What do you do when you want to get away for the weekend, but don’t want to spend a small fortune on accommodation? You go camping.
Camping means you still get to relax and experience somewhere different, without forking out at a pricey bed and breakfast. It’s the best of both worlds, really; unless of course, you own a dog. The cold hard reality is that most campsites don’t allow you to go camping with your pooch. We don’t actually know why. It could be for the comfort of other guests or to protect the native wildlife. Whatever the reason, it can be darn difficult finding dog-friendly campsites.
Until now. Here are the best dog-friendly camping spots in WA.
Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
As if we needed an excuse to go to Monkey Mia. The fact that this holiday park is dog-friendly is music to our ears. They do have some basic rules for bringing along your pup, such as ‘don’t leave your dog unattended in the campsite’ and ‘your dog cannot go swimming with the dolphins’—we think that seems pretty reasonable though. There’s also a beautiful dog beach at Netta’s Beach in Shark Bay, so you can soak up the rays with your furry friend.
Big Brook Arboretum
This campground, nestled in the South West, can accommodate tents, campervans, camper trailers, caravans AND dogs. It’s situated right near the Karri Forest, so you can enjoy a bush walk through amazing exotic trees. The campsite itself is equipped with everything you need like picnic tables and barbecues, so at the end of your day of adventuring, whack a steak on the barbie and spend some quality time with your pup.
This newly-built campground has a whopping 42 campsites for tents, caravans and even group camping arrangements (puppy party, anyone?) They’ve also got a camp kitchen, BBQs and even a walking trail down to the river. How much is your dog going to love that?
Exmouth Cape Holiday Park
If your pup doesn't mind long car trips, take them up north to Exmouth Cape Holiday Park. This amazing venue, situated at the gateway to the Ningaloo Reef, allows you to camp with your dog as long as you follow some basic guidelines, i.e. your dog can’t have fleas and you have to clean up its poo. So really, just common-sense dog ownership. Plus, there are many picturesque parks and a dog beach in Exmouth you can take your pup to for a walk, run or a game of fetch.
This quaint campground is situated within a national park, so you’ll be engulfed in some pretty incredible nature. As well as a dog-friendly policy, they also have an undercover camp kitchen with gas BBQs, dishwashing sinks, food prep areas and picnic tables and benches. The campsite also happens to be situated right on Blackwood River, so your pup can paddle until his heart's content.
Cervantes Holiday Park
Cervantes Holiday Park has received one heck of a face-lift, so we’re pretty pleased dogs are allowed to enjoy all the new facilities there too. They’ve got brand new kitchens, barbeques and grassed areas, so cook yourself some dinner, open a bottle of wine and kick back at your tent enjoying the clear night sky with your pup by your side.
This campground is built around a lake, making it a popular choice for campers with a love for water-based sports. So if your dog is of the quiet, lazy variety, let them have a nap while you go swimming, fishing, water-skiing, canoeing, windsurfing or sailing. However, if they have slightly more energy, you can take them with you as you sightsee, hike and picnic your way around Harvey.
Chuditch has 24 campsites nestled within a jarrah forest, how is that for tranquillity? It’s got river access and all the usual campground amenities like BBQs, picnic tables and camp kitchens. So grab a book, maybe a bottle of wine and make your way here for some R&R with your four-legged friend.
Warner Glen Campground
Warner Glen Campground sits right on the banks of Chapman Brook, so campers have access to the brook and river for swimming (and launching canoes and kayaks, but your dog probably can’t join you in that.) What they can join you in is walking through all the beautiful surrounds and enjoying the peaceful view over the river.
Charlie’s Flat is one of a few small campgrounds situated along the picturesque and tranquil Lane Poole Reserve, so if you’re down for some definite downtime with your dog, this is where to go. There are 16 campsites suitable for tents, campervans or trailers and the ground is equipped with BBQ pits and tables.
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