Aikenhead Point

Aikenhead Point is located on the western bank of the Mersey River. Providing open ground, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Avenue, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, a bbq picnic area and Spirit of the Sea Statue. Occasionally locals can be found in the area fishing or surfing in the mouth of the Mersey River.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Avenue commemorates Tasmanian servicemen who lost their lives in the Vietnam War. The Rotary Club of Devonport South East created the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Walk of 17 plaques  on plinths in 2014 (and Norfolk Island Pines, Luck’s Parade), they commemorate the 17 Tasmanian servicemen who lost their lives during the Vietnam War.

Spirit of the Sea was sculpted by Aden and Karena McLeod to reflect the elements of the wind and sea. Devonport Lions Club raised the funds for the statue through fundraising and a State Government grant.

Aikenhead Point is named after William Aikenhead, 7 May 1842 -3 April 1902. Born in Launceston, he moved to what was known as Formby in 1887, where he established his home “Malunnah” on Victoria Parade.  He was the Chairman of the first Devonport Town Board, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Fire Brigade, Library, School Board of Advice, Licensing Bench, elected to the State House of Assembly, Coroner and Justice of the Peace, an avid photographer and horticulturalist.

 

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Highfield Park

1.106 hectares ofpublic open spacebetween Morris Ave and Chichester Drive, bordered by residential properties with seven access points. 

A large open space with scattered mature trees, footpath, half a basketball court and pacnic tables. 

It is accessible seven days a week. 

 
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Beaches

Devonport boasts a number of beautiful beaches, popular with both holiday makers and locals.

Mersey Bluff Beach

Accessed via Bluff Road, the Mersey Bluff Beach is the only beach in Devonport patrolled by volunteer surf lifesavers (summer months only). Located in the iconic Mersey Bluff Precinct, this beach is a popular spot for residents and holiday makers. A kiosk is located nearby, as is a children’s playground. Other nearby facilities include public toilets, showers and change rooms, sealed walking and cycling track, electric barbecues, picnic shelters, car parks, skateboard facility and sports ground.

Coles Beach

Accessed via Coles Beach Road, Coles Beach is another very popular spot for beachgoers. Nearby facilities include public toilets, sealed walking and cycling track, electric barbecue, picnic shelters, car park and an outdoor shower.

Back Beach

Accessed via Coles Beach Road, located to the west of Bluff Beach.  Nearby facilities include cycle and sealed walking pathways, rubbish bin, car park and foreshore reserve area.  Back Beach is also a designated dog exercise area.

East Devonport Beach

Accessed via Melrose Street, this beach proves popular for the residents of East Devonport. Nearby facilities include public toilets, shower, sealed walking and cycling track, electric barbeques, picnic shelter, car park and caravan park.

A dog exercise area is provided on the section of East Devonport Beach from Wright Street, up to and including Pardoe Beach.  Access to the dog exercise area is via Wright Street, Tarleton Street, North Caroline Street or Tea Tree Lane.

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Horsehead Creek Riverside Park

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Horsehead Creek Riverside Park provides facilities for recreational vehicles and caravans.  A boat ramp provides access to the Mersey River.

The camping ground includes an RV dump point.

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