The port city of Devonport is known as the gateway to
Tasmania as it is also home to the Spirit of Tasmania. If
you are bringing your vehicle over on the car ferry from
Port Melbourne you can choose from night or day crossings,
which takes roughly 9-10 hours. There is also a service from
Sydney which departs three times a week. Once you arrive you
are free to explore one of Australia’s most compact and
beautiful tourist destinations.
Devonport is a welcoming, seaside city and popular as a base
for travellers to explore the surrounding regions. It is
therefore commonly known as ‘the gateway to Tasmania’.
Countryside, beaches, mountains, forests and historical
buildings are all within a days drive with campervan rentals
from the city, which
is why it is so popular.
It is well known for its Art Centre which is depictive of
the aboriginal culture and local creativity. The Tasmanian
Maritime Museum is steeped in history with fantastic
maritime displays and a large number of model ships which
would bring the child out of most of us. The Don River
Railway and Museum are also worth a visit and provide an
interesting look at the history of steam trains in that
The most scenic location would have to be Mersey’s Bluff
headland, which gives fantastic views of the town, river and
beyond. Tiagarra, which means ‘keeping place’ is located
here and has over eighteen displays of Aboriginal rock
If you love historical buildings then drop in to Home Hill
which is located west of Devonport. Built almost 100 years
ago it has a moving story behind it and is open to the
public to stroll through the immaculate grounds and house.
Eagles Nest Retreat is an indulgent accommodation option if
you are looking for a few nights retreat before you start
the rest of your holiday. Alternatively, there are many
choices of accommodation within the city.
Driving inland from Devonport your first stop will be
Latrobe which is also known as ‘Platypus Capital of the
World’, for obvious reasons. This is a pretty town situated
on the Mercy River and has enticing craft shops and
beautiful tree lined streets.
Further inland Deloraine is an historical town that is
charming and welcoming. It has the added backdrop of the
Western Tiers mountain range which is worth a detour if you
have some time. Leave the city altogether and visit the
limestone caves and almost 3000 lakes which have been
discovered in this region.
If you love a good fishing spot there is great trout fishing
in the highland lakes further inland from Deloraine, and
there are also tours available.
Known for its waterfalls, the city of Burnie is located to
the west of Devonport along the Coast. The main natural
attractions are Guide Falls, which are best to see in winter
or spring. Roundhill Lookout is also a fantastic place to
be to watch the sunset. The Little Penguin Observation Centre
is also found at Parsonage point, and is fascinating look
at penguins in their natural habitat.
The fact that over one third of Tasmania is protected by
national parks means there is beautiful scenery at every
corner, and the North West region is one of the most awe
inspiring. A car hire holiday is the obvious choice to see
the country at its best so you can take your time to enjoy
the beauty of this country that so deserves a closer look.