Devonport is located on the north coast of the island of Tasmania, 100Km (60 miles) from Launceston and 280Km (170 miles) from Hobart. This city is the port for the larger of the ships linking Tasmania to the mainland and will therefore be the first glimpse many visitors will have of the island.
All the Spirit of Tasmania ships provide an enjoyable way to travel and your cruise will be regarded as an integral part of your holiday experience. and makes Tasmania more accessible than ever. The Melbourne route Spirit of Tasmania I and II ships are extremely well equipped with a range of accommodation options, a choice of restaurants, bars, childrens play area, tourist information facility and even public TV screens.
The Melbourne departure time is 8pm, arriving in Devonport at 7am with additional day sailings during peak periods. Please check with tour operator as times and sailing schedules can change.
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Devonport is a lively city renown for its restaurants, galleries and craft shops so it is more than simply an entry point from which to explore the rest of Tasmania.
There are some spectacular coastal views along this part of the coast, some being accessible by footpaths leading from the town. About 5 miles to the west, a few miles after the prominently positioned Mersey Bluff Lighthouse, is a popular penguin viewing spot. There is also an airport near the town and scenic flights can be enjoyed over the rugged mountainous terrain of the north of the island.
Devonport has many heritage properties, galleries, museums and even a vintage steam train at Don Village, which conveys passengers for a short journey along to the coast. The town has developed both sides of the large natural harbour, which flows into the Mersey River.
Devonport is also the location of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Museum which is probably the best source of information on the indigenous inhabitants of Tasmania. The centre is known as Tiagarra meaning 'Keeping Place' and is located on Mersey Bluff a few kilometres from Devonport. Tiagarra was partly created to preserve the 8000 year old Aboriginal rock engravings on view at the centre.
Devonport is a popular stopover point as visitors to Tasmania prepare to enter or leave the island via the Spirit of Tasmania ferries. Click here for full list of Devonport accommodation, however a selection of Hotels in Devonport and surrounding areas are listed below for your convenience.
Driving Distances / TIME
3.25Hrs From Hobart (280Km) )
1 Hrs From Launceston (100Km)
1.75Hrs From Cradle Mountain (90Km) )
Max Average Temperature
Deg C/ Deg F
Winter(June-Aug):11 / 51
Spring(Sep-Nov):17 / 62
Summer(Dec-Feb):22 / 71
Autumn(Mar-May):17 / 62
Average Monthly Rainfall - mm
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