Fresh fish and chips, oysters and wine
Back in 1901, some Dunalley locals began hand digging. Their mission was to connect Dunalley Bay and Blackman Bay, a feat they achieved by 1905. Named Denison Canal, rumour has it the bridge’s gatekeeper accepted a bottle of beer as payment to cross.
Today, Dunalley remains a sleepy fishing village with plenty of heart. Following severe bushfires in 2013 where the town lost its school, police station, bakery and around 65 buildings, the community has pulled together.
Great stories have emerged from the devastation, including Bangor Wine and Oyster Shed, a story of two local families who lost so much and have since joined forces. Stop in for the freshest Pacific oysters overlooking the bay where they grew. Want a cool-climate wine with that? Enjoy a Bangor’s 1830 Chardonnay looking out across the family vineyard. Paddock to plate doesn’t get better than Bangor style.
If you like fresh fish and chips, head for the wharf. The fish tastes better when you dangle your legs over the water and pick away at the latest catch. Spoilt for choice in Dunalley, the pub also serves up great meals just across the swing bridge and the waterfront café is a local favourite. You’ll know it when you see the long timber building; sit on the deck and watch boaties working on their beloved crafts.
Dunalley will take around 45 minutes’ drive from Hobart, and is a great stop en route to Port Arthur Historic Site. Not only does this narrow strip of land connect the Forestier and Tasman Peninsulas with mainland Tasmania, but serves up some tasty treats to boot.
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