Dog friendly bush camps South Oz & Vic west coast

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 22, 2005 at 08:37
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Hi All,
We are heading from Alice Springs to Geelong via Victor Harbour, Robe and the Great Ocean Road in about 2 weeks. We will be taking our 6 month old retriever with us and would like to know if there are any bush camps along the way that will accept dogs. We have a book with caravan parks but would like to stay in the bush when possible. Have also tried websites looking at state forests but haven't found much yet.

Thank you in advance for any responses.
Cheers
Dougie
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Saturday, Jan 22, 2005 at 11:43

Saturday, Jan 22, 2005 at 11:43
Don't expect any friendly treatment for dogs or cats in state parks mate. There are usually signs up as the state parks are for native plants, birds and animals. I was impressed to the lengths I saw South Aussie parks people were going to with explosives in Gawler Ranges actually against rabbit warrens. Wish they would do that in Victoria.

Don't forget that retreivers are bred for retreiving animals and birds dead or alive.....
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Follow Up By: rolande- Saturday, Jan 22, 2005 at 13:35

Saturday, Jan 22, 2005 at 13:35
John,
Animals allowed in State Forrest areas, lots of these around the G.O.R. If they have a problem with dogs then all the horse riders around this way would find access difficult also,
Rolande
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Follow Up By: dougie diesel - Saturday, Jan 22, 2005 at 15:02

Saturday, Jan 22, 2005 at 15:02
Thanks for your reply John.
Yes, I am well aware of the reasons that dogs are not welcome in most national parks and reserves. I would certainly not expect to be able to take a dog into a national park or conservation area. Some states allow dogs in state forests along with trail bikes, horses and other forms of recreation as the forests have already been cut down at least once in these areas. I'm sure Tasmania has some and as Rolande says, so do the Otways. I think it's also possible to camp on crown land. I'm merely asking of any more of these types of places exist around the route we will travel so that we are not stuck in caravan parks the whole way. We are relocating so wouldn't normally have the dog with us. Have you seen the cost of air freighting a dog? I don't think the 3 year old would like to be without his dog for too long either. I also wouldn't let the dog off the lead at all, just like a van park, he's not trained well enough to be trusted yet at 6 months old.
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Reply By: rolande- Saturday, Jan 22, 2005 at 13:36

Saturday, Jan 22, 2005 at 13:36
Dougie,
Find a copy of Otways Forest Map. State Forrest camp grounds on the map will allow your dog to camp with you.
Rolande
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Follow Up By: dougie diesel - Saturday, Jan 22, 2005 at 15:07

Saturday, Jan 22, 2005 at 15:07
Thanks Rolande,
I did see mention of at least two car based campsites that allow dogs on a web site. I'll get hold of the map. I've that there are several good drives in the Otways so will be keen to check them out.
With the amount of people travelling these days it would be good to have some bush areas to camp in with your dogs. Although there is always the element of the community who wouldn't be able to do this responsibly. Shame really.
Cheers
Dougie
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Follow Up By: rolande- Saturday, Jan 22, 2005 at 15:14

Saturday, Jan 22, 2005 at 15:14
Dougie,
For more info you can email me on
UHUFORREST at YAHOO dot COM dot AU
Rolande
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Reply By: Cruisergxl - Saturday, Jan 22, 2005 at 17:48

Saturday, Jan 22, 2005 at 17:48
Hi Dougie,

Do you have the book Bush Camping with Dogs, it is quite useful and lists bush camps where dogs are allowed. We use it quite a lot, the directions are sometime a bit vague but it is nice that some has done the leg work to find these places. It's even on sale on this site, how more convienient can you get!!

Cheers,

Chris
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Follow Up By: dougie diesel - Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 19:09

Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 19:09
Thanks Chris.
I think I'll do that.
Dougie
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Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Saturday, Jan 22, 2005 at 19:56

Saturday, Jan 22, 2005 at 19:56
As above mate we have dogs and they go everywhere with us (hey JohnR) and this book is very helpfull, you will find if you stay in a Caravan Pk they usually want to meet the dogs to make sure they are friendly as for State forests they are usually OK in them, your only prob will be NParks.

There are a couple of places on the SW coast great ocean Rd that except dogs one is near Warnanbool.

Get books on this they are very helpfull also they are in the shop on this site.

Baz.
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Follow Up By: dougie diesel - Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 19:11

Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 19:11
Thanks Baz,
Got one book and will now get the bush camp one.
Cheers
Dougie
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 10:10

Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 10:10
Thing is with Forests here in SA, is that there aren't that many, and you can't camp in them until after fire season....... 15 th. April.

Wolfie
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Follow Up By: dougie diesel - Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 19:14

Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 19:14
Thanks Wolfie.
I definitely didn't know that. I've been to Adelaide twice And driven through to WA a couple of times. Don't know much about the area we are heading through at all. Good to gain local knowledge.
Thanks
Dougie
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Reply By: Ray Bates - Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 22:20

Sunday, Jan 23, 2005 at 22:20
Hi Have you considered getting a copy of Camps Australia Wide which is a Hema publication and can be read in conjuction with Hema's Australia Road Atlas. I have found both these book extreamly valuable in my travels
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