Your guide to pet-friendly caravan parks in Australia
Pet-friendly caravan park protocol
When caravanning with your pooch (or other pet), there are a few things you can do to make sure other guests are more comfortable and to make sure your pet’s stay is a little easier. These points may also be part of the rules within your chosen caravan park:
1.Clean up after your pet
2.Keep your dog on a leash within the park
3.Don’t leave your pet alone
4.Make sure your pet wears an ID tag with your phone number on it
5.Check where your pet is allowed to enter and where they are not allowed to enter, such as common areas and the pool
6.Don’t wash your dog on the caravan site
A good idea is to introduce your pet to other guests and staff when you reach caravan parks so people can be reassured your pet is friendly and safe. Check your pet, especially your dog, often for ticks, flees, bites, and sores as they will be exposed to the outdoors much more often whilst travelling with you. And look out for natural predators such as dingos and snakes, especially when exploring new areas.
Make sure to always stock extra water and food for your pet whilst travelling long distances. Watch out for signs of heat exhaustion during transit as it can be hot out there in the desert in between towns. Also offer your pet a shady place to rest, a drink and recoup time often.
We've highlighted three places in each state that welcome your pets, most commonly dogs, with open arms. Some parks may only allow smaller dogs or other pets, sometimes only seasonally, or only a certain number at any one time, so it’s best to check with each caravan park before you arrive. Many of these locations are also positioned right next to dog-friendly beaches. Always call ahead in case situations change.
Exmouth – Ningaloo Caravan and Holiday Resort
Kalgoorlie – Prospector Holiday Park
Broome – Tarangau Caravan Park
Streaky Bay – Streaky Bay Foreshore Tourist Park
Coober Pedy – Stuart Range Outback Resort
Barossa Valley – Barossa Valley Tourist Park
New South Wales
Broken Hill – Lake View Caravan Park
Tweed Heads – River Retreat Caravan Park
Ballina – Ballina Beach Village
Hobart – Discovery Parks, Mornington Hobart
Devonport – Discovery Parks – Devonport
Chain of Lagoons – Lagoons Beach Conservation Area
Batchelor – Banyan Tree Caravan Park
Katherine – Riverview Tourist Village
Yulara – Ayres Rock Campground
Port Douglas – Mossman Riverside Leisure Park
Mount Isa – Sunset Top Tourist Park
Airlie Beach – Island Gateway Holiday Park
Mildura – Calder Tourist Park
Apollo Bay – Apollo Bay Recreational Reserve
Skenes Creek – Skenes Creek Beachfront Park
With just a few simple planning steps, your travelling companions can include your pets and you’ll be welcomed into a safe and friendly caravan park environment.
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