The Port City of Devonport, sitting prettily on Tasmania`s lush mid-north coast, is one of the world`s newest regional cruise destinations and is acknowledged as the gateway to Cradle Mountain National Park and the World Heritage areas in the north of the State.

The entire region is arguably one of Tasmania`s most beautiful.

Its coastal countryside is reminiscent of the green rolling hills of old England dotted with little villages and spring blossoms. And where this countryside meets the mountains, the wilderness begins.

The entrance to Cradle Mountain National Park is just an hour and half`s drive from the wharfside and the city centre; a popular day tour for most cruise ship passengers.

Here, among the wild rivers and temperate rainforests, the traveller can see threatened, rare and endemic plants and often catch a glimpse of Tasmania`s unique animal species.

The city of Devonport itself, straddling the River Mersey, is a busy port and the retail and commercial centre of the region.

As well as shops and boutiques selling local wares, there are galleries and craft centres featuring the work of local artists.

For each cruise ship visit, the people of the city extend a festive welcome with entertainment and activities.

Free shuttle buses leave from the port throughout the day to take passengers around town and into the main shopping areas.

Visitors may access information about the region from the information booth at the wharfside or from the Showcase Information Centre and Gallery in the city centre opposite the river.



Sightseeing Opportunities (Half Day)

  • Discover Devonport:
    Visit some of Devonport's historic sites : Maritime Museum, Tiagarra, Tasmanian Aboriginal Cultural and Arts Centre to see rock engravings thousands of years old, the Don River Vintage Railway and Museum, Tasmanian Arboretum, a 45 hectare tree park for morning or afternoon tea.

  • Mole Creek Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary: 
    See Tasmanian Devils and other native animals, have a bush morning or afternoon tea. 45 minutes drive from Devonport.
  • Latrobe: 
    An historical village on Devonportメs eastern shore. Latrobe has antique shops and quaint 19th century buildings and stores. Take a journey across superb farming country to Port Sorell and Hawley Beach. Visit Gallerie Chantilly for local cheese and wine tastings and to see works by Tasmanian artists.
  • A Taste of the Past: 
    Travel south to the base of Mt. Roland in the Great Western Tiers to Weindorfers complex. See many old bush crafts, broom making and a blacksmith working his trade. Morning or afternoon tea and a short guided walk through the canyon. Forty minutes from Devonport.
  • Scenic Wilderness Flights: 
    Located at Devonport Airport, passengers will be picked up and returned to the shop at wharfside or in town. Planes carry four passengers all with window view and in a 6 hour period can carry about 20 : 24 passengers. Flights over stunning wilderness areas take 45 minutes.

Sightseeing Opportunities (Full Day)

  • Cradle Mountain National Park & Dove Lake: 
    Includes visits to the superb visitor centre in the forest, Waldheim Chalet, replica of the first Chalet built in 1912. Lunch at P & O Resort Cradle Mountain Lodge. About one and a half hours from Devonport.
  • Launceston: 
    Take the superb coastal road through the Asbestos Range to Exeter, the vineyards and wineries of the western Tamar Valley, shopping and lunch in Launceston and return via Highway 1 through some of the prettiest countryside in the State. About one and a half hours from Devonport to Launceston.

Dining (Best Restaurants for Lunch and Dinner)

  • Autographs at the Beach
  • Gateway Motor Inn
  • Glo Glo's Fine Dining, Latrobe
  • Lucas Hotel Fine Dining
  • Mallee Grill: Char grill
  • Renusha's Indian Restaurant
  • Rialto: Italian/Mediterranean
  • Shearwater Country Club
  • Silky Apple: Chinese
  • Trawlers Catch: Seafood

Evening Entertainment

  • Yes, check at wharfside

Best Hotels

  • Gateway Motor Inn

  • Hawley House

Best Beaches

  • Hawley
  • Coles Beach


  • 'Woodrising' Golf Club Devonport


  • Devonport Tennis Club

Other Sporting Activities

  • Horseriding
  • Bush walking
  • Surfing
  • Snorkelling
  • Cycling

Best Shopping areas

  • Devonport CBD : 1km from the port
  • Fourways Centre : 4km from the port

Specialty products

  • Gourmet foods
  • Fine wines
  • Cheese
  • Tasmanian craft
  • Ceramics
  • Wood products



Working hours

Customs Officers 24 hours
Quarantine Officials 24 hours
Immigration Officials As for Customs

Customs and Immigration

Passenger Manifest Three copies at the first port of call with one copy to Immigration with the passengers card one copy to Customs and the third copy to remain on board the ship.
Embarking Passenger Manifest 3 copies - 1 to Customs 1 to Port 1 stays
Crew Manifest 2 - 1 at first port to Immigration 2nd stays.
Stores List 2 (Aust. Customs Service and Sydney Ports Corporation
Customs Declaration (Ship) 1 (Australian Customs Service)
Customs Declaration (Crew) 2 (Australian Customs Service)
Forms Comments All forms listed above are produced at the first Australian port of call and then one copy of each form travels on board the ship to be produced at subsequent ports.
Customs Declaration (Passengers) One at first Australian port of call only.

Port health

Health Declaration One (pratique) at first Australian port of call only


Ground Operations

The following Ground Handlers are CDU members and supply superior ground handling services throughout Australia.

Port Approach


Arrival Departure Restrictions Yes
Tidal Variation 3 metres (springs) 2-2.5 metres (neaps)
Prevailing Currents 1-2 knots
Prevailing Winds
Length of Channel 2000 metres
Depth of Channel 9.5 metres
Comments Subject to draught

Depth and breadth of turning basin

Location of Turning Basin N/A
Diameter 300 metres
Depth 9.5 metres
Other points Swing on arrival or departure. Flood tide or slack water only.


Pilotage Name Tasmanian Ports Corporation - Devonport VTS
Pilotage Address PO Box 478 Devonport TAS 7310
Pilotage Phone No + 61 3 6380 3013
Pilotage Fax No + 61 3 6380 3075
Is Pilotage Compulsory Yes
Position of Pilot Pickup 2.0 NNE of Mersey Bluff Lighthouse
Distance from Berth 3.0 nautical miles
Pilot VHF Channel 14 & 16
Description of Pilot Boat 13 metre
Pilot Hours 24 hours
Pilotage Fees As per Tasports' Schedule of Port Charges:


Port Services

Shipping agents

The following CDU members offer superior service throughout the region.

Port Operations/Services

Barwil Agencies Oceania
Address 9/189 Kent Street
  Sydney NSW 2000
Telephone +61 2 9439 7223
24 hour contact +61 416 189 760
Fax +61 2 9439 8587
Services Contact: Greg Coopman.
For details of services see the Barwil entry under Members and Contacts- then scroll down to Shipping Agents.
Beaufort Shipping Agency Company
Address Level 8, 120 Sussex Street, Sydney NSW 2000
  GPO Box 3988 Sydney NSW 2001
Telephone 61 2 9364 8960
24 hour contact +61 411 123 013
Fax +61 2 9364 8999
Website N/A
Services Contact Ian McAllister
For details of services see the Beaufort entry under Members and Contacts- then scroll down to Shipping Agents.
Information on other Shipping Agents can be obtained from the Port Authority (see Port Operator).


Are tugs available Yes
Are tugs compulsory No
Tug operator`s name Tasports Towage
Tug operator`s fax + 61 (03) 6222 6122
Ship or tug lines Either
Tug working hours 0730 to 1630 Overtime available


Contact Qube Ports  

Port officials

Working hours 0730 to 1630
Overtime Yes


Stevedoring Name For details of suitable stevedores, please contact the Shipping Agent


For details of several quality, competitively priced provedores please contact the Shipping Agent.


Telephones Yes
How many As required
Notice required Yes


Fuel Grades Diesel
Quay or barge Ex quay by 20T roadtankers only
Suppliers Shell Caltex


Fresh Water Yes
Exquay or barge Yes - ex quay
No of hoses Maximum 4 per ship
Capacity per hose/hour 30 tonnes per hour
Tonnes per hour guaranteed 30
Type of connect Male / Female
Connect size in inches 4

Dry garbage

Dry garbage Yes
Barge alongside Yes
Containers available Yes
Size of containers 44 gallons
Number available As required
Incineration or dump As required
Facilities to transport Pump out road truck by arrangement

Wet garbage

Wet garbage Yes
Ship or shore pump Shore
Sludge disposal Yes
Sludge details Road Truck


Port Charges as per Tasports' Schedule of Charges:

Repair facilities

Nearest dry dock Sydney - Australian Defence Industries - Garden Island.
Length 347 metres beam 40 metres
Maximum Tonnage 100000 tonnes deadweight (according to vessel design)
Divers Available Yes - Divers also mechanical & carpentry facilities
Engineering facilities Yes - Including electrical instrument facilities


Dredging undertaken Yes
Dredging when Three/four yearly cycles. Regular Soundings.


Port Operator

Port operator

Name Tasmanian Ports Corporation
Address PO Box 478
Telephone 1300 366 742
Facsimile + 61 (3) 6222 6122
Web Site
Email Address

Berth details

Berth No. 4 West
Maximum draft 9m
Tidal variation 3 metres - Spring, 2 - 2.5 metres (neap)
Berth length 198 metres
Guaranteed berthing for cruise ships On application
Are other ships able to dock No
Cargo ships at dock Yes
Security fences Yes

Nearest ports

Australia Melbourne
Nearest Overseas Port Auckland



Terminal facilities

Terminal Building No
Meet and Greet Facilities Yes
Toilet Facilities No
Telephones n/a
Availability of Maps and/or Brochures n/a
Souvenir Shopping In town
Money Exchange In town
Is the US Dollar Accepted? n/a


Closest Airport to Pier Devonport Airport
Distance to Airport 8 km
Transport to Airport Yes
Can Passengers Walk to Town No
Drive Time from Pier to Shuttle Stop 5 mins
Distance from Pier to Town Centre 1 km
Are Shuttle Buses Necessary Yes
Suggested Shuttle Stop in Town Visitor Information Centre, City Centre
Availability of Taxis at Pier No
Availability of Public Transport at Pier No
Other Forms of Transport at Pier n/a

Tour buses

Distance from Ship to Tour Buses At wharf
What is the Normal Coach Capacity Varies
Are Tour Buses Air Conditioned Yes
Are Refreshments Provided on Buses Yes
Are Cold Towels Provided on Buses Yes
Are Step Stools Provided on Buses Yes



Tourism operators in Tasmania: