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10 Dog Friendly Holidays Within New South Wales Australia

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Even though we haven’t even got to the end of 2020 yet, we wanted to list the best pet friendly accommodation NSW, but in saying that, what a horrendous year it has been.

COVID-19 has obviously needed to have many restrictions in place due to the number of people who have been at risk, along with those that actually tested positive, as well as the sad loss of lives around the country and overseas.

On top of that, so many people have lost their jobs, including those where the business has closed down either temporarily or for good.

That has resulted in many people not having enough funds to pay rent, mortgages, school fees, car loans, credit card bills, utility bills and even to have enough money to buy groceries and to put a meal on the table.

Mental health concerns are also prominent in the news because of all the above factors and how they impact on people.

Prior to COVID we had the devastating bush fires from late 2019, right through the Christmas and New Year season and on into early 2020.

The loss of lives, homes, businesses, amenities, farmland and forests, domestic animals and livestock as well as native wildlife was so horrific, day after day.

We also saw some awesome acts of human kindness and generosity from every day people through to celebrities with colossal amounts of money raised and some amazing entertainment to raise funds and to support affected areas.

Along the way there were also periods of colossal rainfall, that helped quell many of the bush fires, but they also did harm in the form of flooding and erosion in places. Mother nature knows no bounds sure was in all of our minds this year.

Those bush fires hit in so many areas around the country and in particular the various fires in New South Wales seemed to cause so much devastation and loss of life.

People in those areas were at very early stages of rebuilding their lives, homes and communities just as COVID-19 hit.

At that early stage there had been a groundswell of media and community support to help those communities by ‘Holidaying at home’ this year.

That never really happened due to the self-isolation restrictions; but now we are closer to the point where it can be on the agenda again.

Due to the economic recession that is now upon us all, that means that money is extra tight, and not as many people will be able to afford the cost of a holiday.

However, we should all encourage and praise those who can do their bit by spending money on the holiday at home this year.

What we have decided to do with this Blog is to find some different ‘Holidaying at home’ options that incorporate dogs, as a way of recognizing the importance of animals in our lives, acknowledging that separation anxiety in our pets is high due to the events of this year.

Here are a series of some possible ‘Holidaying at home’ ideas that we have found in NSW.

Pet friendly accommodation NSW

To try and source a list of different holiday ideas for our readers we have researched a number of different types of holidays, as well as budgets and differing types of accommodations.

We wanted to have a wide range of options for our readers. These have included searches such as:

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I need to stress that we are not in the tourist and travel industry, so things like booking fees, seasonal rates etc. are best left to those in the know; whether that be a travel agency, direct with the property, or online booking yourself through the various booking apps such as Webjet, Hotel Club, Trivago, Last minute, etc.

Many of the sites ask for dogs to be registered (some charge a fee, others don’t); make sure you mention your dog when booking to avoid any issues when you arrive for your holiday. In most cases you need to bring your own dog bed; make sure you confirm that when booking.

It is also a good idea before heading off to make sure your dog’s vaccinations, flea and worm treatments are up to date.

We simply want to highlight some places that could be somewhere different, and somewhere fun for people.

There are many options out there and we are proud to say that ‘Pet friendly accommodation NSW’ offers so many of them.

How about some of these amazing locations for ‘Pet friendly accommodation NSW’ wide? You will find that most of the sites we have listed under ‘Camping’ are also available under ‘Caravan parks’ and vice versa

A detailed look at 10 dog-friendly holiday ideas

Dog friendly camping NSW



Northern Rivers & North Coast

Ferry Reserve Holiday Park – Brunswick Heads

Close drive to Byron Bay without being in the middle of the tourist area.

Brunswick Heads (where the last series of Seachange was filmed) is family friendly and this riverside holiday park shows as pets allowed at tourist sites – they have 80 camp sites. Animals are not allowed in cabins or left unattended. The beach is a 3-minute drive away.

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Bookings through Reflections Holiday Parks site;

Riverside Crescent, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483

Pet friendly accommodation NSW means different things to different people. What could be more laid-back and Aussie than a staying at a holiday park near the beach, and your dog there too?

Moonee Beach Holiday Park – North of Coffs Harbour

Only 13km North of Coffs Harbour. This holiday park is adjacent to Moonee Creek and shows as pets allowed at tourist sites. Animals are not allowed in cabins or left unattended.

If you are looking for pet friendly accommodation Coffs Harbour this property offers a cost-effective option.

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Bookings through Reflections Holiday Parks site;

50 Moonee Beach Road, Moonee Beach NSW 2450

Hunter Region

One Mile Beach Holiday Resort – near Port Stephens

Facility near the beach that will allow dogs, subject to availability. There may also be blackout dates; to book your pet-friendly stay call or email park reception.

Not only do you have beaches to visit but and explore, but you also have dog friendly accommodation with pool when you get back to the resort.

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Bookings through Ingenia Holidays site;

426 Gan Road, One Mile Beach NSW 2316

Ingenia Holidays Hunter Valley – near Cessnock

Centrally located near the entrance to the Hunter Valley region; vineyards, cheese tasting, galleries, restaurants and the Hunter Valley Gardens. Site says that will allow dogs, subject to availability. There may also be blackout dates; to book your pet-friendly stay call or email park reception.

After exploring the area, it is great to get back to dog friendly accommodation with pool like this property. A relaxing swim, some nice food, maybe a sample of local wine over dinner? Yes, please I hear you say.

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Bookings through Ingenia Holidays site;

137 Mount View Road, Cessnock, NSW 2325



Sydney & Surrounds (including Central Coast, Blue Mountains, South Coast)

Lake Lyell Recreation Park – near Lithgow

Camping ground on banks of Lake Lyell. Restricted breeds or ‘barkers’ not allowed. The Companion Animal Act is applied. Dogs must be kept on a lead and all litter picked up and disposed of. Campground has powered and non-powered camping sites.

Dog friendly camping NSW is what you get at this country escape from everyday life.

Here is a link to all the amenities and things to do in the area:

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Magpie Hollow Road, Lithgow, NSW 2790





Illawarra & Shoalhaven

Corrimal Beach Tourist Park – close to Wollongong

Camp sites available in this tourist park right on the edge of the beach. Powered and unpowered sites available.

Dogs are not allowed in any of the cabins.

Some off-season camping sites are designated pet-friendly; advance prior approval from park management is required and restrictions apply. You will have to complete a pet owner agreement and follow the rules set out in the agreement during your stay.

As far as dog friendly accommodation with pool goes, there is no pool onsite but you are very close to the famous North Beach Bathers Pavilion for a new experience.

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Bookings online through

Lake Parade, East Corrimal NSW 2518

Holiday Haven Shoalhaven Heads

Bordered by Seven Mile Beach and Shoalhaven River; a dog friendly park but you must advise the park management of your dog when booking, and again before check-in. Park management have the discretion over a dog booking. If approved, your dog must always be on a lead in the Holiday Park. Check their dog-friendly terms at

Looking for pet friendly accommodation Berry NSW? This may be stretching it a little, but here you can have the best of both worlds with a great coastal base and the quaint village of Berry a very short drive away.

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Bookings online through

49 McIntosh Street (End Shoalhaven Hds Rd), Shoalhaven Heads NSW 2535





South Coast

Mystery Bay Campground – 15km South of Narooma

Billed by the operators as Bush camping by the beach; and yet it is only a few KM off the Princes Highway. Generous sized camp sites; all sites are unpowered but there are cold showers, taps and pit toilets in the camp.

You must control your dog at all times as they are allowed on site on a leash only.

Note: As bookings are not taken the Mystery Bay Campground functions on a first-in-first-served basis. Camping is only permitted within the campground.

Dog friendly camping NSW was our brief and this campground offers such a relaxed Aussie getaway that so many people are looking for as their holiday escape.

Here is a link to the Campground page with details on amenities, the location and things to do:

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190 Mystery Bay Road, Mystery Bay NSW 2546

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