Truckstop of the Month: Caltex Wattle Hill

By: Alf Wilson

The Caltex Wattle Hill in northern Tasmania is a popular stop for truck drivers.

Truckstop of the Month: Caltex Wattle Hill
Caltex Wattle Hill was voted best service station in Devonport in 2014.


Voted the best servo on Tasmania’s north coast, the Caltex Wattle Hill is a magnet for the island state’s truck drivers.

The Caltex Wattle Hill, situated on the Bass Highway in northern Tasmania, is a popular stop for truck drivers, with up to a 100 commercial vehicles stopping there each week day.

Only a couple of kilometres out of Latrobe, the service station lies roughly between Launceston and Stanley.

The Caltex site was voted best service station in Devonport in 2014 so Owner//Driver dropped by to see what all the fuss was about.

We found the amenities to be truckie-friendly with ample parking for large rigs, a mouth-watering menu and, importantly, clean toilets.

Wattle Hill Caltex staff member Samantha James says the truck drivers are big eaters.

"Their favourite food by far is the egg and bacon rolls," she says.

"We can get 100 trucks pull up here on certain days and there is never less than 50, but we can cater for them."

Samantha adds that the proprietors, Ian and Trudi Hartnett, are very community minded.

For the record, the roadhouse has Owner//Driver magazine on its shelves, with Samantha saying it is a popular item for passing truckies.

You can read about the Wattle Hill service station and truck drivers’ take on it in the February edition of Owner//Driver. Secure your copy now.

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