A Huon Highway country town 81km south of Hobart, Dover is an important centre for both apple orchards and the salmon, abalone and cray fishing industries.
Dover was one of several Tasmanian seaboard towns which started out with French names. It was originally named Port Esperance after one of the ships under the command of French explorer Admiral Bruni D’Entrecasteaux.
Dover was originally planned as a penal probation station ands its convict past is mirrored in the well-preserved Commandant's Office on Beach Road.
Today the village of Dover sits at the head of Esperance Bay and looks out over the delightfully named islands of Faith, Hope and Charity.
The regional features include the Hastings Cave State Reserve, where there is a delightful swimming pool fed by natural thermal springs, the Ida Bay scenic railway and the Hastings Forest and Cockle Creek tour on Australia’s southernmost road.
The local Atlantic salmon farm is the largest in the southern hemisphere.