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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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Bass Strait Maritime Centre reviews

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Google
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  • The staff here were very helpful with details of a tie long gone, a few really interesting displays and the interactive one is great for all ages! 
    The staff here were very helpful with details of a tie long gone, a few really interesting displays and the interactive one is great for all ages!  more »
  • 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.
  • Interesting local history. There is a simulator if you would like to try driving a ship.
  • Very friendly staff. Highly informative contents and displays, ranging across local maritime/other history, marine ecology and oceanography. The ship's bridge simulator was awesome (and I speak as a sailplane pilot)! Photos are of Devonport and the ferry, not the Maritime Centre.
  • A fantastic little museum with great displays on shipping in the strait. Especially good for families. It would have been nice to see something about Indigenous seafaring amongst it.
  • This place was okay, although much smaller than anticipated and we were not told about the kids activities so didn't discover those until the very end of our walkthrough. The simulator was fun but tricky for young children.

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