If you’re reading this, we’re guessing you love dogs as much as we do. But having a dog can make taking holidays tricky. You don’t want to leave your furry friend at home, but there are limited options available for dog friendly accommodation.

Why not consider camping? In the Sunshine State, spending time in the great outdoors is an all-year-round activity. Not only does camping get you closer to nature, but it’s a great way to connect with friends and family. It also offers more options for bringing your dog along!

Before we get into our list of dog friendly camping spots near Brisbane, we thought you’d enjoy this photo of a very outdoorsy dog. A GoGet team member snapped this pic when they last went camping – you never know what you’ll see!

A paraglider with a dog strapped in to his harness against the blue sky

Flinders Beach

Flinders Beach campground is on Stradbroke Island and is a scenic and relaxing choice for a camping trip. You can access the island via a ferry at Cleveland in the Redlands, which needs to be pre-booked and takes about 45 minutes. This camping spot, as well as some others on the island, is only available via 4WD access.

Camping costs just $18.85 for 2 adults per night for unpowered sites. You’ll also need to pay $10 per campsite for access to the amenities block, which uses a swipe card.

You’re allowed one vehicle and two dogs per campsite, and dogs do need to stay on-leash at all times. Don’t worry though – there’s an off-leash area for releasing all of that doggy energy!

As well as being a dog friendly camping site, Flinders is located right by the beach. Park yourself here and you’ll have easy access to bush walking, fishing, surf beaches, and whale watching (if you time it right!).

A group of hikers and their dog looking for dog friendly camping near Brisbane - except probably not in Brisbane

Nerum Creek Bush Retreat

Located just 75 mins outside of Brisbane, on the border of the D’Aguilar National Park, Nerum Creek Bush Retreat provides an array of camping options and is also pet and dog-friendly. There’s a range of campsites to choose from with differing facilities and requirements (some are only accessible with 4WD) so you can find something to suit your individual camping needs.

Fees are as follows:

Standard rate: $13.00 adult, $7.00 child, $2.50 dog, $8.00 power.

Mid-season rates (school holidays): $14.50 adult, $8.00 child, $2.75 dog, $8.00 power.

Peak season rates (Easter, Christmas, long weekends): $16.50 adult, $9.00 child, $3.00 dog, $8.00 power.

There’s also a site fee of $7.00 that applies to all bookings for the first night only. The facilities here are top-notch with campfire sites (don’t forget your marshmallows), a camp shop, amenities and kids’ activities. Not to mention a whole range of walking tracks, and a swimming holes suitable for canoes.

Dogs must be kept on-leash at all times in or around your camping area.

A dog on a leash in green grass, looking a bit gruff

Coleyville Lodge Country Accommodation 

How about camping in the Scenic Rim at Coleyville Lodge Country Accommodation? Unwind and relax in this camping spot located just 65 km out of Brisbane. It’s a camping spot on a working cattle station that’s also close to local towns, wineries, and bush walking tracks.

Camping is just $15 per night for 2 adults, or $20 for a family. There’s both powered and unpowered camping spots and you can choose from a shaded or non-shaded spot. The creek is close by, and there’s a private swimming hole to enjoy, if the weather’s nice enough for a dip.

Dogs are not only welcome here, but are encouraged to enjoy the large area of farm land and creeks available. Being a working station, you’ll need to keep them under control at all times. Coleyville Lodge isn’t just dog-friendly, it’s horse-friendly too! If you happen to be an equine enthusiast, this is your place to camp.

A woman camping in the woods with her dog in a blue hammock

Golden Beach Holiday Park Caloundra

If the beach is your thing and you want to be right among the action, you can’t go wrong with a camping trip on the Sunshine Coast. Check out Golden Beach Holiday Park in Caloundra for a beach-side camping experience. It’s also a dog friendly camping spot, and is only an hour’s drive away from Brisbane.

Now, it’s not the cheapest dog friendly camping option. It’s $45 per night in low season and $55 per night in peak season. But you’re paying a premium for the location. It’s certainly not secluded, and is great if you like being within walking distance of a range of activities and food options. The holiday park is a 100m stroll away from the beach and a short walk to shops and restaurants.

Pups must be kept on-leash here and have to be on their best behaviour at all times. There are also no pets allowed for unit bookings, so keep that in mind when you make your plans.

A dog trying to tip over a hammock with a person in it while they enjoy their dog friendly camping ground in Queensland - or anywhere really

Tamborine Mountain

Tamborine Mountain is an incredible part of the world, and it’s a great spot for both humans and dogs to enjoy. If you’re after something more immersive than the other camp grounds on this list, Tamborine Mountain’s Thunder Bird Park is worth considering. It’s part campground, part adventure park – the type that you’d go to for a school camp, or similar. They do take booking for individual families however.

Thunder Bird Park is dog friendly, though they’ll need to be on leash. Unpowered sites start from around the $42 mark, and dogs attract an extra $15 fee. Check out the website to see if it’s what you’re looking for.

A scruffy dog happy standing in a field

Get your gear around with a GoGet

Most of these spots are within a short drive of Brisbane – but that doesn’t mean you need to own a car to get there! GoGet car share has hundreds of cars in Brisbane, which members can book by the hour or by the day.

Whether you need to run an errand or make your escape, GoGet can help move you without owning your own car. Even if you do own a car, GoGet can give you cheap occasional access to more specialised vehicles, like an SUV or People Mover – perfect for a camping trip!

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About Tim Beau Bennett

Tim is an ex-journalist and radio presenter, and has been a professional writer for over a decade. He regularly writes about technology, lifestyle, and smart cities, and has written for news site including the ABC, SBS, and Australian Financial Review.