Hitting the road with your furry best friend: caravanning adventures with dogs

Australia’s vast landscapes and endless sunshine are calling, and your dog deserves to be part of the adventure! Caravaning with your canine companion can be an unforgettable experience, but it’s important to be prepared. Here’s your ultimate guide to caravaning with dogs in Australia:

Finding your Fido-Friendly Footsteps

Not all caravan parks and destinations welcome wagging tails. Before you hitch up, research parks and locations that explicitly state they accept dogs. This has improved in recent times but researching ahead of time is the key to planning your poochie getaway.

Park Etiquette: Leash Laws and Beyond

Most caravan parks require dogs to be on leash at all times.  While some may have designated off-leash areas,  it’s always best to check park rules beforehand.  Remember, barking dogs can disrupt fellow campers, so ensure your pup is well-trained and respectful of others.  Leaving your dog unattended in your caravan is usually a no-no, so plan on taking them with you when exploring nearby attractions. Consider doggy daycare or pet sitting services if needed.

National Parks: A Balancing Act

Australia’s National Parks are havens for native wildlife, and unfortunately, dogs aren’t always welcome.  This is to protect delicate ecosystems and vulnerable animals.  Respect park regulations and enjoy dog-friendly alternatives like designated walking tracks or explore national park fringes with your pooch on a leash.

Gear Up for the Great Outback

Caravaning with your dog requires some extra supplies.  An inflatable fence like inflatafence creates a safe haven around your caravan, perfect for giving your dog some freedom while you relax.  Coupled with shade and plenty of water it is a great idea.

Kimberley Busteed with AllBrand Caravan Services Brand Ambassador Scott Hillier from Creek to Coast  and their little friends!

Some caravan parks also have enclosed dog runs, so check when booking your stay. Depending on your location you may have plenty of room for walking or swimming your dog.  Invest in a sturdy travel water bowl and food container, along with plenty of chew toys and comfy bedding to make your caravan their home away from home. An extension lead can also help to give your dog some extra space but still keeping it under control and protecting wildlife.

Top Tips for Tail-Wagging Travels

  • Climate Control: Australia can get scorching. Ensure proper ventilation and air conditioning in your caravan, and never leave your dog unattended in a hot vehicle.
  • Hydration is Key: Carry extra water and a portable water bowl to keep your dog hydrated throughout the journey.
  • Walkies, Walks, Walks! Factor in regular exercise breaks for your dog. Explore dog-friendly beaches, walking trails, and parks (wee breaks!) along the way.
  • Pack Essentials: Don’t forget essentials like poop bags, flea and tick medication, and your dog’s usual food and treats.
  • Vet Check-Up: Ensure your dog is up-to-date on vaccinations and parasite prevention before your trip.
  • Poo Bags: Nobody wants to step in it and nobody wants it on their front lawn or near their site. So pick it up, bag it and bin it.
  • Regulations and Leads: Ensure to check rules and regulations for locations where dogs are permitted because breaking the rules could lead to a short stay! At a minimum rules generally required dogs to be on a lead at all times and not to be left unattended. 
  • Start with a short local trip: If your pooch isn’t used to life on the road, consider a shorter trip that is closer to home so you and your little buddy can get used to things. 
  • Look for Caravan Parks that love dogs!: Look for caravan parks and locations that have gone out of their way to be dog friendly. Just like Acacia Caravan Park in Ararat (https://acaciacaravanpark.com.au/accommodation/), Victoria with their dedicated dog friendly fenced sites. How cool is that? Other parks will also have off-leash dog areas and other dog friendly initiatives. 

By planning ahead and following these tips, you and your furry friend can create unforgettable memories on your next caravaning adventure across Australia!

Useful Resources
Dog friendly caravan location on the Sunshine Coast 
Caravaning Queensland Pet-Friendly Road Trip

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