North West Tasmania


The north-west is a glorious pastiche of wild coastlines, picturesque towns and ancient rainforests. Nicknamed the ‘Edge of the World’, the folks here enjoy an enviable frontier lifestyle, with unspoiled natural beauty right at their fingertips.


Tasmania's third largest city is situated in the middle of the north coast and as the headquarters of Spirit of Tasmania, it serves as the arrival point for many of the state’s annual visitors. Devonport is the perfect location from which to discover the north-western section of Tasmania, but there's also plenty to see in the city itself, including historic sites and tempting restaurants. (Photo: Tourism Tasmania & Brian Dullaghan)


Don River Railway

There hasn’t been a passenger train servicing Tassie for quite some time—except, of course, for the Don River Railway. On Sundays and public holidays, a steam locomotive pulls the train (does anyone not think of the Hogwarts Express?) and on all other days trains are run with a vintage rail car. Trains operate every hour and take roughly 30 minutes to reach Coles Beach, winding their way along the western bank of the picturesque Don River. On your return, be sure to check out the heritage locomotives and carriages on display throughout the workshop and museum.

Tasmanian Arboretum

Nature enthusiasts won’t want to miss this one—a stunning 66-acre reserve blooming with wildflowers and woody plant varieties. It’s a great place to unwind and get lost among the colourful, peaceful surrounds. Keep your eyes peeled for a platypus or two! The Arboretum is open daily from 9:00am to sunset and admission is only $5.00. Two hour guided walks are available. (Photo: Tourism Tasmania & aliasX photography)

Devonport Regional Gallery

Housed in a converted 19th-century church, the Devonport Regional Gallery is a fascinating collection of fine and decorative art and craft. There’s an emphasis on work by local Tasmanian artists, and the gallery occasionally hosts touring exhibitions throughout the year. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm, and Sunday and public holidays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. (Photo: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett)

Home Hill

This charming National Trust property, built in 1916, was home to Prime Minister Joseph Lyons, the only head of government to originate from Tasmania. The house contains many unique and historical artefacts which provide an unexpected insight into Australian political life and international relations during the turbulent events of the mid-20th century. Guided tour packages are available.

Need to know


Devonport has plenty of accommodation to meet the needs and budgets of all travellers. From relaxing caravan and cabin parks to charming B&Bs and top-quality hotels, guests can enjoy a well-deserved rest after sampling everything that Devonport has to offer.

Getting there

Devonport is a one-and-a-half hours’ drive from Launceston. Alternatively, there are regular bus services running to and from Devonport, Launceston and Hobart. For more information, please visit Tassie Link’s website.