If you have taken the plunge and bought yourself a little beauty of a caravan, then welcome to a whole new world of adventures. On road, off road, or right off the grid and as far away from civilisation as possible. It's all possible and a matter of jumping into your new caravan (with a little prep). But you might be forgetting someone... someone who is a faithful, loyal friend and often misses out on the holidays? But you don't have to endure those pleading eyes for much longer (they have a way of looking straight into your heart, don't they?), as there is absolutely no reason you can't bring your dog along on your holidays - in fact there are many options for you to go camping with dogs in Victoria. Here's what you need to know, and where to go.
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First off; 3 good reasons to take Fido camping
1. HE'S PART OF THE FAMILY
Your dog is a family member - sometimes you may even prefer them to your children (let's be honest!) They don't want much from you; just your time and attention. You don't have your dog for too long so taking them on a camping holiday is a great way to create memories that will last a lifetime.
2. HE KEEPS YOU ACTIVE
As you get older life gets more sedentary - gyms hold less appeal, and sometimes it just seems a bit too hard to get out and about to take some exercise. A dog is like your own, live-in personal trainer. They need exercise or they will destroy your house, one cushion (or shoe, or piece of wall panelling), at a time. Your dog keeps you healthy, so take him on a camping holiday with you and spend some time bushwalking, walking in the park or just playing on the beach with him. He will love your forever for it (not that he doesn't already).
3. IT COSTS MONEY TO BOARD YOUR DOG
If you're looking at going on an extended trip, then the cost of boarding your dog can add up. Costs vary, but you're looking at anything from $20-$45 per day. If you go on, say, a 6 month trip, that's nearly a whole other holiday you could have paid for! Asking a family member or friend to mind your dog can be awkward as it's a big responsibility.
Where can you go camping with dogs in Victoria?
If you've decided to bring your pooch along with you on your holiday, this is the kind of face you will be looking at. Dogs love travelling, they love the outdoors, they love being with people - in many ways they make the perfect travel companion.
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DOG FRIENDLY CARAVAN/CAMPING GROUNDS IN VICTORIA
Camping with dogs in Victoria has never been easier. Here is a list of dog-friendly sites for you to explore:
- Wakiti Creek Resort: a secluded holiday park on over 60 acres of beautiful natural bush land on the banks of the Wakiti Creek.
- Euroa Caravan and Tourist Park: The caravan and cabin park sits in gorgeous parkland with Sevens Creek running alongside. Over 60 park and water side sites are available.
- Gunbower Caravan Park: 8 cabins available, plus camping and caravan sites, undercover BBQ area, heated swimming pool, and close proximity to local shops and hotel.
- Grampians Gardens Tourist Park: Set on 9 acres on the edge of the Grampians National Park, surrounded by emus, kangaroos, native birds and other wildlife (keep in mind how your dog will respond to these neighbours). There is a fenced off-leash dog play area.
- Lake Hamilton Motor Village & Caravan Park: Located in the Southern Grampians, Lake Hamilton offers fully self-contained cabins, and powered sites for your van.
- Lake Bolac Caravan & Holiday Park: Offering 75 powered sites, Lake Bolac's facilities include recently upgraded toilet & shower blocks and a BBQ area.
- River Road Caravan Park: Located just 25 metres from the banks of the Murray River. Large sites to suit all sizes of caravans, plus they offer large covered kennels.
- Porepunkah Bridge Caravan Park: On the banks of the Ovens River. Camping sites are shaded, and there are cabin and cottages available with a fully fenced swimming pool, kiosk and amenities.
- Porepunkah Pines Tourist Resort: Located near Mt Buffalo, Mt Hotham and Mt Bogong (Falls Creek), a variety of accomodation options are available, plus a recreation / TV room and a large inground solar heated pool.
- Seaspray Caravan Park: This big park offers 238 large powered sites. Located alongside the “90 Mile Beach”, and close to Central Gippsland.
- Riverside Caravan Park: Located on the Edward River, Riverside has afree gas BBQs, a saltwater pool and a new camp kitchen. Cabins, powered sites and camping sites are available.
- Tongala Caravan Park: Camping sites, powered sites, budget and deluxe ensuite cabins are available. Facilities include a swimming pool, games room, TV room and wireless internet access.
- Torrumbarry Weir Holiday Park: 20 minutes north of Echuca, activities include water skiing, fishing or bush walking. Powered and un-powered sites are available as well as fully self contained ensuite units.
- Best Friend Holiday Retreat: 6 Individual off-leash areas, dog hydrobath hut and dog playgrounds with budget and deluxe cabins where dogs sleep inside.
- Elmore Caravan Park: Key features include a playground, large sites for caravans, a BBQ area and a STD phone. There are both powered and unpowered sites available. Note: Dogs are allowed but require prior permission so make sure your enquire first.
More and more parks are discovering the benefits of dog-friendly accommodation, so you have plenty of options to bring your pup along with you. It can really make a camping ground or caravan site feel like home, and your dog will keep you active and be great company. Of course it goes without saying to be responsible, clean up after your pooch and observe all leashed vs off-leash regulations. Holidaying with your best mate can make your adventure that much more special for everyone.