Tasmania, often the forgotten state of Australia sits just below the mainland and above the wildly notorious Bass Strait. Historically known as Van Diemen’s Land, Tasmania has many wonderful and interesting sites to see, things to do and fascinating history to share. Sitting at the north bow of Tasmania is the city of Devonport – an interesting touristic location with lots of things to do and see. Devonport Tasmania makes for a relaxed trip for the easygoing curious traveller.
Show no Mersey
The Mersey River is the ideal place to get into some sailing, fishing, rowing or other water-based activities. White water rafting remains a popular sport along the river or you can cruise along with Mersey River Cruises. When the weather is nice you can go for a stroll along the banks or set up a picnic. The area has a relaxed, family-friendly feel and is a perfect backdrop for a group or family photo.
The Bluff Lighthouse
Prior to having built The Bluff, many shipwrecks were recorded along the area. Looking out towards the Mersey River, the lighthouse offers a beacon of light to those brave enough to sail into the night. Look out towards the river and take photos of the peaceful surrounds at the Mersey Bluff Lookout. The Bluff lighthouse is located 3.5km west of Devonport.
A town with a rich maritime history, Devonport’s Maritime Museum & Heritage Centre is a fascinating place where you’ll learn more about the local history of Devonport. You can browse collections of artefacts, photographs, artworks and models that tell a fascinating story about the life and times of people living in Devonport during the earlier part of the 20th century.
If you want to dedicate a day for the kids, the Pandemonium is the perfect place for you to relax and let the kids run free. The discovery and adventure centre features laser skirmish, indoor rock climbing, a jungle gym play centre and a science exhibition centre to encourage hands-on learning.
This is the property of Tasmania’s first and only Prime Minister Joseph Lyons and his wife, Dame Enid Lyons. Experience some unique history and learn a little about the political life in Australia during the mid 20th century. The house was built in 1916 and features a rich collection of personal items and historic mementoes that give insight into the life of the Prime Minister and his wife.
Whether Devonport is the start of your journey or halfway through, you can hire a rental car from Tasmania’s major towns, Hobart and Launceston as well as Devonport. From 2-door economy cars to 12-seater vans, choose a rental car to suit your needs and you’ll be exploring Devonport’s must-see attractions in comfort.