A Port Esperance fishing town with a beach and a pier (but sadly no pub – it burned down in 2013), Dover is a chilled-out spot to while away a few deep-south days. The town was originally called Port Esperance after a ship in Bruni d’Entrecasteaux’s fleet, but that moniker now only applies to the bay. The bay’s three small islands are optimistically called Faith, Hope and Charity.
In the 19th century this was timber territory. Huon pine and local hardwoods were milled and shipped from here (and also from nearby Strathblane and Raminea), heading to China, India and Germany for use as railway sleepers. Today the major industries are fruit growing and aquaculture, with Atlantic salmon reared here then exported throughout Asia.