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Country Style - - DEVONPORT TASMANIA ON THE MOVE -

FARM­ERS’ MAR­KETS AND CRA­DLE TO COAST TAST­ING TRAIL

The north-west re­gion has a bounty of fresh pro­duce, wines, farm stalls to visit and food fes­ti­vals. Down­load one of the Cra­dle to Coast Tast­ing Trail itin­er­ar­ies on the web­site for sug­gested places to visit and a map. Check out the Devonport Farm­ers’ Mar­ket held on the sec­ond and fourth Satur­day of the month at Devonport Show­ground, Gunn Street. cradle­to­coast­tast­ing­trail.com.au; tas­ma­ni­as­north­west.com.au HILL STREET GRO­CER The Devonport branch of the pop­u­lar Ho­bart gro­cery store features an in-house butcher and baker, deli and lo­cally grown fresh Tas­ma­nian pro­duce. (03) 6127 5355; hill­street­gro­cer.com

NAT­U­RAL BEAUTY Devonport boasts a pris­tine coast­line with un­crowded beaches. The Mersey River and the Narawn­tapu Na­tional Park are just east of town, where kan­ga­roos, wallabies, wom­bats and pademel­ons graze freely. Lil­lico Beach Con­ser­va­tion Area, about eight kilo­me­tres west of Devonport, is a nat­u­ral habi­tat for fairy pen­guins. It’s also less than 90 min­utes’ drive to both Cra­dle Moun­tain and the cave sys­tems of the Mole Creek Karst Na­tional Park. THE TAS­MA­NIAN AR­BORE­TUM

About 10 kilo­me­tres south of Devonport lies this beau­ti­ful botan­i­cal park­land of trees from tem­per­ate land­scapes. Open daily, vis­i­tors can see the world’s largest col­lec­tion of Tas­ma­nian woody plants and some all the way from north­ern hemi­sphere forests, as well as platy­pus in the wild. 46 Old Tramway Road, Eu­ge­nana. (03) 6427 2690; tas­ma­ni­a­nar­bore­tum.org.au >

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