Offering peaceful river views, choose Waterfront Wynyard as a base for your North West adventures. Photo: Waterfront Wynyard
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Seven Pet-friendly Places to Stay on the Cradle Coast

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We are 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!

On your pet-friendly Cradle Coast travels, there will be a variety of accommodation experiences that will have both of you wagging your tail with delight. From self contained units to B&Bs and campgrounds, there’s plenty of welcoming options for you to stay with your pup.

Daytime adventures, like roaming pet-friendly beaches and exploring hiking trails, need to be matched with wonderful places to lay your head at night! Here are six suggestions of fantastic pet-friendly accommodations across the Cradle Coast.

Stay in the heart of Tasmanian wilderness! Photo: Gowrie Park Wilderness Village

Gowrie Park Wilderness Village

Calling all adventure pups and owners! Gowrie Park Wilderness Village is centrally located to varying outdoor experiences with paths straight from the property leading to the Mount Roland Track. This hiking track is pet-friendly (taking up to 6 hours return) and places you at the summit of the mountain, looking down across the North Coast of Tasmania. Gowrie Park offers varying accommodation, from unpowered and powered campsites to self-contained cabins. Stay at Gowrie Park if you’re looking to get up close and personal with nature in the heart of Tasmania’s beautiful wilderness!

Your pet-friendly home away from home at Madsen Retreat in Penguin Tasmania. Photo: Madsen Retreat

Madsen Retreat, Penguin

Arrive at place that truly feels like home when you stay at Madsen Retreat in Penguin. Pet-friendly, and very human-friendly too, the hosts at Madsen retreat pride themselves on delivering the best guest experience. With different rooms to choose from in this retreat-style home, you and your fur baby are sure to settle in nicely for your stay in the charming town of Penguin. Walk along the path that hugs the beach on the main strip of penguin (dogs must remain on lead) and enjoy the peaceful coastal vibes.

Offering peaceful river views, choose Waterfront Wynyard as a base for your North West adventures. Photo: Waterfront Wynyard

The Waterfront Wynyard

A fantastic base for your North West Tasmania adventures, the Waterfront Wynyard located on the Inglis River offers a very pleasant view at an affordable cost. Also, the most enticing piece – they want you to bring your pet along to stay too! Just minutes from the Burnie/Wynyard airport, and one hour drive from Devonport, The Waterfront Wynyard is very centrally located for different North West day trips.

The Duckhouse Burnie

Winning the hearts of every human and pet who stays there, The Duckhouse in Burnie has charm to boot. A self-contained cottage that sleeps five (plus your pup) and decorated with whimsical duck memorabilia, this quirky property is perfect for history lovers who are looking for a more unique place to call their ‘home away from home.’ The Duckhouse also offers breakfast and is a quick five-minute walk into town to grocery stores and shops.

Charming and peaceful, Stanley Lakeside Cabins are a perfect spot to settle in and enjoy Stanley at. Photo:

Stanley Lakeside Spa Cabins

Stanley is a great place to spend a few days exploring on your pet-friendly North West trip. Located at the gateway to the West Coast and Tarkine, when you stay in Stanley you get the pleasure of enjoying an upbeat, vibrant coastal town as well as being able to take day trips to other pet-friendly spots on the Cradle Coast Dog Trail. Stanley Lakeside Spa Cabins are self-contained units with direct access to Stanley West inlet, and the property also has its own landscaped inland salt water lake with cottages located on the edge of the lake. Offering a barbecue and a private beach area, Stanley Lakeside Spa Cabins is located 8 km from Stanley township. Far more than a place to rest your heads, these cabins will be a real treat for you and your pup!

Sisters Beach Retreat, Sisters Beach

Situated in the stunning Rocky Cape National Park, Sisters Beach Retreat welcomes pets – purr-fect for visitors who don’t wish to leave their four-legged friends behind. Surrounded by the stunning  National Park and fronted by beautiful sea views, you can’t help but relax in the three-bedroom holiday home. Fish and squid are caught regularly from the boat ramp situated only 50 meters away and the walking tracks that start at the property will lead you to caves, waterfalls and the beautiful beach at Anniversary Bay.

Glenaire Apartments, Strahan

A perfect accommodation for a relaxing trip to pet-friendly Strahan, Glenaire Apartments offers three fully self-contained units with under cover parking, laundry facilities, lounge, kitchen, electric heating, and all of those little extras that make your stay comfortable at an affordable price. After spending the day exploring Strahan and beyond with your pup, come home to a comfortable place to rest at Glenaire.

Whether finish your day at a campground or at self-contained property, there’s plenty of places that will make you and pet your feel right at home. Across the Cradle Coast you get to “choose your own adventure” when it comes playing and staying, and no matter what you choose, you’re bound to enjoy your pet-friendly overnight stay.

Tips for finding your perfect pet-friendly accommodation

Did you know that many accommodation search websites have an option for finding pet-friendly places? For example, on the popular sites Stayz and Airbnb, you can select the option to show only pet-friendly self-contained properties. Filter out any place that doesn’t accept pets, and choose from many properties that do. There’s plenty of places listed in Tasmania’s North West on Stayz and airbnb that will accommodate pets.

Our pet-friendly Google Map

Use this map as a tool to help plan your perfect pet-friendly adventure in Tasmania’s North West. Be sure to save it to your maps for easy access.

Teach your pet to be wildlife-friendly!

We have sensitive and important bird areas across the Cradle Coast, and it’s important that we keep them protected. Part of the responsibility of travellers with pets is to be mindful of these special areas where dogs are prohibited to go. We celebrate wildlife and the creatures that call the Cradle Coast home, and we ask that our visitors with and without pets take care and show appreciation for wildlife habitats around the coast.

Additional tips for traveling with pets:

  • Always look for signs and obey council restrictions – they’re in place to support community needs and sensitive wildlife.
  • Clean up after your pup! Most designated dog areas will have bags and bins – please make sure to take care of our region, unfortunately there aren’t any poop fairies here to help.
  • Have fun! Enjoy the many off-leash areas and make friends with other pups out there playing too.

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