The Don River Railway is a volunteer run vintage railway and museum in Don, a suburb of Devonport, Tasmania. It runs a short train ride from Don to Coles Beach using part of the former Don River Line that ran between Don Junction and Paloona.
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The Cherry Shed Tasmania is conveniently situated on the Bass Highway in Latrobe, ten minutes from D...
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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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Devonport - Things to Do


Devonport – Things to Do

Devonport is a city on the northern coast which is known as a hub for the northwest, but also as the port for the Spirit of Tasmania ferry to and from Melbourne.  Devonport is a great jumping off spot to explore of some of Tasmania’s most popular destinations, such as Cradle Mountain.

Activities and Things to Do and See

Kayaking around Tasman with ship wreck - Tasmania, AustraliaDevonport caters to the athletically inclined, as well as those looking for intellectual pursuits. There are several walking and cycling tracks in the city. Watersports such as  kayaking, rowing, sailing and fishing are popular pursuits. Alternatively, relax on the beaches and take in the beauty of the natural surroundings.  Consider taking a ride on the Don River Railway steam train to Coles Beach (30-min return) with the whole family  see the sights along the eastern banks of the Don River.

For those interested in learning more about the culture and history of the region, there are several museums and galleries to explore.  Centrally located on the waterfront, The Bass Strait Maritime Center is the perfect spot to learn more about the maritime history of the city.

Makers' Workshop Interpretation Centre, Tasmania, AustraliaLose yourself at an exhibit at the Devonport Regional Gallery, where you can find Tasmanian art, exhibitions, events, and workshops, along with a collection of fine and decorative art and craft, with a focus on 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.  On the waterfront there are adidtional galleries and craft shops that could fill an afternoon.

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 is home to 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.

Dive to nearby Latrobe and sample some more culinary delights at The Cherry Shed or The House of Anvers Chocolate Factory.

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