Quirky Doo Town, Tasmania

 

Doo Town, a Tasmanian coastal hamlet went quirky generations ago and has hit the news now for an unexpected reason. A food van in the tiny Tasman Peninsula settlement has hooked an award for selling the best fish and chips in the State.

Doo-lishus Food, established in the late 1990s and owned by Bev and Phil Millhouse (pictured above), was recently honoured ahead of many much bigger fish at the fifth biennial Tasmanian Seafood Awards in June. Located 79km south-east of Hobart, near Eaglehawk Neck, Doo Town started life in the 1830s as an unnamed timber station on the road to Port Arthur. Its proximity to excellent anchorages in Pirates Bay, good fishing waters and many nearby natural attractions, led to the development of a fishing shack (or weekender) community.

In 1935, a Hobart architect, Eric Round, placed a name plate Doo I 99 on his shack. A neighbour, Charles Gibson, reacted with a plate reading Doo Me. Another weekend fisherman Bill Eldridge chimed in with Doo Us. Mr Round responded to these challenges by renaming his shack Xanadoo.

The name plates proliferated and these days they can provide a visitor with a morning's entertainment.

There's Af-2-Doo, Da Doo Ron Ron, Didgeri-Doo, Doo-All, Doo Come In, Doodle Doo, Doo Drop In, Doo For Now, Doo F--k All, Doo I, Doo-ing it easy, Doo Little, Doo Luv It, Doo-Me, Doo Nix, Doo Nothing, Doo Often, Doo Us, Doo Us Too, Doo Write, Gunnadoo, Humpty Doo, Just Doo It, Love Me Doo, Make Doo, Much-A-Doo, Rum Doo, Sheil Doo, This Will Doo, Thistle Doo Me, Wattle-I-Doo, Wee-Doo, Yabba Dabba Doo and, of course, Dr Doolittle.

If you can't doo a trip there soon, read more here....

 
 

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