4 March, 2020   By: Tatum Stafford

Everyone needs a holiday every once in a while - even our pets. 

Two thirds of Australian households consider their pet as part of their family, so it makes sense they're a part of a family holiday, too. And when it comes to enjoying a getaway with your furry friend, a great option is camping. 

Just keep in mind that when you're camping with a dog, they must be kept on a leash at all times so they don't impact the environment too much - like running off and eating all the native flora and fauna, for instance.

If you want more advice on how to ensure your camping trip is a sustainable one, check out 7 ways to have a more eco-friendly camping trip

So if you're ready to enjoy a camping adventure with your bestie, here are some of WA's best dog-friendly campgrounds.  

1. Nanga Mill, Nanga Brook

Once a jarrah saw mill, Nanga Mill is now a spacious campground with space for 55 large tents, camper trailers or caravans. There are mountain bike trails, bush walking trails and 4WD tracks nearby, and the Murray River is within walking distance – making it a popular spot for families during school holidays and warmer months.

Bookings are not available, so sites are first in, first served. There’s also no running water, so you’ll need to bring water with you.

  • Amenities: Picnic tables, barbecues, fire pits and long-drop toilets.
  • Cost: $11 per night for adults, and $3 per night for children aged over 5 and under 16 years.
  • Fee for dogs? No. 

2. Big Brook Arboretum, Pemberton

Located within the Big Brook State Forest, the Big Brook Arboretum has seven caravan sites, six tent sites and an overflow area for peak periods. A drawcard for the campsite is its close proximity to a number of the region’s key attractions - including the Bibbulmun Track for bush walking, and the Big Brook Dam for swimming or fishing.

Bookings cannot be made, and there’s no running water available, so remember to bring drinking water with you.

  • Amenities: Picnic tables, barbecues, toilets and an entry station.
  • Cost: $11 per night for adults, and $3 per night for children aged over 5 and under 16 years.
  • Fee for dogs? No. 

3. RAC Busselton Holiday Park, Busselton

The RAC Busselton Holiday Park hosts a variety of cabins, apartments and campsites – but for dog-owners, their pet-friendly powered sites are the ones to book. The family-friendly park is nestled within eight hectares of natural bushland, is packed with amenities and is only a short stroll from the picturesque Geographe Bay.

  • Amenities: Close to amenities block, camp kitchen and barbecue area. 
  • Cost: Contact the park on 08 9755 4241 for prices and booking information for pet-friendly sites. 
  • Fee for dogs? Yes, a pet bond of $100 will be added to your booking.

4. Bungle Bungle Caravan Park, Purnululu

The Bungle Bungle Caravan Park provides accommodation for outback tents, caravans and motorhomes - and also offers scenic tours into the Purnululu National Park using its fleet of custom 4WD coaches and helicopters. Iconic attractions such as the Domes Walk, Echidna Chasm and Picininny Creek are all within a few hour’s drive of the park, making it a popular stop-off point for those road-tripping through Australia’s North West. Bookings can be made online.

  • Amenities: Barbecues, kitchen, community fire pit and ablution block. 
  • Cost: $15 per person, per night.
  • Fee for dogs? No. 

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5. Charlie’s Flat, Dwellingup

The quaint Charlie’s Flat campground is nestled within the picturesque Lane Poole Reserve, and features 16 campsites suitable for tents, campervans or camper trailers. Situated right on the banks of the Murray River, the campsite is the ideal spot to pitch a tent under the reserve’s jarrah and marri trees – and is perfect for those who enjoy swimming, kayaking, canoeing and fishing.

Bookings are available online, and drinking water is not available, so you’ll need to bring your own.

  • Amenities: Picnic tables and no-flush pit toilets. 
  • Cost: $11 per night for adults, and $3 per night for children aged over 5 and under 16 years.
  • Fee for dogs? No. 

6. Dongara Tourist Park, Port Denison

With prior permission, dogs are welcome on powered and unpowered sites at the Dongara Tourist Park. Conveniently located on the town’s South Beach, the park offers some incredible views of the Indian Ocean, is jam-packed with useful facilities, and is walking distance from the bustling marine, boat ramps, beaches and restaurants.

  • Amenities: Ablution block, barbecue area, campers kitchen, dump area and laundry.
  • Cost: From $39 per tent, per night.
  • Fee for dogs? Yes, a $50 dog deposit is payable upon arrival. 

7. Warner Glen Campground, Margaret River

Set in the stunning jarrah forest of the Blackwood National Park, the Warner Glen Campground has both a group camping area and nine individual campsites available. The campground lies on the banks of the Chapman Brook (near its confluence with the Blackwood River), and provides direct access to both the brook and the river for swimming and launching canoes and kayaks.

Bookings are not available, and visitors are advised to bring their own drinking water with them.

  • Amenities: Undercover gas barbecues, sheltered camp kitchen and drop toilets. 
  • Cost: $11 per night for adults, and $3 per night for children aged over 5 and under 16 years.
  • Fee for dogs? No. 

8. Baden Powell Campground, Dwellingup

The Baden Powell Campground is situated within Lane Poole Reserve and hosts 42 camp sites. As the Murray River flows through the reserve, the campground is the perfect base for recreational activities such as swimming, canoeing, and even white-water rafting. The campground is particularly popular with families, thanks to its large range of amenities and variety of activities on offer. Bookings can be made online.

  • Amenities: Camp kitchens with gas barbecues, picnic tables and no-flush pit toilets. 
  • Cost: $15 per night for adults, and $3 per night for children aged over 5 and under 16 years.
  • Fee for dogs? No. 

9. RAC Cervantes Holiday Park

Renowned for its beachfront views and prime location within Australia’s Coral Coast region, RAC Cervantes Holiday Park has a large range of powered and unpowered camping sites that welcome up to two pets per booking. The park is jam-packed with facilities for guests - and with the Pinnacles only a short drive away, it's a great stop-over point for those travelling up north from Perth.

  • Amenities: Amenities block, barbecue area, camp kitchen, water and power (on powered sites). 
  • Cost: From $36 per site, per night. 
  • Fee for dogs? No. 

10. Sues Bridge, Nannup

With direct access to the Blackwood River, Sues Bridge Campground’s 25 camp sites are great for those who love spending time in and around the water. As well as swimming, fishing and catching marron, paddling is a popular pastime for campers, as the journey from Sues to Hut Pool is one of the area’s most enjoyed day trips.

Bookings cannot be made, and there is no running water at the site – so don’t forget to bring water with you.

  • Amenities: Undercover shelters, gas barbecues, dishwashing sinks, picnic tables and toilets.
  • Cost: $11 per night for adults, and $3 per night for children aged over 5 and under 16 years.
  • Fee for dogs? No. 

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