Have you ever left your pooch behind when you’ve gone on holidays? Us too, and it’s awful.
Rather than let your furry friend have a Home Alone moment at the local boarding kennel, pack an extra bag with bedding and a bowl and make for the Roma region with this guide to pet-friendly accommodation.
Calling all indoor doggies, there’s a motel with your name on it in Roma’s CBD.
Among Motel Carnarvon’s range of apartments and motel rooms, six rooms are pet-friendly so you can sleep in three-star comfort as a whole family.
The motel owner’s welcome creatures great and small, so if your best friend is more Marmaduke than Tinkerbelle, you’ll want to mark this one on your Outback Queensland itinerary.
Although pooch isn’t allowed to sleep on the bed, they are allowed inside – something they’ll be grateful for when the Roma temperature dips to single figures.
Simply call ahead to book your pet-friendly room, as the Motel Carnarvon team like to spread the hounds across the property to avoid any late-night bark-a-thons between the walls.
Big Rig Tourist Park
If your doggy is lucky enough to travel with a kennel on wheels (aka caravan), the only “stay” they’ll want to hear is one at Roma’s Big Rig Tourist Park.
Their grassy van sites are pet-friendly (their villas are human-friendly only) and the perfect base to explore the best of central Roma.
There’s a park across the road to run off excess energy and for fur-parents, all of Roma’s pubs and restaurants a short 500m walk away.
Roma Gun Club Caravan and Camping
Hit the pet-friendly bullseye with a stay at Roma Gun Club Caravan and Camping.
Set just outside Roma’s CBD, there’s no size restrictions on your caravan or canine at this campground.
Friendly welcomes and broad smiles are what this park is known for. That, and the fact the Clay Target Club is right next door if you’re up for some shooting practice.
Ups N Downs Caravan Park & Farm Stay
Pooch won’t be the only four-legged furry animal at this pet-friendly accommodation with alpacas, camels and goats all part of the welcoming committee.
Once you’re set up in one of the powered or unpowered sites, all that’s left to do is take in the scenery before making your way to the communal firepit where happy hour is hosted each day.
For more farm stays and boutique accommodation like this, make like a dog at dinner time and race over to this guide.
Looking for more pet-friendly accommodation in Roma?
- Mandalay Motel
Injune Caravan Park
If you’re the kind of human who gets hot under the collar if you don’t get a decent daily walk just like your best friend, base your outback adventure in the foothills of Carnarvon Ranges at the Injune Caravan Park.
The tiny town of Injune will set human-tails wagging as the jumping off point to the ‘Green Canyon’ of Queensland, Carnarvon National Park.
As pet-friendly as this caravan park is, the national park is not, so if someone isn’t hanging back at home base, you might like to make use of one of the short-term boarding facilities in Roma’s CBD (90km away) for doggy day care while you explore Carnarvon Gorge.
Fancy your pooch an agility athlete? Why not stay in the former accommodation of real athletes at the Injune Motel whose 10 bungalows were bought from the Olympic Village in Sydney.
Call ahead to book the pet-friendly room, which is a bone’s throw from Carnarvon Gorge, Mt Moffatt and Lake Nuga Nuga for exploring (although not with your furry friend to Carnarvon Gorge or Mt Moffat National Park).
You won’t have to wander far to find meals after checking in, with the Injune Hotel and Roadhouse a short walk from your accommodation.
Simply BYO-bed for Fido and embrace the outback hospitality found in the Roma region.
Looking for more pet-friendly accommodation in Injune?
- Possum Park
- Injune Rodeo Ground
If there was a tagline for this campsite it would read – Fisherman’s Park by name, heaven for a fisherman’s best friend by nature.
With wide open space for your fur-baby to run ragged and a hoard of other caravanners for pooch to beg, borrow or steal an Arnott’s biscuit from, chances are you’ll have a hard time coaxing your fur-friend away from this free camp on the banks of the Balonne River.
For humans, its peaceful surrounds are complimented with an amenities block, picnic tables, drinking water and BBQ facilities, making it easy to max out this park’s three-night stay limit.
Looking for more pet-friendly accommodation in Surat?
- The Cobb & Co Country Motel (on application)
- The New Royal Hotel Motel (on application)
- Surat Caravan Park (on application)
Mitchell Neil Turner Weir
When in Roma, do as the Outback Queenslanders do – pop pooch in the back of the car and explore together.
If you’re looking for a free campsite with all the amenity bells and whistles (read: flushing toilets, BBQs and drinking water), make Mitchell Neil Turner Weir your overnight stop .
With easy access to the water, make sure you’ve packed a spare towel so pooch can cool off after a long day under the outback sun.
If you don’t mind ‘ruffing’ it, pull up your handbrake at Fisherman’s Rest, five kilometres from Mitchell.
You’re unlikely to find Fisherman’s Rest uninhabited, it’s generally got a steady stream of travellers who come here for the promise of river-frontage without the price tag (yep, this campsite on the Maranoa River is totally free).
For pooch, the grassy campground makes an excellent playground with gentle slopes for sprints and the river when it’s time to cool down.