Are you always on the lookout for new places to walk your dog in Hobart? There are tonnes of dog-friendly walks in Hobart and surrounds to choose from, so we’ve put together a list of 30 walks to help you sniff out your next adventure.
These walks are all on-lead unless otherwise indicated. Please follow all signage, keep a respectable distance from any wildlife, and clean up after your boisterous fur child (parenting, am I right?). Most of all, have fun!
2. The Cascade Walking Track (2.4 km) is a lovely bush walk close to the city, with diverse vegetation and an arched stone bridge.
4. Enjoy shady forest, towering tree ferns, mossy rocks, and a small waterfall on the Fern Glade Circuit (1.7 km).
5. Chase a waterfall on the Fern Tree Park to Silver Falls Track (1.7 km).
6. On the Fern Tree to Neika Track (4.4 km) you’ll stroll past towering tree ferns, small clear water creeks, and the remains of the historic water supply pipeline (don’t forget to make a wish at the Wishing Well).
7. Admire ferns, mossy gullies and glimpses of the mountain on the Fern Tree to The Springs Loop (3.9 km).
8. The Fern Tree to Wellington Falls Track (12.7 km) is a full day walk with wonderful views across the valley to Cathedral Rock and Montague Thumbs. Dogs are permitted on lead (partial track only). Dogs not permitted on Pipeline Track west of Neika.
9. The Springs to Lenah Valley (7.1 km) is a downhill walk with three historic huts, a lookout, a waterfall, and great views to enjoy.
10. The Springs to Sphinx Rock Loop (2.7 km) is a short, level walk to a sandstone rock platform offering impressive views of the Organ Pipes, Hobart and the Derwent River.
11. True to its name, the Zig Zag Track (1.9 km) zig zags up a fire trail through the bush into the Goat Hills, with amazing views to the summit, north to New Norfolk, and to the south.
12. The O’Gradys Falls Track (2.2 km) is a short, pleasant walk through open bushland to a lovely waterfall.
13. The Old Beach Foreshore Trail (2 km) begins at Jetty Road and treks east to Cassidy’s Bay. Keep an eye out for bird life and enjoy amazing views of kunanyi/Mt Wellington.
14. The Blessington Track & Cape Deliverance (3.4 km) is a beautiful coastal walk at South Arm offering sweeping views of the Derwent Estuary and the Iron Pot Lighthouse.
15. The Bridgewater Foreshore Trail (5.2 km) features plenty of birdlife and great views of the Derwent River and kunanyi/Mt Wellington.
17. The Charles Darwin Trail (12 km) follows the coast between Bellerive and Howrah, then heads inland to Waverly Flora Park and returns to Kangaroo Bay. Interpretative signs along the trail are based on Darwin’s notes and observations.
18. The full Clarence Foreshore Trail (14.5 km) is an amazing walk that follows the coastline from Geilston Bay to Howrah. The track can also be done in sections: Geilston Bay to Lindisfarne (3.5 km), Lindisfarne to Montagu Bay (2.6 km), Montagu Bay to Kangaroo Bay (3.3 km), Kangaroo Bay to Bellerive Beach (2 km), and Bellerive Beach to Howrah (3.1 km).
19. The South Arm Peninsula Trail (4.5 km) follows alongside South Arm Road between the South Arm store and the Opossum Bay store, with views across the Derwent and beaches at either end.
20. The Summit Loop at Knocklofty Reserve (4 km) is a great circuit through open forest, close to the city centre. Highlights include: the Frog Ponds; views across the city, up to kunanyi/Mt Wellington, and down the Derwent Estuary; and more than 300 native plant species.
21. The Rosny Hill Circuit Track (2.8 km) undulates around the perimeter of Rosny Hill, taking in views of Kangaroo Bay, the River Derwent, kunanyi/Mt Wellington, and the Tasman Bridge.
22. The Conneware Bay to Windermere Beach Track (2 km) meanders through she-oaks and acacias between two beachfront bays on the Derwent Foreshore (it includes an off-lead section).
23. The Lauderdale Wetlands Track (0.7 km) is a neat little short walk around the perimeter of the man-made wetlands.
24. Dogs are allowed off-lead on the Natone Hill Circuit Track (2.7 km) at Geilston Bay.
25. The New Town Rivulet Track (7.5 km) goes from urban to bushland, with lovely pools and cascades in the higher reaches, plus a series of themed sculptures.
26. The Swan Park Trail (1.4 km) follows the Derwent River foreshore east around Gagebrook, with plenty of birdlife around the shallow wetlands, as well as great river and mountain views.
27. The Taroona Foreshore Track (3 km) is a gentle stroll around the coastline and amongst remnant coastal bushland.
28. The Alum Cliffs Track (6 km) climbs from Tyndall Beach (adjacent to Kingston Beach, with the amazing off-lead beach area north of Browns River) through beautiful bushland. Add on the Brickfields Track (1 km) to see the remains of the brick-making area of an 1840s convict probation station.
29. The Peter Murrell Reserves and Coffee Creek Track offer a mix of trails that are popular for walking (with dogs on lead), cycling and horse riding.
30. The Snug Falls Track (4 km) gradually descends through beautiful bush to the cool, fern-lined gully beneath the waterfall.
For more dog-friendly walks, beaches and exercise spots, check the information provided by your local council:
- the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands
- the Southern Midlands and the Heritage Highway
- Kingborough and the Huon Valley
- Sorell and the Tasman Region.
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