Taking dogs along Gibb River Road

by Cathy

Can I take my dog along the Gibb River Road? Or are there too many national parks?

Update!!! This question and my original answer is from 2008! For current info on travelling the Kimberley and Gibb River Road with dogs see this page.

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Jul 04, 2008

by: Birgit

Hi Cathy,

That depends what you mean. Too many national parks for what?

I already answered a very similar question previously, here:
Travelling through the Gibb River Road area with dogs
Another one is here:
Dogs On The Gibb River Road

It depends what you want to see and where you want to stop. All gorges are either national parks or private land, so either you can't take dogs at all or you need to get permission.

You can't access the Mitchell Plateau, Lennard Gorge or Bell Gorge. The Mornington Sanctuary is also off limits and so is El Questro and Home Valley. You could call into Adcock and Galvans Gorge. For Manning Gorge you'd have to ask Mt. Barnett Roadhouse.

Also consider where you will stop for the night. Most of the commonly used camping areas do not allow dogs.

I personally wouldn't take my dog, but of course you can take yours if you want to. It's a personal decision, not an absolute can or can't rule. I have some other readers who are taking their dogs and they have made arrangements with a couple of stations to spend a night.

But they don't live here. They are travelling around Oz with their dogs and have no choice but to take them. If you live in Wyndham and will return to Wyndham after your trip, it may be easier to leave the dog at home. But it really all depends on your own priorities and on what you want to get out of the trip.

Mar 14, 2010
dogs and trvelling with them
by: Anonymous

too many parks so that your dog cant do anything cant go any where and generally is ostrasized as per most of australia.......which is very unfortunate for those who understand the love of a dog. I am referrring to well behved dogs some I dmit are not just like people who also leve mess after them in the bush

Jan 16, 2012
So Sad!
by: Anonymous

It is sad when you're not being able to take a beloved member of the family with you. I was planning on making arrangements to leave Sam, either at a vet's or a kennel, so I could enjoy this wondeful part of the country, in June/July.

Jan 17, 2017
Dogs on Gibb River Road
by: Pam

Travelled 2015 June to Nov
W'gong, Broken Hill, Pt. Augusta, Googs Track (no dogs). Left them at Pt. Augusta vets. Hawker, Wilpena, Rawnsley, Arkaroola, Katherine Gorge, Edyth Falls, left dogs vet day care. Kakadu, Litchfield, (left dogs Darwin kennels), Darwin, Gibb River Rd., Derby, Broome, Pilbara, Marble Bar, West Coast, Mt. Magnet, across Central Highway, Ayers Rock, Alice Springs, Coober Pedy etc. with 2 Golden Retrievers. Left them in kennels or vet's day care when needed to see places they couldn't. Not a problem. They were with us 90% of the trip. Lots of dog friendly caravan parks etc. Lake Argyle lady at caravan park watched dogs while we did cruise. It can be done. They were people magnets everywhere we went.

Jun 04, 2017
Update please
by: David

Updates please?
Can't decide to take or not.
Lovely Jack Russell Cross who travels well but want to do lots of walks for 2017 June, July, August.

Apr 20, 2018
Update for dogs travelling in the Kimberley Region
by: Sarah

Hi there,

I can see a lot of these threads/comments are a little bit outdated... So I was hoping if anyone has recently (past 5 years) visited the Kimberley with their dog and what they would recommend?

We are two girls that plan to explore the Kimberley in June this year. The idea of travelling with our kelpie x staffy is very appealing for safety reasons. She is a well-behaved dog that has mannerisms that are very much associated with a pure Kelpie, so very low maintenance.

We were hoping for some information into what your personal recommendation is? Any information is useful! And any answer would be much appreciated!

Thank you!

Jun 07, 2018
Current info for Gibb River Road with dogs
by: Birgit

There is now a dedicated page on this website!
For current info on travelling the Gibb River Road with dogs see this page.

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