April 19, 2017
Many grey nomads travelling with dogs find the logistical challenges they face to be almost overwhelming.
They commonly complain about being barred from national parks, and decry the limited number of van parks which welcome them and their ‘fur babies’. Yet anecdotal evidence suggests that the numbers of caravanners and motorhomers taking their pet on the Big Lap are still growing.
And there are now signs that some places are responding to demand, and changing their approach.
In Western Australia, the Shire of Gingin has just announced that it is to lift its longstanding no-pets policy at Lancelin Caravan Park … at least for now.
“There have been numerous enquiries from the travelling public, including grey nomads, about whether pets are permitted at the caravan park,” said a shire spokesperson. “This prompted council to consider and agree to a trial allowing small dogs onto the caravan park.”
The trial will run up until June 30 this year, when its impact be will be reviewed.
“Shire officers are keen to see the results of the trial, and how allowing dogs onto the park impacts on the amenity and ambience of the park,” the spokesperson said. “Our main concerns would be around the potential number of dogs at the park and associated issues such as dog litter and noise.”
While many pet-owning travellers will welcome this sort of initiative, others are far more cautious.
“I don’t have a problem with dogs at all and certainly don’t avoid pet-friendly van parks but I am wary,” said Cynthia A. “Sadly, not all owners appreciate the fact that not everyone loves their dog as much as they do, and I have seen poop in parks and I have had to put up with long bouts of barking from dogs tied up at the park while the owners are away elsewhere.”