The Spirit of Tasmania, John Fairhall / Auscape International

Population 25518

Devonport, on the banks of the Mersey River, is the home port of the Spirit of Tasmania I and II. This vibrant seaport city is framed by the dramatic headland of Mersey Bluff, beautiful coastal reserves and parklands, and Bass Strait. The community is fuelled by farming, manufacturing and, of course, tourism.

Visitor Information

92 Formby Rd; (03) 6424 4466

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

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  • Ulverstone

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  • Port Sorell

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In Town

Home Hill A National Trust property, once home to prime minister Joseph Lyons and Dame Enid Lyons, along with their 12 children. Houses a rich collection of personal material, giving insight into the momentous events of mid-20th century Australian. The Home Hill property comprises a beautiful old building in well-maintained gardens of wisteria and imposing trees. Tours 2pm Wed–Sun, closed Jul–Aug; 77 Middle Rd; (03) 6424 8055.

Tiagarra Aboriginal Culture Centre and Museum  Meaning 'keep' or 'keeping place', Tiagarra is one of the few preserved Aboriginal rock-carving sites in Tasmania. A 1 km circuit walk takes in the carvings. An adjoining art centre exhibits over 2000 artefacts. Dioramas depict the lifestyle of the original inhabitants; open Tues and Wed, 10am–2pm; Bluff Rd, Mersey Bluff; (03) 6424 8250.

Don River Railway View the largest collection of historic locomotives and passenger carriages in Tasmania and hop on an hourly train ride along Don River to Coles Beach, hauled by steam locomotives on Sundays; open Mon–Sun; Forth Main Rd, Don; (03) 6424 6335.

Devonport Maritime Museum & Heritage Centre See detailed models and displays from the days of sail through the age of steam, to the present seagoing passenger ferries; open Mon–Sun 10am–4pm; 6 Gloucester Ave; (03) 6424 7100.

Simon Martin Whips and Leathercraft Country leathercraft studio and expert traditional whip-maker supplying plaited kangaroo hide stockwhips to the world. Whip cracking demonstrations on request; open Mon–Fri; 4 Formby Rd; (03) 6424 3972.

Pandemonium Discovery and Adventure Centre Something for all ages from indoor rock climbing, laser skirmish and jungle gyms to the hands-on Imaginarium Science Centre; open 10am–5.30pm Tue–Sun; 62–64 North Fenton St; (03) 6424 1333.

Regional Gallery: displays the work of contemporary Tasmanian artists in a century-old building; open 10am–5pm Mon–Fri, 12–5pm Sat and 1–5pm Sun; 45 Stewart St; (03) 6424 8296.

Australian Weaving Mills Factory Outlet: factory seconds for Dickies and Dri-Glo products; open 9.30am–3pm Mon–Fri, 9am–12pm Sat; 45 Tasman St; (03) 6424 6345.

Devonport Lighthouse: striking icon completed in 1899 and part of the National Estate; Mersey Bluff.

Scenic flights: through Tasair from Devonport airport; bookings (03) 6427 9777.


Tasmanian Arboretum Fifty-eight ha reserve of rare native and exotic plants and trees. Picnic areas, walking tracks and a lake where you can watch waterbirds and platypus; Eugenana; 10 km S.

House of Anvers Chocolate Factory The total chocolate experience – manufacturing viewing room, chocolate museum and tasting centre; Bass Hwy; 10 km SW.

Braddon's Lookout: panoramic view of coastline; near Forth; 16 km W.

Kelcey Tier Nature Walk: 160 ha of native bushland and 3.6 km circuit walk with superb views of Devonport and Mersey River.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Platypus Encounters, Latrobe 9 km

Three brothers almost single-handedly turned an old quarry site into one of the most reliable places in the world to see wild platypus. In fact, the guided tours have never failed to encounter a platypus in Warrawee... Find out more

Giant crayfish research, near Ulverstone 14 km

Tasmania has the largest freshwater crayfish in the world, and they can grow up to a metre in length, with claws that could cut a person’s hand off. You can go out on a research trip with the world’s expert... Find out more

Hiking the Penguin to Cradle walk 25 km

If you want to embark on a little-known, but highly varied Tasmanian bushwalk, try part or the entire 80-kilometre Penguin to Cradle walk. It starts at the coast, goes through a mix of rural areas, woodlands, canyons,... Find out more

Gunns Plains Cave 29 km

Located just south-west of Gunns Plains (some 23 kilometres south-west of Ulverstone), this is yet another great limestone cave. It has one of the largest shawl formations in the Southern Hemisphere, glow worms aplenty... Find out more

Low Head Penguin Tours 40 km

Every night at dusk this comprehensive but inexpensive tour takes visitors to a little penguin-nesting site near the mouth of the Tamar River, where you can watch the penguins waddle ashore to return to their nests. The... Find out more

Creative Paper, Burnie 40 km

Make your own paper with recycled bits and pieces on a half-hour tour at this non-profit, community-based enterprise. They use all sorts of odds and ends to make their eco-friendly papers, including old jeans, fruit pulp... Find out more

Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek 42 km

One of the most respected and long-running wildlife parks in Tasmania, Trowunna is involved in conservation, education and rehabilitation. There is a wide range of wildlife on display, including devils, reptiles, quolls... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Essence Food and Wine

This is a standout in the Devonport restaurant scene. A renovated red brick cottage provides an intimate, cosy atmosphere for dining, while the lounge bar with its open fire is a warm place to enjoy a pre-dinner drink.... Find out more

Taco Villa

Taco Villa is a Devonport institution, very popular with the local townsfolk. You won’t discover startling innovation but you will find a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere and good old Mexican-via-Australia fare.... Find out more

Campsites around town

Port Sorell Lions Caravan Park 17 km

This large caravan park is close to shops and just a short walk from the foreshore of the Rubicon estuary, with its sheltered beach and lovely views of Narawntapu National Park. The safe swimming beach and kids’... Find out more

Koybaa camping area 18 km

This camping area at Griffiths Point, 4 km past the ranger station, has 12 small sites surrounded by scrub. They are only suitable for tent-based camping because you have to carry your gear in past a row of... Find out more

Bakers Point camping area 18 km

On the point by Springlawn Beach, this large camping area has 36 sites – 16 suitable for larger rigs – a portable toilet waste collection point and a boat-launching area. There’s excellent fishing in... Find out more

Springlawn camping area 21 km

This is the place to head to in the park if you have a large rig and need power. It also has the best facilities and is only 100 m past the ranger station and visitor centre, so it is just a short walk to join one of the... Find out more

Horse Yards camping area 22 km

A 26 km horseriding trail leads from this camping area, but you must camp nearby and give the ranger 48 hours notice before you can bring your horse into the park. Narawntapu is 40 km east of Devonport via the B71, or 85... Find out more

West Kentish Park camping area 25 km

This informal camping area on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake Barrington is 6 km from West Kentish. Busy when there are rowing events at the lake, at other times it is a peaceful campground amid pretty scenery. Bring... Find out more

Lake Barrington West camping area 25 km

Lake Barrington is famous for its world-class rowing course, and while there are big crowds here for rowing championships, the rest of the time there is peaceful camping, all-year angling and beautiful scenery. Camping... Find out more

Pioneer Park camping area 30 km

Set among farmland and forested hills 15 km from Penguin, the tiny settlement of Riana is picture-postcard pretty. Its quiet little campground is on the left-hand side of the main road (B17), just past the cricket oval... Find out more

O’Neills Creek Reserve camping area 34 km

Next to the creek and rodeo ground, this pretty forest reserve has places for vans for short stays (2 nights maximum), making it a perfect overnight stop on your way to Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park.... Find out more

Mole Creek Caravan Park 42 km

This riverside caravan park, just west of Mole Creek township, has plenty of attractions close by. There are Australia’s finest cave systems at Marakoopa and King Solomons Cave, as well as honey farms, a cheesery,... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Abel Tasman Caravan Park 2 km

Located just a couple of blocks from the Spirit of Tasmania terminal, this park has obvious benefits for those arriving or departing by the boat. The park has sites to cater for all size rigs and is ideal for a longer... Find out more

Bay View Holiday Village 3 km

Close to the beach on the east side of Devonport, this park is just a short drive to the Spirit of Tasmania ferry terminal. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

BIG4 Ulverstone Holiday Park 14 km

This is a good quality park with spacious grassy areas and a range of facilities, about 1 km from the town centre and close to the surf club on East Beach. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Port Sorell Lions Caravan Park 17 km

This popular beachfront park is owned and operated by the Lions Club. It is close to the centre of town, adjacent to the boat ramp and ideal for family holidays. It is an easy drive to the Devonport ferry terminal from... Find out more

Penguin Caravan Park 25 km

This beachfront park at the western end of town has undergone a makeover. The waterfront sites have been refurbished and the park has a licensed restaurant. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Wings Wildlife Park 27 km

Staying here is a different experience. There is trout fishing, bushwalking, kayaking, golf, and more. The park has good facilities including powered sites, but we would opt for the unpowered riverfront camping area. The... Find out more

BIG4 Kelso Sands Holiday Park 37 km

The park is set on a large expanse of grassy, maintained grounds and includes a small golf course. It has good amenities, a wellstocked store and a great outlook over the broad estuary of the River Tamar. Wombats... Find out more

Low Head Tourist Park 40 km

This is an attractive park. There are large grassy areas, and most facilities for the discerning traveller are here. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Birchmore of Devonport

The 1890s heritage terrace Birchmore was built for the local lighthouse keeper. This comfortable and tastefully decorated B&B is just a short walk to shops and restaurants in the city centre, and a few minutes’... Find out more

Comfort Inn Sunrise

This motel-style accommodation is in a convenient location for visitors to Devonport. In a quiet spot just 100 metres from the beach and riverside cycle tracks, it’s also just a short picturesque foreshore walk to the... Find out more

Devonport Historic Cottages

Devonport is the gateway to the state for Spirit of Tasmania ferry passengers, and a stay in one of these restored cottages is a romantic introduction to Tasmania’s rich history. After a day exploring the region you can... Find out more

Mersey Bank Apartments

If you’ve a taste for fine dining you’ll love the location of Mersey Bank. Not only are these luxury apartments in the heart of Devonport, they are on the second floor of a renovated 1908 building that houses... Find out more

Glencoe Rural Retreat

From the outside this Federation house looks like any other, lovingly maintained and surrounded by lush gardens, but inside the four-room luxury B&B there are a couple of surprises. The first is the style and... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Mountain Valley, Loongana 41 km

Mountain Valley is off the beaten tourist track, situated around 64 kilometres south-west of Devonport (due south of Burnie). Visitors here stay in rustic cabins with open fireplaces on a private and remote 60-hectare... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Parramatta Creek rest area 23 km

26km NW of Deloraine (L) or 17km SE of Latrobe (R)

Among shady trees on the banks of the creek.

What's on around town

Devonport Cup: Jan.

Apex Regatta: Mar.

Taste the Harvest Festival: Mar.

Jazz Weekend: July.

Devonport Show: Nov.

Athletic and Cycling Carnivals: Dec.

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