We know you love to travel with your furry best friend, so BIG4 Holiday Parks have designed some brilliant travel itineraries to help you get out and about and explore this great land of ours with your little tail-wagger.
Whether you are wanting to take on the Mighty Murray, wander around Western Australia or parade down the Pacific Coastline with your pooch we have itineraries you will love.
Using these ‘Dogs Welcome’ itineraries, you can get a taste of the tropics in Far North Queensland, saunter around South Australia, explore from the Goldfields to the Hunter Valley, take on the Mighty Murray River, see the sensational South Coast of New South Wales, parade along the Pacific Coast or take your time to wander around Western Australia with man’s best friend.
Aside from these fabulous itineraries, which have many suggested holiday destinations for you and your hound, the following BIG4 Holiday Parks also welcome friendly tail-waggers.
GOULBURN, NEW SOUTH WALES
Relive the grandeur of bygone days in Australia’s first inland city, Goulburn. Ideally located only two hours from Sydney, one hour from Canberra and 90 minutes from the coast, Goulburn is a thriving rural community with city conveniences. Admire the town’s lovingly preserved architecture, surrounded by grazing land. Don’t miss the views from Rocky Hill Lookout and the War Memorial and sample traditional ale at Old Goulburn Brewery, Australia’s oldest surviving brewery. Rail buffs will love the Rail Heritage Centre at the old Roundhouse and old steam engines at the Historic Waterworks facility. While visiting Goulburn, you and your puppy can holiday at Governors Hill Carapark.
Sitting peacefully on the banks of the Macintyre River at the junction of five major highways, Goondiwindi is a well-established border town. You’ll find it’s a vibrant, contemporary place with excellent facilities and amenities and its river frontage provides a unique and tranquil setting for one of Queensland’s fastest growing communities. In late spring you’ll see a breath-taking display as jacaranda trees lining the streets burst into full purple bloom. You and your tail-wagger can camp at BIG4 Goondiwindi Holiday Park.
Surrounded by picturesque farmlands interspersed with low rolling hills, Kingaroy is the largest town in the South Burnett and central to this diverse and beautiful region. From here you can explore one of Australia’s most exciting new boutique wine regions. With a low-humidity, Kingaroy and the South Burnett are ideally suited for grape cultivation. The first vines were planted in 1995 and now you can visit and taste wine at more than five cellar doors nearby. You can your pooch can base yourself at BIG4 Kingaroy Holiday Park.
MT ISA, QUEENSLAND
Described as the Oasis of the Outback – a gleaming mirage on the horizon for travellers from all directions – Mount Isa nestles among the ochre-red Selwyn Ranges, on the banks of the Leichhardt River. Mount Isa has grown from strength to strength over the years but the harsh picturesque landscape has barely changed, becoming one of the main draw-cards for visitors each year. Mount Isa brings out the adventurous spirit in everyone, with ample places to fish, camp, four wheel drive, or relax and enjoy an Outback sunset. The rugged terrain is a four wheel driver’s haven, and visitors can explore the region just as the pioneers of the region did many years ago. Anchor yourself at Discovery Holiday Parks Argylla Mt Isa.
Devonport, on Tasmania’s north-west coast is the state’s third-largest city. Sitting on the banks of the Mersey River, it is surrounded by lush farmland, stunning coastline and attractions including the Tiagarra Aboriginal Centre, Devonport Art Gallery and Don River Railway. Devonport is a vibrant, modern city, cosmopolitan well beyond its size. Here city, coast and country come together at a pivotal Tasmanian hub. It is the Tasmanian home port of the Spirit of Tasmania sailing from Melbourne. You and your beloved doggie can anchor yourselves at Discovery Holiday Parks Devonport.
Australia’s most distinctive city, and Tasmania’s capital, Hobart, combines heritage charm and cultural diversity in a setting of exceptional beauty in Southern Tasmania. With the River Derwent at its heart and Mount Wellington rising above it, in Hobart the tranquillity of a city from a bygone era coexists with the vibrancy of a pocket-sized modern metropolis. Hobart’s European beginnings are evident everywhere, from quaint settlers’ cottages to the lofty porches of colonial mansions.
Once bustling with whalers and entrepreneurs, 19th-century sandstone warehouses now serve as dockside cafes, artist’s studios and restaurants, where you can enjoy excellent cuisine and fine wines. Discover Tasmania’s history in the nearby Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, be enthralled and even challenged by world leading MONA just a few minutes from the city. Enjoy classical and modern music in atmospheric venues, or go to the theatre in one of Australia’s oldest. Hobart is a place of fishing boats, fish punts at the docks, an accessible harbour around historic Constitution Dock, coffee under the sun-umbrellas where the famous Salamanca Market is held every Saturday. You and your hound can settle at Hobart Airport Tourist Park.
Witness Bright’s deciduous trees in their breathtaking autumnal splendour, and return throughout the year to take advantage of the village’s proximity to Victoria’s Alps, national parks and home-grown food and wine. Visit boutique wineries, stock up on stunning produce and taste local ingredients in village cafes. Linger in Bright Brewery or the Grape and Grain Bar, or finagle a reservation at Simone’s, one of Victoria’s most celebrated restaurants. View Bright’s picturesque setting on the Ovens River from lookouts at Mount Buffalo. See scenery like nothing else on the 230-kilometre Bogong Alpine Way (part of the Great Alpine Road), which loops through Bright, Mount Beauty, Falls Creek and over Dinner Plain and Mount Hotham. You and your canine friend can stay at BIG4 Bright Holiday Park.
Wonder at the beauty and terror of the Shipwreck Coast, honoured in Warrnambool’s scenic coastal promenades, heritage museums and an unforgettable sound and laser show. Enjoy Warrnambool’s captivating position, nestled into the rising contour of Victoria’s south-west coast amid green dairying country and overlooking the deep blue of the Southern Ocean. Breathe in the sea air with a stroll along the 5.7-kilometre Foreshore Promenade, and then pause for breakfast with a view at the Pavilion Cafe and Bar. Discover the seafaring history of Warrnambool and the rugged Shipwreck Coast with a visit to the award winning Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. Admire the historic lighthouses and see the infamous Loch Ard shipwreck of 1878 brought to life with a fascinating sound and laser show.
Find a spot at the viewing platform at Logans Beach and be the first to catch a glimpse of a fluking southern right whale. These giants return every June to October to their nursery at the beach to give birth and raise their calves. They can often be seen just 100 metres off the shore, but make time for multiple visits. You and your furry friend can holiday at BIG4 Hopkins River Holiday Park.
***When booking a holiday with your dog, please phone the individual Parks to discuss the accommodation types available and any restrictions that may be in place. This information is correct at time of publishing***