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
7 CHANCES TO RUN WILD
- 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
- 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
- Rocherlea Recreation Ground
Take a pleasant promenade past the manicured sports field to the recreation grounds dedicated off-leash dog exercise area. Rocherlea
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.