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!
Posted By Bex on Wednesday 10th October 2007 @ 18:46:37
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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.
Posted By Krystle on Monday 22nd October 2007 @ 16:47:13
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, 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
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!
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Posted By Jim on Sunday 18th November 2007 @ 21:29:58
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
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.
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Posted By Barbara Ward on Monday 4th February 2008 @ 10:19:12
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
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, 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!!!
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Posted By Hayley on Monday 9th June 2008 @ 09:28:03
Where can I find the "Holidaying with Dogs" book?
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Posted By Jezebel on Thursday 25th September 2008 @ 20:44:44
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 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
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 we are also planning the big trip around oz and would love to hear how people with dogs go
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Posted By beth on Tuesday 5th May 2009 @ 20:58:11
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
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
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
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
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.
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Posted By Hayley on Monday 8th March 2010 @ 16:36:47
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
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!!
Posted By Crazy dog lady! on Thursday 18th March 2010 @ 13:34:49
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
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.
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Posted By Tracey Delforce on Wednesday 2nd June 2010 @ 18:28:49
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
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
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
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'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
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?
Posted By Maxibon's Mum on Tuesday 7th December 2010 @ 22:00:40
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
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
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
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, 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
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Posted By lesley on Tuesday 7th June 2011 @ 18:43:29
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 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
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 Catherine Scott on Sunday 11th September 2011 @ 15:13:20
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
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.
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Posted By Cherie on Tuesday 18th October 2011 @ 15:38:18
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
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
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I've started a blog to document the trip, if anyone's interested in reading it:
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Posted By Mick on Wednesday 11th January 2012 @ 23:42:19
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 Carol on Tuesday 13th March 2012 @ 17:10:34
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
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.
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Posted By Narelle on Sunday 18th March 2012 @ 16:17:17
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:
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
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.
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Posted By Hayley on Wednesday 21st March 2012 @ 08:22:50
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
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.
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Posted By Not Done Yet on Sunday 8th April 2012 @ 16:20:19
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
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
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
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):
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
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.
If you have time check out our blog "http://our-trip-to-oz.blogspot.de", it is bilingual, after each German article there's the same in English. We started the actual trip from Sydney up the coast in August 2010, so just start reading there and you'll find all the pros and cons about the places we've been to.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, 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 :)
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Posted By Hayley on Thursday 3rd May 2012 @ 17:59:10
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
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
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
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
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
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Posted By Mick on Thursday 14th June 2012 @ 00:42:04
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 Suprise/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 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
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Posted By Maree on Tuesday 3rd July 2012 @ 16:27:34
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.
Posted By Joanne on Wednesday 4th July 2012 @ 01:11:53
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
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Posted By Darren Millar on Saturday 21st July 2012 @ 23:17:50
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
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
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
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:
I hope this helpful to some of you.
wafarmer "who is heading back there tomorrow to help finish them"
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Posted By wafarmer on Tuesday 14th August 2012 @ 23:33:02
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
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.
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Posted By Barb on Wednesday 15th August 2012 @ 14:56:54
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.
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Posted By Debs on Monday 20th August 2012 @ 18:14:46
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
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?
Posted By Wendy on Sunday 23rd September 2012 @ 20:29:17
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, 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 :)
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Posted By Hayley on Tuesday 30th October 2012 @ 07:32:42
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
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.
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and if visiting Kalbarri WA for animal friendly house accomodation phone 0899372968 mob 0428620068
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Posted By wafarmer on Monday 19th November 2012 @ 16:59:38
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
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
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.
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Posted By Deborah on Monday 14th January 2013 @ 19:34:57
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Posted By Deborah on Monday 14th January 2013 @ 19:39:10
I totally agree with what Deborah says it is up to the owner to take responsibility for own pets regardless what they are.
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Posted By Barb on Monday 14th January 2013 @ 22:31:21
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
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
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?
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Posted By Anna Caville on Sunday 3rd February 2013 @ 12:04:23
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
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
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
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
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
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 Gerry Walker on Thursday 14th March 2013 @ 12:47:54
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
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.
Posted By Zac 's Mum on Sunday 28th April 2013 @ 08:49:14
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".
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Posted By Teeto on Sunday 28th April 2013 @ 18:06:43
Thank you Teeto - I will give that a try.
Posted By Carmel on Monday 29th April 2013 @ 12:07:24
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
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.
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