Anyone who owns a dog will know they are just as much a part of your family as the humans! So it only makes sense that you want to include them in your holiday, and the good news is that Tasmania is incredibly pet-friendly. From short walks to mountain summits to beaches, there's plenty of options for adventure-minded dog owners who want to explore Tasmania with their four-legged friend.
Port Arthur: Dogs are allowed on a lead at Port Arthur, all year round. However, there are limitations and they can't join you on the cruise or access some historic buildings.
Tahune Adventures: If you and your pooch have a head for heights then Tahune airwalk is for you. The suspension bridge and walks surrounding the area are all dog friendly..
Bridestowe Lavender Farm: If you're looking for your next Instagram opportunity with your dog then look no further than the Bridestowe Lavender Farm in summer.
Table Cape Tulip Farm: Spring is the time to take your dog to see the tulips, with the Table Cape Tulip Farm near Wynyard in bloom from September to the end of October.
Vineyards: Completing a wine tour with your dog in tow does sound idyllic and while many vineyards are dog friendly make sure to check before hand.
Most hikes in the state are in national parks, where dogs are most definitely not allowed. Here is a very condensed list of pet-friendly walks in each region.
Hollybank Reserve: Afavourite of mountain bike riders, but there is also a 40-minute, educational walk through examples of Tasmania's major production forest types, lined with interpretive signs.
Evercreech: Take your dogs to see some of Tasmania's tall trees with the 30-minute walk at locatedbetween Launceston and the East Coast. These giants of the Eucalyptus viminalis species are the tallest of their type in Australia, and reach over 90m in height - plus, there is a picnic area in this reserve.
Mount Roland: A challenging, 16-kilometre hike for all species. Pass waterfalls, creeks, and dolerite formations on your way to the summit, where on a clear day there are spectacular 360 degree views to Bass Strait, Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff.
The West Coast
Montezuma Falls: One of the stand-out dog-friendly walks in the state. This three-hour return hike is eight kilometres along an 1800s abandoned train line to an 104 metre high waterfall, taking in everything from open mine shafts to sassafras, myrtle and leatherwood forest.
The springs to Lenah Valley: A downhill walk with three historic huts, a lookout and a waterfall to explore. This is a good all year round family walk and it also suits people seeking a bushwalk with their dog (on lead of course!)