Pet-Friendly Holiday Parks in NSW
Take your best friend on a caravan and camping holiday in NSW. Many holiday parks are pet friendly, so you can enjoy a holiday with your canine pal. Some campsites even allow you to bring horses. Below is your guide to pet-friendly holiday parks and campgrounds in NSW from the Coast to the Outback.
Before you go
To ensure your holiday is a safe, stress-free experience there are a few proper 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 pet with enough water and 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.
If you’re heading north, plan a pit stop at Smugglers Cove, a pet-friendly holiday park in Forster on the North Coast. Most Big4 caravan parks allow pets and Big4 Sunshine South West Rocks Holiday Park ensures four-legged guests are comfortable. Further north is the Reflections Holiday Parks Evans Head.
Inegnia Holidays South West Rocks has pet friendly suites and cabins, nestled along the banks of a scenic tidal waterway. In Port Stephens, pets are allowed outside of peak holiday periods at Halifax Holiday Park, when staying in your own van, tent or camper.
There are many pet-friendly options if you’re travelling south, too. Take your pet to the NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort or to the Jervis Bay Holiday Park near to Booderee National Park. Dogs are also welcome on a number of idyllic, pet-friendly South Coast beaches.
Dogs are welcome all year round at Merry Beach Caravan Park, north of Bateman’s Bay and at Mystery Bay Campground near Narooma, which is an idyllic spot right on the water’s edge. You can also bring your furry friend to stay at Reflections Holiday Parks Bermagui.
You will find lovely holiday parks where pets are welcome in the wine regions of Mudgee, Orange and the Riverina. In Yass, camp at dog friendly Wee Jasper Reserves, where you can pitch your tent next to rivers and streams and walk the Hume and Hovell Walking Track.
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.