Dogs on lead at Eaglehawk Neck beach
Dogs on lead at Eaglehawk Neck beach (photograph: Chris Crerar)

Dogs in parks

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​​​Dogs in na​tional parks​​​

​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.

Ass​​​ist​​​ance dogs

Trained assistance dogs for vision and hearing impaired people are permitted in national parks, but it is advised that you bring appropriate identification with you.  For other assistance dogs, such as companion dogs and guide dogs in training, please contact the local Parks and Wildlife staff before you head out.

Where can you vi​​sit with dogs?

There are a number of conservation areas, regional reserves and nature recreation areas around the state where dogs are welcome.  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 remove and appropriately dispose of your dog's faeces.  

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

​Bay of Fires Conservation Area
Dogs are permitted on-lead and on designated walking tracks only. Full details can be found via the Break​ O'Day Council​.

Coal Mines Historic Site
Dogs are permitted on-lead.

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 Nec​​​k Histori​​​c Site
​​​The area is a mix of on and off-lead areas.

Dogs are permitted on-lead.

Goblin Forest Walk
Dogs are permitted on-lead.​

Esperance River Picnic​ Area​
​​​Dogs are welcome and permitted off-lead, provided they stay close to their owners and are under effective control at all times.

Ho​​gart​​h Falls
Dogs are permitted on-lead and on designated walking tracks only.

Dogs are permitted on-lead.

​Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area
​​​​​Dogs are welcome, but​​ do need to be on-lead at all times to ensure the safety of other track users.

Dogs are permitted on-lead, but from 15th September to 15th of April, dogs are not permitted on the track between dusk and dawn due to nesting shorebirds.

Montezuma Falls
Dogs are permitted on-lead, but it is unsafe for pets to drink from or swim in the creeks due to heavy metals from historic mining.

​​Pete​​r Murrell Res​erves
​​​The ​area is a mix of on and off-lead areas. 

Tahune Airwalk
Dogs are permitted on-lead.

Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area
​On-lead dog walking is allowed is some areas of the reserve.  There are maps on-site that show the different areas available to dog owners.

​Camping wi​​th dogs

There are a number of reserves with campgrounds that allow for dogs to visit, provided they are well-controlled and on-lead in the appropriate areas.