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.
FORTH is south west of Devonport on the Forth River.
ARBORETUM at EUGENANA is south west of Devonport.
DON RIVER RALIWAY is in south western Devonport.
PORT SORELL is a beach holiday suburb east of Devonport.
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 NORTH WEST-TARKINE REGION page.
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TOURIST information is located at 92 Formby Road, Devonport. 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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MERSEY RIVER WALK starts just east of the CBD and goes all the way to the Bluff Lighthouse. It runs through a pretty park, where the Maritime Museum is located. There is a new statue of the ancient, sea god Posidon at the end of this Park, plus great views across Bass Strait. If you are lucky you can watch the ferry ship, the Spirit of Tasmania, sail down the Mersey River, as it arrives or departs from Devonport.
MARITIME MUSEUM of Devonport is a great place to learn about the maritime history of Tasmania. (03) 6424 7100 It is located in the Mersey River Park just where the Park turns west. This is where Victoria Parade becomes Bluff Road.
DON RAILWAY has a great collection of old trains and does short tours on a track south of Devonport. There are plans to extend this railway tour all the way to BURNIE. The railway station is located in the south west corner of Devonport. Just drive west on the A1 Bass Highway to the south west corner of Devonport and you will see the station. The telephone number is (03) 6424 6335 or donriverrailway.com.au
DON RIVER WALK is a good way to see the Don River. It starts at the Don River Railway Station, described above, and follows the railway and the Don River northwards to the western corner of Devonport. Alternatively you can walk north to south by starting at the western end of Coles Beach Road and following the track south to the Railway Station.
IMAGINARIUM is a science exhibition in Devonport with lots of great attractions for children. It is located just south of the CBD in Macfie Street. The telephone is (03) 6423 1466.
PORT SORELL is just east of Devonport. It has two lovely beaches namely; Hawley Beach and Frees Beach.
HILLIER FLORA RESERVE is a large garden displaying many lovely flowers. It is located south west of the Devonport CBD. To reach it, drive west on B16 Steele Street, then turn south on Lovett Street.
HOME HILL is the former, Devonport home of Tasmania's only Prime Minister, Joseph Lyons. Lyons was of some significance in the history of Australia, as was his wife Dame Enid Lyons, who was the first female member of parliament. The home is open most days for inspection and gives an insight into the 1930s. To reach HOME HILL from the Devonport CBD, drive west until you reach William Street, then drive south on William Street, which becomes Middle Street. Middle Street crosses the A1 Bass Highway. Home Hill is located just south of the A1. The telephone number is (03) 6424 8055 or contact Admin@nationaltrusttas.org.au
ARBORETUM at EUGENANA is a reserve that has every tree mentioned in the Bible. It is located to the south west of Devonport. To reach it drive west on the A1 Bass Highway for a few kilometres, then turn south west on B19 Forth Road, then turn south on C145 Forthside Road. You then turn east on Bellamy Road to reach the Arboretum. Signs on these roads point the way. The telephone number is (03) 6427 2690 or contact www.tasmanianarboretum.org.au
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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.
2/ Steward Street leads east from Formby Road. Here you can see some good examples of Art Deco, like the building on the right.
3/ The towering wheat silos on Formby Road made for great geometric subjects.
4/ I found that the wheat silos and the railway made an interesting industrial composition.
5/ This interesting heritage bank building marks the start of the Devonport Mall.
6/ Devonport has a large modern cinema complex. This is the view from Formby Road, which runs parallel to the Mersey River.
7/ The shops in Rooke Street are well decorated. This street leads straight into the Mall
8/ In the centre of the CBD is the Devonport Mall. The best shops are located in the area close to it.
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.
10/ Just beyond the Devonport CBD the city becomes quite hilly. These old houses have a good view down to the Mersey River.
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.
12/ This small white lighthouse on the Mersey marks the start of the River Park. Beyond on the horizon is the Bass Strait sea.
13/ The Mersey River can give you some interesting industrial scenes like this one.
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.
15/ This strange object is a ship marker to give ships the correct angle on which to enter the Mersey.
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.
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.
18/ The War Memorial is in the northern section of the River Park.
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.
20/ This is another grand old mansion. These mansions have a great view down the Mersey River and out across the Bass Strait sea.
21/ There were also many quaint old cottages like this one.
22/ The Bluff Lighthouse is a very striking landmark. The red stripes help ships to judge their distance from far out at sea.
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.
24/ This close up shows that the Posidon Statue is well crafted in the ancient style of sculpture.
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.
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.
1/ The Don Railway is a voluntary rail society that operates a number of old trains. It is located on the south west edge of Devonport. It has a number of rail vehicles, which train enthusiasts will find very interesting. You enter the trains through this stylishly refurbished station. For me it was really like going back in time to when I was young. This red train was taking the tour that day.
2/ You can visit the control tower, which was adjacent to the Devonport Station.
3/ Inside the control tower were the rail shifting and signal gears. As a train enthusiast I found this very interesting to see, as this was off limits when I was a child.
4/ Our train was a rail bus, which was a design of the early 1950s
5/ The cabin was restored to the style of the 1950s. Again, it was really like going back in time.
6/ Adjacent to the station was the workshop, where you could see how the trains were repaired as in the Olden Days.
7/ This locomotive was being repaired that day.
8/ Tasmanian Railways used a number of very small locomotives like this one, which reminded me a lot of the character "Thomas".
9/ This restored diesel of the 1950s was the first of its type used in Tasmania.
10/ These cars date back to the 1870s and the very beginning of railways in Tasmania.
11/ These 6-8-4-4 locomotives date from the early 20th Century. They reminded me of Thomas' big brothers in the TV series.
12/ The tour used part of the old line that goes south from Devonport. There are plans to extend the service all the way to Burnie.
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.
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.
3/ The Arboretum at Eugenana has a number of picnic shelters and tables.
4/ This photo shows the exotic plants around the pond of the 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.
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.
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.
8/ The Arboretum at Eugenana is home to a number of impressive, old, native trees.
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.
10/ Here the orange and yellow foliage really contrasts with the greens of the background.
11/ The yellow and orange foliage adds to the depth of the cold landscape.
12/ This image shows the richness of the colors of the foliage in autumn.
13/ Here the different plants show the richness and variety of the shapes and colors of nature.
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.
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.
4/ This is another old house and shop combination. The clouds gave it a timeless appearance that day.
5/ This view looks towards the high hill to the north of Forth.
6/ This view looks towards the other hill to the south of Forth.
7/ This is a timeless view of the Forth River taken from the Forth Bridge.
8/ Just across the Forth River is a lovely, very large park.
9/ As you can see from the soil color in this photo, the land around Forth is very rich, agricultural land.
10/ This is a view of Forth taken from Braddons lookout. Forth is the town on the left of the photo.
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.
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.
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.
3/ This photo shows mud flats on the Rubicon River at high tide. On the horizon is Narawntapu National Park.
4/ The tidal movement on the Rubicon River is so great that it turns the mouth into a mud flat.
5/ This photo shows boats beached on the Rubicon River at high tide.
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.
8/ This is the Squeaking Point Pier at high tide. Notice the enormous difference in the water level.
9/ This is the same view of the Rubicon River shown in Photo number 6. Again notice the tidal difference.
10/ This a view of the pebble beach at Squeaking Point.