According to the RSPCA, there are around 24 million pets in Australia, with approximately five million of those being dogs. This means that twenty percent of Aussies share their home with Man’s Best Friend!
We certainly are a nation of dog-lovers - and with good reason! Studies have shown that dog-owners are sick less often than non-dog-owners, are more resistant to allergies, have better heart health, exercise more often, have more empathy, and are just generally happier.
With such incredible benefits, it’s no wonder more and more travellers are seeking out pet-friendly accommodation for their holidays.
As dog-owners ourselves, we understand how stressful it is to leave your pooch behind when you travel. Organising a kennel or house-sitter, the extra costs and the constant worry about your pet can all add up to make for an unpleasant holiday. Plus, the dog himself can become very distressed when separated from his family.
That’s why we don’t want you to leave your beloved pooch behind when you visit us here at our dog-friendly Emu Park caravan park!
We offer comfortable, grassy, pet-friendly caravan and camping sites, as well as dog-friendly cabins for those who prefer to ‘glamp’. The self-contained ensuite cabins include an undercover outdoor area to sit and enjoy the sea breezes, with an elevated pet bed on the balcony, an extra pet mat inside the cabin and a private fenced area for off-lead relaxing.
We are the only dog-friendly Emu Park caravan park, welcoming dogs year-round (on certain sites and cabins), except during July and August.
Emu Park is a very dog-friendly town and you will find many activities to enjoy with your pooch. Around town, dogs must remain on leads, however they can run freely on Fisherman’s Beach, which is directly accessible from the park. The dog-friendly, off-leash area operates weekdays only (not including public holidays) and commences 150 metres north of Bell Park all the way to Tanby Point.
All other beaches are leash-free before 8am and after 4pm daily unless otherwise signposted. At all other times your dog must be on a leash.
How to prepare your dog for holiday
Once you have booked your dog-friendly site or cabin at our Emu Park caravan park, all that is left to do is ensure you and your pooch are fully prepared for the trip.
Here are some suggestions to make sure your dog is comfortable during his holiday:
- Visit your vet for a check-up, and ensure vaccinations, worming and flea treatments are up-to-date.
- Organise any paperwork you may need, such as vaccination certificates, other medical records and phone numbers of local vets.
- Plan your route. Having a dog with you means your trip will take longer, with more breaks required. Research suitable places to stop along the way, where your dog can eat, drink, go to the toilet and have a quick run.
- Arrange any care required. If you are planning on attending an event and will be away from your site or cabin for a period of time, please find a local kennel or doggy daycare provider to care for your dog during that time. Our park policy does not allow dogs to be left unattended at the park.
- Consider safety. Just as you buckle up yourselves and your children, the safety of your dog is just as important. Ensure you purchase either a car harness or crate for your dog to travel safely.
- Pack all of your dog’s requirements, including:
- Food and water
- Blankets and towels
- Brush and shampoo
- Poop bags and scooper
- Anything special from home that will bring him comfort.
- Ensure your dog is wearing his collar, with a current phone number and microchip so he can be easily reunited with you if he gets lost.
- If your dog gets car sick or anxious, prepare him in advance. Take him for a long walk to exert some energy before the trip, and don’t feed him a heavy meal right before. Start taking some extra trips in the weeks before, such as the school run, to get him used to the car.
Pet-friendly accommodation guidelines
We love that you can bring your dog along with you on holidays! To make sure we can continue to allow this, please follow these guidelines:
- We allow a maximum of two dogs on caravan and campsites, and one dog in the cabins.
- Your dog is welcome inside the cabin. Bedding is provided, or you can bring your own - please don’t allow your dog on park furniture or bedding.
- Please ensure that your dog is up to date with their flea and tick treatment. Any extra cleaning or sanitisation of the cabin required may be subject to an additional cleaning fee.
- Dogs must be on a leash at all times when in the park, except if they are in the fenced area of the cabin.
- Dogs are prohibited from all communal areas such as reception, amenities, bbq areas and camp kitchen.
- All mess must be immediately removed and disposed of.
- Please do not let your dog mark its territory in the park.
- No dog is to be left unattended. Please do not go out and leave your dog behind. We can assist you in finding a suitable kennel or doggy daycare if required.
- No barking or aggressive dogs, hunting dogs or banned breeds.
- All dog owners, whether you have expressly agreed or not, assume all liability regarding your dog being on our premises and indemnify us against all and any damages, all or any claims or other suits that may arise as a result of your dog being in our park.
There is no longer any need to leave your dog at home while your family explores the great outdoors. With just a little bit of planning and preparation, your whole family can make memories here at our Emu Park caravan park.
It truly is a dog’s life!