Nestled on the Forth River is the picturesque township of Forth. An important area in early pioneering and colonial days, this town sits in the middle of Forth Valley. The area is well-known for its prime agricultural soils and temperate climate, rolling hills and beautiful coastline areas.
Forth Valley is located only a 10-15 minute drive from Devonport and the Spirit of Tasmania.
Aside from the town of Forth, Braddons Lookout and Turners Beach area must do. There are a handful of local cafes, free camping areas and more. Back towards Devonport travellers can find a range of walking tracks at Don, or spend some time spotting the Fairy Penguins at the Observation Lookout at Lillico.
As a travel destination, particularly if coming from the Spirit of Tasmania, is the perfect starting for your Tasmanian holiday.
Cradle Mountain is only a 60-70 minute drive from Forth/Devonport. The Nut at Stanley is 1 hour & 30 minutes, or 60 minutes to Launceston.
Spirit of Tasmania
FORTH VALLEY REGION
Devonport - Forth 12 minutes (Car)
Launceston - Forth 1hr : 16 mins (Car)
Hobart - Forth 3hr : 19 mins (Car)
THINGS TO SEE, DO AND EXPERIENCE DURING YOUR
Here are our top recommended things to do and see during your visit to the Forth Valley / Devonport Region.
Access to lookout from carpark
Braddons Lookout is easily missed if you don't realise it is there; despite the fact that it has one of the best views of the Forth Valley region and coastline. Only a 10-15 minute drive from Devonport's CBD or Spirit of Tasmania terminal, this is one of the top places to stop off at before continuing your exploration of the area or on to other regions.
Car parking only a few minutes walk from the beach.
Turners Beach stretches from the mouth of the Forth River back towards Ulverstone. One of the best beaches in Tasmania, in summer this is a popular place to swim and relax for locals and visitors.
Nearby to the beach in the Turners Beach area, you can find local cafes serving local produce, desserts and more.
DON RIVER WALKING TRACKS.
DON. NORTH-WEST COAST.
Track begins at the Don River Railway Car-park.
A beautiful location either side of the Don River, this walk is easily accessible and for any fitness. Locally it is the number one destination for runners, walkers, cyclists and dog walkers.
The best starting point is at the Don River Railway car-park (photo above). Here you can choose to do the 40-minute return circuit or continue on to the Devonport Bluff.
For more details on walking distances/times and maps, click the link below:
FAIRY PENGUIN OBSERVATION LOOKOUT.
Access to the lookout is only a short walking distance from the carpark. Multiple lookout platform, suitable for wheelchair access. Access to the beach below the lookout is also available.
This lookout and local habitat in the breeding months for the Fairy Penguin population in Tasmania. During their nesting period, local night tours are available.
The lookout is located close to Devonport on the picturesque coastline called Lillico Straight. Even when the penguins are away during their migrating period, the lookout is still worth a visit, giving travellers beautiful views up and down the conservation area and Bass Straight.