About Devonport Airport (DPO)
Address: Terminal Building Devonport Airport, Devonport Airport, Devonport, 7310, Tas
Devonport Airport (DPO) is located near Wesley Vale, 10 km (6.2 mi) from central Devonport, and serves as a crucial air travel entry point to northern Tasmania.
Driving is the most efficient way of getting around Devonport and all of Tasmania — by a large margin. Driving in Tasmania is generally a pleasant experience, although you’ll encounter some steep grades in mountainous areas. Due a couple of factors, driving times are a bit longer than the distance might indicate. First, the state speed limit is 110 km/h, but a significant portion of roads — which tend to wind around the landscape — are 90 km/h or less. Second, the majority of roads and highways are two-lane, undivided (single) carriageways, which increases the risk of overtaking one of the many big rig logging trucks on the road. It’s not uncommon to get stuck behind a slow moving truck for 5-10 km before a window of opportunity opens to pass.
Situated on the Mersey River, Devonport is within easy range of many top Tasmanian attractions, none more popular than Cradle Mountain National Park (88 km /54 mil) — a minimum 1hr 20min drive from town. As a destination in its own right, Devonport has an array of indoor and outdoor attractions such as the Imaginarium Science Centre (situated in the city center) and the Mersey River Dinner Cruise (boarding opposite the downtown Devonport Visitor Center).
Choosing your car
The best way to see Tasmania is to rent a car, and the best place to pick up your car in Devonport is at (DPO), where you’ll find airport car rentals from Europecar, Thrifty, Avis, Hertz, and Budget. Depending on your budget, you may want to book a Hyundai economy car hire. If you’re planning to do a lot of mountain driving, a Mitsubishi SUV is built for safety and performance. Standard and intermediate Toyota sedans are great for getting around the city and hitting the highway. The Kia 7-9 seater minivan is ideal for families and groups with camping gear.
Tips and advice
Tasmanians are known for being more friendly and open than folks in Sydney and Melbourne. If you get turned around coming out of a winding mountain pass, don’t hesitate to stop and ask somebody for directions.
Car rental companies general don’t allow their cars to be transported on ferryboats — a fairly common form of transport to surrounding destinations like Flinders Island. Check with your provider before attempting to board your car hire on a boat.
A GPS isn’t infallible, but it certainly won’t hurt in Tasmania. With more than 45% of the island designated a national park, you’ll be driving through a forest or two, many of which feature those notoriously tricky winding roads.
Quick tips: Seatbelts are required for all occupants of the vehicle. Hands-free cell phone use is allowed. The legal BAC limit for driving is 0.05. And watch out for animals on the road, especially at night.
In rural areas, most petrol stations close around 6:00 PM.
Prevent driver’s fatigue when taking longer road trips by stopping every two hours or so. It’s a good chance to get your blood moving and take in some of the natural scenery.