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Questions about travelling Australia with a dog would have to be one of the most asked questions we see in our Facebook Group – Planning a Lap of Australia . For many people, travelling with a dog (or cat for that matter) is part of their family; leaving them behind is just out of the question.

While there are no right or wrong answers to this question, there are a lot of factors to consider before you decide to start travelling Australia with dogs or pets. In writing this, I have included as much information as possible to help you make the right decision for you and your dog. And if you are wondering, currently, we don’t have a dog, but we are dog lovers!

So here are a few things that you might need to consider before deciding to travel around Australia with a dog.

Travelling Australia With A Dog: Being A Responsible Pet Owner

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This would have to be the number one question you need to ask yourself and answer honestly as well. Do you keep your dog on a lead at all times? Do you always pick up your dog’s poo no matter where you are? If your dog is barking for some reason, do you respond quickly to quieten it down? If you can honestly answer yes to all these questions then you are off to a good start.

Is Your Dog Well-Trained And Behaved?

How well-trained is your pooch? Do they come when they are called? Do they follow commands easily? How do they behave around other dogs? How do they behave around other people and children in particular? If they are responsive and easily managed, then that is another plus.

What Breed Of Dog Do You Have?

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There is no doubt that some dog breeds have bad reputations. But I firmly believe it is how they are trained and cared for that makes a good or bad dog, not the actual breed. But having said that, there will still be some places that may not accept very large dogs as a way of safeguarding other guests or travellers.

Having a larger dog travelling with you may mean that they need lots more exercise than a smaller dog which can be a good thing as it may mean you yourself will get more exercise and perhaps travel more slowly.

How Well Does Your Dog Travel?

Is your dog a good traveller? I know some dogs do get car sick, and that would certainly be a challenge. But if your pooch is content to flop on the back seat and sleep the miles away, then you might be a winner. But if you have a dog that requires a lot of exercise or is always on the go, it may not be fair to the dog to be cooped up in a car for long periods of time. So make sure you take plenty of rest breaks.

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Is Your Dog In Good Health?

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If your dog is young fit and healthy, then it should travel easily. If your doggo is getting older, then you may face some more challenges.

In some areas of Australia, you may find different diseases such as Leptospirosis. Transmitted through rat urine, it is common in rural areas of Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Another fatal disease, if left untreated, is Ehrlichiosis, which is a tick-borne disease found in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. So make sure all your dog’s vaccinations are up to date and you have enough flea, tick and worm treatments with you.

It may be a good idea to have a vet give your dog a thorough check-up before you leave and carry a list of any medications that your dog may need.

If your dog has special dietary requirements or only eats a certain brand of food, it may not be available in all areas of Australia.

WHAT DO I DO WITH MY DOG IF I WANT TO GO OUT?

This may be your biggest challenge if you travel around Australia with a dog. There are still many places where you cannot take a dog, such as National Parks, Museums, Art Galleries, Theme Parks, Art Galleries, Cruises, etc.

However, more and more caravan parks are accepting pets these days. It may pay to research to see which are the most pet-friendly. For example, Kui Parks has over 70 parks Australia-wide and around 97% of them are pet-friendly.

You will be pleased to know that there are loads of resources out there to help you find somewhere to leave your pet during the day or for a couple of hours. As the demand for more pet-friendly accommodation grows, we see more places offering Doggy Day Care. We first encountered this idea when we stayed at Sandstone Park at Carnarvon Gorge in Queensland.

Most pet owners know their pets very well, so only you can judge if leaving your dog in your caravan for a little while is okay. We had good friends who travelled with an older border collie, and they knew that if they left her in their van for a couple of hours, she would just snooze on their bed. But we’ve all seen the below image that has done the rounds on the internet!

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Useful Resources For Travelling With Dogs Australia

There are now loads of resources available to help you for travelling Australia with a dog. Below is a list of websites, Facebook pages and Facebook groups that may be useful as you travel.

Also, if you are looking for a pet sitter, don’t forget to check local Facebook groups or even Gumtree for pet sitters. Many local vets also offer a pet-sitting service. You may also find that you can help out another traveller by looking after their dog one day and then they can return the favour the next.

  • Mad Paws Pet Sitting – a website for finding pet sitters Australia-wide.
  • Caravanning with Pets – Website from the team at Caravanning with Kids
  • Pet Friendly – a website and Facebook page to help you find pet-friendly accommodation
  • Pupsy – a website to help you find pet-friendly accommodations and destinations
  • WikiCamps – shows whether a caravan park or campsite is pet-friendly
  • Travelling With Dogs in Australia – Facebook Group
  • Travel Australia With Dogs – Facebook Page and Website
  • Travel Dogs Australia – Facebook Page and Website
  • Caravanning, Holidaying, Travelling with Dogs in Australia – Facebook Page
  • Travel Australia with Dogs – Facebook Group
  • Pet Sitters AU – For Travelling Pets – Facebook Group
  • AUSTRALIAN Caravanning/Camping Travelling With Dogs – Facebook Group
  • Camping/Travelling with Pets – Facebook Group
  • Take Your Pet – website for finding pet-friendly places

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Other Things To Consider: Caravanning With Dogs

Here are a few other things you might need to consider if you decide to travel around Australia with your dog.

  • Remember to take regular breaks from driving so your dog can stretch his legs and go to the toilet
  • Always carry extra water, especially when it is hot
  • Always carry poo bags
  • Don’t forget to include your pet’s food in your travel budget
  • Make sure you budget for if your dog gets sick or injured whilst you are travelling. Will you have access to a vet or money to cover those expenses?
  • It may be worthwhile to consider taking out Pet Insurance before you leave
  • Ensure your dog is microchipped and your contact details are current. Ensure your dog has a collar with your contact details on it as well
  • Be aware of areas that may have 1080 baits; it may be best to use a muzzle in such areas.

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Travelling Around Australia With Dogs Resources

Many towns provide fenced, off-leash dog exercise areas. Some even have agility equipment in them. Many caravan parks are becoming more pet-friendly and installing dog washes. Some even have a separate washing machine that you can use to wash your pet’s bedding. There are now even some caravan parks that have completely fenced caravan sites, so you don’t have to leave your dog tied up.

Fenced Caravan Site

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR DOG

Your dog will want a few things to make life comfortable (and easier for you) while you are on the road. A good-quality dog bed that folds up for storage is a good idea. If you travel in the southern states during winter, you can add a fleecy topper that can be removed for washing.

Navigator Dog Bed

If your dog travels in the back seat of your car, you might like to protect your seats with this Dog Seat Buddy from Navigator . It has zipped sides to allow easy access. Plus it is made from strong, durable fabric that you can easily wipe clean. Add to that a good quality lead , so you can always keep your beloved pooch secure.

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Also from Navigator is this awesome Travel Buddy 3 Piece Set , including a collapsible water bowl, dry dog food storage bag and a poo bag buddy. The dry dog food bag holds 8kgs of biscuits. It then rolls over and clips securely at the top, meaning no annoying spillages. Given the current mouse situation, you should have no issues with them getting into your dog food!

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Travelling Dog Crate

A travelling dog crate is a great way to ensure your pet is comfortable and safe when travelling. It provides a safe and secure space for your pet to relax and feel secure during a road trip around Australia. Not only does it help keep your pet secure during travel, but it also helps keep your car seats clean and free of pet fur and dirt.

Travelling dog crates come in various sizes and designs, so you can find one to fit your pet’s size and your travel needs. They are easy to set up and usually fold up for easy storage when not in use. With a travelling dog crate, you can give your pet the security it needs without sacrificing comfort.

Dog Seat Belts Australia

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Using a dog seat belt when travelling around Australia is essential for your pet’s safety. It will keep your pup secure in their seat and away from sharp objects that could harm them while in transit.

Not only will it protect them, but it will also make sure they don’t wander around while in the car and distract the driver. A good seat belt should be easy to adjust to the size of your dog and have a strong, secure clip to attach to the dog’s collar.

It is also important to consider the material of the seat belt – it should be comfortable and breathable for your pup. Lastly, make sure to check the seat belt regularly for any damages or wear and tear.

The Big Lap With A Dog FAQs

What vaccinations do i need for my dog to travel around australia.

The specific vaccinations required for your dog to travel around Australia will vary depending on the individual state or territory.

Generally, the recommended vaccines for your dog include canine distemper, canine parvovirus, canine hepatitis, and Bordetella Bronchiseptica.

Having your dog tested for heartworm and treated with preventive medication is also recommended.

Additionally, you should use tick and flea prevention products for your dog.

Are there restrictions on the breeds of dogs that can travel around Australia?

Yes, there are restrictions on the breeds of dogs that can travel around Australia. Some states have banned certain breeds from entering the state. It is best to check with the relevant authorities and airlines before travelling with a specific breed to ensure that it is allowed.

Is there any advice for travelling with a dog in hot weather?

1. Be mindful of your dog’s breed and size – short-nosed breeds and large breeds are more prone to heat exhaustion.

2. Ensure your dog has access to plenty of cool, clean water.

3. Plan your trips around the coolest parts of the day and consider stopping in air-conditioned rest stops or pet-friendly lodging.

4. Give your dog breaks from the heat – if possible, take a dip in a lake or pool.

5. Ensure your dog’s coat is clean and free of mats and tangles. Consider trimming their fur for the summer months to help them stay cool.

6. Monitor your dog for signs of heat exhaustion, such as excessive panting, drooling, lethargy and weakness. If your dog exhibits any of these symptoms, provide a cool, shaded area and offer water to help them cool down.

Is any special paperwork or documentation needed to travel with a dog in Australia?

Yes, depending on the state/territory you are travelling to. Most states and territories require your pet to have up-to-date vaccinations; some may require a microchip or other form of identification.

It is important to contact the relevant state/territory authority to see what their requirements are to travel with your pet. You may also need to obtain a permit or an importation health certificate from the relevant authorities in the state/territory you are travelling to.

Are there any restrictions on where dogs can go in Australia?

Yes, there are restrictions on where dogs can go in Australia. Some public spaces, such as beaches and public transport, may restrict or ban dogs. Dogs are not permitted in national parks, museums, art galleries, theme parks, cruises, experiences in general, etc.

Additionally, some cafes may not allow pets. It is important to check the local regulations for any public place before bringing your dog.

So should you travel around Australia with a dog? I think the answer is yes, as more resources and places to stay with your pet are available. It may mean you must plan your outings and day trips a little more in advance, but I think it is 100% doable.

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5 thoughts on “Ultimate Guide To Travelling Australia with a Dog”

Got a friend wanting to caravan around Australia after Christmas and take a dog. It’s September now and he hasn’t even purchased a puppy yet. Is this a stupid idea to take a puppy thats not trained and attempt this holiday ? Keep in mind he wants to go to national parks and other tourist things.

It’s purely a personal decision to take a dog when travelling and especially a puppy.

Thanks Melissa. Yeah I was thinking it would have to be the screen part. Just have to find someone that can install it.

Just wondering if you have ever seen a caravan with a dog door? Our boy uses one at home and we have a full enclosure that goes around the van and annex. Would allow him to move in and out as required.

Hi Mick…I haven’t seen one. I imagine it wouldn’t be to difficult to install one in the screen door part. I don’t think I would put one in the main door as that might allow to much dust in when travelling.

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Are you and your furry friend itching for a journey that’s both fun and pet-friendly? Australia is a treasure trove of breathtaking landscapes, from sun-kissed beaches to lush walking trails, all waiting to be explored by you and your four-legged companion. I’m here to guide you through the best dog-friendly road trips, and must-visit destinations offering tips to make your adventure as smooth as a pup’s fur.

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, these trips are designed to create lasting memories with your pet. Get ready to hit the road and discover pet-friendly stops, essential preparations, and safety tips to ensure your journey is a breeze.

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Why Choose a Dog-Friendly Road Trip?

Embarking on a dog-friendly road trip in Australia has numerous advantages. Not only does it allow you to spend quality time with your furry friend, but it also grants you the freedom to explore at your own pace, stopping wherever you please to take in the sights and sounds of this vast continent.

Unlike other forms of travel, a road trip gives you the flexibility to tailor your journey to suit your dog’s needs and preferences.

Whether it’s sunbathing on a dog-friendly beach or hiking through picturesque trails, there’s something for every dog’s taste.

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Essential Preparations for a Dog-Friendly Road Trip

Before hitting the road, it’s crucial to make a checklist of essential preparations to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip for both you and your dog. Here are some key considerations:

  • Visit the Veterinarian : Schedule a visit to your veterinarian for a check-up, and vaccinations, and to ensure your dog is fit for travel.
  • Pack the Essentials : Bring along your dog’s collar, leash, food, water, bowls, medication (if required), poop bags, toys, and a comfortable bed or blanket for them to rest on.
  • ID Tags and Microchipping : Update your dog’s ID tags with accurate contact information and ensure they are wearing them at all times. Consider microchipping your dog as an extra precaution.
  • Grooming : Give your dog a thorough grooming session before the trip to keep them comfortable and reduce shedding.
  • Travel Crate or Safety Harness : If your dog feels secure in a crate, make sure to bring it along. Alternatively, invest in a quality safety harness to secure your dog in the car.
  • Research Pet-Friendly Stops : Identify pet-friendly parks, rest areas, and attractions along your planned route. This will ensure your dog gets regular breaks and exercise during the journey.

Safety Tips for Traveling with Your Dog

Safety should be a top priority when traveling with your dog. By following these tips, you can ensure a secure and stress-free road trip:

  • Secure Your Dog : Dogs should be properly secured while in the car. Use a travel crate or a safety harness to prevent them from roaming freely and causing distractions.
  • Never Leave Your Dog Unattended : Leaving your dog unattended in a parked car, especially during warm weather, can be dangerous and potentially fatal. Always take your dog with you whenever you leave the vehicle.
  • Hydration and Breaks : Provide regular breaks for your dog to stretch their legs, relieve themselves, and have access to fresh water. Keep them hydrated throughout the journey.
  • Avoid Sticking Heads Out of Windows : While it may seem tempting for your dog to feel the breeze, sticking their head out of a moving vehicle poses significant risks. Keep windows securely closed or invest in dog-specific car window barriers.
  • Buckle Up for Safety : Just like humans, dogs should buckle up for safety. Consider using a dog-specific seat belt or safety harness to secure them during the journey.
  • Watch for Signs of Stress : Pay attention to your dog’s behavior and signs of stress, such as excessive panting, restlessness, or agitation. If your dog shows signs of distress, find a safe place to pull over and address their needs.

Must-Visit Dog-Friendly Destinations in Australia

When travelling Australia there are an abundance of incredible destinations that welcome dogs with open arms. From breathtaking dog-friendly beaches to picturesque national parks and charming towns, there’s no shortage of options.

New South Wales

As one of the most populous states in Australia, New South Wales offers a wide range of dog-friendly road trip opportunities. From scenic drives along the coast to exploring the beauty of the Central Coast, there’s no shortage of adventures to embark upon with your four-legged friend.

Unfortunately though, in NSW most popular bushwalks are restricted to dogs, as they’re located in national parks or other reserves that prohibit dogs. Always check with the local council prior to visiting.

An on-the-spot fine of $300 can apply and possible further prosecution.

Victoria is renowned for its stunning landscapes and charming towns. Hit the road and enjoy the picturesque drives through this state. Whether you’re traversing the iconic Great Ocean Road or exploring the breathtaking national parks, there are plenty of dog-friendly stops to make along the way.

Known as the Sunshine State, Queensland offers endless possibilities for dog-friendly road trips. From the vibrant cities to the tropical wonders of the north, you and your furry companion can enjoy exploring the diverse landscapes and soaking up the sun on dog-friendly beaches.

Western Australia

With its vastness and natural beauty, Western Australia is a paradise for road trippers. From the bustling city of Perth to the rugged coastline and remote outback regions, this state has something for everyone. Make sure to find dog-friendly attractions and accommodations to enhance your journey.

South Australia

South Australia is famous for its wine regions and stunning coastal scenery. Take your dog on a road trip through this state and discover charming towns, beautiful beaches, and picturesque countryside. Enjoy wine-tasting experiences and explore the unique landscapes that South Australia has to offer.

The island state of Tasmania is a hidden gem for dog-friendly road trips. With its untouched wilderness and natural beauty, it’s a perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Explore national parks, embark on scenic drives, and find dog-friendly cafes and accommodations to ensure a memorable journey.

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

While relatively small in size, the Australian Capital Territory has its own appeal. Take a leisurely drive through Canberra, the capital city, and explore its dog-friendly parks and attractions. Don’t miss the opportunity to stroll around Lake Burley Griffin and enjoy the city’s dog-friendly cafes.

Northern Territory

For those seeking an outback adventure, the Northern Territory is the ultimate destination. While some national parks may have restrictions, you can still find dog-friendly options and explore iconic landmarks such as Uluru, Kata Tjuta, and the unique landscapes of the Top End.

As you plan your dog-friendly road trip across the Australian states, be sure to check local regulations and accommodations to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey.

Australia is waiting to be discovered, so hit the road with your canine companion and create lasting memories together.

Exploring Australia's Stunning dog-friendly Beaches

Coastal Adventures

Exploring australia's stunning dog-friendly beaches.

Australia’s coastline is renowned for its beauty and is dotted with numerous dog-friendly beaches.

Here are 10 of the best dog-friendly coastal gems to add to your itinerary:

It’s important to check the specific rules and regulations for each beach before visiting with your dog.

Some beaches may have restrictions on when dogs are allowed, or require dogs to be on-leash or under control at all times.

Dog-friendly hiking trails

For nature enthusiasts and avid hikers, A ustralia has several hiking trails that are dog-friendly.

Here are some of the best ones:

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It’s important to note that while dogs are allowed on these trails, there may be restrictions on where they can go and what they can do. Always check the park’s website or contact them directly before bringing your dog on a hike.

Additionally, make sure to follow all park rules and regulations, including keeping your dog on a leash and cleaning up after them.

Exploring Dog-Friendly Heritage Sites

For those seeking a blend of history and culture, Australia’s dog-friendly heritage sites provide a fascinating glimpse into the country’s past. Here are a few notable destinations to visit:

  • Port of Echuca, Victoria : Immerse yourself in the rich maritime history of the Port of Echuca, a charming river port town on the Murray River. Dogs on a leash are welcome to explore the outdoor areas and enjoy the river views.
  • Historic Train Rides : There are several historic train rides in Australia that allow dogs, including: – Walhalla   Goldfields Railway , Walhalla, VIC – Victoria Goldfields Railway  Steam Train
  • NSW  Regional Parks: There are several NSW regional parks that permit dogs to join in the fun with you, as long as they’re well supervised . Always check with the local council prior to arrival.
  • Old Government House, New South Wales : Located in Parramatta, Old Government House is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site that offers guided tours of the historical residence. Dogs are welcome in the surrounding parklands but must be kept on a leash.
  • Fremantle Prison, Western Australia : Discover the dark history of Fremantle Prison, a former maximum-security prison turned UNESCO World Heritage site. Dogs on a leash are permitted in the outdoor areas, including the picnic areas and gardens.
  • Atherton Tablelands ,  QLD : If you’re interested in history and want to explore a slice of  Australia with your dog by your side, Atherton Tablelands is a great destination.
  • Fraser Coast , QLD: Fraser Coast is home to some of Queensland’s greatest icons, including the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island and the exclusive coral cay of Lady Elliot Island. Both of these destinations are dog-friendly.
  • Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasmania : Step back in time and explore the well-preserved ruins of the Port Arthur Historic Site. Dogs on a leash are welcome to explore the outdoor areas, including the grounds and gardens.

Road Tripping Through the Australian Bush

The Australian outback offers a unique road trip experience, with endless stretches of desert, red-rock landscapes, and captivating wildlife.

While some areas may have restrictions, there are still dog-friendly destinations to discover:

Flinders Ranges, South Australia: Explore the rugged beauty of the Flinders Ranges, where ancient mountain ranges meet breathtaking gorges. Dogs are permitted in certain areas of the national park, including the Wilpena Pound Campground.

  • Kimberley Region, Western Australia : Embark on an adventure through the Kimberley region, renowned for its rugged landscapes, waterfalls, and hidden swimming holes. While dogs are allowed in some areas, it’s essential to research specific restrictions and ensure their safety in a remote environment.
  • Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory : Just a short drive from Darwin, Litchfield National Park offers stunning waterfalls, tranquil swimming holes, and unique magnetic termite mounds. Dogs are welcome in the park but must be kept on a leash and are not allowed in swimming areas.

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Dog-Friendly Cities and Towns

Australia’s vibrant cities and charming towns are not only welcoming to humans but also to furry friends.

Here are some dog-friendly destinations where you can soak up the local culture:

Melbourne, Victoria : Known for its vibrant café culture and dog-friendly atmosphere, Melbourne is a haven for dog lovers. Explore the dog-friendly beaches , parks, and bustling neighbourhoods like Fitzroy or St Kilda.

To discover where to visit in Victoria with pets, click here.

Adelaide, South Australia : Adelaide boasts numerous dog-friendly parks, including the expansive Adelaide Park Lands, where your furry friend can run and play to their heart’s content.

To discover where to visit in South Australia with pets, click here.

Hobart, Tasmania : Wander through the historic streets of Hobart, stopping by dog-friendly cafés and enjoying walks along the waterfront. The Hobart Rivulet Track is a popular choice for dog owners, offering a picturesque path through the city.

To discover dog-friendly parks and more within Tasmania, click here.

Perth, Western Australia : Perth offers a variety of dog-friendly parks and beaches, such as South Perth Foreshore and North Fremantle Dog Beach, where your canine companion can enjoy the outdoors.

To discover dog-friendly Western Australia, click here.

Brisbane, Queensland: Brisbane provides various pet-friendly choices for tourists. Visitors can engage in dog-friendly activities like hiking Mt Coot-Tha, joining a Paddington pup pub crawl, visiting dog-friendly beaches, or enjoying drive-in movies.

To discover more about dog-friendly Queensland, click here.

Dog-Friendly Accommodations

Finding suitable accommodation that welcomes dogs is essential for a comfortable road trip experience. Luckily, Australia has a wide range of dog-friendly options, from campgrounds to hotels. Here are a few choices to consider:

  • Pet-Friendly Campgrounds : Campgrounds are an excellent choice for dog-friendly accommodation. Many campsites across Australia allow dogs, provided they are well-behaved and kept on a leash. Some popular options include Big4 Holiday Parks , Top Parks , and Discovery Parks.
  • Pet-Friendly Caravan Parks : If you’re traveling in a caravan or camper, consider staying at pet-friendly caravan parks. These parks often provide amenities such as dog exercise areas and pet washing facilities.
  • Pet-Friendly Hotels and Rentals : Numerous hotels, motels, and vacation rentals across Australia cater to travelers with dogs. Pawtal recommends booking.com to find great pet-friendly accommodation near you. They have a “pets allowed” filter to easily search availability and options to suit your needs and budget.

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Navigating Local Laws and Regulations

As you plan your road trip with your furry friend, it’s important to navigate local laws and regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for both you and your pet. Different areas may have their own regulations regarding pets, so it’s crucial to research beforehand.

For example, some National Parks may have restrictions on pets, while some beaches may require leashes or have designated pet-friendly areas.

Here are some things to consider before you trek off;

  • Research the laws and regulations related to pets in the areas you will be visiting
  • Check if there are any restrictions on pets in national parks, beaches, or other attractions
  • Make sure you have the necessary documentation and vaccinations for your pet

You should also ensure that your pet has all the necessary documentation and vaccinations. Some states or territories may require proof of vaccinations or health certificates, so it’s important to have these on hand during your trip. Additionally, some accommodations or attractions may have their own policies regarding pets, so it’s best to check in advance to avoid any surprises.

By doing your research and planning ahead, you can ensure that you and your furry friend have a fun and stress-free adventure exploring Australia together.

state by state road rules for transporting dogs in Australia

Are you looking to plan pet transport in Australia? Take a look at our post, Pet Transport Australia to understand biosecurity laws, quarantine, and vaccination requirements for a smooth journey.

Here are some important rules to know for transporting dogs by car in Australia;

Always ensure you follow each state’s rules before planning a dog-friendly road trip in Australia. This includes having the right equipment including travel crates and that your pet is tethered correctly. 

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Choosing Pet-Friendly Road Trip Routes

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When exploring Australia with your furry friend, it’s important to choose road trip routes that are pet-friendly. Researching and identifying such routes in advance can make your trip more enjoyable for both you and your pet.

Look for routes that offer scenic views and plenty of rest stops where your pet can stretch its legs and take a bathroom break.

  • Research and identify road trip routes in Australia that are especially well-suited for pets
  • Consider factors such as scenery, rest stops, and pet-friendly attractions
  • Plan your route and schedule to accommodate your pet’s needs

Additionally, consider attractions that are pet-friendly, such as parks, beaches, and other outdoor areas. Planning your route and schedule to accommodate your pet’s needs can make the trip more comfortable for them as well.

Remember to always have water and food on hand, and make frequent stops to let your pet relax and enjoy the journey.

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FAQs About Dog-Friendly Road Trips in Australia

Q: can i take my dog on a road trip in australia.

A: Absolutely! Australia offers plenty of dog-friendly road trip destinations and accommodations. Just make sure to research and plan your trip in advance to ensure a smooth experience for both you and your furry friend.

Q: Are there any restrictions for traveling with dogs in Australia?

A: While traveling with dogs in Australia is generally allowed, some areas, such as national parks, may have restrictions. Always check the rules and regulations of the specific destinations you plan to visit to ensure compliance and the safety of your dog.

Q: What are some essentials I should pack for my dog on a road trip?

A: Some essential items to pack for your dog on a road trip include food, water, bowls, a leash, a collar with identification tags, poop bags, medication (if necessary), toys, and a comfortable bed or blanket.

Take a look at our post, what to Pack when travelling with Pets for more information.

Q: How do I ensure my dog’s safety during the road trip?

A: To ensure your dog’s safety during the road trip, secure them with a travel crate or safety harness while in the car . Provide regular breaks for exercise, hydration, and bathroom breaks.

Never leave your dog unattended in a parked vehicle, especially in hot weather.

Q: Can I take my dog to beaches and national parks in Australia?

A: Yes, there are dog-friendly beaches and national parks in Australia. However, it’s essential to research specific restrictions and guidelines for each location.

Some areas may require dogs to be on a leash, while others may have designated off-leash areas.

Q: How can I find dog-friendly accommodations in Australia?

A: To find dog-friendly accommodations in Australia, you can use websites like Booking.com .

Filter your search results to show pet-friendly options and read reviews to ensure the accommodation meets your requirements.

Plan your next dog friendly road trips in Australia

Embarking on a dog-friendly road trip in Australia is a fantastic way to create lasting memories with your furry companion. From stunning beaches and breathtaking national parks to charming cities and towns, the options are endless. With proper planning, preparation, and a sense of adventure, you and your dog can enjoy an unforgettable journey together.

So, pack up the essentials, buckle up, and get ready for the ultimate dog-friendly road trip in Australia!

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Travelling Australia with your dog: the ultimate road trip guide

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Travelling with dogs can be an incredible experience, but it can also be challenging if you're not adequately prepared. This is especially true when it comes to travelling with a dog, and it can be even more daunting if you're planning on travelling around Australia.

However, with the right preparation and some helpful tips, travelling with a dog can be a fun and rewarding experience for both you and your four-legged friend.

Here are some things to consider when planning a road trip with your furry friends:

1. Take your dog for a health check

Before hitting the road, make sure that your dog is healthy and up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations. 

Even if your dog seems healthy, a visit to the vet is recommended to ensure that your dog is healthy enough for travel, and to get any additional vaccinations your vet may recommend. This will also be good for your own peace of mind before you depart and hopefully prevent any unwanted surprises while on the road. 

2. Plan your route and dog friendly accommodation in advance

When travelling with a dog, it's important to find dog friendly destinations and plan your route including where you’ll rest your head each night in advance. Not all hotels and campsites are dog friendly, so be sure to call ahead and confirm that your furry friend will be welcome. 

Planning your journey and pet friendly accommodation in advance will also help you avoid any unexpected delays or issues. Many caravan parks across Australia are dog friendly, however not many hotels will accept pets.

Our tip: 12 of our Summerstar Tourist Parks have pet-friendly caravan parks and camping sites available! Browse our parks and book in advance on our website so you can hit the road knowing there’s a place to park up for the night. 

3. Pack all the necessary supplies

When travelling Australia with a dog, it's essential to pack all the things you’ll need and avoid any unnecessary stops or purchases along the way. 

This includes enough food and treats for the duration of your trip, water, bowls, a leash, poop bags, pet carrier, toys, a pet first aid kit, and any medications your dog may need during your getaway. It’s also a good idea to bring a longer chain or leash to allow your dog some freedom while still keeping them secured when at a campsite or picnic spot. 

If you do plan on camping, be sure to bring a dog bed, or something that your pet can sleep on to keep them comfortable while in an unfamiliar place.

Additionally, if you are planning on a long trip travelling Australia with your dog, it may be a good idea to have pet insurance.

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4. Get your dog acclimated to car travel

Some dogs can get anxious or experience motion sickness when travelling in a car. To help your dog get acclimated to car travel, take them on short trips and gradually increase the duration of the trips to get them used to it before you depart on your journey.

Additionally, you can make travelling with your dog more comfortable for them by opening the windows to provide fresh air.

5. Take frequent breaks

When travelling with a dog, it's important to take frequent breaks. Dogs need to stretch their legs, go to the bathroom, and get some fresh air, just as humans do.

Plan to take breaks every few hours, and be sure to give your dog plenty of opportunities to stretch and move around. A good way to do this is to research where dog parks are ahead of your journey.

Our tip: Some of the road houses and petrol stations around Western Australia are even equipped with dog safe enclosed exercise areas for convenience when travelling with dogs, so check online before you travel and plan your stops for every few hours.

6. Be mindful of the weather

Parts of Western Australia can be incredibly hot, so it's important to be mindful of the weather when travelling with a dog. Be sure to bring plenty of water and to avoid leaving your dog unattended in the car where possible. 

If you are going to leave them in the car, leave the windows down a touch and avoid leaving them for extended periods of time, as temperatures can quickly rise and become dangerous for your furry friend.

Some say that giving your dog an ice block to chew can be a great way to help them cool down. 

7. Follow local laws and regulations

Western Australia has some laws and regulations to be mindful of when it comes to dogs, particularly when travelling. In most cases, dogs are not permitted in National Parks or in some Nature Reserves, so be sure to do your research before you hit the road and make sure you are complying with all relevant laws and regulations. 

This will ensure the safety of both the natural flora and fauna and your dog. If you are keen to visit a National Park or areas that don’t allow dogs, check to see if there is a local kennell service or pet sitters that might be able to mind your furry companion for a day or few hours. That way, you’ll still be able to explore all the incredible places that Western Australia has to offer! 

It is important to note that different states and territories have different laws and regulations when it comes to pets such as dogs, so be sure to research each one if you are planning on travelling further afield in Australia. 

8. Have fun!

Finally, don't forget to have fun! Travelling with a dog can be an incredibly rewarding experience, and it's an excellent opportunity to bond with your furry friend. So take plenty of photos, explore new places, and enjoy the journey.

9. Book your trip 

Book in advance and stay at one of our pet-friendly caravan, holiday and tourist parks when you road trip with your dog. Summerstar Tourist Parks has 12 pet-friendly parks when you book on a pet-friendly caravan or camping site.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to take my dog for a health check before travelling with them in Australia?

Yes, it is recommended that you take your dog for a health check before travelling with them, even if they seem healthy. This is to ensure that your dog is healthy enough for travel and up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations.

Can I find pet-friendly accommodation in Australia?

Yes, you can find pet-friendly accommodation in Australia, but it's important to plan ahead and call ahead to confirm that your furry friend will be welcome. Many caravan parks across Australia are dog-friendly, however, not many hotels will accept pets. Summerstar Tourist Parks has 12 pet-friendly parks with pet-friendly caravan and camping sites available to book in advance.

What should I pack for my dog when travelling in Australia?

It's essential to pack all the things you'll need for your dog, including enough food and treats for the duration of your trip, water, bowls, a leash, poop bags, pet carrier, toys, a pet first aid kit, and any medications your dog may need during your getaway. Additionally, if you plan on camping, be sure to bring a dog bed or something that your pet can sleep on to keep them comfortable while in an unfamiliar place.

Are there any laws and regulations to be mindful of when travelling with a dog in Australia?

Yes, different states and territories have different laws and regulations when it comes to pets such as dogs, so it's essential to research each one if you're planning on travelling further afield in Australia. In most cases, dogs are not permitted in National Parks or in some Nature Reserves, so be sure to do your research before you hit the road and make sure you are complying with all relevant laws and regulations.

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12+ Tips for Travelling Australia with a Dog

Dog owners are faced with a huge decision when it comes to planning their caravanning and camping travels. Should they take the dog along for the ride, or come up with other arrangements and leave their beloved pet behind?

It’s fair to say that travelling Australia with a dog comes with limitations, such as no camping in National Parks and not being able to embark on certain activities without pre-organising a Dog Sitter first. While camping and caravanning with dogs sounds easy enough, compromising a few things along the way will be part of the trade-off of having your cherished pets with you.

With a few extra preparations, travelling Australia with a dog is totally possible and can even make your travels all the more enhanced because of it.

Here we will cover everything you need to think about when it comes to caravanning and travelling Australia with a dog so that you can figure out whether you should take yours with you or not.

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Travelling Australia with a Dog

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Should You Travel Australia with your Dog?

First up, you need to make an honest call on whether your dog is actually cut out for this travel business or not. If you’re not sure, do a test trip and see how your dog goes with it all.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

Securing Your Dog in the Car

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It’s important to make sure that your dog is both secure and comfortable for those long travel days. Much like having kids in the back, it’s imperative to stop every two hours so that your dog can stretch their legs, relieve themselves and have some water.

Your dog must be safely restrained, but still have the freedom to move and lay down for comfort.

Options for securing your dog in the car:

  • Seatbelt attachment for your dog’s harness
  • Put them in the back of the car if you’ve got a wagon or ute with a canopy
  • Add a crate to the back of the ute, specifically set up for your dog on travel days

Make sure your dog always has plenty of flowing air, shade and room to lay down while travelling in the car.

Finding Dog-friendly Camp Sites

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Finding pet-friendly camping while travelling Australia with a dog is very easy with the WikiCamps app.

Just go into ‘Filters’ and switch on ‘Dogs Allowed.’ Now all of the camps that will pop up on your map will be dog-friendly.

There are an abundance of Free Camps, Showgrounds, Farm Stays and Caravan Parks, which all offer pet-friendly camping. Finding accommodation that will allow dogs shouldn’t be a problem as you travel around Australia.

Dog-friendly Campsite Apps:

  • Camps Australia Wide
  • Camper Mate
  • Farmstay Australia
  • Full Range Camping Australia

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Tips for Your Dog Around the Campsite

Keeping your dog happy around the campsite is just as important as making sure they’re fed, watered and safe. Here are some tips for creating a nice dog-friendly campsite for your furry companion.

  • Portable fence – set up a portable fence around your awning area for the dog to be able to roam without always being stuck on the lead
  • Comfy bed – invest in a mat or bed for your dog that can be used outside for comfort & warmth
  • Clothesline runner – attach a wire clothesline-style runner underneath your van that your dog’s lead can be attached to for extra space
  • Dog zip line – get a zip line runner, which can be mounted in the ground where possible for extra freedom & exploration
  • Multiple water bowls – always have multiple water bowls outside that can’t be knocked over and are in various spots to allow for sun movement

How to Keep Your Dog Cool While Travelling

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Camping and caravanning with dogs can have its own set of challenges in the heat, which makes it all the more important to keep an eye on your dog during hot weather.

Signs of heatstroke in dogs:

🔥 Excessive panting and/ or drooling 🔥 Collapsing 🔥 Vomiting 🔥 Lethargy, confusion & excessive drowsiness

Here are some tips for cooling your dog down: (various dog accessories can be found on eBay)

  • Dog Cooling Vest – wet it & cool it down in the fridge, then strap it around your dog to cool them down
  • Dog Cooling Collar – a bandana that you can wet and tie around their neck
  • Dog Cooling Mat – a mat filled with cooling gel
  • Dog-friendly sunscreen – for dogs with white fur, short hair and/ or pink skin
  • Damp towel – place a damp towel on your dog if they’re showing signs of overheating
  • Full water bowls – always make sure the dog’s water bowls are full and in the shade
  • Window shades – for the car windows on travel days
  • Early/ late walks – go for walks early or late, then let them rest during the heat of the day
  • Dog Boots   – for walking on the hot ground during the day
  • Swim – if you’ve got a safe waterway nearby
  • Collapsible water bowl for walks – take water & a collapsible bowl with you on walks
  • Ice cubes – give your dog some ice cubes to lick
  • Shade – make sure your dog always has access to a cool, shady area
  • 12 volt fan – sitting your dog in front of a 12v fan can help on a hot, still day

Where to Leave Your Dog While Doing Activities

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There are some places that you just can’t take the dog while travelling Australia. National Parks, the supermarket and tourist attractions are a few that spring to mind.

Here are a range of options available to you for making sure that your pet is looked after while doing activities on the road.

→ Tie them up somewhere safe (short-term only)

If you’re just ducking into the grocery store or a small-town attraction, you can quite often tie your dog up somewhere nice and safe out the front in the shade with a bowl of water. Tying them to the car or caravan might be a good option, if you’ve parked in a safe place away from people and traffic. Or, there may be a spot out the front of the business or attraction that would suit well.

→ Leave them at the Caravan Park

Many Caravan Parks will stipulate that you cannot leave your dog unattended, while others will be fine with you going out for a while and leaving them there in the shade with some water. Be sure to ask the question when you book/ check-in.

→ Dog Kennels

As much as we often don’t want to put our dogs into kennels, at least you know that they will be safely looked after while you’re occupied for hours on end. It’s essential to make sure your dog is up-to-date with their vaccinations for kennel stays.

→ Pet Sitting

There are loads of Pet Sitters around Australia who will happily look after your dog for the day in their own backyard. This can be a far better option than kennels, because your dog has the freedom and excitement of hanging out with an animal-lover for the day while you’re off doing things.

Pet Sitting Websites:

  • Trusted Housesitters Pet Sitting

Sometimes the only or easiest option is to tag team, meaning that while one of you duck into the attraction or activity, the other stays with the dog. Then you swap so that the other person can then go and do the experience. Unfortunately, this means that you both don’t get to experience the activity together and often results in the activity being highly rushed and under-experienced.

→ Friends & Family

If you happen to visit friends and family while you’re travelling Australia with a dog, see if you can line up some doggy daycare while you explore the local area. Most people are happy to oblige if they can!

→ Swap with other Travellers

It’s always nice to get to know your fellow travellers in the campgrounds as you wander through. Sometimes you might even be able to swap some pet sitting with other travellers along the way. You could look after their dog one day, while they watch yours the next. Alternatively, you might have some other skills or services you could offer in exchange for pet sitting (e.g. car maintenance, hair cut, web design, PT session, campfire meal).

→ Other Ways to Find Pet Sitters

  • Talk to the local Vet
  • Ask at the local Information Centres
  • Join related groups on Facebook
  • Have a look on Gumtree
  • Ask the Caravan Park staff

Eating Out with Dogs around Australia

As of October 2012, Food Safety Australia and New Zealand (the official governing body) amended the legal regulations to allow dogs in outdoor dining areas for cafes and restaurants.

However, each individual establishment still reserves the right to not allow the presence of dogs at their restaurant or cafe, so just check that it’s okay before you settle in.

You can also use Pawtal to search for pet-friendly cafes, pubs and wineries in different areas as you’re travelling.

Common courtesy when eating out with dogs:

  • Keep your dog on a lead
  • Keep your dog on the ground (no jumping onto people, chairs or tables)
  • Don’t take your dog through buildings to get to outdoor areas without checking with staff first
  • Don’t take noisy dogs or ‘dogs that don’t like other dogs’ to eateries

How to Keep Your Caravan/ Set-up Clean while Travelling with Dogs

While you might care about your travelling home remaining as clean as possible… your dog couldn’t give a toss!

Here are some tips for helping to reduce the amount of grass, dirt and prickles being traipsed inside.

  • Floor towel – place a towel on the floor inside the caravan for wiping wet & dirty paws
  • Body towel – use a super absorbent microfibre towel for drying off the dogs
  • Muk Mats – keep multiple Muk Mats at the various steps and entry point into the caravan, camper or tent
  • Seat covers & throws – make use of seat covers and throws that can easily be shaken off outside and thrown into the washing machine
  • No late swims – avoid the dogs swimming or getting wet later in the day as they mightn’t dry off before night time
  • Dirty Gear Bag for poo – store used doggy poop bags in a Dirty Gear Bag on the spare tyre to avoid a smelly car or caravan

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Keeping Your Dog Safe While Travelling Australia

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Dogs are curious creatures and with that comes many factors you’ll need to consider for keeping your dog safe while travelling. A few things to mention include crocodiles, snakes, ticks, 1080 baits, sickness and injuries.

Here are some important safety considerations while travelling and caravanning with dogs.

Microchip your Dog

Microchipping is an absolute ‘must’ when travelling Australia with a dog. If your dog goes wandering off, you want to make sure you’ve got every chance possible in finding them, particularly if they’ve lost their collar with your contact details.

Keep your Dog on a Lead

Although dogs just want to be free and run, they can get into all sorts of trouble in strange places if you’re not careful. Keeping your dog on a leash will prevent them from getting hit by cars, following their nose through the bush and even going for a dunk in the croc-filled waters of the north.

Be Aware of 1080 Baits

Unfortunately, the use of 1080 baits are still widespread throughout Australia for the use of culling wild foxes and cats. In fact, the 1080 poison is prevalent throughout Australian National Parks, which is one main reason for dogs not being permitted.

Keep an eye out for 1080 Poison signs (as pictured above) and keep your dog well away from those areas. A good idea is to muzzle your dog when wandering unknown land, which will prevent your dog from eating anything there.

Watch out for Snakes & Spiders

There’s no getting around it, Australia is home to a rather large number of toxic snakes and spiders. While we all must coexist together, it doesn’t mean that we need to be rubbing shoulders with each other!

The most preventative way to keep your dog safe from snake and spider bites while travelling is once again to have them on a lead. Avoid letting your dog wander off through the bush, particularly through long grass and heavy leaf litter areas.

If you do suspect that your dog has been bitten from something, get them to the nearest Vet ASAP!

Unfortunately, time is not your friend in this scenario. I personally know the heartache as I lost my own dog to a Brown Snake bite. It was all over in about 15 minutes flat.

Additional Dangerous Animals

Don’t discount the presence of Crocodiles, Dingos, Cane Toads, Wedge-tailed Eagles (they’ll pick up a small animal) and Blue Bottles while travelling Australia with a dog.

Below are some dangerous Aussie animals and what you can do to avoid your dog coming face-to-face with them.

Crossing Australian State Borders with a Dog

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Travelling between Australian states with a dog is a simple enough task with no specific restrictions or requirements except for Tasmania.

Tasmania is currently the only state with entry requirements for dogs.

Tasmania is the last remaining state to be free of hydatid disease and they’d obviously like to keep it that way. They also have no known presence of the brown dog tick (a transmitter of ehrlichiosis ), which can be present in some parts of mainland Australia.

To combat the introduction of these issues into the Tasmanian ecosystem, Biosecurity Tasmania requires a Declaration Form to be filled out upon entry via the Spirit of Tasmania or air travel.

Requirements for Bringing Dogs into Tasmania

From time-to-time a biosecurity or quarantine rule may come into place if any of the states are dealing with an outbreak of any sort. You can always find the most current information on the Australian Interstate Quarantine website as you get closer to each border crossing along the way.

Dog First Aid While Travelling

Australia is one extremely large plot of land with many hundreds of kilometres between towns once you disembark from the cruisy coastlines. There are some things you can do to help with your dog’s health and safety to hopefully prevent some unnecessary incidents from happening.

  • Vaccines, worming & flea treatments – Keep up to date with them as you travel
  • Ticks – Check your dog for ticks every single day
  • Observe – If your dog shows any signs of lethargy, weakness or loss of appetite – whisk them off to the nearest Vet pronto!
  • First Aid – Carry a Pet First Aid Kit with you (in the car & while out exploring)

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Online Vets

If you find yourself in a situation where the nearest vet is too far away or you are outside of business hours, provided you’ve got internet reception you can try an online Vet. They offer 24/7 on-demand care at affordable rates.

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Pet Insurance

Consider whether or not it’s worth getting Pet Insurance for your dog. This is going to be a very individual decision and may even depend on the age and breed of your particular dog.

If you don’t go with Pet Insurance, I highly recommend setting up a bank account named ‘[insert dog’s name]’ and put a set amount into it each week or month. Accidents happen, illnesses occur and strange things can pop up. Even if you don’t pay an insurance company, you can still provide yourself and your dog with an emergency insurance fund so that you’re always covered.

Advice From the Experts

No Regrets! It was a no brainer for us to travel with our dogs especially our old girl who was 14 when we left. People often say that we must miss so much travelling with dogs. Yes we miss some things, but we also miss things because of the weather, we miss things because we have 3 kids, we miss things because we don’t have an unlimited budget and we miss things as some places are closed on certain days. No one is seeing everything on their trip. Your dogs will only enrich your trip for both you and them. – find Wandering with the Williwalkers on Facebook
Stick to a Routine Preparation is key, so chat to your usual veterinarian at least 6 weeks before travel to ensure that your dog is healthy, fully vaccinated and on appropriate parasite preventatives. Routine, routine, routine! Dogs cope much better with the constantly changing environment and situations of travel if their basic routine is kept consistent. Keeping the timing and type of food and exercise the same (or allowing for gradual rather than sudden changes), makes for a happier and more relaxed furry family member. Most of all, have fun and enjoy your travels! – Tania from Vet in a Van
Make full use of Pet Sitters We travelled around Australia with our gorgeous Gold Retriever MACKS for 16 months. To enable us to visit amazing locations such as Fraser Island, Whitsunday Islands and Kakadu for example we used Mad Paws (pet sitting service). Every time we used them the carers were fantastic. Often they’d send us photos of her enjoying herself, playing with other dogs, going on walks or enjoying a treat. Mad Paws really helped us to explore National Parks, go on trips to islands and explore the parts of our amazing country that we couldn’t have done with her. – Kev & Adele from Indefinite Leave
Our dogs make us feel at home We think travelling with dogs can be quite rewarding but yes it has its challenges too. Our pups keep us grounded, they give us a routine and regardless of where we are we feel at home and we feel safe. – find Our Whittle Adventure on Facebook

Caravanning with Dogs FAQs

It’s common for people to leave their dogs in the caravan these days with the air conditioning running. While it can often seem like a better idea to leave the dogs locked safely in the van with the temperature controlled, there have been cases of vans randomly going up in flames. From a safety standpoint, your dogs are better off left outside on a chain with shade and water. In the case of emergency, other campers can see the dog and get them to safety. If your dog is locked inside the van, it’s likely no one will even know that they’re in there.

When caravanning with dogs, it’s important to make sure you’ve got all of their accessories and comforts to make the trip easier for all. Plan to stop every 2 hours on travel days for stretching legs, toileting and rehydrating. You won’t be able to take your dog into National Parks and various other businesses and attractions, but there are plenty of Dog Sitters and kennels along the way.

You can absolutely go caravanning with dogs! With a bit of extra planning and an element of flexibility you can take your furry friends with you. There are loads of dog-friendly campsites to be found on WikiCamps, with Pet Sitters and kennels all over the place to help you out while doing activities.

It is recommended to have your dog sleep inside the caravan with you at night, to reduce the risk of incident with dingos, cane toads and crocodiles etc. During the day, dogs can sleep around or underneath the caravan with shade and water provided. A clothesline-style runner is a popular installation to put underneath the caravan so that the dog can be attached to a good length runner via their lead or harness.

It’s not recommended that you leave your dog at the campsite unless you’ve arranged it with the camp managers or have a fellow camper keeping an eye on them for you. Dog Sitters and kennels are a better option for lengthy day activities while you’re caravanning.

You should never leave you dog in the caravan while on holidays unless it’s only for a short amount of time. Ducking off to the toilet block or while having happy hour drinks with the neighbours is fine, but not while you’re off day-tripping around the region.

The dog must travel with you in the car while moving from one camp to the next. It’s not safe to leave your dog back in the van while you’re on the road as the caravan is at a much higher risk of damage in an accident.

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ARE YOU TRAVELING TO OR IN AUSTRALIA WITH YOUR DOG?

Katherine loves traveling with her dogs all around Australia. We are so excited she’s willing to share her expertise and local knowledge with all of us!

This ultimate guide includes tons of great information for locals travelling with their dogs. We also included Pet Quarantine Info for those people who are moving to Australia with their pet that way everyone can get the information they need to have a great experience!

Traveling parts of Australia with Murray my Golden Retriever is one big adventure. Together we love to get out and explore our own backyard and discover new hidden gems this vast and diverse country has to offer. From stunning beaches to rugged wilderness, there are many dog-friendly activities to enjoy. Together we wanted to create an overview of travelling with a pet in Australia to make the most of your trip which includes;

  • How to prepare for your trip
  • Choosing pet-friendly accommodation
  • Packing the essentials for your dog
  • Getting around Australia
  • Dog-friendly activities
  • Safety precautions

It is because of people sharing their stories and opinions that we are able to make this site. If you have traveled with your pet in  Australia  or other countries,  share your experience !

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Planning a dog-friendly trip in Australia does not need to be daunting as there is help at hand. A great place to start is pet travel services such as Pawtal who can map out a pet adventure and provide you with local knowledge including all the best places to see . 

Pawtal has connections throughout Australia who can help plan a tailored pet-friendly itinerary jam-packed with all the best things to see and do alongside your furry friends. Let’s get started.

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Katherine & Murray

Katherine and her furry companion, Murray a 6-year-old Golden Retriever, love to find new adventures in Australia. They have hiked and explored numerous destinations in our hometown of Melbourne and want to inspire others to do the same. Their goal is to one day buy a campervan and travel Australia stopping off at all the pet-friendly spots along the way.

Preparing For Traveling Australia with a dog

What vaccinations and health checks does my dog need to travel.

Before I embark on a trip with Murray, it’s important to make sure he is up to date on all the necessary vaccinations and preventative medications. This is particularly important in Australia, as there are several diseases and parasites that can affect dogs. Some of the vaccines and medications you may need include:

  • Rabies vaccine (if you’re traveling from outside Australia)
  • Distemper vaccine
  • Parvovirus vaccine
  • Canine hepatitis vaccine
  • Bordetella vaccine (for kennel cough)
  • Flea, tick, and heartworm preventative medication

If planning a long trip, we recommend for your pet to have a check-up with their veterinarian to make sure they are healthy and fit to travel.

Choosing pet-friendly accommodations:

When I travel with Murray, we need to choose pet-friendly accommodations. Unfortunately, not all hotels, motels, and campgrounds allow pets, so it’s important to do your research in advance. Here are some things to look for when we choose our accommodation:

Check for pet policies: Look for hotels and campgrounds that explicitly state that they are pet-friendly and have policies in place to accommodate pets.

Look for nearby parks and walking areas: When choosing your accommodation, we try to find places that are near parks or other outdoor areas so Murray can get exercise and we can explore.

Consider the size and temperament of your dog: Some accommodations may have restrictions on the size or breed they allow, so we always check before booking.

Packing essentials for your dog:

When packing for a trip with Muray, there are several essential items we always bring. Knowing what to pack when travelling with dogs can ensure your dog’s well-being and will keep your dog comfortable and hydrated, and well fed.

Here are some of the most important items:

  • Food and water: Bring enough food and water for the duration of the trip, as well as bowls for feeding.
  • Leash and collar: Make sure you have a sturdy leash and collar, and consider bringing a backup in case one gets lost or damaged.
  • Bedding: Bring a comfortable bed or blanket for your pet to sleep on.
  • Toys and treats: Bring some of your dog’s favourite toys and treats to keep them entertained during the trip.
  • First aid kit: Pack a first aid kit with items like bandages, antiseptic, and tweezers in case your dog gets injured on the trip.

Getting Around Australia With a Dog

By taking the time to prepare in advance, Murray and I can ensure that our trip wherever we go in Australia is a safe and enjoyable adventure for both of us!

Traveling Australia with a dog by car and having a picnic

Do you need your own car, or can you take public transportation (trains/buses)? 

Travelling by car is the most convenient way to travel with Murray in Australia, as it gives us more flexibility and control over where we go. However, it is still possible to take public transportation with a dog, including trains and buses. Rules and restrictions can vary depending on the carrier and location, so it’s important to check in advance. 

Some long-distance buses and trains do allow pets, but they may require you to purchase a separate ticket or book in advance. Short-distance public transportation, such as city buses and trains, may have different rules and may not allow dogs on board. Always ensure you do your research, so you do not get caught out.

Can dogs go on public transportation?

Australia is bound by individual state and territory laws so you need to research and understand each states laws before boarding public transport. Be aware, restrictions can vary depending on the carrier and state you are travelling in. The good news is that most public transportation options in Australia do allow dogs but as a general rule, you’ll need to keep your dog on a leash and under control at all times, and some carriers may require a muzzle.

Do dogs need to wear muzzles in any situations?

In some situations, such as on public transportation or in busy public areas, dogs may be required to wear a muzzle. However, this can vary depending on the location, breed and rules, so it’s important to check in advance. Luckily Murray is a friendly and loving Golden Retriever and I can pretty near take him anywhere with no issues.

Do car rentals allow dogs?

Some car rental companies in Australia do allow pets, but it’s important to check in advance as policies can vary. Some companies may charge an additional fee or require a deposit for traveling with a dog. You’ll also want to make sure the car is big enough to comfortably fit your dog and any supplies you’ll be bringing along including pet harnesses or a crate.

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Is having a camper van a good idea? 

Traveling Australia with a dog by campervan parked in the forest

Is it better to camp with a dog in Australia or does it work just as well to stay in hotels?

Travelling Australia in a campervan is a very popular option right now as it gives you the flexibility to camp in remote areas and explore off the beaten track. It also allows you to bring along all the supplies you’ll need for your dog, including food, water, and bedding. However, if you prefer staying in hotels, that can work well too – just make sure to choose pet-friendly accommodations.

Is there a lot you would miss by not being able to “get off the beaten track”?

Australia has a lot of stunning natural beauty to offer, so if you’re able to get off the beaten track and explore some of the more remote areas, you’ll likely see some amazing sights that you wouldn’t see otherwise. Some of the most memorable adventures Murray and I have enjoyed together are exploring new tracks and yet we always find our way home. If this does not appeal, there are still plenty of beautiful and dog-friendly places to explore that are well-signed.

Is it better to fly long distances in Australia?

Flying can be a good option for long distances, as it can be less stressful for your pet than a long car trip. However, in Australia this is very expensive and not many airlines offer this service. It can also be stressful for your dog as they are not allowed to travel in the cabin . All dogs who are flown domestically in Australia are placed in the cargo section underneath the plane and restricted to their cages.  

It is important to check with the airline in advance to make sure they allow pets and to find out about any restrictions or requirements they have.

Is there anything to know when going between Australian states?

Yes, when traveling between states in Australia with a dog, you’ll need to make sure you comply with all relevant regulations and requirements. For example, some states may require a health certificate or proof of vaccination. It’s important to check the specific requirements for each state you’ll be visiting and plan accordingly. This is particularly important in Tasmania as they have separate rules being an island state.

Dog-friendly Activities

Golden Retriever sitting by a lake in dog-friendly Australia

Does Australia generally allow dogs in places or not? What kind of places? Indoors? Outdoors?

One great thing about exploring Australia with Murray is that it generally allows dogs in most outdoor spaces. As Murray loves to swim in the ocean, many beaches have restricted hours or areas where they can go. Parks and walking trails are same as long as they are under control and on a leash. However, dogs are not typically allowed in indoor spaces like museums, galleries, and shops, unless they are service dogs.

Are Dogs allowed in national parks?

Dogs are not typically allowed in national parks in Australia, as these areas are protected and conservation efforts are in place to protect the local wildlife. Some parks may have designated dog-friendly areas or trails, so we always check in advance and follow any rules or restrictions in place to ensure we can both explore.

Is there any place dogs can go that might be surprising?

While many indoor spaces in Australia do not allow dogs, there are some surprising exceptions. For example, some cafes and restaurants may allow dogs in their outdoor seating areas, and some shops may allow dogs if they are in a carrier or on a leash. There are also several dog-friendly wineries and breweries throughout Australia which is our favourite thing to do as mum loves a wine! In some locations you can also book pup winery tours, so nobody needs to miss out.

Pet Safety precautions to keep in mind while exploring

Traveling Australia with a dog leads to exciting adventures such as swimming in a lake

When exploring Australia with your pet, it’s important to take certain safety precautions to ensure that both Murray and I are safe. Here are some top risks to be aware of:

What are the top risks for pets in Australia and how to mitigate them?

Wildlife encounters: Australia is home to many unique and potentially dangerous wildlife species, including snakes, spiders, and crocodiles. When hiking or exploring in nature with your dog, I always try to keep Murray on a leash and be aware of signs of wildlife including kangaroos. Although they usually keep their distance, it has been known for dogs to intimidate wildlife which can cause them to react in defense. They are bigger than me and I do not wish to box a kangaroo! 

It’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with the types of wildlife that are common in the area you’ll be visiting, and how to respond if you encounter them as each state has their own predators. 

Safe and Toxic plants: When hiking or exploring in nature with your pup in Australia, it’s important to not only be aware of potentially dangerous wildlife species such as snakes, spiders, and crocodiles but also to be mindful of the plants that may be toxic to your furry friend. Australia is home to many unique flora, and some of them can be harmful to dogs if ingested. 

To keep your dog safe, here is an article, safe and toxic plants for dogs which will help you to familiarise yourself with the plants which are dangerous to dogs and how to identify them. 

1080 poison : 1080 is a poison used to control wild pests such as foxes, rabbits and wild dogs in Australia. It is a danger to dogs as it can cause severe poisoning and death. To mitigate this risk, keep your dog on a leash at all times when in areas where 1080 poison may be used, such as national parks and reserves. If you suspect that your dog has ingested 1080, seek veterinary care immediately.

Heat stroke: Australia can get very hot, particularly in the summer months. Dogs are especially susceptible to heat stroke, which can be life-threatening. To prevent heat stroke, I always pack plenty of water. If the weather forecast exceeds 30 degrees, we will avoid exercising or walking in the hottest parts of the day.

Water safety: Australia has many beautiful beaches and waterways, but it’s important to be aware of potential hazards like strong currents, rip tides, and jellyfish. When swimming or playing in the water which you are not familiar with, try to keep them on a leash or ask a local for advice. If you are still not sure, avoid the area.

Vehicle safety: When I travel with Murray in my car, I always make sure he is properly secured and restrained with a harness. This will prevent him from becoming a distraction to me whilst driving or worst case becomes injured in the event of an accident.

By taking these safety precautions and being aware of the potential risks, you can ensure that you and your dog have a safe and enjoyable time exploring Australia.

Importing a Dog to Australia & Pet Quarantine Info

Traveling with a pet in Australia might sound like an exciting adventure if you are already in the country. For those people considering a relocation or a holiday in Australia, you should be aware that Australia is one of the most difficult countries to bring a dog. It is also incredibly expensive! So, unless you are moving, you may want to consider other options for what to do with a dog when you travel.

Step 1: How to Travel With My Dog to Australia

The government website suggests hiring a pet shipping company due to the complexity of the process. They also suggest you start getting ready 6-7 months before you plan on arriving in Australia due to the length of time necessary to complete the requirements.

Step 2: What Vaccinations Does My Dog Need To Travel To Australia?

Australia has different requirements depending on what country you are coming from. If you are coming from a rabies-free country, the focus is more on tests and vaccinations around parasites and Leptospira interrogans .

If you are coming from a Group 3 Approved Country such as the US that is not considered rabies free, you will have to get a rabies titer test (blood test) 180 days before import and obviously, your pet will need to be vaccinated against rabies as well.

Step 3: Does My Dog Need To Quarantine When I Get To Australia?

For people coming from New Zealand, the regulations are more manageable. For everyone else, even countries that are rabies-free, your pet will spend between 10 and 30 days in a quarantine facility in Melbourne. Some people wonder How to Avoid Pet Quarantine in Australia ? It isn’t really possible, but with a complex process to verify your pet’s identity, you can reduce the quarantine time from 30 days to 10.

If you plan on bringing a dog or cat with you to Australia, it will be essential to read through all the regulations and requirements very carefully.

Final Thoughts: Why travelling with a dog in Australia is a true adventure

Travelling in Australia with your dog can be the ultimate adventure however it is important to properly prepare for the trip. This includes ensuring your dog is up to date on health checks and vaccinations, choosing pet-friendly accommodations, and packing essentials for your dog. When it comes to getting around, having your own car or a camper van can provide greater flexibility for exploring Australia’s many dog-friendly activities, but public transportation is also an option for some.

Always be wary of the local wildlife and fauna as Australia is home to some deadly and dangerous species. 

By keeping these factors in mind and taking the necessary precautions, you and your furry friend can have a safe and memorable trip exploring all that Australia has to offer as it truly is a remarkable experience on 4 paws! 

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Dog Tales of Australia ~ Our Roadtrip Itinerary

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Oh my, there are so many amazing places to see in Australia.  It’s made determining our itinerary so absolutely incredibly difficult.  

What do we include?  What do we leave off the list?  How long do we need in a spot for all the best bits?  

Developing our itinerary has caused me moments of major FOMO…. that we’ll get home and realise that we need to go again because we missed some of the best bits (ok that wouldn’t be so bad, but it’s probably pretty unrealistic to go beyond the 13-month plan we now have!).  

Paws crossed that this is THE best itinerary for us and our dogs to see the best of dog-friendly travel in Australia. This is our Dog Tales of Australia itinerary….

Victoria 5th – 7th                 Port Welshpool 8th – 13th               Lakes Entrance 14th – 16th             Bermagui 17th – 18th             Narooma ACT 19th – 25th             Canberra New South Wales 26th – 28th           Central Coast 28th – 31st            Teralba

New South Wales 1st  – 2nd               Teralba 3rd – 8th               Coffs Harbour 9 – 11th                  Illuka 12 – 15th                Byron Bay – Brunswick Heads Queensland 16th – 22nd         Gold Coast 23rd – 29th         Brisbane 30th                     Noosa

Queensland 1st – 6th                Noosa (cont) 7th – 13th              Hervey Bay 14th – 20th           Tannum Sands 21st – 27th            Airlie Beach – Whitsundays 28th – 31st            Cairns

Queensland 1st – 3rd                    Cairns 4th – 6th                   Cooktown 7th – 9th                   Atherton Tablelands 10th – 15th                Magnetic Island & Townsville 16th – 17th                Bowen & Rockhampton 18th – 21st                1770 & Agnes Waters 21st – 24th                Toowoomba 25th – 26th               Stanthorpe New South Wales 27th – 29th              Tamworth 30th                          Dubbo

New South Wales 1st                          Dubbo (cont) 2nd – 8th              Bathurst Victoria 9th – 18th             Melbourne 19th – 31st            Dinner Plain

Victoria 1st – 6th                  Dinner Plain 7th – 12th               Melbourne 13th – 14th             Swan Hill 15th – 16th             Mildura New South Wales 17th – 19th             Broken Hill South Australia 20th                        Peterborough 21st – 27th             Oodnadatta Loop 28th – 31st             Coober Pedy

Northern Territory 1st                           Kulgera 2nd – 3rd               Uluru 4th – 10th              Alice Springs 11th                        Tennant Creek 12th                        Daly Waters 13th                        Bitter Springs 14th – 22nd           Darwin 23rd – 30th           Great Northern Highway – Katherine, Lake Argyle, Fitzroy Crossing

Western Australia 1st – 3rd                Broome 4th – 5th               Port Smith 6th – 7th               Port Hedland 8th – 11th              Karratha & Dampier 12th – 14th            Exmouth (Bullara Station) 15th – 18th            Carnarvon (Gnaraloo Station) 19th – 21st             Denham 22nd – 25th          Geraldton 26th – 28th           Mount Magnet 29th                       Sandstone 30th                       Gwalia 31st                        Lake Ballard

Western Australia 1st – 4th               Kalgoorlie 5th – 9th              Esperance 10th                      Mungalinup Beach 11th – 14th           Albany 15th – 18th           Denmark 19th – 25th           Margaret River 26th – 30th          Bunbury

Western Australia 1st – 2nd                Bunbury (cont) 3rd – 19th              Fremantle – Perth 20th – 24th           Wheatbelt (including Wave Rock at Hyden) 25th – 30th           Nullabor 31st                        Streaky Bay

South Australia 1st – 2nd                Streak Bay (cont) 3rd – 6th                Port Lincoln 7th – 9th                Port Pirie 10th – 23rd           Adelaide 24th – 27th           Kangaroo Island 28th – 31st            Victor Harbor

South Australia 1st – 4th                Beachport Victoria 5th                         Port Fairy 6th – 8th               Marengo & Otways Area 10th – 14th           Bellarine Peninsula Tasmania 15th – 19th             Stanley & North West Corner 20th – 26th            Launceston & North East Corner 27th – 28th            Hobart

Tasmania 1st – 10th                Hobart 11th – 14th              Bruny Island 15th – 17th              Cockle Creek 18th – 20th             Orford – Spring Bay 21st – 24th              Coles Bay & East Coast 25th – 26th             Little Swanport 28th – 29th             Devonport 30th                        Melbourne Bound

New South Wales 14th                       Tumut ACT 15th – 23rd           Canberra & Murrumbateman Victoria 25th – 29th           Beechworth

Victoria 3rd – 5th                   Walhalla 10th – 13th                Bright New South Wales 19th – 22nd              Sapphire Coast 23rd – 26th              Shoalhaven 27th – 30th              Southern Highlands

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How to Best Plan a Trip Around Australia with Your Dog

Last updated on 6 May, 2023

It is decided, after careful consideration, that your dog will be travelling around Australia with you. It is now time to prepare and plan a trip around Australia with your dog. Here, based on our experience, we share tips on how to best plan a trip around Australia with your dog.

Caravanning Australia with a dog is possible and highly enjoyable for you and your dog. Planning for your dog to go on the road is essential to preparing for them and you. It will make a positive difference to your entire trip and is easy to do.

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Make Sure Your Dog Has Basic Training

Microchip, collar and tag your dog, vaccinations up to date and preventatives, do some short camping trips, where your dog will travel in your car, where your dog will sleep, how you will tether your dog at campsites, will you visit national parks and do tours, will you only do things your dog can do too, will you use pet sitters and boarding kennels for your dog, get pet insurance or have funds for pet emergencies, recent posts, plan a trip around australia with your dog | top tips.

I cannot stress enough how much better your Australia road trip with your dog will be if your dog has at least some basic training and manners. Never does an owner look relaxed if they have to constantly tell their dog to stop barking, if their dog will not come back if called or if their dog cannot walk on a lead. 

There is a list of dog commands I recommend you teach your dog before travelling. The most important are:

  • Being able to walk on a lead,
  • Not to bark excessively or stop on command,
  • To enjoy off leash beaches, walks and parks, to come back when called. 

When travelling with a dog, if you are fighting with them to walk on lead properly, it will make doing anything with them a chore and less enjoyable. Every dog should be able to walk on a lead.

I believe it is unrealistic to expect a dog never to bark, but there is a difference between an occasional bark and excessive barking at everything, disturbing other campers. 

Some dogs are easier to train to come back on command than others. Luckily for us, Chika is one such dog and because her recall is instant, we can comfortably let her enjoy what she loves most – off leash beaches and walks. If you can, it is worth the effort of training your dog to come. 

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Prepare Your Dog

Dogs get lost, wander off and run away. Having your dog microchipped and for your dog to have on a collar and tag with your phone number is crucial. 

Chika has our mobile number written on her collar because the tags we bought kept falling off. Her microchip has our phone number listed. A family member’s phone number is also listed, for those times we may not be able to be reached due to poor mobile phone reception. The family member can explain that we are travellers and get details to pass on to us via other communication such as messaging. 

There are variations in vaccine requirements from state to state, so it is best to book an appointment with your vet for your dog and be guided by them. Also, have the vet write a letter stating the vaccines administered to your dog to take on your travels. When visiting your vet get repeat prescriptions for any medication your dog is taking.

The other recommendations are to have your dog on a monthly preventative for fleas, ticks, mites, heartworm and other worms and put a tick collar on your dog. Ehrlichiosis is a disease carried by ticks, killing dogs in northern Australia and spreading to southern regions. 

Camping and travelling in a caravan will provide your dog with new things to experience. It is helpful for you as their owner to know how your dog behaves camping: 

  • Do their sleeping or eating patterns change when camping or somewhere new?
  • How well do they listen to you when distracted by new and exciting smells and sights?
  • Is your dog more outgoing or timider in unfamiliar situations? 
  • What does your dog enjoy most and least when camping? 

Short camping trips over a weekend or a few days can help answer these questions if you have not camped with your dog before or in a long time. 

If answering those questions for Chika, our reactive dog we introduced to camping through short trips, I would say she is the same dog in all situations. Her eating and sleeping patterns are the same and she is neither more timid nor outgoing. Sometimes I have to use my more firm voice to get her to listen. What she enjoys most is campfires and anything off leash and dislikes the most is high pitch noises and storms. 

Knowing your dog will make travelling with them more pleasant. 

Plan a Trip Around Australia with Your Dog

Decide These Things for Your Dog

Perhaps you already know because it is where your dog currently travels in your car. However, if you have a new vehicle or are considering your options for setting up your vehicle, you may need to rethink where your dog’s car spot.  

The other main option that may be suitable for your dog and set up is the back of your vehicle or a dog cage on the back of a ute. 

Our dog Chika travels in the back seat of our 4WD since we have no kids travelling with us. I highly recommend a car hammock and a dog car restraint is required. 

Where will your dog sleep when camping? Your dog will need somewhere safe, dry, well ventilated and warm or cool (depending on the weather) to sleep. 

During the day, Chika loves to chill out under our caravan. At night, she sleeps inside. We made her a dog bed off the floor by pulling out a single seat we did not use because we got tired of tripping over her. 

Other ideas are to let your dog sleep on your bed. I have heard of travellers buying caravans with bunk or second beds for their dogs. Another alternative is a dog pen or cage outside that is secure and latched. 

No caravan park anywhere will let dogs roam around and it is highly frowned upon for dogs to wander into other people’s campsites at low cost or free campgrounds. 

Tethering your dog is a must, more often than not, when at your campsite.

Decide What Kind of Traveller with a Dog, You will Be

Dogs are not allowed in National Parks in Australia. It is possible to do national parks (and tours) if you are willing to use pet sitters or kennels for your dog, or if suitable for your dog, leave them alone in your caravan. 

It is up to you. Over the years we have travelled with Chika, we have only missed one national park we wanted to visit, and that was because the weather was too scorching hot, not because we had a dog. You can read here how to do national parks and travel with a dog . 

National Parks and paid tours are not the only activities and experiences your dog will not be able to do on your travels. There are dog friendly options for beaches, parks, cafes and restaurants, walks and hikes and so on, but still, there will be no alternatives for some things. Just know, if you are an ‘if my dog cannot go, I won’t go’ doggy owner, you may miss out on a fair bit on your lap of a lifetime. 

Us, we are selective when deciding what we do without Chika. She is good at being tied up and waiting for us to return if we want to check a museum for half an hour or so. 

Using pet sitters or boarding kennels to care for your dog is a personal choice. Not all dogs respond well to being cared for by strangers or being in unfamiliar places. Plus, it can be expensive.

We used a boarding kennel very sparingly. Chika, as a reactive and anxious dog, does not adjust to unfamiliar care arrangements easily. On the other hand being able to do a tour such as the Horizontal Falls, the number one bucket list experience we wanted to do on our travels, was worthy of putting her into overnight boarding.

It is up to you if you use pet boarding on your travels regularly, sometimes, rarely or not at all.

When you plan a trip around Australia with your dog, it is a good idea to have pet insurance or money set aside for medical emergencies or treatments your dog may unexpectedly need. Hopefully, it is one of those things you plan for and never happens, but that is better than it happening and there being no plan.

Chika has had surgery once to remove two teeth. She is ten years old, so we have the funds to maintain her health as she ages.

How you best plan a trip around Australia with your dog entirely comes down to what will work for you and your dog. On our Travel with a Dog page, we have many other blog posts that may also help you when travelling Australia with your dog.

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Travelling Australia with a Dog.

by Loreena Walsh | Travel With Pets | 4 comments

When we first made the decision to sell everything and do the big lap of Australia , we had so many things to consider, pets being one of the most obvious. We wondered about travelling Australia with a dog and if it would be possible to take our mate with us. Travelling with dogs poses a few extra issues and considerations, but we truly couldn’t imagine travelling without our fur-buddy.

Our dog, Yoshi is a Kelpie x Koolie, who happens to think he is human, and about the size of a maltese terrier. I know this because he has been know to try and curl up on the lap of his unsuspecting parents, and believes that whatever is cooked for everyone else should also be on his menu.

So, we couldn’t let Yoshi in on the fact that he’s really a dog, that would have broken his heart, the only solution was to bring him along with us of course!

Our cat, lives with my brother and sister in law and their children, and I’ll be seeing him for the first time in 5 months soon, and upon my return I expect to be utterly ignored for the first 24 hours so he can prove to me how much he resents me for leaving him, and how much he loves his new mum (my sister in law), but I know I’ll win out in the end, he loves his mum and knows she feels guilty for leaving him, but she also knows he’s in safe hands (thanks Jo).

So, back to travelling Australia with a dog. Let’s take a look at how that works for us, and hopefully answer any questions you have.

I remember reading the travel blogs of other people before we hit the road. I could see they were travelling with dogs, but they didn’t give specifics of HOW they were making it work. I wondered about the ins and outs of having a dog with you every day.

Where Do You Leave Your Dog While Doing Activities When Travelling?

If you’ve decided to travel with a canine friend, the day will come that you’ll want to head off and see an attraction, or simply go into the grocery store to stock up on supplies. What do you do with the dog when you need to do important things?

We are really lucky that Yoshi is a very well behaved boy who listens to instructions and is quite happy to sit and wait for us wherever it is he needs to be. When we do small trips, to the shops or into attractions that don’t take long to see, then we generally put him on a lead and leave him tied somewhere safe with a bowl of water and dog food.

Sometimes that means tying him to the car, sometimes that means a nice shady spot out the front or side of the venue. It’s always somewhere safe and he knows when we tell him to “be a good boy we’ll be back” that his time sitting there waiting for us will be short lived.

TIP: Now we’re on the road full time, we rarely go into big shopping centres or other retail centres, purely because we have little need for what they offer and such limited space, that retail therapy isn’t an option. We also shop once a week for supplies, so generally, we’ll visit the grocery store and that will be it. I find that before we were on the road, we were a lot more busy with things like shopping and it would have been hard to always have a dog with us, now, our lifestyle looks much different, and we’re generally out exploring nature, and he’s right along beside us.

Where Should You Leave A Dog Safely For Longer Activities When Travelling?

Sometimes there are activities we want to do that require us to be out and about for the entire day. Obviously, for extended periods of time, it’s not suitable to leave a dog tied up to the car for hours on end. There are a few options we’ve used when wanting to explore which include the following:

Kennels: While we don’t like kenneling Yoshi, because we know he misses us, sometimes there’s just no other option, and at least we have peace of mind knowing he’s safe. We’ve written before about how to find a good kennel for your dog , and luckily we’ve had a couple of options to choose from when we’ve needed to leave him overnight and we’ve always gone with our instinct on good places to leave him.

If you free camp a lot like us, then kenneling can be more expensive than your own accommodation, in fact, in our 3 months in Tasmania, we spent more on boarding for Yoshi than we did on our own accommodation. Be flexible, be sensible and know that it’s going to be part of your travel expenses. We see it as a small price to pay for having him with us to share the journey.

Exchange Pet Sitting: When we were camped near Freycinet National Park in Tasmania, we were so close and yet so far. We knew we couldn’t go into the National Park with Yoshi, and yet, we knew that it was probably the only chance we’d get to see Wineglass Bay during our Tassie trip. Luckily for us, a lovely couple offered to watch Yoshi for a few hours so we could do the trek to the Wineglass Bay lookout.

In return for their kindness, Matt gave them both a haircut, so it was a lovely way to say thanks for their kindness. We’ve had other offers too, to watch him for us, and would do the same for other travellers if the need arises. We’ve also stayed at private low-cost camps, where there weren’t many people around and they’ve let us leave him at the van for a few hours so we could explore. Old Mac’s Farm near Launceston in Tassie was a great example of this.

Other Pet Sitting Options For People Travelling With Dogs

Vets: Quite often you’ll be able to get in touch with vets in the area who often allow you to leave your pet for a short term boarding visit if there’s no other options in the area. We haven’t done this with Yoshi, but we know of other travellers who have done so, it’s definitely worth making a phone call if there’s vets in the area and you have no other options available for pet sitting.

Gumtree: Use Gumtree to do a search for people who offer pet sitting in the region you’re visiting. In some areas you’ll find pet sitters that will take care of your animals in their own home, just like a private boarding kennel option. As always, go with your gut feelings on this, but it’s worth a try.

Some Other Pet Travel Tips For Travellers To Be Mindful Of 

  • You’ll need to make sure you’re dog’s vaccinations are up to date in order to kennel them,
  • You will also need to be aware of any quarantine requirements (I think this really only applies to Tasmania which requires they have their Hydatid Tapeworm tablets within 14 days of visiting.
  • Also, we advise keeping a collar and tag on your dog that has your mobile phone number on it. Microchip details are only valid in the state of registration for your animal as far as we’re aware, which means if you lose your dog, when it’s found, it might not be as easy to reunite them with you as it would be at home.

Is It Hard To Travel Australia With A Dog?

The real truth is, that while we wouldn’t change travelling with our dog at all, it does mean we need to be flexible and mindful of our choices. The honesty of the situation is that we do sometimes have to miss out on some National Parks or Conservation areas that don’t allow dogs, and while there’s an ever-growing number of caravan parks and free campsites that allow dogs to stay, it does sometimes limit our options.

If you decide to travel with your pet, you need to be OK with the fact that you might need to re-arrange entire sections of your travels in order to accommodate them. We are on an open-ended trip, so we have time and no real schedule. If you’re on a shorter trip, with limited time, it might be much harder to work around having your dog with you.

When we decided to do a cruise on the Arthur River , for example, we left Yoshi in a kennel that meant we travelled an extra 80km’s or so to come back and get him. But the cruise was definitely worth it and was something we didn’t want to miss out on. We wouldn’t change having our boy with us, he’s a part of our family and he’s relatively easy to travel with, he loves exploring, and he’s a really big fetch addict who makes us lots of new friends no matter where we are, with his big, brown puppy dog eyes sooking at everyone within reach to ppplllleeeeaasssseeeee throw his stick.

If you have ANY questions about travelling with your dog, then please drop us a line, or ask in the comments below……

Aaron Schubert

There’s something special about taking your dog with you, isn’t there?! Unfortunately, a lot of the national parks have 1080 bait – it pays to be very careful where you let your dog off the leash!

Caroline OBrien

Hi there We are planning a one to two month trip at this stage with a cat and a small dog. Has anyone any hints, ideas, things that we need to be mindful of please? Both are inside pets and we are getting a caravan. Thank you Caroline

Loreena Walsh

Hi Caroline, We’ve met people travelling with cats, although we chose not to bring ours with us due to the extra difficulties it would cause as I think it would have stressed him out too much. I think one of the most difficult thing is not being able to leave pets alone with your van, which is stipulated by all caravan parks, and if you do, then the heat can be a major issue, unless you have air conditioning, but then there’s the factor of air conditioning failing etc. National parks are a no-no with domesticated pets of any kind, we work around that by kenneling Yoshi, so you’d need to allow for 2 sets of fees if you had a cat and a dog. I think how well they travel would be your greatest consideration, and car travel for the cat would mean being confined to a cat-cage so long stretches may not be very comfortable. Let us know how you go.

caroline

Hi Loreena Thank you so much for your email. yes, we are thinking it all through. This is my husbands dream (he is 71), and we could not leave our boys behind. Beau (cat), is a very laid back Ragdoll. He is an inside cat and travels well in the car. He , like Scallywag, will have car/seatbelt restraints with the back seats of the 4 wheel drive down, so that both of them will have room to stretch out. We have bought an outside mesh and canvass dog play pen for Beau to use when we are outside, having lunch, etc. It is an octagon, all enclosed including a roof and floor. It is in our lounge room at present 🙂 and Beau is served his meals in there to get him used to it. It is a very light enclosure and can be put down anywhere , eg fishing spots.We will take turns visiting places without pets and will mostly be around other people so one of us my be able to tag along on the odd excursion. I am happy to stay in camp and look after other people’s pets as well. BUT I will never leave my pets with someone else. My cat will not be allowed to wander at all. He is not a hunter, but you never know and, anyway, I couldn’t bear it if I lost him. I love stretching out and reading or ipadding,or chatting with someone or planning a meal so my day would be filled in just fine with my boys cuddled up beside me. If it happens that Beau cannot do the trip, then the boys and I will come home, Geoff will then carry on with a mate. Thanks again, Loreena,, for your email

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8 Things to Consider Before Taking Your Dog on a Road Trip

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When I first decided to go on a huge Australian road trip with my dog Teddy this year, I was all about planning ahead. I’ve been a fan of long drives and weeks on the road for years, even doing a whole lap of the country solo once, so I know it takes careful planning – like packing a serious first aid kit and mapping out rest stops for each leg of the drive. 

Still, there were plenty of factors exclusive to travelling with a tiny, furry little being in the car I never had to consider. From hot cars to marching around dirt patches praying your dog will pee on command, here is everything I wish I knew about road-tripping with a dog before I actually did it.

How to road trip with your dog

Check the temperature regularly

You might be cool and comfortable in the front of your vehicle, but if your car doesn’t have air conditioning that pumps efficiently through to the back where your pup is, they may not be having as good a time. In fact, depending on how old your car is or how inefficient the air con is, they could even reach dangerous temperatures back there. Even if you think all is well, the fact is dogs can’t verbally tell you if they’re uncomfortable, so it’s worth checking – even just sticking your hand back there to make sure it’s temperate every now and again.

Another factor, especially when driving in summer, is heat that comes through the windows. We were lucky enough to borrow Ford’s Escape ST-Line PHEV , which has state-of-the-art climate control for the front and back sections of the vehicle, meaning we could make Ted’s space cooler or warmer depending on how it felt back there, without freezing ourselves in the front in the process. The privacy glass windows also meant less sun got through, so we didn’t find the temperature ramping up during the day.

But if we were to take my dinky old car with its peeling tinted windows and crappy air con? I’d definitely have picked up some cheap sun-protective covers to keep the blazing sun out of the back, because even with the air con pumping in a modern car, that outback sun can heat up a vehicle in no time. 

Learn the signs of heatstroke in dogs

Speaking of overheating, you cannot go on an Australian road trip (or any travel to hot areas) without learning the signs of heatstroke in dogs.

“Heatstroke can cause multiple organ damage and can be fatal if not treated promptly,” explained Dr. Lisa Chimes, founder of Dog by Dr. Lisa . “As their body temperature increases, the more serious signs of heatstroke begin to appear such as increased heavy panting, gums that are dark red, vomiting, diarrhoea, confusion, breathing difficulty, seizures and collapsing.” 

If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, Dr. Chimes urges seeking veterinary help immediately. “Never cool your pet down too rapidly, as this can be dangerous. Instead, place damp towels over them, offer them a drink of water and ensure that you keep the windows down and air-conditioning on during the car trip.”

Never leave them in the vehicle

This brings us to the relatively obvious – never, ever leave your dog in the car on a road trip, especially in the Australian summer. 

With temperatures outside reaching 30 degrees before 8:00 am, we knew that within minutes, the car could heat up to unlivable conditions for Ted. Even if we were just running in for snacks, one of us would either stay in the car with the air con running, or we would take Ted out with us.

Stop at parks, not rest stops

If you’re driving through the Australian outback, you’ll quickly find that lush, green grass is rare. The rest stops you know and love from the old Aussie east coast highway are like botanic gardens compared to what’s out in Woop Woop, so if you’ve got a dog that’s used to doing its business on some well-mown buffalo nature strips, it’s worth planning stops in towns along the route, where grassy Rotary Parks and pubs with pet-friendly beer gardens are going to be more up your fur-baby’s alley. 

My dog Ted? Refused to go on anything that wasn’t green. Peeing wasn’t an issue (he’s a boy and therefore loves to mark every single post or pole in sight), but when we were driving full days and it came time for his afternoon, um, ablutions, we wasted many hours panicking about an in-car accident because he simply refused to go on gravel, dirt or patchy, bindi-infested spinifex. After a few days, we realised it was better for us to take our rest stops in towns with the green grass he was used to.

Try to crate-train them

Something that worked brilliantly for our dog with car travel was popping him into a travel crate instead of trying to secure him to the seat. Granted, he is a little dog, but this method meant he was able to stretch out and sleep comfortably, plus was secure should we stop suddenly or go over bumps.

It’s worth noting that in Australia, it’s illegal to drive with a dog in your lap or your passenger’s lap. They need to be secured.

“Unrestrained pets can pose a safety risk and distract you, especially when sitting in the front of the car,” explained Dr. Chimes. “And if you’re forced to suddenly stop your car or swerve, your dog could be thrown into the dashboard or a window – or even out of the car altogether.”

You can crate-train dogs from puppyhood, or pick up a cheap travel crate and encourage its use before you travel with treats and putting their favourite bedding in there at night in the home. It really made a huge difference for us. Make sure yours can be fitted securely in the back. Otherwise, pick up a dog seat belt, which usually attaches to the regular seat belt lock in the back seat or secures via other ports.

Double-check your accommodation is pet friendly

Many Australian caravan parks will say they are pet friendly, but what they may mean is that the property is pet friendly – as in, you can bring along your dog if you’re travelling with a caravan, but they can’t actually stay inside the on-site cabins.

We ran into this problem more times than I’d care to admit, often because I didn’t read the fine print. Given Australian summers are hot even in the shade, and winters can be too cold for dogs to sleep outdoors, you don’t want to end up locked into accommodation where your pet isn’t welcome in the cabin.

Be careful of burrs and baits

The two biggest hazards we found for Ted were spiky burrs and fox baits. The burrs are common in outback areas and are kind of like really, really spiky versions of bindis. Ted not only limped if he trod on one, but he would also hate it being removed – they really get into their paws! Again, you’re more likely to encounter them in areas of natural, outback brush cover versus lawns maintained in town.

Another nasty you’re more likely to come across in the outback brush is 1080 baits . Search the baits on Facebook travel groups and you’ll find devastating stories of dog owners whose fur babies ingested one and died very painful deaths. They’re technically meant to remain in well-signposted areas, but according to travellers, have been found in other outback areas due to birds carrying them, then dropping them. 

You’re unlikely to come across one unless you’re camping remotely, or walking your dog in more remote areas – so if you’re nervous, stick to the plan above of letting your dog out in towns, not along the highway.

Water at every stop

What’s easy to forget is that your dog doesn’t have a little water bottle they’re sipping from along the journey, and if you’re travelling in summer as we were, they’re likely to need more H2O than usual. 

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The Ultimate Dog Friendly Road Trip To South Australia

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What if I tell you you no longer have to leave behind your beloved dog when you go on a road trip? If you want to discover some fantastic dog-friendly travels around Australia, you are at the right place . Recently, we embarked on a 10-hour road trip from Melbourne, Victoria, to Aldinga Beach, South Australia, with our two Cavoodles. Along the way, we discovered some fantastic dog-friendly spots that made our trip unforgettable.

In this blog post, we’ll be sharing Our experience in finding dog-friendly accommodation, our top 5 dog-friendly spots and all the amazing cafes and restaurants we dined at during our road trip so you and your furry companions could plan your South Australian Itinerary.

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Where we stayed – finding the best pet friendly accomodation, 1. fleurieu peninsula beaches, 2. hahndorf german village, 3. barossa valley, 4. mclaren vale, 5. pink lake, dimboola, dog friendly cafes, restaurants and things to do during the road trip.

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The road trip from Melbourne to South Australia is typically 8 hours without pit stops. Since we were travelling with our two adorable cavoodles, Ollie and Winks, the trip took about 10 hours. When travelling with dogs, stopping for small breaks every couple of hours is essential. We went on this road trip during the easter weekend of 2023, which was only four days long. Therefore, this itinerary is ideal for those who plan to make a short trip to Adelaide and its immediate surroundings.

Booking your pet-friendly accommodations in advance is essential as availability is limited. Even then we couldn’t find any suitable dog-friendly accommodation as we travelled during a busy holiday period. So we expanded our search to places that were not dog friendly but had the potential to be one (i.e. properties having a secure fenced backyard). We then contacted the host by sending a polite message describing our dogs: hypoallergenic, non-shedding and well-behaved (sending our Instagram always helps!).

Two cavoodle dogs standing in front of Pink Lake Dimboola, during the dog friendly road trip to South Australia

The lovely Iluka at Aldinga Beach host agreed to let Ollie and Winky stay with us during our trip. This Airbnb is light and airy, equipped with all the essentials for a mini stay. It is ideally located at Fleurieu Peninsula, surrounded by amazing beaches, the beautiful McLaren Vale wine region and plenty of great cafes and restaurants. Ollie and Winky Loved the backyard and being able to walk to nearby Aldinga Beach whenever we wanted to. Symonds Reserve is a great dog park about five minutes from the accommodation. The owners loved having Ollie and Winks so much that this property is now available for pets on request! You can also book this property when you plan a trip to Fleurieu Peninsula with your dog.

Five Beautiful Destinations In South Australia To Visit With Your Dog

Favourite spot – Port Willunga Beach Time to visit – Sunset or even sunrise Things to know – Dogs are off-leash at all times except between 10 am -8 pm during Daylight Savings

The Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia has some of the most dog-friendly beaches in Australia. From the pristine sandy shores of Aldinga Beach (where we stayed) to the rugged coastline of Cape Jervis, there are plenty of options for you and your doggo to enjoy a refreshing swim or a long walk on the beach. I was pleasantly surprised to find that most of these beaches are off-leash! Ollie and Winks had so much fun running around the beaches with breathtaking views and crystal-clear waters.

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We visited Normanville Beach, Carrickalinga Beach, and Port Willunga Beach while we were there. All these beaches were off-leash at all times. Our absolute favourite was Port Willunga Beach , with towering cliffs, picturesque caves and old jetty pylons that are remnants of the beach’s maritime past. We took some beautiful sunrise photos there. But if you want to take pictures of the sun setting at the horizon, visit during sunset!

Favourite spot – the Hahndorf Inn and all the arts and craft shops. Time to visit – Spring or Autumn Things to know – Dogs on leashes, and if your dog is well behaved, some shops will allow them inside. While you are there, make sure to visit the Beerenburg farm, which is a 5-minute drive. Dogs aren’t allowed inside.

Hahndorf, located in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia, is a charming little German town that is also incredibly dog-friendly. With a range of dog-friendly cafes and restaurants, you can easily bring your furry companion along to enjoy a delicious meal. My partner loved visiting Hahndorf Inn and having German food whenever we’ve been there. It has plenty of outdoor space for dogs. Many shops on the main street also welcome dogs, allowing you to browse through the stores with well-behaved pups.

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Favourite spot – Rockford Winery and almost every winery we could visit! Time to visit – Autumn – the vineyards with autumn colours are a sight to see Things to know – Grapes are toxic to dogs, so always keep an eye.

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Ok, this one is more for us humans. We wanted to visit Barossa Valley as it is known for its world-renowned wineries and picturesque landscapes. We were pleasantly surprised that it’s also a dog-friendly destination. Many of the wineries welcome dogs, allowing you to take a stroll through the vineyards and enjoy some wine tasting with your furry companion by your side. Apart from wineries, there are many dog-friendly cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a meal or a snack with your dog. We visited during Easter Sunday, and almost all the places were really busy. So we recommend booking ahead if you are visiting during the busy holiday season.

Favourite spot – Down The Rabbit Hole Wines – Cellar Door & Restaurant Time to visit – We visited during Easter Holidays, so it was really busy. But Wineries are beautiful in Autumn, so it is a good time to visit, perhaps avoid busy times. Things to know – Dogs must be on a lead and not allowed indoors (including wine tasting)

McLaren Vale is at the heart of the Fleurieu Peninsula and second only to Barossa Valley wineries! It is best to stay in this region as it has easy access to all the beautiful beaches mentioned before, like Port Willunga beach, and wineries are pretty up for with Barossa Valley with unique dog-friendly outdoor spots.

Our favourite winery was the Down The Rabbit Hole Wines. It’s a beautiful vineyard with an even more beautiful outdoor area. The vintage double-decker bus in the yard not only acts as a fantastic backdrop for photos, but it is also where the wine tastings are held, making it a truly unique experience. All the outdoor chairs, rugs etc., ooze bohemian aesthetic, and there’s always music playing. You can get yourself a platter and enjoy the good vibes with your pup.

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Favourite spot – The Lake, of course Time to visit – This one is a bit unpredictable as the lake’s colour depends on many factors. We visited in April (Autumn), and it wasn’t that pink. Others have had better luck during Spring. Things to know – The lake won’t always be pink, so check the latest Google reviews or latest photos on social media. Dogs must be on a leash. As it is a popular rest stop, there is, unfortunately, a lot of pollution, which at the time we went meant broken glass on the ground. So be cautious when walking your dogs, and please don’t litter.

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If you travel from Melbourne to Adelaide via Western Highway, you will come across Pink Lake almost exactly halfway through. It is at a popular rest area right by the highway. It’s a reasonably good pit stop to give your dogs and yourself a break and take Insta-worthy pictures. However, we would not make a special visit just to Pink Lake. It does make a worthy pit stop if you are already on a road trip.

South Australia is home to some of the best restaurants in Australia. Due to our visit falling during the busy Easter Holiday, most cafes and restaurants were closed or booked out. We still managed to check out a few great cafes and restaurants during our visit.

Fleurieu Peninsula

Side Hustle Pizza – We reached our accommodation pretty late in the evening, and very few places were open on easter Friday. We found this little hidden gem located a 20 min drive from our accommodation. They served some of the best pizza right out of their garage. You can order in advance. They have minimal seating, so book ahead or order for takeaway. Beautiful Carrickalinga Beach is nearby, so you can have your pizza with your dogs at the beach and watch the sunset!

We also loved the Down The Rabbit Hole Wines (read above). We checked out Kick Back Brewing for a pub night with friends. It had plenty of space (including outdoor pet-friendly space) decent drinks list, and average pub food. We’d love to check out The Little Rickshaw next time we are there, as we heard amazing things.

Coming from Melbourne, we love our coffee. So we got a morning coffee fix from Goodness Coffee Co , which has great coffee, a limited but delicious food menu (long wait time for service but worth it) and most importantly, plenty of nice covered outdoor space to dine with dogs. We also tried 31 Jetty during our visit to Normanville Beach; the coffee was pretty decent. There are plenty of beautiful markets happening on weekends. We enjoyed visiting the pet-friendly Willungaquary market .

Adelaide Hills

We were at Adelaide Hills for a very short time. But we managed to check out Hahndorf Inn , which we highly recommend if you are up for a German meal (see above), and a Spanish restaurant called El Estanco in Barossa Valley. El Estanco was one of the only food options available for us at the time. We did not love their food, but their staff was lovely, and the ambience was perfect, with a large outdoor area perfect for dining with dogs. There were also plenty of local markets to check out.

We stopped by Adelaide CBD and had dinner at Africola Restaurant on the way back from the Adelaide Hills. They offer good food, friendly staff and outdoor seating so you can dine with your pets by your side.

Food Options For The Road Trip – Western Highway

While Western Highway is the shortest route, it does not offer great food options. If you depart from Melbourne, the last Mcdonald’s is at Horsham. You will only pass another Mcdonald’s once you get to the suburbs of Adelaide. However, there are local bakeries and other small cafes along the way. None of the ones we stopped at was noteworthy, but they were good enough to refill water and other snacks. If you are up for a few hours of detour or are willing to take the route via the great ocean road, you will find better food options. On the plus side, this route does offer the world-famous Silo Art Trial , which makes the drive worth the effort!

I hope you found this blog post informative in planning your visit to South Australia with your furbaby. We could only cover a few beautiful locations during our trip, but South Australia has so much more to offer! We plan to do more road trips in the near future to explore more of South Australia. Subscribe so you will be notified when we have new updates! In the meantime, check out the Travel section of our blog to get more inspiration on travelling with your dog. Follow us on social media so you can see more photos and videos. Let us know which places you visited and loved in the comments! Let’s keep each other inspired!

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After almost a year of restricted travel, most parts of Australia are starting to open up just in time for the summer holidays. Chances are, you and your pet are itching to get out of town. But the thought of embarking on a dog road trip can be overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be though–many animals love jumping in the car and exploring. So if you’re considering setting off together, we have some suggestions for making your favourite holiday activities dog-friendly. 

Not sure where to start? Let us suggest a mosey up Australia’s east coast, taking in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane as you go. There’s plenty of swimming, adventuring, eating, and drinking to keep you both busy.

This is our home town, and we think it’s a pretty great city to be a dog (or a dog owner). Famous for its food and dog-friendly café culture , the highlight of a Melbourne trip is often eating. Luckily, with so many venues that welcome your pooch, like the dog-friendly beaches , you won’t have to leave your dog on the curb.

Patch, Richmond

With a walled front courtyard, beautiful interior, and great coffee, Patch has something for everyone. Plus, its proximity to the Yarra River and Burnley Park’s off-leash area makes it a perfect stop on a dog day out.

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The Farm Cafe, Abbotsford

As the name suggests, this cafe is part of the Collingwood Children’s Farm so it’s great for pets and people who love all sorts of animals. After you’ve had a bite you can both stretch your legs at the beautiful Merri Creek trail or walk up to the off-leash area in nearby Yarra Bend Park. 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

West Beach Bathers Pavilion, St Kilda

If you’re feeling a little fancy, treat yourself at this century-old local institution. There’s plenty of ocean-side outdoor seating, but the best part is that the beach right in front has an off-leash play spot.

Gourmet Paw p rints

If you have a whole day to spare, you and your dog can book in for a doggy wine tour with Gourmet Pawprints. This Melbourne based company offers curated hikes, walks, picnics, high teas, wine tours, and even truffle hunts designed to be enjoyed with your pets.

Any time spent in Sydney with a dog really has to be focused on the great outdoors. It would be cruel to bring them to this beautiful city and not have as many swims as possible. Luckily, Sydney has more than its fair share of spots to take a dip. Once you’re done visiting these dog-loving beaches , and probably starving, you won’t have to look far for somewhere great to eat.

Sirius Cove, Mosman

One of the nicest things about this beautiful and protected cove is the grassy reserve that borders it. Meaning you can turn your beach day into a park day without having to get back in the car. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach for the whole weekend. But heads up, during the week it’s only off-leash before 9AM and after 4PM.

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Silver Beach, Kurnell

Just down from Greenhills Beach, this quiet spot is beloved for its open space, nearby cafes, playground, BBQ facilities, and great views of Botany Bay. Oh, dogs like it too! With hardly any waves and shallow water it’s suitable for any level of swimmer. Between the third and fourth jetties at Bonna Point reserve it’s off-leash all day. But make sure you don’t wander off course, as dogs are prohibited on other parts of the beach.

Flora and Ritchie Roberts Reserve, Curl Curl

Now, this is more of a lagoon than a beach, but we doubt you’ll get any complaints from your dog. Especially considering it’s a full-time off-leash spot. They can get in a good run too, thanks to the grassy dunes in the park area. Word of advice though: it’s not great for non-dog swimming.

Cafe Bones, Leichhardt

Open since 2000, Cafe Bones has the honour of being Sydney’s first expressly dog friendly cafe. Even more incredibly, they lay claim to being home to the world’s first café-style dog beverage–the famous Pupaccino™. In the decades since, they’re worked hard at perfecting a pet paradise, and now offer gourmet dog biscuits too.

After all that action, make sure you save some energy and appetite for Brisbane. The city has a lot to offer anyone looking for a relaxed or exciting break. While Melbourne and Sydney pride themselves on food and leisure, Brisbane manages to combine the best of both cities.

Todd & Pup, Moorooka

Ok, let’s pause for a real standout among Brisbane’s many dog-friendly cafes . Not only do these guys have great food, coffee, plenty of space, and pats for your dog–they go beyond with a dedicated dog menu. If you had any lingering doubts over their love, this cute tucked-away spot’s Lady and the Tramp inspired mural and dedicated hashtag #dogsoftoddandpup will cement things.

Goodness Gracious, Graceville

These local roasters take their coffee seriously–not only making sure it’s delicious, but also sustainably produced. Second to coffee, their speciality is dogs. They have a special hang out spot with water, lead hooks, and lots of pals for them to socialise with. They might even be lucky enough to nab a taste of doggy ice-cream.

Mount Coot-tha

Less than 30 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, Mount Coot-tha is a convenient nature break for you and your dog. The five kilometre track from JC Slaughter Falls to the summit winds through beautiful native bushland, and offers a great chance to stretch your legs after all that driving. But if you’re after something a little cruisier, there are also shorter walks that will allow you to check out the falls and creeks. Although, if you do make it to the top, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning panoramic view of the city. Just make sure your dog stays on-leash.

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Toohey Forest Park

This bushland reserve might only be 15 minutes out of Brisbane, but it can feel like you’re miles away from the hustle and bustle. A popular dog walk among locals, due to all the native wildlife, you’ll need to take care to keep your dog on-leash at all times. The park has several trail options to explore, so you can easily spend as long as you like enjoying nature–and maybe even spot a wallaby or koala. 

Dog Road Trip Tips

  • Before you set out, make sure your dog is microchipped and your contact details are up to date. 
  • If you’re travelling interstate, check that the laws around driving with dogs don’t vary. 
  • Organise a restraint your dog is comfortable with (pet shops offer a wide range). Don’t let your dog wander around the car. 
  • If this is your first long trip, get them used to things by taking a few shorter rides to places they enjoy. It’ll help them get comfortable and associate the car with good things.
  • Pay attention to how often your dog usually needs to go to the toilet and plan plenty of stops along the way. In general, stopping every couple of hours to let them stretch their legs is a good plan.
  • No matter how many breaks you take, most dogs will struggle with a whole day of driving. Try break up the trip with overnights in pet-friendly hotels or campsites. 
  • Before you start each day, make sure they’ve had a decent amount of exercise. A tired dog will be more relaxed in the car.
  • Purchase a bone or occupier treat for them to chew on across the trip. It will help keep them busy.
  • Don’t forget to pack their bag too. You’ll need to bring: lead, collar, water bowl, food bowl, treats, favourite toys, poo bags, blanket, bed, and any medication they may need. Familiar items like toys and blankets will help them relax.

Finally, it goes without saying, but NEVER leave a dog in a car by themselves. Even on cold days they can be impacted and even die from heat stress.

Plan Your Dog Road Trip Carefully

Road trips are a great activity for the warmer months, but in Australia that means you could also be travelling during bushfire season. Research the areas you’re travelling through and to and make sure that roads are open and towns are welcoming visitors.

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Travelling around OZ with a dog

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Travelling around OZ with a dog

Hi, my partner & I are trying to plan a 12 month working / caravaning trip around Australia with our dog & would love to hear from anyone who has done the same. We already have the Holidaying with Dogs book but would like to hear from anyone first hand regarding ideas on where to go and what to see, problems you've encountered and hurdles you've jumped. We'll be leaving from Perth. Look forward to hearing from anyone with pet holidaying experiences!

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Hi my partner and I are also travelling the top end but decided to leave our dog at home with a minder We thought there are too many places she wouldn’t be able to go eg national parks and accomodation etc So was best to leave her home with familiar surroundings and routine do we all could be stress free … although we will miss her so much. We are leaving her about a month. This was a tough decision but think it’s the best one … hope this helps

Posted By Kate on Thursday 12th August 2021 @ 09:44:03

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Posted By Ruby on Thursday 12th August 2021 @ 07:14:37

Great thread! We are planning to travel with our dog for the first time, so I'm glad that I've found this thread. I didn't know about the restictions of a dog size. We have a big dog (Cane Corso), so it is important for us. Thanks!

Posted By Ivory on Sunday 23rd August 2020 @ 19:18:52

When travelling up to the top end of Qld,dogs need C7 vaccinations.FYI

Posted By Sharryn on Wednesday 26th September 2018 @ 19:04:11

Hey we're currently doing the lap in a caravan with our dog Rusty. Check out our adventures at www.youtube.com/sparkysontheloose

Posted By Kurt on Sunday 18th March 2018 @ 20:36:18

If anyones passing through Melbourne and needs their dog walked or groomed then you are welcome to visit my website www.shewalks.com.au I offer the above services and use the upmost care to take care of your pets!!

Posted By shewalks001 on Tuesday 23rd January 2018 @ 15:45:00

Hi Erica & Hubby I travelled around Aus with my dog, and I purchased this App called ‘Wiki camps Australia’ with a once off payment of $7.99. Absolute magic. You probably heard about it, but this App gives you more than just up to date information of Dog friendly Parks. Stay away from Port Hedland. No dog friendly Parks. Otherwise you will find DFP’s all over. Also if I may suggest try ‘Wiki Camps Fuel Maps Australia’. This is Free. Lots of savings. Happy Travels Cheers Cedric

Posted By Cedric on Thursday 14th December 2017 @ 14:29:58

I'd rely more on phoning ahead re dog friendly accommodation ..... so many places advertise they are dog / pet friendly but when the detail is drilled down on; they are not (pet friendly). There are plenty of GREAT pet friendly places out there and a bit of phone work a few days in advance of the various overnight stops will make travelling with your four footed much more enjoyable.

Posted By Annie on Wednesday 13th December 2017 @ 12:26:04

My hubby n I are planning to travel round austaralia with Our Van and Dog next may for three months with our dog could someone please advise a good book to buy for pet friendly Parks to stay at and maybe some information about free camping spot and dogs Kind Regards Erica

Posted By Erica Sorrensen on Wednesday 13th December 2017 @ 02:46:04

I can recommend a few dog friendly places along the mid north coast region. Port Macquarie has dog friendly caravan parks and at least one dog beach.

Beautiful South West Rocks has 2 dog friendly caravan parks. The one on the headland has dog beaches either side and is directly across from the pub and shops etc the local tavern lets you sit outside in the garden tables that overlook the water with your dogs.

Macksville has a campground called Gumma reserve that is primitive but lovely. It has toilets, bore water showers, tank water for drinking and is on a lovely calm river that your dogs will love to swim in.

Yamba has a dog friendly caravan park called Yamba waters and there is a lovely town over the other side of the entrance Illuka which is also pet friendly.

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Posted By Charliegirl on Thursday 5th October 2017 @ 11:29:53

Hi My parnter and I are travelling from Melbourne to Perth withour 1 and a half year old border collie. Does anyone have advice on dog friendly accomodation along the way thanks very much

Posted By kate on Friday 7th July 2017 @ 13:54:43

I can highly recommend Manbullo Homestead Katherine. It is a working cattle station with cabins and caravan/camping sites. Beautiful area, quiet and very friendly people and dogs. Dogs were allowed inside cabins. As for Darwin - a lot more air bnb is opening up to pets.

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Posted By Trish on Thursday 1st June 2017 @ 21:35:24

Does anyone know pet friendly places to stay between Gladstone Qld and Darwin NT. Planning on driving up there but taking 2 dogs with me.

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Posted By Shae on Thursday 1st June 2017 @ 18:17:52

Does anyone know of a dog sitter or doggie day care or similar in the Winton Q area?  Plannning a car trip up the center of Qld in June with 2 dogs & no van this time.  We will be staying in dog friendly accommodation, (2 nights in Winton) but would like to do a couple of tourist things while there, so need someone to mind our 2 small dogs for a few hours each day.

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Posted By Roaria on Sunday 7th May 2017 @ 11:22:46

Hi Fay, There are sites in the Camps Aus book, #790 (Cable Beach) & #791 (Punsand Bay Camping Resort) that states they allow dogs. You would probably need to check to confirm. The website of Punsand says dogs not allowed in the Cabins however. Not sure of the possibility of taking your own van. I would be interested to find out if you or anyone here are staying in Cooktown at the Endeavour River Escape (#1 in the Camps Book) & their experiences? Regards, Rooster.

Posted By Rooster on Monday 20th February 2017 @ 20:40:44

Hi we would like to take our mini maltese dog with us from Brisbane to Cairns, does anyone know of motorhome hire company that allows pets?

Posted By Kelli on Monday 20th February 2017 @ 18:16:57

Can anyone suggest where to stay in Cape York with our schnauzer Billy, we will probably camp it or cabin...believe we have to leave our van 26ft at Cooktown?? Would appreciate information...we will be up around that way May/June. Thank you Fay Errol & Billy

Posted By fay cavanagh on Monday 20th February 2017 @ 15:09:24

No border problems anywhere in Australia for dogs just fruit and veges

Posted By Donna on Sunday 5th February 2017 @ 14:15:50

We are relocating from Perth to Adelaide with our 2 dogs we will be traveling by car, will we encounter any problems at the border between the two states.

Posted By Beulah on Sunday 5th February 2017 @ 01:11:15

Hello Leonard, Below are a few places that I have stayed at with the dog when driving to-from-return Brisbane to Cairns. (Cut and pasted from a previous post of November 2015). Suggest phoning ahead to confirm that any place you may stay at is truly pet friendly .... there are a lot of variations on 'pet friendly' out there. Annie. Maryborough; The Wallace caravan park ..... cabins are pet friendly .... probably just an overnight stop. Agnes Water .... depending on budget, Gibsons Pet Friendly, are lovely. Upmarket, and dog friendly. Agnes Water is a great place to spend a few days .... walking along the beach with the dog splashing in the water is good for the soul. Ask for Auntie Rae at the Beach Buddies swimming costume shop and you can board your doggie with Auntie Rae for a day or a night or two .... for example, you might want to do the Larc day tour out to the lighthouse (great tour, can recommend) and prefer doggie has company across a long day. [Haven't stayed at this place at Agnes Water 'The Dog House' http://www.stayz.com.au/accommodation/qld/gladstone-region/agnes-water/136803 but it looks like it would be great.] Rockhampton .... Ambassador Motel ... a simple motel but is pet friendly (dog in the room with you), and good for a stop on the highway if the trip has you driving through Rocky in the late arvo/early evening. The highway takes you right by this motel. Airlie Beach ..... Big 4 Holiday Caravan Park ..... the whole park is dog friendly, that is, tent sites, the cabins, villas etc are dog friendly BUT can't leave the dog behind in the cabins or villas when you go out, so is sort of a compromise here. On the trip up I got the last ensuite cabin ... small, no cooking facilities, but at the last minute to find a bed that was dog friendly for the night I was not complaining. On the trip back I stayed in a villa (fully self contained, nice veranda ... I upended the veranda table to barricade the external stairs so doggie could laze around on the veranda) for two nights and the dog and I drove and walked around site seeing. They charge an additional $10 a night for a dog .... and didn't bat an eyelid when I booked with the dog. Did the Airlie Creek Track walk ... about 45-50 minutes leisurely stroll with the dog. [There are also other caravan parks in Airlie that advertise as pet friendly.] Townsville ..... Spanish Lace Motel ..... again a simple motel, but is pet friendly, and the double room was huge so plenty of room for dog bed, dog ruggsie, and me.

Posted By Annie on Thursday 1st September 2016 @ 11:23:41

Hi will be relocating to herveybay from FNQ next June and will need two stopovers with a dog and two cockatiels. Looking for pet friendly accommodation along the way any style of accommodation would be suitable.

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Posted By Leonard on Thursday 1st September 2016 @ 09:54:56

Hi Annie, With regard the property listing under features it states "pet friendly", out of our 31 properties only 3 are not pet friendly. All our properties that are pet friendly allow dogs inside but not on furniture or in bedrooms. As per our FAQ page - https://www.holidayhomesnoosa.com.au/about/faq/ Q. I want to bring my pet along. Is this possible? Yes, most of our properties are pet friendly. Obviously we will screen pets to ensure the property is suitable. Should you wish to bring a pet to the property please let us know the breed and age and we will advise if the property is pet friendly and suitable for your pet. Thanks HolidayHomes@Noosa - www.holidayhomesnoosa.com.au

Posted By HolidayHomes@Noosa on Friday 19th August 2016 @ 09:10:57

Great hope Daisy and you all have a good trip to Darwin...i was going to send the other peoples complaints about Darwin being not a pet friendly city to City council...maybe we need to fix this perception..and make Darwin more open to animals. Cheers .good travelling all.

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Posted By Korina hawthorne on Thursday 18th August 2016 @ 17:14:42

That's good to know holidayhomesnoosa. Would be helpful to understand what "pet friendly" means in the context of the properties listed on the website. The first few properties I drilled down on, only one mentioned "pet friendly" in the text (not just as part of a list of features), and even then it would need to be checked as to "pet friendly" as the descriptor read that there was a fenced garden that was good for the pets, so unclear if pets allowed inside. Many of us who travel with our pets (usually dogs) are doing so as they are part of the family and are allowed inside in our own homes (understandably not allowed on the furniture in a holiday / motel / hotel / B&B booking), and we are looking for accommodation that allows our pets to be with us. If it is up to each individual property on the website then it would be good to have some sort of qualification as to the level of "pet friendly" ... eg. pets allowed run of house; pets allowed run of house and when in carpeted bedrooms must be on their own bedding; pets not allowed in house, but allowed on veranda and in garden which has 6 foot fences; pets allowed in garden only and no fencing (yep!, have come across that sort of "pet friendly" description). Many thanks for mentioning the website holidayhomesnoosa .... always on the lookout for truly pet friendly places to stay.

Posted By Annie on Thursday 18th August 2016 @ 11:37:55

We specialise in pet friendly properties in the Noosa area. Check our our range of properties, we love having the whole family stay at our properties. www.holidayhomesnoosa.com.au

Posted By HolidayHomes@Noosa on Wednesday 17th August 2016 @ 22:49:39

Thanks Korina, we will be in Darwin for a fortnight shortly, will certainly spend our dollars at the pet friendly areas and cafes mentioned. Cheers Daisy’s Dad.

Posted By Cedric on Wednesday 17th August 2016 @ 09:18:04

Hi ..really great question about travelling with dogs..i live in Darwin..and am sad to hear people have had trouble finding pet friendly accomodation. I have rented a pet friendly unit in Fannie Bay..on the Darwin Holiday apartments website. It was fine 2 medium staffys..that i walked at beach everyday..there are per friendly cafes..Qbar brasserie has dog beds ..dog bowls tie up areas..or your dig sits under table. The Ski club..allows dogs in..on leads..the Foreshore restaurant in Nightcliff has great relaxed area..beanbags you can sit eat with your dog with you on grass. Seriously Darwin does have dog loving population. Thanks for all great tips on traveling with dogs. Cheers. Dog mum Darwin.

Posted By Korina hawthorne on Friday 12th August 2016 @ 19:39:16

A couple of alternatives if boarding in kennels for the day is not possible: book em in for a shampoo and claw clipping, you usually drop em in in the morning and pick up that afternoon. At least you're getting something for your money. Or try day boarding at a vet- every town has one.

Posted By Mai on Wednesday 3rd August 2016 @ 19:20:15

If you are travelling through Port Hedland - WA. I suggest you forget it as well. Port Hedland does not have even one caravan park that is pet friendly. Travelling with my dog from Karratha to Broome, I was hoping to spend a couple of days in Hedland, but instead moved on to a Roadhouse in Pardoo. It was dog friendly, the powered site cost the same as unpowered sites elsewhere, the toilets and laundry facilities were clean and well serviced.

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Posted By Cedric on Saturday 30th July 2016 @ 18:43:49

Thanks Krystal for that response. When I left Darwin I thought of travelling back to Melbourne via WA going through Broome. However I did not want to keep experiencing what I went through in Darwin. You just confirmed that I made the right decision. I am going to head back to dog friendly Byron Bay and spend my money there. It's a pity as I really like Darwin.fac114

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Posted By Trish on Saturday 30th July 2016 @ 13:13:29

In addition to avoiding dog unfriendly Darwin I would also suggest avoiding Broome for the same reasons. We travelled around Australia last year with our dog and found Darwin and Broome the most difficult places to visit with our elderly well behaved blue healer. Time Australia became more dog friendly like other countries. Additionally our well behaved dogs should be able to travel on public transport.

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Posted By Donna on Saturday 30th July 2016 @ 10:39:18

I have just returned from a trip from Melbourne to Darwin with my pet dog, a maltese shitzu cross. Although I planned my trip to Darwin with all pre booked pet friendly accommodation once I got to Darwin things changed. I returned home early due to lack of pet friendly accommodation and a city that prides inside on dog exclusion. Dogs are not welcome in markets, sitting outside in restaurants and even are not allowed to stay in a car in nature reserves such as Berry Springs. National Parks are of course completely out of the question. Only wild dogs are present and allowed in NP's. I have travelled extensively with my dog with many positive experiences but I rate Darwin as the worst pet friendly city in Australia. Think twice about travelling here with your dogs. Darwin certainly does not want your tourist dollar. Go elsewhere.

Posted By Trish on Saturday 30th July 2016 @ 01:25:47

Hi Deborah, We went through three borders last year & didn't see anything about dog checks. It's usually only Livestock & bees that can be an issue. Here's a site that may assist; http://www.quarantinedomestic.gov.au/whats-new.html http://www.quarantinedomestic.gov.au/destination-western-australia.html Happy travels :)

Posted By Rooster on Friday 8th July 2016 @ 20:32:34

hi we have just come back from sa and nt qld with our dog all good, vets are in most towns we had no problem, plus we have been to wa with him cheers

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Posted By jill on Friday 8th July 2016 @ 14:57:31

Hello, I'm planning on driving from Perth to Victoria in August with my little dog. Could experience people please tell me if there is any special dog check on WA/SA border and SA/VIC border ? I tried to check online and didn't find any special rules, but I would like to make sure that it is all good before I leave. Thank you. Regards. Deborah

Posted By Deborah on Wednesday 6th July 2016 @ 20:55:56

Wow what a wealth of information. Thanks "Rooster", very well documented and shared. I have a Shih Tzu/Maltese X, one year old, and we will be travelling North then East from Perth over the top starting early July. It appears quite daunting, and if others are also caravaning in the same direction around this time, we would like to join this group. Or may be form a group? Please can you contact me if interested.

Posted By Cedric on Tuesday 26th April 2016 @ 13:14:48

Hi. I have read most of the messages here. Some great information. I have been working in a remote community in south east Kimberley for 3 years. I intend to return home to Sunshine Coast, Qld via a trip from Kununurra to Broome to Perth then Margaret River and Nullabor to Melbourne then Byron Bay and home. I will probably be going around August. As a single person travelling with a dog (small -Jack Russell/Shitzu x), I am concerned about

1. Accommodation - friendly and appropriate 2. Being able to get groceries - what do I do with my dog while shopping? Too small and cute to tie up outside. Too hot to leave in car... 3. Access to a couple of National Parks.. on way down to Perth... Thanks for your help. :)

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Posted By Sheryl A on Sunday 24th April 2016 @ 15:19:45

hi we have been across the nallabor and back kalgoolie both sides of pt Lincoln and planning coober pedy and alice springs had a great time and he is maltese x and didn't like nalla but had a good time vets in alice springs are nice spoke to them about taking him said should be fine watch for snakes, jill

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Posted By jill on Friday 22nd April 2016 @ 16:31:22

Thank you 'Rooster', great read and helpful advice. Planning our trip now with our bluey :)

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Posted By Sunny on Thursday 21st April 2016 @ 14:28:44

hi Julie thanks your reply. when we to was it was a bit tense just nothing around, especially off road crossing our little friend got out of car had a sniff, in the van he went. hopefully like that travelling up the stuart. thanks again for replying I hope I am reply on this right4

Posted By jill on Wednesday 20th January 2016 @ 14:43:01

Hi Jill! Travelling up that way or anywhere that dingoes' are expected to be, I think you should be very aware of where your dog is at all times. You just never know when or where they could be when travelling! Better to be cautious than sorry hey! Please be careful with 1080 and strychnine too in the outback! It's everywhere unfortunately....

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Posted By Julie Langton on Tuesday 19th January 2016 @ 15:54:12

we have travelled across to wa with our caravan and little dog. was great like to up to cooper pedy a bit concern about dingoes are they there. do they come up to van especially off roading to cooper pedy. cheers

Posted By jill on Monday 18th January 2016 @ 15:24:13

Brilliant mate, thanks for a fantastic read

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Posted By Trish Little on Monday 18th January 2016 @ 04:02:56

Hi there, Sorry, this is a bit long... First up, it will definitely make things easier if your dog has experienced some of the situations it may experience while on holidays. My Husband & I are bike riders & we often go away for weekends with our two dogs (a small 12 yr old Cattle/Fox terrier cross about 11kg & a medium-large 6 yr old Cattle/Coolie cross about 22kg). We take our van which is completely set-up for free-camping. Everything we take in, gets taken out. Our dogs are totally used to the routine now, i.e. as soon as they see us get our gear on & helmets in the hand, they already go in to the van (we prefer this to leaving tethered or fenced outside, as there are roos & they may break free). We leave all the windows & vents open, two bowls of water (one in the shower recess), & if it's a really hot day, ensure the van parked in some shade at least (whilst still getting enough to charge the solar). We have been told they are always as quiet as a mouse until they hear us turn up. Our dogs are both obedience trained & are very well socialised. This helps enormously in mixed company & public places. They are both inside dogs, so are obviously house-trained, and so can stay in the van for a reasonable amount of time without having accidents inside & definitely last all through the night. Our younger dog is much more active, so definitely needs his play/run time every day. In the car on long travelling days he can get a bit restless & this is something to take in to account. Out first 'test' trip was a 3 week outback NSW trip & then 2 years later (2015)did an 8 week 'up the guts' trip; Syd-Adl-Uluru-Alice Springs-Darwin-Mt Isa-Longreach-Syd. Lots of free camps allowing dogs along the way with only a couple of small issues (see below) & we walked the dogs with us in all towns with no problems. Stuff packed for the dogs; meds, Heart & all wormer (Interceptor Spectrum), Flea & tick programs (Advantix), (buying in the more remote areas can be very expensive so stock up prior if possible) blankets/towels/wet-weather dog coats/toys/spare leads/spare name & contact detail tags/car restraint &/or harness / poo bags/scooper/brush/flea powder/C5 vacc paperwork (required if leaving in boarding kennels)/ & contact details of our local vet back home. We took a separate ice box apart from fridge/freezer in van (our dogs are on a raw meaty bone diet plus table scraps, so we buy fresh raw chickens where possible (which I might try vac-pac next time) & we also used the ice box for extra bottled water for us, as we didn't always trust local water supply even with filters, or that we could even get water when required). Having nice icy cold water on the really hot days was an added bonus. Side-note; We had to wire-mesh our van windows on our NSW trip, because our small dog decided to be a Houdini & tried to escape. Our van now resembles a bird cage :^/ Likes/good places to stay or visit, dog friendly; Remember that no matter where you go, especially if unsure or no obvious signs, always ask, we have been surprised many times at the answer given when we thought no way would they accept dogs. We've come across many other travellers that said they'd left their mate behind & regretted it, they really missed them. But at least they get to have a pat of ours & in this regard it is also an ice-breaker to meet other people (if you so choose!). Unfortunately we haven't yet done WA with our doggies!; Abercrombie River (NSW) – free camp. Pretty sites next to the river. No phone signal. Bush toilets. Would get very busy in holiday times. Ayers Rock campground (N.T.) - normal fees apply. Nice grassy sites. Can leave dogs in the van whilst out sight-seeing (as long as not noisy). At the site next to us, the people left their dog tied up to a railing & a water bowl with a note to say if there were any problems to please this number...one way of doing it I suppose. Walked around the Ayers Rock shopping area with our dogs. Bretti Reserve (Hunter Region, NSW) – very large free camp, beside running creek and cattle farms. Toilets only. Can be extremely busy in holiday periods. Broken Hill Racecourse (NSW) – fees apply – grassy sites (keep in mind horses around especially in the early morning for training), very quiet, toilet & shower facilities. Chookarloo Campground, Kuitpo Forest Reserve (S.A.) (50 mins SE to Adelaide)- permit required, but very cheap. Clem Waterhole rest area (QLD) – free camp, large area beside waterway. Cattle roaming. Dogs had a swim. Relaxing & good for a few days stay. Coober Pedy Faye's Underground house (S.A.) – dogs not allowed inside, however, they have a fenced yard out the back with a water bowl & a ball to play with! Cowra Showground/Racecourse (NSW) – low budget grassy sites, toilet & shower, horses around though so dogs on leads. Cowra Japanese Gardens (NSW) – allows dogs, remember to take doggy bags. Four Mile Reserve Brewarrina – free camp beside the Darling river. Georgina River (N.T.) - free camp, large area beside waterway. Kings Creek Station (N.T.) - normal fees apply. We asked for a site away from everyone else. We had a dingo drinking out of our dogs water bowl. Wasn't a problem though. We left the dogs in the van while we did the Kings Canyon rim walk. Lightning Ridge self-drive Door tours & the Underground Mine, all with the dogs. Silverton Mad Max Museum (NSW) – great place & the owner allowed our dogs in. Longreach Waterhole near Elliot (N.T.) - free camp, 10k's sandy track in, but worth it when you get there. Heaps of sites beside waterway. Dogs had a swim. However has cane toads, roos & signs on entry of 1080 baits used in the area. Longreach Apex Riverside park (QLD) - $3- a night, pay at the info centre in town. Nice wander along the river. There are resident chickens at the campsite, nice wake up call early in the morning! & they pester you for food, our dogs were 'quite' interested in them too! Handy location to town with great bakeries, Stockmans Hall of Fame & the must-do, Qantas Museum. Make sure you do the 747 tour if time & money allow, excellent! Also has a good area in town for water fill-up & dump point. Manbullo Station,Katherine, (N.T.) - normal fees apply. Good one for a few days. Large cattle station alongside a river, which the dogs took a quick dip in, but beware of crocs (check with the owner). Dogs on lead/run. Left the dogs in the van when we did ½ day trips to Katherine Gorge (beautiful), Edith Falls (beautiful) & hot springs in Katherine. Opal Caravan Park (Lightning Ridge, NSW) normal van site fees apply – fairly large park with bush sites at the back. Pandanus on Litchfield caravan park (N.T.) - normal fees apply & the closest park (that you can have dogs at) to the National Park. Nice sites under mango trees & next to cattle farm & has a pool. Dogs left in the van when we did day trips to the various falls & termite mounds. Robbie Robins Reserve, Berrimah (Equestrian Reserve), N.T. - normal fees apply (call in advance). Although this is situated between a jail & one of the main roads going in to Darwin, it has a large camp area, good open park for a run, dogs on lead due to horses at various times. Good facilities including washing machines. Close proximity to Darwin, beaches (which there is a dog-friendly area), Adelaide River croc cruises & Kakadu. Left dogs in the van when doing ½ day trips out. Dangers & dislikes; Ants, green & stinging – no explanation needed. Beware when tethering or fencing. Cane toads - our small dog is an excellent ratter, so seeing these was like Christmas. First noticed in Katherine, NT. Cattle grids on Highways – it took some time for our younger dog especially to get used to the noise & vibrations these made. Crocodiles - surprising how far inland they actually are. Care to be taken in waterways, creeks etc. Dingoes - roaming around camp areas between Uluru to Kings Creek station area. Diseases / Parasites – ticks / viruses. Thoroughly check your dogs coat regularly &/or showing signs of unusual behaviour, drooling, 'drunk' etc. Flies – our younger dog hated them, often escaped in to the van for relief. Poisons – 1080 baits (can potentially be in dead animals as well), rat bats etc. - our younger dog ate some left-over dog food at one of the roadside stops, which we totally freaked out about. He was ok, but this is why people mention using a muzzle, otherwise you need to be on the ball & keep a very close eye on them. Poo – yes humans pooing at roadside stops/camp areas. Our small dog rolled in some at one roadside camp! Doesn't take much to bury your waste. Wild/wandering dogs – some townships up through the middle of Aus. Suggested reads or Stores, (with no affliation); Camps Aus. Wide #8 , good source of information & where dogs are allowed. On-line store Priceless Pets , very good value for flea/tick etc progams.

Posted By Rooster on Sunday 17th January 2016 @ 12:40:58

Hi there... I'm about to drive through Dolby to Darwin & on this trip I'm returning 2 dogs for a close friend. Now, these dogs are a Bull Arabx & a wolf houndx. I'm interested in camping with them so will this be a wild trip??? Lol! Also i have drivin there before then alone with two dogs. Any help or advice would be appreciated. Regards John

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Posted By john on Saturday 26th December 2015 @ 02:03:29

Please be careful with some "Pet Friendly" places as some of them don't say that they have restrictions on the size of your dog! We booked into a few Caravan Parks who refused us entry because our dog weighed more than 10kg's!! And many will ask for a deposit. We paid as much as $100 deposit at one place, which is fair enough cos there's lots of irresponsible dog owners out there! Btw we got all and every deposit back with no problems! ?

Posted By Julie on Wednesday 16th December 2015 @ 09:53:08

Have found pet friendly accommodation from Townsville to Darwin, we are staying at Julia Creek, then onto Mount Isa, then home to Darwin. I'll give feedback on each place after we have been through to let you all know our experience.

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Posted By Kersten Seipel on Tuesday 15th December 2015 @ 18:08:35

Hi I just travelled from rockhampton Katherine. So from Mt Isa to Darwin same route. I'm going back that way. So mayb you can let me know how you go.

I'm not sure what your accommodation style is but I was camping. Far too hot to camp. I stayed in a pet friendly cabin in Mt isa moondarra caravan park. Good accommodation $120 a night. They have a pool. I went on to 3 ways. Also pet accommodation $105 night. Aircon

Then daily waters. Don't stay there they want u to leave your dog out in 40 degree heat. So I drove on to Katherine. Long drives but get there quicker. Hope thar helps Regards katrina

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Posted By Katrina on Tuesday 15th December 2015 @ 17:06:05

I am travelling from Townsville to Darwin with my two dogs if anyone has any information on dog friendly accommodation on the way.

Posted By Kersten on Tuesday 15th December 2015 @ 11:39:51

Its great to get so many different ideas and opinions on travelling with your pets as it gives us insight into what to encounter when we do a free camp travel up to cairns with our two beautiful FAMILY canines. I will stay out of the bureaucratic stuff and just say that dogs will enjoy our trip away as much as we will. If I can add another option for travelers with pets you can research dog friendly Air BnB accommodation as their are 300+ in Queensland alone. Happy travels with all our furry friends. Cheers Tony G

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Posted By Tony G on Sunday 13th December 2015 @ 10:28:14

Hi Dasha I recently did a similar drive with the dog, a 4 year old female (desexed) German Shepherd; drove up in September, four and a half weeks in Cairns, and drove back last week. Just me and the dog in a car ... no mobile home, no caravan, no tent .... so needed a room and a bed each night. When the dog travels with me I want the dog with me, and for me, that means the run of a place, from garden to bedroom. Finding truly dog friendly did take time .... they may say they are 'dog friendly' but when you ask the detail .... the dog is not allowed inside, the dog has to stay on the veranda but the veranda is not secure, there is a garden but it has no fences and so it goes on, or the dog has to stay in the car .... For me 'dog friendly' is dog allowed inside and in all areas of the property (not on furniture is okay with me), dog can be left inside when owner goes out, garden has secure fencing so dog can be left in garden and be safe and secure. Many kennels now do day boarding as well as overnight ..... dog needs to be vaccinated and the vaccination up-to-date, kennels will usually ask for evidence of vaccination so take the dog's vaccination certificate. For me it was, on occasion, better to put the dog in a kennel for the day, or overnight so I was confident she was safe while I was doing something for the whole day ... and I didn't need to have that niggling thought that she's in a strange place and by now she'd have had a piddle or a walk and she may be wondering where I am and has she been barking at strange noises and disturbing the peace. I was more comfortable leaving her for shorter periods of time, a couple of hours or half days. Travel with dog bed, dog rugs, dog towels, food, water etc ...... put up the dog's bed in the accommodation, or put a good size sheet / towel on the floor to protect human rugs/carpet. And, stating the obvious, always pick up after the dog; always have a poo bag or more in a pocket. Be considerate and perhaps double bag the poo when in a hot climate before putting in a wheelie bin. And, again stating the obvious, dog needs to be under control, well behaved and clean. Doesn't need to be friendly. Some towns have dog sitters .... I found a couple of these in Cairns, but we were never able to find a time when they were available to suit the time I needed them ..... but they are out there .... hence below use of the RSPCA in Cairns. Information on pet friendly places I would stay at again with the dog - - - Maryborough; The Wallace caravan park ..... cabins are pet friendly .... probably just an overnight stop. Agnes Water .... depending on budget, Gibsons Pet Friendly, are lovely. Upmarket, and dog friendly. Agnes Water is a great place to spend a few days .... walking along the beach with the dog splashing in the water is good for the soul. Ask for Auntie Rae at the Beach Buddies swimming costume shop and you can board your doggie with Auntie Rae for a day or a night or two .... for example, you might want to do the Larc day tour out to the lighthouse (great tour, can recommend) and prefer doggie has company across a long day. [Haven't stayed at this place at Agnes Water 'The Dog House' http://www.stayz.com.au/accommodation/qld/gladstone-region/agnes-water/136803 but it looks like it would be great.] Rockhampton .... Ambassador Motel ... a simple motel but is pet friendly (dog in the room with you), and good for a stop on the highway if the trip has you driving through Rocky in the late arvo/early evening. The highway takes you right by this motel. Airlie Beach ..... Big 4 Holiday Caravan Park ..... the whole park is dog friendly, that is, tent sites, the cabins, villas etc are dog friendly BUT can't leave the dog behind in the cabins or villas when you go out, so is sort of a compromise here. On the trip up I got the last ensuite cabin ... small, no cooking facilities, but at the last minute to find a bed that was dog friendly for the night I was not complaining. On the trip back I stayed in a villa (fully self contained, nice veranda ... I upended the veranda table to barricade the external stairs so doggie could laze around on the veranda) for two nights and the dog and I drove and walked around site seeing. They charge an additional $10 a night for a dog .... and didn't bat an eyelid when I booked with the dog. Did the Airlie Creek Track walk ... about 45-50 minutes leisurely stroll with the dog. [There are also other caravan parks in Airlie that advertise as pet friendly.] Townsville ..... Spanish Lace Motel ..... again a simple motel, but is pet friendly, and the double room was huge so plenty of room for dog bed, dog ruggsie, and me. Cairns .... I stayed at Pandanus House through Cairns Holiday Homes http://www.cairnsholidayhomes.com.au they have a range of pet friendly accommodations from houses to studio apartments .... a studio apartment might suit in Cairns for a stay. In Cairns the RSPCA, 4055 1487, cnr Arnold and Greenbank Streets, do day and overnight boarding, and I put the dog into the day boarding a few times, and used the overnight boarding a couple of times too. The RSPCA hours are 10am to 5pm 7 days and they are a 10 minute drive from central Cairns (just north of the airport) .... so sometimes I put the dog in late the afternoon before as I had something starting the next day before 10am. And was good to be supporting a charity .... the boarding for the Cairns RSPCA is one of their main funding streams. These are not fancy kennels by any means but they are secure and every one of the staff I dealt with was great and I was confident leaving the dog there. I also put the dog into a very, very nice kennel http://www.kurandapetresort.com.au on the Tablelands (Cairns) one night as the RSPCA were fully booked .... but it was a 45 minute drive one way, so was not ideal. There are lots of variables when travelling with dogs .... some dogs might be fine in the crate on a veranda, some dogs may be fine on a secure, enclosed veranda, other dogs may need a well fenced garden as, even at home, they prefer outside to inside, and so on. Travelling with the four footed furry friend does bring some different challenges, and for me, I now don't chance it, and usually have the next day or two pet friendly accommodation sorted before starting that days drive. It is great travelling with your dog. Have a wonderful trip.

Posted By Annie on Monday 9th November 2015 @ 14:02:54

We have been travelling full time for 8 months with our 2 maltese pups. We have had no problems so far and have free camped and stayed in caravan parks. If you want to visit a National Park then you either get a dog sitter or put them in a kennel for the day. Make sure they are microchipped and have an id tag on. They make our trip that bit more enjoyable and keep you fit as always taking them on walks

Posted By Courtney on Monday 9th November 2015 @ 08:43:36

Hi Everyone My partner and I are planning on driving from Perth to Melbourne just before Christmas with our two dogs (a border collie and english staffy - both 5 yo and very well behaved) and want to do it in 3 days/2 nights if possible.

Planning on staying anywhere between Cocklebiddie and Eucla the first night and then Port August/Barra/Port Pirie the second night.

Where we drive to each day and stay will depend on where will allow our dogs to stay too. Has anyone got any suggestions or information that would be useful? We would prefer not to camp as we won't have room for camping gear in car. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Posted By Laura on Tuesday 3rd November 2015 @ 19:08:34

Hey everyone! I'm planning a road trip with my kelpie from Brisbane to Port Douglas/ Cairns, I'm hoping to have him with me most of the time but am happy to leave him in a kennel for a few days at a time if needed. Does anyone have any suggestions for dog friendly accomodation, dog day care or nice kennels along the way, as well dog friendly beaches and bush walks? I've never even considered anything other than leaving him at home while I go away so this is completely new to me but I'm so excited! What do people generally do with their dogs when you want to do an activity that doesn't allow dogs, but can't leave them alone in a caravan park? Do any parks have pet minding services? Thanks for the help!

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Posted By Dasha on Saturday 31st October 2015 @ 07:04:52

Hi Forum I have just heard that our fellow native land owners are permitted to have Dogs inside the national park areas, and further are given $85 per year for their upkeep. Not sure if this is true. Would anyone comment. Regards Cedric

Posted By Cedric on Tuesday 8th September 2015 @ 14:13:43

CGC awards are for dogs behaving well and being well socialised (this doesn't mean just playing with other dogs). It is not an award of flashy obedience trals. The owner gets trained along the way but the award is for the dog. Just like Service Dogs.

All dogs are capable of getting to Gold level CGC if their owners do the three course levels with them. The don't have to be especially smart. Read about it.

Posted By Teeto on Saturday 29th August 2015 @ 13:24:43

Hi Teeto. Having thought about this Gold level training for dogs, would it not be more sensible to have the Owner trained and accredited. Dogs are dogs, and not all dogs have the ability to be trained to the standard that may be required.

The visit to the National Parks is for the benefit of the Owner, and this should not be left to the temperament and intelligence of the animal. What does the Panel think? Regards Cedric

Posted By Cedric on Saturday 29th August 2015 @ 13:11:27

I totally agree with all of your comments Cedric. It can be difficult finding "pet friendly" places, but we have travelled for 3 years with our old kelpie and have overcome any problems with a little bit of research. Depending largely on your requirements,we almost always stay in Showgrounds ( we are also set up to free camp) Not so much because of our dog,but because we prefer the freedom it gives us. Showgrounds almost always have power,water,showers and toilets. Not always of a high standard,but for $10 to $20 per night it suits us. Dogs are always welcome and they have plenty of space to run free. If you have an iPad or iPhone you can download an app called Wikicamps which tells you the locations of caravan parks, camping spots, dump points etc with photos, facilities, comments and prices. As for petitioning National Parks, go to www.change.org and you can start your own Make sure it is the Australian site. Good luck and happy caravanning

Posted By Jan on Monday 17th August 2015 @ 14:40:00

I believe the Delta Accreditation for Dogs is trying to negotiate with Govt so that dogs with Gold level Good Canine Citizen Award are able to go wherever Service dogs can go. They are given a very distinctive collar and lead which identifies them. This would mean they could go into National Parks on a lead if approved and would be a huge incentive to train a dog. I am not sure where this process is at, but I can't wait.

Posted By Teeto on Monday 17th August 2015 @ 13:45:43

Many caravan parks are loosely pet 'friendly' as long as you have your own accommodation, that is you are travelling with your own caravan, motor home, popup camper etc. So if, Cedric, you are travelling with your own accommodation, the trip will be relatively straightforward .... though as mentioned in my previous post, will still need to do the research and phone work. The caravan park will, in the majority of cases, allow your pet as the pet stays in your accommodation. Can't vouch for what sort of facilities the caravan parks might have for pets .... eg. off leash area, pet washing area, pet poo disposal etc. If you are wanting to stay at a caravan park in one of their cabins, in all instances that we enquired, the caravan parks were NOT pet friendly. The pet was not allowed inside the cabin; had to be on the veranda, which in all our enquiries was not a secure veranda, and often exposed to the elements. Consequently we didn't stay in any caravan parks!

Posted By Annie on Monday 17th August 2015 @ 13:03:25

I've got a year to plan my Around Australia caravan holiday. I have a Maltese Shih Tzu. I would prefer to stay at dog friendly Parks, and I think it should be conditional for EVERY Park to have a section for caravaners with dogs. This should not be an option for us Grey Nomads.

ALSO we must campaign the National Parks to allow dogs on leashes into the parks. With high penalties if not obeyed. This business of native animals getting their scent is ridiculous, for crying out loud in reality they are all animals.

If you agree can you please contact me as to how we go about this action, and take the next step.

Posted By Cedric on Sunday 16th August 2015 @ 21:21:02

If you have your own motor home, caravan, pop-up camper it makes travelling with pets some what easier and relatively straightforward as the pets stay in your own accommodation. BUT if you are travelling with pets in a car, which we did with two dogs for 3.5 months last year, 2014, it is DIFFICULT. Many accommodation places say they are 'dog or pet friendly' but when quizzed they are NOT 'dog or pet friendly'. There'll be size restrictions 'small dogs only'. Or access restrictions 'only outside', and then they'll say, 'oh but we don't have any fences' .... how is that 'pet friendly'? If you're travelling with pets it means they are important and you want them to be with you. Not stuck in the car, or outside on the veranda; plus we need to know they are safe and secure when we head out for a bit of site-seeing. It is like people who travel with children, nearly all children and their parents are well behaved, and do the right thing. Same with pet owners ... most of us will do the right thing, travel with dog bedding, pick up after our dogs, obedience trained, well socialised, and they are part of the family. It does take a bit of effort if it is just you and the car and the pets, but do the research (get on to the internet, read reviews, make phone calls), there are places out there that are truly 'pet friendly'. 'Pet friendly' = allowed inside (not on furniture), can be left securely shut in the motel room, cabin, or house, with a secure and well fenced yard. These places may not necessarily be in the places you would choose, but travelling means going with the flow. We found it simpler to plan a few days in advance as we'd need to sort out where the 'pet friendly' accommodation was and then travel in that direction. Though it was a challenge finding 'pet friendly' accommodation, we had a great trip and loved having the dogs with us. It is an untapped accommodation market; travellers with pets - I know we would have happily paid a bit extra to have the dogs with us in many places. Happy travels to all.

Posted By Annie on Tuesday 11th August 2015 @ 16:53:47

I agree with you

Posted By chris on Sunday 2nd August 2015 @ 11:17:17

It gets very hot and uncomfortable for "southern" dogs in the northern areas at that time of year, so you will need to plan to keep them cool. We have spent the winter months in Darwin and central Qld with our Kelpie and even then we had to be careful to keep her cool, even though the temp was high 20s to 30 degrees. Also be very aware of ticks, especially paralysis ticks. You definitely need to talk to your Vet and get medication. Paralysis ticks are sneaky and are not just confined to the Eastern coastal regions

Posted By Jan on Saturday 1st August 2015 @ 11:39:09

Hi CAR This will depend on your proposed stops we live in Brisbane 2 dogs and we travel to cook town dogs in all there are towns leading to Brisbane that are dog friendly also in Cairns or 5 min out of cairns we only took one dog so call them up once you locate them and let them know how many and the bread first i would plan your stops and googol dog friendly caravan parks in each location plan your trip and you will be fine . But please do your own searches location and caravan dog friendly parks . Kind regards, Darren Millar

Posted By Darren Millar on Friday 31st July 2015 @ 19:36:46

Hear!!! hear!!!, well said mate. My sentiments exactly....

Posted By Patricia Little on Friday 31st July 2015 @ 12:33:39

Hi Donna It is a joke we don’t have kids we have our dogs they stay on their leads sleep in there enclosure and go everywhere with us we have had changes of management at our desired spot in Brisbane both the beach and caravan park changed the rules we no longer can travel up the road we have added over an hour travel to do to the next beach the restrictions what a joke caravan park went from 2 dogs to one per site at least we can take dogs however the council closed off the beach after years like century’s . We are not retired as yet we are set up for free camping tell that to caravan parks they hate it was recently on a program disputing set ups on either side of towns while a caravan park was losing income in town amazing that it looks one side they don’t care about rules that affect travellers the market is strong as more retired get on the road go the free camping . Kind regards,

Posted By Darren Millar on Friday 31st July 2015 @ 10:24:25

Hi - I am considering traveling from northern NSW to Cairns in January/February 2016. I have two Labradors. I don't want to leave them behind but I have concerns about taking them. Any tips or suggestions greatly appreciated

Posted By CAR on Friday 31st July 2015 @ 07:44:24

Julie, Try Pistol club or PCYC Overflow parks

Posted By Bruce Stocker on Thursday 30th July 2015 @ 21:33:36

Hi Julie I think you may have to settle for 20plus Kms out of Broome as we did in Darwin (29 Kms). I think caravan parks are doing themselves a disservice by their attitudes towards pets. I think the only way to change things is to let them know how much business they are missing out on. Of course there is also always the problem of feral animal owners who don't train or take responsibility for the behaviour of their pets! Donna

Posted By Donna on Thursday 30th July 2015 @ 21:24:03

Thank you Darren! And I totally agree with everything you say, especially on discrimination against the size of dogs. I'd rather hear a large dog do the occasional bark than hear little ones yapping away but of course that's not the issue. They say that a dog is mans best friend, in my case it's woman, so why can't they cater for all dogs of all sizes and country wide?! Do they expect everyone to give up their animals or just leave them in a kennel for however long you're away? I'd be first to boycott but unfortunately it doesn't help me right now. Good luck to all who travel with our special friends!! ?

Posted By Julie Langton on Sunday 26th July 2015 @ 12:07:51

Hi Julie It’s crazy that they allow dogs but put a size restriction in place it makes no sense it is almost discrimination. It is annoying that most people especially the elderly travel with dogs it almost takes the enjoyment out of travelling may be the country needs to boycott caravan parks with pathetic rules they would some change their attitude wit out an income . All the best in your travels . Kind regards, Darren

Posted By Darren Millar on Sunday 26th July 2015 @ 11:18:25

Hi everyone! We're heading to Broome in the next few days and cannot find ANYWHERE that will take my Kelpie X!! What on earth are we supposed to do? The only place is 20+km's from Broome which is totally ridiculous!! Can anyone give me advise as a matter of urgency? Thank you all!! ;)

Posted By Julie on Saturday 25th July 2015 @ 21:18:59

Hi Donna! What a shame we aren't still in Darwin!! I'd gladly look after your "baby" but we've now moved on and are near Halls Creek! Hopefully you can find some wonderful person to look after your dog! Hope you enjoy the concert too!! Julie

Posted By Julie Langton on Friday 24th July 2015 @ 22:17:23

Have you tried Helga's Pet Resort ..at Virginia 3km from Coolalinga ? They very good, clean and reliable. We volunteered there for several seasons and their prices were reasonable.

Posted By Jan on Friday 24th July 2015 @ 20:54:10

Hi Julie We are currently in Darwin staying at Coolalinga as it is the only park that will take our 17kilo, elderly and very placid blue heeler. We are looking for a dog sitter for tomorrow night (25th) so we can go to a concert. All the local sitters charge an arm and a leg. Not a very dog friendly town. We have travelled from WA to SA Vic NSW QLD and now NT. Generally no probs until here. Donna

Posted By Donna on Friday 24th July 2015 @ 17:16:02

Hi there everyone!! We are travelling atm with our dog and we've been to Queensland, Northern Territory and now Western Australia. Our hardest problem so far has been getting a Caravan Park that will accept my 25+kg Kelpie X. Coolalinga is the only one in Darwin that we could find that would allow a dog of her size! Another would only take 10kg

Posted By Julie Langton on Thursday 23rd July 2015 @ 21:06:38

We've done a bit of travelling around Aus with our dog the last couple of years. We love it! There are plenty of places to go. We have been putting the places we've been on www.donethataustralia.com Can't wait for our trip to Cape York in 6 weeks!

Posted By Tracey on Thursday 25th June 2015 @ 20:07:40

Hi So how did people get on travelling around Australia with their dog? These posts seem old so keen to see how you got on. Jennifer

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Posted By Jennifer Grech on Monday 22nd June 2015 @ 04:48:03

Enter Message Hi Great reading all your travel stories we are heading to NT next month does anybody know of any boarding kennels or dog sitters in the Kununurra area. Would be much appreciated. happy travels Lynne

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Posted By Lynne on Wednesday 20th May 2015 @ 16:03:22

Hi all, And the tourist industry wonders why Australians dont spend their money locally???? Like everyone reading this site, I enjoy living life with my loyal companion, but find it near impossible to spend a weekend away without rediculous constraints regarding where your pet can and cannot go. In the smaller townships in Germany, and many parts of Europe, you can have a beer in a pub with your dog...try that in Australia!!! Its about time 'mans best friend' got a fair go in this country. Luckily for us, I live on the outskirts of Melbourne where there is a magical piece of reserve not far from me, where he can roam around and have a ball (cobbles dick forde, near werribee) for those who are passing through. In saying that, there is a really great caravan park in South Werribee, and nobody cares if your dog explores the beach area off lead (despite what the signs say). Has anyone got any suggestions for a weekend location along the murray river not too far from melbourne? Dave

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Posted By Dave on Sunday 10th May 2015 @ 19:25:18

I was pretty sure that the paralysis tick is only found on the east coast of Australia which is the most dangerous, the others are dangerous if many are on the dog sucking the blood but the paralysis is the one that really kills them I don't think WA has them and know for sure South Australia and Darwin definitely don't I get the yearly heartworm injection so I don't have to worry about monthly.

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Posted By Sue Winn on Monday 6th April 2015 @ 16:32:45

Hi My vet told me about the soda crystals you can get them from Woolworths as I was travelling across the Nullarbor in 2010 I have used it on my naughty boy a few years ago when he ate my brownie which was very high in dark chocolate and has gotten into other stuff and he has thrown up, you can give a fair amount as they will throw it up, the more you give the quicker they will throw it up. I won't travel without it and they said if they get 1080 to give it to them immediately. As long as you keep them on lead in the roadhouses, there are websites you can look up, my boy will eat anything so I keep a close eye on him, unfortunately the crows pick it up and it can be found anywhere. don't let it detur you as long as you are aware and play it safe. I couldn't believe that people in the roadhouses 2010 that just let there dog wander parked next to the bush, even when you check in they tell you and signs everywhere The Paralaysis ticks are bad on the east coast, and Darwin during the wet was bad for bush tick/brown tick. Advantix is what the vets now recommend in Sydney as Frontline isn't doing as well, but it needs to apply every 2 weeks for ticks and 4 weeks for fleas, and the flea collars like Scalibor can be used with it. You still need to search daily for them as nothing is 100% effective. the tablets have just come out and my friends who have used them found ticks on their dogs for the first time, so not sure but I don't want my dog to have such a huge intake in their stomach that it lasts a month and is a chewable to me putting that in my dog even it is slow release I don't want to. I'm extremely luck in my vet and the specialist my boy goes to gives me prescriptions is only a phone call or email away that I travel knowing that if anything goes wrong I have help on the phone, and I always list the vets in the area I am travelling so if an emergency happens I don't have to try to find one, and list the opening hours and if it is 24 hours or for emergency too, has helped a lot. I'm more paranoid about crocodiles and snakes than anything else as my girl is water crazy but saying that last year she did seem to sense the danger at Rocky and the Mary River. Good luck and enjoy it, I love travelling with my two and I just keep an eye on them

Posted By Sue Winn on Monday 6th April 2015 @ 16:30:30

Thank you Donna! We are actually heading up to Northern Territory and the West Coast and I believe that the paralysis ticks are different in West as apposed to the East? And I was also told that any medication cannot stop these horrible ticks, only checking your dog on a daily basis can you keep them under control? My girl is organised to head off soon re vaccinations, heartworm, etc so I guess I'm trying to avoid another expensive vet bill! Thank you for your help! ;)

Posted By Julie on Monday 6th April 2015 @ 11:23:22

Using a bait muzzle is the best protection against 1080 and strychnine. It has a false bottom so the dog cannot lick the stuff but can still comfortably drink and pant. I took lectic soda,my vet advised to induce vomiting immediately and if only a small amount ingested and near a vet it may help, but will not save a dogs life. Best to keep your dog on a leash or in sight at all times especially in rural areas. The stuff is air dropped in WA and can be anywhere. You are warned at the SA/WA border. We travelled throughout WA with no problems though. Our dog has always been protected from heart worm, ( Interceptor) it's prevalent even in cities. In the NT and Qld we used (Frontline plus ) and had no probs there either. Brown dog ticks are found most places up North, but paralysis ticks mostly near the coast and adjacent inland of the East Coast. Most of these applications last from several weeks to a month. Don't be put off, just be vigilant. Good Luck.

Posted By jan on Monday 6th April 2015 @ 10:57:11

Our vet in Perth has provided us with tablets to put in the eye to induce vomiting if a bait is ingested and syringes to wash the eye out to stop the vomiting. Also we gave tablets to give our boy for fleas and ticks, particularly for the paralysing tick on the eastern seaboard. I can give you the names of these products if required but your vet should really be able to do the research for you.

Posted By Donna on Sunday 5th April 2015 @ 20:11:03

Some very interesting reading! My fiance' and I are also heading off again soon to NT & WA. I was actually looking for preventative measures for problems with dogs. I question Sue Winn about her idea of using Soda Crystals to induce vomiting. Is this for your dog if they ingest 1080? I know it's a shocking and cruel death for any animal but can these crystals save a dogs life? And no one has mentioned anything about heartworm. Is that because we are just expected to have our dogs protected from this or do none of you worry about this? And I also worry about the paralysis tick, or any tick for that matter! Can some of you please let me know how you have gone with such things as my Vet doesn't seem to know a great deal about this! Thank you everyone for your informative suggestions and advice!

Posted By Julie on Sunday 5th April 2015 @ 15:03:41

Has any one travelled around Tasmania with a dog and found places that will mind them for several days whilst you go into n/parks.

Posted By trevor.w7 on Wednesday 4th March 2015 @ 15:28:22

We have travelled around aus twice with our dog and have no trouble when going to n/p we have put him into accommodation for a period with no problems.

Posted By trevor.w7 on Wednesday 4th March 2015 @ 15:24:46

Hi, my husband and I are going to be travelling through Victoria and South Australia for 6 weeks with our 2 year old Chihuahua who weighs 1.5 kilograms. He is tiny. We would like to know if there are any exemptions for dogs in NP in Victoria and SA. Also are there any dog friendly caravan parks or camping grounds around Mount Kosciuszko. Cheers.

Posted By Betty on Monday 23rd February 2015 @ 21:47:02

Great to read all the comments from like minded dog lovers. My husband, Syd (our elderly blue heeler) and I are setting off on 26 March from Perth to travel around Australia for six months and would love to catch up with other dog travellers to share dog sitting when we are visiting National Parks and other non dog friendly places. Are there any sites where we can arrange to meet up with other travellers who need a dog sitter for a day or two?

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Posted By donna on Friday 20th February 2015 @ 13:47:28

We are planning to travel to the mid north coast NSW in the next few months. Has anyone had any experience with kennels in the Coffs Harbour/Moonee Beach/Woolgoolga area in the last 2 years? After a previous bad experience we would prefer to have feedback from other pet owners before we commit to a specific kennel. thanks.

Posted By Frank on Sunday 11th January 2015 @ 10:41:45

Hi I have been travelling for about 15 years now every trip with my dog, I have ben to Tassie around WA Darwin, and Qld, Victoria well everywhere nearly well every state.

I have recently been up the coast to Rocky and had no problems at all, despite what people said, there are SO many dog friendly caravan parks along the way, Mylestom beautiful park on the beach, all the way up nearly and off leash beaches, I have water obsessed dogs and they had a ball, Sunshine coast, gold coast, Hervey Bay every place.

I have left my dogs always asking before I book sending an email to them, I leave treats, interactive toys, adaptil fuse and have never had a problem, I also ask my neighbours when I come back. There was only one park or two in the 9 weeks that didn't allow me, but I was away for ages anyway. tying your dog up outside a lot of parks will not allow due to incidents that have happened and now ban dogs being left, due to water being tipped over, lunging at people walking past and some getting off, wandering the park. Left in the van is ok but the minority ruin it for others. I went to Fraser Island and Lady Musgrave, Cania Gorge and Larc tours, Hervey bay and Agnes Water I found doggy sitter wonderful people one from the caravan park the other came and picked them up and took them to the beach and walks, couldn't of asked for nicer people. I have been on the road for a few days, to 4 weeks, a few months, couple months and 8 months all with my dogs, capital cities are harder but still found places, I haven't been to the Northern Territory in a while but hoping to go back next year 2016.  There is a lot of 1080 bait around especially the Nullarbor and other, and even being warned you still saw people with dogs off the lead, only takes one thing, I travel with soda crystals to make my dog throw up if necessary and a first aid kit for me and my dog including prescriptions and a first aid book. My advice is just do it, I have not been limited, been to national parks, Belair in Adelaide allow dogs on lead, it depends if it is a Fauna or flora park in SA, some in NT allow them in the carpark, WA is the worse for national parks, even ones that are just light houses I have found in most states won't allow dogs even in cars. I went to Byron Bay especially travelling and had the dogs and even the light house you couldn't have dogs in the car there reasons the wildlife can smell them in the car, I was like are you serious there is another car park further away I think you can park but not sure and in WA the parks officer actually go to the tourist destinations just to book people, have a run in at Kalbarri with them after buying my ticket and given the ok to leave them in the car.

WA has lovely beaches especially south and the only place I found hard was Broome but now it is slightly easier in peak time but I didn't go up that far and Port headland had mainly permanents in the parks. Some parks will check on your dogs, other give you names of permanents who look after them. Be careful of crocodiles they are further south in the Mary River and unfortunately no signs around that I could see at all, very irresponsible of them but they are moving further south in WA and Qld, and love dogs and can smell them. All in all it is the best experience and I wouldn't enjoy my travels without them, I travel with 2 or 3 cocker spaniels.

Posted By Sue Winn on Thursday 1st January 2015 @ 17:15:13

We have seen quite a few of the enclosures you describe. We don't have one as our dog is a kelpie, but while they seem to work really well for little dogs they appear quite flimsy and would not keep bigger dogs out. OK if you are around. A large crate would be better I think if leaving them unattended. Another point to consider is that if you both work and have to live in a caravan park ,in almost all cases, you will not be allowed to leave your dogs in the park while you are not there. Some pet friendly caretakers may offer to mind your dogs if you go out, but that is "hit and miss". We look for jobs where we can live onsite and that works well, financially as well. Good luck and enjoy your adventure as we have.

Posted By Jan on Thursday 27th November 2014 @ 12:58:02

Absolutely Annie, i have seen it in just about every park around Aus. Have a fab time with your pooches on your travels, I know we did.

Posted By Dingodarls on Thursday 27th November 2014 @ 11:50:06

Hubby and I are about to set out on a big adventure. We are preparing to hit the road and travel/work indefinitely. We have two toy poodles, weighing in at 9 kilos collectively. I've just bought a portable pet enclosure which has 10 panels and is 120cm high, which I'm hoping will keep rogue dogs out and give mine freedom to move around. Well this is my hope....

Has anyone else used or seen this type of set up in their travels?

Posted By Annieperks on Thursday 27th November 2014 @ 10:06:36

Hi Tays Travelling with a dog is good company . Let us know when your on the road We could catch up

Posted By Lyn on Sunday 26th October 2014 @ 11:13:28

Great reading these posts :) Just thought I'd drop a quick hello, I am currently selling my house in Perth and then heading off around Australia on a working holiday adventure with my Am Staff Busta.

Looking to meet other people especially solo travellers with dogs to share tips and tricks or chat and catch up if our travels cross paths.

I might email you Katrina as you sound similar to myself, look forward to hearing from you all, cheers guys:)

Posted By Tayzs on Saturday 25th October 2014 @ 13:31:55

I've just read many of the comments posted and I am now convinced I can travel with my dog. Thanks guys as I was starting to get worried. I am also thinking of getting a sign magnet for my car advertising dog sitting for while I'm away to earn a bit of money while I'm away.also another good idea is to offer other people travelling with their dogs to look after each other's dogs when each of you want to go and do something as my dog loves to play with other dogs and won't it tire them both out and everyone gets a good night sleep.

Posted By Katrina on Sunday 5th October 2014 @ 14:37:21

Hi I am also going to travel around oz from Melbourne to Perth, broome across to Townsville ending my experience in noosa where I intend to live. Also with my dog. I look forward to your posts.

Posted By Katrina on Sunday 5th October 2014 @ 14:11:18

Oh and one more thing, do not put the dogs into the kennels at Derby. My little mate came back covered in ticks even though they had on collars and Advantix. Plus it was a hole, I could tell the dogs couldn't wait to get out!!

Posted By Sue Allum on Saturday 20th September 2014 @ 19:37:15

Hi Joel. We are currently in WA after having travelled through NSW, Vic, SA, and NT> We have just done 14000kms and have our 2 beautiful dogs with us (a cavie and a greyhound x kelpie).

So far only a few troubles. Absolutely no dog friendly caravan park in Port/South Hedland, had to put them in kennels. Broome was pretty much the same, we stayed at the Roebuck Caravan park about 30km out and drove in. And Exmouth, at the moment has some crazy person baiting dogs around the caravan park. That was 3 very worrying days. I put them into the vets for doggie day care when we went out for the day. Other than that, I am so glad we brought them along. They are having a ball. Hope this helps out.

Posted By Sue Allum on Saturday 20th September 2014 @ 19:34:04

We have travelled with our Jack Russel, & have loved every second of it. If site isn't pet friendly then they miss out of meeting not only us but our very well behaved pet. I'm sure you are just like us who are responsible pet owners, who pick up there poos & have them on a lead at all times while of of the van.

Of course there will be times that you may not be able to do everything you wish because of your doggy, but we have never been sorry that she 's been with us. Or there is always a kennel near by that will have her/him for aday for you, or like the OPAL CARAVAN PARK in Lightening Ridge that as a FREE doggy day care. Happy travels with your beloved friend.

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Posted By Patricia on Friday 19th September 2014 @ 05:24:49

Hi, I have read through its forum but I would just like an update. We are doing a similar trip next year with a mini poodle. Has any one got any stories / problems to share. Thanks Jr

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Posted By Joel on Friday 19th September 2014 @ 00:12:44

Thank you for your replies to my request, I will follow-up on your suggestion Regards

Posted By youngcoco on Monday 4th August 2014 @ 19:12:40

Also try caravancaravan.com.au its a free to use website where you can get all sorts of info on just about anything. I don't buy the Camps books anymore because the info can be out of date even in the new book. I just use the above site and it has served us well in the last few years.

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Posted By Steve - MadAboutLED on Monday 4th August 2014 @ 12:17:06

We are heading up there this month with our fur babies shitzu/poodles. ..we bought the Camp 7 book....has free and cheap places to stop. ..can get from RACE. ....Google was a help too...

Posted By Teresa on Monday 4th August 2014 @ 10:00:34

If you have iphone or ipad get Wikicamps app Best info on camping and dog friendly places

Posted By Jan on Monday 4th August 2014 @ 08:41:27

I am driving to Cairns in December, with my little dog Cavalier/Maltese from the Wide Bay area, has anyone got any suggestion on dog friendly accommodation. I checked with the Book store and they say the Traveling with dogs book is no longer available. I have the RACQ accommodation book, very few places available. Would be grateful to get some feed back Thank you.

Posted By YoungCoco on Sunday 3rd August 2014 @ 16:03:27

Daz I am not sure but one question is "who owns the road into the NP"? Council? If so then NP can't fine you. Same with NP beaches...below high tide line is not NP but owned by the State. Correct me if I am wrong. So they can't fine you for having a dog on the beach either? Interested in other peoples take on this.

Posted By Mick on Wednesday 30th July 2014 @ 08:19:46

Does anyone know the rules on leaving a dog in a car (Outside caged on back of Ute) in national parks. I can't seem to get a straight answer even from DEC. Thanks

Posted By Daz on Tuesday 15th July 2014 @ 10:45:06

Great info - we are due to go that way in Sep, so good to know. Have a great trip, and enjoy the Centre and the Top End. Carmel

Posted By Carmel Tuohy on Thursday 10th July 2014 @ 12:58:36

Hi All, My daughter and I are having the time of our lives travelling around this amazing country. We are from Port Macquarie and have travelled so far all the way down to Melbourne, across the Great Ocean Road, through Mt Gambier, Adelaide and up to Port Pirie, where we are right now. We head off on our adventure up the middle in just a few days. Like many of you, I have been fretting as to what I will do with my 2 furry babies at Uluru. There are no dog kennels closer than Alice Springs and they are not allowed in the National Park. I was at a lose and thinking I would have to drive up to Alice, find kennels and then drive back again! But I have just been informed, and I have verbally double checked that it is OK to leave your dogs in the caravan at Ayers rock campground if you are out for the day. What a relief! I can do my thing and still have the kids with me. Being winter, the lovely lady told me that the temperature is fine to leave them in side, even a little on the cold side.

I hope this may help anyone else out there who is wondering what to do when it comes to the Rock!

Happy travelling!

Posted By Dingodarls on Tuesday 8th July 2014 @ 16:50:48

There is a fantastic kennel in Kuranda. A bit of a drive but worth it for your babies. Our pup is an escape artist and fretter she seemed good when we picked her up. Kuranda pet resort. Recommend it.

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Posted By Karen Chichi's mum on Saturday 28th June 2014 @ 20:12:18

Hey happy campers, My husband and I are planning a trip to the Cape in late August early September. As we have to be in Palm Cove August 28 for a wedding .....we will be traveling with 2x Shitzu/Poodle cross babies( can't leave them at home).....any suggestions on where we should/ could get someone to doggy sit so we can have a look around as well, the caravan park is only pet friendly in the off season.....

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Posted By Teresa on Friday 27th June 2014 @ 14:29:47

Hi Pam. I have a red kelpie pup who is very active and inquisitive. Loves people, kids, Water, swimming I just went to Cooktown across to Normanton; Kurumba Gregory's downs; and Lawn hill; Adels grove You need to be conscious of : Crocs, snakes; 1080 bait; ticks, heat; the new law of having your dog constrained In the car just to name a few things I free camp most of the time and have my dog in the vehicle at night. I check with locals where ever I am on the crocs etc. Camping at Gregory downs river and Adels grove are dog friendly I sent her to a dog kennel in Mount Isa and Cairns. And had a couple mind her in Mount Surprise caravan park whilst I went to lava tube park it's a 57 klm journey one way back an forth but worth it. I stayed at earth caravan park in Mount Surprise . It was limiting in my travels but I met some nice people because of the dog also! Lynne

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Posted By Lynne on Thursday 12th June 2014 @ 19:57:49

Delta Dog trainers are currently negotiating with the powers that be, so that dogs that achieve Gold level Good Canine Citizens Award would be allowed wherever service dogs can go. If they achieve this is will be a huge incentive to train to a high level.

Posted By Teeto on Thursday 12th June 2014 @ 19:36:37

Hi Dog Lovers Hoping to travel through Queensland across to Northern Territory along Savannah Way through to Gibb River Road into WA, down to Exmouth and back across to SA then to NSW with 2 golden retrievers (good car travellers). Any info on Doggie day care centres, Kennels dog sitters, etc. would be great. I agree it isn't good about National Parks. Also agreed with a previous comment that the wildlife must be trained to know the difference between a guide dog and a normal pet. Strange!!! Any info would be appreciated.

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Posted By Pam on Thursday 12th June 2014 @ 11:33:15

Google also racq accommodation book for caravan parks we have done half of Australia and really apart from nature parks no problems, even better if they can sleep in a caravan or tent or back of a ute.

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Posted By Darren Millar on Monday 26th May 2014 @ 08:17:40

Hi all dog owners and dog lovers. We have 2 small dogs and are planning a 10 week trip from vic up through centre and down west coast and East across the nullabore. We have limited knowledge about kennels but will just "wing it" as the saying goes. We will enjoy ourselves as we have our 2 best mates with us.

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Posted By Baz-Ellie on Friday 23rd May 2014 @ 23:53:12

Good call!!

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Posted By Laura blockley on Saturday 10th May 2014 @ 19:16:08

Totally agree

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Posted By Chichi's mum on Saturday 10th May 2014 @ 17:32:47

Lions Den at the top of the Bloomfield Track (just near Cooktown) should be fine. And depending on how your dog is pop him/her in a canvas shopping bag & people usually let you wander anywhere & just seem a bit confused. It's not the state law, council by laws just have a 10 meters from food prep areas, you can usually download them off council websites, they are just a little ignorant. Good luck!

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Posted By Nina on Saturday 10th May 2014 @ 12:12:39

I understand where you are coming from. I feel that doggies are not welcome in alot of places. I think alot of places need to review their thoughts on this matter. I also feel that even in NATIONAL PARKS they SHOULD be allowed with owners. We are prepared to keep them on a lead at all times with no fear of upsetting native fauna.

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Posted By Tricia on Saturday 10th May 2014 @ 08:49:08

Lower Light Hotel north of Adelaide has a nice beer garden out the back with a bird aviary. Very friendly and no problem with dogs on a lead.

Posted By Teeto on Friday 9th May 2014 @ 19:36:37

Hi to all travellers, we are into our 5th week of travelling across the top with our Chihuahua cross foxy 9 yr old Chichi. She travels really well no problems and so far no trouble with caravan parks, sometimes limited to where especially Broome. But not one outdoor beer garden yet has allowed us to enter or enter but tie her up outside!!! No way too many local dogs that could eat her in a blink, I cant understand how smokers are still allowed and little dogs are not.. QLD health regs say up to management as long as not near food prep.???

Posted By Karen Chichi's mum on Friday 9th May 2014 @ 15:00:39

Hello Everyone Its great reading all your views on travelling with your dog. I have a kelpie I would like to take with me on my travels around OZ. I plan on leaving Brisbane in April heading north to Cairns Cape Trib etc then beyond to NT WA etc. As a thought from your suggestions if anyone is also on the road/place at the same time as me and would like to share doggy sitting I am also happy to assist. My Kelpie is just 1 year old and loves company of other dogs particularly kelpies loves kids and is so loving. I too thought about leaving her here in Brisbane, but its my longing to have her with me is the strongest feeling. She has travelled in the car most of her life and accepts it. Camps 7 book has places to stay with dogs. I also use a long rope to tie off between trees at head height, then tether her to this rope so she can have a free run. She loves the beach and swims well, but again heading north into Croc/snake country will be a concern. Great web site Happy travels Lynne.

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Posted By Lynne on Sunday 9th March 2014 @ 13:07:08

We lived and travelled around Australia with our Jack Russell. He was brilliant, but some places are more dog friendly than others. We thought we would share our experiences and I have published a free ebook, available on the iBooks store. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/dog-down-under/id737466964?mt=11 If you like it, please share and review! Thanks and happy trails!

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Posted By Alex on Tuesday 12th November 2013 @ 00:20:56

We have a 3 yr old Jack Russell, we are going to do our grey nomand bit shortly & taking our Milly with us. We have had short trips & she just loves it. If a site won't take our dog then quite simply we don't stay. I would willingly watch another caravaners pooch while they went shopping or wanted to take a trip for a day where doggies weren't allowed. Us caravaners have to look after each other heh.. hope to meet some of you on out travels....

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Posted By Trish Little on Sunday 10th November 2013 @ 11:04:34

If you look on sams warehouse catalogue they have a play pen that if you buy more than one you can put them together and dogs don't have to be chained as long as they don't jump they are on for $29.95 I think.

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Posted By Barbie on Tuesday 8th October 2013 @ 15:33:21

We are just about to take off living the dream with our boy an active 6 yr old Doberman. I have seen vans with mesh fences around them, Jormax in the UK sell them does anyone know where to get similar in Oz? We are looking forward to travelling and would like to give our boy some free space not on a lead or chain when parked for a while. Any ideas?

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Posted By Rob on Monday 7th October 2013 @ 22:06:36

Broome is difficult. Only the overflow park will allow dogs and you can only stay there when the others are full. Port Smith down the road is much friendlier.

There is a lot less 1080 baiting as you go further north in WA. You have to ring each council to ask and they don't always know.

Posted By Teeto on Sunday 29th September 2013 @ 07:33:40

I have two dogs and a campervan. I can't wait to learn of places that will make our travel easier. Mostly interested in Victoria, Tasmania, NSW, Sthn Qld, and the North West including Broome. Thanks

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Posted By chris on Saturday 28th September 2013 @ 16:23:27

Hi, No we let her inside the van and she was an indoor dog she very really went outside but a fence is a good option our new dogs we just leash and rope them to the ute or caravan or mostly the lay in the canopy of the ute there too strong for a fence your dogs will be fin with an fenced area we also have a small sand shell as there bath as beau loves a swim we travel with in summer he loves it Kind regards, Darren

Posted By Darren Millar on Monday 23rd September 2013 @ 17:14:49

Thanks Darren. We have 2 small dogs - Zac an 11 year old maltese silky, very dominant and protective, and 3 year old Monty, a Maltese poodle, quite and cuddly. We will be giving them their first 'trial' in Jan/Feb when we leave Darwin to drive to our new home in Stansbury SA. It will be a 3 day, 3000k trip, so we should have an idea by then as to how they will 'handle' the Motorhome. When you travelled with your one dog, did you have a fold-up 'fenced' area for her so that she was safe outside the van (when you where in the van)?

Posted By Carmel on Monday 23rd September 2013 @ 10:53:31

Thanks Debra, will take your comments 'on board' and will definitely get a copy of the RAA books.

Posted By Carmel on Monday 23rd September 2013 @ 10:52:07

Thanks Judy - yes, it is less stress without the dogs, but you do miss them. Carmel

Posted By Carmel on Monday 23rd September 2013 @ 10:51:42

We drove from Adelaide to Cairns 2 weeks ago (see previous post) used books from RAA and rang ahead every night. We had our 8 year old Labrador with us in our RV. All went really well. Stopped every 2 hours. Animals dead and alive are dangerous on roads, we left earlier and finished by 4pm to relax every night and avoid heat. A bit of common sense and forward planning makes it easy. Good luck!

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Posted By Debra on Saturday 21st September 2013 @ 21:22:37

Hi, I ended up having to take my dog back home as he didn't settle well and kept barking. There were alot of places we couldn't take him and he didn't like being in the caravan. In Cairns there's a few day care centres for dogs but if you're on a budget then that can work out expensive to. We've enjoyed our trip much more without having our dog but of course I miss him heaps.

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Posted By Judy on Saturday 21st September 2013 @ 18:12:45

Hi, Firstly how are you travelling, where are you going, what car have got and are you in a tent or camper / caravan how old is the dog?   Caravan parks a lot do take dogs get hold of the caravan and parks book from racq if your dog is quiet and you can secure it in your camper you will have a lot more freedom to visit national parks we had an old girl she stayed in our caravan for a full day when day tripping our new 2 well different story they will eat the van we have taken our dog to Darwin Cooktown the snow there are areas where you can't take dogs and careful planning for dog kennels along the way is advisable but a lot of people travel with dogs look out for bait areas also bad news in the different states but sighs and discussions are advisable good lucks start researching the areas you wish to travel. Kind regards, Darren Millar

Posted By Darren Millar on Saturday 21st September 2013 @ 11:46:59

My boyfriend and I are heading off early next year with Oscar the maltese/shitzu and we're just wondering what to do with Oscy if we work or how people have coped with this? Any tips we would be super grateful! Happy Travels

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Posted By Abbey on Friday 20th September 2013 @ 20:44:25

Hi Debra, We did that drive early July 2013 and found staying at the free camp sites were great. We did find a caravan park at Charlieville and just on the outskirts of Ingham that take dogs too. We didn't have any problems with having our ridgeback cross dog with us. Good luck with your drive.

Posted By Judy on Thursday 8th August 2013 @ 07:29:13

Hi. Moving to Cairns in next few months and driving with my Labrador. Taking about 6 days. Anyone know of motels or sites that allow dogs? Broken hill is no problem, just wondering between there and Cairns. Any ideas, comments would be appreciated. Thanks.

Posted By Debra on Sunday 28th July 2013 @ 19:52:07

I lost my husband to cancer last year and I have now decided to do the big trip with my 10 year old daughter as I don't want to miss out on the things 'we should have done'. I am torn between taking our 2 beloved dogs with us or finding someone else to care for them whilst we are away for 6 or 7 months. I would be devastated to be apart from them and so would prefer they come, not only for their incredible company, but also for protection and peace of mind. They are used to being in the caravan and are well adjusted to being at camps. We have some great dog friendly spots up here on the mid north coast.

My plan is to head down the south, then up the center then back down the west coast before heading home. We have done QLD several times so are not worried about doing that again. Can someone please give me encouragement that it will be OK if I take them and that there will be plenty of spots where we will all be welcome. Please suggest any books to purchase (other than camp 7) where I can lay my hands on really good info.

And if anyone is heading to Port Macquarie, I can give you a GREAT dog friendly camp and if you cant get booked in, drop me a line and I will help you out all I can! Thanks fellow dog lovers. Happy travelling!

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Posted By Sue and Chloe on Friday 26th July 2013 @ 18:05:37

Thanks guys, would also like to know if anyone has any tips for a portable type of fencing to attach to our van/campsite as an alternative to tethering our dog? Does any one know of any of the fruitpicking campsites and lodges that allow pets?

Posted By Tess on Sunday 21st July 2013 @ 19:50:35

At Ceduna, Shelly Beach caravan park has great cabins with an enclosed outside small yard. They are dog friendly and they can run in the beach off leash. Lovely. Fraser Range Station has no baiting around the camp ground but you need your own tent or camper I think. Watch out for 1080 baits at all parking bays. We got our dog used to a muzzle. Kalbarri has a few dog friendly caravan parks. Less baiting as you go north I think. Good luck.

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Posted By Teeto on Saturday 20th July 2013 @ 00:54:29

Hi everyone, my husband and I are looking to move to paraburdoo from Mildura and I am desperately wanting to take my 2 fur babies with me, they are border collies.. I can't bare to leave them behind, I have already decided to drive them over with me as flying is out of the question but the main problem would be a place to stay for possibly a night or maybe two and any tips anyone has to do this and keep them healthy and happy, as well as do I need licences ect for them to live in wa?? Any advise would be appreciated thanks :)

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Posted By Aimeej on Friday 19th July 2013 @ 21:36:34

We have just travelled from Adelaide to Perth with our pup. Free camping is out of the question with 1080 baits everywhere. Over a million dispersed from Eucla to Norseman alone. Fraser Range station is the only safe place to stop here. It's a pain.

Posted By Teeto on Friday 19th July 2013 @ 13:41:07

Message  Hi Tess, We have travelled with an ageing Kelpie, and yes there are difficulties, especially with the "no dogs" rules. We do a mostly free camping, which we find much more pleasant than caravan parks. People are friendly, always love our dog and she gets lots of pats and plays. (no reading of riot acts re dogs, signing of waivers and paying of bonds that park owners seem to relish.

At Virginia in Darwin there is a pet boarding kennel called "Helga's Pet Resort" that have an ongoing need for helpers 15 hours pw, to clean and care for dogs and cats, in return for a powered caravan site, shared toilet, shower and laundry, and possible free kennel for your dog. Check it out on the Grey Nomads jobs site.  

Posted By Jan on Friday 19th July 2013 @ 12:42:50

Hi, my husband and I are planning to go working and traveling around australia next year. We have a small shitzux and can't leave her behind. We wanted some ideas and anyones advice from experience how you went about working etc with the dog eg. Where you left them etc? Any help would be great thank you :)

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Posted By Tess on Thursday 18th July 2013 @ 18:27:59

I am travelling 2014 with my blue heeler and yes am worried how we will go. My main worry now is when I work as its a working holiday and I am going alone with her.

Posted By Karrin on Thursday 27th June 2013 @ 16:10:36

Hiya We have 2 German Shepherds and have just finished a 2 month trip in our pop top van from Central Qld to SA following the Murray River. We tend to go inland and stay off the major highways. This makes it easier to stop regularly for the dogs to have a run and we normally find somewhere down a dirt road or track and away from stock etc. When stopped in one spot (e.g. van park etc) we take them out twice a day for runs/swims etc. They sleep in the van so we don't have to worry about them barking at roos, rabbits etc. They are also very happy to jump in the back of the 4wd wagon and settle in there if it's raining. Always carry leads and plenty of plastic bags. I made some long heavy duty rope leads and spliced clips onto each end for easy attachment. Make sure you take their vaccination certificates. We had a great trip and are now talking about going for an extended trip next time.

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Posted By ally anderson on Wednesday 26th June 2013 @ 17:50:09

Very informative... I guess I'm still thinking about traveling with dogs... but some day I will :)

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Posted By Sylviane Hill on Friday 21st June 2013 @ 11:29:09

No worries!

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Posted By Soph on Thursday 20th June 2013 @ 18:00:43

Be careful along the Nullabor. Over a million 1080 baits dropped from Eucla to Norseman last week. Muzzle your dogs.

Posted By Teeto on Thursday 20th June 2013 @ 16:15:56

Hi there, My partner and I are very interested in traveling Oz for a few months next year. We will have out 2 dogs (Bull Arabs) with us and are wondering has anyone else traveled with 2 larger dogs, what they would recommend and how they found the trip? We are keen on camping and have plenty of traveling equipment appropriate for the trip. Thanks!

Posted By Soph on Thursday 20th June 2013 @ 14:25:34

Thanks Jan, I will check with our local Council when we move.

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Posted By Carmel Tuohy on Wednesday 12th June 2013 @ 21:42:23

We live in the Riverland but have lived in SA all our lives and never had a problem here, especially in a town area. As far as I know baits are normally buried here, and the laying of baits on a property or in parks is marked by signs. The local councils would know as well. It's not as random as the aeriel baiting in WA. Just ask around locally if you are still concerned.

Posted By Jan on Wednesday 12th June 2013 @ 15:12:21

Jan, where do you live in SA - we are moving to Yorke Pen and have 2 small dogs - very worrying Carmel.

Posted By Carmel Tuohy on Monday 10th June 2013 @ 19:40:31

Hi Sophie, We've had great success when travelling and pre-planning doggie sitters by contacting the various dog clubs in the area. We have a pedigree big dog and have found that particular breed has a great network of clubs with members across this lovely country all willing to help with happy travellers and their happy pooches. There are dog clubs of all kinds around the country - and not just breed specific - that might be able to help put you in contact with a sitter, or carer for your travels. Happy Travels!!! xx

Posted By Bex on Wednesday 5th June 2013 @ 13:17:26

We are taking our 2 small dogs (aged 10 & 11) to Kununurra. We want to visit the Mitchell Falls, which is a National Park. While we do this, we need someone to care for our dogs for 7 to 10 days in Kununurra - someone who can offer care & a secure place. One dog is only 3 kgs so needs a well fenced yard. We will pay for this of course. We will be in a caravan in a caravan park before & after this trip. We are looking at first week in September but are flexible.

We have travelled extensively with our dogs and rarely go anywhere without them. Has anyone info on Kununurra?

Many thanks.

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Posted By sophie on Tuesday 4th June 2013 @ 17:50:27

I'm glad to have been of help. I agree, it is such a cruel death for the animals and such a shame that Australia still uses 1080. Where we live in SA the baits are mostly buried, WA seems to be the worst, but it's best to be safe. I'm sure you will enjoy your travels as much as we have. Good Luck.

Posted By Jan on Monday 3rd June 2013 @ 09:36:37

Thanks Jan, I bought the muzzle today and will slowly get her used to it over a couple of weeks. 1080 is banned in most countries. I think it should all have to be buried here if they have to keep using it.

Posted By Teeto on Saturday 1st June 2013 @ 23:19:10

We travelled extensively through WA goldfields to NT last year and yes there is a lot of aerial baiting carried out. We were warned by inspectors at the border fruitfly block. They told us that baits can and are found allover, even in parking bays and caravan parks. We always kept our dog in sight and on a leash. Whenever you stop make sure you check under your van and vehicle for anything suspicious. We also had a "bait muzzle" that she wore when outside (available from Vets or pet shops), the muzzle has a false bottom to stop a dog from licking a bait, which is often chicken and can be rolled in the toxic powder. We had no problems, just be vigilant,1080 is used allover Australia, especially in pastoral areas and parks.

Posted By Jan on Saturday 1st June 2013 @ 17:05:30

There is a lot of 1080 around, there are normally signs about. Best way keep dog on a lead.

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Posted By Bruce Stocker on Friday 31st May 2013 @ 11:25:28

I have read some worrying posts about camping around Oz and 1080 poison baiting, particularly in WA. I would love some reassuring advice about people's experience regarding this. Is it easy to avoid? How do you find out which areas are baited?

Posted By Teeto on Thursday 30th May 2013 @ 20:57:16

Travelling with a dog you need to avoid Broome as no caravan park will take dogs after 1st June.

Posted By Bruce Stocker on Wednesday 29th May 2013 @ 12:08:28

Are you are asking if you need a permit to enter the NT for you dog 1) Are you coming for a holiday or to live???? 2) if you are only coming for a holiday, no, there is nothing required, but you cannot take it into National Parks and Dog restricted areas 3) If you are coming to live, you will have to get a license which is renewed yearly - prices differ depending if the dog is desexed or not. 4) if you are a breeder, there are other restrictions. 5) no more than 2 dogs are (usually) allowed on a regular house block 6) make sure your dog is vaccinated against parvo virus and heart worm 7) ticks can be quite a problem so come prepare 8) don't let the dog near any waterways - crocs love dogs Hope this helps. Carmel Tuohy

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Posted By Carmel Tuohy on Friday 10th May 2013 @ 21:25:35

Planning to go to the Northern Territory, question is do you have to have a permit to enter for your dog?

Posted By Hook on Friday 10th May 2013 @ 07:10:29

Thank you Teeto - I will give that a try.

Posted By Carmel on Monday 29th April 2013 @ 12:07:24

Teach your dog to bark on the command "speak". Set him up and have someone come to your door. Tell him "speak" just before the doorbell rings. When he barks (as he hears the visitor) praise and reward him. Repeat lots with stimulus he usually barks at until he will bark on command. Then gradually reduce the number of times you tell him to speak. In the same way you can label "quiet". Read "the culture clash" by Jean Donaldson

Posted By Teeto on Sunday 28th April 2013 @ 18:06:43

My Maltese / silky x is 11 years old and has become more protective of me, which causes him to bark more if people approach or if he hears loud noises such as thunder or fire crackers - has anyone ideas how I can train him to stop this as we plan to start travelling soon, and want to take him with us. Zac's mum

Posted By Zac 's Mum on Sunday 28th April 2013 @ 08:49:14

National Parks is a big no no. Here in WA we went to the Pinnacles and being a national park we went online and saw that there is a doggy kennel in the nearest town. Having said that when we came there it was in the middle of nowhere and NOT secure and no one there on a weekend! I went back to Pinnacles and explained to the lady at the gate that we have travelled 350km's to be here and DID do provision for the dog but there is no one there....Like a drone she replied sorry but we still can't go in with our 5 month old spaniel puppy not even if it stayed in the car!!!I had to turn around what a waste!

Posted By Roland Clarence on Sunday 7th April 2013 @ 12:26:52

Hi, I'm in Cairns & likely taking off with my beloved 13 year old Maltese in Sept 2013. In the mean time if you are in Cairns and need a dog sitter yell out.

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Posted By Nina on Tuesday 5th March 2013 @ 08:01:13

We have been working/travelling now for 9 months on the east coast of Oz and have not had any problems with finding dog friendly caravan parks and free sites, however there are towns and cities that are not so dog friendly, most esplanades, beaches, parks etc are a no dog zone so it is hard when we want to go and see these places.

We are lucky that my jack russell Lucy is quiet and so we sometimes leave her in the van with air con and tv on for a couple of hours to go have lunch or dinner somewhere, but most of the time she is always with us. There are places eg Shoal Bay Nobbys Beach or near Coffs Harbour Jetty where it is leash free and the dogs there were friendly and playful.

Trying to find a doggy day care has also proven difficult and expensive and @ one place $28 for the day and she hated it. All I can say is taking our pet has made our trip interesting and we have met so many people who have taken their dogs and not regret it. We wouldnt want it any other way and taking her was a no brainer. You just have to think of everyone and their needs even the precious pup. Go out there and Enjoy.

Id just like to add that where are these people that say they will dog sit for you if you do it for them. Im sure my Lucy would love a play date and everyone gets what they want. Just putting it out there.

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Posted By Leah on Tuesday 26th February 2013 @ 11:01:53

Hi Simone, We travelled with our big male labrador a few years back and spent Feb/March in northern WA and the Northern territory. Our dog prefers the winter months too and while he could swim and cool down in any of the dams/rivers in the rest of the country it isn't advisable in the territories!

We found that soaking a towel in cold water then securing it over him helped him in the heat and humidity. The breeze cools/evaporates the water in the towel therefore keeping him cool. He absolutely loved it ... and all the fuss and attention too!

You can't avoid the heat unless you constantly have your car air conditioning on him but this helped our boy so much. Enjoy your travels, you'll have even more of a blast with your fourlegged faithful with you :)

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Posted By Hayley on Tuesday 5th February 2013 @ 07:00:26

The northern parts of Aus can get extremely hot and humid and unless you can get your dog into air con for relief from the heat it would be pretty horrible for your dog. Our Great Dane Ridgeback doesn't cope with the heat well (we are in Broome) and wants to spend most of her time in the air con. You could have your dog clipped to help cool the dog but be careful as they can get sunburn and they will still feel the heat. Don't let it stop you going just be aware you may need to find different ways to cool your pooch down.

Posted By Debs on Monday 4th February 2013 @ 21:36:40

My first thought here is theft of your dog. We have heard of two instances where dogs have been stolen from caravans so anything less secure will be an even easier target. Often there are doggy day care centres in larger towns. Also of course hunting out the best pet resorts can help for short stays. Failing that sadly, sometimes we have to do without activities where dogs are not allowed.

Posted By Glynis Taylor on Monday 4th February 2013 @ 21:23:14

Hi all, A great variety of information here. My husband and I are thinking of taking off around Australia for a bit in our camper trailer, maybe working along the way. I had concerns about doing it with our Newfoundland but this site has given me some great food for thought. We live in Victoria and our dog prefers the winter. Does anyone have any experience taking a large, hairy dog into the more humid northern half of Australia?

Posted By Simone J on Sunday 3rd February 2013 @ 19:40:51

Hi everyone, thinking of taking our pet with us on a camping holiday from tasmania upto the gold coast and back again. We are hoping to be gone for a month and i cant be without my maltese/shitzu for more than a day let alone a month.

However my only issue is, when we are off on cruises, shopping etc, what do i do with my dog? ovoiusly we will take her as many places as possible but for some things it just wont be appropriate.

I dont think it will be suitable to leave her in the tent as shes a chewer and will probably chew her way out. and dont feel comfortable leaving her in the car as it will get hot? so i was thinking is their a portable wire fold up doggie pen that i could put her in, in the tent that she wont be able to get out of but still have plenty of space to move around?

If anyone has any advice please contact me on [email protected]. Thanks

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Posted By Anna Caville on Sunday 3rd February 2013 @ 12:04:23

We spent a month touring the US in a hired RV. Dogs are welcome in ALL the parks there and can even go into many National Parks on a lead or in your car. The RV park owners were astonished when we said it was so difficult for dogs in Australia. They said it would be the same as banning children. Where did all this anti-dog sentiment come from? Why are parks so blind to the opportunities available as baby boomers retire and want to travel with their pets?

Posted By Teeto on Wednesday 30th January 2013 @ 20:03:57

Dear All, We have been on the road since May8th 2012 with Bob the Shih Tzu. We travelled from central coast NSW inland to QLD via Lightning Ridge criss crossing through Longreach to Mackay, Townsville and Cairns. We had doggy day care in Cairns while Bob was being grooming we took the Skyrail to Kuranda and back down on the train. We took advantage of day care at Bedrock but that just involved tying Bob up at reception and hoping for the best, not ideal. At Yulara we left Bob in the big rig with the air conditioning on (it was not a hot day at 23 degrees) while we took a three hour scenic flight. A week later we did the same again while we cycled round the rock. Recently we left him to spend New Years Eve in Hobart and again to spend a full day at the Taste festival. Bob is very well behaved and we are very lucky to have him. It took him a good few months to realise the big rig was home and that we would always come back to him. We started just by leaving him in the big rig for an hour with the TV on, sometimes with the air con on sometimes without it. We know from other campers that Bob never makes a sound. But we get the best welcome when we come home and always take him for a long walk if he's been on his own. Having said all that, Bob has only been on his own half a dozen times. If we can't take him we simply don't go. He's part of our family and the reason we have him is to share everything with him as he gives us such loving feedback. We would like to see cradle mountain but will compromise with a scenic flight over the top which will mean he's only on his own for a few hours. We are responsible owners and always follow caravan park rules, we always clean up after Bob, we never allow him to chase rabbits or birds which he would love to play with, and we always ask before sitting down at a cafe table with him. We have only been refused one cafe, the coffee club at Mackay! We search online for info on dog beaches and have always found beaches which allows Bob. He's had awesome runs at Townsville, Cairns, Bowen, Bay of Fires and so many many more. He's been groomed and clipped in Coffs Harbour, Cairns, Longreach, Mildura, Alice Springs, Bendigo, Mount Isa, Mornington, and Launceston. He had injections at the RSPCA clinic in Broken Hill. We get his food sent to us from the Natural Pet store (we feed him Evo) to whichever post office is closest at the time. Bob is more important to us than a national park. At the end of the day it's their loss and there is so much to see in Aussie we only make the effort for somewhere incredibly special. Our next park will be Kakadu where we'll take a scenic flight. We understand that Darwin and Broome are the most dog unfriendly so we won't be staying their for too long. We've yet to experience WA and the ACT but I'm sure we'll find a way round whatever problems we encounter. No one should be put off travelling with their dogs. Its down to how important they are in people's lives and what comes first, the faithful pal, or the scenery. Where there's a will! We personally, would never ever leave Bob in the car. Even with the windows open it gets hot. We are very lucky to have a big rig with air con and that's the best place for him when we're stuck for taking him with us. We have also heard reports of pets being stolen where people have left a dog tied up outside the Stockmans Hall of fame in Longreach, and a parrot was stolen from a caravan park in Bowen while the owners were at the site BBQ! So we're conscious too that not everyone is as honest as we are. Pets are for like and they become family. We always put Bob first. That's our philosophy. Enjoy the road everyone, we're only here once, so make the best of it all. X

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Posted By ozdivergt on Tuesday 15th January 2013 @ 10:09:43

I totally agree with what Deborah says it is up to the owner to take responsibility for own pets regardless what they are.

Posted By Barb on Monday 14th January 2013 @ 22:31:21

Well said Bex.

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Posted By Deborah on Monday 14th January 2013 @ 19:39:10

Becky I do understand that owners need to consider what their animals are like before they decide to take them along on the trip, but I do not agree that it is the large breeds that are necessarily the problem. We have been travelling with a Great Dane/ Ridgeback cross and is a gentle giant. She does not require a huge amount of exercise, does not bark or chase wildlife, other dogs or children. She, as far as she is concerned is an inside dog and likes to spend her time with us inside or when we are outside by our side. People who take their large dogs or active breeds should understand the exercise requirement of their pooch and many are out walking their dog, or running them on the breach or playing with them in relevant areas. It does the owners good to be exercising with them too. Lots of small dog owners we have come across have yappy dogs that bark at everything and anything and the owners don't attempt to correct the behavior. Also many small dog owners think that because their dog is small and only have small poop that they don't have to pick it up. It really peeves me when I hear comments like this as some of the larger breeds are certainly less invasive to other campers than the noisy little yapers. I'm not saying all little dogs are like that but each dog should be taken on its Own merit and not be labeled all the same as they are not. Sorry to say but it should not matter what size your dog is or necessarily the breed, it is about how trained and well behaved they are that should be the consideration. Are they socialized and the commitment of the owner to supervise their dog at all times. It comes down to the owner responsibility at all times.

Posted By Deborah on Monday 14th January 2013 @ 19:34:57

Thanks for the comments Becky, and agree that prospective travellers with pets should definitely take their own pets needs into consideration as well as that of their fellow travellers. Each owner and breed of travelling pet has their own pros and cons, some pets will be suited to travel, others may not be. I can say without hesitation, that our trips with our beloved Great Dane have been some of the most enjoyable and life changing we've ever had. In contrast, I travelled with a small cross breed and (bless her cotton socks) we had more trauma and trouble in one week with her than we've ever had in 6 years of travelling with our Dane. As every human is different so too are our pets, regardless of their breed or size. A large friendly dog can have just as much fun travelling with his family as a small friendly dog...we've even had the pleasure of meeting a lovely couple who were travelling around Oz with their Parrot and pet chicken (called "Turkey")!! Their pets where loved, well cared for and protected when travelling and at each stop they had a lovely little set up for the birds to "play" in. Which just goes to show, that if the owners are thoughtful and organised and willing to put in some effort to travel with their pets, size, shape or breed makes no difference to a happy holiday for everyone!! :)

Posted By Bex on Monday 14th January 2013 @ 17:01:34

There is good information here but i think dog owners also need to be responsible when considering what breeds to take. I dont agree with any large dogs or agressive breeds. You have to think of the restrictive environment they will be in and if they 'may' pose a risk to others. Please think of the dog and other people and their dogs.

Posted By Becky on Monday 14th January 2013 @ 15:06:42

I can only answer from my daughter's position from her now open hostel in Esperance WA but she loves all dogs and they are all treated the same. Visit her @: http://www.countrylaneboarding.com Email: [email protected] and if visiting Kalbarri WA for animal friendly house accomodation phone 0899372968 mob 0428620068 cheers wafarmer

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Posted By wafarmer on Monday 19th November 2012 @ 16:59:38

Hi I'm about to take my 3 year old son & our dog who is an Irish wolfhound are the hostels as good to big dog as they are to small dogs??

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Posted By Jay on Monday 19th November 2012 @ 15:55:00

Hi, My partner and I did our first trip around Australia in 2009/2010 with our beautiful labrador cross. We tried to use kennels as much as possible when we went to National Parks but sometimes there weren't any kennels near them. From our travels, my understanding is that you can travel through a national park with your dog in your vehicle however you cannot enjoy the National Park in the conventional way such as taking them with you for a walk through the park, on a lead or otherwise it simply isn't allowed in any state. So you can drive through and observe from your car otherwise find alternative arrangements for your beloved pet ... or as the Barker Brood suggested, get used to the fact you have to consider all members of your family. On the other hand there are many lovely state forests which are happy to have your pets. Hope this helps you :)

Posted By Hayley on Tuesday 30th October 2012 @ 07:32:42

Wendy, I dont think that is correct as what I have read has all said that it is against the law, however they were reviewing the complaints they had had from many people. So that may be correct, would also like to know as we are planning on travelling next year with our two year old little puppy. Cheers.

Posted By Holly on Monday 29th October 2012 @ 22:37:08

HI All Interesting reading. We are planning a trip to Mt Augustus soon and I have been researching the situation with the national parks. I spoke to a gentleman at DEC for the region and he indicated that lots of people take their dog into the national parks in the area. He "unofficially" said that as long as its on a lead and you pick up, there is no problem and in fact you are very unlikely to encounter a ranger in these remoter areas. I'm undecided as I'm a bit of a conformist and dont like to break rules and would be mortified if I was stopped. Has anyone else taken their dog into a national park? Wendy

Posted By Wendy on Sunday 23rd September 2012 @ 20:29:17

We have just bought our caravan and are heading out for a lap of oz in March 2013. We leave from Townsville with our 2 young boys and our 7 year old black lab x kelpie. Macey (the dog) has been so amazing to us and has put up with moving from the freedom of our farm into suburbia, so this trip is also to give her some freedom too. We are intending on heading North first and we are happy to pet sit for anyone and would be looking for others to swap pet sitting with while we are away. We are aware of the sacrifices we will have to make having a dog with us, but think the benefits will far out weigh those. It will also teach out kids that we have to care for ALL our family members, teaching them to be less selfish. I hope to meet many other people who are as caring about their animals as those of you who have posted on here. If I find out any info I will post to let you all know.

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Posted By Barker Brood on Wednesday 19th September 2012 @ 21:13:54

We have been travelling up the west coast from Perth to Broome for the last 3 months with our Great Dane x Ridgeback. She is a gentle giant but we do respect that not everyone loves our dog like we do so she is kept close. She is a gentle giant does not bark, howl or hassle anyone and we ave found that many role have remarked on how good she is, even those who don't like dogs.

We have found that some towns are just not dog friendly and will not allow you in the caravan park with a dog. We are currently in Broome and the only caravan park that will take a large dog is 30kms out of town. There is one in town that will take little dogs and of course there is the PCYC that is taking overflow parking and dogs. Thanks to the PCYC as it has given us somewhere to stay and enjoy what Broome has to offer otherwise we would have had to move on.

I cannot understand the mentality of a no dog policy or only take small dog policy. Surely each dog should be taken on its own merit and if the owner does not comply with the rules then they should be asked to leave. I am sure the majority of dog owners do the right thing. I am sure that any of you dog owners will agree your fur child is often less problem than some people's children. I for one would not contemplate leaving my dog behind with someone else so we can travel for the next 5 years.

Someone earlier on in this blog mentioned the amount of people travelling with dogs (and cats) and how short sighted the parks were that would not take dogs are. The towns too are to blame in not encouraging people to stay in their towns and spend their dollars. We get the impression that some of these towns don't care as the mining boom is lining their pockets and travelers both with or without dogs are not considered as required. On the up side there are some wonderful towns we have visited and the caravan parks have gone out of their way to accommodate you. We have ensured we have spent or dollars in these places. Thank you.

Posted By Debs on Monday 20th August 2012 @ 18:14:46

My Partner and I are planning to travel round Oz next year so I have been checking out place that we can stay with 2 small dogs because no way would I leave them behind they need a holiday too. I found a site that has Camping Sites in every state that are dog friendly http://www.big4.com.au/dogswelcome/ They have Cabins / Tent Sites / Caravan Sites the lot I will be booking places to stay as we go and make sure they are still dog friendly. Reading things that people have posted here has really helped and I will take into consideration a lot of the things people have gone through while Traveling with dogs. Thank you

Posted By Barb on Wednesday 15th August 2012 @ 14:56:54

Hi, I came across this site while researching ways for my daughter to inform the public she is very close to opening a dog boarding kennels in Esperance and in the near future because of encouragement from the local Parks people a day care facility also.

I hope I am not upsetting anyone by putting up this information and links to her Website as I have found that for people with dogs/pets it can be quite difficult to find accommodation. 

I would also like to make the observation that as the owner of a "pet friendly" rental house in a midwest WA coastal holiday town who was told we were crazy and how bad allowing dogs would be we must say that we have not had one bad experience with the dogs or their owners, they seem to go out of their way to leave no trace of the pet having been there and are very appreciative of being able to have their pet with them in decent accommodation.

The details for the above facility is: 

http://www.countrylaneboarding.com Email: [email protected]

I hope this helpful to some of you. Cheers wafarmer "who is heading back there tomorrow to help finish them"

Posted By wafarmer on Tuesday 14th August 2012 @ 23:33:02

Hi All First off fossicking in QLD! Best place we found was Sapphire, a real hoot. Stayed at Sapphire Caravan Park. OK its not free camping but the location is to die for and dogs are allowed. The cafe at Rubyvale was quite happy for us to sit at the bench tables outside too. NSW fossicking - don't drive past Opal Caravan Park (and there is free camping south of the town) at LIGHTNING RIDGE. Its the wackiest place on earth and both main cafes let you sit with the dog outside the cafe. We've been on the road for three months with our four year old Shih Tzu BOB. Now everyone says their dog is well behaved but ours really is a rock star. Quiet, playful and friendly. Has all his jabs and is treated with Advantix every two weeks. We do this out of habit living in Port Macquarie and then Umina Beach as paralysis ticks are quite an ordeal in both locations. We made the decision (Bob is our fur kid) that if Bob can't go, we dont go either. This includes caravan parks, freedom camping (Camps 6 and Caravan Park by the same publishers gives great insight into who does or doesn't take Bob), cafes, towns, beaches, parks etc. So basically when it comes to where to stay we just don't look at those who don't have the Bob symbol. It's their tough luck and given that most families have pets, their reasoning for 'not' taking pets is just beyond me! Anyway........ We don't and won't leave Bob in the Winnebago. Not that he barks or moans, he doesn't, we just would never know what the temperature is like inside or how worried he might become at us not being there. So far we have only had Bob looked after for two days. The first we had a lot to do in one day, including Winnebago servicing and a dentists appointment in Cairns. We took advantage of Poochies Parlour who did a full grooming for Bob and day care was thrown in. Can't recommend them highly enough. Had no idea what he'd been up to while we were gone but he was buggered when we collected him. Also on that day we took the Skyrail up to Kuranda and came down on the train. We worked the servicing and dentists around arrival and departure times. It was a full on day but excellent. The second day care for Bob was at Bedrock Village so we could take their all day tour of Undara Volcanic National Park. It was a great day but I do think Bob was a little neglected as he seemed to have been tied up at reception for most of the day. He was quite distressed when we collected him. We learnt alot from that. We now have to 'shop' separately as a couple so hubbie who hates grocery shopping anyway stays with Bob wherever and walks him or has a coffee while I get on with groceries. If we need retail shopping we take turns dropping in to stores. We used to eat out a lot at restaurants which we now find hard and of course things like going to the cinema are also off the cards. What we do is 'ask', people can only say no. In Lightning Ridge we took Bob down the Chambers of the Black Hand opal mine. We had to carry him, so its no good for big dogs but they still thought it was a hoot we'd asked! Lot's of tourist info centres allow dogs inside unless of course they serve food. He's been in Inverell, Coffs Harbour, Cairns, Lightning Ridge and many more. I think the ruling on National Parks is a complete crock of bollocks. It sums up the double standards Australia so often has towards farmed, introduced and native animals. Animals are introduced and cause havoc but hey, keep the domestic dog away! YES, we have heard horror stories of dogs attacking Roo's (Sapphire) and I'm not saying there aren't unstable horrible people out there who think getting their dog to maul a wild animal is nothing more than good fun, but we're not all like that so why should we ALL be tarred with the same brush. After all, declaring a dog when going in to a National Park and having the rangers read the riot act and rule book while taking photos of a persons driving licence and details of the vehicle goes some way to saying get caught doing anything 'naughty' and you will be fined, but we'll trust you to be a responsible adult and owner is much better than sneaking dogs in! We've spoken to LOTS of people who take their dogs in ANYWAY (hiding their pet in the back of a caravan or mobile home) and who knows what they get up to, good or bad - they might even allow their dog to have a walk and a pee while in the National Park! ! ! Anyway. We love our dog and life would not be the same without him. Our next challenge will be Yulara and Uluru next week. We are hoping to take a scenic flight but we'll have to see how that works out!

Posted By ozdivergt on Monday 6th August 2012 @ 22:28:20

Wanting To Travel With My 15 yr Old Border Collie !!!!???

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Posted By Caroline L'Hoste on Wednesday 1st August 2012 @ 22:30:44

Hi all, great post with lots of great tips, ideas and advice. We will be heading off from Port Macquaurie in January 2013 to SA to start. We are selling all our belongings and renting out the house for an indefinite trip with our 11 year old female red cattle cross named Jas. We hope to meet up with amazing people and hope to be able do each other a favour and mind each others loving pets whilst seeing and doing things pet free.

We can't wait to go. Thanks again for all the great info. This is our first post and love reading about the great adventures ahead of us. Take care and travel safe. Sharee & Jeff

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Posted By Sharee And Jeff Craven on Monday 23rd July 2012 @ 20:08:57

Hi All Great to see a lot of happy travelers in campers or vans with the pets we don't have kids and have 2 staffys we travel a lot when ever we can. We took our last girl before losing her from brisbane to darwin back then to the bottom lakes entrance back through sydney 16000 klm yes the nat parks are a problem will be looking in to whether you can drive in with them as long as they stay in the ute.

The other solution i'll be looking in to is a jack off tray from the 4x4 this will as it is set up as there bed allow them to stay put at the site the van is at or if camping the tent site while we explore. We currently have the canopy fibreglass set up with mesh windows the jack of system is the next level, we used to let our last girl sleep in the van as she was quite old now beau and skye at 1.3 years old they may eat my van so to over come this problum as well as have a detachable tray. If you leave your number with the site owner and advise that your portable kennel is left on site they are quite good about it this will save in day care, always walk them first and get them compfy remember dogs like sleeping up to 18 hours a day thats why they call it a dogs life shade, water, blankets and a great portable kennel dodges $ 3000.00 kennel $ and set up tray $ 6000.00 happy days priceless improvise work the solution to suit your needs and take ya mate happy travels. Oh and if they go in a dogy day care free camp this can counter act the expense regards Darren

Posted By Darren Millar on Saturday 21st July 2012 @ 23:17:50

Hi Maree, A lot of the caravan parks near the national park except dogs and have dog minding services so you can go out for the day to the national park and enjoy. If you wish to go for longer side trip you should be able to find a good dog kennel nearby to look after them, but we have always been happy doing the day trips and coming home to our beautiful puppy.

Costs with a lot of dog minding services are anything from a gold coin donation to the Royal Flying Doctors to $15.00 for the day and some for the $15 bath and clip their nails for them too. Lawn Hill National Park– Adel’s Grove Caravan Park Undara Larva Tubes – Bed Rock Village Mt Surprise Darwin for the National Parks – Oasis Caravan Park and Pam who doggy Sits or the Kennel across the road Kununurra – The local Dog Kennels Doggy sit for the day Cairns – Poochies Parlours These are just a few of the ones we have used on our travels hope this helps, there are a lot of people out here travelling with their dogs and more and more places catering for them. Joanne

Posted By Joanne on Wednesday 4th July 2012 @ 01:11:53

Hi my husband & I are looking to travel by the end of the year. We have 2 small dogs & are concerned about caravaning with them. My question is when you get to national parks and you want to stay and you can't take your pooches are there any pet friendly kennels that anyone has used. i would appreciate any advice you may have Thanks Maree

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Posted By Maree on Tuesday 3rd July 2012 @ 16:27:34

Hi All, We are currently travelling with our 22month old Cairn Terrier named Beau and we have Travelled through from Melb up through Dubbo, Charlieville, Winton, Longreach, Cloncurry, Townsville, Cairns, Atherton Tablelands to Mt Surprise, Normanton, Gregory owns and now are in the Northern Territory. On our trip so far we have gone to all the National Parks and also did the drive tour of Dubbo Zoo we have stayed in parks and free stops and have had no issues. In Dubbo the Van Park offered to keep and eye on him while we went to the zoo, at Lawn Hill National Park there is Adels Grove and even though we did not stay there they still looked after Beau while we went into the National Park for a donation to the Royal Flying Doctors, the same at Mt Suprise when we went to Undara and th Cobbolt Gorge is not a National Park and they have a van park there that takes dogs and will again keep an eye on them while you go on the tours. So far the only problem we have had is finding a vet in some of the remote area's so go prepared with a first aid kit for your dog and enjoy the country and stop stressing about it.It's good to have your 4 legged friends with you they bring you joy.

Posted By Joanne on Thursday 14th June 2012 @ 21:20:48

HI Im planning a trip round oz jan 2013 with my mate Monty ( King Charles Beagle) have been round vic with him for a trial run was great no issues with camping ( which i prefer) but when needed a park to stay at was easy and i found camps australia book a great guide. restrictions well i gather there will be a few like NP i would like to see some but am reluctant to leave monty in kennel (any thoughts anyone)''that would be my only concern otherwise monts a joy to travel with has his own bed set up on back seat up high enough to see out of the window or snooze, water at all times in car is important, my one tip not too much food while on the move Mick tas

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Posted By Mick on Thursday 14th June 2012 @ 00:42:04

Hey guys, my husband and I are travelling around Australia in our camper trailer from January 2013 onwards, with our 1 year old son, and our mini poodle. We will be travelling south (from Central QLD) in January, but will be back up in Byron Bay for my brothers wedding in April, and then heading north and around from there. Anyone else in the same boat as us? Our biggest concern is our dog, but there is NO WAY I am leaving her behind.

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Posted By AJHBERT on Tuesday 22nd May 2012 @ 01:35:30

Hey guys We are about to set off over to WA for 6 weeks to explore potential places to live and work next winter i.e exmouth. we would love to stop in at the red bluff also for a few weeks to surf, we have a collie and an english bull terrier cross and have travelled before with no problems, they are great dogs! Although I completely understand the whole scary big dog mind set having my Bullie cross! I would love some info about WA, we will be driving the Nullarbor and up as far as Exmouth before heading back home, any info would be unreal. I'm not going to lie my partner and I are not quite agreeing on taking them, I need some great info so I can persuade him! Help! Also a tad worried on the 1080 baits and ticks. Thanks in advance for any advice!

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Posted By Natalie on Thursday 10th May 2012 @ 13:21:07

Yes our dogs are part of our family. It's our choice whether to take them on holidays with us or not. But if we do decide to take them, they should be our priority and not the National Parks or the Beaches or the Tourist Spots or worry about the inconvenience of it. I won't always travel with my dogs, as I want to visit friends in America, UK and Asia and will not subject them to any of the stress. But for sure, they are coming along with me anywhere I go for holiday here in Oz. I love my 2 Spaniels and I'm committed to them 100%! Are you?!

Posted By Mary on Monday 7th May 2012 @ 20:53:00

WOW, I never thought when I originally started this post back in 2007 we'd have so many like minded pet lovers travelling with their furry friends!! Unfortunately we never made it on our planned 12 month trip around OZ (it's still a plan!!) but it's been really great to hear back from everyone and we're even more determined to get out there with our BIG baby, Harley the Great Dane. There have been so many posts that have struck a cord from the experiences we've had travelling locally in WA - none more so than "3rd time lucky" and your Big Dog experiences - we have EXACTLY the same response from fellow travellers initially!! Harley loves to travel with us (he's happy as long as he's with us) but we never ever take liberties when we travel and always have Harley on a lead or packed away safely - we respect that not everyone is a dog lover, especially of big dogs, no matter how cuddley we think he is! Although that said, the kids at sites or carparks or rest stops are always happy to pop over and introduce themselves to the "horse"! I think we've made more friends as a result of Harley being with us than we have without him!! Thank so much to every single person who's contributed their experiences of travelling with a dog (or pet) to this post - keep 'em coming...we'll be out there soon!!! xx

Posted By Bex on Thursday 3rd May 2012 @ 18:40:38

Hi, I love this last post from 3rd time lucky. You are exactly the person who should own a big dog. We have a labrador and we found the same when we were travelling. Our lab is a very soft labby but gets excited easily when he sees other dogs and his excitement could often be misunderstood for boisterous / aggressive behaviour when all he wanted was to rough and tumble with fellow doggies. We always kept him on a lead or long rope when he wanted to swim or run. Like you said, it was other peoples dogs who ran up to him and caused mischief. Loved the "travelling with dogs is your choice not theirs". Very well said and although our lab loved every minute of it, he is our baby and needed taken care of. Thanks for sharing :)

Posted By Hayley on Thursday 3rd May 2012 @ 17:59:10

Hi everyone. We are planning to head off west in a couple of months on a long working holiday with our 13 yo deaf mastiff. We did a trip 3 years ago for 8 mths up the east coast almost to the tip and across to the centre and up to Darwin then back down the centre as had to come back early for family reasons. Our dog loved it and had his own home 2 live in. Bcoz of our dog's breed-mastiff (he looks a bit like a labrador though) we found a lot of ppl did not want to park near us in the parks. They would drive by and wave and smile but as soon as puppy appeared they would keep going. It did stop us getting unwanted visitors but didn't make us a lot of friends unless we left our site.People do stereo type big dogs 4 sure. We always kept him on a leash even when swimming but had a long rope and in remote areas he had a run. He got used to it and was happy as he had our company so much more than at home.Funny thing is other people always let their dogs run up to him and didn't seem to mind they jumped all over our dog but if the shoe was on the other foot I'm sure we would have been told.In Townsville they have fantastic dog runs where they all run around together-he loved it but we kept a responsible close eye on him as we always do.Some people don't care and their dogs get out of control. No way to get into NP's but we knew that and would have used a day kennel if needed to.When we did work we did opposite hours to each other. My hubby worked some day hours and I packed supermarket shelves in the evening (not bad money)so one of us was always home with puppy. After all he is one of our children! SO if you are travelling with your dog remember it is your choice not theirs, even though they just want to be with you, so you will have to accommodate them and be unselfish-they will love you for it. Free parks are great but very popular and you still have to be a responsible dog owner. We are aware Khan is a big dog (yes small dogs are more popular with park owners BUT they can yap a heck of a lot)and so we know people are a bit wary of his breed so we don't stay in busy ones. HAPPY TRAVELS EVERYONE.

Posted By 3rd time lucky from SA on Thursday 3rd May 2012 @ 17:15:04

Hi We recently travelled from Perth to Melbourne and we purchased a prepaid Telstra wifi from Australia Post, $99 with 5MB. Best thing we did, great service in towns were we stayed and fabulous for travel.

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Posted By Cherie on Monday 23rd April 2012 @ 20:53:19

Internet from your caravan is easy. All it takes is an internet stick and your laptop. Many providers offer internet sticks but Telstra will give you be best coverage across Australia. Unless you're a high internet user where a plan will be best for you; most people find the prepaid offer of $150 per year for 10GB works for them.

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Posted By Narelle Radford on Monday 23rd April 2012 @ 08:57:11

hi , we want to travel around oz WORKING and we have a little dog, where do you stay thats pet friendly and you can leave your dog at the caravan while you go to work during the day.

Posted By kristy& shane on Sunday 22nd April 2012 @ 14:04:09

Hi my husband and i are planning to move out of our rental and buy a caravan and travel around aussie working. We have a little dog HARRY but we have rang a couple of dog friendly caravan parks but they all say you cant leave the dog unattended? WHAT do you do , where do you go . We are in the north brisbane area for now . We want to do this but where do you stay thats pet friendly and you can work and leave ya dog at the caravan ,He would just sleep under the van no doubt and thats about it. Any ideas. is it really that hard , need help.

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Posted By kristy& shane on Sunday 22nd April 2012 @ 13:58:07

Great Blog! Just out of curiosity did you come across anyone massaging from their caravan? I am keen to do this soon. That way I can stay home with our four babies while my husband works here and there :}

Posted By Crazy dog lady on Thursday 19th April 2012 @ 20:18:26

First a little note to everyone on this blog: please stop the "friendly lecturing" on how to behave and what to do and not to do with your dog, as I am pretty sure all people on this blog do exactly that anyway. Only people who don't take their dog everywhere don't have a clue about training their dog and keeping it well behaved. Hello Not Done Yet, generally we found the East Coast very dog-unfriendly yet there are some really lovely places you still can go to (they are not necessarily in the correct geographical order): NSW: Coff's Harbour - there's a good stretch of dog-friendly beach which is really nice Bellingen Show grounds is a fantastic place to camp and the town is a wonderful artisty town with great pubs, restaurants and shops Windham Reserve - just a little parking spot by the river and next to a Flying Dog reserve it is a beautiful and tranquil place, excellent for an overnight and a walk through the Reserve. The town has seen better times but the people are friendly QLD: Airlie Beach - is a hippie little town and even though there's not a whole lot to do WITH the dog you can stay in Flametree caravan park, which is very nice and a year and a half ago they had a weekly market where you were still allowed to take the dog (even though there were signs for No Dogs, the stand owners brought theirs along and we saw a lot of dog people around) Saunders Beach - tiny spot for free camping on a lovely stretch of beach, all dog friendly. Great to stay for a few days to just kick back Wongaling  Beach / Mission Beach - there's a nice caravan park right by the beach with lovely Managers who have dogs on their own. Huge and long beach, great small town, superb Restaurant right next to the CPark, truly fantastic place! We met a group of people from NSW, VIC and SA who go there almost every year to stay there for about 2 or 3 months in winter. TAS: Tasmania is fantastic and in general very dog friendly. We loved it and extended our stay by 2 weeks so stayed there 6 weeks in total. Could still have stayed longer. Everywhere you go is just really really great. Dogs usually no problem. Good luck and most of all: enjoy it and have loads of fun!!!! The people you will meet on your travels are fantastic, so you should have a wonderful time. All the best, Judith from Germany Three on our 9-months long trip around Oz we used dog sitters: one was just a "Doggy Day Care" in Cairns which was basically just 2 rooms with lots of dogs, a tiny stretch of outside around the house, and our lab hated it, you could actually see how miserable he was. The other one was a woman taking the dogs into her private home with yard but she  didn't take the dogs for a single walk all day long, on top of that she lost our floating cong (worth 30$) in her house/yard. This was in Exmouth/WA (where people are really unfriendly even though they really depend on Tourism but that we found in lots of places. Another time we had our Lab in a Vet's day care and that was great. We did manage a couple of times to dog sit each others dog with people in the caravan parks which always works great, but then it really depends what type of dog one has 'cause most people travel with smaller dogs.

Posted By Judith on Monday 16th April 2012 @ 22:52:58

Network, network and network with others in the "same boat".. doggie minding at van parks if u wanna go pick fruit... and reciprocate... Lots of dogs welcome at caravan parks.. the thing is if u go out u have to keep them quiet! go figure.. so if u think of them like young kids and have them around other humans they will settle. Unfortunately can't go to National Parks , but there is sooo much else out there... Toilet stops for them as well 2 hourly.. and keep them on a lead at all times! No exceptions.. Sams wearhouse has doggie enclosures for $30 which can lay flat under the bed when not in use.I am embarking on "an endless road" retreat with my 2 fur kids.. don't forget the harnass for the car.. don't make them a flying missile in an accident, not to pretty on the inside of your windscreen and a hurt dog is a dangerous dog!

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Posted By jude on Saturday 14th April 2012 @ 01:59:49

its interesting reading everyones comments, we are going around australia to work. rest and play in june with our two dogs. An Australian blue heeler 12yrs and a jack russell 5yrs. both well behaved and do play well with other dogs. I could never leave them behind. As soon as we decided we were going to do it, it was always going to be the four of us. We would like to go to the eastcoast first but the comments are a little contradicting, i know CP are out, but i would mind other peoples dogs if they would do the same in order to visit these places. I guess more research and just go out there and see what happens.

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Posted By Leah on Friday 13th April 2012 @ 22:56:24

Hi, I am on last stage of cancer and have 2 dogs with me. Leaving Townsville and looking at finding other like minded people who fossick and looking at heading over to Tasmania. Otherwise, any suggestions on where not to stop?

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Posted By Not Done Yet on Sunday 8th April 2012 @ 16:23:21

Hello to all, I am travelling with my 2 dogs to finish my bucket list. I am on my last stage of cancer and I would like to know if their are any other travellers who fossick and free camp leaving or vicinity of Qld. Also want to go over to Tasmania.

Posted By Not Done Yet on Sunday 8th April 2012 @ 16:20:19

Hi Hayley I have been travelling with my Dogs for several years. I believe that 99% of dog owners have respect for our unique wildlife within Australia and keep their dogs under control. Unfortunately the minority make it difficult for the responsible owners. I have contacted Parks and Wildlife in two states and have been told that you may drive through the parks as long as you dont take your dogs out of the car which unfortunately means you are not allowed to camp within the Parks. I have passed through Queensland Parks keeping my dogs in the car ( holidays without them are not an option.) I have found Free Camps Australia very useful and Bush Camping With Dogs Happy travelling with your best friends!

Posted By Christine Stevenson on Friday 23rd March 2012 @ 19:00:38

Hi Steve, I agree with you entirely and know your points only too well, however, I know that many places that used to allow dogs and don't now and actually have good reason. It is a case of the minority spoiling it for those of us who are good dog owners and respect rules. For example, some dog owners believe that when their dog is well behaved and won't run off and bother people or wildlife then the "dogs on leads" signs do not apply to them. This annoys me so much! The "dogs on leads" signs are there for many different reasons and should be adhered to. Many people are scared of dogs, especially the bigger dogs, and these people deserve respect as well. How do we over come this behaviour to the benefit of those people around us and our beloved pets? Also, my partner and I travelled for 10 months in a camper trailer from 2009-2010 so we know the expense of kennels and the problems associated with National Parks but how do we deal with this? We even had to miss out on some National Parks because we had no where for our labrador to go. cheers Hayley

Posted By Hayley on Wednesday 21st March 2012 @ 08:22:50

We love our dog and travel with her as much as we can with our business. Our business relies on being able to access weekend markets, festivals and other events to sell our wares and the rest of the week we are tourists. Problem is a lot of events are now addopting the "no dog" rules which is now starting to affect our ability to make a living. They say to leave the dog at home but when you are traveling for months at a time doing a circuit that's not possible and the cost of putting a dog in a kennel beyond a couple of days is too prohibitive. Additionally some places you go there are no kennels and the nearest could be a couple of hundred K's in the oposite direction. So, Kennels are not an option for us, besides that we consider our dog as part of the family. So now we try to channel our travel to dog friendly locations and our "tourist" dollars are spent with businesses that recognise that Pets are family too but that's becoming increasingly difficult. I don't think they realise it yet but when thay say "no dogs" they are loosing potentially up to 60% of the traveling tourist dollars out there. These are the morons that keep complaining that the tourist industry is in hard times cause there not as many tourists anymore. In our travels over the past 2 years we've found that 3 out of 5 people that are traveling more than a month do it with their pets, mostly dogs. Wake up Australia! - There's an untapped market here wanting to spend money with you. It annoys me with national parks saying that the reason dogs can't come in is because they'll scare the native wildlife - thats crap!. Think about this, a guide dog is exempt from that rule, so does this mean that the national parks have trained all the wildlife to recognise the difference between a pet and a guide dog? Then these parks say their visitor numbers are down and they don't know why. Well that's because 3 out of 5 travellers on the road are forced to drive past your gate or face a fine! And I thought these people that run these parks were educated!. If you think my figures are an exageration? check out these stats: www.petsaustralia.org/pet-industries/industry-statistics/ Be sure to read the bottom paragraph titled "So What Can We Say About The Australian Pet Industry then?" And pass on this info to anybody who says "no dogs" perhaps will educate them.

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Posted By Steve on Tuesday 20th March 2012 @ 11:24:03

Well what an Interesting mix of opinions and experiences. I have 3 dogs, 2 small and a Lab puppy only 12 weeks today and we are talking about travelling with dogs, kids and work. this has certainly given me food for thought.

Posted By Narelle on Sunday 18th March 2012 @ 16:17:17

We took our tour August 2010 until April 2011. While we went to many beautiful places many made it no fun to go to as they wouldn't allow dogs or were very restrictive. The East Coast was particularly bad in the latter regard, camping grounds we were never allowed in the "nicest" ones or the ones close to CBDs or the beaches. Many times I actually wished we'd have chosen to travel North America instead of Australia as it seemed so VERY dog-unfriendly. Yet when going to towns - and we always take our dog with us - we met many nice people and very dog friendly people and as we seemed to be quiet exotic taking our dog into towns almost every other person asked if they could pet our dog or at least they'd go "ohhh, look at that puppy!" (and he's not a puppy but a full grown 32kg chocolate Labrador). So I am convinced that legislation must change so you can actually bring your dog to more places, also people must realize that being a responsible dog owner you are not a threat to nature nor people. So WA - being the biggest state anyway - does have many places where you can take your dog along: Monkey Mia - beautiful! Broome - with the most fantastic beach I have ever been to (and our dog as well!!!) - Coral Bay - in Fremantle there's even a brewery/pub where you can bring your dog!! - Alexander Bridge, a fantastic camp ground by the Hardy River - the Coast to Coast Hike between Albany and Busselton (I believe) where, at least on parts, we took our first proper hike with our dog after 4 months in Australia! - Denmark and then in SA Smokey Bay (near Ceduna) - VIC: Johanna Beach and Upper Yarra Reservoir - NSW: Jindabyne by the Threadbo River. But the dog friendliest of all states seemed to be Tassi! Thing is, you can never really take your dog on long hikes or walks (except in Broom on the 20-something km long Cable beach) and in the South-West, so I am sorry to have to say that it was a relief to be back in Germany (and Europe in general) where you can take your dog pretty much anywhere without any hassle! I did love Oz, but the Anti-dog thing is a big turnoff!

Posted By Judith on Wednesday 14th March 2012 @ 07:45:49

Taking your dog will undoubtedly give an extra dimension of pleasure to your trip though I have to say that West Australia particularly the SW area in which I travelled for 4 weeks recently with my terrier, seems much more dog friendly than SA, NSW and QLD - where I come from. I was amazed at the magnificent dog beaches in WA and the amount of accommodation and access dogs were allowed. Top town was Bunbury where the Tourist information give out maps of where you can take your dog off leash and accommodation that allows them. My dog learned how to behave well in a lot of situations he would not have access to in QLD Even the other dogs seemed friendlier, maybe they are better socialized. Rules for dogs seem much more restrictive in other states so be prepared. Taking my dog camping in WA was a great decision.

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Posted By Mick on Wednesday 11th January 2012 @ 23:42:19

My fiance and I are going to be travelling around Australia for about a year, leaving at the end of this week! We're taking our 4-month-old staffy pup with us. I've started a blog to document the trip, if anyone's interested in reading it: http://ozgypsies.wordpress.com/

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Posted By Gemma Palmer on Wednesday 11th January 2012 @ 07:44:03

Thanks Jules, I totally agree. A dog is part of the family and should be treated as such, they are great company and they love to travel.

Posted By Mick on Tuesday 22nd November 2011 @ 11:24:23

If you expect problems travelling with a dog, then you'll probably find them! We never thought twice about taking our dog with us, even though she was 15 years old when we left. What was the alternative? Have her put to sleep, when she's still okay? Leave her to spend her final years with some one else? Absolutely not! Bill, I find your comments very strange, as we have also been travelling around the mid north coast of NSW and haven't had any problems, in fact, we've had no problems anywhere since we started travelling from Airlie Beach 8 months ago. We bought a 2-person tent and pet fencing from Sam's Warehouse. Some pet-friendly caravan parks have a rule that dogs must not be left unsupervised in the van, but we've found that if you explain that you want to go out without the dog, and make arrangements with them, most of the time they are fine with it, as long as the dog doesn't bark or whine while you're gone. We stay out of NPs, but have found great campsites near NPs, for example, Little Styx River campground west of Dorrigo is right at the entrance of the New England NP. We use the Camps Australia Wide #5, but ring ahead to make sure the information is still current. When you become a dog 'parent' you make a commitment for the term of the dog's life, regardless of how your own lifestyle changes. We've met so many people travelling with dogs, and NEVER encountered any problems. Just get out there and do it!

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Posted By jules on Tuesday 22nd November 2011 @ 11:03:33

Hi All My partner and i have to relocate back to Melbourne in March 2012 for work and we are driving back with our two dogs, we are planning pretty much a 4 day trip between Perth and Adelaide making overnight stops in Coolgardie, Mundrabilla, Ceduna. Can anyone out there help me find some pet friendly accommodation options, they are small dogs maltese X's. At home they are pretty much indoor dogs and sleep inside on their beds. Any info or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and happy travels to you and you four legged buddies. Cherie.

Posted By Cherie on Tuesday 18th October 2011 @ 15:38:18

My partner and I travelled around Oz 2 years ago without our dog as we thought he would hold us back. But 2 weeks after we left we missed him so much spolit our trip and it turns out we would have been able to have him. Hundreds of people have dogs and manage to find people to watch their dogs while they go explore and then you pay them back the next day by minding their dog. We are heading off again next year and will be taking him this time :)

Posted By Belinda Bright on Friday 16th September 2011 @ 20:05:57

This place looks great and they look after your dogs for u while u do day trips. http://www.bedrockvillage.com.au/

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Posted By Catherine Scott on Sunday 11th September 2011 @ 15:13:20

we have a shepard and a wrottiee both are very friendly and great with all people and kids ,we wont to take them with us on a working round aust holiday

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Posted By kelvin&marilyn serong on Sunday 3rd July 2011 @ 20:34:08

hi leslie we also would like to know about dog sitters and is there a book that lists shire sites. We are thinking of going away for 3 months and taking our border collie with us and although she is trained and well behaved she has never been away in the caravan but travels well in the car on long distances. Had your border collie done a lot of travelling in your van and any hints we should know about travelling with a dog

Posted By rose on Wednesday 29th June 2011 @ 21:52:49

Hi Lesley and everyone else, I have never heard of dog sitters? Are they easy to come by? And how did you track them down?

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Posted By Glen on Tuesday 21st June 2011 @ 15:11:56

Hi, My husband and I travelled round Australia with a border collie, was concerned to start with as the first caravan park we stayed at was terrible not dog friendly at all no where to run the dog and she had to poo on rocks . we decided to stay in freebies or shire sites which was fantastic no problems at all and when we wanted to go out for dinner or go to a national park we used dog sitters and they were really cheap and our dog got to play with other dogs, highly recommend it. were off next year to do the same thing in America and yes were taking our dog....good luck lesley

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Posted By lesley on Tuesday 7th June 2011 @ 18:43:29

My husband and I are currently travelling around Aus. on a working holiday with our 2 red cattle dogs. We left with one dog and ended up purchasing the other to keep the first company while we're not around. We've been travelling for 3 months and so far we haven't had any hassles. We stay in free camps most of the time that we find in camp books, that inform us if we can/can't have the dogs. We have on occasions had to leave the dogs alone due to us working, wanting to national park, shop, etc. We have tied the dogs up to our caravan with plenty of water, a few toys and usually a bone. We have not had any hassles doing this. Before we left we kept our pre holiday purchase dog on a rope on occasions to prepare him and let him know that being tied up was ok! we found the majority of the time he was tied up he just slept. While we were skeptical about travelling with a dog we are really glad we did! Both our dogs are great guard dogs and great company :)

Posted By Rebecca on Wednesday 4th May 2011 @ 22:30:35

hi there guys! im jealous lol..... my parnter and i are planning and have been planning our trip around oz and not coming back to a base just selling everything and going with my 2 chihuahuas. We heading off when my daughter 15 finishes school and she is settled in life which can be less than 3 years shes smart lol..... I would love to hear your adventures with your dog and any tips u come across...... i no one thing when cum into a town theres alwsys a info centre go there first ya get lots of info privately from the employer there ...... happy travels........take care of ya all

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Posted By dawnie on Friday 17th December 2010 @ 01:00:11

Sorry I don't have any travelling with dogs advice (though we and our dogs are mighty jealous!), I do know why dogs aren't allowed in National Parks. 1080 baits are designed to attract foxes, and dogs love 'em. The poison kills quickly and painfully. If you kept your dogs safely on lead, native animals are still going to be frightened by their scent. We love hiking and camping, and we knew that getting dogs would restrict our options, but hey, most choices in life have pros and cons. Happy travels!

Posted By Peebes on Sunday 12th December 2010 @ 23:24:36

I am about to travel oz, on a solo trip. and I would like to get a dog to take with me, .. any suggestions on a good dog to get for the trip. I am liking the staffys, yet am open to any information.

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Posted By eighty8four on Sunday 12th December 2010 @ 22:16:15

Hi everyone! My boyfriend and I are leaving early February, from Tasmania, to travel around Australia for a year (give or take a few months). We are travelling with our 3 year old maltese! He loves car travel, and people, and based on everyone elses responses I'm guessing that it will be challenging, but not impossible. I just simply could NOT leave him behind!! I was wondering if anyone has any tips about what to do with your dog when you find a job? And in response to the lady who wants to do massage therapy from the annex of her van, I'm a beautician and am planning to do the EXACT same thing! We will be heading east first after being in Melbourne for a month so if anyone is on a similar timeline, let me know. Maybe we can look after each others dogs at times? Thanks! Maxibon's Mum!

Posted By Maxibon's Mum on Tuesday 7th December 2010 @ 22:00:40

I'm in the processing of travelling but for those of you with a dog/s if you are ever in the Umina Beach/Gosford area there are a lot of places to exercise your dogs. Down at the southend of Umina Beach is a dog free area and Saturday mornings at about 09:00 the Lab Club and up to 90 dogs turn up for a run around. My dogs are friendly but I take them to Ettalong near the boat shed and the tide goes out almost to the middle and they run and swim and I can't stop them from annoying other dogs there. You can visit but don't stay - it still is our best secret okay!!!

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Posted By Carole on Sunday 28th November 2010 @ 11:41:02

Bill, I don't think it's about the size or age of your dog. A dog is a dog and if they allow one dog then they set a presedence to allow all dogs.

Posted By Michelle on Sunday 7th November 2010 @ 12:27:23

I sympathise with you. The fact that Nation Parks don't allow dogs even on a leash is pretty unfair. I can understand if they were off-leash and there were some endangered animals or ones likely to be injured by a dog but there should be some areas of National Parks where Dogs can be exercised at least on their lead.

Posted By Mick on Friday 24th September 2010 @ 15:09:50

hello you-all my husband, our lab Marley and I have been travelling in a campervan for the past 6 weeks or so (and another 8 months to go). We've started in Sydney to go up north along the coast and have been going west for the past couple of days. Even though we travel with Camps 5 and our dog is well trained and even a "Search and Rescue" dog, we find it extremely difficult as everywhere we seem to go dogs are not allowed. Yes, you can take your dog into certain campgrounds, but they are never allowed off leash and you hardly find a place to go where you can actually take your dog for a run or a bit of fun. Certainly dogs are not allowed in NP, which seem to be everywhere where there's something remotely interesting, you cant take them on a hike, because most likely the park you want to hike in is a NP again and today the most ridiculous thing of all: just outside Mount Isa is Lake, wildest outback, and there are actually signs "no dogs". I am sorry but it doesnt get more ridiculous than that. So you can have a dog as long it stays in your yard - or on the back or your truck. Stupid. If anyone would have told us up front, we would have spent our year off in North-America and saved AUD5000 for travel and quarantene.

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Posted By Judith on Thursday 23rd September 2010 @ 23:49:21

Like you I am planning to work and travel around Oz with my 2 little dogs. I would love to know how you get on. I will have to work and am wondering what do I do with my 2 dogs whilst I am at work. I have a malt x and a chihuahua x. Enjoy your trip.

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Posted By Judy-Ann on Tuesday 15th June 2010 @ 11:02:29

Hi My boyfriend and i are planning a working holiday around Australia staying in our camper trailer, leaving early next year. We were wondering how you found travelling with your dog. We would love to take our dog with us, but are concerned about accomodation and work. Any information or hints would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Tracey

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Posted By Tracey Delforce on Wednesday 2nd June 2010 @ 18:28:49

Hi I travelled around Australia about 8 years ago and am about to do it again. One of the caravan parks I stayed at in Port Douglas had a hair dresser who worked from her caravan. She was a permanent resident though. Another girl I met up there started doing the same thing. Maybe check with the caravan park you are staying at. If they are not too keen on the idea offer to give them a small commission. Hope this helps a little. Goodluck.

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Posted By eza on Thursday 1st April 2010 @ 23:43:26

Hi, my husband and i are planning on travelling around Aus with our three 'kids' maltese x's. I am a massage thearpist so i was thinking i could set up my table in the annex of the caravan and massage for a living. im not sure if that would be allowed tho. Does anyone know if it is? i have been doing a bit of research on taking the dogs and it seems as if quite a few people do it so it cant be too hard!! cheers :}

Posted By Crazy dog lady! on Thursday 18th March 2010 @ 13:34:49

Hi Bill, Im from the mid north coast and i have three maltese x. its a shame that you didnt find anywhere to walk your doggies because there are plenty of beaches around coffs (where i grew up)and tweed/gold coast (where i now live) and there are caravan parks where you can take your pets. Im not sure about national parks though. I have read that there are a few around Aus that let you take your dogs on leads. Hopefully you have better luck next time :)

Posted By Crazy dog lady! on Thursday 18th March 2010 @ 12:19:53

Hi, My partner and I are currently travelling Oz in our camper trailer with our lovely lab. We are all having a great time and my 4 year old "puppy" is having an absolute ball! It is quite easy to travel with your dog because a surprising number of caravan parks accept dogs (most with a good behaviour bond from $20 - $50) and there are numerous other camp spots/ camp grounds to camp at with them. My labrador loves swimming and playing ball and there are numerous beautiful beaches where they are allowed. We are travelling for over 10 months and didn't want to leave our dog behind and I would tell others to do the same. As long as your dog is reasonably well behaved and you keep them on a lead (when signs say to do so!) and pick up after them then you shouldn't have any problems. We wanted to go to several different National Parks (which we have) so did some forward planning and found suitable/reasonable boarding kennels for a day or overnight. The only one we're having problems with is the Bungle Bungles National Park, all the others have been fine.   cheers Hayley ps. I have previously recommended the Campsaustralia book which has been a fabulous resource for us (see other blog from June 2009 below)

Posted By Hayley on Monday 8th March 2010 @ 16:36:47

We are about to head off on a trip around oz and we have to large dogs (boxer x bull mastiff) i was worried that some caravan parks wouldn't accept them because they are so big. I would appreciate anyone comments on large dogs. We leave in a month and are seriously considering putting them in a kennels for the whole time. But i don't wany to do that if i can get out of that.

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Posted By Kristy on Wednesday 27th January 2010 @ 19:04:52

Australia is not a dog friendly location. Most parks and ALL national parks prohibit dogs. My wife and I just returned from the NSW mid north coast and could not find anywhere to walk our 2 small dogs other than along the street. Goodness knows what damage an old chihuahua and small fox terrier can cause to a national park or beach.

Posted By Bill on Wednesday 6th January 2010 @ 22:33:25

My patner and I have just travelled from SA to FNQ and had a lttle trouble in only a few places. Kalbarri in WA where we were turned away from caravan parks that advertised that they allowed dogs but in most caravan parks we had very little trouble but we did find that they prefer small dogs.Lakeside Van Park in Kunnurra WA has a section of the park just for travellers with pets. We have a ridgeback x mastiff

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Posted By Roz on Thursday 19th November 2009 @ 20:48:51

Hi, we have been travelling for nearly 8 months with my mini foxy. We started in Newcastle and have gone the coast road to Cooktown and are now travelling through inland to the Northern Territory. We have found it not too bad, a little restrictive at times, but still quite easy. We have visited places like the Wallaman Falls, where we left her for a few hours at the kennels about 1/2 hour drive away. Paronella park was extremely dog friendly. They watch your dog on their balcony while you wander the park, they also allow the dogs to stay in their caravan park the night. Most caravan parks will allow dogs as long as they are under control, but no Big 4 parks at all. We went on a 1 hour cruise on the Daintree River at Daintree, and the cruise organiser was quite happy to watch Squirt while we were away. There are 2 caravan parks at cape tribulation where you can stay, and the beaches there are dog friendly but have to be on a leash. If you want to visit the Undara Lava tubes, the Bedrock Village caravan park at Mt Surprise pet mind while you go on the tour (only through their tour though). Plus this park is one of the best we have visited, clean and friendly and not alot of rules. The Holidaying with Dogs book is available from most book stores, and has a list of pet friendly accommodation and pet sitters for the states, which we have found helpful. The Camps 5 book is really good for rest areas and cheap campgrounds that allow dogs. Also some state forests and National parks allow dogs - and is in this book. Hope this helps, and hoping for more dog friendly places in the north and west.

Posted By The young hobos (or nomads) on Wednesday 10th June 2009 @ 16:16:21

Hi we are also planning the big trip around oz and would love to hear how people with dogs go Beth

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Posted By beth on Tuesday 5th May 2009 @ 20:58:11

Hi, Me and my partner are planning on travelling around australia with our two dogs in Dec 09. Has anyone had any trouble in doing this. They are both a large breed Staffy x and Doberman x. They are no troubles in the car. Has anyone had trouble with what season you travel, as I've heard that some places don't allow dogs in 'peak' season... Looking forward to reading your thoughts.

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Posted By Claire on Monday 2nd February 2009 @ 11:17:09

Hi and thanks for your info on travelling with a dog. Our biggest concern is travelling through El Questro. You said that it was 'great'. Does that mean they allowed you to camp with your pet? Or did you find a kennel? Any info would be really helpful. Please write back.

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Posted By Andre Otto on Sunday 28th December 2008 @ 14:27:52

Greetings everyone. We took 10 months to travel around Oz with our Maltese. It was great and not too inhibitive. The biggest hurdles are National Parks and accommodation but it is generally fairly easy to check them into a kennel for a day or two so you can visit these parks. The only one we really had trouble with due to its remoteness was Purnululu (Bungle Bungles. Other than that, some caravan parks were a bit unfriendly (although surprisingly not Yulara) but most were really good, just so long as you kept your dog under control and on a leash. Beaches are a bit of a bummer in QLD. Many don't allow dogs and of course, travelling through Cape Trib migh prove a little difficult. El Questro in the Kimberelys was also great. If you need to leave your dog in your car, make sure you have a bowl of water in a seat well for them, cover all the windows to minimise any heat and always try and park in the shade. If you can tether them outside the car, even better. This way, they can lie down under the car for shade (just don't forget the water). For kennels, leave a favourite toy and pillow or towel with them so they don't fret. Oh, and one more thing, expect to have a few sleepless nights when you are camping. They like to keep watch and can get excited when the roos get too close (but they are great watch dogs). Hope this helps.

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Posted By Fee on Tuesday 21st October 2008 @ 12:02:28

HI Where can I find the "Holidaying with Dogs" book? Cathie

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Posted By Catherine Glanz on Thursday 4th September 2008 @ 15:22:59

Hi, my partner and I are planning our trip around Australia for 2009 in a camper trailer with our labrador. I have picked up a couple of books which are "Camps Australia wide" by Philip Proctor which looks like it could be very useful as it gives you many caravan parks and rest areas and their facilities and contact details. This tells you whether or not they allow dogs. I think version 4 is currently out and can be found at www.campsaustraliawide.com. Another book I have is Bush camping with dogs, published by Flat Earth Camping. This also has places to stay with contact numbers etc. I have heard that some National Parks have places where you can check in your dog for the day while you visit the parks. I'm not sure which ones or where so I would be grateful for any info on this. Happy travelling all you puppies!!!

Posted By Hayley on Monday 9th June 2008 @ 09:28:03

My husband & I are about to head off to work & travel around Oz for about 12 months with our 2 yr old Jack Russell too. I have researched into accommodation & kennels if we need them but have been a little concerned about him being in the car so much & being restricted to where we can go. Would love to hear some suggestions too.

Posted By Caroline on Sunday 20th April 2008 @ 21:16:20

Hi Guys, My wife and I are about 3mths away from traveling around with our dog. Visiting National Parks will be a problem and would have to leave our little mate in a Kennel. Shame we could not tag up with others on ocassion and look after each others dogs when needed.

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Posted By Steve Duffy on Saturday 19th April 2008 @ 07:29:17

Mick & I are heading around Australia in April, we have a terrier who is 11 years old we are a little concerned if we are doing the right thing, is there any advice that would be of any help. Hope to see you all out there. Barb

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Posted By Barbara Ward on Monday 4th February 2008 @ 10:19:12

I would be really interested in seeing how you guys go too, my husband and i are planning on doing the same.

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Posted By kirsty on Friday 28th December 2007 @ 13:33:20

Hi Guys, My wife and I are also in the last couple of months of planning to take us and our dog (Jack Russell - Maximus) around OZ for 12 months. The most obvious thing that restricts you seems to be no access to National Parks with your dog. We have picked up a couple of really good books from RACV about camping around OZ with dogs, plenty of camp sites available. The other thing we are looking into is dropping Max off at kennels occasionally if there is NP that we are dying to see (ie, Kakadu) but this can be expensive so will be limited. Have fun, hope to see you out there somewhere! Cheers, Jim

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Posted By Jim on Sunday 18th November 2007 @ 21:29:58

Hi, your pet needs to be microcichipped, for safe return if lost and you need a very good tick wash, and use it every week. Find out from your vet which is the bad areas for heart worm, all the best Rob.

Posted By Rob Convery on Monday 12th November 2007 @ 04:46:51

Hi, A friend and I went travelling in Oz last year with his dog (Jack Russell) which we thought we cause problems but was far easier than expected. We always stayed in hostels, holiday camps, lodges etc which were always fine as long as we stayed in our own rooms (i.e. not in a dorm). Sometimes we would call the hostel ahead to check but on the whole it was fine. We used a couple of good websites offering loads of accommodation details. We traveled West Coast, East Coast, Alice Springs and NZ.

Posted By Alex Barder on Monday 22nd October 2007 @ 18:24:51

Hi, My partner & I are also planning to tour with our dog. I look forward to seeing some replies to your post. If i get any tips mean while, i will let you know. Cheers

Posted By Krystle on Monday 22nd October 2007 @ 16:47:13

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Road Trip With a Dog: Tips, Tricks & FAQs

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Travelling with your Dog

Travelling around Australia with your dog is a once in a lifetime experience. Not only is it more fun to bring your fur-baby along with you, but you get to make some incredible memories together. 

Going on a road trip with a dog takes a little more planning than a regular road trip. Below are factors you need to consider, and answers the most common questions about road tripping with a dog.

Tip 1: Make Sure Everything is Up to Date

Take the time to ensure your dog is wearing an up to date dog tag, is appropriately microchipped and isn’t missing any vaccinations.

If you’ve moved house since you’ve had your dog, it’s so easy to forget to update your information associated with them. Talk to your local council about updating your microchip information, and contact your vet about vaccinations.

If you don’t have a copy already, ask your vet for a copy of your dog’s vaccination records. We recommend saving this in your phone and keeping a copy in your glove box just in case. 

And on that note, it’s best to brush up on what biosecurity rules there are for interstate travellers. Most states let you bring your pet across their borders, but they may have some different regulations for fruits, vegetables and meats. And if you plan on taking your dog to Tasmania, talk to your vet about the Hydatid treatment your dog requires to enter the state.

Tip 2: Pack the Essentials  

This one sounds obvious, but we are only human and sometimes need reminders of the obvious things. Here is a checklist of the essentials you need to pack to make sure your dog stays fed, hydrated and comfortable:

  • Dog food, preferably their regular breakfast and dinner
  • Poop bags (you’ll still need to pick up after them)
  • Collar , harness and leash
  • Medical records 
  • Grooming supplies and a towel
  • Bed and blankets
  • Car seat and barriers
  • Favourite toys (or new ones !)
  • Any medications

Tip 3: Plan Ahead 

Take the time to map out your route, being conscious that you need to ensure your accommodation is dog-friendly. There will be various caravan parks and accommodation sites that are dog and pet friendly, but doing your research prior and potentially booking will be essential.

Another thing to note, dogs aren’t allowed into most national or regional parks. So whatever route you’re planning, double-check that each park you want to visit lets you bring your furry family member.

There are a few reasons why dogs and other domestic animals aren’t allowed in national parks , but the main one is to protect native wildlife.

Whilst you’re planning your route, note down any nearby vet clinics and their contact information. Hopefully, you won’t need to use this information, but if you do thankfully, you’ll be able to access it, even if you have no internet reception.

Also for precaution take note of which vet clinics are emergency or after-hours clinics. Another handy tip is to download a dog first aid app and brush up on your doggy first aid tips before your trip.

Now, let’s get into the questions everyone asks about undertaking a road trip with a dog.

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FAQ: Can Dogs go on Long Car Rides?

Your dog can go on long car rides, but you need to build up to it first. It really depends on your dog and their personality. If they are likely to get anxious or stressed, getting them used to long car rides may be a longer process than very easy going dog.

Some of the symptoms of anxiety in dogs is excessive drooling, pacing, looking a bit uncomfortable and not being able to settle. If you do notice your dog is getting anxious, try tiring them out with a long walk beforehand. This should use up some excess energy and help reduce any anxiety.

It’s best to build up their stamina in the car by taking them on increasingly longer journeys. This will help them be comfortable in the car for long distances and help them understand the feeling of motion to avoid motion sickness.

To make the experience more comfortable for your dog, and safer for you, we recommend investing in car seats , barriers, or car hammocks . 

 You can explore our range of eDog Dog Travel Accessories here !

FAQ: How Often Should You Stop on a Road Trip With a Dog?

The general rule of thumb is to take a 15 - 30 minute break for every 2-4 hours of driving. And offer your dog water every 2 hours. 

In these breaks, stretch your legs, offer your dog some water, and give them a little snack or meal. If you can, do some exercise with your dog in these breaks so when they hop back in the car they are tired and ready to relax.

The one thing to consider is your dog’s toilet break routine. If you can stick to their usual toilet break schedule, that would be ideal, but it can be hard to do this on a road trip.

If you have a young dog, you might need to stop for more consistent potty breaks while they are still learning to hold their bladder. Elderly dogs may also need to relieve themselves more often and require two-hour intervals.

Confirm with your vet if your dog is on any medication that could alter the number of times they need to go to the bathroom.

If you are preparing your dog for a long road trip, teach them to go to the toilet on cue. This is known as eliminating. Eliminating on command will make your dog understand that home isn’t the only place they can go to the loo. Plus it’ll make toilet breaks a little quicker.

FAQ: How Long Should You Drive With a Dog?  

When driving with a dog, aim for a maximum of 7 hours of driving time each day. Super long hours in a car can be too much for some dogs so capping it at 7 hours lets you cover some excellent distance whilst keeping them comfortable.

FAQ: Where Should I Put My Dog in the Car?

The best place for a dog in the car is where they can easily stand, turn around, sit, and lie down in a comfortable position. Make sure they also have enough ventilation and airflow to be comfortable.

The best spot is usually the back seat or a large open boot area. Your dog should not travel in the front passenger seat, if the airbag opened they could be seriously injured.

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FAQ: What to Give a Dog Who Gets Car Sick?

Firstly, most dogs get car sick because they aren’t conditioned to do long car rides. Dogs are overwhelmed by all of the new stimuli that come with being in a moving vehicle or are so young that the inner ear isn’t fully developed, and this assists with balance.

Double-check with your vet that your dog doesn’t have a medical condition or is on medication that worsens motion sickness.

Prevent this by building up the duration of your car rides together, so they get used to more extended and different journeys. Don’t feed your dog just before your road trip together and keep the car cool and quiet.

The best thing to give your dog when they get car sick is anti-nausea medication from your vet. They may also prescribe medication that reduces vomiting or diarrhoea.

You can also try giving your dog ginger 30 minutes before you begin your road trip. Ginger has powerful anti-nausea properties and helps to soothe the digestive tract. Try giving them an eighth of a teaspoon of powdered or fresh ginger first.

FAQ: Are Road Trips Bad for Dogs?

Road trips are safe for dogs, but there are a few precautions you need to be aware of to guarantee a comfortable, safe road trip.

Never leave your dog in a car unattended, they can die very quickly from heat stress. Even if the weather is mild, never leave them locked in a vehicle.

Make sure to feed them their usual food and offer them plenty of water.

Keep your dog on a lead in new environments, so they are safe and secure. We don’t want them to be frightened or get too excited and do something unsafe.

The likelihood of the following happening is rare, but it is a factor you should know about just in case.

Sodium fluoroacetate, otherwise known as 1080 poison , is a highly toxic pesticide used in Australia to control pest animals. 1080 has no antidote, so preventing your dog from ingesting it is vital.

There are usually clear signs posted in the areas where 1080 is in use, but the safest thing you can do is invest in a muzzle or keep your dog on the leash. By muzzling your dog, they cannot ingest 1080, toxic vomit or the carcass of an animal who died from 1080 poison.

The symptoms of 1080 poisoning include restless behaviour like barking or vomiting for no reason, difficulty in breathing, convulsions, vomiting, urination or defecating uncontrollably. If you know your dog has ingested 1080, immediately take them to the nearest vet.

Have A Safe Road Trip With Your Dog!

Taking note of the following tips, and keeping in mind some safety precautions - going on a road trip with a dog around Australia is guaranteed to be a fun, memorable experience.

And if you want to keep your dog comfortable throughout your road trip together, invest in some quality dog car accessories . From booster seats to mesh pet barriers, we have it all. Contact our customer service team to find the perfect solution for you and your furry companion.

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Sarah Pendergrass

Sarah is a long time fan of designing self propelled adventures in remote places on foot and two wheels, preferably with her trail dog, Ness. Map nerd. Illustrator. Adventure podcast host - passionate about elevating the voice of the everyday adventurer and sharing a few of her own stories along the way.

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Keen to take your dog on a road trip? Sometimes-van lifer and always-dog parent, Explorer Sarah Pendergrass has pulled together a bunch of advice on road tripping with Fido.

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We’ve been everywhere man.

I’m a (self-proclaimed) loving and responsible dog owner who’s spent a continuous six months camping my way around Australia in a 1976 kombi, accompanied by my Border Collie at the time. I also now spend much of my time van camping with my Koolie, Ness, so I’d like to think I have a fair chunk of experience when it comes to road tripping with a doggo.

I’m child-free by choice and while I’m not big into the ‘fur child’ lingo, Ness is certainly at the heart of my family and I often find myself spending hours researching dog friendly adventures in Queensland and beyond. Travelling with a dog can be one of the most fun, wholesome experiences, and with a bunch of restrictions around dogs in Australia, also typically takes a little legwork before you head off.

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You’re keen, but does your dog really want to road trip?

It’s tricky when you pitch a question like this to try and decipher a series of woofs, but seriously, is your dog actually keen on road tripping? Are they comfortable on long drives? Do they mind a break in their routine? Will they be happy sleeping in a van or a tent or somewhere different to their usual?

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‘What is this new home mum?’

It can be super exciting to think of adventuring with your dog, but at the end of the day, not all dogs are going to be as excited as you.

The age of your dog can come into this too. I went from a 13 year old easygoing dog who shared an established understanding of van life, to a pupper who was understably not so in tune with adventure and I paid the price for some overenthusiasm early on. Stoked to show my new pup one of my favourite camping spots – a six hour drive away – we rolled into the sleepy village, only for her to absolutely lose her proverbial shit after being cooped up in the van for so long.

Trust me, there’s nothing less relaxing than trying to walk a pup on a beautiful new beach, while they attack the lead like a Tasmanian Devil crossed with a shark. Add to that trying to get her to sleep in a crate in the van, which led to mass shrieking… before letting her out and having her spew in my bed. Let’s just say my tail was between my legs as we bailed on the adventure and drove home early the next morning. You live and learn.

Side note! She’s now my best buddy on road trips, but I gave her some time to mature up!

If you’re unsure if your pooch is up to it, try a local overnighter first before you embark on a casual lap of Aus.

Transporting Your Dog

The likelihood is you already know how your dog best likes to travel in your car or van. Will this same approach work if you have a vehicle full of adventure gear? Maybe you have them secured with a harness, or they travel in a crate? If your dog is a nervous traveller, hold off feeding them a few hours before you hit the road.

Where will they sleep? A soft crate can be a great option to give them their own cosy space. That’s assuming they’re crate trained and you’re not going to stress the dog out trying this in a strange environment for the first time.

How to Road Trip with a Dog

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Finding Places to Exercise

Sure, there may be dog parks where you’re headed, but they’re not necessarily a super exciting or scenic way to see a new place. If you’re on the coast, check out local council websites for off leash and on leash beaches.

Read more: Dog Friendly Beaches in Sydney

Inland, state forests typically offer dog friendly adventures and camping, but this does vary from area to area. National parks for the most part are going to be a hard no, so if national parks are high on the agenda for your holidays, you may want to rethink taking the pup.

Read more: Find Dog Friendly Walks From Sydney to Perth !

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Sunrise runs – a perk of life on the road

The Silver Lining of Restrictions

If you decide to road trip with your pup, chances are you’re opting into a grand old drive of zero national parks. The flip side of this is that with a little research, you may find yourself in lesser-known, quieter spots. There are some surprisingly stunning spots that allow pups, they just take a little bit of wet-nose-to-the-ground research, like the beachside Inskip Point on the Sunshine Coast where dogs can camp in the national park area.

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Just because it’s dog friendly doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing quality either

Finding Dog Friendly Campgrounds

Finding dog friendly accommodation typically requires a little upfront research. You can’t simply roll up to a campsite or caravan park and expect them to welcome your four-legged friend.

There are also some seasonal restrictions or loopholes. It’s not uncommon for caravan parks or campsites to say they aren’t dog friendly, but come the winter months or off-peak times, welcome dogs (and they’re paying owners). The reverse is true also, so if you’re travelling with pooch in a peak period, make sure you double-check the fine print.

Another point to check in the fine print is doggy size restrictions. Some ‘dog friendly’ places have a weight/size limit on the dogs they allow, and unless your pooch can fit into a handbag, it may be a hard no. Likewise, if you’re travelling with more than one dog, make sure you find out if there are rules around the number of dogs allowed. It’s best to give the campsite a call, as opposed to trusting often outdated websites, and you never know they may flex the rules for you too!

Private campground website, Hipcamp, has a handy dog friendly filter you can use when looking for appropriate campgrounds, which makes for some speedy searching.

Read more: Find Dog Friendly Camping Across Australia

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Last minute campsite? Done.

Other Dog Friendly Accommodation

Maybe camping isn’t on your agenda – there are plenty of dog friendly accommodation providers out there too. Cabins, apartments, houses – just make sure you know the house rules and remember, bedding may be supplied for the hoomans, but the likelihood is you’ll want to take your dog’s own bed, bowls, and toys so they feel at home on their hols.

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Road trip MOO-vies!

Storing Your Dog Food

If your dog has a special diet or you’re rolling through more remote places, you’re going to need to prep and take your dog’s food before you go. How are you going to store your food along the way? Dry food is easily placed in a plastic tub or zip lock bags if you’re just going overnight and want to maximise space. If you need to keep raw food cold, you’ll need a car fridge or esky.

As someone who’s inadvertently added a very hungry, very stubborn van mouse to the road trip family in previous years, I highly recommend packaging food up securely. The hole in my high tech waterproof rain jacket as it ate its way in for a muesli bar was the final straw. You’d think a Border Collie on board would deter a rodent, but not in this instance.

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Go on, sick ’em!

Consider the Weather

We don’t leave children in hot cars; nor do we leave dogs in hot cars. This can make things more challenging during the hotter months. What are you going to do with the dog when you need to go into the supermarket? Or are eating dinner at a restaurant? It’s handy to research dog friendly places to eat and drink before you head off. Puppacinos all round.

Likewise, if it’s chilly, how are you going to keep your dog warm? Perhaps a little adventure jacket or a fleecy blanket of their own.

Pack Dog Towels

There’s nothing quite like muddy paws on your sheets; or a wet dog soaking your bed and covering it in dirt or sand. Pack towels to be able to clean the pooch off before they hop into your home on wheels.

Read more: The Best Gear Picks for Adventure Dogs 2023

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Sandy dog seeking comfy digs for the night

Break Up Your Journey

On long trips, make sure you stop every now and then to let the dog stretch their legs and use the ‘facilitrees’ for a toilet stop. Making sure they’re hydrated is important too.

Be Aware of Wildlife

Camping with a dog often brings them that bit closer to nature than when they’re at home or in the backyard. If they have a tendency to chase moving things, like birds or roos, make sure you have a way to securely attach them to your vehicle or a nearby tree.

In some locations you may also need to be aware of wild dogs and dingos – speak to the locals and find out if that’s a consideration. Likewise, baiting of wild dogs happens in some locations so be sure to look out for signage and if possible, avoid the area or at least keep your dog under control so they can’t mistakenly eat a life-ending snack. Ticks are another danger to check in with locals about.

Be a Responsible Dog Owner – Leave Only Paw Prints

That includes taking poo bags; using a leash where required and trusting that your furry friend isn’t going to drive the campsite crazy by barking at every passing person or other dog.

Read more: Remember to leave no trace

All in all, road tripping with your dog can be a really perfect way to adventure and create new adventure memories with, let’s face it, your most impawtant family member…

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One of the best things about taking off on a road trip in your campervan is that your much-loved furry friend can come along for the ride. no need to organise a pet sitter, no need to feel that twinge of guilt as you depart without them. you can take a family vacation that everyone can enjoy with our top picks for best road trips with dogs., sydney to byron bay road trip with dogs stop 1: central coast.

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Top 5 tips for road trips with your dog

  • Make sure your four-legged friend travels well. While it’s all good in theory to bring them along for the ride, if they aren’t used to vans, it could be traumatic for everyone. Take them on a test drive to see how well they go.
  • Check your accommodation for each stop is dog friendly. The last thing you want is to turn up and get told your beloved pet can’t stay with you.
  • The key to enjoying the best road trips with dogs is planning their stops around your pup. They need to get out and stretch their legs frequently, as well as toilet and water breaks along the way. Find an off-leash area along the way they can enjoy a good run at.
  • Bring along your dog’s regular food and treats. You don’t want to upset them with new foods along the way – especially as you don’t know how they will react to it.
  • Keep a towel in the car ready to go. There’s plenty of stops at beaches in Australia, so you want to be able to dry off your pooch as quickly as possible before letting them back in the van.

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How To Travel Around Australia With Your Dog?

Want to bring your fur-friend along for a trip? No, you’re not barking mad. Travelling with your dog can be a wonderful way to see Australia. Here are our tips for making your journey both dog and owner friendly.

Get your tails wagging with our guide to travelling Australia with your pooch.

Research from Animal Medicines Autralia shows that since the start of the pandemic there has been a substantial increase in pet ownership across Australia, with  69% of households owning a pet in 2021, up from 61% in 2019. That increase included a million additional dogs joining Aussie families.

This means there are a lot of dog-loving people, most of whom also love exploring our wonderful country.

So, many will have either travelled with their dogs or wondered whether their fur-baby might be able to join them on their next adventure. Welcome to the ultimate guide showing you how to travel around Australia with your dog.

Benefits of travelling with dogs

The main benefit of bringing your best friend along for your adventure is that you don’t need to be separated. Whether this is for your peace of mind or your pup’s happiness, being together while you’re on the road brings benefits for all.

Travelling with your dog can lower the cost of kenneling. And, as finding a kennel is getting harder (especially during peak times like school holidays) taking your furry-friend with you might be your only option.

People who travel with their dogs around Australia say that it’s a great way to meet fellow travellers, slow down and travel more mindfully.

Drawbacks of travelling around Australia with a dog

Even with all these benefits, there are some potential downsides to taking your dog on your travels. You need to allow time and space for their needs in addition to your own, so keep reading for tips and checklists.

And, your four-legged friend will limit where you can go, both for staying overnight and for exploring during the day. Read on for tips on finding pet-friendly accommodation and restrictions for places like national parks.

A important note about assistance dogs

Most of the restrictions covered in this article don't apply to assistance dogs. Also called ‘service dogs’ these are working animals that are trained to help people who need help with everyday tasks. Assistance dogs are welcome in most public spaces so are also allowed to be within national parks and on transport that aren't open to pet dogs.

Types of transport

Whether you’re travelling by train, plane or automobile, check out this guide to bringing your dog along for the ride.

Your own car: Taking your own car is the easiest dog car travel option. However, if your car is needed by others at home or if you’ve joined the increasing numbers of people who choose not to own a car (perhaps for environmental or financial reasons), let’s explore other options.

Hire cars: Many traditional hire car companies don't allow pets and others are unclear in their policies. Decisions vary between branches of the same overall company, making planning difficult.

Uber Carshare: Hiring a car through Uber Carshare makes it easy to choose a pet-friendly vehicle. Whether you’re on the website or the app, simply filter your search with the pet-friendly option. Select ‘Filter’ then select ‘Pet friendly’ under the ‘Features’ opinions.

When looking at individual cars, you’ll know they’re pet-friendly when you see the little paw print within the Features section of the vehicle’s description. Of course, you’ll need to leave the car pet hair-free before returning it.

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Taxis and Ubers: Different taxi drivers and companies have varying policies about transporting dogs along with their humans. Uber has a Pet option which allows you to book specific cars and drivers who will welcome both you and your dog.

Public transport: Local and interstate trains, trams and busses have varying rules across states and types of transport. Most require you to have your dog within a carrier or box, some  restrict you to certain times and others reserve the right to not allow a pet on board if the service is getting full. Research and planning are key to smooth travel and avoiding fines if you plan to use public transport with your pooch.

Planes: For bigger trips, you may need to incorporate a plane flight. Most airlines require you to arrange this via a specific pet carrier service, like Jet Pets .

Let’s get on the road

Once you’re on the road, the fun begins. Your pooch might sleep their way through most of your journey or join in on sing-alongs! Either way, plan your drives so you have time for toilet breaks and exercise.

Your ultimate checklist

From basics (like water and food) to nice-to-haves (like doggy treats and play items), necessities (like poop bags and leashes) and in-case-of-emergencies (like extra bottles of water), our Road Tripping with Dogs 101 Checklis t has you covered. Download it and check each box each time you travel.

Car travel time

Consider where and how your pet will be within the car. Even a usually placid dog can become restless during a long trip and there are stories of pets jumping out of windows or becoming an unexpected distraction or hazard to the driver. In the unlikely event of an accident, an unrestrained dog is more susceptible to injury and to hurting others in the car.

All Australian states and territories have road laws preventing pets from travelling on a passenger’s lap and some have fines for carrying an animal unrestrained in a car.

Car harnesses are therefore a good option, as are an enclosed pet carriers that have enough room for your pooch to lie down, sit and stand comfortably. You can even get a pet-specific booster seat, which has the bonus of minimising hair on the upholstery.

What about taking your dog across state borders?

The only state or territory that has requirements for dogs travelling from another part of Australia is Tasmania. If you’re heading to the Apple Isle, your dog needs to have been treated for hydatid tapeworm and be declared tick-free within 24-hours of your arrival.

Overnight stops

Spontaneity and going-with-the-flow can be fun parts of travel but might mean you end up without good overnight options. Planning ahead is more important when you need to consider four-legged as well as two-legged travellers.

Camping in a pet-friendly place can be ideal accommodation when travelling with dogs. After all, camping is all about the great outdoors and enjoying the simple things in life, which are exactly the things your dog likes best!

Not all campgrounds and holiday parks welcome dogs and some have rules (such as ensuring your dog is on a leash at all times). Be aware that most national park campsites won’t allow pets - see below for more info about dogs in national parks.

Once you’ve found an ideal spot, you can either have room for a furry sleeper in your tent, bring along a separate mini-tent for your dog, or arrange a secure spot for dogs who enjoy sleeping fully under the stars. Read some more dog-friendly camping tips here .

Hotels, motels and more

Local visitor information centres will likely be a gold-mine for information on local dog-friendly accommodation as well as good local daytime doggy-options.

During the day

There are many options for taking your dog with you on your daytime explorations. However, not all places are dog-friendly or welcoming of dogs.

A quick stop at the shops

On longer journeys, or if you are the only human travelling, you need to consider practical trips like going to the shops, as it’s not always safe to leave your dog in the car and not as easy to leave your dog ‘at home’ like you would normally.

Dog-friendly attractions

Travelling with a dog is a great way to encourage you to enjoy the great outdoors and to travel like a local by meeting others on dog-off-lead beaches and dog-exercise parks.

Checking ahead for the dog-friendliness of parks, beaches and attractions in the regions you plan to visit can be all part of the fun of planning a road trip.

Care options

If there are places you want to visit without being accompanied by your four-legged friend, you can check out local kennels or doggy-day-care options ( Mad Paws is one pet-sitting specific site worth checking out or you can try general sites like Airtasker).

Another option is to ‘tag team’ with others in your travelling group - where one of you stays with your dog while others explore.

If you are on a longer trip or camping with your dog, some owners sing the praises of arranging ‘pet swaps’ or informal care arrangements with your temporary neighbours. Longer-term campers, including grey nomads, might be content to stick to the campground for half a day while enjoying your dog’s company.

Do your travels take you to Sydney? If so, we’ve got two great blogs for you! One covers the best dog-friendly beaches as the other is an overview of the best walks, pubs and doggy day-care options .

What about national parks?

Dogs are not allowed within most national parks within Australia. This rule is there to protect wildlife, as even the scent of a well-behaved dog on a lead can cause stress to native animals. But it is also there to protect your dog, as national parks are prime places for ticks, snakes and fox baits.

There are some parks where dogs are welcome in specific areas, like these ones in South Australia and these ones in Victoria .  You can check each state’s national parks website for details of parks where dogs are welcome.

Keeping your dog safe

You’re obviously going to look after your pooch carefully but, in the unlikely event that they become separated and lost, these two steps will lead to you being reunited quickly and successfully.

Ensure your furry friend has a securely attached ID tag with your contact details clearly accessible. You’ve likely already got your dog microchipped but, if your travels will take you interstate, ensure it is registered on a national database.

Basic health readiness

A pre-travel vet visit is a great time to ensure your dog is up to date on their vaccinations as well as get up to speed with flea, tick and worming medications. If you’re concerned about dogs that don’t travel well, including travel sickness, use this trip to explore options.

Hot car alert

Just like children, your fur-baby is susceptible to the shocking effects of heat buildup that happens in a car on a warm day. The RSPCA warns that it can take only six minutes for a dog in a hot car to die , even if the car is in the shade.

If that's not enough deterrent, criminal charges, fines and even jail-time can be a result of leaving your dog to suffer. Dogs experiencing heat stress pant, drool and become restless, with weakness, vomiting or seizures occurring if the dog is not carefully cooled down.

Ticks, baits and other dangers

Travel in new places means being aware of new risks. Ticks are common in many parts of Australia and their bites can cause anything from minor irritation to serious disease. Regular inspection and learning how to identify and remove ticks is important if you plan to travel in tick-prone areas.

Baiting of feral animals like foxes uses the poison 1080, which is a serious hazard for dogs. Be aware of warning signs and keep your dog well away from these areas and seek immediate assistance from a vet or the Animal Poisons Centre if you suspect poisoning may have occurred.

We all know that Australia is home to many venomous snakes, which are most active in spring and summer. If your dog is bitten, you can apply a firm bandage along the length of  the limb and keep them calm while hurrying to a vet.  

Vet contacts

Finding local vets is easy, thanks to the wonders of the internet. But, if you’re heading somewhere more remote, or if your dog has pre-existing health issues, it can be worth doing some prior research about the location and availability of veterinary assistance.

Prepare and practice before you go

If your trip is anything other than short and straightforward, it’s worth doing some practice before you head off. Get your dog used to the car and trial any harness or other bedding options.

Keeping you inspired

Once you’re travelling with your dog, you’ll be far from alone! Link in with others travelling Australia with a dog by saying hello to others you see on your journey and joining social media groups, like the Travel Australia with Dogs Facebook group or using the hashtag #traveldogsaustralia on Instagram.

And, if you’re travelling in a Uber Carshare, don’t forget to share your pics using the hashtag #UberCarshare on your social posts of your travels around Australia with a dog!

Information included in this article is accurate as of (12 Dec 2022). The information published on this blog is of a general nature only and does not consider your personal objectives, financial situation or particular needs. Images used in this article are free to use images under the creative commons license.

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Camping Your Way Around Australia: The Ultimate Guide

Australia is a big country: the world’s sixth largest country. It stretches 4100km from east to west and 3180km from north to south, and that’s not even including Tasmania, the largest island to the south. The only way to truly see Australia is by driving, and by allowing a lot of time.  

To travel around Australia takes a minimum of 3 months, or at least 6 months if you want to take a more leisurely pace. Back in 2009, I travelled around Australia for over 5 months, including a whole month stopped in one place, and not making it to Queensland or Tasmania. Later in 2021, I spent 5 months travelling around Australia, this time including Queensland but skipping most of Victoria and NSW.

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It’s almost possible to do such a trip solely staying in hotels along the way. And there are plenty of excellent but expensive hotels and other options (such as luxury campsites) in many places around Australia.

But that would exclude staying in many of Australia’s beautiful national parks, and to be honest some of the hotels in more remote or rural places aren’t that great. Not to mention that with Australian hotel prices that option would be quite expensive, especially for 3 to 6 months on end.

A more do-able option is to either drive a caravan, campervan or camp.  Out of those three options, the cheapest is camping, as you can drive a smaller, more economical car, and skip on the larger cost to refuel a campervan or a car towing a caravan. (Petrol and diesel prices in regional areas of Australia are higher than in capital cities, and in remote areas they’re more expensive again.)

So, if you’re wanting to camp your way around Australia, how to do it? (Also, even if you’re taking a shorter camping trip in Australia, I’ve included lots of tips for camping in Australia.)

Check out my guide to travelling around Australia with your dog if the four-legged members of your family will be joining you!

Camping Around Australia Guide: Time of Year

As Australia is such a big country, the climate differs greatly based on what part of the country you are pitching your tent in. Your trip will benefit from carefully considering what time of the year to undertake your trip, or the order in which you will visit different parts of the country.

When to Visit Northern Australia

Waterfalls in Litchfield NP

When visiting the northern half of Australia and wanting to camp, you should avoid the wet season. The wet season lasts roughly from October to April.  During this half to the year, rain is frequent, with flooding a real possibility, and many roads impassable for months on end.  

Plus its tropical cyclone season (otherwise known as hurricanes or typhoons in other parts of the world).  Even if it’s not raining, it’s also the hottest time of the year, with many locations reaching 40C plus temperatures every day.

The dry season is the best time to visit northern Australia, particularly if you’re camping, during the months May to September.  Temperatures are mild, with top temperatures more likely to be around 30C, possibly in the high 30Cs in some places, and you can go for months without rain.  

The one down side is that during the latter months of the dry season, the ground in camping sites in national parks can get very hard, with it difficult at times to hammer in pegs.

When To Visit Southern Australia

Camping Your Way Around Australia - Tuross Lake, Australia

In the southern half of Australia, from June to August is the winter season, and it can be rather chilly to camp outside.  Even if the temperatures aren’t too cold, in southern Western Australia its the rainiest time of year.

If you’re wanting warm beach weather, the summer months from December to February are excellent, although late December and January are also peak holiday season (particularly at camp grounds) due to school holidays.  

Autumn and Spring are also great times to visit, with Autumn in particular often being quite mild, with temperatures in the mid 20s common through to the end of April. Just keep in mind the Easter long weekend is also a peak holiday season.

Camping Around Australia: Spring at Flinders Ranges

My Recommendation?

If you’re wanting to travel for six months, one option would be to travel through southern Australia from February to April, then head north from May to July.  Just keep an eye on the weather further north in case the wet lasts later than usual and roads remain inaccessible.

Camping Around Australia Guide: Camping Sites

There are four main categories of places to camp in Australia: caravan parks, showgrounds, national parks, and free campsites. There are different benefits to each type of camp ground, and you’ll probably end up staying in a combination of all four.

Camping at Caravan Parks

Camping Your Way Around Australia: Cooinda Lodge

Most decent sized towns and holiday destinations (in particular on the coastline) will have at least one caravan park.  An unpowered tent site typically costs around $30 for 2 adults at regular caravan parks, but can be $40+ at fancier parks. Add on at least $5-10 for a powered site.

Even higher peak season rates usually apply between Christmas and New Year and over the Easter long weekend. Peak prices for powered sites at some popular holiday spots can be a shocking $100 per night or more!

Caravan parks increasingly have a camp kitchen area, with stoves, fridges and sinks for the use of campers, although some places just have BBQ facilities.  Many have a kiosk with basic groceries, snacks and ice, whilst some parks also have an onsite cafe or casual restaurant.

In case the weather turns bad and camping is just too much, most caravan parks also have budget cabins to stay in, but expect to be charged at least $120 per night.

Camping at Showgrounds

Camp at showgrounds

When I was younger, I can’t recall ever camping at showgrounds, but I’ve been a convert on my recent Australian road trips. Most country towns will have a showground, and outside of the annual show and other special events, it functions as a year-round camp ground.

The camp grounds are more basic than typical caravan parks. Don’t expect swimming pools and jumping pillows for the kids. Also, the amenity blocks are generally older and there’s only occasionally a camp kitchen.

However, the camp grounds usually always have power. It’s a great option if you have a campervan or caravan and want something affordable with power, but don’t care about other facilities. They’re usually always pet-friendly, too.

Camping at National Park Camp Sites

Camping Your Way Around Australia: Karijini National Park

Camping sites in national parks are of variable quality.  At the top end, some may be similar in style to regular caravan parks, with a similar level of facilities, and charge $10-15 per adult per night for an unpowered site. At some campsites, powered sites may even be available.

However, the vast majority are more basic, and usually offer only toilets, along with BBQ and picnic facilities. They usually charge around $5-10 per adult per night (with only unpowered sites on offer).  Payment may be either at an office, into a collection box, or a ranger may come around once per day.  

Finally, some camp sites in national parks are free, usually with no facilities or only toilets (whether flushable or pit).

Ubirr Sunset, Kakadu

In addition to camping fees, it is worth remembering that national parks may charge entry fees, often $8-15 per day per vehicle, although some parks are more expensive, including Kakadu, Uluru and Cradle Mountain.

In some states, such as Tasmania, it’s worthwhile buying a park pass. Check out the situation on a state-by-state basis.

Not that this really makes staying in national parks more expensive, as you’d usually be paying those fees anyway, even if staying elsewhere, in order to sight see in the national parks.

Camping at Free Camp Sites

Ngumban Cliff Sunset

Finally, there are free camping sites outside of national parks, that again usually have no facilities or just toilets. In Western Australia , it is permissible to camp in many roadside rest areas, particularly in remote areas, for a maximum number of hours (sometimes 24 hours, sometimes 72 hours). Check the signage.

Some road houses in remote areas may offer free camping, next to the road house, although the conditions may be rather bleak. Even some less remote hotels and towns offer this option, although often it’s limited to self-contained RVs only.

Other free camping locations are in state forests and other types of reserves. Note that some free campsites request a donation – be generous and leave a contribution!

Finding out about Camp Sites

For any type of camping, particularly if you’re wanting to camp for free, it is a good idea to purchase one or two guide books.  Then you will know what options are coming up, ideally along with prices. Often it is impossible to find free camping locations without directions. These are available at most book shops and camping gear stores.

Alternatively, download the WikiCamps Australia app . While there is a charge for the app (around $7.99 depending on device), it is quickly recouped from a single night’s free camping. The app is available for iPhone, Android and Windows PC – see the link for the download links. 

Wikicamps Screenshot

Just keep in mind some remote locations will not have phone or internet access, so I recommend downloading some offline data in advance.

Also remember, you don’t need to commit to camping every night, if you have the budget. It’s nice to break it up occasionally with a night in a hotel or hostel, or by staying in  some unique accommodation, such as an underground hotel in Cooper Pedy.

Camping with your dog? Follow my tips on finding dog-friendly camp sites

Camping Around Australia Guide: Choice of Vehicle

You’re going to spending a lot of time in your vehicle travelling around Australia, not to mention it needs to store all your luggage and handle the roads you’re driving on, so vehicle choice is important.

Do You Need a 4WD?

Camping your way around Australia: Reflection of a road train

Most roads in Australia don’t require a special vehicle to travel on, with the amount of sealed roads increasing year by year, even in remote locations.  It’s possible to travel all the way around Australia just on sealed roads, but it’s good to have something that you can take on unsealed roads leading to some national parks and scenic spots.

Oodnadatta Track, Outback Australia

If there’s a chance you’ll drive on unsealed roads, sport cars are definitely ruled out. But most small cars are fine on unsealed roads, as long as it’s not a hire care, with most rental car contracts prohibiting unsealed roads, except to campsites. Mind you, I’ve previously met someone driving along the Oodnadatta Track in a Mini!

There are some 4WD only roads that are great to tour along, such as the Gibb River Road through the Kimberley region. You will require either a larger 4×4 SUV, or at least a decent medium-size SUV, if the road conditions are not too bad (which can vary).

For the greatest access, and early after the end of the wet season, a proper four-wheel drive is a must. This includes if you want to drive all the way to the tip of Cape York, the northernmost spot in Australia.

Maximising Luggage Space

Camping Your Way Around Australia: Home Valley Station

The other main consideration with a vehicle is how much luggage space it has.  Ideally there is a large boot, where you can stack boxes with other gear on top. This is where a good sized SUV or 4WD comes in handy. However, if only two people are travelling, there is also the option to use the back seats for stacking gear, in particular clothes and other softer items.

One other option is to buy a roof top box, attached to roof racks. This is particular good for less frequently used items. Although if you’re happy to open it each day, it’s also a handy size for tents and camping gear.

Don’t Forget Mileage

One other thing to keep in mind is the milage of the vehicle.  This is one key reason why camping with a regular car is cheaper than with a camper van, particularly a larger sized camper van with poor fuel efficiency.

Vehicles are increasingly being manufactured with higher mileages, with smaller petrol cars such as VW Golfs typically having an open road mileage of 800km from a regular size tank.  This can make a difference, in particular reducing the need to fill up in more remote spots with higher fuel prices.

Check out more tips on travelling in Australia by car , from choosing a car to packing.

Camping Around Australia Guide: Camping Gear

The other place where you’ll be spending most of your time is inside your tent. When you’re just away for the weekend, you can get away with skimping on camping gear as you can catch up on sleep at the end of it. But when you’re sleeping in a tent for months on end, carefully choose your camping gear and upgrade if it’s unsatisfactory along the way.

Choice of Tent

Camping Your Way Around Australia: Camping in Western Victoria

The main consideration for when choosing a tent is how long it will take to put up and take down each time, in particularly if you’re moving location every day or two.

Generally smaller dome tents are quicker, plus there is the option these days for more expensive, semi-automated tents that virtually put themselves up or down.

An additional lightweight backpacking tent is a great option if you want to do some overnight hikes along the way.

Make sure the tent is of decent quality, as it will need to be durable to last three to six months in the elements.  However, particularly in northern Australia during the dry season its waterproofing doesn’t actually matter, if it never rains.

To reduce the number of pegs that need to be hammered into the ground (when the ground is hard), I’ve sometimes skipped using the outer fly completely, and just used the inner doom, with its poles and four pegs.  It’s also essential not to forget to buy a mallet to use to hammer pegs!

Sleeping Gear

Camping Your Way Around Australia: Mungo National Park

To sleep inside the tent, the main options are self-inflating mats, inflatable air beds and stretchers.  I find that for many nights on end, an inflatable air bed is generally the most comfortable, but your choice may differ.

If you do choose an inflatable air bed, get an electric pump to go with it that can be plugged into the cigarette lighter in your car, that will pump up the bed in minutes without any effort on your behalf. I’ve also come across electric pumps that charge via USB port, meaning you don’t need to it connected while pumping your air bed.

The quality of sleeping bag that you need will depend on the outside temperatures.  If the weather is generally warm, any sleeping bag will do.  Otherwise aim for a sleeping bag that is rated down to somewhere between 0C and 5C.  

As you will be sleeping in it every night, a separate sleeping bag liner or sleep sheet that can be washed each week is a must.

Finally, pillows plus two sets of pillow cases will add to your comfort levels, plus one or more torches are essential for lighting (both inside, and for late night trips to the toilet block).

Camping Around Australia Guide: What Else to Pack

As well as camping gear, you will probably need to take most of the following.

Esky or Fridge

It’s possible to buy a compact camping fridge and leave it running in your car off a combination of your car battery and gas bottles. If you’re not wanting to splurge on the cost of a fridge, or don’t have much room, a tropical esky is a good alternative.

More heavy duty than a regular esky, fill it with multiple juice or soft drink bottles filled with frozen water (keep an eye for freezers in camp kitchens along the way) or buy solid ice.  It will then stay cold for at least 5 days in cooler temperatures, 3 days in warm temperatures.

Cooking Gear

Camping Your Way Around Australia: Coffin Bay National Park

A 2-burner camp stove with a small gas bottle should be enough for the cooking needs for two people, for a family a larger stove or second cooking surface will probably be required. (Also keep in mind that if a camp kitchen or BBQ facilities are provided, this may not be needed every night.)  

Add a couple of billies, at least one frying pan and a gas lighter for cooking. Buy a plastic box (ideally with a lid for stacking) to keep all cooking equipment except for the stove and eating utensils in. Also buy a second box to keep non-fridgerated food in.

Mobile Phone and Charger

Ensure at least one of the mobile phones you take is with Telstra, as the coverage of other carriers is not as extensive. (There’s a joke that in remote areas Telstra has a monopoly: either use a Telstra mobile phone or a Telstra pay phone.) Although remember there still isn’t mobile phone coverage everywhere in Australia.

Get a car charger for the phone, plus for any other electrical equipment you have (such as tablets). (Devices can be bought to charge laptops off car batteries, but it may be easier to conserve battery power except for where you have access to power points in camp kitchens.)

Go light on packing clothes, as outside of capital cities in Australia it’s very casual. For footwear, it’s best to pack at least one pair of hiking boots (or something else that is comfortable for walking and doesn’t show the dust) and a pair of thongs, perhaps something else to wear out, though don’t feel you need to.  

Jeans also make a great choice, unless it’s too hot, as they don’t show the dirt as much. Most caravan parks offer washing machines, dryers and clothes lines, for about $4-5 a load.

Make sure you have plenty of water, particularly if you’re going to remote places. If you’re about to head somewhere remote, it’s a good idea to buy one or two large containers of water that can be stowed away as emergency supplies.

Breakdown Equipment

Ensure you have a proper spare tyre, not just a space saver, plus a jack, wheel brace and that you know how to change a tyre. An old or cheap picnic blanket is also handy for unloading everything from the boot to reach the spare.  

If you’re heading to the Pilbara region of Western Australia, inland from Karratha , it might even be better to have two spares, as the sharp rocks are terrible to puncturing tyres. Before you go, also have your vehicle serviced and ask your mechanic if they recommend any spare parts.

Camping by the Murray with a Dog

It can be a tricky decision whether to bring your dog along when travelling around Australia. Travelling with a dog rules out visiting Australia’s many national parks (unless you can leave them in a kennel or with a sitter), plus will limit the places that you can camp.

However, for most people their dog is part of the family, and many people make it work, with some extra effort and a few sacrifices. For more tips, check out my guide to doing a Lap around Australia with a dog .

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Shandos Cleaver is the founder of Travelnuity: Dog-Friendly Travel. She has travelled extensively with her Miniature Dachshund, Schnitzel, including to 33 countries across Europe, every state and territory of Australia except Tasmania, and 10 of the United States. She’s passionate about providing inspiration and information to others wanting to travel with their dogs, whether close to home or internationally.

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Great post, thank you for sharing!

Thanks Olivia!

Very helpful and concise!

Thanks Gary! Have a great time travelling in Australia!

Just on the issues of water and clothing: Some remote (and not so remote!) have dreadful water. Consider adding water purifier to your tank water and a filter jug or inline filter to make it safe and palatable. Otherwise, take ample clean water for drinking and use the tank water for washing, etc. Clothing that protects you from sun, ticks, the sharp sclerosed plants and thorns that dominate much of the bush is essential. Shorts and thongs are OK at camp and showering, but they present some dangers by offering little protection. Light materials that wash and dry quickly and resist creasing, are best.

Gary – Thanks for the tips! I agree on protective clothing. I’m a fan of using hiking boots when camping and in the outback – great protection and they don’t show the red dust.

Thanks for the tips on camping your way around Australia. I like that you said that A more do-able option to be able to camp all around Australia is to either drive a caravan, campervan or camp. My husband and I are thinking about driving a caravan around Australia and I think it would be smart for us to look up the different caravan parks that we can stop at so we can plan out our trip better.

Outside of peak season (Christmas, Easter, other long weekends), I generally find you don’t need to book in advance at caravan parks (except for a few locations, such as Broome, Exmouth). That way you can stay flexible and decide from day to day where you want to go.

Lovely photos 🙂

Thanks Charmaine!

It was good to know that some tourist spots in Australia have caravan parks. My sister and I are planning to visit and go camping in Australia for Christmas break. I think a caravan park would be a good option for us because they often have a kitchen area or BBQ facility, so we could make our own food.

I have dreamt of going around Australia with a camper van and visit camping sites around together with the kids, until Covid happened. We are supposed to start it mid 2020 but was forced to a halt. Hope this pandemic comes to an end so that I can safely take my family with me in this exciting journey. Until then,,,,, I am just go and read some interesting post like this online. Thanks for this Shandos 🙂

I think 2020 put a lot of plans like that on hold! Fingers crossed you can head off this year.

Hoping that it would happen this year. Thanks Shandos

most intelligent, comprehensive and simple webpage about camping in Australia I have found in my search of preparing my trip

Thanks Patrick! Some of my earliest memories are of camping with my family, so I have plenty of experience.

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