Dog friendly beaches
Greens Beach is the Tamar Valley's best dog friendly beach. It's a long beach with broad flat sands on the north coast at the mouth of the river Tamar. Dogs must be on leash, but if you walk east towards the heads you'll find yourself with plenty of space and we always let our dog off for a run and a swim.
There's a beach at Devonport too, useful if you're arriving or leaving on the Spirit of Tasmania. Head to the Bluff and you'll find a small beach, seafront walkways, hilly walk on the headland around the lighthouse, and a couple of great cafes with takeaway, outdoor and indoor seating, and dog bowls. We recommend Mrs Jones if you've got long enough for a meal and fancy a superior bite to eat.
Dog friendly walks
Paper Beach is our favourite place to walk the dog, a fifteen minute drive from Langdale Farm. A favourite spot with locals and beautiful in all seasons. There's a stretch of beach, and coastal walking around Swan point along the river banks . Back gardens to look at, and a coffee at Riley's on the River when you get back. Dog bowls in the car park and at the cafe.
Supply River is a little further north. It's the site of a settlers' water mill. A half hour walk takes you up the river past the ruins of the mill and some very pretty rapids and low waterfalls, then up into the bush for a loop back to the car park.
Dog friendly parks
Rose Bay Park at Gravelly Beach is a great spot on the river with lots of facilities for dog owners and visitors. There's a playground with modern equipment and barbecues (and toilets, always handy), and shade giving trees. Beyond this out on the riverfront there's a big open grassy space perfect for dogs who like to run for balls. Head round to the shop and cafe if you feel the need for ice cream or coffee.
If you're heading further afield, try the Apex Train Park in Deloraine for riverside walks. In Launceston, head to Heritage Park which has large open spaces for dogs who like to run.
Dog friendly Tamar Valley wineries
Otto the Weimaraner at Moores Hill is probably the dog most photographed in the Tamar Valley wine region. He's a little aloof but luckily his owners Fiona and Julian, also the winery owners, are friendlier, and their wine is outstanding.
At Holm Oak you'll get a noisy welcome from a small and very hairy resident Trixie. Make your way down from cellar door to the Sensory Garden which makes them a Gourmet Traveller Best Cellar Door award winner, and say hello to Pinot the Pig on the way.
Winter Brook is a dog loving boutique vineyard with award winning sparkling wine and cider to boot. Swinging Gate is a popular stop, not just because of Nellie but also for Doug's relaxed and passionate approach to winemaking. In the East Tamar you'll find the Pipers River region, the home of Australia's sparkling wine industry with wines to rival the great Champagne region of France - it's official! We recommend Delamere, Brook Eden and Sinapius for a dog friendly visit and great wines.
Dog friendly cafes and restaurants
River Cafe at Beauty Point is our recommendation if you're looking for a laid back lunch in the Tamar Valley with local produce and regional wines. Dogs are always welcome on the deck - which also has the best river views. Riley's on the River is a tiny cafe at Paper Beach, a favourite for dog owning locals.
On the East Tamar, many vineyards and wineries welcome dogs and are good spots for lunch too. Try Bay of Fires, Pipers Brook (for restaurant Nadine's) and Delamere if you're happy to picnic or buy from the excellent charcuterie cabinet.
In Launceston, try Stonesthrow in the city's southern suburbs for something a bit different, a dog friendly welcome, a walk round the lake and alpacas to pet.
Langdale Farm dog friendly accommodation
Stay on our tiny working farm, with your dog welcomed alongside you. We have dog friendly accommodation here at Langdale Farm in Tasmania, in comfortable rooms attached to our house. It's private and self-contained, tranquil and your pooch is welcome. All we ask is that he or she be on a leash or with you. The gardens around the house are spacious and the chooks, pigs and sheep are fenced off. The house is dog friendly too although we prefer dogs not to sleep on the human-friendly bed or sofa!