Travelling with Pets

For some, a holiday isn’t the same unless you can take your whole family along for the journey, including those of the four-legged variety. And let's face it, even man's best friend deserves a break every once and a while.  We've done the digging for you and dug up a few pet-friendly holiday 'bones' that we are willing to share.

  • Then it’s time to walk the dog and maybe teach him a few tricks with a few pet-friendly activities that aren’t to be barked at, like hitting the beach, visiting a winery or learning to SUP (pooch included!).

Dog Friendly Beaches

Our furry four-legged friends get pretty excited about Queensland’s beaches. From Cairns to the Gold Coast, you can sniff out loads of dog beaches for your pups to dog paddle through the waves, explore the sand and of course to shake after they’re ready to head home. Our resident dog whisperer has discovered a few favourite dog beach spots. 

  • The beaches at Yorkey’s Knob near Cairns, Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas and Hydeaway Bay in the Whitsundays keep the hounds busy with miles of room to run amok (while you unwind and take in the view). Bucasia Beach in Mackay is another good spot for puppies and their two-legged friends to get their beach-on.
  • Heading further south, the best spots to take your pooch are Sunshine Beach and Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast and Nudgee Beach in Brisbane.
  • If you’re Gold Coast bound, try Palm Beach and the Spit for your dog beach needs. Around these surfy hubs you’ll also find a few dog-friendly cafes. Keep an eye out for a water filled dog bowl out the front!

It’s important to check up on the dog rules for each beach and don’t forget dog beach etiquette (clean up after all of the fun!).
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Discovery Parks - Boat Harbour Drive, Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$40 - 215
The world's largest sand island awaits you at beautiful Hervey Bay. Your accommodation at Discovery Parks – Boat Harbour Drive, Hervey Bay is minutes away from the departure point to World Heritage listed Fraser Island - long uninterrupted white beaches, sand cliffs, over 100 freshwater lakes and ancient rainforests.

Coolum Beach Holiday Park

Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$48 - 268
The Coolum Beach Holiday Park is set on four hectares of beachfront land making it one of the Sunshine Coast's most favoured camping and caravan park destinations. Complimenting the beachfront setting are two modern amenities making your stay truly relaxing and comfortable.

Cape York Camping Punsand Bay

Bamaga, Northern Peninsula Area
From AU$18 - 260
Cape York Camping Punsand Bay is the ultimate base for any Cape York adventurer looking to explore and discover the Cape York Peninsula and Torres Strait Islands. Situated five kilometres south-west from "The Tip" on the Cape York Peninsula, it is the most northern address in Australia.

Discovery Parks - Airlie Beach

Jubilee Pocket, Whitsunday Area
From AU$32 - 195
Discovery Parks - Airlie Beach (formally known as BIG4 Airlie Cove Resort and Caravan Park) is your gateway to the enchanting white sands of the Whitsunday Islands.  In a protected amphitheatre alongside the rainforest of Conway National Park, Discovery Parks - Airlie Beach is set against a tranquil, tropical paradise.

Lillypilly's Cottages and Day Spa

Maleny, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$255 - 385
Lillypilly's Cottages and Day Spa is your perfect country retreat, situated in the magical Sunshine Coast Hinterland of Maleny. Magnificent views overlook the sub-tropical countryside of Lake Baroon, or onto a tropical rainforest garden where cicadas can be heard singing mightily at dusk.

Big4 NRMA Atherton Tablelands Holiday Park

Atherton,
From AU$135 - 190
Big4 NRMA Atherton Tablelands Holiday Park is set amongst tropical gardens and bordering a state reserve, making it the perfect base to reconnect with nature just over an hour west of Cairns. The region is well-known for its abundant natural attractions including lush rainforests and spectacular waterfalls.

The Birdsville Hotel

Birdsville, Diamantina Area
From AU$165 - 190
Australia's most iconic outback pub. Everyone wants to say they've had a beer at The Birdsville Hotel. Since 1884, it’s weathered sandstone walls have been a welcome refuge to travellers from across the globe.

BIG4 Mackay Marine Tourist Park

Mackay Harbour, Mackay Area
From AU$35 - 200
BIG4 Mackay Marine Tourist Park is situated two kilometres from Mackay Harbour Precinct and only four kilometres from the city centre. There's a good range of cabin, caravan and camping accommodation for your family and your furry friends.

Windmill Caravan Park

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$35 - 185
Windmill Caravan Park is centrally located in Hervey Bay close to the beach, Urangan Pier, botanical gardens, shopping centre, restaurants, hotel and club facilities. The park is set in a quiet tropical atmosphere with swimming pool, games room, camp kitchen and powered sites.

Kirra Beach Tourist Park

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
From AU$37 - 275
Kirra Beach Tourist Park is situated 300 metres from famous Kirra Beach at the southern end of the Gold Coast. A spacious, open park this is the ideal place to bring the kids or all your friends for a group get away.
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