Can I bring my pet to the park?

We want to maintain the natural environment and visitor experience of parks, while providing equitable access for people with a range of accessibility requirements. Pets can harm native animals and disrupt visitor’s enjoyment of parks and reserves. 

Pets and other domestic animals are not permitted in parks, but there are a few exceptions:

  • You can bring your assistance animal into a park, as long as it is certified as a trained assistance animal.
  • Your animal may travel in a boat in marine parks and marine management areas but must not enter or exit the boat within a marine or national park.
  • If you need to drive through a park, because there is no other practical access, you can take your animal across the park. You must not stop in the park and must keep your animal inside the vehicle while travelling through the park. Check with the local office before you travel for permitted routes.

Where can I camp with my dog?

Dogs on leashes are permitted at the following campgrounds:

Big Brook Arboretum, Blackwood River National Park - Sues BridgeWarner Glen, Lane Poole Reserve - Baden PowellCharlies FlatChuditchNanga BrookNanga MillNanga TownsiteStringersTonys BendYarragil, Logue Brook - Logue Brook, Rapids Conservation Park - Canebrook PoolStockton Lake.

Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times and are not permitted in all areas of the park, only particular sites.

Why can't I bring my pet to parks?

We know you want to bring your family pet with you on holiday, but there are some good reasons why dogs and other domestic animals are not permitted:

  • The sight, sounds and smells of pets and other domestic animals cause native animals great stress. It may even cause them to leave their homes and their young unprotected.
  • Poisonous baits (1080) are often laid to control foxes and these are fatal to domestic animals. 1080 baiting maps are available here.
  • Domestic animals are at risk of snake bites.
  • If threatened, kangaroos and goannas may defend themselves and cause injury to domestic animals.
  • It is an offence to bring an animal onto to Departmental (CALM) land and penalties apply. For more information see the CALM Act.

More information can be found in the Pet owners beware brochure.