Just passed Eaglehawk Neck, on the way to Tasman’s Arch, the
Blowhole and the Devil’s Kitchen is the holiday village of Doo
Town. The town dates back to the 1930s when in 1935, Hobart architect
Eric Round began a custom that continues today. Round placed the name
plate "Doo I" on his weekend shack. A neighbour, Charles Gibson,
responded with a plate reading "Doo Me" then Bill Eldrige with "Doo
Us". Eric Round later renamed his shack Xanadoo.
The trend caught on and most of the homes have a plate following the
‘Doo’ theme: Gunadoo, Doodle Doo, Love Me Doo, Doo Us, Doo
Me, Doo Nix, Wee Doo, Xanadu, Rum Doo and, the house which reputedly
started the fashion, Doo Little – a suitable name for a holiday
home. There is one dissenting house in the town, daringly named
Doo Town's picture perfect location at the southern end of Pirates Bay
has attracted new residents in recent years - all committed to
maintaining the Doo Town tradition. It makes for a quirky photo
Doo Town was established in the 1830s as an unnamed timber station which eventually developed into a shack community.
Where Is it?
79 km southeast of Hobart on the Arthur Highway.
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Sealife Experience Tours operates a two hour boat trip down the
coast of the Peninsula and back from Pirates Bay, near Doo Town. It
departs from Pirates Bay and hugs the coast to Tasman Island before
returning. Specially built craft take you in close to the base of
towering dolerite cliffs to see Tasman’s Arch from the ocean
side, seal colonies, dolphins, a waterfall pouring down the cliff face
and straight into the ocean, sea caves and lots so much more. In good
weather the cruiser drives straight through a giant rock arch. April
& May are the best months as the sea is calmest then. This is one
of the best value coastal cruises available in Australia today, made
all the better for showing off one of the most scenic stretches of our