Pets at Cape Leveque

Can I take my dog to Cape Leveque?

Update! This reader question and my original answer is from 2010 For current info on travelling the Kimberley and Gibb River Road with dogs see this page.

Despite what one commenter says you still can't take dogs to Cape Leveque. They don't allow them at Kooljaman. End of story.

However, there are several camps and communities on the Dampier Peninsula that do allow dogs. See the page I linked above.

Oh, and if you are interested in the considerations when taking your pet koala, see the comments below ;).

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Nov 04, 2010
No dogs on Dampier Peninsula
by: Birgit

The general regulation is that dogs/pets are not allowed on the Dampier Peninsula. They are also not allowed at Kooljaman Resort at Cape Leveque.

Having said that, some communities or camps on the peninsula do allow dogs on their grounds. To visit those, you are allowed to traverse the peninsula with your dog in your car but you can not let it out and run around until you reach your destination.

Jan 22, 2011
Why no pets
by: Anonymous

Could you please tell me why dogs are not allowed at Cape Leveque?

Jan 24, 2011
Pets at Cape Leveque
by: Birgit

Not in detail, since I don't make the rules. Pets are not usually allowed in national and nature parks, pets are not welcome at most accommodation and campsites. I would assume the reasons to not allow pets on the Dampier Peninsula are similar to the reasons for other bans.

When you say Cape Leveque you may be talking about Kooljaman Resort specifically. Many resorts and tourist properties don't allow dogs for many reasons. Usually, concern about the native wildlife is the biggest, followed by all the usual problems caused by irresponsible dog owners.

Nov 30, 2011
What the Hell!
by: Anonymous

It costs you a $300.00 fine!

Jul 23, 2012
Lobby Your Polly

The only reason one can see why pets are not allowed on the Dampier Pen is to save your dog from fleas and desece that ravishes through out the million or so camp dogs in the area.

It's a power thing having given the power to the abos and greenies. No one has the guts to say enough. I lobby my Polly every week and I ask you to lobby yours.

Sep 03, 2012
Common sense Required

Dogs are not allowed in National Park and Reserves because they kill the native animals. If you want to visit ecologically sensitive areas, don't take a dog - should be blindingly obvious!

Apr 30, 2013
Blinky Bill
by: Anonymous

What if I have a pet Koala?

May 01, 2013
Travel to Cape Leveque with Koalas
by: Birgit

:-) Seeing that koalas cannot bear being without other koalas, I assume you are bringing a few of them. So you will need to hire a big enough car with enough seats and book a large enough room or tent.
Book well in advance and make sure that both your car and your tent have a good aircon!

Do not expect the camp to be able to supply leaves of any of your koalas favourite eukalypt species. Do make sure you bring a large enough supply! Depending on the length of your visit this may require a trailer. You should not have any problems towing a trailer on that road, but it needs to be a true off-road trailer with good suspension.

The vegetation up there is very open, comprised of shrubs rather than large trees. To be honest, I don't think your koalas will enjoy the Cape quite as much as you will. But hey, who knows, they might be more open to new experiences than we give them credit for!

Hope you will send us a trip report ;-)

Jan 25, 2014
by: Laurie

I travel with a cockatiel. Am I able to bring him to the Cape??

May 16, 2014
No dogs !!!
by: Beverley

No dogs so no us. Simple.

May 16, 2014
by: laurie

Still no yes or no on my bird???? I do understand about dogs and cats. I have just left a free park where a number of dog owners though it funny to watch their dogs chase the scrub turkeys. A local point out that if either of their dogs did harm any of the local birds they would be asked to leave and never come back. I ask the question again, am I able to camp there with my cockatiel???

Jun 08, 2014
dogs somewhere along the cape
by: Anonymous

is there anywhere along that area you can take your dogs

Jun 08, 2014
by: Anonymous

Its like not being able to take beer/alcohol into some of these areas. If the locals are unable to control their in take of alcohol and commit violent acts then we must all be this way????
Edward river is an example. The locals run their own club/pub and sell alcohol at certain times. It can not taken away from this area. Why then am I not able to take alcohol to my camp and drink it in my camp???? If I take it anywhere else I get a fine. Iif you take your pet to Cape Leveque and let it roam around or not on a lead then you get a fine. Make the fine $1000 or $1500 but do not lump us all into one boat because you are unable to control YOURSELF. Remember it is our money that you want to keep these places running!

Apr 25, 2015
STILL no answer on my COCKATEAL
by: Laurie

I asked the question some time back in regard to travelling to the Cape with my pet cockateal.
You still have not replyed???
Please do

May 23, 2016
by: Alan

People should get their facts correct. There are camping sites that allow dogs. Check wikicamps or Camps.

Jul 04, 2016
Very Cute
by: Anonymous

Very nice and interesting information. Thanks

Nov 08, 2016
Pets in the Kimberleys
by: Anonymous

All sounds a bit elite or cliquey to me. Having said that, I would imagine it is not a good idea to take your pet dogs to areas such as Cape Leveque, because of the number of venomous reptiles and the possibility of cane toads in the area. The way I see it, leave the bloody area to the human ferals who already live there. If they want us southerners to visit the place and prop up their economy then they should be able to put up with our well behaved pets who are probably all well vaccinated anyway. Give me the south west any day - no mosquitoes, few snakes and no bloody cane toads. Regards to all.

Jun 15, 2018
by: Anonymous

Gosh doggie people get nasty. Rules are rules, can’t understand why everyone thinks they are the exception. I see it as a national park therefore no dogs or cats. The person with the cockatiel sounds like a nutter, perhaps he could let his bird out and watch it get swooped upon. For Gods sake where is common sense.

Mar 25, 2019
Dogs are allowed on the penninsula but not the cape
by: Agnes

There's a lot of misleading information out there.

Cape Leveque itself does not allow dogs and there is a sign prewarning those wanting to visit that at the start of the drive up the Dampier Penninsula.

However, there are several fantastic camp spots up that way that do in fact allow dogs. Middle lagoon for example has 2 main beaches and 1 allows dogs while the other does not.

Gumbanan Bush Retreat also allows dogs and is a fantastic place to camp.

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