A fistful of pet friendly escapes for the WHOLE family!

Furry friends welcome! Pic: Destination NSW.

We know that some readers don’t feel right heading away on an adventure without the whole family – so here’s a shortlist of our favourite pet friendly campsites – perfect for quick escapes when you’re hanging out for a couple of nights under the stars.

If you’ve got any other favourites you feel should’ve made the short list, shoot us an email at letters@4wdtouring.com.au.


Grassy, pet-friendly sites abound. Pic: Sandy Creek Camping.

Sandy Creek Campground is located in Kilcoy, nestled within the lush hills of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast hinterland.

This family-run campground is located just an hour north of Brisbane, via the M1, and is easily accessible for all southeast Queensland residents. The park is home to a plethora of tranquil campsites dotted across the grassy plains, there are a few nice drives on offer and and swimming and water activities are available in nearby Somerset Dam.

Bookings are essential and family passes are available for a cost of $65 that covers entry and camping fees for two adults and all children for two days and two nights. Get in touch today to plan your next adventure!


07 5498 1032


Spacious sites and family fun. Pic: Loveday 4X4 Adventure Park.

Loveday 4X4 Adventure Park is a privately-owned 4WDer’s sanctuary just two hours drive east of Adelaide and two hours to the west of Mildura.

The park has plenty of beautiful, relaxing riverside campsites available, perfect for a family getaway, but don’t worry as there are certainly no shortage of 4WDing options to get stuck into!

The park is set on 8000 acres of private property, and the offroad tracks traverse a mix of smooth clay flats, dry creek beds, sandy hills and sandy Mallee scrub.

Daytrip access to the park is available at a cost of $50 per vehicle and camping along the park’s 14km of Murray River frontage is available at a cost of $60 per vehicle for the first night and $20 per vehicle each night thereafter.

Check out their website for further details and start planning your next getaway.





Offroad tracks and spacious sites aplenty. Pic: Manar Park.

Another great pet friendly campsite, Manar Park is a 15,000 head working cattle station that doubles as southeast Queensland’s biggest offroad adventure park.

The park is situated right on the border between the state’s South Burnett and North Burnett regions and is home to an amazing 230km of graded 4WD tracks that traverse the diverse landscape, as well as further 200km of Enduro bike loops.

Manar Park has tracks suitable for everyone from the novice to the nutcase and access is available for $40 per vehicle per day.

Unpowered campsites are available for $10 per adult and $5 per child per night, or $30 per night for a family group. Powered sites, cabins and dongas are also available. Check online for further details and booking information.



(07) 4161 2188


Camp atop Mount Allyn or within cooee of the tranquil Allyn River.

State forests have long been the allies of pet-friendly campers, and Chichester is a ripper of a park located just a couple of hours north of Sydney in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley region. The park is situated amongst the foothills of the famous Barrington Tops, and offers visitors free day use and camping facilities.

Telegherry, Frying Pan, Currawong and Coachwood camping areas are located in the lush southeastern side of the forest, best accessed from Dungog. White Rock, Old Camp and Pademelon Park are camping areas on the southwestern side of the forest, best accessed from Gresford.

As well as the fantastic offroad driving available within the park, there’s some great bushwalks as well as swimming available in the Ladies Well swimming hole. Head online for further details and get cracking planning your visit!



Surfside family fun. Pic: Parks.vic.gov.au.

Johanna Beach Camping Area is a grassy, pet friendly campsite nestled amongst the dunes of the adjacent surf beach. There are 25 unpowered campsites available, each capable of accommodating up to six people.

Access to the campground is available via the Great Ocean Road and Old Coach Road. There’s no drinking water available and the only facilities are non-flush toilets, but it’s the only pet-friendly campground in the area so it’s always popular and advance bookings and payment are required to secure your spot.

Head online for further details and booking information.



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