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Dog Friendly Camping Options in South East Queensland

When it comes to family getaways, often the dog-friendly camping options get forgotten about. You don’t have to leave Fido at home! Find out where to go!

Dog friendly camping options in South-East Queensland

As per any holiday, you’ll need to make preparations and undertake research to ensure this is the spot for you.

We would recommend phoning quite some time in advance to ask around. Your dog or dogs may be seasoned campers or fresh newbies. If you’re taking your dogs camping for the first time and you’re going to be camping in a very popular hotspot, it might be an idea to trial the trip at a less hectic time.

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When camping with dogs be aware that:

  • Dogs MUST be under control at ALL times
  • You MUST clean up after your dog EVERY time
  • Aggressive, untrained animals (or owners!) ruin the camping holiday for EVERYONE
  • Your dog is absolutely your responsibility at all times
  • Your dog cannot present a danger to any naturally occurring flora or fauna

Wondering what the best family dog is? We know!

Neurum Creek Bush Retreat

Located about 1.5 hours north of Brisbane,  the grounds offer pet-friendly camping for QLD families. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times in and around the campgrounds. The retreat has activities for the whole family to enjoy, including biking, canoeing and much more. 

Where: 268 Rasmussed Rd, Mount Archer

Phone: (07) 5496 3692

Website: Find out more about Neurum Creek Bush Retreat here.

Sandy Creek Camping Ground

Located 1 hour from the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane in Kilcoy, this is the perfect place for your family and furry friend. There are lots to do including walking tracks, bike tracks, rock pools, and campfires. You could also explore Kilcoy. Dogs must be fully taken care of and on a leash at all times.

Where: Sandy Creek Road, Kilcoy

Phone: (07) 5498 1032

Website: Find out more about Sandy Creek Camping Ground here.

Goomburra Valley Campground

Located in Goomburra, this campground is sure to make the whole family happy (including the dogs). The grounds have open and off-lead areas for your dogs so they can run around and enjoy themselves. A bond is charged for families with dogs and is returned upon your departure. The costs include $30 for up to 2 dogs and $90 for 3 dogs or more. Check out other rules for your dog on their website.

Where: 2013 Inverramsay Road, Goomburra

Phone: (07) 4666 6006

Website: Find out more about Goomburra Valley Camping Ground here.

Murphy’s Creek Escape

Murphy’s Creek Toowoomba

Murphy’s Creek Escape is the perfect getaway for families and their dogs. The grounds have many activities for families to enjoy including bush camping, adventure activities, special events,  swimming, hiking, mountain biking, archery, bird watching, abseiling, and more. Dogs are to be kept on leads at all times.

Where: 365 Thomas Road, Upper Lockyer 

Phone: (07) 4630 5353

Website: Find out more about Murphy’s Creek Escape here.

Flanagan Reserve Bush Camping

Flanagan Reserve is nestled upon 12 hectares of natural bush setting along the Logan River. It has beautiful scenery and has lots of facilities to keep you comfortable. It is also dog-friendly, meaning your furry friend doesn’t have to miss out. Dogs must be on a leash at all times.

Where: 135 Flanagan Reserve Rd, Barney View

Phone: (07) 5544 3128

Website: Find out more about Flanagan Reserve here.

Adder Rock Camping Ground

Adder Rock Camping Ground is situated on the beautiful Stradbroke Island and is in a shady location, sheltered behind native tea tree and pandanus forests. It has lots of facilities and water and land activities nearby, making it the perfect place for families. You can also bring your dog along for the trip. Only 2 dogs are allowed on each campsite and must be on-leash at all times.

Where: E Coast Road, Point Lookout 

Phone: (07) 3409 9668

Website: Find out more about Adder Rock Camping Ground here.

Borumba Deer Park

Located in the Mary Valley, Borumba Deer Park is the perfect place for you and the family to unplug and unwind. The wide-open space means you won’t be cramped with all the other campers. It is also dog-friendly. A bond is required for dogs though and they must be controlled at all times.

Where: 1133 Yabba Creek Road, Imbil

Phone: (07) 5484 5196

Website: Find out more about Borumba Deer Park here.

Jacobs Well Tourist Park

Located on the Gold Coast, Jacobs Well Tourist Park is the perfect place for your family and furry friend. There are heaps of Gold Coast attractions around as well to keep the whole family entertained. Dogs must be controlled and on a leash at all times. Though there is an off-leash area to explore.

Where: 1161 Pimpama Jacobs Well Road, Jacobs Well

Phone: (07) 5667 2760

Website: Find out more about Jacobs Well Tourist Park here.

Sharp Park River Bend Country Bush Camping

Located 75 km south of Brisbane and 30 km West of Gold Coast in Lamington National Park, this is a tranquil place to relax with your family and dog. There are lots of facilities on-site as well as a creek and wildlife. It is also dog-friendly, however, they must be on leash at all times.

Where: 3069/3095 Beechmont Road, Witheren 

Phone: (61) 409 550 745

Website: Find out more about Sharp Park River Bend Country Bush Camping here.

Esk Caravan Park

Located around Brisbane, this pet-friendly spot is sure to impress with lots of walking trails for you and your dogs to enjoy. There is a dog wash and vet nearby if needed. for more pet policies head to their website. 

Where: 16 Hassall Street, Esk

Phone: (07) 5424 1466

Website: Find out more about Esk Caravan Park here.

Camp Moogerah 

This camping site is sure to keep the whole family happy with heaps of activities. These include high ropes, night wildlife walks, low ropes, kayaking, rock climbing, archery, and heaps more. It is also pet-friendly which means your best friend won’t miss out on the fun.

Where: 880 Lake Moogerah Road, Moogerah

Phone: (61) 478 802 772

Website: Find out more about Camp Moogerah here.

Kenilworth Camping 

The grounds are located upon a scenic dairy farm, with plenty of activities including swimming, kayaking, and bike riding. You can also tour the local Dairy Farm. The grounds are also pet-friendly, however, you must always have control of your dog. 

Where: 18 Paulger Road, Kenilworth

Phone: (61) 455 176 240

Website: Find out more about Kenilworth Camping here.

Amamoor Creek Camping Area

Located 1 hour from the Sunshine Coast,  Amamoor Creek Camping Area is a great dog-friendly camping site. Though dogs are allowed, they must be kept on leash at all times. 

Where: LOT 3 Amamoor Creek Road, Amamoor Creek

Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)

Website: Find out more about Amamoor Creek Camping Area here.

Yarraman Caravan Park

Located near Brisbane, this campsite is a perfect place for your family and furry friend to experience a glimpse of country life.  This site is located near multiple national parks and trails which you can enjoy at your own leisure. Though dogs are allowed, they must be on a leash at all times.

Where: 12121 D’Aguilar Highway, Yarraman

Phone: (07) 4163 8185

Website: Find out more about Yarraman Caravan Park here.

Bigriggen Park

This pet-friendly site is a great place for family camping. It has a range of facilities, including toilets, showers, powered sites, swimming, fishing, cycling, fire pits, wildlife, walking trails, and heaps more. Your furry friend does have a few conditions though, including be supervised and on-leash at all times.

Where: 196 Bigriggan Road

Phone: (07) 5463 6190

Website: Find out more about Bigriggen Park here.

Gordon Country Campgrounds

Gordon Country camping grounds are great for families and dogs! there are lots of activities including tours, 4WD trails, bird watching, fishing, bushwalking, swimming and much more. One condition for your dog however is that they are only allowed in tents. 

Where: 1847-2081 Inverramsay Road, Goomburra

Phone: (07) 4666 6179

Website: Find out more about Gordon Country Campgrounds here.

Boreen Point Campground 

Located in Noosa, this river campsite is sure to help you relax with the family. You can also bring your fury friend along for the trip too! though, they must be kept in a caravan/motorhome and when out on a leash. They will not be permitted during busy periods. 

Where: 1 Esplanade, Boreen Point

Phone: (07) 5485 3244

Website: Find out more about Boreen Point Campgrounds here.

Golden Beach Holiday Park 

Located on the Sunshine Coast, this holiday park is the perfect option for your family and furry friend. The site has plenty of other facilities to make a visit very comfortable including a BBQ area, camp kitchen, laundry, pool and more. You dog must be on a leash and supervised at all times.

Where: 9 Onslow Street, Golden Beach

Phone: (07) 5492 4811

Website: Find out more about Golden Beach Holiday Park here.

Bluff Creek Campground 

Located in Kenilworth, the Bluff Creek Campground is another great pet-friendly option for those looking for dog-friendly camping Sunshine Coast. The camping grounds have many activities including mountain biking, horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, markets, and more.

Where: 44 Wilcox Road, Kenilworth

Phone: (07) 5370 2030

Website: Find out more about Bluff Creek Campground here.

Dog friendly camping options – got any more?

Have you taken YOUR pooch to a great dog friendly campground in South East Queensland? We’d love to know about it. Let us know in the comments and please feel free to share a cute pic of your furry friends enjoying the great outdoors!

If you are looking for a doggy daycare in Brisbane for your furry friend, we know that too. Or if you want to take your pooch to the beach that welcome dogs on the Sunshine Coast or dog friendly Gold Coast beaches, or just an off  leash park for dogs in Brisbane, we’ve got you covered! If you are busy and need a dog walker in Brisbane, check out that article! And if you want to sip on a coffee and treat your pooch with a pupachino, check out these awesome dog friendly cafes in Brisbane. You. Are. Welcome!

We just LOVE our precious pooches! 😀 

This article was first published in our print magazine Issue 56 on 1st March, 2023 


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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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