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.
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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.