Devonport

Devonport is situated in the centre of Tasmania's North Coast with a modern airport and the Bass Strait ferry terminal linking the city to Melbourne.


Devonport

The City of Devonport sits on the banks of the Mersey River in the centre of Tasmania’s fertile Mersey/Forth valley.

Devonport is a vibrant, modern city, cosmopolitan well beyond its size. Here city, coast and country come together at a pivotal Tasmanian hub. The Tasmanian home port of Spirit of Tasmania I & II sailing from Melbourne.

Devonport is a shopper's city; to browse in the unique boutiques and the specialty shops. Eating out is popular too! Savour locally grown produce served in a variety of cuisines in the city's many restaurants and cafes all served fresh from paddock to plate. Freshly caught seafood, prime beef served with freshly harvested vegetables, cheeses and gourmet chocolates washed down with a local wine or one of Tassie’s famous beers - all presented in a variety of cuisines Italian, Indian, Mexican to name just a few.

As a city on the sea Devonport makes the most of its coastline, accessible from the river front, right in the city centre; through foreshore parklands to Mersey Bluff Beach and its very popular playground; on to the Bluff itself and its landmark lighthouse and lookout.

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The Mersey Bluff Lighthouse

The Mersey Bluff Lighthouse was established in 1889 and is built of bricks on a stone base.

It replaced a succession of beacons and obelisks that had formerly stood on the site. It also replaced the earlier Don River light.

In 1910 the original kerosene lamp was converted to acetylene gas which was supplied by a Colt seven-day acetylene generator.

The light was converted to DC electric operation in 1920 and demanned at the same time.It was connected to mains power in 1978.

The lighthouse stands on top of the bluff to western side of the mouth of the Mersey River in Tasmania north of the Port of Devonport.

The establishment of the lighthouse ended a history of wrecks in this area.

The Commonwealth assumed responsibility for the lighthouse under the Commonwealth Lighthouse Act in 1915

It is unusual for an Australian lighthouse to have vertical stripes in it's day mark.

Another unusual feature of this lightstation is that it was connected to town water in 1901.

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