Three Pet-friendly Hiking Adventures on the Cradle Coast
It’s a treat for both pet and owner when everyone gets to be involved in wilderness adventures. Luckily, both visitors and residents of the Cradle Coast have ample opportunities to bring their furry friends along on for bushwalks and wilderness camping.
It’s important to make sure you’ve researched the area that you’re planning to bring your pet to, and ensure that there’s no restrictions on pets and animals for that location. Restrictions are in place to help protect natural wildlife and sensitive environments, so please obey these restrictions. It’s even more helpful if you can teach your pet to be ‘wildlife-friendly’ on your camping and hiking adventures, having specific words to use in order to call them away from sensitive places if you stumble upon them. Everybody wins when this region is protected.
While National Parks are off-limits for bringing pets along, there are plenty of other adventures to be had with both scenery and experiences just as magical. Here are three options for your next furry adventure:
Hike: Mount Farrall and Lake Herbert Track
Grade: Moderate to difficult
Camp: Lake Rosebery
Location: Tullah, West Coast
Mount Farrall is an 8km return bushwalk, estimated to take 3-4 hours return. This walk starts with an easy stroll through the forest, as you gently climb to a more open trail. Once you break through the tree line and start hiking up and over the ridge, you’re treated to stunning views of Mount Murchison and the town of Tullah below. Your pup will love this trail too as they make their way up and over the rocks and hills. Please note, to make the summit there’s a section which requires a scramble. Use caution when doing this with your pup. After you return, grab some dinner from the Tullah Tavern and head over to the camping area at Lake Rosebery – a peaceful and serene spot to spend the night with your dog. Wake up to beautiful stillness on the lake and if you’re lucky, Mount Murchison will be out to greet you too!
Bonus: If you’re up for a second day of hiking – tackle the incredible Mount Murchison, it’s pet-friendly, too!
Hike: St Valentines Peak
Camp: Hellyer Gorge Rest Area
Location: South of Ridgley
St Valentines Peak is approximately 9km return, taking between 3-4hours to complete. The trailhead is south of Ridgley, and more specific information about the location can be found on Aussie Bushwalking. For much of the trail you’re submerged in the woods, gently climbing through the trees. This trail is a little less travelled, and parts of it are overgrown. It’s also important to note that there’s a bridge crossing a small river at the start of the trail, and in the winter it may not be useable. However, you can cross the river further down by climbing over a large log. Remember to bring some treats along to reward your pup for their brave log-crossing efforts! Once you finally break through the tree line, you’re treated to an expansive view of the north-west region. Making your way across the ridge to the summit, these views will grow to 360 degrees – providing such a wide perspective of the whole area. Hopefully you’ve brought a lunch, because you’ll want to stay a while to enjoy it all. On the way back, stop off at Hellyer Gorge Rest Area and set up for the night. On your way out the next day, don’t miss exploring some of the Hellyer Gorge area, too!
Hike: Mount Roland
Camp: Gowrie Park
Location: Southwest of Sheffield
Mount Roland is a 16km-return walk, with an estimated completion time of five hours. Roland is located southwest of Sheffield on the edge of the Great Western Tiers and dominates the view from many different angles around Tasmania’s North West. It’s an amazing experience to climb to the top, and with an elevation of 1,234m, it’s important to be prepared with layers of clothing, food and water – for both you and your pet. Start or finish your day at the public camping area in Gowrie Park, next to the river. With stone fire-pits, the sound of the trickling river and an open green area for your pet to run around, camping at Gowrie Park is a treat for both pet and owner.
We’re pet-friendly on the Cradle Coast! Celebrating travel with pets since May 2018, we’re sharing resources to help make traveling with your pet a little easier. Our blogs and Google Map will help you plan a trip full of adventure, ocean, and excellent accommodation to make ‘fur’ the best pet-friendly vacation in Tasmania’s North West!