Maritime history, beaches and a pretty riverside setting make this port town a pleasant spot to linger when touring Tasmania’s northwest coast.
Situated on the Mersey River and the Bass Strait Coast, Devonport encompasses an assortment of beaches as well as river and ocean views. The seaside setting provides plenty of water-based activities, such as sailing and kayaking. Water is not only a source of fun, but also of a rich maritime heritage. Learn about the city’s seagoing and shipbuilding past, explore the scenic coastline and enjoy summertime fun on the beach.
One way to get acquainted with Devonport is to take any of the walking or cycling trails. Among them is the Devonport City Walk that starts in the city centre and follows the Mersey River foreshore. Along the way, stop by the lighthouse and the Bicheno Blowhole, which sends water several metres in the air. The Eastern Foreshore Heritage Walk passes sites of historic interest, including the remains of a shipwreck from 1930.
Pick up additional insights into Devonport’s past with a visit to the Bass Strait Maritime Centre, located in the former residence of the Harbour Master. Follow the early history of ship building in the area, learn about the age of steamships and take the helm of a life-size steamer's bridge.
See the collection of steam locomotives and passenger carriages at Don River Railway, a railway museum. You can also take a train trip along part of the old Melrose line.
During the warm weather, spend some downtime on the beaches, several of which are close to the city centre. One of the most popular is Bluff Beach, which features a children's playground, picnic tables and barbecue grills. Head out to sea on a sailing trip or stay closer to the shore in a kayak. For more fun in the water, go to the Devonport Aquatic Centre and swim in its indoor and outdoor pools.
Devonport is located on Tasmania’s northwest coast and is the home of the Spirit of Tasmania. This vehicular ferry service connects the city with Melbourne on the Australian mainland. With beaches, history and great walking, there is lots to see and do in Devonport.