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Last updated: March 2017
Do you love camping or caravanning but hate leaving your four-legged bestie at home? So do I. Our dog, Billie Jean loves road trips and camping as much as we do and it breaks my heart to leave her behind. I know that she would be wagging her tail the entire time and going on a trip without her just isn’t the same.
As much as I like having her with us, taking a dog on a camp trip can be a challenge. Most of our coastline in the southwest is national park, which prohibits dogs and other domestic animals because they pose a risk to native wildlife and fauna.
The good news though, is that there are several fantastic camping spots in the southwest with great locations and facilities that do welcome dogs. Perhaps even better news is that there are also plenty of wineries and breweries where you can take your four-legged friend too.
I’ve listed these places below, but be sure to let me know if there are any others.
One of the family – Billie Jean is always up for an adventure, especially if it includes the beach and car trips
For a dog-friendly escape to Busselton, look no further than Beachlands Busselton. Here you’ll find pet-friendly caravan and camping sites. Beachlands also has selected dog-friendly cabins, check pricing and availability here.
Beachlands offers a range of outstanding facilities for the whole family, including resort style pool, kids activities and playgrounds. There’s a coffee lounge serving Yahava coffee and for campers, Beachlands has all the amenities for a comfortable camping experience. You can read a detailed review of Beachlands here.
Dunsborough Lakes Holiday Resort and Caravan Park
If you like being close to Dunsborough then the Lakes Holiday Resort and Caravan Park is a great option. The campground is a 5-minute walk to the beach and a short drive to the town centre.
The resort has powered and unpowered sites as well as self-contained cabins. There’s also a pool – although this not intended for your pooch, tennis courts, mini-golf and a kids playground.
Caves Caravan Park, Yallingup
Caves Caravan Park is located in one of the most picturesque spots in the southwest and is just a skip away from the fantastic beach in Yallingup and across the road from Caves House and one of the best beer gardens in West Australia.
Nestled amidst the natural bush, the park has plenty of shaded areas for you and your pooch, all within easy access to the regions best sights.
The caravan park has powered and unpowered sites, as well as self-contained chalets. Guest also have access to wifi, recreation room and camp kitchen. Some of the amenities are on the older side but the park is well maintained, friendly and clean.
Big Valley Campsite, Margaret River
If you want to be close to Margaret River town, then Big Valley Campsite is your best option. The campsite is located in a picturesque valley on a working sheep station that allows a glimpse of farm life.
The campground is surrounded by lush green paddocks with grazing sheep, natural bush and plenty of visiting kangaroos.
The campground has a large undercover area with a decked out camp kitchen, laundry facilities and a campfire to sit around during the evenings.
Flinders Bay Caravan Park, Augusta
With absolute beachfront access to one of the prettiest beaches in the southwest, this caravan park south of Augusta is a winner and not least of all because pooch can come too.
You’re just a few steps away from Flinders Bay where water-based activities await. You’ll also find a designated dog exercise beach a short walk further south.
The Park has clean and modern amenities and caters for both powered and unpowered sites.
Westbay Retreat Caravan Park, Augusta
This charming spot located north of Augusta is nestled amidst 14-hectares of natural bushland and borders the picturesque Blackwood River. There’s a diversity of birds, wildlife and walking trails throughout the park. If that’s not enough, there’s a private boat ramp and a great little beach that’s perfect for kids and of course your dog.
Apart from its enchanted setting and shady grassed areas, the park provides powered and unpowered sites, hot showers and laundry facilities.
Alexandra Bridge Campsite
This is a beautiful bush camping spot ideally located on the banks of the Blackwood River. The campsite has it’s own boat ramp and is a great spot for a dip in the river. Sites are suitable for caravans but there are no powered sites available.
Alexandra Bridge is located along the Brockman Highway, 10km east of Karridale and approximately 30 minutes from Margaret River township.
Warner Glen Recreation Site, Chapman Pool
This is a beautiful and peaceful campsite nestled amongst the towering Jarrah Trees on Chapman Brook. All campsites are secluded and private with a few sites suitable for caravans. There are walking trails along the river and a very pretty swimming spot.
The Warner Glen Campground is located southeast of Margaret River, approximately a 20-minute drive from Margaret River and Augusta. To get there follow Glen Warner Road and follow the turnoff for the Glen Warner Recreation Area.
Dog-Friendly Beaches in the Margaret River Region
The following is a list of designated dog beaches between Dunsborough and Augusta:
Dunsborough – Dunn Bay road north to Burt Court and Dunsborough Foreshore
Eagle Bay – Caladenia Close to Rocky Point
Yallingup – Dawson Road steps to the southernmost point of Rabbits Break Car Park
Gnarabup Beach, from Narda Avenue approximately 300m south-west.
Gracetown – the southern stretch of beach opposite the township
Chapman Pool Campground- Warner Glen Road, Blackwood National Park
Prevelly Beach – off Mitchell Drive
Augusta – Flinders Bay, from the Surfers Lookout at Albany Terrace to the point where Albany Terrace turns west.
Dog-friendly Wineries, Breweries and Cafes
There are plenty of wineries and breweries throughout the Margaret River region that is dog-friendly. If you visit these places, be courteous to your fellow guests and attach your dog to a lead and enjoy the wine and beer.
3 Oceans Wine
Beckets Flat Winery
Bush Shack Brewery
Cape Grace Wines
Cape Mentelle Winery
Cape Naturaliste Winery
Caves House Hotel – Beer Garden only
Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery (recommended that you make a booking, as dogs are only allowed in certain areas)
Clancy’s Fish Pub, 4 allocated tables or grassed area
Cowaramup Brewing co.
Evans and Tate
Evviva Cafe – Dunsborough
Flame Trees Wines
Flying Fish Cove Winery
Gracetown Sunset Cafe
Hay Shed Wines
Hamelin Bay Wines
Howard Park / Madfish Wines
House of Cards
Island Brook estate
Knotting Hill Estate
Lenton Brae Wines (dogs permitted in the picnic area)
Olio Bello Cafe
Petra Olive Oil Estate (also offers dog-friendly accommodation and shed door tasting room)
Shaana Cafe – Yallingup Beachfront
Sea Gardens Cafe Prevelly
Swings and Roundabouts
The Berry Farm
Yallingup Coffee, Dunsborough
Dog-friendly Holiday Houses
If your dog doesn’t like camping, here are a few more luxurious options for dog-friendly places to stay:
Beachside Prevelly Villas have been welcoming dogs for a long time and offer the perfect dog-friendly holiday. The villas are all individually fenced so that you can leave pooch home alone if needed. For the latest pricing and availability click here.
Did I miss anything? Please let me know in the comments below.
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