Camping with the little furry family member is becoming one of Australia’s favourite pastimes. When it comes to holiday time, finding a place to stay that is pet friendly can be tricky and a bug-bear. Until now. Unsealed 4X4 is here to help and we’ve thrown together the best Australian pet-friendly four wheel drive camping sites to take the hassle out of planning your next adventure with your four-legged best mate.
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Allyn River old camp Chichester State Forest, NSW
You’ll love the drive to Old Camp as the forest is just gorgeous, with some picnic spots on the way. Old Camp has the Allyn River right outside your tent. There’s a delightful swimming spot called Ladies Well close by, with a small waterfall. Swimming, four wheel driving, campfires and loads of room for your pet.
City View 4WD ParkBromelton, QLD
Being 1,400 feet above sea level you get to experience the sight of the city far off in the distance from your relaxing campsite. City View is a rare established off-road playground and is home to Rumble on the Rocks and Terrains Trials.
Riverwood Downs Barrington tops, NSW
A unique country resort in the foothills of the Barrington Tops, Riverwood Downs has the glamping or camping thing down pat. Definitely take the time to explore the five kilometres of river frontage and shady walking trails, perfect for walk time with your puppy.
Alexander Bay Esperance, WA
Like going camping where mobile phone reception may not be accessible (I do!)? Then this is for you! Great off-road tracks, stunning coastline perfect for swimming and a shady camping area; the access road is unsealed – perfect!
Straddie campingNorth Stradbroke Island, QLD
It’s so easy to see why this place is popular with four wheel driving fans, surfers and fishermen. Amazing tracks, waves, and sea life aplenty. Don’t be surprised if you see dolphins, turtles, kangaroos and koalas – they are all here. The camping sites on the Flinders Beach and Main Beach are the pick, as they are dog friendly. In other parts, your pup is required to be on a leash.
Willangi Bush Escapes Peterborough, SA
A beautiful property in the Southern Flinders Ranges. The bush campsites are all situated in private areas and there is even a ‘bush bath site’ for something a little special. There are also a lot of high-range 4X4 tracks that will lead you to a gorgeous site at the top of the hills.
Rivers Edge Wilderness Camping Lonnavale TAS
45 tranquil large campsites near the banks of the river. Great fishing spots and a river pool for the kids and man’s best friend to keep cool in. Provided fire pots are a great idea. This gem is great for 4X4 fun, mountain bikes and horse riding plus so much more.
Words and Photography by Nicole Cooper