Devonport, TAS: Destination Guide

Nowhere Else Near Devonport

History and modernity live side by side in Tasmania's seaside town of Devonport.

Read on to discover things to do and see in Devonport or find and book accommodation in Devonport today.

About Devonport

Separation has carved another life for Australia’s most southern state. Devonport is in many ways the gateway to Tasmania for Australia’s mainland being the port for the Spirit of Tasmania ferries which sail daily to and from Melbourne. Located in northern Tasmania, Devonport is a lively commercial hub with plenty of things to do and see for those kick starting their Tasmanian adventure.

Things to do in Devonport

There are plenty of things to do in Devonport on the cheap. Why not take the Mersey River Foreshore walking track from the city to Mersey Bluff Beach? The beach is perfect for the kids plus there is barbecue facilities to help you make a day of it. Be sure to check out the iconic Mersey Bluff lighthouse while you are there. For a peaceful walk amongst beautiful surrounds head to the Tasmanian Arboretum which provides 66 acres of botanical tree park and entry is just $5 per adult. For some beautiful country landscape head to the picturesque but ridiculously named town of Nowhere Else near Devonport, which is, like, ahem, nowhere else.

Attractions in Devonport

Home Hill

History buffs will want to check out Home Hill, the former homestead of the only Tasmanian-born Prime Minister, Joseph Lyons. Guided tours of this National Trust building are run every Wednesday to Sunday, with afternoon tea and tour packages available.

Bass Strait Maritime

Being a city by the sea, the Bass Strait Maritime Centre celebrates the city’s rich seafaring history and has plenty of interactive displays to help keep the kids occupied. The centre is also home to the restoration of the Julia Burgess Vessel.

Tiagarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Head to Tiagarra Aboriginal Culture Centre for your chance to see over 2,000 aboriginal artefacts celebrating the history and present day cultures of Tasmania’s Aboriginal people. 

Mole Creek

From the ferry terminal at Devonport it’s an easy drive south to Mole Creek and the famous King Solomon and Marakoopa caves. Nestled in the heart of Tasmania's picturesque countryside, is home to both natural wonders and exceptional food and accommodation. From here, you can also visit the famous Cradle Mountain, the Great Lakes, and other northern Tasmanian attractions.

Getting to Devonport

Devonport is located in Tasmania's central north, about 279km north of Hobart.

By car

Devonport is a three hour drive from Hobart, or a one hour drive from Launceston.

By ferry

Being the docking port for the Spirit of Tasmania, Devonport is easily accessible from Melbourne.

When to visit Devonport

Devonport offers visitors a mild climate throughout the year. The most popular time to visit Devonport is between December and March as the weather is slightly more obliging.

Where to stay in Devoport

Devonport offers an abundance of value for money tourist parks. For more accommodation options in and around Devonport, click here.

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