Lonely Planet Writer

You need a pet to get entry into this caravan park in Australia

One of the drawbacks to travel is having to leave a beloved pet behind, because not every holiday location will welcome your furry friend. If you’re travelling around Australia by camper van, you won’t encounter that difficulty in Broome however, as one caravan park will only allow you in if you are accompanied by your pet pooch.

There's a caravan park in Australia where pets are compulsory. Image: Natasha Japp Photography
There’s a caravan park in Australia where pets are compulsory. Image: Natasha Japp Photography

We know it’s possible to travel with pets, because we’ve had dogs and cats walking the Camino de Santiago, and a dog travelling with its owners in a customised van. Rather than leaving them behind in kennels, some pet owners choose to bring their beloved furry friend along for the ride, but the downside is that doing so can restrict your accommodation options.

There's a caravan park in Australia where pets are compulsory. Image: CasarsaGuru
There’s a caravan park in Australia where pets are compulsory. Image: CasarsaGuru

Not in Broome though, where authorities are allowing Broome PCYC (Police & Community Youth Centres) to take in campers to its car park during periods of high demand from 1 June to 1 September, when permanent caravan parks are not in a position to accommodate travellers with pets. This overflow park has a sign outside that reads, “For entry, you must have a pet dog or a cat.” This policy ensures that pet owners are surrounded by like-minded travellers, who won’t be complaining about your darling Fido barking.

There's a caravan park in Australia where pets are compulsory. Image: Natasha Japp Photography
There’s a caravan park in Australia where pets are compulsory. Image: Natasha Japp Photography

In what might seem like a surprising turn of events, Broome PCYC park manager Wayne Rowles told ABC News that some people even pretend to have a pet to gain access to the caravan park. “To come in here you have to have a dog or a cat,” he explained. “We don’t let stuffed pets in and we’ve seen a pretend cat … and some people come in and say they’ve got a dog and they don’t want to show us the dog.”