Located 3 hours north of Brisbane outside of Harvey Bay, this camping spot is located near the edges of the Wongi Waterholes. This location makes it perfect for anyone with a water dog plus if you have a canoe you can go out for a paddle. But be mindful of looking after the wild life as this is a frog haven so keep an eye on your pupper. And great news for the humans who like the finer things, there are toilets and showers (albeit cold ones) provided on site.
Another spot 3 hours north of Brisbane just south of Harvey Bay, this one is for boaties and those who are a little more adventurous. Both sites are accessible by boat and unsealed, corrugated roads. Log Dump camp area is accessible by conventional vehicle in dry conditions, is located next to Kauri Creek and is the only site with a toilet. Hedley’s camp area is a bit more rough and tumble requiring a high clearance 4WD to access and no facilities are provided, but it’s located beside the Great Sandy Strait.
Kalpowar State Forest is further afield, 5 hours north of Brisbane and is good for anyone into trail-bike riding. Trail-bike and horse-back riding are both allowed within the forest which would be great for some dogs, but maybe not for others. The camping area is a large grassed area beside Crane Creek which makes it suitable for big families or large groups. Pit toilets and communal fire rings are provided.
2 hours north of Brisbane, just west of Gympie is Brooyar State Forest, perfect for abseiling enthusiasts. Most of the park is only accessible by 4WD and limited services are provided, composting toilets and fire rings. Another location good for large groups as the camping area is just one large grassed area.
2 hours north west of Brisbane, Clancy’s Camping Area at the foot of the Blackbutt Ranges is good for walkers and horse enthusiasts. Horses are permitted at the campground as this spot is located along the Bicentennial National Trail. There are also multiple logging and service tracks through the forest which you can explore with your dog but entry into harvesting areas is not permitted. While this site is located next to Emu Creek, its waters are subject to the weather so it may be flowing or dry, so bear this in mind to avoid disappointment.
2 hours north of Brisbane, Amamoor Creek camping area is famed as the camping area for the Gympie Music Muster in August. As a result, the camping area is suitable for all sorts, caravans, camper trailers, tents and everything else. Unfortunately, dogs aren’t invited on the walks within the park so this spot is best if your goal is to just relax on site, entertain yourselves and soak up the outdoors.
3 hours north of Brisbane is Inskip Point Recreation Area, one of the most well-known dog friendly beach camping areas. This spot is for anyone, human or dog, who loves the beach. There are five different dog friendly camping areas to choose from with different facilities available at each. However, be mindful that dogs are not allowed in the Cooloola Recreation Area, including within cars so be sure to drive around these areas. Also, note dogs must be on leash when on the beach as well as in the camp areas.
Before you start packing, remember you typically need to book a permit and be sure to do it early if you’re going during peak seasons! Jump through the links to the QPWS websites to book and also to find more info on the camp sites.
I hope this has given you some ideas for your next camping trip! And if you happen to visit (or have visited) any of the places listed in the article please review them so that others know what’s good and what to consider before they go.
PS – Unfortunately not all public campgrounds are dog friendly and neither are all walks, hikes and picnic areas, even though they’re in natural areas and near dog friendly places. While this may be a bummer, these restrictions are not meant to offend our dogs, but rather protect our native wildlife. So please be sure to respect the rules, because dogs will be dogs.