Tasmania may be a plane or ferry ride away from mainland Australia, but this picturesque island state is ideal for exploring in a motorhome rental. Its compact size, campervan-friendly highways and incredible scenery make it a superb choice to explore in a home on wheels. Step off the Spirit of Tasmania I or II in Devonport, or fly in from major Australian cities such as Melbourne and pick up your campervan for your road tripping adventure.
To help you plan a route, we’ve put together a suggested itinerary to explore every nook and cranny of this sensational southernmost state. We’ve also gathered information on some of the hottest events, festivals and activities to experience around Devonport to help you make the most of every second of your holiday.
While you’re here, get familiar with campsites in Tasmania by reading our ‘On the Road’ section. Find important information such as where the nearest dump stations and motorhome-friendly stops are located.
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Handy itineraries for your Devonport motorhome road trip
Tasmania is the ultimate road tripping destination. You can explore the entire island in one big loop, taking in all the best sites along the way. While Devonport isn’t the largest city in Tasmania - that honour falls to Hobart - it is a popular tourist destination to begin and end motorhome holidays. Check out this Tasmania based road trip itinerary, and adjust to suit to your travel plans.
Hobart Round Trip: A Taste of Tasmania
While this itinerary suggests you start and end in the capital of Hobart, it’s just as easy to mix it up a little and begin and end in Devonport on the north coast. Head around the loop clockwise or anticlockwise, taking in the incredible sights, cities and wildlife along the way. Visit Launceston, one of Australia’s oldest cities, and then head to Cataract Gorge to enjoy garden walks, hiking and the longest single span chairlift in the world. Be sure to get a glimpse of the iconic Tasmanian Devil at the Tasmania Zoo and don’t miss sipping wine in the stunning Tamar Valley before making your way to Bay of Fires Walk and Grant’s Lagoon. Hit up the magnificent beaches at Wineglass Bay and Great Oyster Bay and try to spot dolphins, seals and whales. Wander through the tranquil forest of Fern Glades Reserve keeping your eyes open for platypus. Catch Australia’s longest running theatre show, The Ship That Never Was, in the town of Strahan, and be sure to spend a few days dining out and relaxing in Devonport at the end of your round trip. This island is compact and chock-a-block with fantastic must-do attractions, and while your hit list will be long, the tranquil atmosphere of the island will keep you rested and relaxed for the entire journey. The whole loop is 1188 km, and we recommend taking your time to explore the island over about 10 -21 days.
Tasmania is small enough that you can nip around to a great variety of food, music and cultural events in towns and cities across the island, but Devonport festivals are particularly special.
Exhibits, demonstrations, cooking classes and stalls upon stalls of delicious cuisine await you at the Devonport Taste the Harvest Festival. Each year, the city gathers together to celebrate the wonders of food and wine in this family-friendly full-day event. With elegant dining experiences, delicious local produce, and fun activities for the kids, Taste the Harvest Festival is a must-do.
An award winning event, the Devonport Jazz Festival is ideal if you and your road trip crew are music lovers. Held every July in a variety of excellent venues across the city, you’ll be enjoying a range of national and international artists for three groovy days of music. Aimed at all ages, the festival hosts a range of activities and acts for the whole family.
Remember to pace yourself when this month-long food festival begins. The Devonport Food and Wine Festival celebrates the region's local produce and provides a range of workshops, demonstrations, and of course, sampling. Join hundreds of other food-lovers in October and explore Devonport through the eyes of world class chefs and wine connoisseurs.
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Activities and attractions in Devonport
Dance the night away with Devonport Jazz, take in a sporting event, or wine and dine at one of the many fabulous restaurants. Take your pick of things to do in Devonport.
Sport is a big part of life in Tasmania, and Devonport is no exception. The city cheers on their favourite teams in Australian Rules, Soccer, Rugby Union, Cricket and much more. Catch an AFL or cricket match at the Devonport Oval, or head to Meercroft Park to watch teams from the Devonport Touch Football Association compete.
Music & Art
The music and arts scene is a cultural fixture of Devonport life, making for spectacular days (and nights) out at the following venues:
Food & Wine
Devonport has top-notch restaurants, cafes and bars, so no matter your favourite dish, you’ll be sure to find it in this Tasmanian town. Here are just a few suggestions to get you started:
Experience Devonport from a new angle when you rent a segway, or try your hand at surfing at Coles Beach.
Snap a few pictures at the candy-cane striped lighthouse, or visit the stunning Cradle Mountain for a day’s outing.
Tasmania articles and blogs
Read up on these tips, tricks and inspirational articles before you head ‘down under Down Under’ for a motorhome road trip.
Located 4 and a half hours from Devonport, Port Arthur is a historical treasure trove. Be sure to stop in and learn about the location’s storied past. Read more.
Add stunning Freycinet National Park to your road trip itinerary from Devonport, and be sure to visit the famous Wineglass Bay, stopping in Launceston as you drive through. Read more.
7 Top Music Festivals for Your Down Under Summer - Falls Festival, Tasmania
The incredible Falls Festival is a music event not to be missed. While the festival does move around the country depending on the year, it occasionally heads to Tasmania. Located in Marion Bay, the event is just a 3-hour drive from Devonport, and well worth the visit. Get out your band t-shirts and get ready to dance in the new year. Read more.