Devonport Tasmania

"Devonport Tasmania - the landing point for the Spirit of Tasmania ferry!"

Devonport welcomes many visitors to Tasmania as this is where the ferry arrives which links Tasmania to Melbourne.

Situated in the middle of the north coast of Tazzie, its not a bad spot to base yourself in order to explore what the top end of Tasmania has to offer.

Personally I'd use this place as a convenient stop off destination for catching the ferry and then spend more time touring around this amazing state. That said, the place has charm, some great coastal walks/cycling tracks and some lovely shops to browse around.

What To See And Do In Devonport Tasmania?

  • There are some nice coastal walks in Devonport, ranging from a light stroll to some proper bushwalking. The local visitors centre has all the maps and trails. We did the Eastern Forshore heritage walk which took less than an hour. It was nice enough and took in some of the place's shipwreck history. The views of the bass strait were also pretty stunning too.
  • You should also take a wander up to the Mersey Bluff Lighthouse at dusk. The views from here are incredible, especially at this time as the colours of the sea and sky change.
  • There are three different areas for shopping depending on what you are after. For arts and crafts head to 4 ways shopping centre; For homewares go to Don Road and then for fashion go to East Devonport Village. It's certainly not Sydney or Melbourne darling but you can spend a couple of hours having a good look round!
  • There's not much in the way of local attractions but the Maritime Museum is OK if you are really into boats
  • Given this is the place where the "Spirit of Tasmania" docks, there are heaps of tours available from Devonport. I.e. Lots of operators ready to whisk you away for a 2 day adventure to explore more of Tasmania. Given most people arrive with their car from here, I'd stick to exploring yourself. Tasmania is so easy to get around and there is plenty to see.

    Check out my page on Tasmania Tourism for more details. In particular you should drive to Cradle Mountain Tasmania. It's easy enough to drive there and back in a day if you wanted to.

  • Where To Stay In Devonport?

    There's not too much choice when it comes to hotels in Devonport and to be really honest, they are all pretty average. I'd head to Latrobe which is only about 10 minutes drive from Devonport and stay there instead.

    Best bet is to go for a B&B. The two that I would recommend would be:

    Hawley House - awesome views, good hospitality, querky rooms and good breakfast.

    Lucinda B&B - a beautiful old mansion offering lovely rooms and good service

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