Man And Woman In Tent With Dog


Blessed with an extraordinary wilderness and stunning coastlines, South Australia is a haven for campers and outdoor junkies. But if you’re a pet owner, you might be torn between exploring and staying with your dog.

Actually, there are many dog-friendly camping spots in South Australia where you’re welcome to enjoy nature with your pets. Here are a few places I recommend.


Hillocks Drive at Butler’s Beach is a camping destination that gives you an opportunity to set up your tent at a bush camp on the Yorke Peninsula. It’s a quiet hideaway by the coast where you and your four-legged friend can enjoy both the bush and the sea.

There are several camping options at Hillocks Drive. You can opt to pitch your tent or bring your own campervan and set up at their beachside camping spots. Additionally, you can rent one of Hillocks Drive’s Ocean Pods. It’s outfitted with everything you need for a memorable glamping experience.

Look around for wildlife and soak in the magnificent view of the coastline when you follow one of their walking trails. Water-based activities, such as fishing and whale watching, are also available. Just make sure your dog is on a leash, and you and your dog are free to enjoy the amazing sights and fun activities.


Another one of numerous dog-friendly camping spots in South Australia near the Yorke Peninsula is the Marion Bay Caravan Park. Just five minutes away from Innes National Park, its cabins and campsites are nestled among the native trees of the bush while still being by the coast.

As the campsites are near the sea, water-based activities are readily accessible. Bushwalking trails that showcase South Australia’s flora and fauna are also nearby, with first class views from cliffs and the ocean to boot. If you want to further bask in the beauty of Marion Bay, you can also walk the jetty nearby.

Dogs are welcome at the park, but conditions still apply. Your dog can only stay at powered camping sites and dogs are prohibited in the cabins. Of course, you also need to make sure your dog stays out of trouble at all times.


Just two hours away from Adelaide is the camping area next to Rapid Bay. You can pitch a tent on a grassy field near the water, or you can bring your own caravan with you.

You can do all sorts of activities in the water at Rapid Bay, such as fishing, swimming and snorkelling. If you want something to do with your dog, you can take it for a walk along the beach. There’s also a jetty you can check out and a cave at the end of the beach you can explore.

As is standard in most pet-friendly camping areas, dogs are welcome, but they’re required to be on a leash at all times. Also, you need to make sure your dog behaves will.

Your dog doesn’t need to be left out when you’re out basking in all of South Australia’s natural glory. There are so many locations now that happily welcome well-behaved dogs. These three are just the start.

Your dog doesn’t need to be left behind. There are so many locations now that happily welcome well-behaved dogs. These three are just the start. But remember, pet-friendly camping sites are no place to take a dog that has not been trained.



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Philip Wallis

Philip grew up with a family of pet lovers. He particularly loves dogs and is sharing his experience with OnDECK by DINGA.