Big 4 To Let Dogs Stay In Some Caravan Parks

Big 4 To Let Dogs Stay In Some Caravan Parks
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Travelling with your beloved family pet can be a challenge if you don’t want to sleep in a tent or a campervan. Caravan chain Big 4 just made life a little easier for mobile canines, dropping its long-standing blanket “no dogs” policy in favour of letting individual park owners set their own policy.

Picture by Cheryl Cox

Not every one of Big 4’s 180-odd member parks is necessarily going to introduce a pro-dog policy. According to the press release announcing the policy, 23 will permit dogs as of July 1 (those 23, if you must know, are in Airlie Beach, Atheron, Batemans Bay, Bathurst, Busselton, Cania Gorge, Carnarvon, Denmark, Dongara, Forbes, Hay, Innisfail, Lake Macquarie, Ledge Point, Merimbula, Mildura, Mount Gambier, Nambucca Heads, South West Rocks, Swan Hill, Tocumwal, Wodonga and Yamba.)

While this still means the majority of Big 4 parks are banning dogs, it increases the options available. What resources and tricks do you use to ensure that you can travel with the family pets? Or would you pick a caravan park because of its anti-dog policy? We’d love to hear about it in the comments.


  • “What resources and tricks do you use to ensure that you can travel with the family pets? ”

    Australia is so bloody dog-unfriendly for any kind of travel with pets (even just for stopovers on a long road journey) that I just do it in other countries. It’s easier to cross Europe than Sydney with a pet.

  • I can see both sides of the coin with this one.

    In favour of “anti-dog” parks, theres less of a liability as it removes any risk of dog bites (usual to occur in the first place, but still possible) in an area usually full of small children. It also means there is no mess left by the small number of dog owners who don’t clean up after their pets.

    I can see dog friendly parks gaining momentum though, as travelling retirees make up a large percentage of park turnover – and they’re one of a few demographics who I can definitely see wanting to take a small dog with them on their travels.

  • My wife is a little too precious for caravan parks, so we always book holiday houses that are pet friendly. There’s quite a few websites around with this now.

    Down side to this is we often end up in quite large places (3-4 bedrooms +) for just my wife, me and our Labrador.

    Also, sometimes the fences aren’t really up to scratch… 0.8m is not high enough to contain a “real” dog!!!

  • “What resources and tricks do you use to ensure that you can travel with the family pets?”

    Hide him under a blanket until we’re inside, them hope he doesn’t bark.

  • Even though the canopy on my navara is configured to home our doggies, on road trips we’ve frequently been forced to canp because park owners think we’d use any excuse to get Them into the cabin. That’s how dog friendly some of these places are.

    Often use stayz and filter for dog friendly.

  • i just won a big four $1,000 voucher and knowing i can take my dog is just bonza for me.

    thanks getaway for giving me and my best pal the chance to see somewhere new in australia

  • It’s a shame that most of your parks do not allow pets. I could be using exclusivley 365 days a year. But consider only a fraction of park are pet friendly even a membrship is not worth it 🙂
    I’ll just have to settle for 2nd best because where i go, my pet comes with me.
    Food for thought.

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