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    June 11, 2021 7 min read

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    The Top 10 Dog-Friendly Campsites / Camping Grounds in Victoria

    Dog Friendly Camping Victoria

    Written for Auski by Pink Lemonade Social

    Leaving your furry best friend at home while you go away is never a fun time; the puppy eyes they give you as soon as you start packing your bags and the sad stare while you walk out the door leaving them all alone. There’s no better vacation than taking your doggo along so we have gathered up some of the top camping grounds in Victoria that are pet friendly and perfect for your next trip. Never leave your 4-legged friend alone again, pack their ball and leash and set out on an adventure that both of you will never forget.

    Shoreline Drive Campground - Flamingo Beach, Gippsland

    Shoreline Drive is a free campsite running on a first-in first-served basis. A coastal setup with direct beach access, so if your doggo loves a good swim then this spot is for you (dogs only allowed at sites 1-6). There are a total of 19 campgrounds available, consisting of 65 campsites suitable for tents only, 50 for both tent or caravan and 6 suitable for campervans, with each site accommodating up to 6 people and a vehicle. Access the western section of the park via a sealed road via Seaspray and Golden Beach.

    Start and end your day with a dip in the refreshing ocean listening to the crashing waves go by (it’s good for the soul)! Many activities are available around the campsite; set sail on the Gippsland Lakes, hire a yacht, boat, canoe, or kayak, bring your own or join a tour, go wakeboarding, for hikes or fishing – there are endless activities. 90 Mile Beach and Gippsland Lakes are well known for a great fishing location, so catch some fresh salmon to cook for you and your family before sitting back and enjoying the night sky with a wine in hand. An incredible dog-friendly beach in Victoria, just make sure to look up regulations surrounding restrictions as they can change depending on the time of the year.

    Beauchamp Falls Campsite - Beech Forest, Great Otway National Park

    Another free amazing dog-friendly campsite for you and your doggo (on-lead), located approximately 2.5 hours away from the heart of Melbourne, is the campground at Beauchamp Falls - stunning, grassy, and surrounded by magnificent large myrtle beech, blackwood, and thick ferns. With an abundance of nature and fresh air, your four-legged friend will have plenty to explore and keep them occupied. Fireplaces are available for use, so bring the goods and get cooking, maybe if your furry friend is lucky, they will get some too. Happy Camping!

    Paradise Valley Camping Ground - Glenmaggie

    One of the state’s best dog-friendly campgrounds to create family memories, Paradise Valley Camping Ground is nestled amongst the gumtrees and surrounded by the Macalister river which is great for swimming and canoeing, making it the perfect country getaway spot. Paradise Valley provides plenty of space for your dog to run around, just ensure they are on a leash at all times and never in amenities.

    Switch off and relax as there’s no phone signal at the campground, however, if you do need a cheeky scroll on Instagram there’s reception on top of the hill before entering the park. Paradise Valley campground has 1.5 kilometres of river frontage perfect to grab a book and float down the stream on a tube, maybe if your furry friend is lucky (and small) he can join you too. There are many wineries within a half an hour drive, great restaurants, and country pubs too; Lake Glenmaggie is also only a 10-minute drive with a boat ramp for all your water skiing and water sport activities.

    Jerusalem Creek Camping Ground – Eildon, Lake Eildon National Park

    Jerusalem Creek camping ground is the perfect weekend getaway location for you and your furry friend. There are eight separate camping areas nestled on the southern tip of the Jerusalem block that are pet-friendly with a nearby boat ramp giving access to the scenic lake. Make most of the waterside location at Jerusalem Creek which is filled with rainbow and brown trout with the occasional murray cod (you won’t leave empty-handed that’s for sure).

    There’s an abundance of trails surrounding the campsite, so bring your walking shoes or mountain bike and share the picture-perfect surroundings with kangaroos, wombats, and a huge variety of beautiful birds. If you’re after more of the best hikes in Melbourne then check out our top 20 list. Ensure to keep your 4-legged friend on a leash majority of the time as they may want to become friends with the wildlife that surrounds the site. Lake Eildon camping grounds are extremely safe and perfect for the summer heat with the water close by.

    Banksia Bluff Campground - Cape Conran Coastal Park, Cape Conran

    Don’t leave your dog at home this year alone in the backyard waiting for their best friend to get home; grab their ball, leash, and bring them with you to Banksia Bluff campground. Wake up to the sound of crashing waves and fall asleep next to the crackling of the bonfire.

    It’s the perfect spot for families as there are an array of activities to do; relax by the campsite simply playing card games / reading your favourite book or explore what the surroundings have to offer. Follow the Estuary view trial or the Cape Conran Nature Trail with white sandy beaches, rock pools, boardwalks, and Aboriginal history along the coast. Don’t forget your fishing rod as you can cast a line off the West Cape, catching salmon, flathead, and gummy sharks.

    Lake Lascelles Campground - Hopetoun

    A popular destination, as Lake Lascelles provides both powered and powered-free sites that surround the lake, there’s also plenty of public facilities available making it perfect for families with young children. Fall asleep under the stars with your best friend snuggled up against you. This beautiful campsite is well-maintained with a great community atmosphere, the ultimate relaxing weekend away by the lake. If you plan on hitting the water, the lake has a great launching ramp for your boat but comes with some very strict skiing or wakeboarding rules.

    Bimbi Park - Cape Otway, Great Otway National Park

    Bimbi Park makes the list as it’s the favourite camp spot for Auski intern Wasabi the Labrador. Located in the heart of the Great Otway National Park and the ONLY pet-friendly place in the national park, Bimbi Park is the ultimate camping ground to bring your dog, centred around magnificent forests, beaches, secluded bays and spectacular coastline. Bimbi Park is ideal for families and groups of friends with activities on-site which include rock climbing, mini golf, trail rides and e-bike tours. Pack your marshmallows as campfires are permitted within the cooler periods (the park supplying portable fireplaces) and there’s a modern amenities block with laundry facilities, to wash off the campfire smell from your clothes.

    Bimbi Park Dog Friendly Camping Victoria

    Camp Kooyoora - Brenanah

    Camp Kooyoora offers pet friendly, private camping in the Victorian Goldfields, just 20 minutes outside of Inglewood. The perfect place for active dogs, there’s over 80 acres of private land ensuring they will not run out of places to sniff and explore. With gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, Camp Kooyoora the privacy and comfort, with a large fire pit, undercover kitchen, and a shower with hot water. Enjoy the magnificent views of Mt Kooyoora with endless amount of walking trails in the area.

    Lerderderg Campground – Lerderderg, Lerderderg State Park

    Only a short one hour drive out of the heart of Melbourne, Lerderderg is perfect for those last-minute vacation plans. Lerderderg Campground is a basic bush set-up that is dog friendly, and also a great base for exploring the bush by 4WD with amazing trails perfect for outdoor thrill-seekers. Ensure to keep your furry friend on a lead at all times as can’t have them running off into the bush alone! Lerderderg also makes our list for some of the best day hikes in Melbourne.

    Johanna Beach Campground – Johanna, Great Ocean Road

    Johanna Beach camping ground is situated on an open grassy hill behind sand dunes, with direct access to the beach front. It’s a paid campground, so make sure to book online with Parks Vic in advance so you and your furry friend don’t miss out! If you love the ocean, this location is perfect for you, from rough waves to calmer spots, your 4-legged friend will have the best time in the salty water as well – as this is one of the only dog-friendly beaches year-round in the area.

    Travelling with dogs in Victoria is made easy with multiple pet-friendly campgrounds that provide ultimate relaxation destinations for you and your furry friend. It’s time to get out there and enjoy a weekend away adventuring with your 4-legged pal. They also provide the perfect heater on nights where it gets a little chilly, snuggling up against them taking in their warmth, just another reason to bring them on your next vacation! If you know another Victorian campsite that allows dogs, get in touch and we can add it to our list, and remember to share your camping photos with us on Facebook & Instagram!

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