Five Favourite Things to Do in Devonport


If you're heading to Tasmania on holiday, then check out the vibrant city of Devonport. Located on the north-west coast of Tasmania, on the banks of the Mersey River, Devonport has some wonderful experiences to enjoy, from the unique Don River Railway, to scrumptious handmade chocolates and tempting antique stores.

1) Tasmanian Arboretum
Devonport’s Botanical Tree Park is the perfect place for a peaceful wander. Located just 10km south of Devonport, this unique 66ha park features Tasmanian plants as well as trees and shrubs from temperate areas around the world. Spot a Platypus on Founders Lake, enjoy the walking trails or picnic with family and friends.

2) Antiques & Collectables
Antique EmporiumFrom crockery to comics and everything in between, the numerous antique and collectable shops dotted around the area are a veritable treasure trove for antique lovers. Devonport is home to Tasmania’s largest Antique Centre, so you may find yourself spending hours discovering that special little something to take home with you!

3) Don River Railway, Forth Main Road 
Located just outside Devonport, Tasmania’s unique Railway Museum has the largest collection of steam locomotives and passenger carriages in Tasmania. You can watch restoration work being carried out in the extensive workshop on site and learn about the history of Tasmanian rail services in the museum. Vintage trains make a 30 minute trip along the Don River from 10am-4pm.

4) Anvers Chocolate Factory
Calling all Chocoholics! You can watch as scrumptious chocolates are made by hand in this boutique factory. Drop into the Tasting Centre to try or buy, visit the museum full of chocolate artefacts, and enjoy the fabulous Belgian-style breakfasts and delicious Tasmanian fare at the café.

5) Devonport Regional Gallery
The Devonport Regional Gallery is housed in a converted 19th century church right in the town’s centre, and is well worth a visit. Focussing on work by Tasmanian artists, it has a permanent collection of fine and decorative art and craft, with some fine examples of 20th century glass, ceramics and woodcraft. The Gallery hosts touring exhibitions throughout the year.

Editorial and images supplied courtesy of Devonport Visitor Centre

Useful Information