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 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 or is an approved assistance animal.
  • Your animal may travel in a boat in a marine park or reserve but must not enter or exit the boat within a marine park or reserve and must remain inside your vehicle if transiting through an adjoining national park.
  • If you need to drive through a park because there is no other practical access for your journey, you can take your animal across a park. However you must not stop in a park and must keep your animal inside the vehicle while travelling through a park. 

For requests regarding assistance animals, please contact: park.passes@dbca.wa.gov.au 

Where can I camp with my dog?

Dogs are permitted in some parks when they are on a lead and under control at all times, including:

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 lead at all times and are not permitted in all areas of the park, only particular sites or campgrounds.

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 in Western Australia’s national parks and other conservation reserves:

  • 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 lands and waters managed under the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984 and penalties apply. For more information see the CALM Act.

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