The windswept beauty of Tasmania is matched only by it’s sense of adventure. Discovering Australia’s southernmost state is the opportunity of a lifetime. For pet lovers, Tasmania also represents the perfect holiday destination for your furry friend, and with plenty of dog friendly trail walks, beaches, parks and accommodation, you’ll love everything about Australia’s island State.
Air travel for pets can be stressful. The best way to get to Tasmania is via the Spirit of Tasmania cruise vessel, that sails across the Tasman Sea to join Victoria and Tasmania. Pets of all kinds are welcome on the Spirit, including:
- Ferrets (Some restrictions might apply)
- Guinea pigs
- Some birds (chickens and ducks etc).
You will need to book at the kennel when making a reservation onboard. Animals are not permitted to travel in cabins, with the exception of assistance dogs. To find out more, including which animals aren’t allowed on board, see their terms and conditions.
Special conditions for dogs
Tasmania is the only state to be free of Hydatid disease. Dogs must be treated for Hydatid
Tapeworm (Echinococcus granulosus) before entering Tasmania. Dingoes and wolves are also prevented from entering Tasmania.
To find out how to treat Hydatid Disease yourself, check out this useful PDF supplied by local authorities.
Pet friendly accommodation in Tasmania
12 Aqua Place, Seven Mile Beach, TAS
03 6111 4784
Located on picturesque Seven Mile Beach in Hobart, this dog friendly accommodation features powered and unpowered sites as well as onsite cabins, all just a stone’s throw from the city of Hobart.
Other features include barbecue, kitchen and a peaceful, serene aspect.
35 Beach Road, Snug, TAS
03 6111 4785
30 minutes south of Hobart and 10 minutes from Kingston you’ll find Snug Beach. Cosy waterfront cabins overlook North West Bay and Bruny Island in one and two bedroom options, and there are powered and unpowered sites for your caravan as well.
Other facilities include tennis courts, barbecues, laundry and free WiFi. Close to a bevy and major attractions, it’s an idyllic place for friends and family to make a base of operations. Best of all, Snug Beach Cabin and Caravan Park is dog friendly at the manager’s discretion. Contact them to find out more.
378 Marlborough Road, Bronte Park, TAS
0409 826 524
A unique and relaxed setting, Bronte Park Village is located among the pristine waters and rolling mountain ranges of Central Tasmania. It’s a great spot for fishing, wilderness walks and spotting local wildlife like echidnas, possums and dozens of birds. Dog friendly by appointment, the facility features onsite bunks for up to 10 people, as well as caravan sites with power.
48 Middle Tea Tree Road, Richmond, TAS
About 25 minutes from Hobart you’ll find Richmond Caravan Park. Featuring dog friendly accommodation and powered and unpowered sites, it’s a short walk to the town itself and only a minute from the golf course.
Other features include gas barbecues, tennis court, playground and swimming pool. Contact the park before booking, as pets are welcome at the manager’s discretion.
8777 Huon Highway, Southport, TAS
03 6298 3144
Australia’s southernmost pub, the Southport Hotel is an iconic place to stop for lunch, and if you’re keen to check out the local surrounds, the caravan park is an ideal spot to lay your hat. Situated on 12 acres of natural bushland. Stock up at the general store and bottle shop and refuel before exploring Tasmania’s far south. Dog friendly, it’s perfect for a 1 or 2 night layover while touring Tassie.
2 Tucker Street, Ulverstone TAS
Ph; 03 6425 2018
Close to the beach and shopping centre, with lovely bike and walking paths, Willaway Motel Apartments offer up 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for the whole family. The owner, Renee Evans, has her own pet Cavoodle named Benson, so pets of all kinds are welcome at the motel.
Nearby are restaurants, nature trails, beaches, mountains and more, all waiting to be explored by you and your furry friend.
Dog friendly Winery: The Wobbly Boot
While your furry friend might not be able to partake in a good drop, it’s certainly a lot more fun having them along for the ride. Not only is the Wobbly Boot Vineyard dog friendly, they love dogs. With an extensive range of Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, The Wobbly Boot offers a number of experiences, including Vigeneron for a Day and the Vine to Glass Tour. Operated by Paul, Lynda and Issac Williams, you’re sure to enjoy a day or two spend at the Wobbly Boot Vineyard.
Ph: 0427 679 096
Address: 487 White Kangaroo Road, Campania. Tasmania
Dog friendly beaches in Tasmania
Exploring Tasmania’s windswept and picturesque coastline is sure to reveal some beachfront gems. Among the most popular spots for dogs, you won’t have to travel far to find a sandy embankment where you can stop, play and swim with your doggy.
Nine Mile Beach
This 13 kilometre curving beachfront is among the largest in Australia. Stretching from Point Bagot to the entrance of the Meredith River, it’s a usually low swell beach with occasional rips during high swell periods. Quiet and dog friendly, you can walk for a couple of hours traversing the entire length of the beach. The wide open vistas south into Great Oyster Bay also make for some great photo opportunities.
The closest dog friendly beach to Hobart. It’s where the iconic Derwent River meets the mouth of the Browns Rivulet, and was originally known as Browns River Beach. Beyond being off leash dog friendly, there’s also barbecue areas, playgrounds, shops, sailing club and Surf Life Savers
East Devonport Beach
This unpatrolled beach in Devonport offers a unique northern aspect with rock flats bordering the eastern end. At about 400 metres long, it’s the perfect size for a bit of off leash exercise, frisbee or a game of catch. There’s also a caravan park nearby. The Abel Tasman Caravan Park backs onto the beach and there’s shops and parks nearby as well.
Dog friendly walking tracks in Tasmania
If your dog enjoys a good walk (and what dog doesn’t), then you’re going to love Tasmania. Greater Hobart Trails has an exhaustive list of dog friendly walking tracks around the region. Here’s a selection of some of the best:
Cornelian Bay to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Distance: 2.6 kilometres
Where: Cornelian Bay
Picturesque coastal views are only the beginning of this scenic walk. Starting at Cornelian Bay there’s playgrounds and a rope tower plus plenty of space for the dog to run and swim.
Following the track you’ll discover outstanding views of the Derwent River, Tasman Bridge and an historic cemetery. Finally, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens offer a rich variety of local flora in an intimate setting.
Battery Park Sculpture Trail
Distance: 2 kilometers
An easy stroll through Hobart linking together nine large sculptures that tell the story of the history of Hobart. Sculpture includes one afloat in the river and another that glows all night. The walk also takes you past some of the oldest surviving residences in the city. Dog and bicycle friendly, it’s an award winning trail that is not to be missed.
Where: Blackmans Bay, Kingborough
A single kilometre of winding walking track through Mary Knoll Reserve to the beach reveals natural watercourses, a signature blowhole and indigenous middens of historical significance.
Knowing the guidelines
Before booking any accommodation, always ring ahead and check their guidelines on pets. You’ll want specific information and guarantees before you book, and may pet friendly places are by appointment only.
Knowing good pet friendly accommodation is important as well. Ideally, they’ll have a fenced outdoor area and easy to access water.
Part of the joy of travelling through Tasmania is the unspoilt beauty of the natural environment. Part of conserving that natural environment means keeping your dog on leash when on nature trails and the like. Not only does it protect the environment, but also shields your pet from any dangers like predators and bait traps.
It’s also important that you travel with ample supplies, particularly through wilderness and rural areas. Ensure you have:
- Enough water and food for you and your pet.
- Apple warmth in low temperatures (blanket or doggy jacket).
- First aid kit
Treats to keep your pet happy during extended travel.