Devonport is located on Tasmania’s central north coast and is the arrival and departure point for the Spirit of Tasmania passenger and vehicular ferry operating between here and Melbourne. The cruise ship departs from Port Melbourne daily and the duration is between 9 and 11 hours. Overnight cabins are available, there are bars and restaurants on board, pet kennels below deck and advance bookings are essential. You’ll also need the dimensions of your vehicle if transporting it across the Bass Strait.
If you’re arriving on the Spirit in the crisp morning hours take note that Macdonalds
is open for breakfast and the Visitor Centre
is open for advice and information, two very important starts to the day in a new state. You’ll need to cross the Mersey River over the Victoria Bridge and follow Formby Rd alongside the river. Ensure you inquire about the National Parks Discount Pass and iVenture Experiences Pass. If you plan to see a few of the parks and exciting attractions throughout the state these passes will save funds for you.
The Mersey River is the focal point here. Take a drive along the foreshore towards Bluff Point and overlook the river. Continue on to the lighthouse and look out to the headland, then Bluff Beach which is patrolled by lifeguards at certain times.
If you haven’t heard of Tasmania’s “Little” or “Fairy Penguins” by now you haven’t spoken to enough tourists. These gorgeous creatures waddle up the beach to their nests each evening after dusk at Lillico Beach, which is about 10km west of town between Leith and Don Heads. Local volunteers host the penguin tour each evening and donations are greatly appreciated. Please do not shine torches or use cameras.
This city is the gateway to Tasmania for Spirit passengers and you’ll find a warm welcome and plenty of good advice at the Visitor Centre, to enable you to utilize your holiday time in Tasmania to its greatest potential.
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Destinations in Tasmania
Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers
Freycinet National Park
Mt Field National Park
Return from Devonport to Tasmania