There are a few things that truly hurt in life. Read receipts without a reply, someone voluntarily eating the last slice of pizza, choosing a cup over a cone at Cold Rock, and, finally, having to say goodbye to your beloved pup as you venture on your twice-yearly camping trip. (Well, COVID-19 hurts the most out of all those things, but you get the idea.)
Now, being the easily-pleased Gold Coast campers we are, there’s nothing more satisfying than finding a camping spot that’s top-notch and actually pet friendly.
So, we’ve done the hard work for you. Here are 5 of the best dog-friendly camping spots in and around the Gold Coast that we know you and your pup will love. Happy camping.
What could be better than a camping set up right on the beachfront? Not much, to be honest. Experience the true magic of North Stradbroke for the price of a Happy Meal (per night, that is). And not only that, TWO pets are allowed. That’s right, experience Flinders Beach, one of the best camping spots on the Gold Coast without having to pick pet favourites. Heads up though, your pooch will have to be leashed but there is an off-leash area. Oh, and another hot tip: BYO 4WD.
Mount Tamborine Thunderbird Park
Gold Coast Hinterland
Mount Tamborine Thunderbird Park is our ideal vision of camping: campfires, toasted marshmallows, lush greenery and, of course, pets. With 112 hectares of rainforest and located near stunning Cedar Creek, Thunderbird Park is no doubt one of the best camping spots on the Gold Coast to take your pet. Keep in mind your pet does have to be leashed at all times and you can’t be left unattended.
Byron Holiday Park
Byron Bay, NSW
Byron’s not only home to the OG hipster, but to some of the best camping spots with an abundance of wildlife and beautiful beaches. Wallabies, echidnas, koalas and a myriad of native birds are just around every corner at this camping spot. With direct access to the incredible Tallow’s Beach, and 100% pups allowed (on leash, you know, to save said wildlife), this makes for one of the best camping spots in close proximity of the southern end of the Gold Coast.
Wooyung Beach Holiday Park
Wooyung is definitely more than the suburb we all know as Splendour in the Grass. Five people on the horizon is considered a crowd for locals, and this holiday park is sure to be one of the most breathtaking within driving distance of the Gold Coast. With the beach right at your doorstep and a dog-friendly site surrounded by bush land, you’ll be glad you chose to stay at this hidden gem.
Evans Head Camping Grounds
With a setting so unspoiled and natural, Evans Head Camping Grounds is one of the best camping grounds around the Gold Coast. With stunning coastal scenery and some truly decent fishing spots, Evans Heads is less than two hours away and should be your go-to for all things camping. And it’s pet friendly, of course.
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Image credit: Mckayla Crump