One of the Spirit of Tasmania ferries that nightly make the journey, carrying freight and passengers (and their cars) between Devonport and Melbourne.
Devonport was mostly bypassed in the establishment of the early towns in Tasmania due to the rugged forest that clung to both sides of the Mersey River and the coast. Due to the areas rich soils, agricultural use of the land saw the development of two towns, one on either side of the river. In 1890 these two towns combined to form Devonport.
The city with its cross Tasman ferries and airport is now the first point that many people arrive at in Tasmania and is a key staging point for those wishing to visit the attractions of northern Tasmania and the Tasmanian wilderness.
The central business district of the modern city of some 30,000 people.
The central city has theatres and convention centres and numerous hotels and cafes. Attractions include: the Devonport Regional Gallery, the Tiagarra Aboriginal Culture Centre featuring aboriginal culture and local rock carvings and the Bass Strait Maritime Centre, a museum of nautical history of Bass Strait and the city itself.