is the major point of entry for visitors travelling across
The city of Devonport
is the largest and most important port on Tasmania's north
It is located at the mouth of the Mersey
River, 98 km west of Launceston on the Bass Highway. The
port's importance, particularly as far as visitors from
the mainland are concerned, is that it is the arrival
port for the Spirit of Tasmania I, II and III, the car
ferries, which arrive from Melbourne and Sydney.
The Melbourne service operates daily
and the Sydney service sails three times a week. Consequently
it has become known as 'The Gateway to Tasmania'.
One of the benefits of this link with
the mainland is that Devonport, of all the towns in Tasmania,
outside Launceston and Hobart, offers an excellent range
of modern motels and hotels.
Accommodation in Devonport is varied
from modern motels and hotels, quaint bed and breakfasts,
historic cottages, caravan parks, cabins and hostels catering
for all budgets. Restaurants are also plentiful serving
cuisine from Malaysian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Seafood
Devonport has a number of attractions
close to the City Centre including aboriginal rock engravings,
a maritime museum and a 7 km cycle/walking track which
extends around the picturesque foreshore from the City
past the Swimming Pool to the Don River Railway.
intending to spend some time in the Cradle Mountain National
Park, it is located just 1.5 hours’ drive south
of the City. Devonport is an important stop-off point
to obtain information and purchase provisions for their
trip to Cradle.
A bus service
operates from the Devonport Visitor Centre and Cradle
Mountain day tours and guided day and overnight bushwalking
tours also depart from Devonport on a regular basis.