 7119
M.V. Sarawak Camping Area
This dog-friendly campsite is one of five camping areas on the Inskip Peninsular about 15 minutes drive from Rainbow Bay.
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).
Inskip Point is located just south of Fraser Island some of the sites require 4WD vehicles. Photo by @badger.and.the.queen
Inskip Point Road, Inskip 4581
Spring Gully Stays
Take your dog bush camping. Located 50 minutes from the Gold Coast and a 1 hour and 15-minute drive from Brisbane, this campsite is set in a beautiful location with grassy camping spots, near to a creek and you can buy firewood here. Pets are welcome to bushcamp with their family at Spring Gully Stays but not in the property’s safari tents. Family of 4 $25 per night.
Photo by @the.dencher.adventures
334 Sarabah Road, Sarabah 4275
T 07 5543 4490
Neurum Creek Bush Retreat
This privately owned dog-friendly campsite borders the Mt Mee state forest and is less than 75 minutes travel from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. There are 2 amenity blocks with hot showers, eco-friendly toilets and BBQs.
268 Rasmussen Road, Neurum 4514
T 1300 733901
Flinders Beach Campground
If you love camping on the beach with your dog, it doesn’t get much better than Flinders Beach. There are twelve beachfront camping areas along the beachfront accessible only by 4WD from the beach, or by bush tracks. The campsites are in natural areas and some toilet facilities are available (no showers). Dogs are welcome but must be on a lead and under control at all times. 2 dogs maximum per campsite applies.
North Stradbroke Island 4183
T 07 3409 9668
For a ‘back to basics’ camping experience, Main Beach stretches for 32kms along the eastern side of the island. There are fifteen designated camping areas at the southern end of Main Beach, which offers great surfing and excellent beach fishing. This is a prime location for more experienced campers and 4WDrivers, and campsites are only accessible by 4WD. There are no amenities or drinking water at Main Beach. Dogs are welcome but must be on a lead and under control at all times. 2 dogs maximum per campsite applies.
North Stradbroke Island 4183
T 07 3409 9668 (08:00~16:00 daily)
Darlington Park Camping Area
This popular shady campsite welcomes dogs and is located 95KM south of Brisbane. It can get busy so it is best to book ahead during peak time. There is a kiosk, children’s playground and flushing toilets. Follow the signposted access on Kerry Road, 25 km south of Beaudesert. Bookings are recommended for peak periods.
Kerry Road, Beaudesert 4285
T 07 5544 8120
Rose City Caravan Park
This small park has accommodation to suit all budgets with clean and well-maintained facilities to ensure you have the perfect overnight stay. There are fully self-contained, air-conditioned cabins, which sleep up to six or choose to stay in one of the comfortable budget priced overnight caravans. The park welcomes all pets, including cats, birds, reptiles and rodents. As long as they are contained when not inside the pet-friendly cabins or in the traveller’s van, motorhome. There is also a selection of drive-through powered sites, both slab and grassed, which will accommodate most size caravan, motorhome or camper from only $30 per night (2 people) and un-powered campsites from $25 per night (2 people). Facilities include a free barbecue area, a coin-operated laundry, book exchange, and gas bottle refills are available on site with a dump point conveniently located behind the Puma Service Station next door.
148-160 Glengallan Road, Womina 4370
T 07 4661 1662
Barwon River Camping Area
This free dog-friendly camping area on the Barwon River in Mungindi is located on the border of NSW/QLD. The campsite has no time limit posted, toilets plus drinking water on site. Recommended by @rnrwanderers
Barwon Street, Mungindi 2406
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