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Welcome to our article on pet friendly camping Victoria.
One great initiative in the media has been the push to ‘holiday at home’, as a way of helping people out after the bush fires and storms.
Pet friendly camping Victoria locations
- Pet friendly camping Gippsland
- Pet friendly camping High Country
- Pet friendly camping Melbourne
- Pet friendly camping Daylesford
- Pet friendly camping Macedon Ranges
- Pet friendly camping Yarra Valley
- Pet friendly camping Dandenongs
- Pet friendly camping Mornington Peninsula
- Pet friendly camping Phillip Island
- Pet friendly camping Geelong
- Pet friendly camping The Bellarine
- Pet friendly camping Great Ocean Road
- Pet friendly camping The Grampians
- Pet friendly camping The Gold Fields
- Pet friendly camping The Murray
- Pet friendly camping Gippsland
- Pet friendly camping High Country
Gippsland & High Country
Best Friend Holiday Retreat – Tarra Valley Rainforest
This property is an award-winning tourist destination and it’s not hard to see why.
Guests are well catered with 10-acres of gardens and parkland to explore.
There is free WIFI & satellite TV to the cabins.
Other amenities include a camp kitchen where your dog is even allowed inside.
For dogs there are 6 off-leash areas, a hydrobath, dog playground, day kennels for hire and fenced dog-friendly camping sites, caravan sites and cabins that the dogs can go inside; they actually don’t allow dogs to sleep outside.
PH: 03 5186 1216
Book online through http://www.bestfriend.net.au/
1720 Tarra Valley Road, Tarra Valley via Yarram, Victoria, 3971
Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park
This holiday park is run by the local council and is literally right on the foreshore.
They even have moorings and a jetty for those who have booked ahead to arrive and stay on their boat.
What a great way to enjoy this fishing and holiday town.
For those camping on dry land there is a choice of powered and unpowered sites.
They do allow up to 2 dogs per site; dogs need to be supervised and restrained.
Walks on the beach are OK provided your dog is on a leash and you must clean up and dispose of any droppings.
The current full list of park rules are at this link: https://www.eastgippsland.vic.gov.au/Services/Council_Caravan_Parks/Mallacoota_Foreshore_Holiday_Park/Rules
PH: 03 5158 0300
Allan Dr, Mallacoota, VIC 3892
High Country Holiday Park – Mansfield
This holiday park includes powered and unpowered sites among its accommodation options.
Dogs are permitted that area of the park provided they are on a leash at all times and are well-behaved.
As one of the best pet friendly camping Victoria Facilities include a camp kitchen, BBQ, tennis courts, laundry, amenities block, playground and a heated saltwater pool for the Summer months.
Hmm, if it is heated in Summer that paints a picture of what it must be like in Winter.
That is the beauty of the High Country though as there are plenty of different things to see and do throughout the year.
Mansfield Zoo and a local winery are a short 10-minute drive away.
It is a 40-minute drive to Mt Buller or Craig’s Hut. Even closer, at 150M is the Great Victorian Rail Trail that can be explored by foot, bike or horse.
The area has some great cafés and restaurants, or if nature is calling it is a short drive to Lake Eildon.
When looking for somewhere new to holiday with pet friendly accommodation High Country and surrounds could be a great option.
PH: 03 5775 2705
Book online through https://highcountryholidaypark.com.au/
1 Ultimo Street, Mansfield, VIC 3722
NRMA Bright Holiday Park
Bright township has an interesting mix of cafés, restaurants and boutique shops for pet friendly camping Victoria.
It is also 1.5 hours from Albury or the ski resorts of Falls Creek and Mt Hotham.
Just remember there are no dogs permitted in National Park areas.
Dogs are permitted in the camping section of the holiday park, excluding the ensuite sites and the cabin areas etc.
You need to have a discussion prior to booking.
Here is a link to their current pet policy; https://www.nrmaparksandresorts.com.au/pet-friendly-parks/
The park offers free WIFI and a swimming pool, BBQ area, mini golf, playground area, along with the usual camp amenities, camp kitchen and laundry.
PH: 1800 706 685
Bookings through the site https://www.nrmaparksandresorts.com.au/bright/
Cherry Lane, Bright, VIC 3741
Melbourne & beyond
(includes Daylesford & Macedon Ranges, Yarra Valley & Dandenongs, Mornington Peninsula & Phillip Island)
Carrum Downs Caravan Park
This location is in the Greater Melbourne area, just North of Frankston heading into the Mornington Peninsula.
It is just under a 1-hour drive to Melbourne CBD and is one of the best Pet friendly camping Victoria.
There is a dog park next door, great for exercising your dog.
The park has the usual amenities like a Camp Kitchen, BBQ, Laundry, Lounge and even a swimming pool for the warmer weather.
Dogs are permitted on the powered sites.
PH: 03 9782 1292
Bookings online through https://www.cpoaus.com.au/carrum-downs-holiday-park/
1165 Frankston-Dandenong Rd, Carrum Downs, VIC 3201
Discovery Parks Melbourne – Braybrook
This park is a 30-min drive to the Melbourne CBD. Dogs are permitted on the sites only with a choice of powered tent sites, and powered paved sites.
Amenities include a Camp Kitchen, Laundry, Activity Room, Playground, Lounge and swimming pool.
The location is close to the MCG and Etihad Stadium for sports lovers as well as being close to the café culture and Queen Victoria Markets.
PH: 03 9318 6866
Bookings online though https://www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au/caravan-parks/victoria/melbourne-melbourne#content
129 Ashley Street, Braybrook, VIC 3019
Daylesford Holiday Park
This region is very popular with tourists as well as a weekend getaway from Melbourne.
It has gorgeous scenery, walking trails, quaint towns such as Daylesford, and the thermal spa’s at Hepburn Springs as just a few of a long list.
Pets are permitted all year round on the powered and unpowered sites as well as one only Dog Friendly Studio Cabin called ‘The Bark Royal’. Your pet is also allowed inside the cabin to sleep.
Amenities wise they have a Camp Kitchen, Laundry and Playground.
PH: 03 5348 3821
Book online through https://daylesfordholidaypark.com.au/
3021 Ballan-Daylesford Rd, Daylesford, VIC 3460
Geelong, The Bellarine, Great Ocean Road & The Grampians
Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
Dogs are welcome at the camp sites of this holiday park, during the 1 May to 31 Oct period each year; excluding Melbourne Cup weekend.
Here is a link to their current Dog Policy; https://torquaycaravanpark.com.au/sites/dog-friendly-campsites/
The park is ideally situated for travelers wanting to chill out, to explore the Geelong area or at the beginning of finish to a trip along the Great Ocean Road.
They have great amenities such as Camp Kitchen, Playground and BBQ areas.
PH: 03 5261 2496
Bookings online through https://torquaycaravanpark.com.au/
35 Bell St, Torquay, Vic 3228
Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park
Lorne is a lovely small town and an ideal base along the scenic Great Ocean Road; one of those iconic “must see” places on most Aussies bucket list.
There are actually 5 different holiday park zones that make up the Lakeshore Foreshore Caravan Park and amenities vary according to each park.
Among their camping sites they have allocated a selection for dog friendly camping during the period 1 February to late December each year.
This does exclude holiday periods such as Labour Day weekend (March), Easter school holidays, Melbourne Cup weekend and times advised by management.
There is a maximum of 2 dogs per site and they must be restrained and supervised at all times.
Dog owners are required to clean up and dispose of droppings.
Here is a link to their current Park Policies, including for dogs; https://lornecaravanpark.com.au/about-us/park-policies/
PH: 03 5289 1382
Bookings online through https://lornecaravanpark.com.au/
2 Great Ocean Rd, Lorne, Vic 3232
Halls Gap Camping Ground – The Grampians region
Firstly, dogs are not permitted at any sites within the Grampians National Park. Halls Gap Gardens Caravan Park is dog friendly and also offers a fenced off leash play area.
As well as dog friendly camp sites all year round, they also allow dogs in the caravan site area and some selected cabins.
Here is a link to their current Policies, including for dogs; https://hallsgapgardenscaravanpark.com.au/park-rules-policies/
The park offers a Camp Kitchen, Camp Fires, BBQ’s, Laundry, Swimming Pool, Playground and free WIFI among a long list of other amenities.
Aside from the scenery, the area offers walking, local wineries and cuisine there is also a nearby spa for relaxing.
PH: 03 5356 4244
Bookings online through https://hallsgapgardenscaravanpark.com.au/
2223 Grampians Rd, Halls Gap, VIC 3381
The Gold Fields & The Murray
Big 4 Swan Hill
This is a privately owned family park in Swan Hill, close to The Murray River and the border between Victoria and New South Wales.
The area has markets, wineries, bike or walking trails, fishing or a paddle steamers cruise on The Murray, or a 70-km drive to Lake Tyrell; an inland salt-lake.
The park facilities include a swimming pool, splash park, jumping pillow, mini golf, games room and pedal go-karts. Kids will love it.
Finding somewhere to stay that has dog friendly accommodation with pool adds that bit extra to a holiday at home.
Dogs are permitted on a range of selected powered, unpowered and ensuite sites as well as 2 fully fenced, secured and pet friendly apartments. Approval of dogs is at park manager’s discretion.
Here is a link to their current pet policy; https://www.big4.com.au/caravan-parks/vic/murray/swan-hill-holiday-park/pet-friendly
If you have ever wanted to go on a different camping holiday but are unsure of what pet friendly accommodation The Murray has to offer then this property is one that deserves to be on your list.
PH: 03 5032 4372
Book online through https://big4swanhill.com.au/
186 Murray Valley Highway, Swan Hill, Victoria 3585
This town makes for an interesting holiday or stopover with walking trails, riverfront beaches, local wineries and farm produce, water sports and local history.
This park is dog friendly, with a number of options on offer from powered or unpowered sites, as well as a total of 5 dog friendly standard or family cabins.
Here is a link to their current pet policy as there are a number of conditions as well as being subject to availability; https://yarrawongariverlands.com.au/cancellation-pet-policies#pets-policy
Amenities include a Camp Kitchen, BBQ’s, Games Room, Swimming Pool, Playground as well as a fully fenced off-leash play area for your dog.
PH: 03 5744 2461
Book online through https://yarrawongariverlands.com.au/
38 Brears Road, Yarrawonga, VIC 3730
Big 4 Castlemaine Gardens Holiday Park
This region is rich with things to do and places to visit, with food and wine adventures, cycling and mountain biking, the arts, Victorian Goldfields Railway, parks and lots of history.
The park offers a Camp Kitchen, BBQ, Laundry, free WIFI, jumping pillow and a games room.
There is a playground next door in the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens.
They are a dog friendly park with unpowered, powered, drive through and powered ensuite sites all subject to availability.
There are great walks surrounding the park.
PH: 03 5472 1125
BIG4 Castlemaine Gardens Holiday Park, 1 Doran Ave (off Walker St),
Castlemaine, VIC 3450
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