Devonport, Australia

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Devonport Guide: Spend Less, Do More

Welcome to Devonport

Devonport Mersey Bluff LighthouseNestled on Tasmania's northern coast, Devonport is a historic gem and an active seaport. While you're there, you can get a close look at Tasmania's fishing and produce industries. Many of the locals call the city "Australia's Market Garden"!


For a look at everything Devonport has to offer, take a cruise up and down the Mersey River. Along the way, you'll see fishermen heading in and out. Once you get closer to the Bass Strait, you may even see dolphins swimming, or the Spirit of Tasmania cruise ship heading to Melbourne!

Speaking of history, you can get plenty of it at the Tiagarra Aboriginal Culture Centre and Museum. Located on a sacred Aboriginal site overlooking the Mersey River, the museum's most famous pieces are the ancient rock carvings that are more than 10,000 years old!

Another popular piece of history is the Mersey Bluff Lighthouse. Built in 1889, the lighthouse itself is a beautiful sight - but the view you get standing next to it and looking out at the water is even better!

The Devonport Maritime Museum and Heritage Centre is another history hot spot. It features a collection of detailed models from the days of sail through the age of steam, to the present passenger ferries. Also check out the Don River Railway - Tasmania's railway museum. It has the largest collection of steam locomotive and passenger carriages in the state.


Eating is a popular pastime in Devonport thanks to its great produce. Ironically, many of the best places to eat can be found either on or near Best Street! One of the most popular eateries is the Dannebrog Café Bar and Grill - it may not be fancy, but the steak is a particular specialty!

Hotels and Accommodation

If you like a room with a view, you'll be happy in Devonport. Most of the hotels can be found overlooking the banks of the Mersey River. Whether you are looking for a five-star hotel, or more budget-friendly accommodation, the Mersey River will be the perfect backdrop for your stay.

Getting around by car

Devonport to Launceston: 1 h 8 min (102 km) via National Highway 1

Devonport to Burnie: 38 min (51 km) via National Highway 1

Devonport to Hobart: 3 h 4 min (279 km) via National Highway 1 and National Highway 1

Scenic short drives with accommodation

Devonport to Deloraine: 37 min (51 km) via National Highway 1

Attractions: Mole Creek Caves, Deloraine, 41 degrees south Salmon farm; Liffey Falls, Trowunna, Westbury Maze.

Devonport to Evandale: 1 h 12 min (107 km) via National Highway 1

Attractions: Evandale antiques, Joseph Chromy, Longford, Woolmers, Gourmet Sauce Co and Honey farm

Devonport to West Tamar: 1 h 4 min (82 km) via Frankford Rd/B71

Attractions: West Tamar Visit Beaconsfield, Rosevears, Platypus House, Seahorse World, Tamar Art Shack, Beauty Point.

Devonport to Scottsdale: 1 h 55 min (159 km) via National Highway 1 and Tasman Hwy/A3

Visit Scottsdale, Pepperbush Peaks, Derby, Trail of Tin Dragon, Hollybank, Lilydale

Accommodation, driving and car rental

At Cheaperthanhotels and Cheaperthancars we have a wide range of car rental discounts at convenient locations and accommodation to meet all budgets and taste. We really do believe that the less you spend, the more you will have to do when you get there.

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team

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