Armchair Travel: Devonport Tasmania


If you arrive in Tasmania on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry from Melbourne you will sail up the Mersey River to the ferry terminal in Devonport. I remember the very first time that Naomi and I made the trip, more than 20 years ago now. Even though it was quite early in the morning we were out on the deck for our first glimpse of Tasmania. During our two week holiday, we spent a week staying in a holiday house in Devonport and every morning we would see the ferry sailing past our living room window.

I don’t have a lot of photos of Devonport available. A lot of them need to be scanned but here are a few starting with, of course, the ferry. The smaller ferry which I’m not sure is running at present crosses the river several times a day. Yes, it’s the ferry across the Mersey.

The ferry terminal is in East Devonport, the shops and public buildings are across the river.

Spirit of Tasmania, Devonport
Ferry across the Mersey.

This lighthouse is at Mersey Bluff which you can easily walk to from the city. Devonport has some very nice paths through parklands beside the river.

Lighthouse, Devonport , Tasmania

If you keep walking around Mersey Bluff you will come to Coles Beach and then to the estuary of the Don River. I once walked all the way from Devonport to Don along the coastal paths. At Don, you will find the Don River Railway who run trains up to Coles Beach and maintain a museum of static exhibits.

Coles Beach, near Devonport
The train viewed from the yard.
MA class steam locomotive. DRR

I realise after looking at these pictures that I have very few good pictures of Devonport so when I can I will try to get over there and take some new ones.

Taswegian1957

I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. My current housemates are Cindy, my 14-year-old Staffy-Lab X dog and Polly the world's most unsociable cat who is seven.

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