Our Top 10 Dog Friendly Caravan Parks in Queensland
Updated: Mar 1
In no particular order, here's our favourite caravan park stays in Queensland, all dog friendly and all voted by our children as places they loved!
1. Julia Creek
Julia Creek is our favourite outback town! So welcoming of visitors and we rate it the most RV friendly town we’ve visited to date.
Julia Creek Caravan Park is affordable, services wonderful and the amenities spotless! Phil gave us the best introduction to the park and the town and made us feel so welcomed. Park fees include access to the local swimming pool / splash park. The outdoor bath houses are onsite and there’s a kids bike track and dog park next door.
A highlight was visiting the award winning Julia Creek Information Centre and met the local endangered Dunnarts. Small town with a big ❤️well done McKinlay Shire Council.
2. Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut (Big 4)
Lush and green and lots of space. It's such an awesome place for kids at any time of year but during school holidays they amp it up with free daily activities.
Kids could not have wanted for anything more: pools, slides, water park, spa, jumping pillows, inflatable castles, playgrounds, mini golf, plus a sensational school holiday program with laser tag, animal farm, wildlife, craft and more!
Ted was even catered for with their off leach agility park, which put him through his paces.
Us parents left exhausted but happy😅
3. NRMA Palm Cove Holiday Park🌴
As the name suggests is a cove filled with palms! Who would have thought? 🧐 it also has gorgeous melaleucas lining the street which make it like no other place I’ve ever visited.
Palm Cove is our favourite beach in FNQ. We have many fond memories there, the highlight our wedding, we married there almost 10 years ago ❤️ We met and lived in Cairns for 18 years before moving South for career opportunities.
It was nice to bring the family to such a special place in our hearts. The NRMA caravan park is right opposite the beach. We spent days wandering the beach, seeing what was being caught at the jetty and playing in the kids playground. This caravan park is the only pet friendly park on the Northern Beaches of Cairns and books out well in advance, so get organised for this one and book early. If you don't have pets, check out Ellis Beach Caravan Parks, it's a beauty right on the beach.
We discovered $5 kids meals before 6pm at #palmcovesurfclub which come complete with a drink and ice cream, bargain! We devoured a bucket of delicious fresh prawns which were amazing 🍤 having lived in Cairns for 20 years, we had seriously missed our FNQ seafood.
Our visit was far from the days before kids when we would have stayed at a 5 ⭐️ resort, wined and dined in a beautiful restaurant and had a massage at the day spa...🙌🏻😩
How things have changed haha! 😂 Of course now we wouldn’t want it any other way, but it is still nice to reminisce.
4. Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park
Karumba was all about fresh prawn rolls, cold beer, swims in the pool and beach walks. The Sunset Caravan Park is walking distance from the iconic pub where you can view their famous sunsets.
If you love to fish you will be in heaven in Karumba, our kids are a bit young for a charter boat but we enjoyed visiting all the same.
Wide streets of Karumba, come late afternoon there are Roos hopping everywhere! 🦘 🦘
5. Sapphire Caravan Park
Sapphire, QLD we loved our stay! Driving through it’s one of those places that looks like it hasn’t changed since the 80’s, full of miners huts and cottages, old shops with fading signs and piles of dirt everywhere where people have tried their luck, but if you scratch beneath the surface (pun intended) you will find the true beauty of Sapphire.
Sapphire Caravan Park is a beautiful bush stay, levelled sites mean privacy and space for all. Kids loved the daily kangaroo feeding and meeting the lorikeets who would come past each morning and afternoon to say hello.
We originally planned on staying 1 night but caught a bit of gem fever and ended up staying longer, although our son didn’t ever want to leave.
6. The Billabong Kuranda
The Billabong Kuranda is a piece of paradise 💚 set on 160 acres of rainforest.
Kids didn’t want to leave. So. Much. Space!
👍🏻 Dirt roads for BMX / Mountain bikes 👍🏻Cute turtles to feed in the Billabong 👍🏻Camp fire every night 🔥 👍🏻Pet friendly with stacks of walks to do 👍🏻Resident Helmeted Guinea Foul flock that follow you round like the Pied Piper 👍🏻Night Army Truck drive through the rainforest (runs on the property and you get for half price if you’re camping) was an experience our son still raves about.
We ask him each night what his score is for the day out of 10, you know to see how well we did in parenting stakes that day and he rates that day a 500! 👏
A trip to Kuranda isn’t complete without checking out the Barron Gorge and a stroll around the village and markets, which were only 5 mins drive away.
7. Granite Gorge Nature Park - Outside Mareeba in FNQ about an hour West of Cairns.
Rock wallaby’s in their natural environment, not a cage or fence in sight. So cute and friendly and a brilliant learning opportunity for our kids who soaked the experience in like no other.
Worthy of a visit, you can do a day trip for a small entry fee but camping there takes it to a new level. For one there are no additional fees to access the wallaby rocks, which are only 5 mins from the campground. And you can see the wallaby’s at any time of day or night; minus the tour buses. At night, they come right into the camp ground, it’s very cool!
8. Malanda Fall Caravan Park - Malanda, Atherton Tablelands.
Beautiful spot at Malanda Falls. The park has stair access to natures swimming pool / gorgeous waterfall. Jaxon was so excited to go crystal hunting and you know what we actually found a couple!
The park has an animal farm which the kids just loved and wide green spaces to kick a footy and run around.
9. Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park
Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park we had a ball! Perfect FNQ Winter weather with cool nights and warm days.
We loved seeing the dam water being released as it’s that full when we visited 💧
It’s part of G'Day Rewards so you get the members discount and it's pet friendly. The staff were the friendliest we have encountered, and we can’t wait to come back!
Fun for kids with jumping pillow, swimming pool, 4 wheel bike hire and playground across the road. Fun for all with boat / canoe / stand up paddle board / jet-ski hire. It's a great base point for Tablelands touring, or you could stay there and not leave and have a brilliant holiday.
10. Cobbold Gorge'ous - worthy of all the hype!
The best way to see the Gorge it is from the water below. You have to book directly as there’s no self touring option. The camp ground is a typical bush camp but the bonus is a beautiful infinity pool, bar and restaurant, there’s also a dam with canoes for use.
Thanks to our fellow travellers who told us it was a ‘must see’ we feel humbled by the experience! The photos say it all.
We loved our time in Queensland, so much so we spent 3 months there and had to drag ourselves away as we still had the rest of the country to see and only 9 months remaining!