Travelling With Pets

Thinking of bringing your pet?

From caravan parks to apartments, there are plenty of places to stay in South Australia with your cat or dog.

When travelling with pets, contact accommodation providers before you visit. While many places are pet friendly, some have specific rules. Many don’t allow pets inside and have enclosed outdoor areas instead. Others don’t allow cats or large dogs. Always check first. 

Walking dogs along the beach, Victor Harbor, South Australia

Stay by the beach. Most beaches near Adelaide allow dogs. Dogs must be on a leash, no more than two metres long, between 10am and 8pm during daylight saving (around October to April). At other times, beaches are leash free. 

Heading to Kangaroo Island?

Many accommodation providers allow dogs and cats. If you want to take your cat to Kangaroo Island though, you will need a permit.

To protect native wildlife, most national parks don’t allow pets. You can take your dog to most recreation parks though, except for Granite Island. Some parks near Adelaide allow dogs. Dog-friendly parks include Belair National Park, Black Hill Conservation Park and Morialta Conservation Park. All parks allow special purpose dogs, such as guide dogs. 

Outdoor dining

You and your dog will be welcome at many al fresco dining spots. Cafés in popular dining precincts, such as Jetty Road at Glenelg, provide water bowls for dogs. Other popular seaside spots, such as Henley Beach and Semaphore also cater for dogs. 

Hot weather

You’ll love the warm weather here but don’t leave your pet alone in a vehicle. This includes ute trays. Pets suffer heat stroke within minutes. Leaving the window down or parking in the shade does not stop the temperature rising inside a car.

Don’t exercise your pet in the middle of a hot day. Footpath surfaces and sand can burn your pet’s paws. Finally, make sure your pet is microchipped and wearing identification when you travel. By taking these precautions, you and your pet can enjoy a happy and safe holiday.

When you visit South Australia, don’t leave your pet at home. Bring them on holiday with you! 

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