Travelling with your dog*

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Travelling with your dog

When I go away on holidays, I like to travel with my dog. I also regularly compete in agility and obedience trials which are conducted up and down the coast, and by necessity I’ve become a bit of an expert on canine-friendly accommodation around NSW
A firm favourite is the North Beach Caravan Park which is situated on the beach at Mylestom, at the centre of the Coffs Coast. This quiet village is located on the banks of the Bellinger River. Its beauty is its tranquility and the location makes an excellent base for Bellingen, Coffs, Dorrigo & Urunga. The journey usually takes about 4 ½ hours from Sydney- the Pacific Highway upgrades have improved travel time immensely
Accommodation options include powered and unpowered sites of one and two bedroom cabins. Each cabin is air conditioned and fully equipped with everything a family may need for a good value holiday. There’s a pool, children’s playground and kiosk. You’ll need to bring your dog’s bedding and his food and water bowl
For me, the greatest attraction is the park’s proximity to the beach. Just a stones throw from the steps of your cabin is the track leading to the off-leash beach. Be warned, the off-leash section is unpatrolled so you may need to seek the advice of an ocean-savvy person regarding where to swim, but it is visually spectacular in its remoteness and if your dog is anything like mine, he’ll go a little crazy with joy when the sand hits his toes -this never fails to put a smile on my face
After you and your family members are suitably exhausted by your jaunt up the beach you could settle down to a BBQ meal on your cabin verandah, or you could walk to the Mylestom Recreation Club and mix it with the friendly locals. The drinks are cheap and the in-house Chinese Restaurant is not bad at all. If you are feeling adventurous the surrounding towns of Urunga, Bellingen or Dorrigo offer all manner of culinary fare and liquid refreshment
Of course all the tourist attractions of Coffs Harbour are available about 30 minutes up the road. The availability of cheap bananas this year was worth the trip alone
Please remember that the use of any dog-friendly facility is a privilege, not a right. Guests are reminded to keep their dogs on lead whilst within the park grounds and it is imperative that you clean up after your pet – nobody likes stepping in it

Disclaimer- Your intrepid reporter unfortunately pays her own way whenever she visits this or any other dog-friendly accommodation spot

By Virginia Pennefather*