There’s no worse feeling than waving goodbye to your doggo as you drive off into the sunset bound for a vacay. Except maybe when someone eats your leftover pizza, and it sure as hell wasn’t you.
The moment you laid eyes on your little fluffball, they become part of the fam, so why should they miss out on the holiday fun?
Avoid the guilty feels altogether with these six fabulous dog-friendly camping spots on and around the Sunshine Coast.
Set on 100 acres of rolling hills, this picturesque campground is abundant with native trees and wildlife, and fronts both the Mary River and the creek that gives the campsite its name! Doggos are super welcome at Bluff Creek, and the more precious among us will appreciate the flushing toilets and hot showers. And d’ya wanna know the icing on the cake? The campground is also within arm’s reach of Kenilworth’s delicious eateries…did someone say cheese?
Borumba Deer Park
Borumba Deer Park is a special little camping spot in Imbil, situated on the beautiful Yabba Creek. There’s truckloads to do here, such as swimming, fishing and kayaking…not to mention saying ‘hello’ to a couple of deer! For a little more action, just down the creek is Borumba Dam, where you can water-ski and jet boat! But the best part, for a measly $3 per day, you can bring your pupper along for all the fun—two of the park’s three campsites are dog-friendly.
Gleaming white sand and clear blue seas make ever-popular Inskip Point a paradise for humans and dogs alike! Just a hop, skip and a jump from Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay and Fraser Island, you’re literally surrounded by some of Queensland’s most spectacular beachy spots. There are five campgrounds to choose from at Inskip—with some better suited to 4WD vehicles than others—but you’ll have to be a lil’ strategic when it comes to picking a site because it’s first in, best dressed and she gets busy!
A wee drive up the highway towards Gympie, the Amamoor Creek camping spot is tucked inside the Amamoor State Forest. Getting to this little oasis is pretty easy—just follow Amamoor Creek Road and you don’t need a 4WD! An open, grassy campsite enclosed by iron bark and blue gums, scenic rainforest walks are aplenty and there are tracks of all-lengths and levels. It’s dog-friendly and doggos will go craaaazy over the creek, but keep a close eye on them—the water is also home to frogs and platypuses!
Are you nature obsessed? Then you’ll love this little gem! Just west of Gympie lies Brooyar State Forest, home to the Glastonbury Creek camping area. An open, grassy campsite surrounded by rainforest, get out and explore on foot and spot birds and other wildlife, amidst panoramic views and babbling rainforest brooks. It’s pretty amazeballs, tbh. Bring your furry friends too—just keep ‘em under control and on a leash pls.
Imagine waking up to uninterrupted views of Lake Cootharaba, its pristine waters only mere steps from your bed. Some would call this the dream, but luckily for us all, it’s a reality at Boreen Point! The lakefront campground at Boreen Point is the real deal, with sites set in practically untouched natural bushland just steps from the lake’s sandy foreshore. Dogs are definitely allowed, but only in non-peak times, and by prior application—so make sure you follow all the correct steps prior to booking to avoid being a sad camper.
Looking for more things to do on the Sunshine Coast with your pup? Check out the best dog beaches on the Sunshine Coast.
Image credit: Alvan Nee