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Dogs and Other Pets in National Parks and Reserves

As is true of most national parks across Australia and the world, dogs and other pets are not allowed into Tasmania's national parks and nature reserves, not even on a lead or within your car. Of course, dogs are allowed in cars travelling on roads which pass through national parks, such as the Lyell Highway, but are not allowed out of the car.

However, dogs are welcome in many Conservation Areas, Regional Reserves and Nature Recreation Areas, and some State Reserves (see below for dog-friendly reserves). Of course, dogs must always be on a leash unless signposting allows them to be off lead - however, they must be under effective control.

In most cases, local council regulations will stipulate whether dogs are permitted and under what conditions (e.g., on a leash). It is advisable to contact the local council to see what local regulations may prevail. See a list of local councils.

 

Why aren't dogs allowed in national parks?

One of the major functions of national parks and nature reserves is to protect Tasmania's native wildlife. They provide refuge for many species that are rare, endangered or confined to Tasmania.

Dogs and other pets are not allowed into national parks and many reserves for a number of reasons:

  1. our wildlife is vulnerable to the predation, disturbance and disease that dogs may cause.
  2. barking or scents are enough to scare away native wildlife, spread disease and attract other dogs which may invade from surrounding locales.
  3. escaped pets can become feral and pose a major threat to many native species.

What about Assistance Dogs?

Guide dogs accommodating a blind or vision-impaired person or a deaf or hearing-impaired person are an exception to the regulations and are allowed into national parks and reserves in Tasmania. If possible, Parks and Wildlife Service staff should be advised before or on entry. Requests for access to parks and reserves from guide dog trainers and persons whose dog provides support for them, such as a companion dog or service dog, will be assessed by the Parks and Wildlife Service on a case by case basis. Where supported, a written authority will be issued. Please provide as much notice as possible of any application for dog access to parks and reserves outside of those areas specified in the following table.  

Where can I take my dog?

There are many places throughout the State outside national parks and nature reserves where dogs are allowed. Some reserves such as Regional Reserves and Nature Recreation Areas may have designated areas where dogs are allowed.

Forestry Tasmania reserves are managed for multiple uses, and allow dogs. Details of these can be found on the Forestry Tasmania web site, at www.forestrytas.com.au

Dogs are allowed in some reserves, such as parts of Mt Wellington, which are managed by local councils. Please contact the local council in the relevant area for details of where you can take dogs.

Below is a list of some reserves and camping sites where dogs and other pets are welcome:

East Coast and South-east
Boltons Beach Conservation Area On the beach north from the beach access track – dogs must be under effective control 
Clifton Beach Conservation Area Dog Restricted Area three separate zones:
1. South Clifton - Dogs not permitted 1 Dec – 1 March 10am – 6pm. Dogs on lead at all other times
2. Middle Clifton - Dogs not permitted 1 Dec - 1 March 10am – 6pm. Dogs under effective control at all other times (off lead)
3. North Clifton - Dogs Prohibited at all times
Coles Bay Conservation Area 
Denison Rivulet Conservation Area  prohibited during bird nesting season - contact Rangers
Falmouth Conservation Area  on walking tracks only 
Four Mile Creek Conservation Area  on walking tracks only 
Lagoons Beach Coastal Reserve Camping Area prohibited during bird nesting season - contact Rangers
Lake Leake Camping Area
Little Beach Coastal Reserve
Little Swanport River Reserve
Marion Beach Conservation Area   To access the council dog exercise area north of car park – dogs must be on lead at all times (dogs are not permitted on the rest of the beach area and reserve including Long Spit)
Mayfield Bay Coastal Reserve prohibited during bird nesting season - contact Rangers
Millingtons Beach Conservation Area  On the beach – dogs must be under effective control 
Moulting Lagoon Game Reserve on walking tracks only, permit required - contact Rangers
Nine Mile Beach Coastal Reserve  prohibited during bird nesting season - contact Rangers
Oatlands Overnight Bay  Oatlands
Peter Murrell Reserves  designated tracks only
Raspins Beach Conservation Area On lead 10am to 6pm from 1 December to 1 March – dogs must be under effective control in this area at all other times (dogs are not permitted in the sand spit area because it is important shorebird habitat)
Scamander Conservation Area  prohibited during bird nesting season - contact Rangers 

Tasman Peninsula
Chronicle Point Conservation Are On the foreshore from western end of Chronicle Point Beach to and including the adjoining Sommers Bay Road public reserve foreshore – dogs must be on lead at all times
Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site On designated walking tracks – dogs must be on lead at all times. On the beach – dogs must be under effective control

 

Eaglehawk Bay-Flinders Bay Conservation Area  On the foreshore from Arthur Highway to where the foreshore intersects with the Jetty Road boom gate – dogs must be on lead at all times
Norfolk Bay Conservation Area In the Parkers Beach section of the reserve – dogs must be on lead during shorebird season (1 October to 31 March) and under effective control at all other times
North Passage Conservation Area (eastern section)  On Stinking Beach and adjoining public reserve (Nubeena Main Road foreshore) to Parsons Bay Creek – dogs must be on lead at all times 
Pirates Bay Nature Recreation Area       (various sections)  On the beach from surfies car park access north to Eagle Hawk Neck Historic Site – dogs must be under effective control
On the beach from surfies car park access south to 100m east of penguin gate access – dogs must be on lead at all times
On the beach from 100m east of penguin gate access to the Blowhole boat ramp – dogs must be under effective control
Within the Blowhole and Pirates Bay port precinct – dogs must be on lead at all times
Safety Cove State Reserve  On the northern section of the beach from north west bridge entrance to the big tree entrance – dogs must be on lead during shorebird season (1 October to 31 March) and under effective control at all other times
Stewarts Bay State Reserve  On designated walking tracks – dogs must be on lead at all times On the beach section of the outside peak user time 10am to 4pm from 1 December to 31 March – dogs must be under effective control 
Sloping Main Conservation Area  On the south-western section of the beach to the north eastern beach access outside peak user times 10am to 4pm from 1 December to 31 March – dogs must be under effective control
Tessellated Pavement State Reserve On beach from Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site to north eastern end of beach – dogs must be on lead at all times
Hobart - Eastern Shore
Clifton Beach Conservation Area  On the beach and formal beach access tracks – dogs must be on lead at all times (dogs are not permitted in the rest of the reserve and the northern half of the beach which is part of Cape Deslacs Nature Reserve)
Gellibrand Point Nature Recreation Area (Opossum Bay) On Shelly Beach from Bangor Road to Icehouse Bluff and on Mitchells Beach – dogs must be under effective control. On designated tracks – dogs must be on lead at all times

 

Gordons Hill Nature Recreation Area (Rose Bay/Lindisfarne)  All parts of the reserve – dogs must be on lead at all times
Knopwood Hill Nature Recreation Area All parts of the reserve – dogs must be on lead at all times
Meehan Range Nature Recreation Area Cambridge/Mornington/Risdon Vale On designated tracks in the Belbins Road and Risdon Vale sections of the reserve – dogs must be on lead at all times
Mount Rumney Conservation Area  All parts of the reserve – dogs must be on lead at all times
Ralphs Bay Conservation Area (Lauderdale) On the section of embankment from South Arm Highway towards the Police Academy – dogs must be on lead at all times (dogs are not permitted in the rest of the reserve including the foreshore below the embankment section)
Seven Mile Beach Public Reserve (various zones)  On the beach between Day Use Area 1 and Day Use Area 2 – dogs must be on a lead during peak user time 10am to 6pm from 1 December to 1 March and under effective control at all other times. On the beach between Day Use Area 2 and Day Use Area 3 – dogs must be under effective control in this area at all other times.
In the area between Day Use Area 3 and Day Use Area 4 outside peak user times 10am to 6pm from 1 December to 1 March – dogs must be on lead at all other times.
On other sections of Seven Mile Beach and internal tracks – dogs must be on lead at all times.
On the section of Five Mile Beach east of horse access to Sandy Point (650m beyond Day Use Area 5) outside the shorebird season from 1 October to 31 March – dogs must be on lead in this area at all other times
South
Arve Forest Drive
Coningham Nature Recreation Area  All walking tracks – dogs must be on a lead at all times. All fire breaks/fuel modified zones – dogs must be under effective control 
Peter Murrell Reserves (Kingston)  Designated Fire Trails (Scarborough, Lady Penrhyrn, Sandflats, Middle, Penny, Eastern, Howden, McVilly, Coffee Creek) – dogs must be on lead at all times. The section of the Horse Riding Trail west of Coffee Creek (between Huntingfield Avenue access point and Sandflats Fire Trail) – dogs must be on lead at all times. The Perimeter Fire Break – dogs must be under effective control. See this map for the location of the areas listed above: www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=27256 
Hastings Forest Drive Picnic Area
Narrows Rd Nature Recreation Area (Dover)  All parts of the reserve – dogs must be under effective control

Recherche Bay Nature Recreation Area (before the Cockle Creek bridge             

Once over the Cockle Creek bridge, national park entry fees and conditions apply - dogs are not permitted, but are permitted in the Recherche Bay Nature Recreation Area, where they must be under effective control.
North-east
Anson's Bay Conservation Area
Bay of Fires Conservation Area  on walking tracks only 
Cape Portland Conservation Area/Petal Point  on walking tracks only  
Cascade State Reserve   Derby 
Gladstone Hall Camping Area  Gladstone 
Granite Point Conservation Area/Adam's Beach  on walking tracks only, on Adams Beach dogs are allowed off the leash as far as the river outlet 
Humbug Point Recreation Area  on walking tracks only 
Myrtle Park Recreation Ground  30 km South of Scottsdale
Musselroe Bay Conservation Area  on walking tracks only 
Ringarooma Coastal Reserve   20km NE of Gladstone 
Saddleback Plantation  8 – 10 km west of Mathinna 
St Columba Falls State Reserve Companion dogs only allowed in carpark, permit required - contact Rangers
St Helens Point Conservation Area on walking tracks only
Waterhouse Conservation Area 8 separate areas, 25 km east of Bridport
Weldborough Hotel Camping Area  Weldborough

 


North and North Coast
Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area on walking tracks only
Pardoe/Northdown Conservation Area on walking tracks only, prohibited during bird nesting season - contact Rangers
Port Sorell Conservation Area
Red Bill Point Conservation Area
Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area  on walking tracks only