Devonport’s coastal location offers a plethora of locations to get your heart racing and your lungs pumping if exercising in the great outdoors is your thing.
The Mersey Bluff, at the heart of Devonport’s stretch of coast sits atop Bluff Beach with a network of shared path and walking trails stretching out to both the East and West.
Bluff Beach, in front of Devonport Surf Life Saving Club, is a perfect launch spot for an ocean swim or paddle and is the starting point of Devonport Parkrun, a free 5km timed run held every Saturday at 8am.
Adjacent to the mouth of the Mersey River in Devonport and at Melrose Street Park, East Devonport you will find the cities free outdoor exercise equipment circuits. Featuring sit-up benches, balance beams, dipping bars, rings, gorilla bars, parallel bars and leg raising benches, the equipment is suitable for people of all ages.
Take the mostly bitumen foreshore track, from the Bluff towards the Mersey River, passing the Devonport CBD, over the Victoria Bridge and on to the Beaches of East Devonport. There are several interpretive panels along the way for a glimpse into Devonport’s history and be sure to admire the historic fishing ketch turned passenger sailboat, the Julie Burgess at its eastern riverbank mooring.
West of Devonport CBD, Coles Beach to Don and the Don headlands offers a fairly flat network of paths and trails suitable for walking, trail running and mountain biking. Or else head South into Kelcey Tier for 160 hectares of native bushland featuring walking trails, fire roads and a network of mountain bike trails. Access to Kelcey Tier is from the top of Durkins Rd or via an easement 300 metres along Tugrah Rd. Signage is limited but mobile signal is strong, so we recommend navigating via your phones gps.