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Pocket Guide: Devonport

Known as the gateway to Tasmania, Devonport is the arrival port for ferries coming from the Australian mainland. Its rich history and the important role it plays in Tasmanian life have given Devonport its own unique character that’s well worth exploring during your time in the area. Enjoy a picturesque walk along the banks of the Mersey, take in the panoramic views from the town’s lighthouse or explore the beaches along the nearby coast.

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CBD – Located on the west side of the Mersey River, Devonport’s Central Business District is home to a choice of galleries, shops, cafes and restaurants, and hotels. You’ll also find a museum dedicated to the aboriginal people of Tasmania and a maritime centre in the area.

Don – Situated just outside of central Devonport, the suburb of Don is home to a restored tourist railway and a pioneer-style museum. With a hotel in Don you can learn more about the area’s fascinating heritage, and have easy to access to Devonport CBD.

Aitkenhead Spit – Located at the mouth of the Mersey, Aitkenhead Spit offers great views of the ferries as they enter and exit the river. Walk around the corner to the Mersey Bluff Lighthouse for breathtaking views of the local area.

East Devonport – On the opposite side of the river from the CBD, East Devonport is home to the town’s ferry terminal. It’s also where you’ll find the start of the Tasmanian Trail, a 300-mile walking and cycling route that passes through some of the region’s most beautiful countryside.

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The main sight in Devonport is the distinctive Mersey Bluff Lighthouse. Built in 1889, the red and white striped tower has been guiding ships in the area for over a hundred years. Visit the lighthouse to enjoy panoramic views of the area or to explore the park that surrounds it. Devonport’s other unmissable sight is the ferry itself. Watch as the iconic ship cruises out of the mouth of the Mersey towards the mainland, blasting its horn as it goes. You can also explore Home Hill while you’re in Devonport. Once the residence of Joseph Lyons. Australia’s only Tasmanian prime minister, the period property has a variety of fascinating displays showcasing his life and times.

There are lots of fun and interesting activities to keep you busy in this pretty coastal town. If you’re interested in the region’s landscapes, walk, bike or hike the beautiful Tasmanian Trail. Alternatively, head to Mersey Bluff and neighbouring Aitkenhead Spit and explore the beach and protected areas that line this section of the coast. The Devonport Maritime Museum is well worth a look during your stay in the town, as are Home Hill, Don Village, Don Tourist Railway and the Tiagarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Once you’ve learned about local history and culture, head to Devonport’s central business district to enjoy a tasty meal or relaxing drink in one of the town’s characterful bars, restaurants or cafes.