Bass Strait Maritime Centre

Explore the Bass Strait Maritime Centre and discover Devonport’s local history as well as stories and events of Bass Strait, the infamous stretch of water between mainland Australia and the island state of Tasmania.

  • Learn about the Strait’s natural history, European exploration, shipwrecks, settlement and trade.
  • Take the Helm and captain a 1910s steamer into the Mersey River or through the heads of Port Phillip Bay. Test your skills on this simulated experience and face some of the challenges of Bass Strait sailing…without getting wet! 
  • Try the real thing on board the newly restored Julie Burgess ketch, the last of the old Bass Strait fishing vessels.  Two-hour sailings are scheduled for Wednesdays and Sundays subject to weather conditions. Sailing season runs from October to June. Please note minimum numbers apply and passengers should contact the Bass Strait Maritime Centre for bookings and departure times. The sailings take you out into Bass Strait and back, be warned though, on this experience you might get a bit wet!
  • Explore Devonport’s early history since the 1840s and into today.
  • Located adjacent to the ocean at the Bass Strait Maritime Centre, Pearl Oyster Bar & Cafe is about enjoying the flavours of the sea with minimal intervention, in a relaxed coastal setting.
  • Pearl offers superb coffee, light lunches & share plates, a fully licensed beverage selection, as well as fresh Tasmanian seafood. Pearl is open from 7.00 am til 5.30 pm daily.


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