Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Two dogs and one ferret
Pet Breed: hot dog and a terrier mix
From: USA, Florida
To: Whitsunday Australia
What do I need to do to bring my pets with me to Australia?
Thanks for you question -- relocating pets to Australia requires several weeks of prep time, as it is a rabies free country and imposes pretty strict rules.
For the most current and accurate information applicable to your situation, please take a look at the official Australian Government Department of Agriculture website. Here you'll find outlines of the requirements as well as a helpful schedule planning tool. Unfortunately, according to this site, ferrets cannot be imported to Australia at this time.
On a more positive note: Beginning on Feb. 3, 2014, dogs and cats entering Australia who meet the designated requirements will only need to fulfill 10 days of post-arrival quarantine (rather than 30, as it currently stands). You'll still need to follow a careful series of steps no matter what, but this updated time frame has been welcome news for pet travelers like you.
Hopefully this site will make clear to you what you need to do to prepare, but if you'd like some help carrying out these steps, you're welcome to contact us for a free quote. We've helped hundreds of pets move to Australia and would be happy to assist you, as well.
Let us know if we can help, and either way good luck with everything!