Posted Wed 01 Feb 2023 at 10:31am
Ah, Tasmania – the island of adventures. There’s a neverending list of paw-some dog-friendly activities in Tasmania for you to enjoy. So where do you begin, in a place which has everything?
Well, we asked our pal, Ted the mini Doxie, who’s explored Tasmania, and he had some great tips for things you must do with your furry pal.
1. Port Arthur Historic Site
You may feel like you’ve entered Hogwarts, but the Port Arthur Historic Site is, in fact, a former convict settlement. Built-in the 18th & 19th centuries, this popular historic landmark sprawls across 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes.
Take a tour around this huge building, visit the restaurants, admire the scenery and also watch performances, showcasing life for the prisoners and guards in the 1800s.
Dogs are allowed on site, provided they are kept on a lead at all times, but keep in mind that the visitor centre, house museums and the harbour cruise vessel don’t allow dogs inside.
Note: Tickets must be booked online prior to your visit.
2. Devil’s Corner Winery
Fancy a glass of wine overlooking the spectacular scenery of Moulting Lagoon and the Freycinet Peninsula? Then you might very well visit the Devil’s Corner Winery.
You can enjoy their award-winning wines, paired with stone-baked pizza whilst soaking up the gorgeous scenery at this dog-friendly winery
This might just be the paw-fect dog-friendly activity in Tasmania!
3. Willie Smith Cider
In 1888, Willie Smith planted the first apple tree in an orchard located in the Huon Valley, Tasmania. Four generations later, this family-run cidery is still very much in action.
Bring your dog to Willie Smith’s Apple Shed and enjoy the delicious menu made from local, seasonal produce while sampling their delicious ciders.
4. Montezuma Falls
Adventure into nature to see one of the highest waterfalls in Tasmania. Hike down the thickly-walled forest, past the former tramway, to see ttall04m high falls.
Named after a powerful Aztec emperor, the Montezuma Falls are worth the hike. Expect to see lots of nature and different forest birds, so keep your dog on its leash.
Montezuma Falls is a 10.7km, grade 2 return hike, so it’s a great all-day dog-friendly activity in Tasmania.
5. Guide Falls
More waterfalls? You betcha, says Ted.
Drive an easy and picturesque 20 minutes through the hinterland from Burnie to see the beautiful Guide Falls. A few picnic areas make this a perfect afternoon outing to break with a spot for lunch.
There are several lookouts above and below the falls to experience it from different angles—perfect for photographers, waterfall enthusiasts, or small dogs who love running up and down.
6. Leven Canyon
Leven Canyon is the place for you if you want sweeping views, dramatic falls and miles of forest! Ted loved the view from here.
Take your dog on this easy 1.2km circuit, where you’ll find two different lookouts, to admire the panoramic views.
7. Table Cape Tulip Farm
Now, this is an Instagrammable place if we’ve ever seen one and more so when Ted is involved! At Table Cape Tulip Farm, you can expect to see hectares of bright and beautiful tulips showing off their colours during spring.
There’s also an art gallery where you can enjoy Devonshire Tea! Keep your dog on a leash, and they’ll be welcome with you.
Fancy growing your tulips? You can buy bulbs from the farm shop! Visit from 26th September until the end of October when the farm is open, from 9 am – 5 pm.
8. The Bay of Fires
Named after the Aboriginal fires spotted by Captain Tobias Furneaux when he sailed past in 1773, Bay of Fires is a sight you don’t want to miss.
Orange granite boulders stretch over miles of snow-white sandy beaches, framed by a dreamy turquoise ocean. This paradise extends along the coast from Binalong Bay in the South to Eddystone Point in the North.
Explore secluded beaches, inlets and private areas with your dog, as you adventure in this popular conservation reserve. Ted certainly did!
9. Bicheno Blowhole and Foreshore Walk
While at the Bay of Fires, stop by to see the Bicheno Blowhole. With each surge of the ocean, it blows water with great force to create a geyser effect. Ted loved watching the considerable water spout and wondered if it might be a whale.
To get there, take the lovely 3km seaside stroll of the Foreshore walk, which goes from Redbill Beach to the Blowhole via Waubedebar’s Grave and the Gulch.
Nearby, there are plenty of white sandy beaches and the holiday village of Bicheno with great seafood if you’re hungry for a bite.
10. Mount Farrell
Ready for a dog-friendly activity in Tasmania that gets your heart pumping? Put your running gear on for a hike to Mount Farrel. The hike itself is 500m in elevation and takes 90 mins either way.
Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash whilst you make your way up and down. Little dogs like Ted might have to be carried if they get tired along the way.
Once you’re at the top, you’ll be able to see sweeping views over Tullah, Lake Rosebery and the mountain ranges through to Cradle Mountain.
There are some beautiful places to stay around here too. So why not make it an overnight adventure?
Watch out for our upcoming guide to pet-friendly accommodation in Tasmania
Thanks for sharing your guide, Ted. We loved it.
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