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Dover
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Spend a peaceful day in Dover, a town where you can explore caves, admire mountainous landscapes and visit Australia's southernmost point.

Dover combines a relaxing seaside atmosphere with proximity to the wilderness of Tasmania's Southwest National Park. Make the most of the variety of outdoor activities on offer. Stretch out in Southport's sandy coves, experience Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs or climb Adamsons Peak and watch the sun set over the horizon.

Founded in 1845, Dover was once used as a convict station. Today, the town’s main street is a world away from this past, instead offering pleasant shopping and dining options. Be sure to taste the region’s fresh seafood, including Atlantic salmon and abalone, as well as produce such as apples. Mingle with friendly locals who are proud to live in one of the world's southernmost towns.

Located on one edge of Port Esperance Bay, Dover is close to a number of peaceful coves and beaches. Spend a day reading, sunbathing or dipping into the ocean at Southport. Stroll around Australia's southernmost accessible landmass at Cockle Creek and delight in a display of native flora.

Reserve some time to experience St Imre Vineyard. This popular getaway on the edge of Dover offers wine tastings and coffee. For a day of relaxation, drive to Ida Bay and stop by the Hastings thermal pools. This tension-melting warm water is sourced from nearby springs. Afterwards, visit Ida Bay Railway, the country's southernmost railway, or take a guided tour through the dim chambers of Hastings Caves.

Adamsons Peak’s impressive silhouette sits ever-present next to Dover, reminding visitors of the area's natural beauty. Climb to its summit for sweeping views of the town and surrounding scrublands. Look past Port Esperance and spot the bay's three islands, charmingly named Hope, Faith and Charity. The 15-kilometre (9-mile) Adamsons Peak hike takes around 4 hours.

No visit to Dover is complete without exploring Southwest National Park, its enormous neighbouring reserve. Drive down the Gordon River and Scotts Peak roads to enjoy magnificent views of this mountainous landscape. There is a fee to enter the national park.

Dover is a 75-minute drive from Hobart. Once in town, park the car and get around on foot.

Ashdowns of Dover Bed and Breakfast
Ashdowns of Dover Bed and Breakfast
3.5 out of 5
6957 Huon Highway, Dover, TAS
The price is £84 per night from 23 Jun to 23 Jun
Situated in the entertainment district, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of St. Imre Vineyard, Port Esperance and Kents Beach. Esperance Point ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (68 reviews)
Great stay.
"The courtesy shown by our host Gary was absolutely first class. Before we arrived we received a text saying our room was ready was looking forward to our arrival. Upon arriving, Gary was accomodating polite and gave us an excellent introduction to his property and then made us tea and scones. The ..."

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2021

Ashdowns of Dover Bed and Breakfast
Essentially Tas Dover
Essentially Tas Dover
3.5 out of 5
4 Esplanade, Dover, TAS
Nestled on the beach, this Dover cottage is just steps away from Kents Beach and Port Esperance. Esperance Point Conservation Area and St. Imre Vineyard are ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Dover retreat
"Amazing place for a relaxing holiday. Everything you need with beautiful views!"

Reviewed on 23 Jun 2020

Essentially Tas Dover
The Peninsula Experience
The Peninsula Experience
4.5 out of 5
C/O Driftwood Cottages, Dover, TAS
Situated in Dover, this luxury lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Esperance Point Conservation Area and within 3 miles (5 km) of Kents Beach and Port Esperance. St. ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Paradise
"A gorgeous secluded paradise... exactly what I was looking for! The owners put a lot of effort into this property, and it’s certainly pays off. This is one very special place."

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2017

The Peninsula Experience
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Discover Bruny Island Holiday Accommodation
Discover Bruny Island Holiday Accommodation
3.5 out of 5
7 Stuart Street, Alonnah, TAS
The price is £271 per night from 20 Jul to 20 Jul
Nestled on the beach, this Alonnah holiday home is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Sheepwash Bay Conservation Area and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Lutregala Creek Regional Reserve. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (16 reviews)
Worth the trip
"Despite gale force winds, cold and rain, we had a thoroughly enjoyable stay. Good location, lovely view, and a cosy atmosphere. We couldn't do the planned walks because of the weather, so made do with shorter ones. We were lucky enough to spot a possum, penguin, echidna, quoll and wallaby."

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2021

Discover Bruny Island Holiday Accommodation
Essentially Tas Dover
Essentially Tas Dover
3.5 out of 5
4 Esplanade, Dover, TAS
Nestled on the beach, this Dover cottage is just steps away from Kents Beach and Port Esperance. Esperance Point Conservation Area and St. Imre Vineyard are ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Dover retreat
"Amazing place for a relaxing holiday. Everything you need with beautiful views!"

Reviewed on 23 Jun 2020

Essentially Tas Dover
Free Spirit Pods
Free Spirit Pods
3.5 out of 5
Davis Rd, North Bruny, TAS
Situated on the waterfront, this villa is 31.9 mi (51.4 km) from Mount Nelson Lookout.
4.9/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
"The perfect spot to get away from the hussle & bussle of everyday life. Peaceful and relaxing."

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2020

Free Spirit Pods
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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