DEVONPORT

Devonport is the gateway town (or exit) to/from Tasmania. This economic and tourism benefit ensures a high level of day to day commerce. This Tassie town jumps. Devonport is a city in the northwestern part of Tassie and is situated at the mouth of the Mersey River. Devonport is the major regional centre of the north western part of the state.

During the 1850s the twin settlements of Formby and Torquay were established on opposite banks at the mouth of the Mersey River. Torquay was the larger community with police, post, magistrate, at least three hotels, shipyards and stores. From 18701880 the shipping industry grew and work was undertaken to deepen the mouth of the river. When the mouth of the river could support a shipping industry the first regular steamer services commenced operating directly between the Mersey and Melbourne.

In 1889 the Bluff lighthouse was completed and the turn of the Century saw the railway make a significant difference to the Formby community. It combined a railhead and port facilities in the one place. A wharf was created on the west bank close to the railway and warehouses and situated in the main wharf area. The railway brought a building boom to Formby. In 1890 a public vote united Torquay and Formby, and the settlements became the town of Devonport.

The Maritime Museum gives a really great insight to the early history.

The congregational churches all have old and historic links. The East Devonport Anglican Church especially so.

Today there still five  active traditional hotels in Devonport. All being over 100 years old. plus theseBe sure to check out the greatest ever footy side at the Alex.

The Devonport multi sited War Memorial deserves dedicated time and respect. The Vietnam Memorial especially so.

When visiting, both on entry and exit allow a day or two. This is a really nice Aussie town.

 

 

 

 

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course