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We addressed earlier on all of the major global and national events that have impacted on people’s lives in 2020 and wrote up this article on the best pet friendly accomodation QLD.
Specifically relating to Queensland, all of the issues mentioned earlier came on top of several natural disasters through late-2019 and the first 6-months of 2020.
The massive bushfires hit many states with such a huge force, losing so many lives, homes, wildlife, habitats, communities and businesses.
Queensland was included in this horrendous bush fire disaster with massive fires in places like the Gold Coast hinterland, Stanthorpe, Toowoomba region and Peregian where they copped 2 separate large fire fronts.
The one thing needed to put out the fires, apart from the amazing work of people fighting the fires, was water.
The problem then was that many areas in the South east corner of Queensland along with the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales then copped a deluge of rain, and on more than one occasion resulting in erosion and flooding in places.
Mother Nature works in her own way though and despite that rain in the lower part of the state there have been ongoing drought areas stretching back into the years in parts of Queensland.
Even the last statistics from 1 May 2020 still put 65% of the state in drought.
This state, like our country, is a land of extremes. 2020 has provide that in so many ways.
There is a great saying that I have heard and that I like; ‘The most important things in life aren’t things.’
It is people that really matter and we have seen vivid negative things such as destruction, deaths, even fighting to get toilet paper, that all go into that sad image of events.
On the positive side of things though we have seen such incredible work by all of the emergency services and medical staff all around the country.
Let’s not overlook the fantastic work of volunteers helping others as well as nursing all the hurt and distressed animals.
People have done such wonderful things too with fundraising and entertainment and arts events by ordinary people and celebrities, that have been put on to thank others, to boost morale and to raise even more funds.
These tough times have also brought out the best in humanity as well and that is something we should hold onto and to celebrate.
There has been a great initiative in the media recently where the theme was to ‘holiday at home’, as a way of helping people out after the bushfires. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on that gaining much momentum.
Border closures, businesses closed, parks closed, flight restrictions, all played their part in that situation over and above all the health and economic causes.
However, not everyone has lost their job and a holiday at home is something that they can still afford.
We would like to urge those people to still ‘holiday at home’ this year, and next probable.
Make sure that any border of property closures have ended before you make your booking.
Here are our suggested ‘holiday at home’ ideas that incorporate taking your dog on holiday with you for the State of Queensland.
Pet friendly accommodation QLD
Here are our ideas for 10 dog friendly holidays within Queensland:
- dog friendly camping QLD
- dog friendly caravan parks QLD
- dog-friendly resorts
- dog friendly road trips QLD
- dog-friendly holiday ideas
- dog friendly hotels QLD
- luxury dog friendly accommodation QLD
- dog friendly weekend getaways
- dog-friendly accommodation QLD
- dog friendly accommodation with pool
When planning and booking your dog friendly accommodation in Queensland be realistic about how far you can travel.
This is a big State and there is so much to see and that may mean more than one visit.
To put things into perspective about Queensland as a destination:
- Just in area QLD covers 1.853 Million km2. That makes it 2nd only to Western Australia and equivalent to the combined areas of NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS and ½ of SA. That’s huge!
- It has around 7,000km of coastline, of which there is about 2,100km just covering the East coast from Coolangatta through to Cooktown and that is about the same as a return trip from Brisbane to Sydney.
- Despite the area size the total state population is just over 5 Million, or about a similar amount to either Sydney or Melbourne.
- Check the stats on weather; temperature, humidity and rainfall by month when doing your planning. Such a huge State there is a wide range of weather patterns. Remember; the further North you travel the more hot, humid and rainy it can be as with any tropical area the rainy season is often over Summer.
- There can be different wildlife to what you experience at home, so be conscious of snakes, sea snakes, stone fish, mosquitos, dingo’s, different types of jellyfish, sharks, cane toads and crocodiles. Be careful where you stay and the activities you plan.
- Beware too that there are restricted breeds in Queensland as at September 2020;
- Dogo Argentino
- Fila Brasileiro
- Japanese Tosa
- American Pit Bull Terrier or Pit Bull Terrier
- Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario.
We are trying to be realists here so don’t be put off as this State has so many awesome places to visit, stay and to enjoy with your dog by your side.
The State of Queensland has so many regions due to its size so rather than use the established regions we have grouped them together to make areas that could be destination with a greater number of places to visit and stay, such as:
- South East QLD
Gold Coast, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast and Rainbow Beach
- Central QLD
Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Agnes Water & Seventeen Seventy, Gladstone, Rockhampton and Yeppoon
- North QLD
Mackay, Airlie Beach and Whitsundays
- Far North QLD
Townsville & Magnetic Island, Mission Beach, Cairns & Northern Beaches, Pt Douglas, Daintree and Cooktown.
- Western QLD
Karumba, Richmond, Hughenden, Mt Isa, Winton, Longreach, Barcaldine, Charleville, and Roma
Happy planning and happy ‘holiday at home.’
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South East QLD
Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park – between Burleigh Heads and Palm Beach
Situated about a 20-minute drive North of the NSW/QLD Border and a 15-minute drive North of the Gold Coast Airport.
It is right on the beautiful Tallebudgera Creek and there is even a well-marked dog friendly stretch of beach nearby, where your dog can run off leash.
Tallebudgera Creek is between Burleigh Heads and Palm Beach; both of which have all the amenities you would need and a popular and thriving café, restaurant and pub scene.
Dogs are permitted all year round in the Tourist Park but you need to get your pet approved prior to a booking.
There is a link to their current pet policy on their website.
Also included on the same link are details of the accommodation grades and facilities.
We are looking at Camping grounds here but there are all levels here right up to luxury waterfront cabins.
The link also takes you to the booking page.
Pet friendly accommodation SE QLD means many different things to us all.
Could it be more laid-back and Aussie than a staying at a holiday park near the beach, with your dog there as well?
PH: 07 5667 2700
Bookings online through https://goldcoasttouristparks.com.au/park/tallebudgera-creek-tourist-park/
1544 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach, QLD 4221
Freedom Lifestyle Park Warwick
While many travelers enter Queensland using the Pacific Highway as they follow the coast North from their home States, there are also inland alternatives.
In this instance we have chosen Warwick; ideal if you have traveled North from NSW where the New England Highway makes its way North through places such as Tenterfield before continuing on to Warwick.
The park offers powered and unpowered sites.
Pet friendly accommodation SE QLD means finding different ways to enjoy the experience.
Warwick is a great place to experience some country charm and proudly promotes itself as the ‘Rose and Rodeo Capital’. You don’t see that back home I’m sure.
PH: 07 4661 2874
Enquiries by phone or email through Contacts page of their website.
Bookings through https://warwick.freedomlifestyleparks.com.au/
98 Wallace Street (New England Hwy), Warwick QLD 4370
Ozzy Parks Greenacres – Sheldon (near Capalaba)
Situated on the Southside of Brisbane, close to the Gateway Motorway as well as major roads to the City or Bayside; giving campers a choice of routes and close to major shops as well as the Redland Bay area.
This well-appointed holiday village is family friendly and dog friendly on request. Facilities include a choice of powered or unpowered camping site and tent site on request.
If you are looking for pet friendly accommodation Brisbane has this property that offers a great cost-effective option.
PH: 07 3206 4444
Enquiries by phone.
508/520 Mount Cotton Rd, Sheldon, QLD 4157
Neurum Creek Bush Retreat and Campground – Mt Archer
Close to Woodford, home of the famous “Woodford Folk Festival”. Neurum Creek Bush retreat isn’t just dog friendly, they actually encourage bringing your dog with you.
They are in the Somerset Shire, less than a 75-minute drive from Brisbane or Sunshine Coast and only 120 minutes from Kingaroy or Toowoomba.
The setting is 312 acres of bush with a creek frontage of 1.5km as well. If you have friends in the greater Brisbane region, day visitors can pay catch up with you while there.
Here is a link to their current terms and Conditions; https://www.ncbr.com.au/terms-conditions
This really is a retreat that gets right back to nature and offers such a wonderful pet friendly accommodation SE QLD style.
PH: 07 5496 3692
Enquiries by phone or by email through Contacts page on their website.
Bookings through the site; https://bookings.ncbr.com.au/book-online
268 Rasmussen Rd, Mt Archer QLD 4514
Discovery Parks Fraser Street – Hervey Bay
How does a holiday park that is set on 8 acres of sub-tropical gardens sound to you?
It is amazing that you can pitch a tent here on one of their unpowered or powered sites, yet be only 3-blocks in from the beachfront.
On top of that you can easily walk in to all the local shops, cafes, bars and tourist attractions.
This area is famous also for attractions such as whale watching and trips across to Fraser Island.
Just remember that Fraser Island is a National Park and no domestic animals can be taken there.
This holiday park is dog friendly with their camping and caravan sites only being their accommodation options.
Hervey Bay area is one of those places where you could base yourself a few nights while you look around the region, including nearby Maryborough with all its beautiful old Queenslander houses.
Remember though, you are now entering areas where Crocodiles have been sighted, so exercise care for yourself and your dog.
The holiday park has a swimming pool and that’s a great way to relax at the end of the day.
There is also a playground for the children. Having dog friendly accommodation with pool is a great way to chill out or to burn off some energy for you all.
Looking for pet friendly accommodation Central Queensland?
Hervey Bay is a great place to base yourself an unwind, and having your dog there with you only makes it better.
PH: 07 4124 9999
20 Fraser Street, Torquay (Hervey Bay), QLD 4655
Norval Beach Campground – Bundaberg region
This back to basics campground is about 48km North of Bundaberg and was developed by the Bundaberg Regional Council.
It is close to Rules Beach and Miara.
First things first; dogs are permitted (a maximum of 2 dogs per campsite) and they must be confined to camp or controlled on a leash at all times.
If overnight camping it is in tents or camper trailers only as caravans/RV’s etc. are not permitted.
Bookings are essential if you want to guarantee a site (there are only 11 sites) and to arrange your camping permit.
They can be made by following this link or phoning 1300 722 099.
Park staff visit daily to ensure permits are valid and things are under control.
Norval Park Road, Yandaran QLD 4673
Dog friendly camping QLD style is what you get at this quiet back to basics beach escape from everyday life.
Fisherman’s Beach Holiday Park – Emu Park (Yeppoon region)
Emu Park is out on the coast from Rockhampton and just South of Yeppoon, which is the largest tourist spot in this area known as the Capricorn Coast.
This holiday park is right on the beach and you can easily walk into Emu Park where they have all the necessities for holiday life.
They are a dog friendly park (a maximum of 2 dogs per site) and they do have conditions, so read these at the following link before you contact them with your booking. https://www.fishermansbeachhp.com.au/our-guide-to-holidaying-with-dogs-at-emu-park/
For camping there is a choice of unpowered or powered sites.
Camping is an all year type of holiday in this part of QLD as even their daytime average is 21.8 deg C in June and night time minimums of around 13.5degC (at that’s similar to the day time average in southern states).
There is even a designated dog friendly off leash section of the beach; just remember wherever you are to pick up and dispose of your dog’s droppings.
This is a great region to visit and bettered when properties have pet friendly accommodation Central Queensland style.
PH: 07 4847 6002
Book online through https://www.fishermansbeachhp.com.au/our-park/
67 Pattison Street, Emu Park, QLD 4710
Pet friendly accommodation North Queensland region covers a large area including Mackay and the Whitsundays.
BIG4 Mackay Marine Tourist Park
This tourist park is only 2km from the marina and Mackay CBD. They are dog friendly, have powered or ensuite camping sites along with an amazing pool complex to keep the younger travelers occupied all day long, or at the end of a long day.
We suggest you contact the park to discuss your dog needs before making your booking.
When looking for pet friendly accommodation Mackay doesn’t have a large number of choices. Dog friendly camping QLD was our brief and this Tourist Park has all the family friendly amenities you would need, as well as being convenient to so many other tourist destinations.
PH: 07 4955 1496
Enquiries by phone or email through the Contacts Page of their website.
Bookings online through https://www.big4.com.au/caravan-parks/qld/mackay/mackay-marine-tourist-park
379 Harbour Road, Mackay, QLD 4740
Island Gateway Holiday Park – Jubilee Pocket (Airlie Beach area)
Airlie Beach is a very popular destination for both the local travelers and tourists from overseas. It is a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef as well as all the different islands that make up the Whitsunday Region.
However, tucked away in between Airlie Beach and nearby Shute Harbour is this holiday park that includes dog friendly camp sites. There is a nice pool area with a shallow end for the kids.
Here is a current list of their policies; including needing up to date vaccinations. https://www.islandgateway.com.au/cabins-camping-in-airlie-beach/travelling-with-your-pet/
Pet friendly accommodation Whitsundays was our brief and these camping sites offer such a surprising location so close to all the action of Airlie Beach. This is a great Aussie getaway for people as their holiday escape.
PH: 07 4946 6228
Bookings online through https://www.islandgateway.com.au/contact-us/
1 Jubilee Pocket Rd, Jubilee Pocket, QLD 4802
Far North QLD
Coconut Glen Van Park Townsville
Don’t be put off by the name containing ‘Van park’ in its name.
This is a dog friendly park that also offers powered and unpowered camping sites.
When it comes to pet friendly accommodation Townsville caravan parks such as this are a more economical option; leaving more money to spend on your sightseeing.
They do have a swimming pool and that will come in handy as it sure gets hot up here.
There is no specific information on their site regarding a pet policy apart from a logo on their home page.
We would still recommend contacting them prior to making any booking.
Townsville can get busy; it is the 4th largest city in QLD after all and over twice the population of Mackay for example.
Aside from tourism and hospitality it is a hub for education with a large university as well as a regional hub for government departments and has a large military presence.
Just offshore is Magnetic Island, which is almost a satellite suburb of Townsville.
While it is World Heritage listed and does contain many National parks, there are many other beaches where you can walk your dog.
It could also be worth a short stay, or take the ferry across for the day but make sure your dog is muzzled for the ferry ride.
Dog friendly camping QLD was our brief and this Park offers a lot for the budget traveler.
PH: 07 4774 5101
Book online through https://www.coconutglen.com/index.html
910 Ingham Rd, Bohle, QLD 4818
Mission Beach Hideaway Holiday Village
This beautiful town has been hit by Mother Nature twice in recent years, but rather than bush fires the destruction here was from massive cyclones.
The resilience of locals, Aussie spirit and importance of getting back up and getting their economy going again is a sobering reminder that other areas are suffering this year.
This Holiday Village is dog friendly (upon application) and they do ask that you discuss your dog needs prior to booking.
Their camp sites have a range of powered or unpowered depending on your needs.
They have an amazing pool to laze back in and the views from the nearby beach are picture postcard beautiful.
This is a very special part of the world and if lucky you may even see some of the many Cassowary birds that roam around the area. Take care as they can attack if feeling threatened.
If you are looking for pet friendly accommodation Far North Queensland style, then somewhere like Mission Beach is perfect.
PH: 07 4068 7104
Book online through https://missionbeachhideaway.com.au/
58-60 Porter Promenade, Mission Beach, QLD 4852
NRMA Palm Cove Holiday Park – Cairns Northern Beaches area
Palm Cove must rank as one of the prettiest spots in all of coastal Queensland, not just because of the beach and ocean views, but also because of the amazing centuries old Melaleuca trees that line the main Esplanade.
To find a dog friendly camp site in such a location is amazing, given the number of expensive full luxury resorts that front the ocean.
When looking for pet friendly accommodation Cairns has a fantastic option at Palm Cove; only a 30-minute drive North of the Cairns CBD.
If you are flying here, you can even get the regular local bus to Palm Cove from the city and the airport.
This dog friendly Holiday park includes a choice of powered or unpowered camping sites. They do have an extensive list of conditions in their pet policy; here is the link https://www.nrmaparksandresorts.com.au/pet-friendly-parks/
Once in a while a property and location come along that words such as dog friendly accommodation QLD just don’t do them justice. This is a special place.
PH: 1800 736 741
Book online through https://www.nrmaparksandresorts.com.au/palm-cove/book-now/
149 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, QLD 4879
Daintree Rainforest Village – Diwan
About a 2-hour drive North of Cairns is the Daintree Ferry that takes you to the Northern side of the Daintree River; the gateway to the Daintree National park and places such as Cape Tribulation.
This is Crocodile country; you can sometimes see them on the riverbank from the ferry so be vigilant, read and obey all the warning signs and keep your dog on a lead and close to you.
They love rivers and creeks but will venture out into beach areas too and even locals say “don’t swim except in a swimming pool”.
However, to venture that far North it is a place to experience the amazing Rainforest region.
Finding a place such as Daintree Rainforest Village and discover that they are dog friendly and have a choice of powered and unpowered sites is something quite unique.
Remember; as this is largely untouched rainforest there is all sorts of wildlife and your dog needs to be under your control at all times.
Another interesting point is that as the crow flies you are actually closer to Pt Moresby in PNG here than you are to Mackay. What a huge state QLD is!
Dog friendly accommodation QLD style? Yes, this one is such an amazing find and a real-life experience.
PH: 07 4098 9015
Book online through https://daintreerainforestvillage.com.au/contact/
2094 Cape Tribulation Road, Diwan, QLD 4873
Karumba Point Holiday and Tourist Park – overlooks Gulf of Carpentaria
Near the shoreline of the Gulf of Carpentaria, famous for its amazing sunsets, Barramundi, Crabs and Crocodiles is this amazing small town.
It is a part of Queensland that many people don’t know about, let alone get to visit.
This property is dog friendly, with a great pool to cool down.
Finding dog friendly accommodation with pool is a must in this region, especially to relax after a hot day.
The property has a choice of powered or unpowered sites to camp.
Dogs need to be on a lead and kept under control. There is a list of conditions but it would be wise to discuss your dog requirements prior to making your booking.
Generally, to get to Karumba you would approach through the nearby historical town of Normanton.
It is the home of the historical Gulflander train that operates between Normanton and Croydon for most of the year; a day trip for train spotters?
Even looking around the Normanton train station with all of its tropical greenery in pots and hanging baskets is quite a sight; unique to this part of the world.
PH: 07 4745 9306
Book online through http://www.karumbapoint.com.au/contact-2/
2 Col Kitching Drive, Karumba, QLD 4891
Noonbah Station Bush Camping – SW from Longreach
One of the must-see places in Outback Queensland is Longreach, home of the QANTAS Founders Museum, the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, indigenous history, tours of local rivers and outback and some incredible photo opportunities as a record of your stay.
If you are in that region another experience would be to camp at a working station such as Noonbah; camping without facilities in amazing spots under trees and easy access to water on the 128,000-acre working property.
The station is dog friendly for well-controlled pets, but make sure you discuss this with them when making your booking online with the station (book using the link and pay on arrival, but Note: they don’t have EFTPOS, but a campsite is an amazing $10 per vehicle, per night).
If you want a bit more luxury there is also the Old Schoolhouse available to hire.
The last 56km of road to the station is unsealed, but don’t let that put you off what will be a once in a lifetime experience.
If looking for something a bit different in pet friendly accommodation Outback Queensland offers some great alternatives such as this station.
PH: 07 4658 5953
Enquiries by phone or email through Contacts Page on their website.
Book online through https://www.noonbahstation.com.au/contact.html
Address is simply, Unnamed Road, QLD 4730 so you may need to get some further instructions when making your booking.
Sandstone Park Camping Ground – Carnarvon Gorge
Carnarvon Gorge is about 30km long and is set in the Carnarvon Gorge National Park, famous for its stunning scenery, wildlife, indigenous history and great walks and places to swim. Dogs are not permitted in the actual National Park.
However, just a 5-minute drive from the entrance where the major walking tracks commence is Sandstone Park, the only dog friendly place to stay in the area. You can even hire kennels by the day (bookings essential), so that you can leave your dog secure at the campground while you are off exploring for the day.
For campers, the only have unpowered sites for your tent, or your swag if that’s your preferred overnight experience. Remember to discuss your dog requirements prior to booking. It’s not always easy to find pet friendly accommodation Far Western Queensland can be a long way between stopovers. This area is very popular because of the Carnarvon Gorge; finding a property like this is a great asset for the area and the travelers.
It is a long way from other towns, service stations etc., so plan your journey and best route there as it can be inaccessible at certain time due to flooding. Here is a link to the directions on their site: https://www.sandstonepark.com.au/discover/getting-here/
PH: 07 4984 4679
Book online through https://www.sandstonepark.com.au/stay/sandstone-park-caravan-facilities/
3858 Carnarvon Gorge Rd, Carnarvon Park, QLD 4722
Dog friendly caravan parks QLD
South East QLD
Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park – Helensvale – Gold Coast
Adjacent to the Pacific Highway in Helensvale; right in the heart of where most of the theme parks are located as well as several major shopping malls, and the gateway to the Tamborine Mountain hinterland region.
There is a wide choice of powered Caravan sites, including ensuite and premier sites. Pets are welcome at all of the Caravan sites; they must stay in your own caravan or motorhome. While visiting you must follow the park pet policies.
Dogs are required to be on a leash in the Holiday park, and another condition is that your dog’s vaccinations are up to date and we would suggest that you discuss your dog’s requirements prior to booking. Here is a link to their current pet policy:
A major feature of this Holiday Park is their water park, filled with outdoor fun for all of the family. If you have friends in the area, they can visit and pay fees that vary depending on whether the use the water park or not.
Dog friendly accommodation with pool was the brief? I think this one would be hard to beat.
PH: 07 5514 4400
Bookings online through https://goldcoastholidaypark.com.au/contact/
66-86 Siganto Dr, Helensvale, QLD 4212
Scarborough Holiday Village – Redcliffe Peninsula
Situated on the lovely and thriving Redcliffe Peninsula this holiday village even has beach frontage sites for caravans. It is very close to the marina and the famous Morgans Seafood Market and Takeaway.
The area has a family friendly feel, with many attractions along the foreshore to walk along, swim, fish, etc.
Redcliffe Peninsular is a family friendly destination. If you need pet friendly accommodation Brisbane region offers a few great spots that make a holiday at the beach something to remember.
PH: 07 3203 8864
Enquiries by phone or email through the Contacts page on their website.
Bookings online through https://www.scarboroughholidayvillage.com.au/rates-bookings/
2 Reef Point Esplanade, Scarborough, QLD 4020
Rainbow Beach Holiday Park
If you are wanting a quieter alternative to the Sunshine Coast, then head about 1 hour 15 minutes North on the Bruce Highway towards Gympie, where you exit and head East out to Rainbow Beach.
This holiday park is dog friendly but dogs are excluded in peak times such as Easter, Christmas and New Year as well as public holiday long weekends. Attached is the current pet policy:
The park has a range of powered and unpowered sites for caravans and RV’s.
It is a great family friendly location where the emphasis is on the ocean for swimming, fishing, or heading out in the boat; if you don’t have one then they can be hired at the nearby marina.
PH: 07 5486 3200
Bookings online though https://rainbowbeachholidaypark.com.au/
308 Carlo Rd, Rainbow Beach, QLD 4581
Killarney View Cabins and Caravan Park – SE from Warwick
Killarney is a small rural town with a population of around 1,000. There is rugged scenery, combined with rolling green fields, proximity to vineyards; there’s even a Lavender Farm nearby. It is also around 10km from the breathtaking Queen Mary Falls. Condamine Gorge is also nearby.
The Caravan park is set on around 5-acres and are dog friendly; welcoming dogs onto their caravan and camping sites. When booking also confirm with them the road status as some are 4WD only.
If you are looking for a rural escape with pet friendly accommodation Warwick and greater South West QLD has a great option to consider with this property in Killarney.
PH: 07 4664 1522
Bookings online through https://killarneyview.com.au/book-online/
55 O’Mara’s Road, Killarney, Queensland 4373
The Palms Caravan Park – Hervey Bay
The Palms Caravan Park is situated only 300M from the Esplanade sea front, with its various shops, cafés and restaurants.
The powered caravan sites come complete with free WIFI and are dog friendly as they are allowed in your caravan only.
They have a large swimming pool which is handy to unwind after your drive or day adventuring around the region. If your “tick list” includes pet friendly accommodation Hervey Bay has a great option with this property.
Many tourists like to venture onto the water to go whale watching or even further for a Fraser Island day trip.
Neither of these activities allow you to take your dog; bear in mind that Fraser Island is a National Park and all domestic animals are banned.
PH: 07 4125 1704
Bookings online through https://palmsherveybay.com.au/index.html
67 Truro Street, Torquay, QLD 4655
Bargara Beach Caravan Park – Bundaberg area
Bargara Beach is just a short drive from Bundaberg. Aside from the beach it is also famous for the Mon Repos Turtle Centre and Conservation Park.
Depending on the time of the year you are visiting you may be lucky enough to witness the female turtles laying their eggs, or a few months after see the hatchlings emerging from the sand and making their way to the ocean.
Bundaberg also has some interesting historical buildings around the city, the Bundaberg Run Distillery, The Barrel – Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, Hinkler Hall of Aviation and the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens.
This Caravan Park is right on the beachfront and is dog friendly with a choice of powered or unpowered sites. There are even concrete slab sites for larger caravans or RV’s.
They do offer dog friendly camping sites and do permit dogs for most of the year; excluding Easter, Christmas and New Year. Here is a link to their current Dog Policy: https://bargarabeachcaravanpark.com.au/park-rules-policies/
With all of those attractions and great pet friendly accommodation Bundaberg and surrounding areas has a lot to add to your holiday.
PH: 07 4159 2228
Bookings online through https://bargarabeachcaravanpark.com.au/
25 Fred Courtice Avenue, Nielson Park, Bargara, QLD 4670
Captain Cook Holiday Village – Seventeen Seventy
The town of 1770 is at the end of a peninsula it shares with Agnes Water. Surrounded by water, you look out across the Coral Sea to the East and back to the West across the ocean to Eurimbula National Park, making for amazing sunsets and photo opportunities.
This Holiday Village has powered caravan sites as well as the unpowered camping sites (plus various cabins, villas and bungalows) throughout their 6.25-acre property.
They are dog friendly at the caravan and camping sites only.
Although the area is surrounded by ocean there is also a swimming pool onsite and a secluded surf beach nearby.
It’s not always easy find pet friendly accommodation Agnes Water & 1770 however, this holiday village is in a great spot and at a more economical holiday cost than the luxury homes that share the same view.
PH: 07 4974 9219
Enquiries by phone or email through Contacts page on their website/
Book online through https://www.1770holidayvillage.com.au/
384 Captain Cook Drive, Seventeen Seventy, QLD 4677
Tannum Sands Holiday & Caravan Park – Gladstone area
Tannum Sands is just South of the city of Gladstone and is a good gateway to head North to Rockhampton or West through Biloela and beyond.
The Park features a swimming pool and WIFI with a choice of unpowered, powered and ensuite camping sites, where dogs are allowed.
Tannum Sands is a much quieter alternative to Rockhampton but still with the climate, things to do, pet friendly accommodation Central Queensland views and a great holiday environment.
PH: 07 4973 7201
Bookings online through https://www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au/caravan-parks/queensland/gladstone-tannum-sands/info
Millenium Esplanade, Tannum Sands, QLD 4680
Andergrove Van Park – Mackay
For pet friendly accommodation North Queensland has several options in the cities, towns and tourist areas that make up the region.
This dedicated Van Park is around midway between Mackay CBD and the Mackay Northern Beaches area.
It is also conveniently located to be able to get back on the A1 Highway for you to continue your tour North or South.
They have a wide range of caravan sites on their 21-acre site; unpowered, powered, powered with ensuite and even 5th wheeler sites.
They have free WIFI and a lovely pool and this dog friendly park also has a large grass area for you to exercise dogs.
If you have a caravan or RV and are looking for pet friendly accommodation Mackay region has this very popular spot. It would pay to book ahead.
PH: 07 4942 4922 for enquiries
Bookings online through https://www.andergrovevanpark.com/contact-us
40 – 68 Beaconsfield Road East, North Mackay, QLD 4740
Travellers Rest Caravan & Camping Park – Midge Point
The Camping park is situated on around 150-acres of semi tropical forest on the Whitsundays Passage. It has direct beach access to what is a great fishing spot. There is a lovely pool and the grounds are very lush.
This area is well off the main highway and is South of Proserpine, close to the access roads through to Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour.
There is a choice of powered and unpowered sites. If you are looking for pet friendly accommodation Whitsundays region offers some great alternatives to the busy tourist areas.
PH: 07 4947 6120 for enquiries
Bookings online through https://travellers-rest-caravan-camping-park.business.site/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=referral
29 Jackson Street, Midge Point, QLD 4799
Hydeaway Bay Caravan and Camping Park – Whitsundays area
Hideaway Bay is a small community, along with Dingo Beach that can be found on the Whitsundays coast by following a sealed road all the way to the coast from the highway North of Proserpine. This is a laidback coastal area where the population is only around 400 people outside of tourist season.
Finding somewhere with a more relaxed beach atmosphere and pet friendly accommodation Whitsundays region offers a few options that are just off the main roads, yet feel a long way from them.
The park offers a selection of powered or unpowered sites and they are dog friendly; you just need to be able to keep your dog restrained and under control as there is a lot of wildlife here.
PH: 07 4945 7170
Bookings online through http://www.hydeawaybaycaravanpark.com.au/
414 Hydeaway Bay Drive, Hideaway Bay, QLD 4800
Far North QLD
Discovery Townsville Holiday & Caravan Park
Townsville is a busy city with a lot happening all year round.
Sadly, they have also been the recipient of massive flooding more than once in recent years, due to their proximity to the path of cyclones in the Summer months mainly.
People get up and get on with life in that region and if you saw how quickly the lush vegetation grows, and covers the scars from the cyclones most people wouldn’t realize it.
This family friendly park is handy to the city, has a great pool, WIFI and is also dog friendly.
They have powered sites on grass or slab, as well as sites with ensuites.
Family friendly and pet friendly accommodation Townsville Holiday & Caravan Park will tick a lot of boxes for your holiday stay.
Finding reasonably priced dog friendly accommodation with pool and great amenities ticks a few boxes for a great holiday.
Dogs are permitted on the caravan sites only; you will need to keep them restrained elsewhere and keep them out of the cabins and communal facilities.
PH: 07 4778 4555
6 University Road (Bruce Highway), Wulguru, Townsville QLD 4811
Cardwell Beachcomber Motel and Tourist Park
Cardwell is a small town about midway between Townsville and Cairns that has taken more than its share of severe cyclone damage in recent years. You get amazing views from the mainland, across the passage to Hinchinbrook Island; itself a National Park and therefore domestic animals are not permitted. However, back on the mainland there are nearby waterfalls and freshwater swimming holes plus amazing fishing and crabbing.
This park consists of camping sites, cabins and villas as well as a pool, restaurant and those amazing views.
PH: 07 4066 8550
Enquiries by phone or through the Contact Us page on their website.
Bookings online through https://www.cardwellbeachcomber.com.au/
43a Marine Parade, Cardwell, QLD 4849
Tropic Breeze Caravan Park – Port Douglas
Port Douglas is a beautiful spot with so many tourist attractions to see and experience such as getting out onto the Great Barrier Reef, beach walks along Four Mile Beach, or the amazing Wildlife Habitat.
It is one of those places that has some stunning and luxurious resorts as well as a lot of holiday homes, apartments and units available for holiday rental and because of that attracts everyone from backpackers through to many wealthy tourists, celebrities.
Even Bill Clinton stayed here a few years back.
We wanted to include a Caravan Park in this section as a way of showing that you don’t always have to stay in a luxury resort to be able enjoy the same local environment. In terms of pet friendly accommodation Far North Queensland has some great properties such as this caravan park in Port Douglas.
The park has a lovely pool and you are really close to the beach as well as a short walk to the main shopping street with all its cafés and restaurants as well as a major supermarket.
There are powered and unpowered sites. A $50 cash deposit applies and the park requests that you get your dog approved before making your booking as they only allow a set number of dogs (restrained) onsite daily. Here is a link to their pet policy, contained in their FAQ section; https://tropicbreeze.com.au/faqs/
For many travelers that are looking for pet friendly accommodation Cairns is a natural choice. However an hour North at Port Douglas offers such a great alternative.
PH: 07 4099 5299
Bookings online through https://tropicbreeze.com.au/
24 Davidson Street, Port Douglas, QLD 4877
In Western Queensland there are 3 towns, Richmond, Hughenden and Winton that form what is known as the Dinosaur Trail with each town having a Dinosaur Centre or Museum. Some centres even sell a permit so that you can fossick and maybe find something ancient.
What we have decided to do with this Caravan section is to list a dog friendly caravan park in each of those towns. These properties add that dinosaur experience as well as pet friendly accommodation Outback Queensland style.
Lakeview Caravan Park – Richmond
The park has stunning views over a local lake and has 3 unpowered sites, 9 powered grass sites and 33 powered drive through sites. They have free WIFI and are dog friendly, with dogs being permitted to the sites mentioned above. Dogs can swim in the lake and there is a 1.2km walking track around the lake to enjoy.
The do have a pet policy; https://www.richmondlakeviewcaravanpark.com.au/about-park/pet-friendly
PH: 07 4741 3772
Bookings online through https://www.richmondlakeviewcaravanpark.com.au/contact-us
109 Goldring Street, Richmond, QLD 4822
Allen Terry Caravan Park – Hughenden
Dogs are strictly permitted only at the camping and caravan sites. They are not permitted inside the park accommodation.
PH: 07 4741 1190
Bookings online through https://www.hughendenvanpark.com.au/contact-us/home
2 Resolution St, Hughenden, QLD 4821
Matilda Country Tourist Park – Winton
Winton is the largest of the 3 towns included in the above mentioned Dinosaur Trail triangle. In addition to the Dinosaur theme there are plenty of other things to experience in this area such as the indigenous history and art, the famous Royal Open-Air Cinema, Arno’s Wall, Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum, Dinosaur Stampede National Monument and many natural attractions.
The Combo Waterhole is also nearby and is believed to be the site where Banjo Paterson wrote Waltzing Matilda. Here is a link to things to do in this area, which may help with your trip planning as there is much more than listed above; https://www.experiencewinton.com.au/see-do/places-to-see
In addition to cabins they offer powered caravan and motorhome sites as well as unpowered camping sites. The do have a pool to unwind in and relax at the end of the day as well as a wading pool for the kids.
They are pet friendly, with dogs of all shapes and sizes welcome. The park is securely fenced.
PH: 07 4657 1607
Bookings online through http://www.matildacountrytouristpark.com/
43 Chirnside St, Winton, QLD 4735