Devonport is located on the northwestern coast of Tasmania, 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.
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.
Devonport has mild to warm summers and cold winters with high humidity (about 70%) all year round. Most days from January to March average 20c to 25c with sunshine almost every day. The warmest and driest days can pass 30c but the humid air from the Bass Strait often prevents extreme heatwaves. Winters are more overcast with more rainfall, July and August being the wettest months of the year. September to December usually has overcast and windy weather.
Where is Devonport?
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, 50kms to the west, Devonport is the major regional centre of the northwestern part of the state.