Dog walking

For dogs, Wellington Park is the stuff of dreams: space, smells… and sticks! However there are a few obedience guidelines to ensure Park values are protected.

Dog walking

In designated areas within the Recreation zone, detailed in the Dog access information sheet, dogs are permitted on-lead. The lower foothills of the Hobart and Glenorchy sections of the Park include walking tracks and fire trails for dog walking. At the Pinnacle dogs are only permitted if confined in vehicles.

On what tracks are dogs allowed?

The Park is divided into different Zones. Dogs are allowed on-lead only in the Recreation Zone, below The Springs and the top of the New Town Rivulet catchment near Big Bend.

Dog walkers can plan their route using Greater Hobart Trails, a powerful and easy to use website developed by Derwent Estuary Program with assistance from greater Hobart area councils.

Greater Hobart Trails

Where can I take my dog at The Springs?

The Springs area – dog access

Please refer to the enlargement of The Springs area. Here, dogs must be kept in your vehicle unless you’re taking them for a walk along one of the permitted tracks. If you’re planning to stay for a picnic or BBQ, consider leaving the dogs at home, unless you can keep them safe and happy in your vehicle. You can’t let them go for a run because it’s a popular picnic area and unfortunately not everyone appreciates dogs on the loose. Look at our Springs Site Cultural Heritage Map and you’ll see why it’s such a popular place to visit.

See the Ranger’s Wrap for a more detailed explanation of Dogs around The Springs.

Dog walkers are reminded to keep their dogs on-lead (max 2m long) at all times in the Park to protect the experience of other visitors and local wildlife. It is a legal responsibility to keep dogs under control in public places.

A few years ago a dead platypus was found in the Park at the bottom of O’Grady’s Falls. A post mortem revealed the young female’s chest had been crushed. Expert advice implied that feral cats were likely to maul the body and that the injuries evident were consistent with a dog attack.

Even well behaved dogs off lead can run ahead of their owners and inadvertently injure or kill wildlife. Recent research (e.g. Hughes, J. and MacDonald, D., 2013) has reviewed studies from various locations around the world showing negative interactions between dogs and wildlife, mainly through predation and disease spread.

Wellington Park is protected for its natural values, including habitat for wildlife. Local bettongs, bandicoots, quolls and lizards are threatened by unrestrained dogs. Please respect the native wildlife and keep dogs on lead at all times.

Information is available on off-lead dog exercising areas in Hobart and off-lead dog exercising areas in Glenorchy.

Dogs are not permitted in Wellington Park picnic areas unless travelling to or from tracks where dog walking is permitted.

Dog walkers should be aware that dog walking trails are used by other visitors. Cyclists may be sharing tracks with you and your dog, particularly on fire trails, the Pipeline Track and Radfords Track.

Please scoop up, bag and carry out all dog poo. Dog poos encourage weed growth by enriching the soil and are extremely offensive to other visitors – especially when stepped in! Abandoned dog poo may contaminate nearby waterways and drinking water supplies.

Authorised Officers frequent Wellington Park and may issue on-the-spot fines for dog related offences.