A popular Tassie stop

Ouse Roadhouse which is located along the Lyell Highway in southern Tasmania is a popular place for truckies to stop.

It is approximately an hour’s drive from Hobart, heading towards Lake St Clair, then on to Queenstown and Strahan on the West Coast.

Josi Cowen has owned the business for 20 years and told Big Rigs that all of her staff are locals.

“Several of my staff commenced working for me as school-age teenagers, then left to have families, then returned when their children were grown up. In particular, Melissa and Catherine have been a part of our team for close to 20 years,” Cowen said.

Cowen added that on average more than 50 trucks a day stop there and I asked her what their favourite food was.

“Steak sandwiches which we use scotch fillet in, and home-made hamburgers with the lot, fish and chips. Many of our customers return regularly to chat with our friendly staff, and say they feel like they are a part of our extended family. We are on the major highway between Hobart and Queenstown and we get many logging trucks and those travelling to the hydro stations,” she said.

Regular customer Robert Wade who is a small fleet operator from Nubeena was glowing in his praise for the roadhouse.

“The food is good, they have clean facilities and the staff are so friendly. That is why so many of us drivers stop there,” Wade said.

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