Canine-Pleasant Monkey Mia: Visiting Monkey Mia with a Canine

The vacation resort of Monkey Mia alongside the Western Australia coast is nicely generally known as a wildlife vacation spot, notably to see the native dolphins who’re consumed the seaside every morning. However this vacation spot can be surprisingly dog-friendly, a lot that I’ve listed it as one of many most dog-friendly locations in Australia.

Discover out what to do, the place to remain and different ideas for visiting Monkey Mia and the dog-friendly Shark Bay area together with your canine.

Dog-Friendly Monkey Mia

Canine-Pleasant Sightseeing round Monkey Mia

There are a surprisingly variety of dog-friendly sightseeing choices each at Monkey Mia and within the surrounding Shark Bay area.

1. Watch the Dolphin Feeding

Every morning at Monkey Mia, the resident dolphins are hand-fed fish. As of late the quantity of fish fed to the dolphins is restricted, with as much as three feeding periods going down every day between 7:45am and noon.

Monkey Mia Dolphin Experience
Every single day the dolphins at Monkey Mia are hand-fed fish

The most well-liked session is the 7:45am one, with lots of the company of the resort ready to be led onto the seaside by the native program volunteers. There isn’t a assure that every one three periods will occur, with solely two occurring every day throughout my go to in 2021. 

Canines should not surprisingly prohibited from the dolphin expertise space on the seaside, however it’s positive to face and watch together with your canine from both the jetty or the boardwalk behind the seaside.

Monkey Mia Dolphin Experience with Dog
Canines are allowed to observe from the jetty, however will not be that …

Notice that an entry payment is payable for entry to the Monkey Mia space, $15 per grownup for a day (or in a single day keep on the resort) or $25 for as much as 4 weeks. This cost isn’t lined by the nationwide parks move and permits are required to be produced when attending the dolphin feeding.

2. Go on a Catamaran Cruise

There’s not many boat cruises in Australia that you would be able to take your canine on, however fortunately the catamaran cruises run by Excellent Nature Cruises on the Aristocat 2 are dog-friendly, with well-behaved canine welcome to affix you – without spending a dime!

Aristocat 2 Dog-Friendly Cruises
The Aristocat 2 is dog-friendly!

We went on the morning wildlife cruise, a 2.5 hour cruise out on the bay to see the native wildlife. We have been fortunate to identify a variety of wildlife regardless of visiting in winter. (Many dugongs go away this a part of the bay in winter as a result of chilly water.) 

Perfect Nature Cruise with Dog
Onboard our wildlife cruise

We cruised alongside a mom and baby dugong pair and had a superb sighting of a giant loggerhead turtle, in addition to seeing the native dolphins, dozens of cormorants and a short sighting of a inexperienced turtle.

Excellent Nature additionally supply a 1.5 hour sundown cruise, a extra laidback, leisurely possibility, if you happen to’re not that fussed about seeing wildlife. Additionally, if you happen to’re heading out on the longer wildlife cruises, I extremely suggest taking a waterbowl in your canine, in addition to a bottle of water with sufficient to share.

Pet-Friendly Monkey Mia Cruise
Chilling out on board!

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3. Stroll Alongside the Seashore

Monkey Mia is located proper on a stunning seaside, and by chance canine aren’t prohibited from becoming a member of you on the seaside, apart from within the fenced dolphin expertise space.

Monkey Mia Beach Sunset
A ravishing sundown stroll

Like all through the remainder of the resort, canine should be on a leash on the seaside. (For an off-leash canine seaside, head to Little Lagoon or Denham, see under.)

Whereas the most well-liked part of the seaside is correct in entrance of the resort, for a quieter part head to the opposite facet of the dolphin expertise space and the jetty.

4. Share a Kayak or SUP Journey

Proper on the seaside at Monkey Mia is the Monkey Mia Kayak Safari and Seashore Rent, hiring out kayaks, plus pedlos and SUPs by the half- or full-hour. The pleasant workers are completely happy in your canine to affix you, reminiscent of for a kayak journey or to relax in your SUP board. Nevertheless, I don’t imagine they provide life jackets designed for canine – finest to carry your personal in case your canine isn’t swimmer.

Kayaks Monkey Mia
Rent a kayak or SUP at Monkey Mia together with your canine

The rent stand additionally affords self-guided kayak and snorkel journey choices, though talk about these first, as most head up in the direction of the Francois Peron Nationwide Park, the place pets should not allowed. 

Examine at the beginning of your keep and even earlier than you arrive for when the calmest climate circumstances are more likely to happen. For example, throughout winter it’s normally windy and tough within the morning, however calm and supreme kayaking climate within the afternoon.

5. Head to Little Lagoon

Simply east of Denham is the pleasant Little Lagoon. This saltwater lagoon is related to the ocean by a small inlet and isn’t truly that little (measuring over a kilometre throughout, though far smaller than the Large Lagoon to the north within the Nationwide Park). Canines should be stored underneath management, in order that they don’t disturb wildlife, however not essentially on a leash.

Little Lagoon with Dog
Canines are allowed off-leash at Little Lagoon

The principle carpark for the lagoon is on the Monkey Mia street. You probably have a 4WD, there’s additionally the choice to drive round a part of the lagoon, with further BBQ shelters supplied. Exterior of the cooler winter months, it’s a preferred swimming spot, or simply head out on a stroll across the lagoon.

6. Go to Ocean Park Aquarium

In addition to providing dog-friendly wildlife cruises, the Shark Bay space additionally affords a dog-friendly aquarium. Head to Ocean Park, a few 10km drive south of Denham, and your canine is welcome to affix you, so long as they’re on a leash. 

Ocean Park Aquarium
The doorway to Ocean Park Aquarium

With a concentrate on native species, together with sea turtles, sharks, stingrays and stonefish, be guided across the aquarium on a one-hour tour. There’s additionally hourly shark feeding. Onsite is the informal Oceans Restaurant, with canine additionally welcome to affix you on the outdoors deck. 

Canine-Pleasant Seashores round Monkey Mia

The seaside at Monkey Mia resort is dog-friendly, outdoors of the fenced dolphin expertise space, though canine should be on a leash. The identical applies on the principal foreshore space in Denham.

For an off-leash seaside possibility, head to the southern finish of  Denham, the place Netta’s Seashore is the native canine seaside. The indicators clearly point out the beginning of the off-leash part. It’s finest to go to at low-tide, because the seaside nearly disappears at some excessive tides. There’s additionally a second off-leash canine seaside on the northern finish of Knight Terrace.

Nettas Beach Denham
Indicators indicating the off-leash are at Netta’s Seashore

One other off-leash possibility round Monkey Mia is Little Lagoon and its seaside, the place canine simply should be managed in order that they don’t disturb any wildlife.

Canine-Pleasant Walks round Monkey Mia

There’s a single strolling path at Monkey Mia, the Wulyibidi Yanayina strolling path. There isn’t a rule towards taking canine on the strolling path, though I don’t assume it’s that well-liked – the path is beneficial for chook watching simply after dawn or simply earlier than sundown.

The strolling path begins on the Monkey Mia automobile park, in between the cost sales space and the resort reception. There’s each a shorter 1.3km stroll in addition to the longer 2.2km stroll, that heads up onto the pink sand dunes. Each then return alongside the seaside to the south of the resort. 

Monkey Mia Walking Trail
The Wulyibidi Yanayina strolling path at Monkey Mia

In Denham, there’s a flat paved footpath alongside the waterfront, from one finish of city to the opposite (about 700m), which makes for a straightforward stroll, though canine are required to be on a leash. Canines are allowed off-leash on the City Oval, when not used for organised sport. 

Denham Foreshore
The footpath alongside the Denham foreshore

Areas The place Canines are Not Allowed

There are a variety of nationwide parks within the Shark Bay space, the place canine and cats are prohibited. These embrace the Francois Peron Nationwide Park (simply north of Monkey Mia), Dirk Hartog Island Nationwide Park and Edel Land Nationwide Park, together with Steep Level.

Canines are additionally not allowed on the stromatolite viewing space at Hamelin Swimming pools, or on the seaside at Shell Seashore (however are okay within the Shell Seashore carpark). 

Canine-Pleasant Cafes round Monkey Mia

If you happen to’re staying proper at Monkey Mia, I like to recommend making a reserving for the principle restaurant, the Boughshed.

This dog-friendly restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, together with a preferred completely happy hour. There’s loads of outdoors tables, with well-behaved canine permitted to affix you, with bookings are beneficial at time for supper. 

Boughshed Restaurant Monkey Mia
Out of doors tables on the Boughshed

Canine-Pleasant Pubs round Monkey Mia

Monkey Mia can be dwelling to the Monkey Bar, which has a dog-friendly beer backyard, accessible from the seaside. In addition to drinks, there are a number of sunshine meal choices on the menu.

Alternatively, head into Denham the place each pubs (Shark Bay Lodge and the Waterfront Lodge) are dog-friendly, with canine allowed within the beer backyard on the former, and on the balcony on the latter. 

Canine-Pleasant Lodging round Monkey Mia

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It’s simple to remain proper at Monkey Mia together with your canine, with the RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort permitting pets on powered websites (besides ensuite websites) and unpowered campsites, however not inside rooms and villas. The benefit of staying at Monkey Mia is having the resort services and the dolphin feeding proper at the doorstep.

Monkey Mia Resort and Jetty
Monkey Mia Resort seen from the jetty
Monkey Mia Camping
Not too long ago constructed camp kitchens within the resort campground

Alternatively, you may keep 25km west of Monkey Mia at Denham, the one city within the Shark Bay area. There are three caravan parks on the town, every of that are pet-friendly, with pets allowed on websites. Canines are additionally permitted on the Nanga Bay Resort and Hamelin Pool Caravan Parks, additional south, again in the direction of the principle freeway. 

If you happen to don’t have your personal campervan or caravan, there are additionally some pet-friendly vacation cottages out there in Denham. Every of the well-appointed two-bedroom Hartog Cottages (Hartog Cottage 1, Hartog Cottage 2 and Hartog Cottage 3) permits pets. Double examine the foundations upfront.

There are additionally 4 campgrounds operated by the native council, the place it’s permitted to camp for twenty-four hours for $15 per automobile, with no services supplied: Eagle Bluff, Fowlers Camp, Whalebone Bay and Goulet Bluff. Sadly, whereas these areas are not baited, there’s nonetheless a threat of 1080 baits remaining from earlier years, so fastidiously think about whether or not to stick with a canine.

A Notice on 1080 Baits at Shark Bay

Earlier than visiting Shark Bay and Monkey Mia together with your canine, try to be conscious that 1080 baiting is used within the area. 

As a part of Challenge Eden, which goals to cut back feral animals and reintroduce endangered native animals within the area, there’s a fence throughout a slim part of the peninsula close to Shell Seashore. (Decelerate when crossing the cattle grid on the street between the 2 fences to listen to the pre-recorded barking noise, used to discourage feral animals from crossing on this sole hole.)

Project Eden Shark Bay
Signal about Challenge Eden close to Shell Seashore

Together with the fence, 1080 baits are additionally used on the peninsula on either side, apart from a few excluded areas. The 2 principal buffer zones are round Monkey Mia resort and the township of Denham.

1080 Baiting Signs Shark Bay
1080 poison indicators are commonly seen within the Shark Bay space

There may be additionally a more recent space the place baits should not laid stretching south of Denham, together with Eagle Bluff and the council-controlled campsites of Fowlers Camp and Whalebone Bay, however these locations should have baits from earlier baiting initiatives. At all times preserve an eye fixed out for warning indicators.

Baits are additionally used within the nationwide parks, that you simply shouldn’t go to together with your canine.

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Shandos Cleaver is the founding father of Travelnuity: Canine-Pleasant Journey. She has travelled extensively along with her Miniature Dachshund, Schnitzel, together with to 33 nations throughout Europe, each state and territory of Australia besides Tasmania, and 10 of america. She’s enthusiastic about offering inspiration and knowledge to others eager to journey with their canine, whether or not near dwelling or internationally.