Day Trip to Devonport

The day we got our car, we made a short road trip to Devonport. It was a gloomy day, and we almost didn’t make it up to some of the peaks which came recommended.

First stop was Torpedo Bay Navy Museum. I’ll be honest and ‘fess up here, one of the reasons we were there was to hide from the impending rain. And also.. Because it was free #giampngalert.

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The weather didn’t clear up despite spending some time in the museum, but we made our way to Mount Victoria anyway. We parked our car at the bottom of the hill and did a 15 min trek up, there is a direct road access to the peak though. From research, I was looking forward to taking photos of the little mushrooms scattered around at the peak.

Pity the skies were so gloomy, it drizzled when we were at the top but thankfully nothing that a cap and shawl can’t handle. And I got my photo of the little mushrooms!

Oh yes, we were also told by the stranger we called out to help us take photos (in the rain no less) that the mushrooms actually had a purpose. Vents of some sort? I tried to do a quick Google search to confirm this, but nothing seems to show up though.

There’s also a bunker at the summit with a disappearing gun, one of the few left in the world. I’m definitely not an expert on this, and neither the interest it seems, having walked out in less than 5 min.

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We headed to North Head next, barely, since we considered heading back due to the rain. Glad we made our way down though, it was a much better view of the Hauraki Gulf and inner harbour. There are a few walking routes one could take, we just wandered around with the purpose of getting to the peak.

It used to serve as a lookout and defence sites, so there are some defunct military guns around. There are tunnels which you can explore as well, not that it’s something I’m keen to do but it does sound potentially interesting.

With more time and better weather, I’m sure this would have been a fantastic spot for walks, picnics, and even to the beach – there’s apparently a secluded beach accessible from here!

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