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 five 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. The campground is also within arm’s reach of Kenilworth’s delicious eateries, which is totally the icing on the cake.
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? Pay a little extra, you can bring your pupper along for all the fun. This Sunshine Coast camping spot will be re-opening for business on 31 July, 2020, so book your site now.
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 beachfront campgrounds to choose from at Inskip—with some better suited to 4WD vehicles than others—but you’ll have to be a little strategic when it comes to picking a site because it’s first in, best dressed and this place gets busy.
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 them under control and on a leash.
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 by prior application—so make sure you follow all the correct steps before 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: Christoph Wesi