Devonport is a major city situated on the north coast of Tasmania and the perfect base for exploring the unspoilt natural environment of the island. With a thriving downtown and direct access to the Tasmanian coast and national parks, the city provides the best of both worlds. Many tourists arrive in the city by ferry from Melbourne to enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery or take trips out to see some of the local attractions. Take a tour along the coast to visit quaint fishing villages like Stanley, sample the local produce or experience your own country adventure on horseback. The flat topped extinct volcano Table Cape near Wynyard draws in many visitors each year, famous for its lighthouse and scenic views. Alternatively you can venture into the Central Highlands to hike the many walking trails around the famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. For the truly adventurous, a tour into Mole Creek Caves offers the opportunity to see glow worms, caverns and underground streams. If you prefer to stay in the city, a walking tour can offer plenty of historical and cultural sites to discover, such as the lighthouse on the Mersey Buff headland, with its red and white striped exterior, as well as many coastal paths and scenic views. For a more relaxed local tour, take a trip in one of the vintage carriages on the historical Don River Railway located on the west side of the city.
The summer season in Devonport is between December and February, when the climate is generally mild and warm. January tends to have the highest temperatures and also sees less rainfall than the wet winter season in July and August.
Due to the coolness of the Tasmanian climate in June and July, transportation and accommodation prices are generally much cheaper. This is a great time to visit the city if you don’t mind cool, cloudy weather with a higher chance of showers.
There is a comprehensive bus network which serves the Devonport area. Coach companies also provide bus services between downtown Devonport, Burnie and Ulverstone. Devonport is a major ferry terminal for the Spirit of Tasmania ferries, which provide an 11 hour crossing to Melbourne. The Torquay Ferry also provides a quick and easy way to cross the Mersey River, which cuts between East and West Devonport.