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Tuesday, 26 Sep 2006

NSW Coast caravan parks make friendly pets welcome

Pets can have holidays also
Pets can have holidays also

Pet Friendly Park To help people travelling with their pets GoSeeAustralia has placed a Pet Friendly Logo against pet friendly participating caravan parks.

Friendly, well mannered, properly controlled pets loved and cared for by responsible owners will find pet friendly caravan parks throughout the beautiful NSW Coast from Eden in the south to Tweed Heads in the north.

Pets are part of many travelling families and NSW Coast caravan parks with a pet policy find being pet friendly is a service valued by travellers. There is strong evidence that caravan park managers who take dogs get more business all year.

The bushwalks introduce koalas
The bushwalks introduce koalas

But aggressive animals with owners who will not control and clean up after their pets are not welcome in caravan parks.

NSW Coast Caravan parks as a general rule either have the room in the Caravan Park or close by to allow owners to exercise their pets properly.

Suitable arrangements can often be made for pets at some caravan parks if owners want to visit a National Park or another attraction which does not permit pets.

Meet a white lion cub at Mogo Zoo  Eurobodalla
Meet a white lion cub at Mogo Zoo Eurobodalla

Editor’s note: while many caravan parks throughout Australia are pet friendly it is always advisable to discuss pets and their needs with the manager before arriving at a caravan park, particularly in peak season.

This prevents misunderstandings and a potentially bad experience for the pet.

Caravan park pet policies vary at the manager’s discretion. This is particularly relevant at peak periods like Christmas, Easter and school holidays.

Owners must accept responsibility for their dog. Obedient dogs can be controlled by voice, but owners must use a lead when required. Caravan parks that welcome pets expect guests to attend to their pets toilet needs and clean up after them.

Pet friendly caravan parks throughout Australia respond to owners who are thoughtful about the temperament and size of their pets and recognise that many people, often children, are afraid of dogs. This means dogs are not allowed in public areas like swimming pools.

Splashing about
Splashing about

Heading north from the Victorian border here is an outline of the NSW Coast areas:

Sapphire Coast – Lower South Coast extends from the Victorian Border near Eden to Central Tilba.

Eurobodalla Coast – Mid South Coast is from Central Tilba to Mossy Point and Rosedale.

Batemans Bay to Sussex Inlet. Speaks for itself.

The Shoalhaven is from Sussex Inlet to Gerringong and Werri Beach.

The Illawarra is from Werri Beach to Scarborough.

Sydney and Surrounds extends from Stanwell Park in the south to Gosford in the North and inland to Wisemans Ferry (NNW) and Camden and Penrith in the west.

The Central Coast extends from Ettalong Beach along the shores of Brisbane Water via Gosford past Lake Tuggerah to Lake Haven on Budgewoi Lake via the Pacific Highway. Budgewoi is east of the highway on Lake Munmorah.

Lake Macquarie extends from Doyalson and Wyee to Charlestown via Pacific Hwy (111). The Sydney Newcastle Freeway (1) runs through to the west of Morisset.

The Lower Hunter is Newcastle to Seaham via Raymond Terrace which is just of the Princes Highway. The New England Highway comes into the area via Maitland. To the west are the wines in places like Cessnock, Pokolbin and Rothbury.

beach babes
beach babes

Port Stephens Nerong on the border of the Myall Lakes National Park is in the north of this area via the Pacific Highway. From Newcastle the beauty of Port Stephens is reached via Williamtown, Salt Ash, and Bobs Farm. Anna Bay, Nelson Bay and Soldiers Point are among the popular destinations.

The Great Lakes area extends from Nerong to north of Coopernook on the Pacific Highway. Inland to the west via Dungog is the remarkable Barrington Tops National Park. On the coast are popular centres like Forster, Tuncurry, Old Bar, Manning Point and Harrington.

Port Macquarie to Nambucca Heads – Mid North Coast – extends from John River, near coastal Crowdy Bay National Park to Nambucca Heads and Valla Beach in the north. To the west the hinterland is a series of National Parks Bargo Bluff, Werrikimbe, Willi Willi, Kumbatine, Carrai, Maria, New England and Bowra Sugarloaf. Hat Head National Park is to the east of the Pacific Highway.

Coffs Coast to Yamba extends from Urunga in the south to Yamba, Harwood and Illuka in the north. The Pacific Highway runs Grafton, inland from the coast on the Clarence River. The coast from Hungry Head to Red Rock is dotted with caravan parks at Mylestom, Repton, Sawtell, Coffs Harbour, Korora, Sapphire Beach, Moonee Beach, Emerald Beach, Woolgoolga, Arrawarra, and Corindi Beach. Please check this feature for Pet Friendly parks.

The Far North Coast extends from Woombah and Woody Head in the south to Tweed Heads, Coolangatta and Bogangar in the north. Major destinations include Evans Head Ballina, Lennox Head, Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads, Mullumbimby and Murwillumbah, near Mt Warning National Park. To the west on the Bruxton Highway are Lismore and Casino.

Editor’s Note: Please see the Eden to Tweed Heads section of this feature for more details on Pet Friendly parks.

The Shoalhaven

• Pet friendly information supplied by Tom Phillips, Tourism Manager, Shoalhaven, 02 4429 3248.

Off Leash, on leash and no dog areas in Shoalhaven City, South Coast NSW.

Beach peace  north of Sydney  courtesy Tourism NSW
Beach peace north of Sydney courtesy Tourism NSW



Dogs are permitted (in fact welcomed) at most areas throughout Shoalhaven City whilst they are on a leash. There are some areas where dogs are permitted off leash and these are listed in this feature.

There are also some areas where dogs are not permitted under any circumstances, for a variety of reasons. This restriction does not apply to police dogs or dogs used to assist people with disabilities. These restricted areas are also listed.

A map of the Shoalhaven or a copy of the “Dogs on Holiday” brochure or the “Access areas for Dogs” brochure is available from the Shoalhaven Visitors Centre on 1300 662 808

Picnic lunch at Narooma
Picnic lunch at Narooma



Shoalhaven City Council understands that it’s necessary for the community’s dog owners to have access to suitable exercise and play facilities.

The 13 Off-Leash areas on council managed land provide dog owners the opportunity to enjoy their pet’s company for recreation and training without the restraint of a lead.

Outside council’s off-leash and dog prohibited areas, a dog may be taken onto any council managed reserve or public place providing it is kept on-leash. This restriction does not apply to police dogs or dogs used to assist people with disabilities.


Please make use of these facilities – throw a frisbee, toss a ball – and get more out of your pet! If your dog is in any public place other than an approved off-leash area it must be under the effective control of a competent person by means of a chain, cord or leash.

For maps of access areas contact Council on 02 4429 3410 and a brochure will be sent by mail.

Off-leash areas -

Basin View

Basin View foreshore reserve west of boat ramp, bordered by Basin View Parade. Off leash from 4.00 pm to 8.00 am each day.

Bawley Point
Cormorant Beach & foreshore reserve between Tingira Drive and Terragong Avenue. Off leash from 4.00 pm to 8.00 am each day.

Whale watching   Merimbula  NSW  courtesy Eurobodalla Coast
Whale watching Merimbula NSW courtesy Eurobodalla Coast

Washerwomans Beach and foreshore reserve between Washerwomans Creek and Boat Harbour Rocks. Off leash from 4.00 pm to 8.00 am each day.

Burrill Lake
Public reserve east of Princes Highway, bounded by Racecourse Creek and opposite Kings Point Drive. Off leash from 4.00 pm to 8.00 am each day.

Callala Beach and Myola
From Parkes Crescent to Callala Creek. From Centre Street to Beach Street car park at Myola. Off leash from 4.00 pm to 8.00 am each day. On leash from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm each day.

Culburra Beach
Culburra Beach and foreshore reserve between Park Row and Tilbury Cove. Off leash from 4.00 pm to 8.00 am each day.

Currarong Beach and foreshore reserve from Currarong Creek to Peel Street. Off leash from 4.00 pm to 8.00 am each day.

Dog fan
Dog fan

Huskisson Beach and foreshore reserve between Tapalla Point (corner of Nowra Street) and Tapalla Avenue. Off leash from 4.00 pm to 8.00 am each day – on leash from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm each day.

Area to south west of buildings & Main Oval within Milton Showground Precinct (off Croobyar Road). Off leash from 4.00 pm to 8.00 am each day.

Western section of Nowra Recreation Ground bordered by North Street, Scenic Drive and Hospital car park. Open access – 24 hours off leash.

Grassed area of road reserve to south east of buildings and playing fields off Mitchell Parade, (north of Donlan Road). Off leash from 4.00 pm to 8.00 am each day.

Anna Bay Port Stephens
Anna Bay Port Stephens

Swan Lake
Swan Lake foreshore reserve between northern boat ramp and Swan Lake Water Ski Club boat ramp. Off leash from 4.00 pm to 8.00 am each day.

Nelson Beach & foreshore reserve between Plantation Point & Nudist Beach. Off leash from 4.00 pm to 8.00 am each day.



• Within 10 metres of any children’s playing apparatus or food preparation/ consumption areas in public areas. This does not apply if the food preparation/consumption area is a public thoroughfare and where a 10metre separation distance is not possible.

• Within 200m of identified shorebird nesting sites.

• Within all council owned/operated swimming pool complexes.

On the spot penalty for non-compliance is $110.

Tathra snorkelling
Tathra snorkelling

Northern headland of Berrara Creek – south of Berrara Beach Holiday Chalets.

Callala Bay
Crown land known as ‘Red Point Reserve’.

Callala Beach and Myola
Callala Beach between Parkes Crescent and Centre Street. Southern end of Callala Beach south of the Beach Street car park at Myola.

Culburra Beach
Wollumboola Lake Foreshore – southern end of The Lake Circuit to Kiah Lane.

Huskisson sand / rock foreshore area between Currambene Creek and Nowra Street. Moona Moona Creek sand/rock foreshore area between Jervis Street and including Collingwood Beach to Holden Street boat ramp.
Council managed land which forms Currambene Creek Mudflats Sanctuary Zone.


Lake Tabourie
Within the reserve north of Lake Tabourie entrance – foreshore adjacent to Lake Tabourie Tourist Park.

Narrawallee Beach and reserve from Narrawallee Creek to the southern end of Parkinson Street / unnamed island. Narrawallee Beach and reserve from Victor Avenue access steps to Surfers Avenue. Central area of beach is on leash 24 hours per day.

Mollymook Beach and reserve from the northern end of Beach Road to Ocean Street, but excluding the future cycleway (when constructed). The area from the northern end of Donlan Road to Mollymook Creek is an on leash area between the hours of 4pm and 8am.

Sanctuary Point
Palm Beach – from the eastern boundary (reserve access road) to Edmund Street access steps.

Shoalhaven Heads
Shoalhaven River entrance sand spit at the southern end of Seven Mile Beach south-east of the River Road car park.

Vincentia foreshore and reserve from northern end of Ilfracombe Avenue to the boat ramp at the end of Holden Street, including Collingwood Beach and foreshore but excluding the Collingwood cycleway which is an on leash area. Within Blenheim Beach Reserve – Fredrick Street to Elizabeth Drive.

Hawkesbury lunch
Hawkesbury lunch

About 163km to the south of Sydney the main centre in the Shoalhaven area is Nowra, From Canberra the drive is about two and a half hours via Ulladulla and from Melbourne it is about 10 hours on Highway 1 to Ulladulla.

Surfers, swimmers, divers, sailors and sailboarders have their choice of 109 beaches. One of them, Hyams Beach, on the southern shores of Jervis Bay, is said to have sands which are among the whitest in the world. Mollymook surf beach, south of Ulladulla is the showpiece of the southern Shoalhaven and a regular venue for state and national surfing titles.

The nearby mountains to the west include the Morton and Budawang National Parks and wilderness areas are popular with bushwalkers and canoeists. Kangaroo Valley, Sussex Inlet and St Georges Basin are unique in their natural attractions.

Historic Bundanon homestead, gardens, artworks, antique furniture, artist Arthur Boyd’s studio and about 1,000 hectares of farmland have been given to the people of Australia by Arthur and Yvonne Boyd. Bundanon is open to the public every Sunday (ticket entry only at Bundanon).

The Eurobodalla

Eurobodalla pet friendly information supplied by Sharon Donges, Assistant Tourism Manager 02 4474 1345

Ocean blues frame Nambucca Heads
Ocean blues frame Nambucca Heads

The pet friendly caravan parks in the middle Eurobodalla section of the NSW South Coast between Nowra and Batemans Bay/Batehaven heading south from Sydney are.

Shoalhaven Heads – Tall Timbers CP 02 4448 7270 Pets allowed in own accom.

Nowra – Shoalhaven Caravan Village, 02 4423 0770.

Sussex Inlet – Riverside CP 02 4441 2163.

Durras North – Durras Lake North CP 02 4478 6072.

Batemans Bay – Batehaven, Cullendulla CP 02 4478 6060. (Outside cabins only). Shady Willows 02 4472 4972. (Cabins and caravans only. Not tents). Pleasurelea Resort 02 4472 4258. (Small dogs permitted on leash but not during any holiday periods. Small dogs permitted on leash but not during school holidays and long weekends or in hire accommodation at any time. Fee applies).

Moruya - North Head Primitive Camp Grounds 02 4474 3288 (On leash).

Dalmeny Camp Grounds – 02 4476 7180.

Narooma Golf Club & Surf Beach Resort- 02 4476 2275 (Own caravan or camping tent).

Bega – Bega CP 02 6492 2303.

Pambula – Kalorama CP 02 6495 6366. Pet friendly, but not over Christmas.

Mystery Bay – Mystery Bay Primitive Camp Grounds – 02 44737053.

Quirky Bellingen  inland from Urunga  courtesy Tourism NSW
Quirky Bellingen inland from Urunga courtesy Tourism NSW

24 hour off leash areas

Moruya – Bengello Beach from 200m north of break wall to windsock. And the reserve east of the old caravan park.

Moruya/South Head – Council reserve east of Coronation Drive.

Mossy Point – The Tomago River Reserve, from Connell’s close east to ramp.

Tomakin – The beach from Kingston Place car park at the boat ramp south to the Tomago River.

Tuross Head – Coila Beach.

Kianga – Kianga Reef Beach.

Dalmeny - Duesburys Beach.

Narooma – south-eastern corner of Bill Smyth Oval (behind courts) below Canty St.

Narooma Bar Beach -300m from rock wall.

cat toothbrush
cat toothbrush

24 hour leashed exercise areas –
Broulee Beach - from Train Street south to boat ramp.
Moruya – North Head, from the windsock north to the creek (south of sandpit).
All dogs over the age of six months must be micro-chipped and lifetime registered.
Time share on leash exercise is available on some beaches, check the signage – Dog times are 5pm to 9am (Nov 1 to April 30). 3pm to
10am. (May 1 to Oct. 31).
All dogs over the age of six months must be micro-chipped and lifetime registered.
Time share on leash exercise is available on some beaches, check the signage – Dog times are 5pm to 9am (Nov 1 to April 30). 3pm to 10am. (May 1 to Oct. 31).

Time share is available at: Long Beach, Surfside, Batehaven, Sunshine Beach, Wimbie Beach, Lilli Pilli, Malua Bay, Rosedale, Barlings Beach, Moruya South Head, Congo, Tuross, Potato Point, Narooma, Mystery Bay, and Mogo.

Dogs are prohibited on some popular swimming beaches, but generally most areas are available on a “time-share’ basis between people with dogs and those who would rather be on the beach without dogs.

Check Eurobodalla Nature Coast Tourism 1800 802 528 or The council site is also worth a look to get the rules right – GoSeeAustralia likes to share this kind of info with all our site users. Have a look at the NSW South Coast Feature in Information Eurobodalla means angler’s heaven It covers The Shoalhaven, Sapphire Coast and Eurobodalla.

Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma, are said to be among the best seaside holiday destinations in New

Taking it easy near Central Tilba and Tilba Tilba
Taking it easy near Central Tilba and Tilba Tilba

South Wales. Moruya, a bustling rural town on the picturesque Moruya River, is a good base to explore the Nature Coast and the gateway to scenery of the Deua National Park and the Araluen Valley. North of Moruya Heads, Broulee is a place to relax, swim and stroll on the shores of Broulee Bay.

The Eurobodalla coastline includes a magnificent escarpment and forests which stand tall down to a coastline of white beaches and craggy headlands. 

Exploring the hinterland and the numerous National Parks and state forests is popular.

The area has class art galleries and the villages of Central Tilba and Mogo feature a range of arts and crafts from pottery to woodturning.

There is an outstanding range of fresh seafood, fine local cheeses and wines. The local oysters are a specialty. Indigenous cultural tours are a specialty at Umbarra which is located on the shores of Wallaga Lake just south of Narooma. Koori guides share their knowledge of indigenous culture and history.

The Sapphire Coast

Pet friendly information supplied by Michelle Robinson, Tourism Manager Sapphire Coast. (Lower NSW South Coast) 02 6492 3313.

Sapphire Coast Pet Friendly Caravan Parks

Listed are Pet Friendly parks on the NSW South and North Coast courtesy of the Caravan & Camping Industry Association of NSW Holiday and Touring Guide.


Tathra Wharf Museum  Tathra  Sapphire Coast
Tathra Wharf Museum Tathra Sapphire Coast

There may be non-participating parks in this list who have not confirmed they have a pet friendly policy and for that reason they do not appear on GoSeeAustralia with the GoSeeAustralia Pet Friendly logo.

Editor’s note: When travelling with your pet please remember a Pet Friendly welcome comes down to “Manager’s Discretion”. There are often peak season policy variations issues in caravan parks please check ahead to avoid disappointment.

Pet friendly parks -
Regatta Point Holiday park Wallaga Lake
Ocean Lake Caravan Park Wallaga Lake
Wallaga Lake Park Wallaga Lake
Bega Caravan Park, Bega
Tathra Beach Tourist Park Tathra
Countryside Caravan Park – Kalaru
Garden of Eden Caravan Park Eden
Fountain Caravan Park Eden
Boydtown Caravan Park Boydtown
Zane Grey Park Bermagui

Off leash exercise areas for dogs

• The Bega River at the end of Auckland Street, Bega

• Hayward's Beach Bermagui (south of Camel Rock entrance for 1km and ending near the Wallaga Lake Road/Old Tilba Road Intersection)

• Bermagui Headland Reserve (from the Lookout opposite Zane Grey Caravan Park and south to the Headland)

• Tathra Beach (south of golf course entrance to the entrance north of Caravan Park)

• Short Point Beach, Tura Beach (from the southern most Pacific Way car park north to the headland)

• Main Beach, Merimbula (from a point 200 metres from Ford Oval entrance to a point 600 metres south)

• Pambula Beach, (from the Lions Beach car park north for 300 metres to the rocks).

• Aslings Beach Eden (from the Curalo Lake entrance south to the skate park entrance)

Prohibited areas for dogs

Under the Dog Policy Dogs will be banned at all times from -

• Bermagui Flora and Fauna Reserve (old Tilba Road Sec)

• Tathra and Merimbula Wharves

• School Grounds

• Child Care Centres

• Children's Play Areas

Between November 1 and 31 March Dogs are banned from all designated wildlife protection areas at Murunna Point, Spencer Park and Mogareeka Inlet.

• Bruce Steer Pools

• Blue Pool (Bermagui)

• Bar Beach

• Pambula Beach

• Pambula River Mouth

• Cocora Beach (Eden)

• Tathra Beach (from the Headland South to

the Northern end of the Tourist Park)

catching a lift
catching a lift

Dogs will be banned from within 100 metres of a Patrol Zone at the patrolled beaches in Eden, Pambula Beach, Merimbula, Tathra and Bermagui.

Dogs will be permitted on all other beaches (excluding national parks) as long as they are under the effective control of a competent person using a leash, cord or chain.

For further information please contact the council ranger 
on 02 6499 2222.

For further information on accommodation and activities within the Sapphire Coast please contact Sapphire Coast Tourism 2/163 Auckland Street Bega NSW 2550
Telephone: (02) 6492 3313 Fax: (02) 6492 3920 Freecall 1800 633 012
 Website: Email:

Merimbula Visitor Information Centre Beach Street Merimbula NSW 2548
Telephone: (02) 6497 4900 Bookings: (02) 6497 4901

Eden Gateway Centre Princes Hwy Eden NSW 2551
Telephone/Fax: (02) 6496 1953

Happy snaps near Tilba Tilba
Happy snaps near Tilba Tilba


Stretching from Bermagui to the Victorian boarder and west to Brown Mountain, including the Bega Valley Shire, the Sapphire Coast is a rare find in the NSW South Coast mix of natural and developed attractions.

Merimbula, Pambula, Bega and Bermagui are key centres in a gem of sea, beaches and bushland, which is known as the Sapphire Coast.

The stretch of the NSW South Coast from striking Tathra with its sweeping three kilometre beach and historic wharf to the Victorian border is among Australia’s most interesting touring drives. Fur seals and fairy penguins play in the water under the Tathra wharf, sharing the water with divers.

Seal colony Montague Island Nature Reserve  South Coast
Seal colony Montague Island Nature Reserve South Coast

Tathra Beach is protected from southerly winds and is popular with board riders and sailboarders. Launching facilities at Kianinny Bay give access to the sea. The roads are excellent and the gentle hills of the coast and its hinterland produce consistently varied vistas.

Anglers will not be disappointed in the variety of fresh and salt-water fishing available. Bermagui has its own commercial fishing fleet to reap the bounty of the abundant seafood. The Co-op adjacent offers fresh fish and prawns daily, or your own boat can be launched, fish weighed and cleaned with the facilities on offer.

Surfers have many choices including Beares Beach, Moreheads Beach, Haywards Beach and Cuttagee Beach. The Cobargo Folk Festival is held in February. Bermagui’s Seaside Fair celebrates food and country living in March. April is Eden Game Fishing Tournament time.

In June one of the regions biggest events, the Merimbula Jazz Festival is held. In October Eden holds the Whale Watching Festival. November is the Bega Valley Winemaking Show.

At Merimbula boats head out from behind the shelter of the Merimbula Bar. There is a Mediterranean feel about Merimbula which is underlined by its restaurants which create menus from fresh local product.

Heritage on the homefront
Heritage on the homefront

Main Beach attracts surfers, wave sailing and swimming. Canoeing is popular in the sheltered waters in front of the town. Main Beach Merimbula invites visitors to surf, fish or stroll, while Short Point and Tura Beach are pristine with tea trees forming an intricate web of growth among flowering heaths and banksia trees.

Pet Friendly caravan parks
Eden to Tweed Heads

Listed are Pet Friendly parks on the NSW South and North Coast courtesy of the Caravan & Camping Industry Association of NSW Holiday and Touring Guide.

There may be non-participating caravan parks in this list who have not confirmed they have a pet friendly policy with GoSeeAustralia and for that reason they do not appear on the GoSeeAustralia Web site with the GoSeeAustralia Pet Friendly logo.

Editor’s note: When travelling with your pet please remember a Pet Friendly welcome comes down to “Manager’s Discretion”. There are often peak season policy variations issues in caravan parks please check ahead to avoid disappointment.

Sapphire Coast (Lower South Coast and Eurobodalla Coast (Mid South Coast)

Regatta Point Holiday Park Wallaga Lake
Ocean Lake Caravan Park Wallaga Lake
Wallaga Lake Park Wallaga Lake
Bega Caravan Park, Bega
Tathra Beach Tourist Park Tathra
Countryside Caravan Park – Kalaru
Garden of Eden Caravan Park Eden
Fountain Caravan Park Eden
Boydtown Caravan Park Boydtown

Mid south Coast – Eurobodalla

River Breeze Tourist Park Moruya
Narooma surf Beach Resort Narooma

Batemans Bay to Sussex Inlet

Mollymook Caravan Park Mollymook
Dolphins Point TP Dolphin Point
Kioloa Beach Holiday Park Kioloa
Durras Lake North HP Durras North
Cullendula Caravan Park North Batemans Bay
Shady Willows Holiday Park Batemans Bay
Pleasurelea Tourist Resort Batemans Bay

The Shoalhaven

Kangaroo Valley Glenmack CP Kangaroo Valley
Werri Beach HP Gerringong
Seven Mile Beach HP Gerroa
Tall Timbers CP Shoalhaven Heads
Shoalhaven Caravan Village Nowra
Anglers Rest Riverside CP Greenwell Point
Leisure Haven CP Huskisson
Palm Beach Caravan Park Sanctuary Point
Seacrest Caravan Park Sussex Inlet
Riverside Caravan Park Sussex Inlet
Alamein Caravan park Sussex Inlet

The Illawarra

Shellharbour Beachside Tourist Park Shellharbour
Kendall's Beach Holiday Park Kiama

Sydney & Surrounds

A-Vina Van Village Vineyard
OK Caravan Corral Rouse Hill
Nepean Shores Resort Penrith
The Sheralee Tourist CP Rockdale
The Grand Pines TP Sans SouciCanton Beach Tourist Park Toukley.

The Central Coast

Budgewoi Tourist Park Budgewoi
Canton  Beach Tourist  Park Toukley
Norah Head Tourist Park Norah Head.
Toowoon Bay Tourist Park Toowoon Bay.
Avoca Beach Caravan Park Avoca Beach.

Lake Macquarie

Paradise Palms and Carey Bay Carey Bay
Lake Macquarie Village Morisett
Mecca Village Wyee Bay
Sunny Lake Caravan  Park Budgewoi

The Lower Hunter
Bellhaven Caravan Park Raymond Terrace.

Port Stephens

Karuah Caravan Park Karuah.
Jimmy’s Beach Caravan Park Hawks Nest.
Soldiers Point Holiday Park Soldiers Point.
Halifax Holiday Park Nelson Bay.
Shoal Bay Holiday Park Shoal Bay.
The Island Caravan Village Anna Bay.
Bays Holiday Park Anna Bay.
Fingal Bay Holiday park Fingal Bay.

The Great Lakes

Weeroona Holiday Park Manning Point.
Twilight Caravan Park Taree South.
Shalimar Ski and Caravan Park North Tuncurry.
Wallamba Waterfront Lodges and CP North Tuncurry.
Nabiac Caravan Park Nabiac.
Great Lakes Caravan Park Tuncurry.
Lanis Holiday Island Forster.

Eating out in Batemans Bay
Eating out in Batemans Bay

Port Macquarie to Nambucca

Nambucca Beach Holiday Park
Headland Holiday Village Nambucca Heads
White Albatross Holiday Centre Nambucca Heads.
Pelican Caravan Park Nambucca Heads.
Nambucca River Tourist Park Macksville.
South West Rocks Tourist Park SouthWest Rocks.
Southside Caravan Park Kempsey.
Willowbrook Caravan Park Kempsey.
Stoney Park Water sports and Rec. Telegraph Point.
Leisure Motor Village Tourist Park Port Macquarie.
Flynns Beach Caravan Park Port Macquarie.
Port Gateway Tourist Park Port Macquarie.
Bonny Hills Caravan Park Bonny Hills.
Jacaranda Caravan Park North Haven.
Beachfront Caravan Park North Haven.
Diamond Waters Caravan Park Dunbogan.

Coffs Coast to Yamba

Woombah Woods Caravan Park Woombah.
Anchorage Holiday Park Iluka.
Fishing Haven Caravan Park Palmers Island.
Yamba Waters Caravan Park Yamba.
Maclean Riverside Caravan Park Maclean.
Big River Caravan Park & Ski Lodge Grafton.
Solitary Is Marine Park Resort Wooli.
Corindi Beach Holiday Park Corindi Beach.
Arrawarra Beach Holiday Park Arrawarra.
Sunset Caravan Park Woolgoolga.
Colonial Surfside Caravan Park Woolgoolga.
Moonee Beach Holiday Park Moonee Beach.
Split Solitary Beach Holiday Park Sapphire Beach.
Coffs Harbour Tourist Caravan Park Coffs Harbour.
Banana Coast Caravan Park Coffs Harbour.
Repton Riverside Tourist Park Repton.
North Beach Caravan Park Mylestom.
Gundamain Caravan Park Urunga.

The Far North Coast

River Retreat Caravan Park Tweed Heads.
Chinderah Lake Caravan Park Chinderah.
Green Hills Caravan Park Murwillumbah.
Alstonville Leisure Village Alstonville.
Sandalwood Van and Leisure Park Wardell.
Hibiscus Gardens Caravan Park Ballina.
Sunmaid Village Caravan Park Ballina.
Ballina Seabreeze Caravan Park Ballina.
South Ballina Beach Holiday Park Ballina.

Heritage Hawkesbury
Heritage Hawkesbury

For owners travelling with dogs here are some basics:

When travelling with dogs stop every two hours and exercise them. It will be good for you too and help you arrive safely. Make sure you have fresh water; it is best if it comes from the home supply and can be carried in sealed plastic containers.

Do not feed your animal on the day you leave and restrain them in the vehicle. If there is too much enthusiasm from the pet while it is in the vehicle it should be restrained on the floor behind the front passenger seat. Make sure all shots are up to date and off you go.

• Discuss your pet and its needs with the caravan park before you arrive.

• Train your dog in elementary obedience and good manners.

• Do not allow your dog to wander outside of your own site area.

• Keep your dogs vaccinations up to date and make sure your dog is flea free.

• Stop your dog barking, it offends.

• If the dog must be on a leash, make sure it is.

• Stop your dog wandering or scavenging.

• Don’t let your dog foul pavements, lawns, gardens, beaches, parks and camping areas.

• Clean up after your dog.

• You dog should wear its council registration and an additional ID with your name and phone number plus the address and phone number of a friend at home.

• Dogs should not be allowed to stick their heads through car windows. As your pet will be in a strange environment micro chipping is recommended as permanent identification.

• On a hot summer day a dog in a closed car can die in six minutes, the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals warns.

• Never leave pets or children in an enclosed vehicle in warm weather. It is amazing how quickly heat can build up, even on overcast days.

• If your dog is in the car park make sure your vehicle is in the shade and windows are open enough to ensure a strong airflow. Never leave your pet for long periods.

• Never tie dogs near trailer edges or windows hanging is a reality. Tie your dog up well clear of vehicles and make sure there is a continual supply of fresh water and shade.

• Travelling dogs need regular walks. Don’t let your pet wander around the vehicle. Apart from distracting the driver they can injure themselves and others if there is sudden braking or an accident. Dog seat belts are a sound investment in security and safety. Take clean, flea free bedding for your pet.


Hawkesbury Phantom morning
Hawkesbury Phantom morning

Tony and Helen from Tassie ask GoSeeAustralia


Myself, my wife and our Jack Russell Terrier will be traveling later this year in our caravan. Would it be at all possible to obtain a list of pet friendly parks?

We will be traveling up through central Victoria, NSW (bypassing Sydney) to Brisbane. Returning NSW & Vic coast (bypassing Sydney) to Melbourne.

Kind Regards.

Ok Tony and Helen,
Go to GoSeeAustralia Advanced Search. 
It is on the GoSeeAustralia Home Page on the left.
Click it.
It will open.
Click the Caravan Parks option and you will see a green dot come up.
Now in the state drop down box click the down arrow and click Victoria/NSW/Qld.
Click the Pet Friendly Box option.
Click Search.
You have all the Caravan Parks in the various states on GoSeeAustralia who have signed off with GoSeeAustralia as having a Pet Friendly Policy.

You will see there are 10 pages of Pet Friendly Parks.

I owned a Jack Russell for 14 years.
Since she died I have not been able to take on another dog of my own.
I guess that means I am almost a loyal as she was.
Let me know if we can help further.


Editor's Note also see:

Travel Australia with (and without) your pets

Pets welcome where you see this sign

FPA most pet friendly Aust/NZ chain

For more information
contact: Garth Morrison
Editor Go See Australia Directory
Phone:  02 6294 1941
Fax:     02 6284 9275

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