The majority of caravan parks in Western Australia allow dogs to stay with you these days, at least when you’re camping in your own caravan or tent. However, there are some extra pet-friendly caravan parks and other great dog-friendly parks that truly stand out, many that we stayed at ourselves. Check out my pick of the best dog-friendly caravan parks in WA…
#1 Southern Stars Park, Dunsborough
One of the most dog-friendly caravan parks in all of Western Australia is Southern Stars Park at Dunsborough. The perfect base for exploring the Margaret River region and southwestern WA, at this park dog owners are actually encouraged to bring their pets.
One of the stand-out options at this park are the fenced sites, with both powered and unpowered fenced sites available for an additional charge. Park your caravan or pitch your tent inside the fence, then forget about needing to keep your dog on a leash on your site.
Other pet-friendly facilities include the fenced off-leash area for all canine guests, plus the list of local dog-sitters provided, in case you’d like to go somewhere that dogs aren’t allowed.
There’s also terrific amenities for humans, including a large camp kitchen, indoor lounge and ensuite-style bathrooms. Not to mention everything is new and modern, plus the owners and managers are very friendly! Up to two pets are permitted per site.
#2 Banksia Tourist Park Perth
While I found the park a little expensive if you just want a site, it’s very welcoming to pets. As well as allowing dogs on sites, there’s also a wide selection of pet-friendly cabins, ranging from basic to deluxe. The pet-friendly cabins can sleep from two to up to six, with cheaper non-ensuite options also available.
Even better, the parks also has its own on-lead dog exercise area, plus you can book your pup into doggie day care. An off-leash dog park is also close by. Other facilities include a cafe-style camp kitchen and excellent campers lounge.
#3 Fremantle Village
I’m not always the biggest fan of caravan parks in large cities, but I enjoyed our stay at the Fremantle Village and recommend it for other travellers in campervans or with a roof-top tent, with or without pets.
The caravan park, located just a kew kilometres south of the Fremantle CBD, has a park within the park just for campervans and roof-top tents. Each of the paved parking spots is surrounded by grass and has its own picnic table, plus there’s an adjacent camp kitchen and BBQ area. It’s surprisingly friendly for a city caravan park.
The park is also within walking distance of the North Coogee Dog Beach, where dogs are permitted off-leash all day long. We found the Fremantle area in general to be quite dog-friendly. The South Fremantle Dog Beach is very popular. Or enjoy a beer at Little Creatures Brewery or just take a walk through the historic port streetscape. It’s a great base for your stay in Perth with a dog.
#4 Tasman Holiday Parks – Albany
One of the best dog-friendly places to stay in the southern city of Albany is the Tasman Holiday Parks – Albany, previously known as the Albany Gardens Tourist Park. We stayed at this park during our time in Albany.
As well as being pet-friendly on sites, the holiday park is also home to three pet-friendly chalets. Choose from the two one-bedroom standard cabins that sleep up to four, or the pet-friendly two-bedroom deluxe cabin that sleeps up to six. Note that an additional pet fee of $40 per pet per stay applies for the pet-friendly cabins.
The park has some great facilities for the whole family, including a pizza oven in the camp kitchen. I’ve also heard recent reports of a dog sitter being located on site – enquire at reception.
#5 RAC Esperance Holiday Park
The RAC Esperance Holiday Park is a large, recently renovated park close to the beach on the north side of Esperance. The park was closed due to the renovations while we were visiting, but I’ve heard great reports of the park since it reopened.
Pets are allowed on all campsites at the park, with up to two pets allowed. Pet dogs are also allowed in the pet-friendly two bedroom cabins. Make sure you include your pets when you make a booking.
The caravan park is also home to a dog wash onsite – just the thing for after a visit to the many beautiful dog-friendly beaches in the region!
#6 Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
One of my favourite dog-friendly destinations in Western Australia is Monkey Mia. There’s a mixture of off-leash and on-leash dog beaches in the area, plus you can take your dog along on a catamaran cruise or go kayaking. Not to mention you can stay right on the beach, metres from the daily dolphin feeding, at the RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort.
Pets are allowed to stay with you at the resort on both powered and unpowered campsites, although not inside the many room and villa options. The resort facilities are top notch, with a brilliant camp kitchen, multiple swimming pools and multiple dining options on site, also perfect for happy hour drinks.
However, our dog’s favourite part of staying at Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort was taking walks along the beach (with on-leash dogs allowed on the beach alongside the resort), and digging in the sand. While not offering any extra facilities for dogs, it was still one of our favourite dog-friendly caravan parks in Western Australia.
#7 Discovery Parks – Carnarvon
Heading north of Monkey Mia, the town of Carnarvon has multiple caravan parks to select from, that nearly all allow pets. However, the most pet-friendly options is the Discovery Parks – Carnarvon, previously the Wintersun Caravan & Tourist Park.
Pets are allowed on sites and in selected cabins at this caravan park. For cabins, double check which ones are listed as “Dogs Okay” on the details page.
The caravan also has a fenced off-leash area at the rear of the park. Previously there was a washing machine for washing dog blankets and towels – check whether this is still available.
#8 Broome’s Gateway Pet Friendly Caravan Park
Located 20 minutes out of town, Broome’s Gateway Pet Friendly Caravan Park was originally the only pet-friendly caravan park near Broome. While the majority of parks in town these days also allow pets, including the overflow sites, this park is still extra pet-friendly.
Pets are welcome on all sites at the park, plus there is a huge completely fenced off-leash exercise area. Enquire whether the day kennels and pet-sitting service that were previously on offer are still available.
Just note that there are no powered sites at this park – it’s unpowered sites only, although generators are permitted. Drinking water is however available, and recent guests comment that it’s a friendly park all round.
#9 Town Caravan Park, Kununurra
During the dry season, the caravan parks in Kununurra are very busy with people travelling around WA and the rest of Australia. I recommend making an advance booking for the Town Caravan Park – we missed out on being able to stay here.
This caravan park is the most pet-friendly option in town. As well as allowing pets on sites, there’a also a small dog play pen onsite, a great spot to let your dog safely off-leash. Plus there’s also a pet sitter during the peak dry season period.
The park is fully fenced and secured, with a saltwater pool onsite – perfect for refreshing croc-free swims. Camp oven dinners and entertainment evenings are also scheduled during the peak season.
#10 Lake Argyle Resort & Caravan Park
Not far from Kununurra is another great spot to stay with your pet in northern WA, the Lake Argyle Resort & Caravan Park. The resort is best known for its famous Infinity Pool overlooking Lake Argyle, which naturally pets aren’t allowed to join you in, but there’s plenty of other dog-friendly things to do.
The resort permits up to two pets per site, with both powered and unpowered sites available, kept nicely grassed with the lake water. At the time of my stay, a deposit of $20 was taken, but I believe this may now be $100.
A percentage of sites are able to be booked in advance, generally snapped up months in advance for the peak season. For the remaining sites, it’s best to arrive early in the morning and queue. When staying in July 2021, we arrived at about 9:30am after departing Kununurra and were allocated our unpowered site about 12:30pm.
For a pet-friendly swimming spot, take the steep route down the hillside from the resort to the pontoon below, where I spotted some dogs swimming in the lake water. There’s also a number of other walking trails available, with dogs on leash welcome. Or perhaps hire anything from a pontoon boat to a kayak from Lake Argyle Cruises, with all equipment pet-friendly.
In the evenings at Lake Argyle Resort, there’s often live music on the lawns or at the beer garden. Dogs are permitted at a few of the tables at the edge of the beer garden.