DEVONPORT ON THE MERSEY RIVER
Devonport is quite often the 1st city that visitors arriving in Tasmania see.
Located on the banks of the Mersey River, it is the centre of Tasmania’s fertile Mersey/Forth valley.
Known as "Australia’s market garden" the area produces 40% of
Tasmania's vegetable crop, so you will see crops of onions, potatoes,
peas, carrots and beans, Orchards, and fields of Poppies & Pyrethrum
Daisies which happened to be in flower when we were there this time.
It is the Tasmanian home port of Spirit of Tasmania I & II sailing from Melbourne.
Devonport has nice foreshore parklands to Mersey Bluff Beach, and on to
the Bluff itself and its landmark lighthouse and lookout.
For more information on Devonport.....check out this website.....
ALSO INCLUDED ON THIS PAGE, ARE OTHER SMALL TOWNS & SIGHTS THAT ARE LOCATED NEARBY...........
Penguin.......Deloraine......Gunn's Plains......Sheffield.....Wilmot....Port Sorell.......Hawley Beach....
Devonport - Melbourne
"The Return Journey"
Sun March 30, 9 am departure (or supposed to be).
It really doesn’t seem like the Spirit of Tasmania keeps to a very tight schedule. At departure time we were stuck on the docks, yet again, this time in a ‘holding pen’ area whilst we went through the same inspection stuff.
Finally we were onboard and underway quite quickly, departing only 35 mins late.
An even better day for crossing Bass Strait than before - brilliant blue sky, a few fluffy clouds, blue azure and most importantly - calm seas.
Since this is a day crossing, most people are up and about, and onlly a few seem to have opted for cabins.
So, there’s a whole lot less seating room so most people have pegged themselves out a table or lounge and settled in there for the duration of the voyage.
We’re up on top deck again, with perspex barriers sheltering us from the cool wind. Temp - about 18 - the warmest day yet of the holiday !
Heading out through the mouth of the river, it’s a nice view back at Devonport as we leave it and the mountains behind.
I take a wander on deck to go ‘people spotting’ to see if I can tell the Europeans apart from the Aussies - in a couple of cases it’s very easy. The Europeans are the ones wearing sandals rather than shoes, and the shirtless guys sitting out in the sun on deckchairs sunbaking with only their shorts on.
The obvious Aussies are the ones with floppy hats or beanies (woollen hat), sheltering snoozing (sleeping) behind the perspex sheets out of the wind !
It’s rather pleasant outside on deck, not the slightly hemmed in feeling of down below in the restaurants, where the lounge areas are very crowded.
I’m enjoying the simple things like playing cards, reading and writing my travelogues for VT, though I felt a quick stab of envy when I went exploring below and came across a guy in one of the restaurants happily working away at his own commandeered table on a lap top.
Gee, this ship could do with a net café ! It’s the one thing that’s missing (but on second thought if they had one it would be so popular there would be a several hour waiting list to use it)
Only 1 more day till I can work at my own computer again...........
During day crossings they show movies in the airline style sleeping room, so Harry Potter filled in an empty 3 hours nicely. The day passed fairly quickly, with plenty of little amusements.
Today’s crossing of Bass Strait was as calm as taking a train ride, and it was hard to feel any motion at all.
For someone who can get sick on just about any kind of journey if the going gets rough, this trip has been bliss indeed (and all the more so because Bass strait failed to live up to it’s infamy of having ‘mountainous seas’).
Better still, we’re even arriving in Melbourne right on schedule.