THE ES­SEN­TIALS

Country Style - - DEVONPORT TASMANIA ON THE MOVE -

Qan­taslink op­er­ates flights be­tween Mel­bourne and Devonport seven days a week, with the air­port lo­cated just 10 kilo­me­tres east of Devonport town cen­tre. If you’re driv­ing in, the 102-kilo­me­tre drive from Launce­s­ton to Devonport, via Na­tional High­way 1 takes a lit­tle over an hour. From Ho­bart, 280 kilo­me­tres away, it takes just over three hours. Red­line and Tassielink Tran­sit op­er­ate reg­u­lar coach ser­vices be­tween Devonport and other Tas­ma­nian cities (www.tasred­line.com.au or tassielink.com.au). The Spirit of Tas­ma­nia ferry sails be­tween Mel­bourne and Devonport nightly, with ad­di­tional day sail­ings on se­lect dates be­tween Septem­ber and April. Ve­hi­cles and bi­cy­cles can be taken on board, and the ves­sel has a range of ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions (spir­itof­tas­ma­nia.com.au).

CLOCK­WISE One of Devonport’s Fed­er­a­tion homes; the Devonport Re­gional Gallery has a per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of works by iconic Tas­ma­nian and Aus­tralian artists; the Bass Strait Mar­itime Cen­tre show­cases the city’s his­tory; Devonport over­looks Bass Strait; the pop­u­lar Hill Street Gro­cer car­ries Pi­geon Whole Bak­ers goods, deli items, cheese and fresh lo­cal pro­duce. FAC­ING PAGE Mersey Bluff Light­house guards the mouth of the Mersey River.

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