September 1, 2013
Dog Friendly Camping Victoria
The weather is starting to look good and you are thinking of a camping trip but not sure where you can take your four-legged friend. Here are some dog-friendly camping areas in Victoria that permit furry travel companions as long as they are under control and don’t disturb the native plants and wildlife.
Genoa Rest Area
On the bank of the Genoa River, this disused caravan park is a popular stop off on the NSW-Victorian border. Just off the highway, it is run on donations for upkeep. A general store is just over the footbridge. Facilities include: clean toilets and picnic areas.
Park Road, Genoa 3891
Corringle Foreshore Reserve Camping Area
The Corringle Slips offer a great place to relax and take it easy. Situated at the mouth of the Snowy River Estuary in East Gippsland. Here you can enjoy bush camping in a natural setting close to the beach. Launch a boat at the ramp and explore the Snowy River and its backwaters. Features include: pets allowed, unpowered campsites, disabled facilities and BBQ area. Just south of Orbost, Princess Highway.
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Glasshouse Camping Area – Lake Tyers Forest Park
This is one of several camping spots east of Nowa Nowa Arm. It’s on Glasshouse Beach at the southern end of Lake Tyers Road, and has no facilities to speak of. Dogs are permitted. The site is named after an early 20th century factory that made glass telegraph insulators in a special furnace.
Trident Arm Track Camping Area
This is a very quiet spot at the end of Trident Arm Track, off Lake Tyers Road. The area only has room for a couple of tents, so if you are looking for somewhere quiet then this is the place to come. People with dogs can also stay at Camerons Arm Camping area.
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Recommended by Janelle D and her dog Elsie as their favourite most recently visited spot in Victoria, accessed by 4WD, near the town of Newry, this campsite, which sits beside the Avon River, has superb forest views from the Green Hill and Huggett lookouts.
Avon–Mount Hedrick Scenic Reserve, East Gippsland
T 03 5139 7777
Gippsland Lakes Coastal Parks
Oceanfront camping with your best mate. Dogs can stay at both Golden Beach (Camp 1 to 5) but must be on a leash at all times and at Paradise Beach. Dogs are NOT permitted in other areas of the park nor between campsites seven to twenty along Shoreline Drive, Golden Beach. Dogs are also NOT permitted on boats or on land in Bunga Arm. Owners are required to clean up their dog’s litter.
Woodside Coastal Area
There 3 campsites that permit dogs; Reeves Beach, McLoughlins Beach and McGaurans Beach. Reeves Beach campsite has a grassy area and a pit loo but there is no fresh water – see more information below – it is north of McLoughlins Beach. McGaurans Beach is 21 km north-east of Woodside. North of the township, take Giffard Rd off the South Gippsland Hwy, and after 9 km take the signposted turning onto McGaurans Beach Rd.
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Reeves Beach Camping Area
Located a three-hour drive from Melbourne, this beachside campground is free and dog friendly! Part of the Ninety Mile Beach, it is great for fishing and whale or dolphin watching, although it is known to get busy during peak season.
Access is via Reeves Beach Road
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Shallow Inlet Camping Area
This campground is 4 km west of Yanakie at the end of Lester Rd, just outside the boundary of the marvellous Shallow Inlet Marine and Coastal Park. The sheltered waters of the park are ideal for swimming, canoeing and fishing. The campground is only open Nov–Easter. Dogs are permitted but must be under control.
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Lake Hindmarsh Camping
Enjoy dog friendly powered camping by a beautiful lake. Located in north east Victoria. The lake is 22 km north of Dimboola, just west of Jeparit on the Nhill–Jeparit Rd. Lake Hindmarsh is the biggest freshwater lake in Victoria and as a result has a large number of wild birds so dogs must be kept under control.
T 03 5391 4444 (for Four Mile Beach)
Blackwood Springs Caravan Park
This dog-friendly park is only 1.5 hours from Melbourne and has rivers on both sides of the park and offers a variety of powered & unpowered camping sites, suitable for caravans, Tents, 4WD’s, Camper Vans, Buses & Motor Homes. Facilities include: communal BBQ’s, a playground and communal camp kitchen.
41 Golden Point Road, Blackwood 3458
Beauchamp Falls Camping
Dogs are permitted on leads at this small grassy shaded campground in the northern section of Great Otway National Park. There is a great little walk that leads to the waterfall and creek. Turn off at Skeens Creek just before Apollo Bay. Facilities include: well maintained toilets, campfires.
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Have you stayed at any great camping spots with your dog ?
Photo credit (Lake Hindmarsh): Jessica Anne Gervinas