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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.

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

Devonport Tasmania

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

Devonport Tasmania

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

Rooke Street Mall 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 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 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.

Devonport Tasmania

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 on the Mersey River 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.

Devonport 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.

war memorial at Devonport

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

mansion on the Mersey River 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 on the Mersey River 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 of Devonport

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

Devonport Tasmania

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/ At the point is the Posidon Statue of the ancient Greek sea god. From the 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.

 

Devonport Don River Railway

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.

Devonport Don River Railway

2/ You can visit the control tower, which was adjacent to the Devonport Station.

Devonport Don River Railway

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.

Devonport Don River Railway

4/ Our train was a rail bus, which was a design of the early 1950s

Devonport Don River Railway

5/ The cabin was restored to the style of the 1950s. Again, it was really like going back in time.

Devonport Don River Railway

6/ Adjacent to the station was the workshop, where you could see how the trains were repaired as in the Olden Days.

Devonport Don River Railway

7/ This locomotive was being repaired that day.

Devonport Don River Railway

8/ Tasmanian Railways used a number of very small locomotives like this one, which reminded me a lot of the character "Thomas".

Devonport Don River Railway

9/ This restored diesel of the 1950s was the first of its type used in Tasmania.

Devonport Don River Railway

10/ This cute little locomotive was used by the rail repair workers.

Devonport Don River Railway

11/ You could even inspect the cabin and see how it worked.

Devonport Don River Railway

12/ The last car was called the caboose. This one had been very well restored.

Devonport Don River Railway

13/ These green carriages were built in the 1890s.

14/ These cars date back to the 1870s and the very beginning of railways in Tasmania.

Devonport Don River Railway

15/ These 6-8-4-4 locomotives date from the early 20th Century. They reminded me of Thomas' big brothers in the TV series.

Devonport Don River Railway

16/ 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.

17/ The train turns around when it reaches this point in the dairy lands south of Devonport.

 

Arboretum at Eugenana

1/ The Arboretum at Eugenana is a large nature reserve containing 3500 plants from around the world. It includes every tree mentioned in the Bible. There is also a walk in a remnant of the original, local forest.

Arboretum at Eugenana

2/ The reserve 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 Eugenana Reserve includes a number of shelters and tables.

Arboretum at Eugenana

4/ This shows an exotic variety of plants and trees around the pond.

Native hen at Arboretum at Eugenana

5/ The Eugenana Reserve 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 and ancient Wollemia Pines. This tree was thought to be extinct, until 1984, when it was rediscovered in the Blue Mountains of NSW. 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 forest of Eugenana that you can see in the distance. The Wollemia Pine grove is in the centre between the trees.

Arboretum at Eugenana

8/ The Eugenana Reserve is home to a number of impressive old 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.

Forth in northern Tasmania

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

Forth Tasmania

4/ This is another old house and shop combination. The clouds gave the buildings of Forth a timeless appearance that day.

Forth in northern Tasmania

5/ This view looks pass old buildings towards the other hill to the south of Forth.

Forth in northern Tasmania

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

Forth river at Forth in northern Tasmania

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

park at Forth Tasmania

8/ Just across the Forth River is a lovely, large park. The Forth River is to the right.

Forth in northern Tasmania

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

Frees 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.

Rubicon River near Hawley Beach at Port Sorell near Devonport

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

Rubicon River near Hawley Beach at Port Sorell near Devonport

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

Rubicon River near Hawley Beach at Port Sorell near Devonport

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

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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