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Hi all,

We are planning to tour Australia from Jan 2017 with the primary goal of visiting every dog friendly beach in Australia (will see if we can pull it off). We are not sure how long we will be on the road for at this stage but I would say for at least 12-18 months. Possibly longer if we are able to still work part time from the camper [smile]

We've also decided to pull together a bucket list of target places that we can aim to see. Obviously for NP's, the dogs would have to go into Kennels [smile]

I thought I'd ask the community and locals what are their favourite places that they have been to / what is worth checking out and researching further? We are more into bush as opposed to "city life".

Planning where to go is so time consuming having not really been outside of NSW and a bit of QLD

This is what ive pulled together so far and still researching.
the other challenge to factor in is to visit / stay at mostly dog friendly places but at the same time we do not want to miss out on some of the great wanders of Oz

Flinders RangesFlinders Ranges 
Coober PedyCoober PedyVisit the underground town
Flinders RegionHawkerStay at David Attenborough's favourite spots – Rawnsley Park Station (Dogs on leash)
Malcolm Dam CampingLavertonStay at Malcolm Dam Campground
Ngumban Cliff Lookout Rest Area Camp and watch the sunset over the Kimberley Plains
Ningaloo ReefNingalooVisit the coastal region of Ningaloo
Lucky Bay Check out and camp at Lucky Bay Beaches in Cape Le Grand National Park
Sandy Cape Recreation ReserveJurien Bay 
Lake ArgyleKununurraVisit Australia's largest fresh water lake in the kimberleys - ?
Gibb River RoadKimberleysTravel the Gibb River Road, stay at various cattle stations
Bell Gorge Swim at Bell Gorge off the Gibb River Road
Karijini National ParkKarijini National ParkHike and visit Joffre Falls, Fortescue Falls, Circular Poos, Fern Pools and Gauges
Purnululu National ParkPurnululu National ParkVisit Purnululu National Park and the Bungles Bungles
KimberleysKimberleysVisit King George Falls
Wave RockHydenTake dogs to Wave Rock and stay at the local caravan park
KimberleysKimberleysVisit Wolfe Creek Crater
Horizontal Falls Visit Horizontal Falls??
PinnaclesNamburg National ParkVisit the pinnacles in Namburg National Park
Mitchell FallsMitchell River National ParkTrek to Mitchell Falls and Mitchell Plateau
Ayers RockUluruCheck out Ayers Rock
Jumping Croc TourAdelaide RiverBoat cruise down the Adelaide River
Kings KanyonWatarrka National ParkHike to the top of Kings Canyon
Redbank WaterholeOwen Springs ReserveTake the dogs to Redbank Waterhole
Waterfall PoolsLitchfield National Park 
Kata Tjuta Visit Kata Tjuta to see the Olgas
KakaduKakadu National ParkVisit and explore Kakadu National Park
Ormiston GorgeWest MacDonnell National ParkSwim at Ormiston Gorge
Millstream FallsRavenshoeVisit Australia's widest single tiered falls
Most Northern PointCape YorkVisit the most northern point in Australia
Fraser IslandFraser IslandTravel from the southern tip to the northern tip of Fraser & Visit all the lakes inland
Carnarvon Gorge National ParkCarnarvon Gorge National Park 
WhitsundaysWhitsundaysExplore the Whitsunday islands
Whitehaven BeachWhitsundaysSpend the day at Whitehaven Beach
Daintree RainforestCape TribulationExplore the Daintree region
Devils Pools and Babinda BouldersBabindaDay trup to the pools and boulders
Millaa Millaa FallsWooroonooran National ParkCheckout Millaa Millaa, Zillie, Ellinjaa, Pepina & Mungalli Falls
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That's a pretty comprehensive list you have there - will 18 months be enough LOL.

When we planned our trip around Oz we put a huge map of Oz on the wall and added sticky labels as we heard about, read about or thought about a place we wanted to go. Each of us had a different colour. Then before we went it was just a case of drawing lines between them and that was our itinerary!

I have included a link to DPaW that gives advice about pets in National Parks in WA. Most, not all though, prohibit them and this lets you know how to find which ones do and don't. Better know before you get here than arrive and have to miss out. Most towns near these National Parks have kennels were your mate can have their own holiday for a few days.



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That looks like it'll be an awesome trip - be interested in following this if you have a blog running otherwise looking forward to regular updates here.

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Thanks for the link William, I will definitely check it out. And yes, I will probably have to select what i can and cannot do over the 18 months. Great idea though RE a big map!

In terms of a blog, yes I am looking into it just now and more than happy to post updates on here along with pix. I will also post the link here closer to the time.

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Hello dogexplorer,
Heavens, I can tick 90% of those attractions. But hell, that won't stop me from doing it all again. You can drive through NPs with a pet, just can't stop or camp. Hey, call your dog possum or wombat, and then you are okay. We too have a pet, Mini Schnauzer by the name of Mitch. Travels everywhere with us, so we just need to do some extra homework.

May I add to your list: 

El Questro and Home Valley Station (not sure about pets);
Lake Argyle;
5 Rivers Lookout, Wyndham, WA;
80 Mile Beach, WA, is not pet friendly;however, down the road is Barn Hill and they are; 
Albert Tognolini Rest Area, on the way to Karijini NP;
Hamersley Gorge, WA;
Marble Bar, WA. And an extra 180ks takes you to Carawine Gorge;
Exmouth, WA;
Coral Bay, WA;
Mnt Augustas, WA. Stay at the station on the outskirts (pet friendly);
Litchfield NP (stay in Bachelor, pet friendly);
Cape Leveque, WA;

Lots of fun coming your way. Cheers, Filbee56


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Thanks filbee
Will definitely look into them.
We too take the dogs everywhere although they can be sometimes a bit restrictive bit definitely worth the company. We have 2 (attached) and love camping probably more than I do haha.

One of the best spots we've been to with dogs have been Stradbroke island, Bowering dam and various spots along the Murrumbidgee. Can't wait to see the rest of Oz

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