Devonport is a small city on the north coast of Tasmania with an estimated located of just over 30,000. Located at the mouth of the Mersey River, 98 km west of Launceston on the Bass Highway, Devonport is major point of entry for visitors travelling across Bass Strait as this is where The Spirit of Tasmania docks. Devonport is a great place to spend a day or two before continuing on your road trip of Tasmania.
If you are looking for supplies for your campervan, head to the Devonport Farmers Markets. Known as ‘Australia’s market garden’, the farms surrounding Devonport produce fruit and veggies that make up 40 per cent of the island’s annual crop. The farmers markets are held on the second and fourth Saturday of every month at the Gunn Street showgrounds. The Devonport Foreshore Market happens every Saturday at Round House Park on the banks of the Mersey, here you’ll find craft and design stalls also.
Two of Devonports main attractions are the Bass Strait Maritime Centre and the Devonport Regional Gallery, perfect if you are looking for a bit of culture whilst in Devonport. The Bass Strait Maritime Centre is a museum devoted to local maritime history, holding an interesting collection of exhibits about early explorers, shipwrecks and steamers and there’s even a computerised sailing simulator! The Devonport Regional Gallery, housed in an old church, is dedicated to Tasmanian art and “aims to enhance understanding of visual art, craft and design through the delivery of a challenging, high quality and engaging exhibitions” Both the museum and the gallery are located within the city centre have have parking facilities.
If you’re looking for a bit of sun, then head to Coles Beach. Coles Beach is a stunning sandy shoreline with many rocks providing an interesting landscape. Rock pools appear at low tide and can keep the little ones entertained for hours.
Devonport is the port location you will arrive in If you plan on catching the ferry from Melbourne. The ferry takes around 10 hours from Melbourne to Devonport and day and overnight trips are available. The Spirit Of Tasmania is currently the only ferry operator sailing this route. Prices start from around $100 per adult and $110 per caravan return, depending on when you book. You can book the ferry via the Spirit of Tasmania website. There are some restrictions on what you can take onto the ferry in your campervan so it’s best to check this information out before travelling. You can find this information and book your ferry tickets on the website.
Devonport has an oceanic climate with mild to warm summers and cool, moist winters. Devonport has high humidity (about 70%) all year round and January, on average, is the warmest month. Most days from January to March are pleasantly warm, averaging 19 to 24°C with frequent sunshine. August is the wettest month so this month should be avoided if you don’t like too much rain.
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- Abel Tasman Caravan Park – located on the corner of the Mersey River mouth, where the Spirit of Tasmania enters the port
- Mersey Bluff Caravan Park – great location overlooking the sea
- Discovery Parks Devonport – located on the magical waterfront this is a base to discover Devonport
- Latrobe Mersey River Caravan Park – dog friendly and conveniently located
- Strait off the Boat – excellent and super fresh fish and chips
- Turkish Delight – Well priced, tasty Turkish kebabs
- Bento – great Japanese food at reasonable prices
- Mandoo – a great and budget friendly Korean eatery popular with the locals
- Sit Lo – cheap and tasty vietnamese food
- Harbour Masters Cafe – local cuisine, great for brunch
- Camille – stunning French food in a beautiful setting