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Start the morning off right with coffee and breakfast at one of Devonport’s great cafe’s. Get your endorphins firing with a stroll around the Bluff coastline and a token photo in front of the iconic Vertically striped Lighthouse atop Devonport Bluff. Take in the extensive 180 degree coastline views as you breathe in the fresh Bass Strait breeze.
Head east for a short drive to the Bass Strait Maritime Centre and dive deeper into the Maritime history of Devonport and surrounds showcasing natural history, European exploration, shipwrecks, settlement and trade.
If art is more your style, the Devonport Regional Gallery collects and promotes Tasmanian art, craft and design and runs an emerging artist program in its Little Gallery. Four gallery spaces can be explored in the historic building that once housed the Devonport Courthouse.
You are likely to have built up quite the appetite by this point. Try some local cuisine for lunch at one of the cafes or restaurants downtown. If you’re feeling adventurous, maybe visit one of Devonport’s wineries or cellar doors for lunch and a tasting.
After lunch, relax with a train trip on the Don River Railway. The heritage locomotives travel between Don and Coles Beach on the historic Melrose Line with views of Don, a museum, workshop and carriage display.
Round out the day with a visit to the Antiques Emporium. It’s Tasmania’s largest, spanning 4 levels and featuring an amazing wonderland of treasures new and old.
Spend a long weekend in Devonport and experience the best of its laid-back coastal vibe. Devonport is a mix of old and new, culture and adventure, good food and relaxed service.
Its coastal location, wrapping around the Mersey and Don Rivers, makes Devonport a picturesque coastal city. Spend your first few hours in Devonport getting your bearings. See the coastal vista from the top of the Mersey Bluff, take a walk on the shared path east to the Spirit of the Sea sculpture or west to Coles Beach.
Round out your day with a trip on the Don River Railway or a guided tour of Home Hill, the historic original home of Dame Enid and Joseph Lyons, Tasmania’s only Prime Minister. Home Hill is open Wed-Sun at 2pm for guided tours.
Start your second day with a leisurely brunch at one of Devonport’s cafe’s or restaurants and peruse the local specialty stores in downtown Devonport. If adventure is more your style, join the free 5km Devonport Parkrun, trail run, or bushwalk in Don Reserve and Kelcey Tier. If you’re more of a waterbird, take to the water at the Bluff Beach, Back Beach, Coles Beach or East Devonport Beach.
Sunday is market day and you will find an assortment of old and new at the Don Village Market. While away, the afternoon with a visit to the Bass Strait Maritime Centre and explore the maritime history of Devonport and the Bass Strait.