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What can you do in Devonport over the weekend?
Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
Cradle Mountain is one of the most famous landmarks in Tasmania, and the entrance to the national park is less than an hour from Devonport by car. Hiking trails wind their way all through the park, taking visitors to beautiful viewpoints and popular landmarks like Dove Lake, Mount Ossa, Marion's Lookout, and Pencil Pine Falls. Adventurous travellers can also look into hiking the Overland Track, which takes six days to complete. Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park makes a great day trip from Devonport. You could also spend more time there by reserving a cabin on the edge of the national park with Webjet when booking your Devonport accommodation and flight packages.
Bass Strait Maritime Centre
The Bass Strait separates Tasmania from the Australian mainland, and it has a fascinating history that you can explore at the Maritime Centre. There are both temporary and permanent exhibits that share stories of the Bass Strait, such as shipwrecks, naval history, and what Devonport was like in its early days as a port city. Visitors holidaying on Devonport packages will see a variety of historic ships and maritime equipment that was used on the Bass Strait at some point in time.
Don River Railway
The Don River Railway runs on Saturdays and Sundays and is a fun activity for travellers who book Devonport holiday packages for the weekend. An antique train travels along a set of tracks that were originally laid in the 1850s. The scenic ride goes along the Don River toward Coles Beach. In addition to the ride, visitors holidaying on Devonport packages can learn all about the train and railway history through an onsite museum and workshops.
What is the cost of visiting Devonport?
The standard nightly rate for a hotel and accommodation in Devonport is about $100 to $150 NZD. You can save even more by bundling your hotel and flights with Webjet’s Devonport holiday packages. You can also use Webjet to book your rental car. Rates start at about $130 NZD per day.
There’s public transport available if you won’t have access to a car while holidaying on Devonport packages. Tickets for the Spirit of Devonport ferry cost $3 AUD ($3.20 NZD) for adults and $2 AUD ($2.15 NZD) for children. A public bus operates between Devonport and neighbouring LaTrobe with fare costing $2.40 AUD ($2.55 NZD) for a single ticket and $5.90 AUD ($6.25 NZD) for a day pass.
There are several free attractions to have on your radar after booking Devonport holiday packages. A few of them are Devonport Regional Gallery, Mersey Bluff Lighthouse, and Cole’s Beach. Entrance to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park costs $25 AUD ($26.55 NZD) for adults, $10 AUD ($10.65 NZD) for children, and $60 AUD ($63.75 NZD) for a family of five. A ride on the scenic Don River Railway is $15 AUD ($15.95 NZD) for adults and $10 AUD ($10.65 NZD) for kids. The Bass Strait Maritime Centre is another fun activity for those holidaying on Devonport packages – tickets cost $10 AUD ($10.65 NZD) for adults and $5 AUD ($5.30 NZD) for children.
When is the best time to visit Devonport?
Summer is the best time to travel on Devonport accommodation and flight packages if you’re hoping to spend time on the beach. Temperatures reach highs of about 21°C and dip to lows of about 11°C at night. Keep in mind that summer is the high season, so you’re likely to encounter large crowds in the national parks and on the beaches. Hotels and accommodation in Devonport can book up, so be sure to reserve your room early.
The autumn and spring shoulder seasons are great times for hiking in the national parks with smaller crowds compared to the summer. You’ll see beautiful autumn foliage and spring blooms in the parks as well as in the Tasmanian Arboretum, which is just outside Devonport. Temperatures reach highs of about 14° to 19°C during these seasons.
Winter is the low season in Devonport. There are fewer tourists and many hotels tend to lower their rates, making it an excellent time for budget travellers to book Devonport holiday packages. Temperatures reach highs of about 13°C and drop to lows of about 4°C. Rain is common but it’s usually light. There may also be some snow in the national parks, but this means you can enjoy some fun winter activities like cross-country skiing.