The best dog friendly places on the East Coast

If there’s anything better than exploring East Coast Tasmania, it’s exploring with your doggies. From short walks to mountain summits to beaches, there’s plenty of options for adventure-minded dog owners on the East Coast of Tassie.

Generally speaking, the coast is dog-friendly but finding a place to stay, camp, eat and walk with your furry pals can be restricted due to the abundance of National Parks and native wildlife (much of it protected), so we’ve created a bit of a list that might be helpful.

Each place has its own set of rules so do please check the website listings and direct questions to management where needed.

where to explore


Note, each location may have restricted hours for dog activity. Please refer to individual listings for more information.

parks, walks & forests

  • Old Convict Road, Orford – step back in time and walk the paths of the convicts along the banks of the Prosser River.
  • Loontitetermairrelehoiner, Swansea – an easy circuit track with spectacular views across the bay to the Freycinet Peninsula and Schouten Island.
  • Bicheno Hills Reserve, Bicheno – an excellent off leash exercise area to let your poochies stretch their legs.
  • Evercreech Forest, Mathinna – the short and easy ‘White Knights’ walk takes you through beautiful forest to the magnificent white gums of Evercreech.
  • Halls Falls, Pyengana – a short forest-to-waterfall walk, with charming rock pools along the way [perfect doggo-selfie opportunities].


cafes (on leads for guest comfort, but very welcome)


vineyards & cellar doors (on-lead)

  • Darlington Vineyard, Orford – perched on a hillside overlooking Maria Island.
  • Craigie Knowe Vineyard, Cranbrook – the oldest vineyard on the Freycinet Coast [let them know you’re coming, they will make sure their own dogs are away].
  • Devils Corner, Apslawn – some of Tasmania’s best wine, food and 360° views [on-lead on the lawn areas].
  • Priory Ridge Wines, St Helens – a boutique, family owned vineyard



where to stay





Remember always to be considerate of others, make sure your pooch has their best manners on and always clean up any “presents” they may leave behind.  This will ensure that our furry mates will be received joyfully for years to come.


Thank you to our Photo Credits and Contributors: Pupsy, Liza-Jane Snowden, Molly the Border Collie Dog, Belinda Jones @ Craigie Knowe Vineyard, Good Girl Raine, Malisa + Co, Whale Song


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