Many holiday parks across NSW are pet friendly, so you can enjoy a holiday with your canine pal. Spend the night camping on the beach, cosy up in a country cabin or bring your own camper van for a holiday with your dog, bird, cat or rabbit in NSW.
Before you go
To ensure your holiday is a safe, stress-free experience there are a few precautions to take before setting off. Firstly, make sure your pet's vaccinations are up to date and have your contact details attached to their collar.
You should also consult the pet policy in place at your chosen holiday park. For example, some parks do not allow dogs during school holidays. For peace of mind, speak with the manager of the holiday park prior to booking. Holiday parks also require dogs are kept on a leash at all times and that you clean up after them.
Pets react differently to travel and being on the move without proper planning can cause them distress. Help ensure a smooth ride by providing your animal with enough water and by monitoring the temperature. The Caravan & Camping Industry Association of NSW has the following helpful tips about travelling with pets:
Ask your vet for advice before you travel
Exercise your pets about 20 minutes before the trip
Restrain your pets in a carrier or harness in the car
Never leave your pets unattended in your vehicle
Take regular bathroom breaks on your journey
It's worth noting that no domestic pets – other than trained assistance animals like guide dogs – are allowed in national parks, State conservation areas, reserves, historic sites or Aboriginal cultural heritage areas.
BIG4 Saltwater Yamba has a fully fenced, off-leash dog play area with ramps and tunnels for your canine pal to enjoy. Dog-friendly camping is available year-round with advance booking and an additional fee. They also have a coin operated 'Doggie Wash' - handy for those sandy beach days.
Reflections Holiday Parks also allow dogs at selected parks, including Lennox Head,Evans Head,North Haven and Moonee Beach. Call ahead to book, as some of the parks don’t accept pets during peak periods, while some offer dog-friendly camping spots and others pet-friendly cabins.
Riverwood Downs in the foothills of Barrington Tops welcomes you and your pets to stay, with over 750 acres to play, swim and explore. In the beautiful Southern Highlands relax in the pet and family-friendly eco bush camping ground Wollondilly River Station.
In Bathurst, stay with your dog at NRMA Bathurst Panorama Holiday Park and take advantage of the pet-friendly Bathurst Explorer Bus where you can learn about the city’s top sites and attractions. Further west, NRMA Dubbo Holiday Park is only two minutes from Dubbo’s city centre and has cabins and camping for you and your hound. There are dog-friendly walks nearby and you can take your furry pal to Dubbo Farmers Market too.
Further north, Buckenderra Holiday Village has dog-friendly cabins and camping, situated on 900 acres of land alongside Lake Eucumbene. It’s a great spot for fishing enthusiasts, with trout and fly-fishing opportunities. On the other side of the lake, Rainbow Pines has a variety of accommodation options and allows small dogs on site.
BIG4 Swan Hill allows dogs on selected camping and caravan sites, and they also have two fully fenced apartments that are pet-friendly. BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park is dog-friendly from 1 May to 16 December (but not the rest of the year). You can also take your fur baby to Ingenia Lake Hume and Tocumwal Tourist Park.
Experience Outback NSW with your doggo and stay at Broken Hill Tourist Park. Located close to the city centre of Broken Hill, the park has dog-friendly camping and caravan sites throughout the year. Cobar Caravan Park has a small number of pet-friendly cabins and is a great base for exploring the ‘Copper City’ and learning about the history of mining in NSW.
At Big 4 Opal Holiday Park in Lighting Ridge, you can check your pooch into doggy day care, while you explore the fascinating opal history of the town and relax in the artesian bore baths.
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