Devonport

Gateway to the Northwest and Beyond

WHAT SPARKS YOUR INTEREST?

The Don River Railway is a vintage railway and museum in the suburb of Don, Devonport.
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Don River Railway Musuem
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Mersey Bluff Lighthouse
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Bluff Beach - a top spot for swimming or strolling along the sandy beach
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Don River Railway
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Boats on the Mersey River
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Devonport

Devonport is a city on the northern coast which is known to anyone who has taken the Spirit of Tasmania ferry to and from Melbourne. It’s a great hub for exploring the northwest and there’s plenty to discover in the city itself as well. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful views and take advantage of the proximity of some of Tasmania’s most popular destinations, such as Cradle Mountain.

The city is situated where the Mersey River meets the Bass Strait coast. The main CBD is located on the west side of the Mersey. There visitors will find a pedestrian mall, shops, hotels, and restaurants.

Getting There

 

If you are not planning to arrive via the ferry or airport, you can reach Devonport by car from Launceston (98 km), Burnie (47 km), Cradle Mountain (85km), or Hobart (277 km). Rail and coach options also exist. Image thanks to: MONA-Ferry.

 

Accommodation Offerings

As a hub for the northwest, many travelers rest their heads in this city, so there is no shortage of accommodation options. B&Bs, hotels, motels, cottages, self-contained apartments, caravan parks, and camping grounds are all available to those passing through.

Activities and Things to Do and See

Kayaking around Tasman with ship wreck - Tasmania, AustraliaThe city is a wonderful place for both physical activities and intellectual pursuits. For the athletically inclined, there are numerous walking and cycling tracks in the city. By biking along the coastal trail to The Bluff one can encounter Aboriginal rock carvings. Water sports such as sailing, kayaking, rowing and fishing are also popular pursuits. Alternatively, relax on the beaches or install yourself in a charming park and enjoy the natural surroundings.

A ride on the Don River Railway steam train to Coles Beach (30-min return) is a nice way to entertain the entire family and see the sights along the eastern banks of the Don River.

For those interested in learning more about the history and culture of the region, there are several museums and galleries to explore.

On the waterfront, visit the The Bass Strait Maritime Center to learn more about the intriguing maritime history of the city. Located in the former Harbour Master’s House, there is an extensive collection of objects, models and photographs that tell the stories of Bass Strait and Devonport. There are also exhibits which retell the exciting adventures of early explorers and shipwrecks.

Makers' Workshop Interpretation Centre, Tasmania, AustraliaImmerse yourself in Tasmanian art at the Devonport Regional Gallery. There is an annual program of exhibitions, events, and workshops, along with a collection of fine and decorative art and craft, with a predominant interest in 20th-century glass, ceramics and woodcraft.

Learn about the traditional lifestyle of Tasmanian Aboriginal people at the Tiagarra Aboriginal Culture Centre and Museum, which displays petroglyphs and designs in rock.  Along the waterfront you’ll also find more galleries and craft shops.

In the suburb of Don a railway museum called the Don River Railway is also worth a visit for train enthusiasts. Image thanks to: Roaring 40’s Kayaks and Tourism Tasmania & Melinda Ta.

What to Eat

This region boasts the fertile soil of the Mersey-Forth valley and an abundance of produce, so delicious food is easy to find in the city and its surroundings. Traditional pub fare along with modern cuisine can be found in the CBD, west of the Mersey.

History

In the mid-19th century the city of Devonport was actually composed of twin settlements Formby and Torquay, which were located on opposite banks at the mouth of the Mersey River. A river ferry service connected the communities and it wasn’t until 1890 that a public vote declared them united as the town known as Devonport.

The shipping industry featured prominently in its growth and the oldest standing building in town to this day is the Marine Board building, built in 1882. Once the mouth of the river was deepened, regular steamer services between Melbourne and Mersey began and contributed greatly to local commerce and trade. The Bluff lighthouse was completed in 1889.

The turn of the century brought even more progress and economic boost to the region in the form of railways. A wharf was created on the west bank, close to the railway and warehouses. The Victoria bridge was opened in 1902. A visitor can learn about the nautical and railway history in one of the several museums in the city.

Devonport was proclaimed a city by Prince Charles of Wales in 1981 in a ceremony conducted on the Devonport Oval. Image: Formby Devonport from Upper Mersey

Map of Devonport

Sheffield Motor Inn
Sheffield - North West
Burnie Central Townhouse Hotel
Burnie - North West
Burnie City Apartments
Burnie - North West
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
Cradle Mountain - North West
The Spotted Salmon Cottage
Ulverstone - North
In the Center of Devonport With Air Conditioning, Parking, Washing Machine
Devonport - North Coast
Bass & Flinders Motor Inn
Ulverstone - North
Mole Creek Cabins
Mole Creek - North
Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village
Cradle Mountain - North West
Hawley House
Hawley Beach - Devonport
In the Center of Devonport With Parking, Washing Machine
Devonport - North
Latrobe Art Apartments
Latrobe - Devonport
Devonport Historic Cottages
Devonport - North
No. 6 – Your Home Away From Home
Devonport - North
Devonport Serenity – Space for the Whole Family
Devonport - North
Sherwood View Accommodation
Latrobe - Devonport
Kentish Hills Retreat
Sheffield - North West
Roses of Chudleigh Holiday Cottage
Chudleigh - North
Sunrise Devonport
Devonport - North
The Grand On Macfie
Devonport - North
Elimatta Motor Inn
Devonport - North
Manna Hill Farm
West Kentish - North
The Port Masters Lodgings
Devonport - North
Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat
Moina - Cradle Mountain
Derwent Bridge Chalets & Studios
Derwent Bridge - Cradle Mountain
Bonney’s Inn
Deloraine - North
Blueberry B & B
Heybridge - North
Convenient & Professionally Styled Home Parking
Devonport - North
Waves & Whitehorses – Beach Side Property
Leith - North
Cradle Alpine Retreat
Moina - Cradle Mountain
Low Head Pilot Station
Low Head - North
Glenbrook House and Cottage
Penguin - North
The Lighthouse Hotel
Ulverstone - North
Birchwood on the River
Devonport - North
Dannebrog Lodge
Devonport - North
Seaview House Ulverstone
Devonport - North
Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain
Barclay Motor Inn
Devonport - North
Penguin Waterfront Escape
Penguin - North West Coast
Shearwater Resort
Shearwater - North
BIG4 Ulverstone Holiday Park
Ulverstone - North
Kentisbury Country House
West Kentish - North
Views Forever, Sunsets, Beaches, Trails & City
Devonport - North
Beauty Point Tourist Park
Beauty Point - North
Designer Home in Perfect Location + Parking
Devonport - North
Lucinda B&B
Latrobe - North
Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages
Cradle Mountain
Cradle Forest Inn
Moina - Cradle Mountain
Beaches ‘n’ Greens
Greens Beach - North Coast
Discovery Parks – Devonport
Devonport - North
Formby Hotel
Devonport - North
Waterfront Apartments
Miandetta - North
575 m From the Center of Devonport With Air Conditioning, Parking, Washing Machine
Devonport - North
Ocean Beach Villa
East Devonport - North
Silver Ridge Retreat
Claude Road - North
Ulverstone Boutique Accommodation
Ulverstone - North
Hide-away Cottage Retreat
Mooreville - North
Cradle Mountain Hotel
Cradle Mountain
Shearwater Cottages
Shearwater - North
The Tickled Trout
Ulverstone - North
Henry’s Cottage – Luxury in the Heart of Devonport
Devonport - North
Mole Creek Guesthouse
Mole Creek - Cradle Mountain
Beachway Motel & Restaurant
Ulverstone - North
Lucas Hotel
Latrobe - North
Willaway Motel Apartments
Ulverstone - North
Boscobel of Tasmania
Ulverstone - North
Ulverstone River Edge Apartments
Ulverstone - North
Edgewater Hotel
Devonport - North
Ulverstone River Retreat
Ulverstone - North
Abel Tasman Caravan Park
Devonport - North
Blackwood Park Cottages
Mole Creek - Cradle Mountain
Lake St Clair Lodge
Lake St. Clair - Cradle Mountain
Quality Hotel Gateway
Devonport - North
Engadine Cottage
Mole Creek - Cradle Mountain
Bay View Holiday Village
East Devonport - North
Black Rock Retreat
Howth - North
A Little bit of Class at a Liitle Cost
Devonport - North
Acacia Bed and Breakfast
Sheffield - North
Frenchman’s Cap Guided Walk
Frenchman's Cap
The Overland Track
Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Forest
Dove Canyon
Dove Canyon
Lost World Canyon
Lost World Canyon and Dove River
Cradle Mountain – 4 day walking holiday
Cradle Mountain
Rugged Indulgence – EPIC Tasmanian Adventures
Launceston - Cradle Mountain
Show Me Your Map of Tasmania – Self Drive Motorcycle Tour (HBA)
Hobart and Surrounding Regions
Cradle Mountain Day tour
Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park
8 Day Tasmanian Wildlife and Wilderness Encounter
Launceston
7 Day Tasmanian Wildlife and Wilderness Encounter
Launceston - East Coast
5 Tage Tasmanien für Genießer Westküste
Launceston - Cradle Mountain
7 Day Tasmanias Wilderness small group tour
Launceston - East Coast
8 Day Tasmanian Wildlife Encounter small group tour
Hobart - Tasmanian Tour
9 Tage Tasmanien für Genießer
Hobart
Tantalising Tasmania
Hobart to Launceston

What to do

Devonport

Where to Stay

Devonport

The Grand On Macfie

Devonport - North

Situated by the sea, this bed & breakfast is within 2 km of Devonport Regional Gallery and Home Hill. Bass Strait Maritime Centre and Mersey Bluff are also within 3 km.
Along with laundry facilities, this smoke-free bed & breakfast has a library and a garden. Free full breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include barbecue grills and a front-desk safe.
All 5 rooms provide conveniences like sitting areas and refrigerators, plus free WiFi and LCD TVs with digital channels. Guests will also find minibars, premium bedding, and coffee makers.

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Birchwood on the River

Devonport - North

Located in the heart of Devonport, this apartment building is within 2 km of Bass Strait Maritime Centre, Devonport Regional Gallery, and Mersey Bluff.

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Quality Hotel Gateway

Devonport - North

Located in the heart of Devonport, this hotel is within 2 km of Devonport Regional Gallery and Bass Strait Maritime Centre. Mersey Bluff and Home Hill are also within 3 km.

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Sunrise Devonport

Devonport - North

Situated near the airport, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Bass Strait Maritime Centre, Mersey Bluff, and Tiagarra Aboriginal Museum. Devonport Regional Gallery and Home Hill are also within 5 km.

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Dannebrog Lodge

Devonport - North

Situated near the airport, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Bass Strait Maritime Centre and Devonport Regional Gallery.

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Edgewater Hotel

Devonport - North

Situated in East Devonport, this motel is 1.2 km from Devonport Ferry Terminal and 4.8 km from Home Hill. Devonport Regional Gallery and Bass Strait Maritime Centre are also within 10 km.

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Formby Hotel

Devonport - North

Situated in Devonport, this hotel is within 2 km of Devonport Regional Gallery and Bass Strait Maritime Centre. Home Hill and Mersey Bluff are also within 3 km.

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The Port Masters Lodgings

Devonport - North

These hotel accommodations are located throughout the area in East Devonport. This hotel features laundry facilities, a garden, and barbecue grills.

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Discovery Parks – Devonport

Devonport - North

Situated on the waterfront, this campground is 1.6 km from Devonport Ferry Terminal and 4.6 km from Devonport Regional Gallery.

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