Lark Quarry with a dog

Submitted: Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 21:33
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How far into the Conservation Park is the building?
I know that no dogs are allowed, so we were going to go on the tour one at a time (not ideal, but better than missing out altogether!)
Plan: hubby drops me in and drives outside the park boundaries to wait with the dog, then comes in to get me. He hops out and does the tour while I drive out and wait with the dog...
We don't want to leave the dog in our weeny van all the way back in Winton for 5+ hours, and this was the best we could come up with.
I've found that the tour is about 50 minutes and all sorts of information but I can't find a scale map to tell us if we can achieve this.
PS: Don't lecture me on how much easier it is to travel without a dog...just tell me how far the building is from the park boundaries (pretty please!)
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Reply By: Member - Myles F (QLD) - Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 23:12

Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 23:12
G’day Robyn,
You shouldn’t, but you could, wait with the dog in the car park… so long as it stays in your vehicle. The car park to the observation centre is a short walk. This photo was taken from the car park. You will have to check the tour times… from memory they only do a couple a day.
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Follow Up By: garry r - Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 08:00

Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 08:00
we were ther last october and noticed two vechiles with animals. It didnt seem a problem as long as you leave them inside the van or car in the cool. I had a similar problem last early last year and could not make it out of the parks area safely in time and stayed o/night. The ranger saw us as was ok about it as long as the dog stayed on a lead or chain at all times. As long as you are responsible about your actions, there seems to be a bit of leanacy to the situation.
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Reply By: Kris and Kev - Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 08:07

Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 08:07
Here are two photos of the car park that might help you decide. Kevin

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Reply By: Member - John and Lynne - Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 09:32

Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 09:32
Another option could be to find a dog sitter in Winton. We have not done the Lark Quarry trip yet so can't help there but in similar situations we have found that local vets usually will do day care; sometimes local seniors with a secure yard offer the service; sometimes someone in the caravan park who is in the same situation will look after your dog for the day if you return the favour another day. Once our dog spent a comfortable day in an Information Centre's air conditioned office! It is worth asking around because your situation is not unusual. Lynne
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Follow Up By: Robyn R4 - Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 10:14

Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 10:14
Thanks for your photos (they say a thousand words!) and hints. We weren't going to take her out of the car because we have read before that the smell of dogs can even disturb wildlife (how they know whether it's a native dingo or a mini foxie x jack russell beats me!!).
Parking the car would only be an option if there was definite shade because we'll be there in late April and it'll still be a bit warm.
Hadn't been able to find any boarding kennels to do a day visit (I think that outback dogs are a little bit tougher than my sooky damn thing and they get the ol' neighbour popping in with some food sort of routine...!) Hadn't thought outside the square to think "vet" as a possibility...that'll please the dog no end (Not the v-e-t mummy!!)
And wow...I'm not even going to bring up the idea of spending time in air conditioned comfort in the Tourist Info Centre...she'd love that tooo much!
I'd checked the Lark Quarry website and they said that there was a landing strip 2km out, so I figured that the strip may be out of the park boundaries and it mightn't be too far to go to "doggy zone".
Their web site says tours are daily at 10am, noon and 2pm, so we'd be able to do, say, the 10am and the noon tours...
Thanks all for your input.
Wanted to know if it was at all possible or whether to dismiss the thought altogether.
Now we can continue to plan the next 3 weeks with this as a distinct "yep!" and we'll make the final decision when we get to Winton.
Robyn :)
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Reply By: Stu & "Bob" - Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 22:04

Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 22:04
Are you guys going to be travelling through Richmond and Hughenden?

I ask this because you can get a "3 parks" type pass, which gives you entry into the dinosaur displays at Lark Quarry, Hughenden display (at the information centre) and Kronosaurus Korner in Richmond. Both displays are worthy of a visit, with a good collection of local fossils at both Hughenden and Richmond.

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Follow Up By: Robyn R4 - Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 10:10

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 10:10
Thanks for the reminder Stu! I had read about the pass and had forgotten to go back to researching it. Yes, we're looking at heading west to Morven, then up to Tambo and Alpha, across to Barcy, up to do the Muttaburra/Hughenden/Richmaond loop, then home via Winton and Longreach, Adavale and Quilpie, then Charleville and home to the coast again.
I think I've researched every possible camp site and every caravan park that takes dogs...!
I've done about 50% of the towns before (without a dog) and hubby's done about 25% of the towns so we have a nice mix of familiar and new.
:) Robyn

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Reply By: Life Member - Doug T (NT) - Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 03:02

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 03:02
I was there January 2004 , en route between Pilot/Escort jobs and most certainly would have had little Dusty with me, if I can remember being January I tied him to the bull bar so he could be in the shade of the Troopy.

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Follow Up By: Robyn R4 - Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 10:17

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 10:17
In the outback they tend to be understanding of distances and "what's your nearest alternative" when you're travelling with a dog, and to show that you're considerate will often get a quiet bending of the rules past rangers. But one never knows if they are forced by higher powers to strictly enforce the laws, eh?!
Thanks for that insight, too.
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