Dreaming of a family vacay? Your beloved pooch is part of the family, so don’t leave Charlie or Bella behind. With plenty of options located across the state for dog-friendly camping, New South Wales is a prime destination to travel with your pets. What about pet-friendly caravan parks and holiday cabins? NSW has that too! In fact, NRMA have a number of holiday parks and resorts that accommodate for furry visitors big and small, so no one needs to be left home alone.
To help you plan your next pet-friendly road trip, here are our top 9 pet-friendly camping and caravan spots in NSW:
NRMA Bathurst Panorama Holiday Park
Located 10 minutes from Bathurst’s town centre and Mount Panorama, the NRMA Bathurst Panorama Holiday Park offers cosy cabins and caravan and camping sites that are pet-friendly. With a mini golf course, jumping pillow, indoor cinema and more, the holiday park is great for the whole family, plus its proximity to town allows guests to easily access many of the region’s renowned attractions. Want to discover Bathurst with your puppy? Jump on board the pet-friendly Bathurst Explorer Bus and learn about Bathurst’s top sites and attractions, or let your pooch stretch its legs at Lake Wallace’s off-leash dog exercise area.
NRMA Darlington Beach Holiday Resort (Coffs Coast)
Searching for a tropical oasis escape along the Coffs Coast? Set on Arrawarra Beach, NRMA Darlington Beach Holiday Resort is just a short 20 minute drive from Coffs Harbour and is the perfect pick for your next seaside getaway. An eco-friendly family holiday park, Darlington Beach is set on more than 110 acres of lush coastal forest. Your two- and four-legged family members can lap up a little luxury with a stay in the park’s Palm Villa, or enjoy listening to crashing waves from one of the park’s large ensuite or premium-powered sites. There are a number of beaches in the area you can visit with your pup too (including Moonee and Emerald Beaches), and a surplus of dog-friendly cafés and eateries. Don’t miss a visit to doggy paradise Maggie’s Dog Café and micro-coffee roasters Supply.
NRMA Dubbo Holiday Park
Australia really is spoiled for choice when it comes to pet-friendly caravan parks. NSW travelers (human or canine) will love the NRMA Dubbo Holiday Park, only 2 minutes from Dubbo’s city centre. The gum tree-lined park boasts cabins for you and your dog, while ensuite, drive through, powered and unpowered sites offer great options for dog-friendly camping. NSW’s Macquarie River, which runs through town, is where you’ll find a number of walking paths and cycling tracks to wander down, and some choice picnic areas too. Food lover? Head to the Dubbo Farmers Market (held on the first and third Saturday of each month) with your pooch, where you can browse central NSW’s first established market for fresh produce and locally made wares.
NRMA Jindabyne Holiday Park
The perfect lake escape awaits you at NRMA’s Jindabyne Holiday Park, one of the most tranquil caravan and camping spots in NSW. Located along the banks of Lake Jindabyne and with breathtaking views of the Snowy Mountains, the Jindabyne Holiday Park is a great base for lovers of the great outdoors. If you’re planning a trip to the stunning Alpine region, pick one of the park’s pet-friendly powered/unpowered sites as your base. During the warmer months you can fly fish, sail and wakeboard on the lake while pup plays along its picturesque foreshore (west of the toilet block at the clay pits, to the east of the sailing club). Feeling peckish? With your loyal pooch by your side, visit the dog-friendly Jindabyne Brewing for lake views and a delicious tapas menu, or get warm with some locally made schnapps or gin at Wild Brumby Distillery.
NRMA Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort
A popular whale watching destination, Merimbula is a coastal wonderland nestled between the mountains and the sea. Feel the sand between your toes at NRMA’s Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort, which is situated along this beautiful stretch of NSW’s south coast. The park accommodates for pets, with a number of powered and unpowered sites available at its southern end, while Merimbula itself is incredibly pet-friendly. Head to Main Beach and Short Point for off-leash fun (including the potential to spot a whale or two in spring), while away from the coast try a stroll down Bega River. You can also roam free at Pambula’s Lion’s Park Beach and Tura Beach, while a bit further afield, in Eden, explore the boardwalk that runs along Twofold Bay and Lake Curalo.
NRMA Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday Park
With a whopping eight dog-friendly beaches in Port Macquarie, the region is a fantastic place to visit with your furry best friend. The NRMA Port Macquarie Holiday Park is perfectly positioned, bordered by the beach, the city centre and the Hastings River. The park’s pet-friendly caravan and camping sites allow you to enjoy the beautiful surrounds in the comfort of your own space, while giving you access to Port Macquarie’s best attractions and experiences. Head down the Hastings River for a picnic and see if you can spot dolphins frolicking in the water, take your pup to dedicated dog parks at Henry Kendall Reserve, Blackbutt Park or Stuart Park, or stroll through the Wauchope Farmers Market on the fourth Saturday of every month for your pick of local, fresh produce.
NRMA Stockton Beach Holiday Park, Newcastle
Aaahhh, beachfront perfection! Welcome to NRMA’s Stockton Beach Holiday Park, your go-to for coastal relaxation and dog-friendly camping. NSW’s Stockton is just a short ferry ride from the centre of Newcastle, and just 2 hours and 20 minutes north of Sydney, making it the ideal choice for a weekend getaway or short road trip for any Sydney-sider. Pack your caravan and camping essentials, here you’ll find ensuite, powered van, powered tent and unpowered tent sites primed and ready for you and Bruce. On your doorstep you’ll find plenty of beachside fun or try Ballast Ground and Pitt St Reserve (off King Street) in Stockton for off-leash parks.
NRMA Yarrawonga Mulwala Holiday Park
What could be better than a holiday set on the shores of a pristine lake? How about one that encompasses all of your favourite things, including your furry best friend? Experience it at NRMA Yarrawonga Mulwala Holiday Park, a pet-friendly caravan and camping park within the Murray River region. If you enjoy the great outdoors, this park is for you, with lakeside ensuite and powered sites available for you and your pooch. Right next to Lake Mulwala, the park is a great place to immerse yourself in nature. In summer, let Rufus cool off with a swim in the Murray River or Lake Hume, and let him find 30 under leafy gum trees in the off-leash area located on the corner of River Street and Federation Ave in South Corowa. Make your holiday complete with a stop-off at Doc Yarrum Café, known for its hearty comfort foods and pet-friendly outdoor dining options.
NRMA South West Rocks Holiday Park
Halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, NRMA South West Rocks Holiday Park offers an idyllic home-away-from-home for the whole family (including your favourite four-legged amigo). Whether you’re seeking a cosy pet friendly cabin or plenty of space for your new caravan or tent, there’s ample options for you to pick from at one of our favourite pet-friendly caravan parks. NSW’s South West Rocks currently allows a maximum of five dogs at the resort at one time, so make sure to book well in advance for peace of mind. Seeking some dog-friendly activities in the region? Go for a walk along Trial Bay, which can be accessed from a track located directly opposite reception, or grab a coffee and cake from pet-friendly café Malt & Honey.
Nine NSW dog-friendly holiday parks plus heaps of attractions and experiences … Looks like pet-friendly holidays are not as hard as they seem! Are you ready to book yours?