We flippin’ love dogs, as do the around 40% of Australians that have a dog living with them. They’re cute, they’re fun, and they’re some of the best mates you’ll ever have. So it makes sense you’d want to take your dog camping with you. But dog friendly camping in NSW is hard to find, for one big reason.
Most NSW camp grounds are in National Parks, but if you plan on camping there, your pupper needs to stay home. NSW National Parks have a blanket ban on dogs to protect native wildlife. Because native animals see dogs as predators, your dog’s presence or scent can scare them from an area. That means even the nicest dog in the world can pose a risk.
With that in mind, here are our top picks for dog friendly camping spots in New South Wales. We’ve shied away from caravan parks or expensive retreats, but we’ve added links that include those at the bottom of this article. If you’re ever worried if a spot allows dogs (on this list or not) call ahead and ask. Better safe than sorry.
If you’re keen to do some Blue Mountains camping without your pup, check out our article on the best free Blue Mountains camping spots!
Glen Davis Camping Area
Just north of Lithgow, about 3.5 hours drive from Sydney, lies the sleepy town of Glen Davis, just west of the Blue Mountains national park. In town there’s a stunning camp ground, with swimming and shops close by. The camp ground is free and has bins, hot showers, and a small play ground for kids.
Note: We’re talking about the camping ground in Glen Davis town itself, not the Coorongooba campground up the road. Coorongooba is in the national park, so dogs aren’t allowed.
On the outskirts of Lithgow, just under 3 hours from Sydney, Lake Lyell is a fantastic place to spend a weekend. The lake was man made in 1982 for the Mount Piper and Wallerawang Power Stations, and is suitable for fishing, water skiing, swimming, and jet skiing. Camping is $24 a night or $29 for a powered site, with hot showers, toilets, barbeques, and a boat ramp available.
A few things to note: The showers are coin-op, so bring change, and there is a kiosk where you can purchase firewood, if you didn’t bring your own (which you should do). There are entry fees if you’re not planning on camping – you can see those here.
Delicate campground is just north of Port Macquarie, and despite being managed by NSW National Parks, it does allow dogs. It’s a remote spot, so you’ll need to bring everything you need for the stay, but you can drive all the way in and camp next to the car. Caravans and motor-homes are also welcome.
A few things to note – there are toilets here, but they’re pit toilets, so BYO toilet paper. The price is $24 per site per night for 2 people, $12 for extra adults, $6 for extra kids aged 5-15, and it’s cash only. Camp fires are allowed, but you need to bring your own firewood. Check out this site for more information.
Mystery Bay Campground
For those who love the surf, this is a good option. A little over five hours from Sydney, Mystery Bay is a stunning spot by the sea, just north or Bermagui. While Mystery Bay is a dog friendly camp ground, the beach is only dog friendly between 5pm and 9am. for the humans, there are a few other beaches nearby that offer beach fishing and decent surf – something for everyone! No bookings are needed for camping, but it can get busy and fill up. Check out the Mystery Bay Camp Ground website for details.
If you love taking your dog to the beach, you might be interested in out list of dog friendly beaches!
Dog friendly camping NSW: Even more options
If you want to go deeper on dog friendly camping spots in NSW, we’ve found a few more options that might be useful to you.
“The best dog friendly camping spots around NSW” – The Urban List
“25 dog-friendly campsites in Australia” – Australian Dog Lover
“Pet friendly holidays in New South Wales” – Turu (includes camping sites and caravan parks)
“Pet friendly camping in northern NSW” – Gazebo Australia