With idyllic waterfalls, freshwater creeks, tropical rainforest and coral-lined beach, Queensland is a popular destination for people seeking adventure, nature or a simple escape. But this slice of paradise isn’t just for two-legged fellows – with plenty of pet-friendly things to do and places to stay, QLD is primed and ready for everyone (and thing) to enjoy. Looking for a comfortable and convenient place for your next fur-friendly getaway? When it comes to the best locations with pet-friendly caravan parks, QLD’s Cairns, Whitsunday Coast, Palm Cove and Woodgate Beach are excellent picks. What about dog-friendly camping? QLD’s Atherton Tablelands and the Gold Coast are certainly worth a visit.
NRMA Holiday Parks and Resorts know family often includes the pug, and as such, have a number of pet-friendly accommodation options situated at these glorious beach-meets-forest-meets-country destinations. So whether you want to travel near or far, with a caravan or just a swag, and with the entire family or just your favourite four-legged bub, here’s where to start:
NRMA Atherton Tablelands Holiday Park
Surrounded by lush rainforest? Tick. Close to town? Tick. Pet-friendly? Big tick. The NRMA Atherton Tablelands Holiday Park allows dogs, cats and birds to stay on sites and on the verandahs of its cabins, cottages and villas, making it a great spot to stop with Spike, Sylvester and Tweety. Once you’ve got the family settled, hit the road and visit Emerald Creek Falls, where you can explore a number of small creeks and sandy banks with your pooch on-leash. For a family (and furry friends) day out, do head to the Historic Village Herberton, where you can step back in time and discover old buildings that date back to Herberton’s foundation years. If doggo needs to burn some calories, tire it out at the Atherton Off-Leash Dog Park.
NRMA Bowen Beachfront Holiday Park
If you’re searching for a charming town to make your next home-away-from-home, check out Bowen on the Whitsunday Coast. This pleasant seaside village is fringed by some of the most beautiful coral gardens found in Australia, while on shore you’ll find palm-lined beaches and beautiful bays that are not only picture-perfect, but pet-friendly too. Base yourself at the NRMA Bowen Beachfront Holiday Park, which permit pets to stay on its beachfront caravan sites and powered sites, then take your best friend for a dip at one of the town’s many dog-friendly beaches. For an outdoor adventure with pooch, head along the Cape Edgecumbe Trail, a one-hour circuit that’ll lead you to the secluded Murray Bay Beach; then soak in beachside views while enjoying a tasty brew at Meraki Whitsundays.
NRMA Cairns Holiday Park
Trying to find a holiday park in Cairns that offers dog-friendly camping? QLD’s NRMA Cairns Holiday Park has spacious ensuite, powered and unpowered van and tent sites available for you and Bruce. Located right in the centre of town, the holiday park is a great HQ for your Tropical North Queensland adventure. Start by visiting one of the many dog-friendly parks in the region, including Goomboora Park in Brinsmead, which features some lovely bushwalks and a swimming waterhole. For some Sunday beachside fun, bring pooch to Holloways Beach Seaside Markets. Held along the Holloways Beach Foreshore from 8am-1pm on the second Sunday of every month, this large family markets is a hive of activity. Browse through, trawl and find all sorts of knickknacks, food, crafts, clothes and more, then enjoy a swim right next door.
NRMA Palm Cove Holiday Park
If the word “paradise” conjures up images of palm beaches and aqua blue waters in your mind, then you’ll probably enjoy a coastal holiday at Palm Cove. Nestled between Cairns and Port Douglas, this beachside village is equal parts relaxation and fun. Roll into the NRMA Palm Cove Holiday Park, which has pet-friendly unpowered and powered caravan and camping sites located just metres from the water, before you take pup for a stroll along the beach at Palm Cove Jetty. Need to entertain both two-legged and four-legged kids? Visit Silver Crescent Park, which has a new dog off-leash area, a playground and plenty of wide open spaces perfect for playtime and a lazy lunchtime picnic. For dinner, stroll down Williams Esplanade, where you’ll find plenty of pet-friendly cafes, restaurants and bars like Underground Palm Cove.
NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Resort
Heading to the Gold Coast with your furry best friend in tow? Stay at the NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Resort, which offers ensuite cabins and tent, motorhome and caravan powered sites just 7km north of Surfers Paradise. One of our favourite pet-friendly caravan parks, QLD’s Treasure Island is many-a-family’s go-to, thanks to its year-round kids club, attractions (like mini golf, a bouncing pillow, pedal go-karts and a pirate-themed waterpark) and proximity to the region’s theme parks, beaches and hinterland. Make the most of your doggy Gold Coast stay by playing at the beach (try the off-leash areas at The Spit, Tallebudgera Beach and Palm Beach) and indulging in a post-swim lunch and drink at Cafe Catalina, a pet-friendly cafe just 11 minutes away from Treasure Island. Want a bit of R&R but pooch just can’t sit still? Tire them out at Pizzy Park’s fenced agility area or take them for a walk around the park’s lake.
NRMA Woodgate Beach Holiday Park
For a secluded nature escape, head 45 minutes south of Bundaberg to Woodgate Beach. Here you’ll be greeted by 16km of protected beach and 23,000 hectares of national park. The NRMA Woodgate Beach Holiday Park provides an incredibly affordable caravan and/or camping option for you and the whole family, with pet-friendly powered slab and powered sites starting from just $39 a night. This beachfront sanctuary features 9 acres of landscaped grounds, so you’re bound to discover all sorts of unique and native wildlife while you relax and unwind. Right on the park’s doorstep you’ll also find Woodgate Beach, which offers an off-leash beach area perfect for an afternoon walk or swim.