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Often referred to as the gateway to Tasmania, being the arrival port of the daily Bass Strait ferry service from the mainland. With a population of around 25,000 people, Devonport is really just a large town. The main part of the town, West Devonport is largely situated between the Don River to the West and Mersey River to the East. The other part of the town, East Devonport is situated directly across the Mersey River from the town center. Devonport boasts a number of pleasant beaches, natural bush reserves and striking headlands including the Mersey Bluff with its lighthouse sitting atop. Devonport, along with the centers of Ulverstone, Latrobe, Wynyard and Burnie is part of Tasmania's beautiful North West or Cradle Coast region.
Four kilometers west of Devonport is the Don River railway. Trains operate on the hour, 10am until 4pm, 7 days per week
Devonport is the closest point of arrival to the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, only around one hour drive away from the jewel in the crown of the Tasmanian Wilderness.
Shops and services are generally open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and until lunchtime on Saturday. In cities and larger towns, many shops stay open late on Thursday or Friday evening - usually until 9pm - and all day on Saturday. Shopping malls are often open on Sundays as well.
In remote country areas, roadhouses provide all the essential services for the traveler and, on the major highways, are generally open 24 hours a day. In tourist areas, even ones well off the beaten track, tourist offices are often open every day or at least through the week plus weekend mornings; urban information centers are more likely to conform to normal shopping hours.
Tourist attractions such as museums, galleries and attended historic monuments, are often open daily, though those in rural communities may have erratic opening hours.
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