If your four-legged bestie has been a very good boy or girl, then it’s probably time for an outdoor adventure! There will be no begging, just high fives, with our list of places to take your pooch in the beautiful d’Entrecasteaux Channel.
Kingston Beach is one of the best and most popular dog beaches in all of Tasmania, with the whole sandy area north of Browns River a 24/7 off-leash zone. The beach well caters for dogs, with hoses for rinsing, water bowls for drinking, and a decent supply of poo bags available. Enjoy games of beach fetch, frolicking in the surf, and sniffing new friends (dogs only for that last one).
Other beaches dogs can play off-lead include Taroona Beach (east of the boat ramp), Clarks Beach at Coningham, and Middleton Beach.
Off-lead exercise areas
If you’d prefer a less sandy off-lead exercise area, head to one of the following spots:
- Taroona Apex Park
- Kingston View Drive (the area above the Mountain Bike Park)
- Maranoa Heights Reserve (excluding the prohibited public area)
- Flowerpot Point Reserve, Blackmans Bay
- The Suncoast Dog Park & walking track
- Dru Point, Margate (within the dog exercise fenced area)
- Kettering Reserve (the area below Kettering Oval).
On-lead walking tracks
Pop the lead on and trot your well-behaved pooch out for walkies along the following tracks:
- Taroona Foreshore Track (coastal, 3 km return)
- Alum Cliffs Track, Kingston Beach / Taroona (coastal, 6 km return)
- Brickfields Track, Bonnet Hill (historical/cultural, 1 km return)
- Blowhole Track, Blackmans Bay (coastal, 1 km return)
- Suncoast Headlands Track, Blackmans Bay (coastal, 3 km return)
- Peter Murrell Reserves & Coffee Creek Track (bush, various tracks)
- Tinderbox Hills Track (bush, 3.6 km) – dogs allowed on lead on formed tracks only from April to June (prohibited from July to March to protect nesting wedge-tailed eagles)
- Margate Rivulet Track (bush, 4 km return)
- Nierinna Creek Track, Margate (bush, 4 km return)
- Coningham Clifftop Track (coastal, 3.8 km)
- Snug Falls Track (bush, 2 km return)
- Kettering Township Tracks (bush, 1 km / 3 km).
Art Farm Birchs Bay
The Art Farm Birchs Bay welcomes dogs on leads, and actually have their own friendly farm dogs. The annual sculpture exhibition is installed along the 1.5 km Sculpture Trail between Easter and July. Wander through orchards, up winding bush trails, across open fields, and through a large veggie garden, enjoying stunning views of Bruny Island and the d’Entrecasteaux Channel.
You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds (open daily, 9am–5pm) or grab a bite from Five Bob Cafe (open Thursday to Sunday, 11am–4pm). Please note, there are no public bins provided, so please take all rubbish—including dog bags—with you.
- Kingborough Council have a detailed Dog Management Policy.
- Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service explain why it’s so important to respect area restrictions and offer a useful list of dog friendly parks and reserves.
Snug Beach Cabin & Caravan Park offer dog friendly accommodation by arrangement.
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