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Mersey Bluff Lighthouse
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 Art Gallery. Don’t miss the Bass Strait Maritime Centre to learn about the natural history of the Bass Strait and its islands.

For a relaxing afternoon, sip a cool climate wine at the Ghost Rock Vineyard cellar-door or at Southern Wild Distillery with their aptly named Mountain, Meadow or Ocean gins. The Devonport event calendar runs right through the year – rug in if you’re visiting during the winter months, and sway to the rhythm of the Devonport Jazz Festival, held annually.

About an hour and a half drive from Devonport along the scenic coastline of Highway 1, you’ll come to Stanley. Known for ‘The Nut’, a sheer sided bluff rising from the water’s edge, which you can climb by either walking or chairlift for scenic 360 degree views, Stanley encompasses a rich history along with an abundance of fresh seafood perfect for a day trip or short stay. Drop in to the popular Stanley Hotel or sample the fresh fish and chips at Hursey Seafoods. 

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Where to go

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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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