Dog-Friendly Camping in Queensland

Carla May 18, 2013 Comments Off on Dog-Friendly Camping in Queensland
Dog-Friendly Camping in Queensland

Queensland: Camping with Dogs

If you an outdoorsy type then you will agree that camping with your dog is a great 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 Bingal Bay, which is 3 kilometres north of Mission Beach, heading south to North Stradbroke Island, which is 30km southeast of Brisbane. Take your pick of some of the best dog-friendly campsites Queensland has to offer.

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Ringers Rest

Ringers Rest

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 the small township, this place has good facilities. 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



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

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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


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


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


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, north- east of Rockhampton. Facilities include picnic tables, wood BBQs, toilets and water. Red Rock can also be reached in caravans and campervans.

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



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 motor home, 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 motor homes and caravans as well as tent camping.

Via Amamoor Creek Road, 4570

T 137468



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 toielts and BBQ’s.

268 Rasmussen Road, Neurum 4514

T 1300 733901



Flinders Beach Campground

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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 camp sites 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 (08:00~16:00 daily)


Main Beach

dog friendly camping

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)


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