The NRMA Parks and Resorts team are pet lovers through and through, so when it comes to road trips, we know just how hard it can be to leave your furry friends behind. That’s why we’ve made sure our parks and resorts can accommodate for both you and your pooch where possible, with our range of dog-friendly caravan park sites and cabins.
There are so many incredible destinations to experience in Victoria; which happen to also be home to some of our favourite pet friendly NRMA Parks and Resorts.
Bairnsdale, East Gippsland
You’ll find Bairnsdale, a regional city in East Gippsland, hugging the banks of the picturesque Mitchell River. Due to its proximity to the extensive Gippsland Lake system, Bairnsdale is known as the “gateway to the lakes”. An absolute hotspot for boating, camping and fishing, it’s also a great place to visit with your pup. Dogs are allowed to paw the pavement in and around Bairnsdale, and can go leash-free in areas like fenced dog park Bosworth Road Recreation Reserve.
What about dog-friendly caravan parks? Victoria’s NRMA Bairnsdale Riverside Holiday Park has many pet-friendly caravan and camping sites located on its grounds, starting from $27 a night for an unpowered, dog-friendly campsite.
Bright, Victoria’s High Country
Dreaming of an alpine escape? Make those dreams come true with a trip to Bright in Victoria’s High Country. Nestled between the Mount Buffalo and Alpine National Parks, Bright is a great base for two- and four-legged outdoor adventurers. A destination jam-packed full of beautiful walking trails, Bright offers plenty of tracks featuring on- and off-leash areas so you can enjoy the scenery with your dog. Try the tranquil Howitt Park, which hugs the Ovens River; or the Bright Memorial Arboretum, featuring a vibrant assortment of trees that look particularly stunning in autumn.
After all that exploring, rest your feet and paws at NRMA Bright Holiday Park, which offers pet-friendly camping and caravan sites surrounded by nature.
Lake Entrance, East Gippsland
Lake and sea meet at Lakes Entrance, an idyllic holiday hotspot set on the banks of Australia’s largest inland network of waterways – the Gippsland Lakes. With the Tasman Sea lapping at its golden sandy shores, this coastal town northeast of Melbourne is a water lover’s playground. Go swimming, fishing, surfing, walking and whale- and dolphin-spotting all in one day. Dog in tow? Head to the Brackenbush off-leash dog park for a playdate with your pooch. The park features three main areas for off-leash fun, as well as a fully fenced space if your pup isn’t feeling particularly social.
For a good night’s rest, try NRMA Eastern Beach Holiday Park, which has pet-friendly camping and caravan sites. If you and your pooch prefer a little luxury you can stay in one of the park’s pet-friendly waterview villas. The two-bedroom cabins overlook the waters of Cunninghame Arm, so you get the best of views as well as all the creature comforts.
Echuca, The Murray River
Experience the best of the Murray River at Echuca, just two-and-a-half hours from Melbourne. NRMA Echuca Holiday Park, one of the region’s best pet-friendly caravan parks, is a great place to start your Echuca adventure. Park up at one of its pet-friendly camping or caravan sites, before you and your pup head along the Mighty Murray and on to the historic Port of Echuca – once Australia’s largest inland ports. Jump onboard one of the pet-friendly paddlesteamers then cruise down the Murray, or teach pup how to stand-up paddle board with Echuca Moama Stand Up Paddleboarding. Prefer land? Meander down the Murray riverbank and through the Banyule Forest, home to towering gum trees and inquisitive wildlife.
Mildura, Murray River
You’ll find the NRMA Mildura Riverside Holiday Park northwest of Melbourne, nestled along the banks of the Murray River. A prime spot for pet-friendly camping, the park features powered grass or ensuite sites suitable for four-legged holiday makers seeking a riverside retreat. Shaded by towering trees, the spacious sites are located around the corner from the park’s facilities, and just 4kms from Mildura’s bustling city centre. After you’ve setup shop, cast a line into the Murray and try your hand at catching a cod, or discover some of Mildura’s historic buildings along the Chaffey Trail, which you can easily explore with your dog (on-lead). Hungry? Visit the Sunraysia Farmers Market, which is open on the first and third Saturdays of each month.
Phillip Island, Bass Coast
If you’re searching for a coastal treasure trove filled with beautiful ocean scenery, picture-perfect walking tracks and cute creatures big and small, you’ll find it at Phillip Island, just 90 minutes southeast of Melbourne. Famous for its little penguins, which race up Summerland Beach to their burrows at dusk every day, Phillip Island is also known for its stunning backdrops and spectacular ocean views. See them for yourself by following the Bass Coast Rail Trail – a 23km trail that runs through the hinterlands of Wonthaggi, past the Dalyston sand dunes and on to Woolamai. It’s a great trail to explore with your dog, but if it prefers to go leash-less, venture down to Ventnor Beach (between Graydens Road and Ventnor Beach Road) or Cape Woolamai Beach.
NRMA Phillip Island Beachfront Holiday Park is a great base for you and your four-legged friend’s adventures, with pet-friendly one- and two-bedroom cabins primed and ready for your stay.
Portland Bay, Victoria’s Discovery Coast
Portland is a coastal town located on the southwest coast of Victoria, close to the South Australian border. Renowned for its historical buildings – more than 200 are heritage-listed by the National Trust – and its stunning coastal cliffs, the town is also home to pet-friendly caravan parks.
Victoria’s NRMA Portland Bay Holiday Park overlooks Portland Bay and features some of the best dog-friendly camping and caravan sites in the area. Neighbouring Nuns Beach is popular for swimming and snorkelling and is a fantastic spot to take your dog for a walk. Just remember your pooch needs to be on-lead between December 1st and Easter Monday every year,but can go without a lead all other times.
Warrnambool, Great Ocean Road
Want to explore the Great Ocean Road? Then book a stay at NRMA Warrnambool Riverside Holiday Park. This riverside holiday park, just minutes from Warrnambool’s town centre, offers a quiet river escape just a short drive from the coast. Team this prime location with the park’s pet-friendly accommodation options, including powered camping sites and comfy, self-contained studio cabins (with handy gated verandas), and you’ve got an easy choice for your next getaway with your pooch.
Warrnambool is incredibly dog-friendly too, with plenty of off-leash areas making things all the more convenient. We recommend the beach area on the west side of Hopkins River and Blue Hole Reserve (between April 1 and November 30 only). For the furry socialites, do head to the Community Dog Park, located in Victoria Park.
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