We’ve all experienced that moment when the car is packed for the next weekend adventure and your pooch sits forlornly by the front door. They know what you’re doing and they’re not going to forget any time soon (until you come home, of course). It’s every fur parent’s worst nightmare.
But what if we told you there were places you could combine your love for a good weekend getaway AND get to bring your dog along? We know, we’re excited too! That’s why we’ve rounded up the best dog-friendly camping spots in and around Brisbane. All you have to do is gather the fam and pick one (or four). What can we say, we’re givers.
Located as close to the beach on North Stradbroke Island as you can get, Flinders Beach is the tropical island holiday you’ve always dreamed of minus those exxy resort fees. Nestled in the sand dunes, these twelve beachfront camping areas not only make for the perfect playground for your furry better half, they’re also a killer spot to watch the sun go down. Just imagine wiggling your toes in the sand, whipping out the pre-prepared cheese board and sipping on a good bottle of red as the waves crash onto the shore. Yeah, weekend plans are definitely sorted.
Neurum Creek Bush Retreat
On the border of the Mt Mee state forest lays a hidden gem far from the madding crowd of city life. Neurum Creek Bush Retreat is a little slice of green heaven only 75 minutes from Brisbane. Think rolling green plains, access to a creek made for canoeing, a swimming hole and enough grass for your pupper to get back in touch with its roots. Once you’re done lazing underneath a tree (#goals), head to the nearby townships of Kilcoy or Woodford for a day trip to remember. Just remember to make it back in time for a dip in the river and an ice cream. Ah, life is hard sometimes.
Esk Caravan Park
Esk is pretty famous in Brisbane for being the go-to country retreat when we want to escape the city. Located only a hop, skip and jump away from both Lake Wivenhoe and Lake Somerset, Esk is a quaint little town that ticks all the boxes. A thriving creative scene and boutique industry make it ideal for the more modern traveller, while views for days will satisfy any hunger for the perfect ‘gram. The Esk Caravan Park itself boasts mountain views, a creek boundary, ample animal and bird life (including koalas) and trees made for reading under. But do you want to know the best part? Well-behaved dogs are completely welcome, so you can take a glorious nature nap with your fur baby curled up at your side. Well, don’t mind if we do.
Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park
Located right on the edge of the Scenic Rim, the Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park contains some pretty stunning views as well as serving as a gateway to the surrounding area. The park itself is designed to allow you to escape from the trappings of modern life: there are no TVs in the cabins and mobile reception is limited. All that means is that when you’re camping you’re really getting back to nature, no cheeky Netflix sessions allowed. The park is also home to a café, dishing up burgers and Devonshire tea, if you decide braving the camp kitchen is just a little bit beyond you. Of course, dogs are totally welcomed. Pro tip: base yourself at the park and head out along a scenic drive to the nearby wineries for a complete getaway experience. Don’t worry, you can thank us later.
Tamborine Mountain Caravan and Camping Park
Tamborine Mountain is where people who like the country and adventure activities go for the weekend and we couldn’t agree more. The existence of the Tamborine Mountain Caravan and Camping Park means that your beloved doggo can come too. Based in the iconic Thunderbird Park, the Tamborine Mountain Caravan and Camping Park is located right next to a number of activities to get your heart pumping, including horse riding, laser skirmish and the Tree Top Challenge. Hop into the car and a plethora of activities open up, including the highly-recommended glowworm cave and skywalk. And don’t even get us started on the campsite itself (we like trees, okay). But be careful, dogs are allowed but subject to conditions, so make sure your pup is on its best behaviour before you begin your weekend vacay.
Murphy’s Creek Escape
Okay this one might be a little bit more of a drive than the others, but we bet you’ll think it’s worth it. Located in the Upper Lockyer Valley, just outside Toowoomba, Murphy’s Creek Escape is a gorgeous camping spot nestled on the banks of burbling Murphy’s Creek. Think natural bushland, a distinct lack of road traffic, stars studding the night sky, an inland sandy beach and adventure activities galore. As well as being a great choice for a little R & R, Murphy’s Creek also plays host to a flying fox, rope courses, archery, abseiling and mountain bike tracks, for when you get bored of that whole relaxing shtick. Dogs are fully permitted, as long as they are kept on a lead, so you can include every member of the family in your creek-side chats. See you there!
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