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When you head south west from the northern port town of Devonport. Devonport sits on the banks of the Mersey River and is Tasmania's third largest city.

Here you enter a landscape bordered to the south and west by jagged mountains, chocolate brown soil and rolling green hills dotted with herds of Friesen dairy cows, and Bass Strait with its picturesque seaside towns to the north. For those travelling on the Spirit of Tasmania, Devonport is your gateway to the Island.

In Devonport 'The Bluff' is a beautiful curving beach popular with locals and holidaying visitors. Mersey River is also ideal for rowing and sailing.

The region is known for potato and onion growing, creamy milk and cheese, quirky place names such as Promised Land, Paradise, Penguin and the Walls of Jerusalem.

It is also a landscape of towering Eucalypt forests, looming mountains and deep ancient caves that honeycomb the foothills beside the Great Western Tiers. Some believe the Tasmanian Tiger still roams the area.

From the city of Devonport to the rugged country towards Cradle Mountain, this is a region of interest and variety - charming towns and historic buildings, beaches, forests and craggy peaks, fine flavours, fertile farmland and friendly people.

This region has some of the best walking trails and when you enter Cradle Valley you will find Tasmania's most recognisable landmark, the ragged profile of Cradle Mountain reflected in Dove Lake below. This is your entry to a walk through a World Heritage Area protected because of its rare cool temperate rainforests, Aboriginal history, towering mountains and buttongrass plains.

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is home to the world famous Overland Track linking Cradle Valley by a six-day walk south to Lake St Clair. There are many superb short walks from the Valley, including the most popular around Dove Lake. The Great Western Tiers form an ancient backdrop to the lush valleys where you can find artist studios, berry farms, the caves of the Mole Creek Karst National Park, and learn about our unique animals : Tasmanian devils, potaroos, pademelons, spotted quolls and much more.

Visit The Great Western Tiers, known to the Aboriginal people as Kooparoona Niara, a timeless landscape of mountains and valleys, forest and open plains. Beneath the surface are extensive limestone caves in the Mole Creek Karst National Park.

This is a creative region - Deloraine holds the southern hemisphere's largest working craft fair. In Westbury, Deloraine and Latrobe there are well-preserved reminders of earlier days. In the antique shops you can search out treasures - the glow of cedar, the patterning of birds-eye Huon pine or the shine of silver.

This is a land of milk and honey, and of sweet berries and fresh vegetables, grass-fed beef and superb farm cheeses. Inland, Mt Roland overlooks fertile pastures around Sheffield, the town of murals.

By Car

From Hobart, either along the Midland Highway via Launceston, or the Lakes Highway through the midlands and central highlands with 60km of unsealed road which may be covered with snow in winter.

By Bus

Redline coaches connect Devonport to Launceston, Burnie and Hobart, with a connection to Queenstown from Burnie.

By Ferry

Spirit of Tasmania passenger/car ferry operates between Melbourne and Devonport.