Dover

Salmon pens, Attila Bicskos / Auscape International

Population 461

Dover lies beside the waters of Esperance Bay and the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, with the imposing figure of Adamson's Peak in the background. The three islands directly offshore, Faith, Hope and Charity, were named perhaps to inspire the convicts held at the original probation station. The town is a popular destination for yachting enthusiasts.

Visitor Information

Forest and Heritage Centre, Church St, Geeveston; (03) 6297 1836

www.forestandheritagecentre.com

Nearby national parks

  • South Bruny National Park

    Created in 1997, this beautiful national park takes in the massive dolerite sea cliffs around Bruny’s southern capes, with the highest...more

  • Southwest National Park

    This vast remote corner of Tasmania is a landscape of jagged ranges, buttongrass plains and dense rainforests bounded by windswept shores in...more

  • Tasman National Park

    Comprising a narrow coastal strip along the east and south of Forestier and Tasman peninsulas and several offshore islands, Tasman National...more

Nearby towns

  • Hastings

    Hastings lies in Tasmania's far south and is known for the stunning dolomite caves to the west of town. The caves were discovered in 1917 by...more

  • Geeveston

    Geeveston, on the cusp of enormous Southwest National Park, is driven by thriving timber and forestry industries, and slow-moving timber...more

  • Cygnet

    Cygnet was originally named Port de Cygne Noir by French admiral Bruni D'Entrecasteaux – after the black swans in the bay. However, in 1915...more

In Town

Commandant's Office: well-preserved remnant of Dover's penal history. Beach Rd.

Nearby

Faith Island: several historic graves; access by boat.

Walking trails: epic Tasmanian Trail to Devonport, as well as Dover Coast and Duckhole Lake tracks; details from visitor centre.

Beaches: safe swimming beaches surround town.

Fishing spots near town

The Springs 54 km

Visitors to Hobart who are short on time can get a trout fix less than 20 mins’ drive from the CBD at an exclusive fishery called The Springs. It is a year-round fishery and is restricted to a maximum of two... Find out more


Salmon Ponds 62 km

Most Australian trout anglers regard Tasmania as the nation’s premier trout destination. It’s like Tasmania was purpose-designed for trout, with hundreds of lakes and a cooler climate. Mother Nature... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Living History Museum of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage 18 km

Set in a former Methodist church that had strong ties with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, this little museum near Cygnet showcases Indigenous history, artefacts, art and bush tucker. It is generally open on weekends... Find out more


Tahune AirWalk 34 km

Located 29 kilometres from Geeveston, this unashamed public relations exercise for Forestry Tasmania starts on the serpentine drive out to the AirWalk, where signs clearly state when an area was last logged. There are... Find out more


Mount Wellington Walks 50 km

You can quite easily pick up a map and explore Hobart’s wilderness playground on your own but, for initiates, the maze of tracks may be best travelled with a guide who will show you bushfoods and wildlife, teach... Find out more


Salamanca Market 54 km

With so much excellent fresh produce in Tasmania, you should consider picking up some local organic fruits and vegetables and cooking up your own feast. Try the famous Salamanca Market (Saturday 8.30am–3pm) or City... Find out more


Island Cycle Tours 54 km

This innovative company offers guided and self-guided cycling tours, ranging from three-hour jaunts in and around Hobart, to three-week expeditions on the west coast. There are trips to combine cycling and hiking, and... Find out more


Golf courses around town

Royal Hobart Golf Club 64 km

Royal Hobart Golf Club has come a long way from humble beginnings. It started out at Sandy Bay, not far from where Wrest Point Casino stands today, in 1896. Known as the Newlands course, it was an incredible par- 89:... Find out more


Tasmania Golf Club 68 km

The challenge a golf course presents can often be measured by the quality of player it produces. At Tasmania Golf Club, the name Goggin crops up regularly on the honour boards. Lindy Goggin, a three-time Australian... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Dover Hotel

A meal in this hotel’s dining room is a bit like going to grandma’s for dinner. Comfy chairs and chunky wooden tables are arranged beneath floral-curtained windows, and outside there are glimpses of pretty... Find out more


Nearby breweries

Cascade Brewery 52 km

It’s impossible not to wax lyrical about the Cascade Brewery. It is the oldest working brewery in the country, one of the quaintest-looking industrial buildings and it’s located in the most picturesque of... Find out more


Moo Brew 59 km

With its striking, glass and steel brewhouse perched high above the Derwent River, Moo Brew is probably the best-appointed microbrewery in the land. It’s also part of Moorilla Estate, situated on the outskirts of... Find out more


Two Metre Tall Company 65 km

Ashley Huntington actually is 2 metres tall – probably taller if you include his mop of curly hair – and his generous height is also the name for the craftbrewing enterprise he runs from the Derwent... Find out more


Campsites around town

Dover Beachside Tourist Park 1 km

This popular beachside caravan park has everything from cabins and campsites to wifi access, and it ticks all the boxes for family fun. The kids will love the playground and the sheltered beach across the road,... Find out more


Hastings Forest Picnic Area camping area 8 km

Beside the Esperance River, these forest campsites have fireplaces, soft, mossy ground and a babbling brook to lull you to sleep after your walk to Duckhole Lake or Adamsons Falls nearby. You will need to carry your gear... Find out more


Shipwrights Point Regatta Ground Recreation Reserve camping area 17 km

Within an hour’s drive from both the Tahune AirWalk and Hastings Caves, this informal foreshore camping area has plenty of room for the kids to run around, as well as a new playground to keep them occupied. The... Find out more


Cygnet Holiday Park 18 km

Cygnet is the Huon Valley’s top foodie destination and accommodation can be hard to find at peak times. On top of that, each Jan thousands of music lovers come to town for Cygnet’s lively folk festival. This... Find out more


Jetty Beach camping area 20 km

Behind the gentle curve of Jetty Beach, this camping ground among the trees is very popular – and deservedly so. Sheltered from the south-west, it faces a sandy cove with clear water, safe swimming, great... Find out more


Cloudy Corner camping area 23 km

At the far end of Cloudy Bay, this isolated campsite is accessible only to 4WD vehicles and involves driving 3 km along the beach at low tide. Camping is a short walk from the beach. The creek water must be boiled or... Find out more


The Pines camping area 23 km

This sheltered camping area is a popular spot for surfers attracted to Cloudy Bay’s beach and point breaks. It is very small, so campers have to take their chances finding a site. While surfing is the main... Find out more


Bush camping (walk-in camping) 24 km

Walk-in bush camping is allowed almost anywhere in the park, except close to roads, in day-use areas or around Osborne and Esperance lakes and Ladies Tarn. You will need to be self-sufficient: bring drinking water and a... Find out more


Arve River Picnic Ground camping area 24 km

Along the Arve Rd, 14 km west of Geeveston, this streamside picnic and camping area is tucked away in a forest reserve beside the pretty Arve River. There are lovely spots to put up your tent among the ferns, as well as... Find out more


Franklin Foreshore Reserve RV Camping Ground 25 km

After a day touring the gourmet delights of the Huon Valley, this riverside park is a good central location to camp. There are sites all along the foreshore just a short walk from Franklin’s main street. Facilities... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Snug Beach Cabin and Caravan Park 34 km

A quality seaside park south of Hobart, this place is tourist oriented and has good facilities at a good price. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Treasure Island Caravan Park 59 km

Located about 9 km north-west of the city, this is a quiet, off-highway park on the banks of the Derwent River. It is close to the Cadbury Factory, a popular tourist attraction, and close to shops. This is an older park... Find out more


New Norfolk Caravan Park 60 km

Across the road from the Derwent River, the park is in a picturesque location just 1.5 km from the centre of town. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


White Beach Tourist Park 63 km

This popular, quality park is only 10 minutes from historic Port Arthur. The park has good facilities and large shady trees. It is very busy during holiday periods and bookings are required at these times.... Find out more


Barilla Holiday Park 64 km

This is a quality park on the outskirts of greater Hobart. It has most facilities for the discerning traveller including an eatery, and a ‘putt-putt’ golf course that is worth seeing. We like this park.... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Driftwood Cottages

Port Esperance Bay is a tranquil waterway which, on a windless day, takes on the iridescent blue of a tropical postcard. With an outlook like this, Driftwood Cottages offers a place to ease back and enjoy the... Find out more


Riseley Cottage B&B

Overlooking delightful cottage gardens on a hillside south of Dover, this pretty-as-a-picture 100-year-old house has been renovated to offer spacious and elegant accommodation furnished with beautiful antiques and... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Peppermint Ridge Retreat, Woodbridge 23 km

Even without the stunning views over the D’Entrecasteaux Channel from 6-metre-high windows, the pademelons that hop around, or the free-range eggs and organic vegetable garden that guests are allowed to raid in... Find out more


Rest areas around town

New Norfolk park area 60 km

At New Norfolk

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.


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