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Bass Strait Maritime Centre, Devonport

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The Bass Strait Maritime Centre can be found in Joshua Slocum Park and is a significant landmark near Devonport’s river foreshore.

Through objects, images and interactive displays, the Bass Strait Maritime Centre explores the themes of the natural history of Bass Strait and its islands, European exploration, settlement, early shipbuilders and entrepreneurs, shipwrecks, the impact of steam, creation of the Port City of Devonport and naval history.

A simulated experience "Take the Helm" of the SS Woniora gives visitors the chance to test their skills and bring a 1910's steamer into the Mersey River or through the Heads of Port Phillip Bay.



The newly restored ketch "Julie Burgess" though provides the real experience. Two-hour sailings are scheduled from October through to the end of June on Wednesdays and Sundays subject to weather conditions.. Please note minimum numbers apply and passengers should contact the Bass Strait Maritime Centre for bookings and departure times. Get ready to take the challenge!!!

The Centre includes a Gift shop with a variety of maritime themed gifts and souvenirs. Snacks, small meals and great coffee is served in the"Bass Strait Diner" open 10am to 3pm.
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  • We had a very enjoyable and informative visit to the Centre which showcases local maritime history, maps, prints , models, ship's knots, etc. I found the information on the Griffiths Barometer very... 
    We had a very enjoyable and informative visit to the Centre which showcases local maritime history, maps, prints , models, ship's knots, etc. I found the information on the Griffiths Barometer very...  more »
  • An interesting museum of local history that is reasonably priced and well worth a visit. Full of information, photographs, artefacts and large scale ship models to explain aspects of the areas... 
    An interesting museum of local history that is reasonably priced and well worth a visit. Full of information, photographs, artefacts and large scale ship models to explain aspects of the areas...  more »
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  • We visited on a Sunday afternoon and appeared to be the only people looking through the many interesting displays. The sailing simulator was great fun, being at the helm was a new experience. Adjoining cafe was very busy with lots of customers.
  • Came in with 4 children and 3 adults. The main lady at the counter was blunt and not friendly. It was just after 3pm and I asked about food, I was told the kitchen was closed and the food in the buffet was all they had, she seemed to ignore me while I was trying to work out what everyone wanted and acted like it was a pain we were there. For 7 drinks, 6 bite sized slices and 4 ice creams it came to just under $100 dollars.. I won't go back due to the staff or pricing. We live locally and were all very disappointed.

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