Ah, Tasmania – the island of adventures. There’s a whole country’s worth of activities on this beautiful island and plenty of them are dog friendly. So where do you begin, in a place which has everything?
Well, we asked our pal, Ted the mini Doxie, who’s come back from a trip with his owner, and he had some great tips for trips made for people and their furry pals. So if you’re looking for things to do in Tasmania and ready to explore the wilderness and wildlife, read below for Ted’s fave places:
You may feel like you’ve entered Hogwarts, but it is in fact, a former convict settlement. Built-in the 18th & 19th century, 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 be sure to watch some of the performances, showcasing life for the prisoners and guards in the 1800’s.
Dogs are allowed on site, provided they are kept on a lead at all times, but there the visitor centre, house museums and the harbour cruise vessel MV Marana don’t allow dogs inside.
P.S – Tickets must be booked online prior to your visit
Fancy a glass, overlooking the spectacular scenery of Moulting Lagoon and the Freycinet Peninsula? Then you might very well visit the Devils Corner Winery.
Located along the East Coast of Tasmania; a two-hour drive from Hobart and 1.5 hours from Launceston, this is a pet-friendly destination, so bring your pooch.
Enjoy the award-winning wine, paired with stone-baked pizza whilst soaking up the gorgeous scenery. Ted certainly did.
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 on the easy, 25-minute drive from Hobart, and enjoy the delicious menu made from local, seasonal produce.
Perfect for a whiling a sunny afternoon away with your pooch.
4. Montezuma Falls
Back into nature to see one of the highest waterfalls in Tasmania. Hike down the thickly-walled forest, past the former tramway, to see the 104m high falls.
Named after a powerful Aztec emperor, the falls really are worth the hike along this open rainforest path. Expect to see lots of nature, including lots of different forest birds, so keep your dog on its leash.
Make this a day trip, as Montezuma Falls is a 10.7km, grade 2 return hike, located in West Coast Range, Tasmania. It’ll take you approximately 2.5hrs to complete with your pooch.
5. Guide Falls
More waterfalls? You betcha, says Ted.
Drive an easy and picturesque 20 minutes, through the hinterland from Burnie, to see these beautiful falls. There are a few picnic areas, which makes this a perfect afternoon jaunt, to break with a spot of lunch.
There are several lookouts above and below the falls, to experience it from different angles. Perfect for photographers and waterfall enthusiasts, or small dogs who love to run up and down.
6. Leven Canyon
If you want sweeping views, dramatic falls and miles of forest, then Leven Canyon is the one for you. Ted loved the view from here.
Take your dog on this easy, 1.2km circuit which won’t take you too long and you’ll find two different lookouts, to admire the views.
The Leven Canyon Regional Reserve is a 45-minute drive from Ulverstone (42km). It can also be reached from Cradle Mountain, via Wilmot and the C132 route in 75 minutes.
Now, this is an Instagrammable place if we’ve ever seen one and more so when Ted is involved. Hectares of bright and beautiful tulips open up to show off their colours for one month every spring.
There’s also an art gallery and you can enjoy Devonshire Tea! Keep your dog on a leash and they’ll get to enjoy the day too.
Fancy growing your own 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. Getting to Table Cape Tulip Farm is very easy from Launceston, Devonport, Wynyard and Stanley
8. The Bay of Fires
Named after the Aboriginal fires spotted by Captain Tobias Furneaux when he sailed past in 1773, this is an area you don’t want to skip.
Orange granite boulders stretch over miles of snow-white sandy beaches and 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!
Bay of Fires is approximately 4 hours from Hobart and 3 hours from Launceston.
9. Bicheno Blowhole & Foreshore walk
Whilst you’re at the Bay of Fires stop to see the Bicheno Blowhole. It blows with some great force, with each surge of the ocean and is a fun pit stop. Ted loved watching the huge 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!
10. Mount Farrell
Ready for an adventurous hike? Get ready for the Mount Farrel hike to see some spectacular views. The track 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 some of the way.
Once you’re at the top, you’ll see sweeping views of 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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