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Launnie according to Dog Lovers

It's a dog's life really

Here in Launnie we love our dogs, we love other people’s dogs too – they’re kind of like celebrities. Almost anywhere you go you will find sparkling water-bowls at the ready, leash parking stations, blankets, pats and treats. It’s a dog’s life, really.

Let them run free and socialise at one of Launceston’s off-leash dog parks.

Choose from water views, leafy scenery, heritage parks and pristine surrounds – walkies never looked so good.

Launnie local Archie (the black Labrador) was a bit too friendly to graduate as a guide dog but as official Canine Ambassador for Pepper’s Silo Hotel in Launceston, he knows a thing or two about hospitality. Archie shares a few of his favourite local spots to leave work behind and unleash


  1. Hardwicke Street Reserve

Make a beeline for the fenced off-leash dog exercise area or explore ambient unsealed trails together on-lead in dog-friendly areas. Summerhill

  1. Heritage Forest

Multi-use trails, picnic areas and a fenced off-leash dog exercise area. It’s lead-on to sniff out the gorgeous Native Plant Garden. Invermay

  1. Rocherlea Recreation Ground

Take a pleasant promenade past the manicured sports field to the recreation grounds dedicated off-leash dog exercise area. Rocherlea

  1. St Leonards Picnic Ground

This lush green park on the banks of the North Esk River is lovely for on-leash riverside walks and free play in the off-lead areas. St Leonards

  1. Hoblers Bridge Reserve

Trails through native bushland and wetlands of the North Esk river are begging to be explored (on lead) before cutting loose at the off-leash play space. St Leonards

  1. Coronation Park

The spacious, shady surrounds and off-leash exercise area is a great place to get some fresh air and befriend a few locals. South Launceston

  1. Lawrence Vale Road Reserve

A little haven of biodiversity just southeast of the CBD, explore nature on-lead and seek out the off-leash area for free play and new friendships. South Launceston

Note: Walkers will find puppy poo-bags and bins provided at most parks in Launceston. Please do-do the right thing.

Whether you’re looking for pet-friendly coffees stops, bottomless brunch or a full gourmet meal, these local eats have excellent kibble and know how to make four-legged family members feel welcome.

Blue Café Inc. 2 Invermay Road

Bread + Butter. Elizabeth Street

Café Mondello. 242 Charles Street

Earthy Eats. 19 Kingsway

Elaia Café & Restaurant. 240 Charles Street

Grain of the Silos. 89/91 Lindsay Street

Kings Bridge Bar & Restaurant. 147 Paterson Street

Le Café on St George 39 Ann Street

Maple Café Shop 6 / 17 – 19 Abbott Street

Mudbar Restaurant. 28 Seaport Boulevard

Samuel Pepy’s Café. 106 George Street

The Schnitty Bar. 79 Invermay Road

Stillwater Café & Restaurant. 2 Bridge Rd

Many other venues also welcome well-behaved canine companions – if in doubt, call ahead.