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Holiday with your dog near Barrington Tops, NSW

Cosy Campers

Who can blame us for trying to squeeze every last drop of sunshine out of this season after that abysmal wet summer? We’ve got the camping bug and we’ve got it bad! We just have to be outside as much as possible and you can bet Pluto isn’t complaining.

Last weekend found us at Riverwood Downs. This is a great dog friendly destination if you like a bit camping… or even if you prefer the resort lifestyle. As I’m a little bit country and a little bit rock’n roll I’ve gone both ways at Riverwood Downs. There’s even a variety of cabin options for those in between.

The location is just breathtaking… right at the foothills of Barrington Tops. And this place is a canine heaven. Dogs are welcome pretty much everywhere except the bar. My first trip there we arrived on Christmas when Pluto was a puppy. I had Pluto on lead and entered the bar as I wasn’t sure where to book in. Pluto was sporting her new Christmas collar. Turns out it was too big. She slipped her collar and hopped dirty pawed right up on an older woman in a white pants suit. Not Pluto’s best moment! (I’m pretty sure dogs weren’t allowed in there before that day either!) That year they had a Christmas dinner inside for people and their dogs complete with a Santa Claus delivering dog bikkies. Canine heaven.. didn’t I tell you? The kiosk & cafe offer puppacinos and all sorts of other dog delights. Dogs can be booked into any of the accommodations whether resort or camping. And they don’t need to be kept on lead! Of course you know your mate and can make a decision for more control where needed.

It’s quite an isolated property and yet you have all the amenities of a small resort right within arm’s reach. For example, you can hop out of your tent in the morning and grab a cappuccino. Go bushwalking and then book yourself in for a catered dinner. Rent a canoe and then get a Black Russian at the bar.  If it’s warm you can go for a swim or float down river in an inner tube. Or you can look for Platypus in the river. Yes, we’ve seen them. Horse riding is available and beautiful horses gallop through a paddock adjacent to the campground. You can hear cows in the morning from across the river.

Riverwood Downs may not be the best match if you’re a hard core camper. If free hot showers and well kept facilities scare you off this may not be the place for your backwoods adventure. A serious bush walk may require a short drive. While the canoeing  the river is beautiful, if you’re looking for some serious paddling the river doesn’t stay deep enough for long for me to get a paddling workout.

This is a fantastic place to just kick back with your dogs. Camping is easy and it’s right on the river so you can always cool off. Dogs can swim to their hearts content. It’s a bit of a drive for me at 4 hours with a 3 year old in the car, but I know I’ll be going back. Happy camping!

Check out Riverwood Downs.

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