Many of the caravan parks in Victoria allow pets to stay with you, especially if you’re staying on a site rather than in a cabin. However, there are some parks that stand out more than others, that are truly dog-friendly, and are the perfect places to stay when travelling with your dog in Victoria.
Whether these parks have off-leash dog exercise areas, where your dog can enjoy a run without even leaving the park, pet-friendly cabins, dog washes or just an extra friendly welcome for four-legged guests, your dog is truly made to feel like a guest of the park. Next time you are holidaying with your dog, stay at one of these extra dog-friendly caravan parks in Victoria.
#1 BIG4 Ballarat Windmill Holiday Park, Ballarat
One of the most dog-friendly caravan parks in Victoria is the BIG4 Ballarat Windmill Caravan Park. This park is very popular with dog owners thanks to its fully fenced camping sites in their special dog-friendly zone. It’s possible to park your car and caravan (or the rest of your set up) within you fenced site, then let your dog safely off-leash.
If you don’t have your own set-up, the park also offers Dogwood, a two-bedroom dog-friendly cabin. The cabin sleeps up to five and dogs are allowed inside, although not on the furniture. Dog bowls and toys are provided, plus it features an enclosed verandah and has its own dog run.
However, the latest dog-friendly addition takes this caravan park to the next level. There is now a pet-friendly billabong area at the rear of the park, where both humans and dogs can have a splash in a natural setting. Make a booking for the ultimate pet-friendly stay!
#2 Best Friend Retreat, Tarra Valley
Another especially dog-friendly accommodation option in Victoria is Best Friend Retreat. This pet-friendly resort is located in the Tarra Valley of Southern Gippsland, south of Traralgon. A peaceful spot surrounded by rainforest and with plenty of wildlife, yet it’s only a 2 1/2 hour drive from Melbourne, perfect for a long weekend away.
This resort has been specially set up with dog owners in mind. There are six fenced off-leash areas, meaning there’s always somewhere your dog can run around off-leash. One of the areas even has agility equipment, while another has a giant ball for dogs. There’s also a hydro-bath hut to freshen up at the end of busy, muddy days.
When it comes to accommodation, choose between the pet-friendly cabins and a variety of sites. Each of the cabins is securely fenced, although of course dogs are expected to sleep inside. Some of the campsites have also been fenced, large enough to park your caravan inside.
#3 Prime Pet-Friendly Tourist Park, Lakes Entrance
Another delightfully pet-friendly caravan park in the Gippsland region is the Prime Pet-Friendly Tourist Park. This park is located in Lakes Entrance, just a short walk from the waterfront. The park recently became the first child-free caravan park in Victoria – instead it’s targeted at those travelling with pets.
At Prime, all of their cabins, cottages and vans are 100% dog-friendly. In fact, they are only available for pet owners! Out of consideration for dog owners with allergies, one of the cabins is restricted to hypoallergenic dogs only.
Also on site you’ll find a dog wash, an off-leash dog run, a washing machine for pet bedding and even Dog Day Care Kennels. Keep an eye out for new developments, including new glamping tents plus accommodation packages with training sessions included.
Find out more tips for visiting Lakes Entrance with your dog
#4 Rich River Caravan Park, Echuca
If you’re planning on heading to northern rather than southern Victoria, consider making a booking at the Rich River Tourist Park in Echuca. This park on the Murray River welcomes pets year round, both on sites and in selected cabins.
Choose between staying in a Standard or Deluxe Cabin. Standard Cabins sleep either two or three guests, while Deluxe Cabins sleep up to four or six guests. Both are fully self-contained with their own bathroom and include linen. Note that an additional pet fee applies for cabins.
The park also has a dog wash onsite next to the office and its own off-leash dog exercise area in one corner of the park. It’s perfect for enjoying relaxing days together with your pup!
Find out tips for visiting Echuca with a dog
#5 Gum Tree Caravan Park, Port Fairy
There’s multiple pet-friendly caravan parks around Warrnambool and Port Fairy, at the western end of the Great Ocean Road. However, one of the most pet-friendly options is the Gum Tree Caravan Park, located just outside of Port Fairy.
This pet-friendly caravan park welcomes pets 365 days per year, and has its own off-leash area and playground for all four-legged guests to enjoy. As well as allowing pets on sites, pets are also allowed in selected cabins.
Choose between the Studio Cabins (that I can assure you are very comfortable and ideal for a couple), or the Villa Cabins, Superior Ensuite Cabins, Standard Ensuite Cabins or Budget Ensuite Cabins. Just skip the Deluxe Ensuite Cabins and One-Bedroom Holiday Units, with bookings for pets taken over the phone.
#6 Beechworth Holiday Park, Beechworth
The historic town of Beechworth is a wonderfully dog-friendly destination to visit, about a 3 hour drive northeast of Melbourne. There are two pet-friendly caravan parks inside, but on our last visit we stayed at the Beechworth Holiday Park.
This peaceful park is located a short distance outside of town. It’s located halfway along the dog-friendly walking track to Lake Kerferd, a fun but potentially muddy track to walk with your dog. Just as well they have their own K9000 dog wash.
Dogs are allowed on sites at the park with prior approval, except for over the busy Easter long weekend, plus there’s also one pet-friendly cabin at the park. The one-bedroom cabin sleeps up to two and has its own kitchen and ensuite, with just a small extra fee per night for your dog.
Read more about visiting dog-friendly Beechworth
#7 Crystal Brook Tourist Park, Doncaster East
If you’re looking for a pet-friendly caravan park close to Melbourne, one of the best options is the Crystal Brook Tourist Park. This park is located in Doncaster East, on the northeastern edge of Melbourne.
At the edge of the park is an off-leash dog exercise area with an agility course, available to all dogs staying in the park. As well as allowing pets on sites, pets are also allowed inside selected cabins.
Choose between a Deluxe Family Villa or a Superior Hillside Villa, both sleeping up to six guests, or a Standard Cabin that can accommodate four. Each of the cabins are self-contained and have their own bathroom, with just a small additional pet fee applying per stay.
#8 BIG4 Bendigo Marong Holiday Park, Marong
The BIG4 Bendigo Marong Holiday Park is about a 15 minute drive west of the centre of Bendigo, a wonderfully dog-friendly destination to visit, where I found plenty to do with my dog, from visiting former gold mines to walking through the beautiful parks, even a Buddhist Stupa!
This award winning park with a huge list of facilities allows dogs year round on both powered sites and in their two dog-friendly cabins, as long as you register in advance.
There’s both a deluxe and budget dog-friendly cabin, with the former having its own fenced and gated deck. Additionally, there’s a new dog wash in the park.
Find out things to do when visiting Bendigo with a dog
#9 BIG4 Borderland Wodonga Holiday Park, Wodonga
Whether taking a road trip north or staying for awhile along the Murray River, a terrific pet-friendly caravan park to stay at in Wodonga is the BIG4 Borderland Wodonga Holiday Park. The park has a dog run at the rear of the park, perfect for building off energy if driving along the Hume Highway with your dog.
Additionally, all of their standard cabins have recently become dog-friendly, with dogs allowed inside and just a small cleaning fee per stay. If booking online, look for the dog-friendly cabin option with a paw print. (But also call before you arrive to add your dog to your booking.)
If you’d prefer to stay in one of the other cabins, the park has also purchased two portable dog kennels that can be placed outside any cabin, although pets of course are not allowed inside the other cabins.
#10 Yarrawonga Riverlands Tourist Park
About an hours drive from Wodonga downstream along the Murray you’ll find the Yarrawonga Riverlands Tourist Park, near Lake Mulwala. Pets are welcome at the park except over the peak Easter and Christmas/New Year periods – double check with the park for the exact dates.
This pet-friendly caravan park allows pets on all sites and in five pet-friendly cabins. Choose between Basic Cabins that sleep up to six or the smaller Standard Cabins that sleep four, with a handy enclosed verandah. Contact the park directly to ensure a pet-friendly cabin is available, with a small additional fee applying per stay plus a pet bond.
As well as plenty of facilities for human guests, even outdoor chess, there’s also the Paws Park Dog Run for four-legged guests. The fully fenced dog park even has colourful agility equipment to ensure your pup has plenty of fun.
#11 Kerang Caravan Park, Kerang
Another pet-friendly caravan park in northern Victoria is the Kerang Caravan Park, which welcomes pets year round and is well situated to explore the surrounding lakes and rivers.
In addition to being allowed on powered sites in the park, pets are also allowed in most cabins. The Super Cabins, Standard Cabins and Budget Single Rooms are pet-friendly, just not the Executive Cabins. Note though that pets are not allowed on beds or furniture.
At the rear of the park is a large fenced off-leash dog park, the “Doggie Playground”. And come evening time relax around the outdoor fire pit.
Have you stayed at an extra dog-friendly caravan park in Victoria? Let me know by posting a comment, so that I can add it to this list!