Welcome to Devonport!
You’ve either arrived or are planning to soon arrive in beautiful Tasmania. You may have fun plans scheduled already, but we have compiled a list of five places that represent the history and true beauty of the city of Devonport. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the list to be sure you can pick the places that are most intriguing to you!
1. The Devonport Regional Gallery
If you are looking for a bit of artistic flair, this is the place for you. Founded in 1966, the gallery was formed with the purpose of being a hub for community art and activities. The gallery is located in the paranaple arts centre and presents a series of exhibits that includes local artists, trvelling art shows and exhibits form the galleries private collection.The gallery also educational programs and workshops for people in the community to come and develop their talents and knowledge.
2. Don River Railway
If you want to sit back and enjoy the sites of the city, then you should hop aboard the Don River Railway. This is a volunteer-run vintage railway and museum that runs from Don to Coles Beach, then back. Train service is usually available from Wednesday through Sunday and serves thousands of visitors each year. Price range from $17 for an adult and $14 for children.
3. Bass Straight Maritime Centre
If you enjoy being out on the open water, then take a walk down to the Bass Straight Maritime Centre. The centre lets you learn and discover the history of the Bass Straight and the European exploration, trade routes, and even shipwrecks that occured in the waters. You can even take a two hour sailing tour aboard a fishing vessel out into the straight to take a look at history first hand. If you don’t want to get wet, you can take the helm of a steamer all by yourself on their simulation machine. The centre is open every day from 10am to 5pm and ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
4. Mersey Bluff Lighthouse
Built out of brick and stone all the way back in 1889, the Mersey Bluff Lighthouse is not a sight to miss. The lighthouse stands at the mouth of Mersey river and promises to be an awe-inspiring sight for any traveler. Look for debris as the lighthouse was established after several ships wrecked against the shore. It has remained and been kept up under control of the Commonwealth since 1915.
5. Splash Devonport Aquatic and Leisure Centre
After all the walking and sightseeing you might just want to relax by the water. The Aquatic and Leisure Center was reopened due to popular demand in 2014 and has been a hub of entertainment for the community ever since. Boasting a 50 meter pool and an eight-lane 25 meter pool, the centre offers classes and swimming lessons for people of all ages. Indoor and outdoor activities area available and the centre remains open from 6:00am to 9:00pm from monday to thursday, 6:00am to 8:00pm on a friday and on the weekend the centre is open from 8:00am to 8:00pm. This is the perfect destination to stop and take a dip and relax like a local.
Enjoy your stay!
If you find yourself looking for more activities, try taking a stroll around the city. Ask locals what they like to do in the evenings or if there are any fun events coming up. We hope you enjoy your time with us!