Dogs and pets
Dogs and other pets are welcome in some conservation parks, State forests and recreation areas, but not in national parks.
Why can't I take my dog into a national park?
National parks provide a much-needed refuge for native plants and animals. While dogs and other pets may be our best friends, they’re not always friendly to our native animals. They can:
- scare or stress native animals with their presence or scent
- chase wildlife and disturb the peace and quiet for other visitors
- introduce disease and increase the spread of weeds.
This is why dogs, cats, and all other domestic pets—including caged birds—aren't allowed. On-the-spot fines apply if you are found to have pooch with you in a national park.
Travelling in a vehicle through the park
You can travel with your dog in a vehicle on gazetted roads through a national park, but the dog must stay inside the vehicle, and you must stay on the gazetted roads. You can't travel on any non-gazetted (management) roads in the national park.
Places where dogs are welcome
Remember to check each web page carefully to find out where in the area you can take your dog, and pay attention to any signs when you get there. Dogs may only be allowed in specific areas within the park. Your dog must remain on a leash at all times.
A few recommendations
Daisy Hill—choose from a wide variety of tracks—from an easy stroll to a decent hike.
Inskip Peninsula—if your hound loves the sand and the sea, you’ll both enjoy a visit to Inskip.
Byfield—enjoy a picnic with your dog in the Red Rock visitor area of this popular state forest.
Dog-friendly camping areas
Dogs can even stay overnight in some of our camping areas. When you arrive, check the signs to see where you and your dog can go.
- Amamoor Creek camping area
- Benarkin State Forest
- Brooyar State Forest
- Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area
- Kalpowar State Forest
- Wongi State Forest
Be a responsible dog owner
Follow these simple rules to help make your visit enjoyable for you, your dog, other visitors and the local wildlife.
- Keep your dog on a leash and under control at all times.
- Always clean up after your dog. Collect waste in a secure bag and dispose of it responsibly. Many parks don’t have rubbish bins, so bring your own bags and take them with you when you leave.
- Check your dog carefully for ticks after visiting areas known for these parasites.
Guide, hearing and assistance dogs
Certified guide, hearing and assistance dogs are allowed into national parks and camping areas. There's more information in our operational policy.
Horseriding is allowed in some parks and forests. To find out where and other important information, read more about horseriding.
Helpful signs and symbols
Signs and symbols indicate where pets are and aren’t allowed. Look for these standard symbols before taking your pet into a park.
Dogs permitted on leash
Your dog is permitted in the area provided it is on a leash and under effective control at all times.
Domestic animals prohibited
Your pet is not permitted in the area.
Horse riding is allowed on this track
Horse riding is not allowed on this track or in this area.