I recently travelled to Uluru/Ayers Rock with my collie, Sandy and was happy to find that the heart of Australia is, surprisingly, dog friendly . I hope that you find this blog helpful in planning your Uluru trip with your BFF (best furry friend).
I’m Melissa (Liss) Connell and this is my personal travel blog. The Slow Lane chronicles my Aussie adventures in my 1974 Kombi, with my furry sidekick Sandy. As the co-founder of Exploring Eden Media, I write articles (and post our books) as I travel. Check the postage stamp on your book order and you’ll see where I am right now!
The low-down on taking your hound to Uluru
Covering over 327,414 acres of Australia’s desert is the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. There’s much to see inside the park including Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the many-domed Kata Tjuṯa (The Olgas). While it’s not possible to take your dog within the national park itself, there are ways that you can explore the surrounding region with your BFF and there are also options for dog-sitters (see below). If there’s any information that’s outdated please leave a comment below!
Pet friendly camping
Ayers Rock Campground
Located only 15km from Uluru is Voyages Ayers Rock Campground. As I found, it’s vital to book ahead during the high season. The pro’s – it’s close to Uluru and the main shopping area of Yulara. Plus … it’s dog-friendly! The con’s – it’s busy. The campground was completely booked when I arrived so they offered a spot in their overflow for $30. Needless to say, there
There are a couple of options for dog minding here. 1) You can ask a fellow camper to mind your dog and, in exchange, could look after their dog another time. 2) Call a local resident dog minder. I used to display the current dog minder’s name and phone number here, but since it changes regularly, I’ve now left it to the individual dog minders to leave their name and phone number in a comments below this blog post. That way, the dog minder can also delete their comment when they’re no longer offering the service.
Click here to read my blog about free camping around Uluru / Ayers Rock.
Curtin Springs Roadhouse
This working cattle station and roadhouse is located about 100km from the Ayers Rock/Olgas National Park, on the Lasseter Highway. There are powered and unpowered campsites, plus homestyle meals. Unpowered sites are free, but showers are $3 as water is in short supply here. It’s pet friendly and you can have a campfire, but you must bring your own wood.
No dog minding service at Curtin Springs. Ask a fellow camper to mind your dog or contact the current dog minder in Yulara, as listed in the comments below.
Further afield – King’s Canyon (Watarrka)
There are two campgrounds near King’s Canyon (Watarrka), both of which are dog friendly. These are King’s Canyon Resort which has powered sites for $25 pp / per night and unpowered $20 pp / per night and then there’s King’s Creek Station. Located 36km from the canyon, King’s Creek has an almost 5 star rating on Trip Advisor, which says a lot in this day of age. Campsites are $22 pp unpowered / $25.50 pp powered. Bring some wood for a campfire and have a go at one of their famous camel burgers!
As per above, ask a fellow camper to mind your dog if you’d like to visit the nearby King’s Canyon (Watarrka). Note that King’s Canyon is roughly a 3 hour drive from Uluru.
Risks and dangers
A few things worth considering, for those bringing their beloved furry friend to the red centre:
- Dingoes. This wild dog is native to Australia and can sometimes be known to be aggressive. Keep yourself and your dog at a safe distance and don’t approach dingoes. They have been known to attack domestic dogs.
- Snakes. Liru means ‘poisonous snake’ in one of the Anangu languages. In Uluru-Kata Tjuta there are eight different kinds of Liru including the King Brown snake. Watch where your pup is walking. Browns hunt by day and on warm nights.
- Birds and other native animals. Keep your dog on a lead to protect native wildlife from being attacked or hunted.
- Hot sand. The ground can get scorching hot. Keep this in mind when you’re walking your pup in the heat of the day.
- Dehydration. Carry plenty of water, both for yourself and your pup.
- Leaving dogs in cars. Keep the windows down, find a shady spot and leave them in the car for as little time as possible. Or better still – tie up your dog in front of the shops or cafe that you’re eating in, rather than leaving them in the car on a hot day.
Q: What do you get if you cross a Beatle and an Australian dog?Yeah, that’s a dad joke if I ever did hear one.
A: Dingo Starr
Vets in Alice Springs
Alice Springs Veterinary Hospital – Ph 08 8952 9899. 17 Elder Street Alice Springs.
Alice Veterinary Centre – Ph 08 8952 4353. 74 Elder Street Alice Springs.
Desert Oaks Veterinary Clinic – Ph 08 8953 4936. 17 Brown Street Alice Springs.
Boarding Kennels in Alice Springs
Pawz n Claws Pet Accommodation – Ph 08 8953 5590. 47a Priest Street Alice Springs.
I hope this was helpful. Drop back from time-to-time as Sandy and I continue our journey to the Kimberley, Western Australia (I will upload more blogs – read them all here). And please – if any of the information has changed or if you know of more great spots, leave them in the comments below 🙂
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