The seaside city of Devonport is one of the most popular places to start a Lap of Tasmania.
Because this is where the Spirit of Tasmania ferry arrives from Victoria!
I’ve spoken with a lot of road trippers as they come to the end of their time in Tasmania, and I keep hearing one thing, “I wish I spent more time in Devonport!”
It is a fantastic little city, nestled between the the banks of the Mersey River to the east, the Don River to the west, and the iconic Bass Strait to the north. The place has a real buzz about it these days, with some awesome little cafes and restaurants to complement the history of the city, and the numerous activities on offer nearby.
I thoroughly recommend at least one night – two would be even better – and the best place to stay is The Grand on Macfie!
Just a 5-minute walk from central Devonport, staying a night or two at this heritage bed and breakfast is like stepping back in time.
Built in 1899, this beautiful Victorian-era property evokes a sense of restraint, antiquity and sensibility that is all too rare in the hustle and bustle of today’s modern life.
Your hosts, Paul and Brenden, have a real passion for this era in Tasmanian history and you can see their deft touch throughout.
Chaise lounges, antique four-poster beds (including a stunning Parisian-style sleigh bed!), hardwood dressing tables, bay windows and luxuriously rich carpets underfoot are just some of the delights you will discover in each of the beautifully appointed king and queen suites.
It isn’t just the rooms either. The first-floor balcony is the perfect location for a glass of bubbles as you soak up the city, river and ocean views.
Are you looking for a truly decadent experience? Pencil in a Saturday or Sunday afternoon high tea in the Grand Dining Room!
As a keen foodie I love a high tea, and this would have to be one of the best in Tasmania. We are talking Royal Doulton fine china, a delicious selection of house-made delicacies, pastries and sandwiches, drawing on the fresh, seasonal ingredients from the local area wherever possible, and bottomless cups of tea and coffee.
At the time of writing, high teas are scheduled to recommence at The Grand on Macfie from mid-February 2022. Get in touch closer to the date to confirm because it is an unmissable treat!
Use my LAPOFTAS10 code online, or mention the Lap of Tasmania on the phone when booking your sumptuous king or queen suite at The Grand on Macfie and receive:
Whether you are arriving on the ferry and looking for a place to stay for your first night on the island, or maybe you are finishing your road trip around Tasmania and would like to rest awhile before catching the ferry back to Victoria – either way Devonport is a wonderful little city in which to relax and explore!
Paul and Brenden are your perfect hosts, and with their local tips for activities in the region – not to mention the sensational cooked breakfasts – you will soon find yourself calling The Grand on Macfie your home away from home.
Get in touch today and start your Tassie road trip in the best possible way!
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