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DEVONPORT, Forth, Eugenana, Port Sorell & the Don Railway

DEVONPORT is a picturesque port city, as well as being the third largest city in Tasmania. It is also the terminus of the car ferry link to Australia. Devonport thus has many facilities and much accommodation. The CBD has a mall, plus many fine Victorian and Art Deco buildings. The attractions include a great park on the river and a lovely foreshore park with 2 light houses and a Maritime museum. There is also an old tourist railway at Don. Just south of Devonport is the famous Arboretum. Devonport is located on the central northern coast of Tasmania.

From Devonport you are 10 minutes from LATROBE, 15 minutes from ULVERSTONE and SHEFFIELD, 30 minutes from DELORAINE, 40 minutes from BURNIE, one hour from LAUNCESTON.

Nearby places are described in the REGION TARKINE, ULVERSTONE, LATROBE, BURNIE, LAUNCESTON, Mt ROLAND and SHEFFIELD pages.


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FACILITIES: Devonport is the third largest city in Tasmania with a large CBD. There is much accommodation at DEVONPORT and some accommodation at LATROBE.

TOURIST information is located at 92 Formby Road, Devonport. The telephone is (03) 6424 4466

For PRIVATE GUIDED TOURS the telephone is (03) 6424 4466

SIGHTS: Devonport is the port of call for the Spirit of Tasmania, the car ferry linking Tasmania to Australia. As such many people will visit Devonport and there are many things to see. Devonport is also a great place to stay, if you intend to visit CRADLE MOUNTAIN and other attractions in the Tiers and the nearer North West.

Devonport is Tasmania's third largest city, so it is also a good place to shop. The MERSEY RIVER flows just east of the CBD and is a great attraction in its own right. There is a great river walk leading all the way to the BLUFF LIGHTHOUSE. The special Devonport map below will show you where the attractions are located.


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  • DEVONPORT
  • Don Railway
  • Eugenana
  • Forth
  • Port Sorell

 

Spirit of Tasmania at Devonport

1/ Devonport is the home port of the Spirit of Tasmania, which is the main ferry between Tasmania and Australia. You will usually see one or two ships moored here.

Steward Street Devonport

2/ Steward Street leads east from Formby Road. Here you can see some good examples of Art Deco, like the building on the right.

Devonport Tasmania

3/ The towering wheat silos on Formby Road made for great geometric subjects.

Tasmania, Devonport

4/ I found that the wheat silos and the railway made an interesting industrial composition.

Rooke Street Devonport

5/ This interesting heritage bank building marks the start of the Devonport Mall.

cinema at Devonport

6/ Devonport has a large modern cinema complex. This is the view from Formby Road, which runs parallel to the Mersey River.

Rooke Street Devonport

7/ The shops in Rooke Street are well decorated. This street leads straight into the Mall

mall at Devonport

8/ In the centre of the CBD is the Devonport Mall. The best shops are located in the area close to it.

Alexander Hotel at Devonport

9/ The Alexander Hotel is one of the old hotels of Devonport. Note that the extension to the right is in a different more modern style.

houses of Devonport

10/ Just beyond the Devonport CBD the city becomes quite hilly. These old houses have a good view down to the Mersey River.

Mersey River park at Devonport

11/ The Mersey River is a beautiful river. The strange, white bridge to the left of the ship is used to load cars onto the Spirit of Tasmania ferry. On the west bank of the Mersey is a path way used by walkers, riders and skaters.

lighthouse on Mersey River at Devonport

12/ This small white lighthouse on the Mersey marks the start of the River Park. Beyond on the horizon is the Bass Strait sea.

Mersey River at Devonport

13/ The Mersey River can give you some interesting industrial scenes like this one.

Devonport Tasmania

14/ This view down the Mersey River shows the main icons of Devonport. On the left is the Spirit of Tasmania, in the centre stand the silos and on the right horizon are the walls of Mount Roland.

ship marker at Devonport

15/ This strange object is a ship marker to give ships the correct angle on which to enter the Mersey.

Maritime Museum at Devonport

16/ Walking north on the River Park you will come to the Maritime Museum, where you can learn all about the maritime history of Tasmania.

Prime Minister Lyons bust at Devonport

17/ Joseph Lyons was the Prime Minister of Australia around 1930. His wife Enid also played a major role in the social life of Australia, at this time. You can visit his house in the south of Devonport.

war memorial at Devonport

18/ The War Memorial is in the northern section of the River Park.

mansion at Devonport

19/ Adjacent to River Park are a number of grand, old Victorian mansions. This one was being renovated and should look really stunning in the near future.

mansion at Devonport

20/ This is another grand old mansion. These mansions have a great view down the Mersey River and out across the Bass Strait sea.

cottage at Devonport

21/ There were also many quaint old cottages like this one.

Bluff Lighthouse at Devonport

22/ The Bluff Lighthouse is a very striking landmark. The red stripes help ships to judge their distance from far out at sea.

Devonport Tasmania

23/ This is the Posidon Statue of the ancient Greek sea god. It is north of the Devonport CBD. From this lookout you have great views of the Mersey and the nearby coast.

Devonport Tasmania

24/ This close up shows that the Posidon Statue is well crafted in the ancient style of sculpture.

Devonport Tasmania

25/ This is looking East down Bluff Beach, Devonport. The Posidon monument is at the end of this Beach. On the far horizon of the coast is the Narawntapu National Park.

Mount Roland seen from West of Devonport

26/ As you approach Devonport from the west on the A1 Bass Highway, you are greeted with this stunning view of Mount Roland that just pops up over the hill. You know then that you are in Devonport.

 

Tasmania, Devonport Don Railway station

1/ The Don River Railway is located in the south western corner of Devonport. It has a lot to offer train enthusiasts. You begin your tour of the Don River Railway at the old station of Don, which has been very well restored.

Tasmania, Devonport Don Railway

2/ Just across from the restored Don Railway Station is the control tower. Sometimes you can view the controls.

Tasmania, Devonport Don Railway

3/ In the control tower you can see the old change gears. This is something that train enthusiasts find fascinating.

Tasmania, Devonport Don Railway

4/ This rail bus of the 1950s was doing the tour that day. Once it was a major asset of the Tasmania Railways.

Tasmania, Devonport Don Railway

5/ The seating inside this rail bus had been restored to its original 1950 style. This work had been done by the local people, who run the Don River Railway of Devonport.

Tasmania, Devonport Don Railway workshop

6/ In the old Devonport railway repair shed you can journey back in time and see how the old trains once were maintained.

Tasmania, Devonport Don Railway

7/ This black locomotive was being repaired that day. Soon it will be joining the other locomotives of the Don River Railway of Devonport.

Tasmania, Devonport Don Railway

8/ Tasmanian mines and railways once used a number of very small locomotives like this one. I suspect that the Don River Railway enthusiasts painted it to resemble the carton character "Thomas the Tank".

Tasmania, Devonport Don Railway

9/ This small loco was once used by the rail repair crews. In the rear of the photo you can see the western edge of Devonport and the distant peaks of the Great Western Tier mountains.

Tasmania, Devonport Don Railway

10/ This is the cabin of the small green locomotive shown above. It has been very well restored.

Tasmania, Devonport Don Railway

11/ The last car always carried the guard and was called the caboose. This one has been well restored and is a proud asset of the Don River Railway of Devonport.

Tasmania, Devonport Don Railway

12/ This green passenger car is very old and dates from the 1870s. You can really journey back in time on the heritage trains of the Don River Railway of Devonport.

Tasmania, Devonport Don Railway

13/ In the yard were these two powerful, early 20th Century 6-8-4-4 locomotives. Some day the enthusiasts of the Don River Railway of Devonport will get them going.

Tasmania, Devonport Don Railway

14/ The railway winds its way to the south of Devonport. There are plans to extend the Don River Railway all the way to Burnie. This would only involve upgrading the existing railway track to Burnie

Tasmania, Devonport Don Railway

15/ The tour ends in dairy country south of Devonport.

 

Entrance to the Arboretum at Eugenana South West of Devonport.

1/ The Arboretum at Eugenana is located south of Devonport in northern Tasmania. If is a nature reserve containing 3500 plants from around the world. It includes every tree mentioned in the Bible. It also has a walk in a remnant of the original, native forest.

Arboretum at Eugenana

2/ The Arboretum at Eugenana is marked by a series of trails that take you to the different types of vegetation found in the different continents.

Arboretum at Eugenana

3/ The Arboretum at Eugenana has a number of picnic shelters and tables.

Arboretum at Eugenana

4/ This photo shows the exotic plants around the pond of the Arboretum at Eugenana.

native hen at Arboretum at Eugenana

5/ The Arboretum at Eugenana is home to dozens of native hens, whom you will see running around in all directions. They are prolific in this part of Eugenana.

Wollemia pines at Arboretum at Eugenana

6/ This is a grove of the extremely rare, ancient Wollemia Pine. This tree was thought to be extinct, until 1984, when it was discovered in the Blue Mountains of NSW. Today it is being dispersed to new locations, like Eugenana, to ensure its survival. The Wollemia is 150 million years old.

Arboretum at Eugenana

7/ This trail leads to a walk in the remnant of the local native forest of Eugenana. The Wollemia Pine grove is just visible in the centre.

Arboretum at Eugenana

8/ The Arboretum at Eugenana is home to a number of impressive, old, native trees.

Arboretum at Eugenana

9/ The Arboretum has many moods. These next photos were taken in late autumn on a cold day. They show the richness of the colors that we see in autumn in Tasmania. I stop trying to count the number of greens that I could see in this image.

Arboretum at Eugenana

10/ Here the orange and yellow foliage really contrasts with the greens of the background.

Arboretum at Eugenana

11/ The yellow and orange foliage adds to the depth of the cold landscape.

Arboretum at Eugenana

12/ This image shows the richness of the colors of the foliage in autumn.

Arboretum at Eugenana

13/ Here the different plants show the richness and variety of the shapes and colors of nature.

 

church at Forth in northern Tasmania

1/ Forth is a hamlet in northern central Tasmania south of Devonport. This is the lovely All Saints Anglican Church at Forth. It is built in an old European style.

Forth in northern Tasmania

2/ This is the Bridge Hotel at Forth. It was built in the early 20th Century. A ghost is alleged to occasionally appear in the large, top left window.

3/ This 19th Century house has now been converted into a shop and painted purple.

Forth in northern Tasmania

4/ This is another old house and shop combination. The clouds gave it a timeless appearance that day.

Forth in northern Tasmania

5/ This view looks towards the high hill to the north of Forth.

Forth in northern Tasmania

6/ This view looks towards the other hill to the south of Forth.

Forth in northern Tasmania

7/ This is a timeless view of the Forth River taken from the Forth Bridge.

Forth in northern Tasmania

8/ Just across the Forth River is a lovely, very large park.

Forth in northern Tasmania

9/ As you can see from the soil color in this photo, the land around Forth is very rich, agricultural land.

Forth in northern Tasmania

10/ This is a view of Forth taken from Braddons lookout. Forth is the town on the left of the photo.

Turners Beach in North West Tasmania

11/ This is a view looking west from Braddons lookout towards the settlement of Turners Beach. You can see the large, fertile fields that make up the Forth River Valley.

 

Hawley Beach at Port Sorell near Devonport

1/ Port Sorell is a beach holiday suburb east of Devonport. It has two beautiful beaches namely Hawley Beach and Frees Beach. This photo shows Hawley Beach at low tide. Across the water is the Narawntapu National Park.

Hawley Beach at Port Sorell near Devonport

2/ A scree field separates Hawley Beach from Frees Beach. On the distant horizon is the peak of Archer's Knob in the Narawntapu National Park.

Hawley Beach at Port Sorell near Devonport

3/ This photo shows mud flats on the Rubicon River at high tide. On the horizon is Narawntapu National Park.

Panatana Creek near Hawley Beach at Port Sorell near Devonport

4/ The tidal movement on the Rubicon River is so great that it turns the mouth into a mud flat.

Hawley Beach at Port Sorell near Devonport

5/ This photo shows boats beached on the Rubicon River at high tide.

Hawley Beach at Port Sorell near Devonport

6/ This photo shows the Rubicon River at high tide from the pier at Squeaking Point.

7/ This is the view from the pier near the caravan park at Squeaking Point. It looks out onto the wide mouth of the Rubicon River.

Squeaking Point near Port Sorell

8/ This is the Squeaking Point Pier at high tide. Notice the enormous difference in the water level.

Squeaking Point near Port Sorell

9/ This is the same view of the Rubicon River shown in Photo number 6. Again notice the tidal difference.

Squeaking Point near Port Sorell

10/ This a view of the pebble beach at Squeaking Point.

 

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