- Devonport, Tasmania
Population: 25,551 (2010) Coordinates: Coordinates: Time zone:
• Summer (DST)
Location: LGA: City of Devonport State District: Braddon Federal Division: Braddon
Devonport is a city in the northwestern part of Tasmania, Australia, situated at the mouth of the Mersey River. Along with the slightly smaller city of Burnie, Devonport is the major regional centre of the northwestern part of the state.
During the 1850s the twin settlements of Formby and Torquay were established on opposite banks at the mouth of the Mersey River. Torquay was the larger community with police, post, magistrate, at least three hotels, shipyards and stores. From 1870–1880 the shipping industry grew and work was undertaken to deepen the mouth of the river. When the mouth of the river could support a shipping industry the first regular steamer services commenced operating directly between the Mersey and Melbourne.
In 1889 the Bluff lighthouse was completed and the turn of the Century saw the railway make a significant difference to the Formby community. It combined a railhead and port facilities in the one place. A wharf was created on the west bank close to the railway and warehouses and situated in the main wharf area. The railway brought a building boom to Formby. In 1890 a public vote united Torquay and Formby, and the settlements became the town of Devonport.
The main CBD is on the west side of the Mersey River and includes a pedestrian mall, cinema, speciality stores, chain stores and the Quality Gateway Hotel. Local restaurants include Bellas, Sharkies, Indian Affair and La Pisa. The former Devonport Hospital is now being considered to be transformed into over fifty apartments.
- Ferry Terminal
- Devonport Airport
Devonport Airport is located approximately 7 km to the east of the city of Devonport, about a 15 min drive by car. The airport is serviced by Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft, operated by QantasLink, with 4 daily services to Melbourne, Victoria. Tasair Regional Airlines operate daily passenger and freight services from Devonport to King Island.
There are several Bus companies serving Devonport including Mersey Link, Redline and Phoenix coaches.
Primary Schools include Devonport Primary School, Miandetta Primary School, East Devonport Primary School, Nixon Street Primary School, Spreyton Primary School, Hillcrest Primary School, Devonport Christian School and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School. Secondary schools include Devonport High School, Reece High School and St Brendan-Shaw College. Senior Secondary Education (Years 11–12) is provided by The Don College and St Brendan-Shaw College.
Devonport has mild to warm summers and cold winters with high humidity (about 70%) all year round. Most days from January to March average 20 °C to 25 °C with sunshine almost every day, the warmest and driest days can pass 30 °C but the humid air from the bass straight often prevents extreme heatwaves. Winters are more overcast with more rainfall with July and August been the wettest months of the year. September to December usually has overcast and windy weather.
Climate data for Devonport Airport Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year Average high °C (°F) 21.2
16.8 Average low °C (°F) 12.2
8.2 Precipitation mm (inches) 41.5
Source: Bureau of Meteorology
The Devonport Football Club is an Australian Rules team competing in the Tasmanian Statewide League. The Devonport Rugby Club is a Rugby Union team competing in the Tasmanian Rugby Union Statewide League. Devonport City Football Club is a football (soccer) club which represents Devonport in the Tasmanian Northern Premier League.
The Devonport Athletic Club hosts a leg of the Tasmaninan Cycling Christmas Carnival Series each year in December attended by local and international cyclists, other sports at the carnivals include athletics and woodchopping. Woodchopping events are also held at the Devonport Agricultural & Pastoral Society Spring Show in November. Local theatre and Conventions are held at the Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre in the city's CBD
The city of Devonport has a formal sister city agreement with Minamata City in Japan. This was ratified in 1996. Both cities share a similar setting and area.
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