Pets in the World Heritage Area

Because the land in the World Heritage Area is managed by a number of different agencies the rules on pets vary across Shark Bay. The Department of Parks and Wildlife, which manages much of the land area, has a policy that pets are not permitted in most national parks and marine nature reserves. Visually impaired people with guide dogs can take their dogs into any Parks and Wildlife managed area.
Generally the commercial areas such as Monkey Mia Resort allow people to bring their pets as long as they are restrained. Use the table below to see where your pet can and can’t be taken.
If in doubt as to whether you can take your dog onto any land in Shark Bay, contact the local Parks and Wildife office.

Why are pets not allowed in some areas?

There are many reasons for restricting dogs and cats in national parks and reserves. These include the need to protect indigenous fauna as well as consideration of the rights of other park users.

In addition to the above a major baiting program is underway to control feral predators such as foxes and cats which have devastating impacts on native habitats. Parks and Wildlife aims to reduce feral populations through baiting programs using 1080, a poison that does not harm native wildlife but is very poisonous to dogs and cats. Warning signs are placed prominently around baited areas and there is a 5km buffer zone around town.
 Click the following publications for more info.

Warning sign for 1080 poison

Table: Where are pets allowed in Shark Bay?


Are pets allowed?
yes / no / on leash Comment

Monkey Mia
With restrictions and on leash
Dogs are only allowed in the Monkey Mia Resort area and NOT in the dolphin experience area.
Francois Peron National Park
Dirk Hartog Island
South Peron
Note that baiting for foxes occurs outside designated recreation sites. Keep to main tourist sites.
Hamelin Pool
With restrictions
Permitted in the Telegraph Station area but NOT in the adjacent Marine Nature Reserve (stromatolite boardwalk)
Shell Beach
With restrictions
Permitted on a lead in tha carpark only, not on the beach
Wooramel Coast sites

Yes – on leash
Steep Point
Tamala & Carrarang Stations
With restrictions
Only with prior permission of the station managers