A truly wonderful city both to visit and live, Devonport is the third largest in Tasmania. Easily reached from the mainland by the Spirit of Tasmania ferry service, it was originally settled in 1826 as two separate towns - which were amalgamated in 1890 and named after the county of Devon in the UK.
Sitting along the banks of the Mersey River, it is a wonderful place to explore. Walk or cycle along Victoria Parade, following the coastline until you reach the Bluff, where you will be able to hear about the original inhabitants at the Tiagarra Aboriginal Center and view the rock carvings. The Bluff also has a gently curving beach. Other beaches are ideal for surfing, while the Mersey River is perfect for sailing and rowing.
The town has much maritime history and you will be intrigued when you visit the Bass Strait Maritime Center. The waters of the Bass Strait lie between Tasmania and the mainland and have always been a challenge to settlers, explorers and fishermen alike. You will be thoroughly entertained by stories of shipwrecks and human endurance.
Take a trip on the Don River Railway; the steam train will take you all the way to Cole Beach. Also well worth a visit is the Imaginarium, a science discovery center and the Devonport Regional Art Gallery to view work by local artists. The evenings will not disappoint as there are many lively bars, pubs, clubs and live music venues to visit; not to mention incredible restaurants.
With Devonports wonderful all-year-round climate and laid-back lifestyle, it is no wonder that many visitors decide to relocate there; especially with building land being available from a mere $50,000 and houses starting from around $185,000. One thing is for sure – once Devonport is visited – you will return.