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George Town

George Town is Australia's third-oldest settlement after Sydney and Hobart and has a rich maritime past and industrial present. Discover Tasmania today.

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George Town

George Town, on the banks of the Tamar River, is surrounded by vineyards, orchards, berry and lavender farms, George Town has a long maritime history and many stories to tell. You can explore the town's history at the Old Watch House museum, the former local lockup. Pick up a copy of the George Town Heritage Trail for a self-guided tour of the local historic sites.

If you have more time, explore nearby Low Head Pilot Station along a 4 km scenic coastal path. Built by convicts in 1805 to guide ships into the Tamar River, the station has the oldest group of pilot buildings in Australia and like the Pilot Station lighthouse, still operates today. The maritime history of the region is captured at the Bass and Flinders Centre.

Also nearby is Low Head Coastal Reserve, 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

  • 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.