The Tasmanian Lifestyle: Dog Beaches and Parks in Tasmania

Our dog Charlie loves to run at the park or beach. We got lucky with the location of our new house in Sandy Bay as there is an off leash dog park at the end of the street. Plus about 15 minutes’ walk away, or a couple of minutes’ drive, we have a small beach that is dog friendly all year around.

A happy and tired Charlie at Bicheno

In researching for this post, I have been very impressed with the number of dog friendly parks and beaches in most parts of the state. It really is a great place for you dog to live. Surely that is enough of a reason to move!!

This is the beach near our home, Short Beach on Marieville Esplanade Sandy Bay. It is the closest doggie beach to the city.

Short Beach, Sandy Bay Hobart

The best doggie beach not too far from central Hobart is Kingston Beach.  This is also a good swimming beach and one end of it near where Browns River comes to meet the Derwent is where the dogs are allowed to play off leash. They have the beach with sometimes gentle surf as well as Browns river to jump into.

Kingston dog beach, near Hobart

When we recently had a couple of days on the east coast near Bicheno the place we stayed at was right on Denison Beach which is dog friendly. The most amazing beach for both people and dogs and we had it mostly to ourselves. Charlie got to swim with us for the first time – which along with working out how not to get dumped by the waves, freaked him out a little. He got used to it though and was soon an expert body surfer.

Denison Beach, near Bicheno, East Coast Tasmania

 

If you are moving to Tasmania or buying property in Tasmania and you have a dog then you are probably interested to know how the local councils manage animals and what facilities they provide. I have linked below to the exercise areas for each council in Tasmania.

If you are unsure which council you need to look at, check out the local government areas of Tasmania map.

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions about or need help moving your pets to Tasmania or any other aspects of your move to Tassie.

 

Hobart and Southern Tasmania

Hobart City Council – plus a link to document with all area maps

Glenorchy City Council – plus a link to document with all area maps

Kingborough Council – exercise areas in the dog management policy

Huon Valley Council

Clarence City Council

Derwent Valley – exercise areas in the dog management policy

Brighton Council – dog page, no information on exercise areas

Sorell Council – exercise areas in the dog management policy

Tasman Council – animal page, no information on exercise areas

Glamorgan Spring Bay Council – includes downloads of exercise area descriptions and maps

Central Highlands Council – dog management plan

Southern Midlands Council – animal management page

 

Launceston and Northern Tasmania

Launceston City Council –exercise areas in the dog off leash areas and laws link

West Tamar Council – exercise areas in the animal management policy

George Town Council – animal management page, no information on exercise areas

Northern Midlands Council

Meander Valley Council

Dorset Council– exercise areas in the dog management policy

Break O’Day Council – exercise areas in the dog management policy

Flinders Council – animal management page

 

Devonport, the North West and West of Tasmania

Devonport Council – pet ownership page

Latrobe Council – exercise areas in the animal management policy

Kentish Council – exercise areas in the dog management policy

Central Coast Council – includes downloads of exercise area maps

Burnie City Council – dog page, no information on exercise areas

Circular Head Council – exercise areas in the dog management policy

Waratah-Wynyard Council – animal management page

West Coast Council– dog page, no information on exercise areas

King Island Council – animal management page

 

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3 Comments

  1. Brony June 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    We have pet friendly accommodation, 45 mins south of Hobart, on the D’Entrecastreaux Channel.

    Private beach, safety fenced area, off lead allowed and well behaved pets are welcomed inside too.

    Our pets are very important to us and a big reason why we live here. It’s paradise for pets. We love meeting them all and can offer day care if you want to go out for the day.

    The sea, the bush, space to run, peace and privacy to relax.

    Even have a pony paddock, so bring the alpaca 🙂

    Can source feed and lovely organic raw meat pet food at very reasonable price.

  2. Adriana October 16, 2016 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Any ideas if there are any fenced dog beaches in Tasmania. My dog LOVES sand but unfortunately her recall isn’t very good so can’t be off leash if there are no fences

    • Jo (Admin) October 17, 2016 at 10:25 am - Reply

      Hi Adriana,

      I am not aware of any with fences. However there are definitely dog friendly beaches that have bush/cliffs behind, so she is not likely to be running quickly off to a road. Even the beach at Kingston Beach where we are, at the further end of the dog beach it has a cliff behind. I know I have been to some on the East Coast and at Stanley on the NW Coast where the beaches are wide and you have dunes as an extra barrier. Not sure if that would work for your girl.

      Jo

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