Traveling in Australia with a dog is not easy, but it is not impossible. You need to carefully consider the pros and cons beforehand. For example, if you want to see all the tourist spots in the country and spend most of your time in national parks, you might want to leave your dog at home. It’s in their best interest, not yours. However, if you want to visit different parts of the country and are willing to skip some parts that are not suitable for dogs, you can have a rewarding and adventurous trip with your dog.
Do your research – but don’t go overboard
Whether you are traveling for a week or a year, a little research will give you and your dog a great time. Familiarize yourself with dog-friendly accommodations, attractions, walks, beaches, bars and cafes before you travel. There are many resources available to help you plan your trip, such as dog friendly travel books, pet care websites, and apps like WikiCamps and Mad Paws. But this is not a military exercise; Remember to also plan for adventure and exploration during your trip – not everything has to be planned. Some of the best places we found across the country were places we stumbled upon. More and more places in Australia are accepting dogs as travelers leave with their doggies.
If it’s forbidden, don’t go
Dog access rules should be followed wherever you are to ensure the safety of native wildlife and the environment. Following these rules may seem like a daunting task, but dogs are actually allowed in more places than you might think. There are national parks and conservation areas across the country where dogs are allowed in designated areas like parking lots, beaches, and some hiking trails. Most state forests and some wilderness areas will allow this for your dog as well. Check which rules apply before you go.
Dial the dog-sitters
If you don’t want to miss out on some national parks and other dog-friendly attractions on your trip, there are plenty of kennels, doggy day care facilities, and private doggy day care across the country. Some local vets will even take your pet on board overnight or for a few hours. If your dog is going to stay in a kennel, you must bring a printed log of his current vaccinations. It is a must see; no kennel will take your dog if you don’t have it. Making friends with other traveling dog owners is also a great resource for dog sitting, especially in areas of the country where dog sitters are hard to find, such as Uluru National Park. Kata Tjuta, for example.
Take shit with you
You should always pick up your dog’s poop, which should go without saying. However, if there are no bins, take it with you. (Bonus points for using biodegradable bags.) While we were traveling, if there were no trash cans, we would tie Bandit’s used poo bags to our roof rack until we found one. garbage can. There was a time when we had arrived at our destination and Bandit’s used poop bag, which was attached to the roof, was nowhere to be seen. Hoping it didn’t land on the windshields of some gray nomads.
Bed, blanket, toys and treats
Just like us, dogs want to feel safe and comfortable while traveling. Whether you are in a kombi, van, trailer, bus, troopy or roughing it in a tent, creating a comfortable and safe environment for your dog is a must. Bring your dog’s favorite bed, blanket, toys, and treats so he has familiar items around him.
Stick to a routine
Maintain a routine on the road with regular walks, naps and meals – this will give your dog more stability and allow him to adjust to life on the road. Also plan for downtime. If you go on the road all the time, your dog will get exhausted. Some of our favorite parts of our trip were relaxing in the back of the kombi with a nap.
Take a first aid kit
Make sure you have a dog first aid kit on board and be aware of poison 1080 which is used to eliminate populations of feral dogs, foxes and feral cats – it’s everywhere on public and private lands, and is fatal to dogs. Even with potential risks, traveling to this amazing and vast country is a truly awe-inspiring experience and doing it with your dog makes it even more special. They are family after all.
The advice is published with the permission of Around Australia at 80k, which is written and photographed by Meredith Schofield, published via Affirm Press ($ 35).
The Covid-19 situation in Australia is evolving and public health requirements are always subject to change. Restrictions remain in place in some states and you may need a permit to travel. Tourist sites, parks and destinations may be closed or operating at reduced capacity, and physical distancing is recommended to minimize the spread of the virus. For the latest updates and tips, visit australia.gov.au.