Tasmania Devonport – Top 10 things to do

Devonport is one of those soft-spoken Tasmanian towns, devoid of the hustle and bustle that often accompanies a tourist destination. With such a quiet atmosphere, devonport offers visitors the chance to explore Tasmania’s north west without feeling as though they are being dragged into an overwhelming touristic hotspot. You’ll find yourself in peace with nature during peak season, or exploring Devonport’s small town charm during shoulder months from April to June.

Things to know about Devonport

Devonport is a small town in Tasmania, Australia. It’s population of around 32,000 makes it the second-largest city in the northwest. Historically, Devonport was built to be an industrial hub for mining and smelting operations – lacking any discernible natural beauty, but home to a thriving economy until the mid-twentieth century when production slowed as overseas steel production increased. As such Devonport became known locally as “Down Town”. This name has stuck with Devonport residents who now affectionately refer to their specific area of Devonport as ‘downtown’.

With so much historical significance surrounding Devonport’s development from its founding days onwards and plenty of modern-day attractions that make up what might typically be considered a tourist hotspot, devonport is the perfect place for an exploration of Tasmania’s north west.

Top 10 Things to do in Devonport Tasmania

1. Devonport Walks

Devonport is a small town, and as such it has an abundance of natural attractions that are perfect for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle.

The most beautiful coastal walks start in devonport; one leads on to another almost seamlessly as they wind their way around some of tasmania’s best beaches.

The devonport walking track is a 26km coastal walk that leaves from the devonport beach and winds its way along one of tasmania’s most beautiful coastlines.

It takes you past the rolling sand dunes of mytle beach, through bushland at cape leuwin, across three beaches – north devonport, east devonport & south devonport; then finally to west bay for a dip in the ocean before heading back inland towards their starting point.

There are plenty more shorter walks around Devonport if visitors want to explore Tasmania on foot without having undertaken something as long-winded as this hike!

For example: The Lawrenny Farm Walk offers a tranquil walk through devonport’s coastal pastures, and the old Devonport cemetery is alive with history from devonport’s first settlers.

2. The Historic Devonport Memorial Park

Originally named as some kind of twisted joke by those who thought it would never come into fruition, The Devonport Memorial Park was established due mostly in thanks to local resident John Nichols’ efforts; having purchased much needed land and donated it to the Devonport community for this purpose.

With a beautiful memorial archway, commemorative plaques that detail Devonport’s history from its founding days onwards – including many war heroes who fought in world wars I & II; as well as public artwork highlighting Tasmania’s rich heritage with animals indigenous to Tasmania, there is plenty more than meets the eye at Devonport Memorial Park.

Founded by Jean Thomas in 1966 , Devonport Regional Gallery is a community-based art gallery with the mission to develop and promote devonport’s arts culture.

Featuring an extensive program of exhibitions that range from emerging tasmanian artists, international contemporary artists as well as historical works – there is something for everyone at Devonport Regional Gallery!

4. Don River Railway

One of devonport’s most popular tourist attractions, the Don River Railway is a steam and diesel-powered railway that transports passengers on board old ‘rail cars’ through some of tasmania’s lush bushland.

This iconic devonport landmark runs from Devonport to Launceston daily throughout the year – with peak season lasting for much longer than its shoulder months!

Built in 1910 by local man Elmore James, this impressive piece of Tasmania history has become a must-see attraction when visiting devonport during any time period.

Don’t forget your camera! Taking photos while riding along the rails will make for an unforgettable experience; not to mention being able to see all around devonport without even having set foot outside of the station!

5. The Mersey Bluff Lighthouse

Built in 1879, it was originally an oil-fired light that guided sailors to safety until being converted to electricity in 1924.

Tasmania’s most easterly lighthouse – the Mersey Bluff Lighthouse is a devonport landmark and celebrates all of its history with various commemorative plaques detailing devonport’s maritime history.

Built in 1879, it was originally an oil-fired light that guided sailors to safety until being converted to electricity in 1924.

Now devonport’s most easterly lighthouse, it continues to stand as a proud reminder of Tasmania’s rich maritime history.

6. Bass Strait Maritime Centre

Overlooking devonport’s beautiful coastline, the Bass Strait Maritime Centre is a fascinating place to learn about Tasmania’s maritime history; from its earliest days as one of tasmania’s most important sources of trade for geographical isolation during that time, through to present day when devonport remains an important seaport.

With various fascinating exhibits to explore, devonport’s maritime history is brought forth in an engaging and interactive way.

7. Southern Wild Distillery

Southern Wild Distillery is devonport’s newest addition to the devonport tourist map, and a popular attraction for those who like their spirits with a tinge of bohemian flair.

Housed in an old warehouse from devonport’s past – Southern Wild Distillery offers tours which include tastings and insight into how devonport’s original sailors made their own alcohol – with devonport being a natural stopover for those sailing between asia and tasmania.

Featuring boutique craft beers, gin from devonport-grown juniper berries, award winning absinthe and more; there is something for everyone at Southern Wild Distillery!

8. Tiagarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Museum

Tiagarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Museum is devonport’s latest tourist attraction, celebrating devonport’s long history with Indigenous Tasmanians.

Originally a church built by the Church of England in 1881 to serve Devonport’s small indigenous population – it now serves as an interactive museum that houses exhibitions such as ‘The Gallery of Memories’ which explores Devonport’s Aboriginal history through photographs.

Along with exhibitions such as ‘Living Culture’, exploring traditional culture and the changing landscape of devonport, Tiagarra seems to be a must-see for any devonport visitor – especially those looking to learn more about Tasmania’s Indigenous culture!

9. Tasmanian Arboretum

Along with the eco-adventures in Devonshire Park, Devonport Regional Gallery also offers a chance for nature lovers to learn more about local flora and fauna through Tasmania’s ‘Tasmanian Arboretum’.

The Tasmanian Arboretum is an educational place to learn about all kinds of trees from common Australian native species such as Eucalyptus to the more exotic paperbark maple to many other beautiful woody plants.

10. Coles Beach

Along the coast of devonport is Coles Beach, a stunning natural area that has recently been earmarked as one of Tasmania’s most important and protected conservation areas.

Located at the end of the Mersey Bluff coastal reserve – Coles Beach is a must-see for beach lovers who want to experience pristine white sand, crashing waves and clear blue ocean water!

Devonport is a lovely place to visit. We hope this list has helped you find some new things to do in your next vacation spot. If we missed anything, let us know in the comments below!

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