As a general rule, dogs and other pets and not allowed into Tasmania's national parks and nature reserves. This is for a number of reasons, but it is primarily to protect our native wildlife. These areas provide refuge for many species that are rare, endangered or confined to Tasmania.
Despite the nature of your pet, their presence can be disruptive to our wildlife for a number of reasons:
- Our wildlife is vulnerable to the predation, disturbance and disease that dogs may cause.
- Barking or scents are enough to scare away native wildlife, spread disease and attract other dogs which may invade from surrounding locales.
- Escaped pets can become feral and pose a major threat to many native species.
Trained assistance dogs for vision and hearing impaired people are permitted in national parks. Please carry identification with you. For other assistance dogs such as guide dogs in training, please contact the local Parks office before you head out.
Where can you visit with dogs?
There are a number of conservation areas, regional reserves and nature recreation areas around the state where you may take dogs but not national parks. Some council-managed reserves allow dogs in some areas. Signage at the different locations will let you know if the area is on or off leash, as well as any seasonal restrictions to dog access. Please make sure you clean up after your dog.
Below is a list of reserves and camping sites where dogs permitted with some restrictions:
Bay of Fires Conservation Area
Dogs can be taken on-lead and on designated walking tracks only within the Bay of Fires Conservation Area. Full details and the dog zone map can be found via the Break O'Day Council.
Coles Bay Conservation Area
The area is a mix of on and off-lead areas, as well as prohibited zones. (Dogs are not permitted in nearby Freycinet National Park.) Full details can be found via the
Glamorgan Spring Bay Council
Coningham Nature Recreation Area
The area is a mix of on and off-lead areas. The area is also used by horse riders, it is expected that dog walkers move aside for horse-riders to pass to avoid disturbing the horse.
Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site
The area is a mix of on and off-lead areas.
Dogs can be taken to Evercreech on-lead.
Goblin Forest Walk
Dogs can be taken to the Goblin Forest Walk on-lead.Esperance River Picnic Area
Dogs can be taken to Esperence River Picnic Area off-lead, provided they stay close to their owners and are under effective control at all times.
Dogs can be taken to Hogarth Falls but must be on-lead and stay on designated walking tracks only.
Dogs can be taken to Hollybank and are only permitted on-lead.
Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area
Dogs can be taken to Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area and do need to remain on-lead at all times to ensure the safety of other track users.
Dogs can be taken to loontitetermairrelehoiner on-lead except from 15th September to 15th of April, dogs are not permitted on the track between dusk and dawn due to nesting shorebirds.
Dogs can be taken to Montezuma Falls dogs on-lead, but it is unsafe for pets to drink from or swim in the creeks due to heavy metals from historic mining.
Peter Murrell Reserves