Devonport Tourism & Travel
Devonport, population 23 000, is found where the mouth of the Mersey River meets the mighty Bass Straight. The town was named after the county of Devon in England and is the main city in the northwestern part of Tasmania. The port's importance, particularly as far as visitors from the mainland are concerned, is that it is the arrival port for car and passenger ferries operating between Australias mainland and Tasmania.
Devonport has a lot of tourist services and therefore makes a great base to explore the surrounding picturesque countryside.
The dramatic rocky headland of Mersey Bluff is only 1 kilometre from Devonports town centre and is linked by a coastal reserve and parklands.
Tiagarra Aboriginal Art Centre
A Tasmanian Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre, Tiagarra, a Tasmanian Aboriginal word meaning 'keep' or 'keeping place' is located on Mersey Bluff. Its entrance is marked by Aboriginal rock paintings. Tiagarra has a collection of more than 2 000 ancient artefacts.
Tasmanian Maritime Museum
The Tasmanian Maritime Museum in West Devonport has extensive and interesting displays of maritime memorabilia, with an emphasis on the city's maritime history.
Don River Railway
The Don River Railway, owned and operated by the Van Diemen Light Railway Society, is located on the banks of the Don River to the west of Devonport. Open daily with trains running hourly, it offers a short train ride along the river to Coles Beach. It also includes interesting displays of old steam locomotives and passenger carriages.