Dogs are an essential part of most families, and a camping adventure would be incomplete without bringing these furry companions with you. Camping with your dog is not only fun, but it is also highly rewarding bonding time, due to the time you will spend together. While most people prefer to have their camping adventures around national parks in New South Wales (NSW), it is important to know that some national parks have strict rules about bringing your dog with you. Some campsites don’t allow dogs mainly for their safety and wellbeing as well as for the safety of the native wildlife. It is important you do your research before bringing your doggo on your next camping trip.
Here are ten of our favourite spots for camping with dogs around NSW.
If you are after a camping experience with your dog by the river as you both take in the natural beauty of the Australian wilderness, then Riverwood Downs is the place to go. Riverwood Downs is situated about 3.5 hours drive from Sydney. The site sits on a 750-acre stretch of property with a stunning stretch of mountain river frontage that is 5km long. Riverwood Downs has everything you need for you and your doggo, including massive walking trails, manicured lawns and fresh mountain pools as well as spas, bar and grill for the two legged folk. The tall mountains, and relaxed country atmosphere provide you and your pooch a truly unique camping experience.
Address: 311 Monkerai Rd, Monkerai NSW 2415, Australia | Get Directions
Phone: +61 1800 809 772
Glen Davis Park
Surrounded by Capertee Gorge, Glen Davis Park is a stunning patch of Australia that we recommend you absolutely must visit. Located about 3.5 hours drive North West of Sydney, Glen Davis park is on the edge of an abandoned oil works. The park is a perfect spot to explore the abandoned factory grounds with your dog. This park is famous for the diverse amount of birds who frequent the area and it’s quite common to see some species of bird you can’t see anywhere else in Australia!
Address: Glen Davis NSW 2846, Australia | Get Directions
Lake St Clair
Found at the base of Mount Royal Range is the Lake St Clair camping ground. If you are looking for a camping spot where you will enjoy all kinds of water activities, then the Lake St Clair camping site is the spot for you. The site has an outdoor leisure facility that is dog-friendly. You can go fishing, water skiing, sailing, or even swimming in the company of your doggo. The site is 30 minutes from Singleton.
Address: New South Wales 2330, Australia | Get Directions
Phone: 02 5522 4010
Mystery Bay Campground
If you are the kind of person who loves surfing, then Mystery Bay is your perfect spot. Not only is the site dog-friendly, but the place has every facility you need to have a memorable camping adventure. A beautiful campsite that overlooks the ocean, The Mystery Bay Campground is among the few remaining natural camping sites around NSW. This site is perfect for those that love to take their dog to the beach.
Address: 190 Mystery Bay Rd, Mystery Bay NSW 2546, Australia | Get Directions
Phone: +61 428 622 357
Halifax Holiday Park
This is one of the most beautiful sites for camping with dogs around NSW. There are bluewater beaches that surround the park, and it is dog-friendly too. Halifax is ideal for camping with your pooch on weekends. Getting to this site gives you access to cycling tracks, picnic sites, Shoal Bay Beach, and BBQs spots. You will also find restaurants and cafes around Halifax. Make sure you read their Pet Friendly Rules as doggos aren’t allowed during certain peak times like school holidays and certain long weekends.
Address: 5 Beach Rd, Nelson Bay NSW 2315, Australia | Get Directions
Phone: +61 2 4988 0990
Turon Gates is the ultimate bush getaway. A stretch of crystal clear rolling rivers located in The Blue Mountains that will light up your camping adventure. There are many camping options available including campsites, glamping and cabins that are suitable for everyone’s tastes. There are heaps of outdoor activities that you and your pooch can enjoy, including gold panning, canoeing, cycling, and mountain biking.
Address: 942 Upper Turon Rd, Capertee NSW 2846, Australia | Get Directions
Phone: +61 2 9969 3818
Located in Goolawah Regional Park, Delicate Campground is a beach getaway that will be fun for the whole family. Whether in a tent or caravan, your dogs are highly encouraged to come along. There’s heaps to do at delicate from surfing, snorkelling and even whale watching at the right time of year.
Address: 1010 Point Plomer Rd, Crescent Head NSW 2440, Australia | Get Directions
Phone: +61 2 6561 6700
Coopernook Forest Park
The Coopernook Forest Park is the best spot for you and your pooch if what you are looking for is a hangout beneath gum trees. This grassy park is free to access, with every facility you need. Coopernook has walking tracks that wind through lush forest that will make your experience with your dog better than you could imagine.
Address: Bangalow Rd, Lansdowne Forest NSW 2430, Australia | Get Directions
Maca’s Camping Ground
Situated about 1.5 hours drive from Byron Bay is the Maca’s Camping Ground, which is an ideal spot for a camping adventure with a dog. There is no other place in NSW where you will find the unique beauty that Maca’s camping ground possesses. The site has beautiful peacocks strolling around its lawns and mulberry trees litter the property with ripe berries ready for you to eat straight from the tree. Maca’s Camping Ground is an amazing place to camp with your doggo and it’s one of our must visits.
Address: 1156 Main Arm Rd, Upper Main Arm NSW 2482, Australia | Get Directions
Phone: +61 2 6684 5211
Coachwood Camping Area
Coachwood is a beautiful campsite on the edge of the Telegherry River that has an abundance of shaded camping spots for you and your furry friend. Have a dip in the river but be sure to bring warm clothes (or cuddle up extra tight) because Coachwood can get quite cold overnight. There are amazing walking trails with stunning waterfalls that are definitely instagram worthy. We highly recommend this destination for your next camping holiday.
Address: Chichester State Forest, Frying Pan Rd, NSW 2311, Australia | Get Directions
Phone: +61 1300 655 687
Taking your dog for a camping adventure can be a breathtaking experience. Especially if you visit any of the locations we have just mentioned.
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