Dover Tourism & Travel
Situated on the head of Esperance Bay in the South East region of Tasmania, Dover is some 79kms southwest of Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania and 276kms south of Launceston. Dover is one of the serene little fishing towns in the southern-most section of the Huon Valley region of Tasmania. The pictuesque town, oozing with old-world charm, provides easy access to sandy beaches, great fishing, magnificent National Parks, and a plentitude of delights along the Huon Trail. In the municipality of the Huon Valley Council, Dover has a population of 958 souls.
Within the town centre, the main attraction of Dover is the Commandants Office, allowing an insight into Dovers cruel penal history. Many of the Huon Valleys delights are within easy reach on the Huon Trail, including historic sites and museums, fine food and wine, art and craft shops, bushwalks, water sporting opportunities, and numerous vineyards. One of the most popular attractions on the Huon Trail and just 15 minutes southwest of Dover are the fascinating Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs delivering hot mineral springs from the bowels of the earth. Fishing and boating are also favoured pastimes around Dover.
National Parks Hartz Mountains and Southwest
Hartz Mountains National Park, a 40-minute drive northwest of Dover was the training ground for Sir Edmund Hilary, the first man to climb Mt Everest. He described the snow covered 1255-mtr high Hartz Peak as some of the wildest and most spectacular scenery. With alpine flora and rugged countryside, The Hartz Mountains National Park presents a bushwalking heaven.
Further south of Dover, the Southwest National Park offers a slice of un-touched wilderness. The wild, rugged landscape comprised of towering mountain ranges, ancient glacial lakes, rainforest and valleys, and abundant wildlife, provides many opportunities for adventure.
Many sandy, safe swimming beaches are found within Esperance Bay, including Dover Beach, Kents Beach and Hopetoun Beach.
Originally named Port Esperance by the French explorer, Admiral Bruni DEntrecasteaux who explored the area in 1792, Dover was used as a penal probation station when the British arrived in 1804. Following convict settlement, the Dover Township became an important port exporting Huon pine to the world.
Today, Dovers economy is mainly based on forestry and fishing, particularly Atlantic salmon, abalone and cray fishing.