6.1 out of 10

Devonport

Ranked 8th best suburb in Mersey-Lyell
-41.17158104414 146.343659978603
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Shopping Options
  • Childcare
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Tourists

Reviews

1/5
Jun 26, 2017

"After 10 years its time to move on"

After reading Johns comment I do agree with some points.
I have lived in Devonport for 10 years, the drug and unemployment problem seems to be getting worse.
The police turn a blind eye to all the drugs and crime, I did read in the Advocate Devonport is the crime capital of Tasmania. Its time for this Lady to move to a quieter and safer smaller town.
Pros
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Many !
  • Paid Parking
Cons
  • Bad stores
  • Before 5pm - parking anywhere near the main shpping centres is not free, except for the large supermarkets.
  • High density of bogans
helenp13
helenp13 If you look again at the (Devonport) Advocate article, you will see that it actually says that Devonport is the 'crime capital' of the CRADLE COAST area, not Tasmania as a whole - that 'distinction' goes to Launceston. The Cradle Coast area comprises some 22,492 sq Klm and includes small towns like Sheffield and even King Island. Yes Devonport does have more crime than most of the other places on the Cradle Coast because it is bigger! Most of these offences are property offences, including vehicle theft. This is also the case for Launceston. Personal injury offences, assault etc are rare.
As stated elsewhere, Tasmania as a whole has the lowest crime percentage of all the states.
I know several people who have retired here from the hotter, busier areas of the mainland and they are all very happy with their decisions and with the slower, more peaceful and friendlier way of life. That has been my experience as well. Ulitimately it's one's own personal experiences wherever they live that influence their judgement. Negative experiences can be found even in the 'best' suburbs. Also, because of the way they are, some people will only look for the negative and exaggerate it out of all proportion.
Jun 26, 2017
jenifera
jenifera So very true that some people will only look for the negative and exaggerate it out of proportion, my review however doesn't exaggerate the amount of drugs and unemployment in Devonport. Ones own opinion is just as valid as the next and judging by your need discredit others opinion about the city of Devonport one could come to the conclusion you may be trying to dissuade any negative comments that don't appeal to your liking.
Jun 26, 2017
helenp13
helenp13 Opinion is opinion and naturally you are entitled to yours. Facts however are facts. It is my view that the reviews by both you and your friend John ARE exaggerated and inaccurate and give a grossly misleading impression of Devonport. For you both to give this nice town only one star, one would think it was King's Cross! Unreal!
As far as "discrediting other's opinion" is concerned, John was the one who originally put negative comments against every positive/alternative post.
Jun 27, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Perfect size friendly town by the sea"

The greater Devonport area has about 25,000 people. A few years ago I relocated from Melbourne to the Devonport area. I love this town - it is the perfect size, large enough to have a variety of shops and clubs of all kinds but not too big to get lost in or too busy traffic-wise. The people, like most in Tassie, are friendly and the shopkeepers are happy to chat and have a joke. No one seems stressed out or grumpy.The town is surrounded by water with Bass Strait to the north, the Mersey River to the east and the Don River on the western boundary. On both sides of the Mersey, there are lovely walking tracks - the one commencing on Victoria Parade north of the main shopping centre and continuing for several klms around the coast to the large forested Don Reserve area over on the west is fantastic. There is a good choice of schools and my two teenagers enjoyed their final 2 years of school at the excellent Don College, a state school - and got into uni. The area also has many facilities for senior citizens and the elderly.The climate in Devonport is great - neither as cold in winter nor as hot in summer as Hobart or Launceston. From Devonport, there are lots of interesting places to visit, from Sheffield, Barrington,Cradle Mountain, Penguin, Burnie, Ulverstone, Wynyard in the west - about an hour or less away, or Launceston and the villages of the Tamar Valley to the east, again about an hour away. Qantas flights from East Devonport airport take you to Melbourne in just over an hour, or you can sleep the night away on the Spirit, arriving in Melbourne early the next morning. There always seems to be something on in Devonport - live plays or concerts, shows or exhibitions. Everything is easily accessible by car, but the public transport is a bit scarce. Nevertheless, for the non driver, there are plenty of houses or units that are within walking distance of the two key shopping areas, and they are half the cost of where I was living before in Melbourne. We have chosen to have an acreage lifestyle about 15 minutes away from Devonport on the coast in Port Sorell, which has its own small village. I feel very relaxed living in this part of Tassie, and it feels "genuine" and "safe" after the urban buzz and edginess and increasingly "driven" and status conscious nature of Melbourne. Whenever I fly into Devonport after spending time away on the mainland, I love looking down on the lovely green vistas surrounding this great town and I'm so glad to be home. I've now met many people who've come from all areas of Australia and are very happy that they have relocated to the north west of Tasmania.
Pros
  • Many !
Cons
  • Before 5pm - parking anywhere near the main shpping centres is not free, except for the large supermarkets.
  • Devonport streets are neat but could have a few more trees.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
scamper
scamper Cannot agree with you more. your comments have hit the button right on the head. I had occasion to stay in East Devonport recently and booked in to the Argosy Motor Inn for affordable accommodation. I came away very impressed with the courtesy of the staff and the tidyness and neatness of this great Motel. I drove the three or four minutes over to Devonport "city" and found the locals to be equally as courteous and friendly. Yes, Burnie is only thirty minutes away to the east, and similarly Launceston fifty five to sixty minutes in the other direction. The recently placed statue at the entrance to the harbour, "Neptune"?, together with the lovely new surf club "complex" on the beach front are both a credit to the city council town planners. Well done, guys.
2yrs+
johns89
johns89 ...Every seems grumpy. The local are constantly complaining about the paid parking everywhere, the amount of unemployed drunk and drug addicts. Most people skip Devonport once arriving and head straight out of town. The council needs to get its priorities sorted. As to friendly people, ha, I have lived here for a year and still do not know my neighbors due to the fact they are rude. The only good thing is cheap private primary school, but once they get to high school move as they are full of drugs.
Jun 11, 2017
helenp13
helenp13 Winging John again.
Jun 24, 2017
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A great affordable family friendly place to live"

I have lived in Devonport and have found it to be a lovely city with many things to do. It has lovely clean beaches and is the doorstep to the rest of tassie. It is alsoonly a small flight to melbourne (45mins) or take the boat overnight. The schools are very good also.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
helenp13
helenp13 Whinging John again!
Jun 24, 2017
helenp13
helenp13 Lovely long Sandy beach adjacent to the Life saving club and dual level cafe/ restaurant complex with lovely water views.
Jun 24, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"great coastal city"

An under rated beautiful small town.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
johns89
johns89 Devonport is full of drugs ( due to the local bike gangs) and has been rated as the highest crime rating in Tasmania. Devonport also has a lot of unemployed Centerlink people.
Jun 11, 2017
helenp13
helenp13 Whinging John again. See my detailed response under John's first rant.
Jun 24, 2017
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3/5
2yrs+

"Devonport is the stop off point if you catch the ferry over from Melbourne."

I remember getting on the ferry in the late afternoon in Melbourne, leaving a brown dried state behind and waking up in the morning to the most brilliant green trees and pastures as we neared Tasmania. I could not believe my eyes.

We docked in Devonport, drove off the ferry and decided to have a good look around the area.

North west Tasmania has a very strong forrestry industry and I can see why, the growth there is something you don't often see on the mainland unless you head into the hills further north in the sub-tropical areas.

The region has been developing its wine growing and there are some superb vineyards to visit and wine to be tasted in the local area.

There is a lot of farming all along the north of Tasmania and the area survives quite well.

Historically you will find all sorts of intriguing information as much of its hereitage has been saved.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
johns89
johns89 Most people don't stop in Devonport after getting off the boat. The city has the highest crime rate in Tasmania and has paid parking everywhere. Most people head to the smaller towns where it is cleaner, cheaper and safer.
Jun 11, 2017
helenp13
helenp13 Whinging John yet again. John from Queensland's Gold Coast which is riddled with drugs and organised crime. See my detailed response to his first rant at the top.
Jun 24, 2017
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