Many pet owners take their pets with them on their travels; mainly dogs are taken, although others have been known to take their birds or other small pets.

When considering travelling with your pet, especially a dog or cat, its important you realise the onus is on you to do the right thing and make sure they aren’t allowed to roam around at night or escape into the bush. Most tend to leave their cats at home, to be tended to by a friend, or they leave them with a cattery. Cats for the most part don’t obey orders too well and if they run away, can disrupt the wildlife. Dogs on the other hand are more obedient and can generally be kept in check by their owners.

You should acquaint yourself with local regulations with regards to travelling through and into national parks to avoid the disappointment of not being able to access with pets. Many country areas have poison bait programs throughout bush areas that are set up to kill foxes and wild dogs. These areas are always signposted and should be avoided.

It’s also really important to note that certain areas of Australia have large populations of ticks, heartworms and animals such as snakes and cane toads which can be harmful to pets. It’s a good idea to make a visit to your vet and discuss what vaccinations might be available before you go.

Dogs should be restrained when in a vehicle, so they don’t become a missile in the event of an accident and when going for longer distances just remember to stop every two hours, you can stretch your legs and give them the opportunity for a toilet break.

Many caravan parks these days cater for travellers with dogs and not all ‘wild’ destinations are off limits, so don’t be put off, just do your homework before heading off on your adventure.

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Do’s & Don’ts when travelling with pets

  • Don’t let pets run free (unless permitted) in the bush, along the beach, or in caravan parks
  • Don’t allow them to wander into children’s play areas
  • Always clean up after your pet, be a responsible pet owner
  • Keep your dog restrained when driving
  • Don’t allow your dog to bark incessantly in camp areas where it can annoy other people
  • Don’t take your dog onto farmland without first gaining permission from the landowner
  • Make sure your dog has plenty of toilet breaks and gets fresh water on longer trips
  • Don’t forget your dog brush, there’s often grass seeds and burrs in the bush!
  • Avoid allowing your dog to roam freely in snake-infested areas
  • Have them vet tested and immunised before heading off


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