Camping Recommendation In Victoria (Pet)

Submitted: Friday, Jun 25, 2021 at 09:02
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Hi,

We are looking to get away for the school holidays with the children and a 1yo dog. As we cannot enter National Parks with the dog our options are limited and I was looking for some recommendations. We wanted to camp so not a caravan park.

Ideally we were looking for somewhere in Northern Victoria (Big Desert) area. Our 4WD is a VW 4Motion with a rear locker so capable but not a hard core 4WD.

Just somewhere quiet where I can chill for a week :)

Thanks in advance...
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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Friday, Jun 25, 2021 at 09:23

Friday, Jun 25, 2021 at 09:23
Hi mchenry,

Firstly, from what I understand of the legislation regarding National Parks, you can transit a National Park with your dog in your car, but you are not permitted to stop and let your dog out. So in order to transit, it must be able to be completed in a single day. The only exception to this is if your dog is a “service dog”, i.e. guide dog, registered assistance dog etc.

Secondly with regard to your vehicle, whilst I have not driven the Border Track, I have seen enough videos of the various sections of the track to know that some of the sand dunes can be very soft, and a “proper” high ground clearance 4WD would be better. I am not sure what your 4motion VW is capable of, but if you have someone else travelling with you that has a 4WD that can assist you if you get stuck, you may be OK.

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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Friday, Jun 25, 2021 at 10:28

Friday, Jun 25, 2021 at 10:28
In SA you can be fined stopping in a NP, CP etc, and having a dog in your vehicle.
Saw this personally in Deep Creek once on a 4x4 tour, one brought a dog unknown to the trip leaders, that shows how they kept it in the vehicle the whole stops for lunch at Trig etc.
Ranger came through, saw the dog in the car, issued fine, not sure how much that was.
Not terribly fair on the dog either, stuck in the vehicle for hours on end.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bigfish - Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 at 10:44

Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 at 10:44
Qld you cannot bring a dog into a national park...regardless if it stays in the car...unless advertised .
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Reply By: Member - Core420 - Friday, Jun 25, 2021 at 10:06

Friday, Jun 25, 2021 at 10:06
Get the WikiCamp app which should help you identify appropriate camping spots.

I don't believe 4motion is the same as 4wd unless you have a locking mechanism in your transfer case. For example VW uses a torsen diff in the transfer case of its Amarok vehicles. Without being able to lock your front and rear driveshafts it's AWD and it will not prevent one set of wheels spinning freely when you're stuck. In soft sand this is a distinct possibility.
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Follow Up By: RMD - Friday, Jun 25, 2021 at 13:06

Friday, Jun 25, 2021 at 13:06
I believe, while a torsen diff is not locked as in definite front/rear 4wd, it DOES limit the difference of speed and so provides some of the torque to the slipping axle. It doesn't just drive ALL to the easiest axle.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Friday, Jun 25, 2021 at 18:01

Friday, Jun 25, 2021 at 18:01
The OP did not state which model VW he has. The VW 4motion comes in 9 models. Only the Touareg and Amarock models have Torsen traction style 4WD. It is also supported with ESC which means they are up there with the Land Rovers so they are up there with the best of the 4WD systems. The two differ in that the Amarock has a transfer case.

The other seven use the Haldex Traction system. If you read those links you will see that they are all quite capable vehicles.
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 at 20:33

Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 at 20:33
There's no transfer case in an auto Amarok. No low range and an 8 speed auto. The manual Amaroks have low range.
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Friday, Jun 25, 2021 at 10:29

Friday, Jun 25, 2021 at 10:29
Border track from the south might be ok, camp Red Bluff.
Check all covid restrictions etc, not sure where you're coming from, or what bans are now in place (if any).
As per other Border Tk post, watch any mud holes, always walk them or test with a long stick.
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Follow Up By: mchenry - Friday, Jun 25, 2021 at 12:16

Friday, Jun 25, 2021 at 12:16
I don't think I can go to Red Bluff with the dog :(
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Friday, Jun 25, 2021 at 15:20

Friday, Jun 25, 2021 at 15:20
Darn yeah, I was thinking outside main parks, but still a conservation reserve.

https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/places-to-see/sites/red-bluff-camping-area-

It's tough as a dog owner to go to a lot of nice parks and such.
We either get animals babysat, or into boarding for stress free travel.
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 at 14:42

Saturday, Jun 26, 2021 at 14:42
You can't go wrong by camping at Big Billy about 30km south of Murrayville on the Murrayville track, its ok for dogs , toilets , water, firewood,fireplaces etc and enough room.

Dirt road with some mild as well as some wild tracks nearby.

Its state forest there and at southern end (north of Nhill ) is Broken Bucket which is actually bitumen to campsite.

All above well marked , but get Victoria Deserts map.
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