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Don to Devonport Cycleway - Trail Description



Don to Devonport Cycleway

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Type: Rail-side trail
Location: Devonport, 277km from Hobart
Start/end: Don to Devonport
Status: Open
Length open: 7.5km
Surface: Sealed
Terrain: Flat
Best seasons: All seasons
Features: tourist
Contact Region: Northern Tasmania
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for wheelchairs Suitable for prams Suitable for scooters in line skates



See some of the nicest parts of Devonport by walking or cycling the rail trail. Parts of the trail run parallel with the railway to Burnie and the Don River tourist railway. Part also follows the route of a former tramway. You can follow the trail from the Don Railway Station to central Devonport, with the option of a loop trail along the opposite bank of the Don River. The loop trail is shown in green on the map.

For more information on this trail see the book Rail Trails of Tasmania.


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22 February , 2017 by Peter Arvier

We've done the ride numerous times. A great little ride and highly recommended for a gentle introduction to recreational cycling suitable for all ages with (mostly) smooth bitumen or concrete surface. We usually start at Don and one of the highlights is meeting a steam train on the Don River Railway tourist trains running parallel to the cycle track through lovely forest. Stop for a swim at the Devonport pool or at Coles Beach if doing the trail on a warm day. More swimming at the patrolled beach at the Bluff with coffee at Drift Cafe right on the beach. Continue through the park on to the Mersey River estuary and more coffee at the delightful Harbourmaster's cafe right on the path and watch the ships coming in and out of the river. You can cross the river here on the little "Spirit of Devonport" passenger ferry (baby sister to the much larger "Spirit of Tasmania" car ferry that does the overnight crossing to Melbourne and usually in port at Devonport during the day.) The little cross river ferry will also take your bike and a good trail continues on around East Devonport bordering the river and then the beach almost all the way to the airport at Pardoe Beach. (Plans to extend this all the way to Port Sorell one day). On the return trip, you can cross the Mersey on the road bridge and then good cycle way back into town meeting your original path at the Harbourmaster's cafe again. (Although we reckon crossing the river on the little passenger ferry is one of the highlights of the trip). Also on the return trip, take the turn off at the swimming pool down to the Sawdust bridge across the Don River and complete the loop on the west side of the river back to Don village and the tourist railway.

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