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George Town

George Town, on the banks of the Tamar River, is Australia's third-oldest settlement after Sydney and Hobart and has a rich maritime past and industrial present.

Surrounded by vineyards, orchards, berry and lavender farms, George Town has a rich maritime history and many stories to tell. You can explore the town's history at the Old Watch House Museum, the former local lockup that's now an information centre and craft shop. While there, pick up a copy of the George Town Heritage Trail for a self-guided walk around the town's historic sites.

Hire a bicycle for a longer tour to Low Head Pilot Station, about a 40-minute ride away, via a scenic coastal path. Built by convicts in 1805, the station has the oldest group of pilot buildings in Australia and like the Pilot Station lighthouse, still operates today.

Nearby, Low Head Coastal Reserve is a popular spot to watch the world's smallest penguins waddle in from the sea each night.

George Town is a 40-min drive (50 km) north of Launceston.

Local tips

  • Visit nearby Low Head, 7 km north of Georgetown, for one of the best-preserved examples of an early pilot station, built by convicts in 1805 to guide ships into the Tamar River
  • On the way into town, stop at Mount George Lookout, an historic semaphore site and the best photo opportunity of the valley and surrounding districts
  • Visit the Bass and Flinders Centre maritime museum and see a replica of the Norfolk used in a recreation of their journey in 1998.