The Dog’s Guide to Margaret River – Dog Friendly Campsites and Wineries
Do you love camping or caravanning but hate leaving your four-legged bestie at home? So do I. Our dog, Billie Jean loves road trips and camping as much as we do and it breaks my heart to leave her behind. I know that she would be wagging her tail the entire time and going on a trip without her just isn’t the same.
As much as I like having her with us, taking a dog on a camp trip can be a challenge. Most of our coastline in the southwest is national park, which prohibits dogs and other domestic animals because they pose a risk to native wildlife and fauna.
The good news though, is that there are several fantastic camping spots in the southwest with great locations and facilities that do welcome dogs. Perhaps even better news is that there are also plenty of wineries and breweries where you can take your four-legged friend too.
I’ve listed these places below, but be sure to let me know if there are any others.
One of the family – Billie Jean is always up for an adventure, especially if it includes the beach and car trips
Dog friendly Campgrounds
Dunsborough Lakes Holiday Resort and Caravan Park
If you like being close to Dunsborough then the Lakes Holiday Resort and Caravan Park is a great option. The campground is a 5 minute walk to the beach and a short drive to the town centre.
The resort has powered and unpowered sites as well as self-contained cabins. There’s also a pool – although this not intended for your pooch, tennis courts, mini-golf and a kids playground.
Caves Carvan Park, Yallingup
Caves Caravan Park is located in one of the most picturesque spots in the southwest and is just a skip away from the fantastic beach in Yallingup and across the road from Caves House and one of the best beer gardens in West Australia.
Nestled amidst the natural bush, the park has plenty of shaded areas for you and your pooch, all within easy access to the regions best sights.
The caravan park has powered and unpowered sites, as well as self-contained chalets. Guest also have access to wifi, recreation room and camp kitchen. Some of the amenities are on the older side but the park is well maintained, friendly and clean.
Big Valley Campsite, Margaret River
If you want to be close to Margaret River town, then Big Valley Campsite is your best option. The campsite is located in a picturesque valley on a working sheep station that allows a glimpse of farm life.
The campground is surrounded by lush green paddocks with grazing sheep, natural bush and plenty of visiting kangaroos.
The campground has a large undercover area with a decked out camp kitchen, laundry facilities and a campfire to sit around during the evenings.
Flinders Bay Caravan Park, Augusta
With absolute beachfront access to one of the prettiest beaches in the southwest, this caravan park south of Augusta is a winner and not least of all because pooch can come too.
You’re just a few steps away from Flinders Bay where water based activities await. You’ll also find a designated dog exercise beach a short walk further south.
The Park has clean and modern amenities and caters for both powered and unpowered sites.
Westbay Retreat Caravan Park, Augusta
This charming spot located north of Augusta is nestled amidst 14-hectares of natural bushland and borders the picturesque Blackwood River. There’s a diversity of birds, wildlife and walking trails throughout the park. If that’s not enough, there’s a private boat ramp and a great little beach that’s perfect for kids and of course your dog.
Apart from its enchanted setting and shady grassed areas, the park provides powered and unpowered sites, hot showers and laundry facilities.
Dog Friendly Beaches in the Margaret River Region
The following is a list of designated dog beaches between Dunsborough and Augusta:
Dunsborough – Dunn Bay road north to Burt Court and Dunsborough Foreshore
Eagle Bay – Caladenia Close to Rocky Point
Yallingup – Dawson Road steps to the southern most point of Rabbits Car Park
Gnarabup Beach, from Narda Avenue approximately 300m south-west.
Gracetown – the southern stretch of beach opposite the township
Chapman Pool Campground- Warner Glen Road, Blackwood National Park
Prevelly Beach – off Mitchell Drive
Augusta – Flinders Bay, from the Surfers Lookout at Albany Terrace to the point where Albany Terrace turns west.
Dog Friendly Wineries and Breweries
There are plenty of wineries and breweries throughout the Margaret River region that are dog friendly. If you visit these places, be courteous to your fellow guests and attach your dog to a lead and enjoy the wine.
3 Oceans Wine
Cape Mentelle Winery
Cape Naturaliste Winery
Clancy’s Fish Pub, grassed area
Evans and Tate
Flame Trees Wines
Hay Shed Wines
Howard Park / Madfish Wines
House of Cards
Notting Hill Estate
Swings and Roundabouts
Words & Images by NinaNina loves outdoor adventures, exploring WA and of course dogs. Follow her blog here: www.westaustralianexplorer.com