Unveiling the best day trips from Devonport

day trips from Devonport

On the northwest coast of Tasmania, Devonport is a coastal city that serves as the gateway to the region’s natural wonders.


While Devonport itself boasts a unique blend of maritime history and contemporary charm, the surrounding region offers a plethora of day trip options for eager adventurers. From breathtaking landscapes to historical sites, here are some of the best day trips from Devonport.


Day trips from Devonport: The Devils @ Cradle Tasmanian devil sanctuary is a breeding and conservation facility. Image: Tourism Australia.

Cradle Mountain National Park (1.5 hour drive)

Southeast of Devonport lies the iconic Cradle Mountain National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Cradle Mountain is a must-visit for nature enthusiasts and hikers. The park is brimming with ancient rainforests, glacial lakes and rugged peaks that provide a dramatic backdrop for your day of exploration.

Tackle the renowned Dove Lake Circuit, a 6-kilometre trek that skirts the shores of pristine Dove Lake while offering epic views of Cradle Mountain. The park is also home to diverse wildlife, including wombats, wallabies, and the elusive Tasmanian devil. Visit conservation sanctuary Devils @ Cradle to get up close and personal with the Tassie devil, with feeding tours, joey encounters and sunset experience.


Day trips from Devonport: Bay of Fires Wines in the Tamar Valley. Image: Andrew Wilson.

Tamar Valley (1 hour drive)

Wine connoisseurs and foodies will delight in the Tamar Valley, just an hour’s drive east of Devonport. Renowned as one of Tasmania’s premier wine regions, the Tamar Valley boasts picturesque vineyards that produce exquisite cool-climate wines. 

Take a leisurely drive along the Tamar Valley Wine Route, encompassing over 30 vineyards and wineries, and stop at cellar doors to savour the region’s award-winning wines, including pinot noir, chardonnay, and riesling. Bay of Fires Winery, Clover Hill Wines and Loira Vines are some top choices. Pair your wine tasting with fresh local produce at farm gates and artisanal shops scattered along the route, or even take a cooking class at Hinton Bay Kitchen.


Day trips from Devonport: What better way to take in the breathtaking views of Stanley than from a leisurely chairlift ride to the top of  The Nut. Image: Lusy Productions.

Stanley (1.5 hour drive)

Venture northwest from Devonport, and you’ll discover the charming seaside town of Stanley, situated at the base of The Nut. Known for its well-preserved colonial buildings and rich maritime history, Stanley is a quaint, peaceful town that transports visitors back in time.

The Nut is a volcanic plug towering 143 meters above sea level. You can either climb to the summit or take the chairlift for panoramic views of the town and the surrounding rugged coastline. Stroll through the historic streets of Stanley, visit the Highfield Historic Site for stunning colonial architecture and views of Bass Strait, and enjoy fresh seafood at Hursey Seafoods with the iconic red lobster atop its roof.


Day trips from Devonport: Leven Canyon, with spectacular sweeping views from Cruickshanks Lookout 275m above the Leven River. Image: S Group.

Leven Canyon (1 hour drive)

Nature lovers seeking a thrilling adventure should head south from Devonport to Leven Canyon, an awe-inspiring natural wonder. The canyon features a 275 meter cliff face that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding forest and the winding Leven River below.

Hike along the well-maintained trails, such as the Leven Canyon Track or the more challenging Fernwalk, to experience the sheer beauty of this rugged landscape. Capture the grandeur of the canyon from the Cruickshanks Lookout, and if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, cross the cantilevered bridge for a truly exhilarating experience suspended above the treetops.


Day trips from Devonport: For 36 years (1986-2022), the pictorial history of the region has been painted on almost every blank wall throughout Sheffield. Image: Jess Bonde.


Sheffield (30 minute drive)

A short 30-minute drive southeast of Devonport, Sheffield is a small town with a big artistic heart. Known as the “Town of Murals,” Sheffield’s streets and buildings are adorned with over 100 vibrant murals depicting the region’s history, culture and natural beauty. Take a leisurely stroll through the town, stopping to admire the outdoor art gallery. Visit the Mural Park and the Sheffield Visitor Information Centre for more insight into the stories behind the murals. 


Day trips from Devonport: The Big Penguin overlooking the esplanade in Penguin. Image: Discover Tasmania.


Penguin (30 minute drive)

For a delightful dose of coastal charm, make your way to the town of Penguin. True to its name, Penguin is indeed home to a little penguin rookery, where you can see the penguins returning from the sea each night. This seaside gem is also known for its adorable penguin-themed public art installations, including the iconic Big Penguin – a giant statue that stands proudly overlooking the beach. 

Follow the QR codes in town to explore the Penguin Heritage Walk, and make sure to visit the markets if you’re there on a Sunday. Just a further 10 minutes out of town is Mount Montgomery in the Dial Range, with stunning views across Penguin to the coastline, as well as Mount Gnomon Farm, where you can tuck into some paddock-to-plate dishes at their on-farm restaurant. 

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