Travelling with Dogs in the Kimberley

Travelling with dogs and pets
Travelling with dogs and pets

One of the most common questions we receive from readers is – can I travel with my dog in the Kimberley?

Many people love to travel with dogs, but finding pet friendly accommodation can be an issue in the Kimberley.  The good news is if you plan ahead, you should be able to manage these restrictions.

There are very limited places along the Gibb River Road that will allow you to travel with a dog, so you will need to plan ahead.

 

Dog Friendly Accommodation in Broome and Surrounds

Not all caravan parks in Broome will accept dogs. The only dog friendly park located within Broome itself is the Taranagau Caravan Park at Cable Beach. Outside of Broome there are some other options.

Just north of Broome, you are not allowed to take your dog into the Dampier Peninsular and Cape Leveque. However, you can take a dog to the Manari Beaches – Willie Creek, Quandong, James Price Point and Columb Point). These beaches are slightly closer to Broome and are a good alternative for dog owners.


 

Dogs on the Gibb River Road

No dogs allowed. Sign at the gate of Charnley River Station
No dogs allowed. Sign at the gate of Charnley River Station

Despite what you may have heard or read, it is possible to drive the Gibb River Road with your dog.

However, not all stations and campsites are dog friendly, and national park restrictions along the way will mean that you are unable to visit certain areas.

If you are travelling with a dog or pet, accommodation is available at the following stations:

Dogs are not allowed at the following stations and campsites on the Gibb River Road:

Unfortunately, due to national park restrictions, you won’t be able to visit the following attractions with a dog:

 

Visiting the Bungle Bungles with a Dog

You can’t take your dog into the Bungle Bungles because it is part of Purnululu National Park.

But dogs are allowed at the Bungle Bungles Caravan Park, so long as they are well behaved and kept on a leash.

Many people also choose to stay just outside the national park at the free camping area at the start of the Spring Creek track. Officially it is just a highway rest stop, but it is a popular place for people to stay for a night or two. There are basic toilet facilities here. You can leave your van and your dog in the care of fellow travellers while you visit the Bungles on a day trip.

There is more information about camping in the Bungle Bungles here: Bungle Bungles – Camping and Accommodation

 

Other Dog Friendly Accommodation in the Kimberley

 

Boarding Kennels

If you are traveling with a pet and want to leave them for a short time at a boarding kennel or pet motel, there are facilities in Broome.

 

Hazards

Another thing to be aware of is that you will be traveling in a remote outback region. To make sure your dog is well looked after make sure you plan ahead and think about the following issues that can affect their health and safety:

  • Snakes
  • Ticks and insects
  • Crocodiles in rivers and waterholes
  • Extreme heat and humidity
  • Cattle
  • Poison baits in stations and national parks

 

Other Resources

For those of you travelling around Australia with pets, make sure to check out the Pet Friendly Accommodation website.

They have a great guidebook which lists dog and pet friendly campsites, accommodation and holidaying spots.

21 Comments

  • From the 1st June until end of August no dogs allowed in broome van parks but you can stay for a week at the PCYC. In Herbert street in broome for $35 per nite but you must have a pet with you

  • If you can travel without dogs, do so. The restrictions are many. Can’t get into any caravan park in Broome. Can’t take your animal into any National park or any beach. The discrimination against dogs is huge and if you can do so, leave your furry family at home.

  • No caravan park in Port Hedland allows dogs, not even in low season. Thanks to the lady at the visitor centre who put us in touch with the local golf course who do take pets.
    Since leaving NSW at the beginning of Dec ’14 this is the first town that is so unfriendly to pets.
    Won’t be back.

  • Seems this is painting the picture much worse than it actually is for dogs. They are also allowed at Home Valley.

  • It strikes me that the caravaning and tourism industry both in the Kimberly and more broadly nationally could do a lot more for people travelling with pets, it simple if you want our money change your ways. Travelling pet owners in general are a mature, responsible lot, those that aren’t are easily identified (by personality, hehaviour and some crossbreed dogs bred for aggression/pig hunting, etc). National parks are funded by Australians for Australians, most of whom own pets (check the national stats), therefore we should demand changes in the law, to both allow access to pets (on a leash) and at the same time increase penalties for those few irresponsible pet owners who do the wrong thing. All of our country is already affected by ferral dog and cat problems, which did not result from the actions of responsible pet owners. Baring us from access to natiobal parks will not alleviate the existing ferral annimal problem but the access fees responsible pet owner pay will (and so will the substantial fines those few irresponsible pet owner would be hit with and lets face it those irresponsible types are joing to do it anyway). Please let commonsense rule.

    • As a dog owner of many years I totally agree with your comments Art. However, not on the fact of allowing pets in National Parks. The smell of the pets urine and faeces is enough to scare off certain animals especially small and possibly endangered species.
      They should instead have good boarding or day care facilities for the pets and camp sites outside the NP.

  • Thanks for your tips about how to check if an accommodation caravan park will accept dogs. I can understand why certain national parks might restrict pets to protect the wildlife or environment. I know that many people can consider their dog part of their family, but it’s important to make sure that they have a place to stay when you need accommodations. I’ll keep this in mind when I travel in the future. Thanks for the post.

  • As a responsible dog owner, travelling Aus now. We free camp most of the time, mainly because caravan parks do not cater for the grey nomads charging high fees. We have not seen many problems at this stage when we have had to use parks but anticipate it in wa’s top end. Need options for grey nomads with limited income,

    • Jeff I so totally agree with you, but I disagree partly with you Carol. The Kimberly, especially Broome, is a very expensive exercise for the grey nomad pensioners with pets! Talking to an ex manager of one of these very ordinary parks and he told us how the park owners put their heads together and agree on their seasonal rate! We are travelling out of season (& so are a lot of other people) and the rates are what you would pay anywhere else where supply and demand has more competition. From Broome right across to the east coast including Darwin, they know they have you by “the short and curly’s”, and the old cry of they only have a short season to make their money is crap. The amount of overseas tourists is amazing, they too are looking for a cheaper holiday. I shudder to think what they charge for campers in season!
      We have been lucky with our little man because a lot of places relax their dog rules a bit after the end of August, but not all relax their prices!
      Greed will only kill off a very lucrative market if only the short term thinkers want a quick buck!
      As for the National Parks – a dog on a leash will only be on designated paths which animals will avoid because of noisy people anyway. Our dog is family and we have had to miss out on so many places and as responsible pet owners we would never leave him in the caravan alone as I have many times heard others say they are forced to do! Pet owners have rights too!

  • We agree with Art 23/2/2016. We’d be happy to pay a bond per pet to take our beloved pets to national parks. Our dogs go everywhere with us and if caravan and camping areas don’t want our money they are crazy. We put up with screaming kids !

  • We are travelling happily with a dog. In summary, the following have welcomed us …. Lake Argyle resort, el Qustro, Home Valley, Drysdale Station, King Edward River, Manning Gorge, Imitji community camp ground, Kimberley Entrance, Derby, PCYC Broome (4 weeks!), Gumbunan Bush Camp near One Arm Point near Cape Leveque), Middle Lagoon, Barn Hill Station. We have used kennels in Derby and Broome. Off to Fitzroy Crossing next. There is a lot of bad information out there, we have found it best to attempt to do what you want to do but respect operators and areas that clearly state no dogs.

  • Yes Broome caravan parks don’t take dogs. But as of this year you can stay as long as you like at the flowing overflow areas. PCYC town beach, Pistol club (rifle range). And you can take your dogs on any beach, at cable beach they r allowed north of the rocks..
    Also thankyou Ian 10th Aug, we are doing gibb river & your info on where you were welcome with your dog was great.

  • Are you allowed to have your dog on road trips to national parks as long as they stay in the car?
    We will be travelling/caravanning for the first time and cannot go without our little (leashed) dog. Will we be able to do much or will we be too restricted?

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