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Back Beach, Devonport


Devonport is where the wild Bass Strait meets the Mersey River and the expansive Tasmanian wilderness beyond. It’s also one of the best launchpads to discover the spectacular north-west corner of the Apple Isle.

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Places to stay

With clear air, gourmet food, wine and natural beauty - it won’t take long to realise that there’s something truly special about staying in this maritime city and the breathtaking region beyond. If you fly directly into Devonport, there are plenty of accommodation options in town, only 10km from the airport. Absorb the regional vibe in one of the quaint bed and breakfasts or deluxe cottages while taking in the view of the Mersey River, or enjoy a farm stay or country cottage in the surrounding countryside. Motels, hotels and self-contained accommodation options are also available, catering for a wide range of travel budgets.

Things to do

Bursting with fresh flavours, friendly locals and spectacular, jaw-dropping scenery, there’s plenty to see and do in and around Devonport.

A great place to start is at the Mersey Bluff Lighthouse, with its candy-striped facade offering a striking contrast to the coastal views below. Take a ride on the historic Don River Railway or browse the collection at the Devonport Regional Gallery. Don’t miss the Bass Strait Maritime Centre to learn about the natural history of the Bass Strait and its islands.

Turn the region’s finest food and wine into an itinerary to suit your tastes by following the Tasting TrailOpens in a new tab or window from Devonport, winding past cellar doors and farm stalls, cafes and providores. The trail spans more than 37 entrepreneurs who grow, make, create and serve their produce.

Base yourself in Devonport for easy exploration of Cradle Mountain, Mole Creek Caves, Narawntapu National Park and the storied town of Stanley, a 90-minute drive from Devonport along a scenic coastline. Stanley’s most prominent landmark is The Nut, a sheer-sided bluff rising from the water’s edge. Climb the walking trail to the summit, or take the chairlift for 360-degree views.

A little further afield and a short road trip away, explore the West Coast. Hop aboard the West Coast Wilderness Railway for a nostalgic heritage rail journey into cool, temperate rainforest, or join a cruise along the Gordon River and explore Sarah Island, an historic penal colony with a dark story to tell. 



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Cradle Mountain

Make tracks to the stunning Cradle Mountain and Lake St Claire National Park to stretch your legs and fill your lungs with crisp alpine air in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Witness feeding time at a Tasmanian Devil sanctuary, walk the Dove Lake Circuit or explore the network of scenic mountain trails including the six day Overland Track - one of Australia’s most famous hikes. To reward all that walking, why not spoil yourself with a stay at the iconic Cradle Mountain Lodge where you can enjoy some downtime in the Waldheim Alpine Spa.

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Food and drink

Blessed with cool climate conditions, the produce and seafood thrive in Tasmania making it a foodies delight. Take the popular drive along the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail. Wind your taste buds through country roads, farmers’ markets and scenic towns to experience the gourmet flavours of North West Tasmania. Head to Launceston to House of Anvers chocolatier, Ashgrove Cheese and the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm, then finish with a craft beer among the hop vines at Seven Sheds brewery in Railton.

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Getting around

From the airport: Devonport airport is located 10km from the city centre. Taxis and car hire are located outside the terminal.

In and around the city: the best way to get around Devonport is to walk or cycle. There's also taxis, hire cars or public transport with Merseylink. For longer trips through the state, Tassielink and Redline Coaches operate an extensive timetable to most major Tasmanian towns.

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