As Tasmania’s third largest city, there are so many exciting things to discover in Devonport.
From history to culture, our top picks for the best things to see and do are guaranteed to help make your next trip a spectacular one.
See and do
Devonport is perfect for those wanting to get out and about. With plenty of walking and cycling tracks in the city, you’ll have no trouble staying active and taking in the fresh air. Or, you can try your hand at watersports such as rowing, kayaking, and sailing. Taking a ride on the Don River Railway will lead you right to the stunning Coles Beach, perfect for an afternoon in the sun. This 1940s era car is pulled by a vintage engine, and visitors can take the 30 minute scenic ride down to the beach with a host of well-informed volunteers who will deliver all sorts of fascinating information. Plus, you can admire all the vintage locomotives on display in the yard.
For those interested in even more history, Devonport is home to no shortage of amazing museums and historical sites. Mersey Bluff lighthouse was first built in 1899, and is known for its distinctive vertical red stripes. Erected to end a history of terrible wrecks in the area, the lighthouse now sits at the end of the Devonport walking track, with breathtaking views over the surrounding town and ocean. Or, if you’re wanting to stay closer to home, visit the Bass Strait Museum, which aims to preserve the history and maritime heritage of the Devonport region. With interactive displays, artefacts, and stories, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
The museum is even the location of the only builder’s models of the Empress of Australia and Princess of Tasmania, two stunning ships. For those staying in the holidays, you can also check out their exciting children’s workshops, covering all things science and maritime.
Visitors can also explore Home Hill Museum, the 1916 home of Australia’s first Prime Minister from Tasmania, Joseph Lyons. His wife, Dame Edga Lyons, was also the first woman elected to federal parliament. While there, you can learn about the political and personal lives of these amazing figures on a guided tour, or hire the venue to host an event on this gorgeous property.
Eat and Drink
For any aspiring foodies, Devonport is packed full of amazing places to eat and drink. Spreyton Cider Co is the cidery and orchard known for brewing delicious drinks including ciders and gingers. They use 100% Tasmanian apples and pears, grown on site for the freshest taste. Spreyton has won awards across Australia, and with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a playground for kids, it’s the perfect spot to relax into the evening with a drink. Their on site food van offers cafe style meals, and their cellar door is open seven days a week, with free live music and views into the factory where you can watch the cider being bottled.
For those wanting a relaxing morning meal, Drift Cafe is an ideal location, with stunning views over Mersey Bluff Beach. Their relaxed beachside atmosphere is paired with the best seasonal, all-day dining. And with outdoor lawn seating, you can take in views over the headland while the kids are entertained with some lawn games. This cafe is best enjoyed with friends and family.
Set within two hectares of garden, The House of Anvers is a must for anyone visiting the Devonport region. Entry is free, but opting for a guided tour means you can see the chocolate making process in action, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the House of Anvers factory. Guests can also visit the chocolate tasting centre, where you can try delicious free samples while browsing the products, or order a chocolate hamper to take home and enjoy. Stop by the chocolate antique display to learn about the history of chocolate, starting at the Aztecs and moving all the way to the chocolate we know today.
With so much to explore, Devonport is the perfect place to start your next holiday.