If you’re planning a camping or road trip adventure with your furry companion in Queensland, you’re in luck! While there are many dog-friendly caravan parks throughout the state, we’ve curated a list of the most unique and affordable campsites that offer an unforgettable experience, including stunning beachside locations. Join us as we explore the top 10 dog-friendly campsites in Queensland.

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#1 Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area

Located just south of K’gari (Fraser Island), the Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area offers a popular beachfront campground where leashed dogs are welcome. With seven campgrounds to choose from, some facing the ocean and others the calm waters of Tin Can Bay, you’ll have plenty of options. Facilities include toilets, but no showers, water, or power. Keep in mind that most campsites require a high-clearance 4WD vehicle, although a limited number are accessible by 2WD depending on weather conditions.

#2 Saunders Beach, near Townsville

If you’re visiting the Townsville region, Saunders Beach offers free camping for a limited number of nights at selected reserves. Enjoy camping next to the beach, with picnic areas and toilets available. Keep in mind that crocodiles may be present in the area, and midges can be bothersome on calm nights. Only vehicle camping, such as in a campervan or RV, is permitted at this location.

#3 North Stradbroke Island

Accessible only by ferry from Brisbane, North Stradbroke Island is a dog-friendly paradise for beach camping. Take the car ferry operated by Sealink from Cleveland and enjoy the 50-minute crossing with no charge for pets. The Flinders Beach and Main Beach camping areas, reachable by 4WD only, allow dogs on a leash. Don’t miss the off-leash dog beach at Home Beach and the dog-friendly Gorge Walk. Remember to book in advance and obtain a 4WD permit for access to Flinders Beach and Main Beach.

#4 Fraser Coast RV Park, near Hervey Bay

Situated close to the northern ferry terminal for K’gari (Fraser Island), the Fraser Coast RV Park provides a tranquil camping experience surrounded by beautiful bushland. While most campsites are dog-friendly, consider staying in the Dogs Corner area for convenient access to the camp kitchen and amenities. If you plan to visit K’gari (Fraser Island) for the day, the park owners offer pet-minding services for a fee. Be aware of midges in the area during the evening.

#5 Macrossan Park Camping Area, near Charters Towers

Just 20 minutes outside of Charters Towers, the Macrossan Park Camping Area is a popular dog-friendly campsite next to the Burdekin River. Provided by the local council, this basic campground offers free stays of up to one week during a four-week period. Facilities include toilets, cold showers, and sheltered picnic tables. Dogs must be kept on a leash, as per the regulations.

# 6 Greenpatch Reserve, near Cairns

Just a short drive south of Cairns, you’ll find the Greenpatch Reserve campground. This well-maintained reserve allows free camping for up to three nights, providing an excellent base for exploring Cairns and its surroundings. Choose between concrete pads on the upper level for caravans or park your campervan on the lower level, where tents are also permitted. While there’s no power available, amenities such as toilets, picnic facilities, and hot showers (for a fee) are provided. Keep dogs leashed and out of the adjacent river, as saltwater crocodiles can pose a risk.

# 7 Mystic Sands Golf & Country Club, north of Townsville

Located about a 50-minute drive north of Townsville near Balgal Beach, the Mystic Sands Golf & Country Club offers an RV campground without advance bookings. Although primarily designed for RVs and caravans, the staff will try to accommodate all visitors. Unpowered sites cost $5 per adult per night, while powered sites are available at a slightly higher cost. Take advantage of the swimming pool, golf course, and lawn bowls (for a fee) while enjoying a meal or drink with your dog by the dam next to the clubhouse.

# 8 Pine Rivers Showground, Brisbane

If you’re visiting Brisbane in a caravan or campervan with your dog, Pine Rivers Showground is a convenient option just 30 minutes outside the city center. While tents are not allowed, the showground welcomes caravans, motorhomes, campervans, and camper trailers. Please note that camping is not available during the annual show, and bookings are now required. The maximum stay limit is 28 days, except for camper trailers, which have a limit of seven days. The showground offers excellent facilities, including a well-equipped camp kitchen, ample showers and toilets, and reasonable prices.

#9 Home Hill Comfort Stop, south of Townsville

Approximately 75 minutes south of Townsville, the Home Hill Comfort Stop is an ideal spot for overnight RV stays during your road trip. Located in the highway town of Home Hill, this rest area permits campervans, motorhomes, and caravans to park for up to 48 hours along Railway Avenue. Please note that tents are not allowed. Enjoy free amenities such as toilets, showers, eating areas, electric BBQs, and sinks, and support the local community by purchasing supplies locally and exploring the area.

#10 Foxbar Falls, Granite Belt

Located about a 15-minute drive northwest of Stanthorpe in the scenic Granite Belt wine region, Foxbar Falls is a popular dog-friendly camping option. Each campsite at this picturesque campground comes with its own fire pit, allowing you to enjoy cozy evenings under the stars. The site fees include the use of kayaks and access to the on-site laundry facilities. Most campsites allow two dogs, but it’s advisable to call ahead and discuss options if you have a large dog. Dogs are also welcome on the walking trails and in the dam, as long as they remain leashed.

Remember to adhere to any specific rules and regulations at each location, and ensure the safety and well-being of your dog and the environment. Happy camping!

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