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Devonport and the Mersey River from the air

Devonport is located in Tasmania
Population: 30497 [1]
Time zone:

 • Summer (DST)



  • 47 km (29 mi) from Burnie
  • 98 km (61 mi) from Launceston
  • 277 km (172 mi) from Hobart
LGA: City of Devonport
State District: Braddon
Federal Division: Braddon

Devonport is a city in northern Tasmania, Australia. It is situated at the mouth of the Mersey River. Devonport had an estimated urban population of 30,497[1] at June 2015. Along with the slightly smaller city of Burnie, 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 on the eastern shore was the larger community with police, post, magistrate, at least three hotels, shipyards and stores. A river ferry service connected the two communities. Between 1870 and 1880 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 1882 the Marine Board building was built and remains the oldest standing building in Devonport.

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. 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 Victoria bridge was opened in 1902 which enabled a land transport link between Devonport and East Devonport.

Devonport was proclaimed a city by Prince Charles of Wales on 21 April 1981 in a ceremony connducted on the Devonport Oval.

The cross river ferry service was discontinued in 2014 after 160 years of continuous service when the vessel the "Torquay" was taken out of service.[2] It has since resumed operating.[3]


List of suburbs

Facilities and the arts[]

Devonport Mall

The main CBD is on the west side of the Mersey River and includes a pedestrian mall, cinema, speciality stores, chain stores such as IGA and hotels. There are several local restaurants and cafes.

Local theatre and Conventions are held at the Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre in the city's CBD.

The Devonport Regional Gallery evolved from the inception of The Little Gallery, which was founded by Jean Thomas as a private enterprise in 1966. The Gallery presents an annual program of exhibitions, education and public programs including events and workshops. Another smaller gallery is the Blue Apple Gift Store & Gallery.

Tiagarra Aboriginal Culture Centre and Museum displays petroglyphs, designs in rock and exhibits that depict the traditional lifestyle of Tasmanian Aboriginal people.

The Bass Strait Maritime Centre housed in the former Harbour Master's House has objects, models and photographs that tells the stories of Bass Strait and Devonport.

A Railway Museum is situated at Don a suburb of Devonport called the Don River Railway.

The former Devonport Maternity Hospital is now being considered for transformation into over fifty apartments.

The Mersey Community Hospital at Latrobe serves the Devonport community for their health needs.

Devonport's night club was known as "City Limits" in the 1980s, "The Warehouse" from 1991, and then re-branded as the ultra-hip "House" in 2014.

Kokoda Barracks is an army barracks in Devonport.


Steve Martin was elected mayor of the City of Devonport in 2011.[4] There are 12 aldermen that govern the Devonport City Council[5]


Devonport Airport

Devonport Airport is located at Pardoe Downs approximately 7 km to the east of the city of Devonport, about a 15 min drive by car. The airport is serviced by Bombardier Dash 8 turboprop aircraft, operated by QantasLink, with four daily services to Melbourne, Victoria.

There are several bus companies serving Devonport including Mersey Link, Redline Coaches and Phoenix Coaches. Metropolitan Devonport bus services are limited on Saturdays and there are no services on Sundays or Public holidays.

Freight (Shipping)

Searoad Road Shipping operate two roll on roll off vessel of general freight between Devonport, Melbourne and King Island. These vessels include MV Searoad Mersey and MV Searoad Tamar.[6]

Cement Australia has exported cement products produced from Railton to Melbourne since 1926. Other exports via ships include tallow.

In early days coal was an export product.

Imports include petroleum, bunker fuel, fertiliser and caustic soda.


A rail line still services the ports area of Devonport. Devonport once had a roundhouse and railway maintenance yards on the foreshore of the Mersey River. A park exists there today.

Passenger Ferry Terminal

Devonport is the southern terminus for the Spirit of Tasmania ferries – Spirit I and II travel the 11 hours to Melbourne.[7]

Melbourne – Devonport Passenger Ferry History

Vessel Years Shipping Company
SS Oonah 1921–1935 Tasmanian Steamers
SS Loongana 1921–1935 Tasmanian Steamers
SS Nairana 1921–1948 Tasmanian Steamers
SS Taroona 1935–1959 Tasmanian Steamers
MS Princess of Tasmania 1959–1972 Australian National Line
MS Empress of Australia 1972–1986 Australian National Line
MS Abel Tasman 1986–1993 TT-Line Company
Spirit of Tasmania 1993–2002 TT-Line Company
MS Spirit of Tasmania I 2002– TT-Line Company
MS Spirit of Tasmania II 2002– TT-Line Company


The Devonport area has rich red soils that are ideal for producing vegetable crops (beans, onions, peas, potatoes etc.) and very significant values of cereals, oil poppies, pyrethrum and other crops.


Primary schools[]

  • Hillcrest Primary School
  • Devonport Primary School
  • Miandetta Primary School
  • East Devonport Primary School
  • Nixon Street Primary School
  • Spreyton Primary School
  • Devonport Christian School
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School

Secondary schools[]

Senior Secondary Education (Years 11–12)[]

  • The Don College
  • St Brendan-Shaw College

A TasTAFE campus, an adult training institution, is situated in Valley Road.


Devonport has an oceanic climate with mild to warm summers, cool and moist winters and high humidity (about 70%) all year round. Most days from January to March are pleasantly warm, averaging 20 to 25 °C (
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Climate data for Devonport Airport
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 33.2
Average high °C (°F) 21.3
Average low °C (°F) 12.2
Record low °C (°F) 4.0
Precipitation mm (inches) 41.8
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 7.1 6.1 7.7 9.6 11.7 12.4 14.9 15.4 13.6 11.4 10.0 8.6 128.5
Source: Bureau of Meteorology[8]


Australian Rules[]

The Devonport Football Club, Magpies, is an Australian Rules team competing in the Tasmanian Statewide League with their home base being the Devonport Oval

The East Devonport Football Club an Australian Rules Football Club, the Swans play in the North West Football League alongside teams like Ulverstone and Penguin, to name but two.

Rugby union[]

The Devonport Rugby Club[9] is a Rugby Union team competing in the Tasmanian Rugby Union Statewide League.


Devonport City Football Club an Association Football club that competes in the statewide National Premier Leagues Tasmania, as well as fielding a reserve team in the Northern Championship.

Touch football[]

The Devonport Touch Football Association is located at Meercroft Park and play touch football

Athletics, cycling and woodchopping[]

The Devonport Athletic Club,[10] a professional athletic club, hosts a leg of the Tasmanian Cycling Christmas Carnival Series[11] each year in December attended by local and international cyclists, other sports at the carnivals include athletics and woodchopping. Woodchopping events are also held at the Devonport Agricultural & Pastoral Society Spring Show[12] in November.

The Devon Amateur Athletics Club compete at the Dial Ranges Sports Centre at Penguin, Tasmania.

The Mersey Valley Devonport Cycling Club host track cycling, the Mersey Valley Tour, Devon 80 Road Race and the Ulverstone Criterium.


Devonport Cricket Club is a cricket team which represents Devonport in the North Western Tasmanian Cricket Association grade cricket competition.


Devonport Hockey teams compete in the North and North West Hockey roster of Hockey Tasmania.


Devonport Warriors are a Devonport-based basketball team that compete in the North West Basketball Union.


The Devonport Golf Club is located at Woodrising Avenue, Tasmania and has been home to the Tasmanian Open and Tasmanian Seniors Open.

Harness racing and Horse racing[]

The Devonport Harness Racing Club conduct harness racing events at the Devonport Showgrounds.

The Devonport Cup a horse race is held annually in January at the Spreyton racecourse. There is a gazetted local holiday for the event.

Power boats[]

Power Boat racing has been a feature at the Devonport Annual Regatta held each March long weekend. The Regatta commenced in 1958.

Swimming and aquatic sports[]

The Splash Devonport Aquatic and Leisure Centre has a world class gym and indoor swimming pool and is based within the Don Reserve.


The Devonport Tennis Club and East Devonport Tennis Club compete in the Tennis North West Association rosters.


The Devonport triathlon held annually in February is the continental championship for Oceania.

Notable sportspeople[]

  • David Foster (woodchopper)

VFL/AFL players[]

Notable players that went on the play in the VFL/AFL:

  • Darrel Baldock (Template:AFL StK)
  • Graham Wright (Template:AFL Col)
  • Grant Birchall (Template:AFL Haw)
  • Brady Rawlings (Template:AFL Nor)
  • Jade Rawlings (Template:AFL Haw, Template:AFL WB, Template:AFL Nor)
  • Matthew Richardson (Template:AFL Ric)
  • Ben Harrison (Template:AFL Car, Template:AFL Ric, Template:AFL WB)
  • Dion Scott (Template:AFL Syd, Brisbane Bears, Template:AFL BL)
  • Matthew Febey (Template:AFL Mel)
  • Steven Febey (Template:AFL Mel)

Notable people[]

  • Joseph LyonsPrime Minister of Australia 1932–1939 Premier of Tasmania 1923–1928
  • Dame Enid Lyons

Sister cities[]

The city of Devonport has a formal sister city agreement with Minamata City in Japan. This was ratified in 1996. Both cities share a similar setting and area.

  • Japan Minamata, Japan[13] (1996)
  • Australia City of Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia (destination for "Spirit of Tasmania" ferries from Devonport)

See also[]

  • The Tasmanian Arboretum


  1. ^ a b "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014-15: Population Estimates by Significant Urban Area, 2005 to 2015". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 30 March 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2016.  Estimated resident population, 30 June 2015.
  2. ^ Devonport to lose its Torquay Ferry service
  3. ^ Devonport's Torquay ferry to return
  4. ^ "Tasmanian Legislative Council 2009 Elections". Retrieved June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Mayor and Aldermen". Retrieved June 2009. 
  6. ^ "Tasmanian Shipping". Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Devonport to Melbourne Ferry Journey Length". Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Climate Data". BoM. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Devonport Rugby Club". Retrieved June 2009. 
  10. ^ "Devonport Athletic Club". Retrieved June 2009. 
  11. ^ "Sports Carnival Association of Tasmania". Retrieved June 2009. 
  12. ^ "Agricultural Show Council of Tasmania". Retrieved June 2009. 
  13. ^ [1], Sister Cities
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