Devonport city and surrounds

Map of Devonport, Latrobe and Kentish

DEVONPORT CITY

Population: 25,270

Served by the devonport city council, Devonport is located on the Mersey River in the heart of the north-west coast of Tasmania. It is a river port and the home port of the luxury passenger and vehicular ferries, Spirit of Tasmania I and II, which connect Devonport with Melbourne. Devonport airport, the third largest in Tasmania, is a jet-standard facility with frequent scheduled passenger services to Melbourne.

Whilst located close to the Tasmanian high country, including spectacular Cradle Mountain, Devonport is favoured with a temperate climate influenced by the ocean. This influence is evident in the small range between summer and winter average temperatures.

Although only 116 square kilometres the Devonport municipality is the centre for a rich agricultural district which produces over 40% of Tasmania’s vegetable crops, including beans, onions, peas and potatoes, as well as cereals and poppies. Dairy production and processing is also important. Secondary industry in north-west Tasmania includes the processing of agricultural products and the production of woven towelling and high grade carpet. The Devonport area also produces pulp and paper, other forest products and cement, which are exported through the port.

A colony of fairy penguins on the western edge of Devonport is one of the attractions for tourists.

For more information visit the Devonport City Council website.

(See distances by road chart.)

LATROBE MUNICIPALITY

Population: 8,770

The latrobe council serves the Latrobe Municipality, which includes the townships of Latrobe, Port Sorell, Shearwater, Hawley, Wesley Vale, Sassafras, Moriarty and Tarleton.

Latrobe

Population: 2,770

The historic village of Latrobe is located on the Mersey River, 90 kilometres north-west of Launceston and 12 kilometres south of Devonport. It has become a commuter settlement for Devonport. Latrobe is surrounded by rich agricultural lands and is home to a number of wood fibre and paper mills.

Port Sorell/Shearwater/Hawley Beach

Population: 2,000

East of Devonport is the leisure conglomerate of Port Sorell, Shearwater and Hawley Beach, all well-established holiday retreats and retirement villages on the shallow estuary of the Rubicon River. This is a fast-growing residential area and is popular with fishermen and boating enthusiasts.

A $15 million retail centre is to be developed on a four-hectare site in Port Sorell. A 2000 square metre supermarket is expected to be open by the end of 2008. A medical centre, child care centre, major retail stores and food outlets will be incorporated at later stages.

KENTISH MUNICIPALITY

Population: 5,780

Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain. North-west Tasmania has easy access to mountains and sea.
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The Kentish municipality is home to one of Australia’s most noted World Heritage areas – the Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park.

The main industries in the region are farming (dairy and beef cattle, sheep, cropping especially potatoes, poppies and pyrethrum) and cement production. The municipality is served by the kentish council.

Poppy fields near Devonport
Poppy fields near Devonport. Tasmania is the only state where poppies are grown commercially. About 16,000 hectares are under cultivation.

did you know?

Tasmania is the world’s largest legal producer of raw opiates. Hundreds of farms produce the poppies that contribute about $60 million a year to the economy of north-west Tasmania.