Travelling with Dogs in the Kimberley

By March 16, 2015 4WD, Camping No Comments

Republished with permission from Kimberley Australia Guide

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

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.

Written by Luke in Broome, Bungle Bungles, Gibb River Road, Kimberley

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