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  • One of Devonport's historic buildings
    One of Devonport's historic buildings
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  • Macfie in the background
    Macfie in the background
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  • Sunrise at Coles Beach
    Sunrise at Coles Beach
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Devonport Things to Do

  • Coles Beach

    Not to be confused with the more famous Coles Bay of Freycinet fame but this place has become popular in recent years because you can free camp here if you have a motorhome or campervan.There are toilets and cold showers and level parking plus the beach itself which is okay though not brilliant and it isn't patrolled though, since the surf is...

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  • Spirit of the Sea

    I first came upon it one drizzly morning just after I had alighted from the Spirit of Tasmania. Even in the gloom it was impressive, perhaps even more so because of it.The imposing bronze of Neptune mounted on its plinth marks a sense of arrival for thousands of visitors who arrived on the Spirit of Tasmania. "The Spirit of the Sea acknowledges the...

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  • Macfie Manor

    This is one of the more eyecatching bits of architecture dating back to 1899. The following is the blurb from a real estate agent in 2013. "Perched proudly in one of Devonport's heritage areas, with one of the best views in town, sits this historic property - Macfie Manor. This stunning 411m2 (approx.) circa 1890's residence beautifully exemplifies...

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  • GREAT WESTERN TIERS - DELORAINE

    Deloraine...........IS TASMANIA'S LARGEST INLAND TOWN......IS A CLASSIFIED NATIONAL TRUST TOWN.......AND HOME OF THE TASMANIAN CRAFT FAIR.The Craft fair, which has 200+ exhibitors, attracts about 30,000 around November each year , so make sure you book you accommodation early if coming to that! Its a working craft fair, so you can try some "crafty"...

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  • HAWLEY BEACH & PORT SORELL

    Hawley beach is a nice mainly untouched area which had beach, sheltered inlets, and lovely boulders covered in a red lichen. We found this to be a lovely quiet area to wander around the foreshores and we also did see some Tasmanian Forester kangaroo's.There also is a national park where you can go walking, is meant to have quite a bit of...

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  • Walk Devonport

    We just happened to be staying at Devonport when the Melbourne to Devonport Yacht race was being held. We saw the winning Yacht enter the Mersey river, and spoke to the Wife of the Skipper, she was so excited that her husband had come in 1st!~We had walked to the River bank foreshore and the viewing platform which was a great vantage point for...

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  • DON RAILWAY

    This was a tourist attraction that we found pretty disappointing.We boarded a steam train for a short journey along the banks of the Don river. It was advertised as scenic, but to us, it really wasn't anything special. It stopped at the Beach.....you can remain at the beach to explore or do what-ever, and catch a later Train back.Trains leave Coles...

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  • MASON'S FUCHSIA FARM IN NTH/WEST TASSIE

    Like flowers? then have a wander around Mason's Fuchsia farm, and if you wish, buy one to take home. Mason’s Fuchsia Fantasy started approx. 20 years ago as a hobby for Stephanie Mason. As well as Fuchsia's, there is a children’s inside play area, Toilets and a Cafe which does light meals + morning & afternoon teas.Another plus is the views,...

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  • Mersey Bluff Lighthouse

    The Mersey Bluff Lighthouse was established in 1889 and is built of bricks on a stone base.It replaced a succession of beacons and obelisks that had formerly stood on the site. It also replaced the earlier Don River light. The lighthouse is easily accessible and is in a park 3.5 kilometres west of Devonport. We visited it as part of our bus tour...

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  • Tiagara Aboriginal Centre

    Wander the Bluff headland viewing unique aboriginal rock engravings and visit the Cultural Centre to see the life of tribal Tasmanian Aborigines portrayed in dioramas. Unfortunately we did not have enough time to look around much but it is a unique place showcasing native arts and crafts.

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  • See the Countryside from Devonport

    The beauty of the North coast is best done explored from Devonport. Scenic views are always guaranteed whether coastal shores lapping clear azure warters, verdant green mountains and hills or just plain country/rural views- you'll be spoilt for choice, believe me!Due to the delays experienced by the ship before going to port, the excursions to...

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  • BRADDON's LOOKOUT NTH/WEST TASMANIA

    This lookout is located near the town of Forth, 13ks from Devonport. You get great views over the Forth Valley and towards the coastline..... looking westward along the trail showing tidal flats and old sea levels resulting from past glacial influences.NTASTIC VIEWS FROM THIS LOOKOUTWe went here twice, as the sun was in the wrong direction for...

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  • PRESTON WATERFALLS IN NTH/WEST TASMANIA

    Preston Falls are tall and slender, 25m high waterfall, that plunge over an alcove into the shady depths of the gorge. A short walk down steps to the overlooking platform, takes less than 5 minutes. There are two short walks, not suitable for children.These falls are located along Preston Creek, near the Leven Canyon. WHERE.... From Raymond road,...

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  • Site of the 1ST G.J. COLES Store

    Wilmot, the town, not much of it,........ its claim to fame is its the site of the 1st G.J.Coles store, and you can also see the original home. Located 45kms from Devonport, you pass through it on your scenic drive.In its heyday, this store employed 15 people and had 3 trucks which took supplies to the surrounding areas. His next step was to move...

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  • Lake Barrington & Devil's Gate Dam...

    Lake Barrington is an artificial lake in the Forth Valley, about 40ks from Devonport. It was created by building the 84metre high Devil 's Gate Dam on the Forth River for Hydro Electricity.The lake is 20kms long and is an International rowing course. Its also used for skiing and canoeing competitions. Its set in a pretty area with lots of birdlife...

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  • VILLAGE OF LOWER CRACKPOT - NTH/WEST...

    The Village of Lower Crackpot is located at Tasmazia. Its, a model village built to 1/5th scale, us Adults, walk around and look down on it. Its a Village you will get a laugh from!Each building has a story to tell, and is connected to real people, so in a way, the town is inhabited.Australian's would know these people......Cathy Freeman Sports...

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  • TASMAZIA -FULL OF MAZES IN NTH/WEST...

    Located about 15 minutes from Sheffield, this Tourist attraction has a total of 8 mazes, making it the LARGEST MAZE COMPLEX IN THE WORLD.THE GREAT MAZE where you have to find the "Three Bears Cottage"HAMPTON COURT, this is the one that took me quite a while to find my way around, not helped by a husband who found his way easily to the central...

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  • Mural Walk of Sheffield - Nth West...

    Firstly, pop into the information centre.The Kentish Visitor Information Centre has a "Story of the Sheffield Murals " Audio Tour which you can hire. It is a self-guided walking tour that tells the story of why the first mural was commissioned in Sheffield and how a rural town in economic decline was transformed into a thriving outdoor art...

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  • FERNDENE GORGE PARK NEAR PENGUIN

    This is located near the town of Penguin. If you can't find the signs to it, the Penguin Info Centre will put you in the right direction. It is a popular picnic area, and a has quite a few walks. An old mine tunnel is here. The Tree Ferns are the largest and best that we have ever seen.

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  • PENGUIN....THE TOWN ...NTH/WEST TASSIE

    This is a name of a town on the Tasmanian coast 17 ks from Burnie, and yes, it does have Penguins. A visit here is worth while. Follow Route 1 from Devenport along the coast to Penguin. If visiting at the right time of the year, the kilometre-long Perry-Ling Gardens are stunning! The gardens are a blaze of colour in spring but will dazzle you year...

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  • LEVEN CANYON - NTH/WEST TASSIE

    Located 41ks from Ulverstone, you can combine this with your tour to the Gunns Plains caves. From the car park, where there are nice bbq's, and picnic area, take the short walk to the viewing platform. Get ready for magnificent views of the 300m high limestone cliffs that have been carved by the Leven River. Other views are of Black Bluff and the...

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  • GUNN'S PLAINS CAVES - NTH/WEST TASSIE

    These caves were discovered in 1906, by a man on a hunting trip. It is reputed that one of his Dogs fell into a hole that formed part of a cave. It is renowned for its magnificent formations, including calcite shawls, flowstones and glow worms. An underground river still flows through the cave, and contains freshwater crayfish, eels and fish. The...

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  • MEANDER FALLS IN THE WESTERN TIERS

    These are not far from Deloraine. To reach them, follow c167 to Meander (town) then follow the signs to the park. We didn't get to see the falls, as when we arrived, we found out that you need most of a day to do the hike, its 5-6 hours return, over not the easiest of walking territory. The photo is not mine, but its to show you that they do look...

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  • N/WEST TASSIE near DELORAINE - LIFFEY...

    For us, these were the most beautiful waterfalls that we saw in Tasmania, and there are heaps there. The falls are made up of 4 distinctive cascades, just take the 45-minute walk starting from the picnic ground, heading down hill to the viewing platforms and stunning Liffey Falls. Crystal clear water, outstanding rainforest, beautiful falls, an...

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  • VISIT THE HISTORICAL DON RIVER RAILWAY

    The Don River Railway is another one of those small railways that would be long gone if it was not for a dedicated team of people and railway enthusiast who have felt that this needs to be preserved for younger generations to appreciate what it was like when there was a local railway system here..I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon that I spent here...

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  • LETTERBOX TRAIL - WILMOT-NTH WEST...

    The letterbox trail is found on the Forth valley road, heading to Wilmot. The people have been very creative with their ideas.

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  • Sheffield II

    Another mural...on the back wall of a car park directly opposite the Bible Chapel.This mural is a representation of a famous hut which can be found up on nearby Cradle Mountain. Other murals in the town focus on aspects of the town's history, the wildlife, flora & fauna, local personalities and more.The 3D & perspective effect of this mural is just...

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  • Spirit of Tasmania

    I went from Devonport back to the Australian mainland, to Melbourne, by ferry, the Spirit of Tasmania, it is big boat that has some nice entertainment shows, I even got invited to sing a long with the performing start of the evening...

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  • Spirit of Tasmania Ferry

    The ship from Melbourne to Devonport leaves from Station Pier, on Port Phillip Bay.Normally crossings are overnight, but during the high season, an extra ship has been put on weekend crossings so there is the option of a day crossing too. We tried it both ways and enjoyed them equally.We paid about $200 each for the night crossing in a cabin with...

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    by Kate-Me Written Mar 31, 2003

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    Aboriginal etchings on top of Mersey Bluff. ...

    It is very hard to see any etchings at most of the numbered points. . Only in a couple I could actually distinguish a circle or two carved in the rock, but so basic anybody could have done it. Most of the etchings could easily be mistaken for simple rock cracks.
    Our travel book made quite a mention of them, so it was on my ‘must see’ list and I was very disappointed to find little more than nothing.

    There’s a small Aboriginal cultural centre beside the so called ‘etchings’ which is said to be okay....but after the disappointment of the etchings I was no longer interested.

    Fun Alternatives: If you're interested in the Aboriginal history of Tasmania, see the small cultural centre, or even the signed displays in the Hobart Maritime museum will provide interesting information about the original inhabitants and their first encounter with white men (who they often took to be ghosts)

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