Devonport attractions things to do & see on holiday.
Spread along the banks of the Mersey River, Devonport is nestled in the rich farmland of North West Tasmania. The Spirit of Tasmania ferry travels from the mainland and over the Bass Strait to dock at the township providing an access point for family holidays in Devonport and romantic vacations spent enjoying unique produce, boutique wines, colonial architecture and opportunities to explore the mountain regions, rivers, gorges and rainforest of beautiful Tasmania.
Positioned in a rich agricultural region, Devonport is surrounded by orchards and vegetable plots, and plates are easily filled with fresh seafood thanks to the town's portside location. Local eateries showcase the regions unique cheeses and cool climate wines; perfect accompaniments to a romantic picnic. Don't miss trying a classic scallop pie at the renowned All Things Nice bakery.
Dine out during your vacation with the money saved by booking a Devonport holiday package. Umm Trattoria serves up wood fired pizzas in an Italian setting, while the Indian spices at Renusha's will set stomach's grumbling. Order a coffee at Stonies Fifties caf?, or a light lunch at the Peelz Courthouse. In the evening, travellers can share a drink at the stylish Central Bar or Spurs Saloon, or dance the night away in a nightclub.
Close to Devonport is the bountiful Tasmanian Arboretum, covering over 66 hectares with remnant forest the parklands house some 4,100 plant species and 65 species of birdlife. Picnic grounds and bbq areas make a visit to the Arboreum a great day out for families who might even spot an elusive platypus in the waters of the Hogg Creek or Don River that border the Tasmanian Arboretum.
A number of other walking trails showcase the spectacular flora and fauna endemic to Northern Tasmania. Reconnect with your partner on a romantic stroll through the Kelcey Tier Nature Walk, and meander through 160 hectares of native bushland. Immerse yourself in natures spoils during your Devonport family holiday and discover birdlife, wildflowers, and the Aboriginal sculpture 'Preeatenna'. The Mary St Wetlands Walk passes by an open water pond with an abundance of Tasmanian frogs, while at low tide the Eastern Foreshore heritage walk unveils the remains of a 1930 shipwreck.
Discover Davenport's Indigenous history with a walk up to the Mersey Bluff. Surrounding the lighthouse is a marked trail that extends around the headland, accessing a collection of Indigenous rock carvings. Symbolising an existence of an ancient culture that developed in the surrounding region, some of the markings are over 10,000 years old. The Tiagarra Museum contains a further 2,000 cultural artefacts and murals, and explains the effects of colonization on local Aboriginal groups.
Testament to the navel history of Tasmania's is the Devonport Maritime Museum, established in the former harbour masters residence of the 1920s. Featuring interactive displays and an impressive collection of models, the tall ship Julie Burgess is currently being restored by the centre after her seafaring service began in 1936. Step into a political home with a touch of class at the National Trust's Home Hill. The dwelling features the elegant original furnishings of Tasmania's only Prime Minister, Joseph Lyon's.
Steam locomotives puff their way along a railway extending through a nature reserve from the Don River Station. Hitch a ride to explore the local region during your Davenport holiday before enjoying a family day out at the model shop and semi-retired diesel trains.
Providing a focal point for Tasmanian art, craft and design, the Davenport Regional Gallery showcases the work of local artists through permanent collections, as well as offering a forum in which touring artists can exhibit. Public workshops encourage dance and theatre sports alongside short film festivals, while the halls of the gallery are adorned with 20th century landscape paintings, ceramic pieces and glasswork.
The House of Anvers has been delighting chocolate connoisseurs enjoying a romantic holiday or Devonport vacation since the late 1980s. Sample truffles or breakfast au pain with hot chocolate at the tasting centre, and peek through the viewing windows to supervise the blend of the finest Tasmanian ingredients with Belgian philosophies. From here, head south to visit Latrobe, a historic town resplendent with heritage buildings.
A one stop destination for family fun, no vacation is complete without a visit to the Pandemonium Complex, which combines the Imaginarium Science Centre with a laser skirmish, overhang rock climbing wall and a jungle gym. With a 'hands on' approach to science, the centre will engage kids in experimenting with over 50 interactive displays.
From Devonport, glide down the Mersey River on a river cruise, or venture further out into the Bass Strait. Dolphin watching tours depart regularly, and sailors may get the chance to see whales completing their migration to Antarctica. Fairy penguins can also be seen returning to their burrow's after a day out at sea beside the Lillico Beach Reserve, sure to be a memorable highlight of your holiday in Devonport.