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George Town (Tasmania)

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George Town and Low Head are historic townships in Tasmania. George Town was chosen as the Northern Headquarters for Tasmania, but later abandoned in favour of Launceston.

Get in[edit]

By car take the East Tamar Highway north from Launceston. From Devonport and the east, take the Batman Bridge.

Get around[edit]

Many attractions of George Town are in the town centre. It is about 7km to the attractions in Low Head. You may drive a car to travel between George Town and Low Head, an alternative is available in the kanamaluka walking and cycling track. Bicycles may be rented at the tourist information centre if you don't have your own.

See[edit][add listing]

An entry ticket to some of the George Town attractions is available from the tourist information centre. A family ticket is available there also.

  • Low Head Lighthouse.  edit
  • Pilots Station and Museum, Low Head. It is free to wander around the site. There is a charge to enter the museum, which has themed exhibits in 5 rooms.  edit
  • Watch House, Macquarie St, George Town, [1]. Contains some historical displays, but primarily features a detailed diorama of how George Town looked up until 1850. The Gallery also has local and travelling art displays.  edit
  • Bass and Flinders Centre, [2]. Contains a full working replica of the Norfolk, which is the first ship to circumnavigate Tasmania. This ship was actually used for a reenactment of the voyage. You can walk on the ship, go below decks, and really imagine what it must have been like to sail such a ship around Tasmania.  edit
  • Steampunk Tasmania festival, Corner Main Rd. and Mt.George Rd., [3]. 12:00-16:30 day event, 17:00-21:00 night concert. This year the festival was held on the 24th of June 2017 various. (-41.109499,146.845788) edit
  • Macquarie Street Mosaics, Macquarie Street George Town, [4]. Footpath tile mosaics.  edit
  • Mt George Semaphore and Lookout, Mt George Road. Part of the historic Tamar Valley Semaphore system, there is a restored semaphore tower and informational panel. The lookout allows views across to Batman Bridge, Bell Bay and out to Low Head Lighthouse.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • George Town Golf Club, East Tamar Highway, George Town, (03) 6382 1435, [5]. Visitors are welcome to play anytime the course is not holding official competitions. Members of other clubs are welcome to join our regular Saturday competitions Green fees – $15:00 Juniors – $2:00.  edit
  • Go for a bike ride on the kanamaluka trail, [6]. Running 6kms from George Town to Low Head, the trail takes in some of the most beautiful and interesting sights of the Tamar Valley.  edit
  • Low Head Penguin Tours, 486 Low Head Rd, Low Head TAS 7253, 0418361860, [7]. An informative tour featuring Little Penguins (The scientific name of the Little Penguin (formerly known as Fairy Penguin or Blue Penguin) – Eudyptula minor).  edit
  • Skate Park, Anne Street George Town, [8].  edit
  • Freedom Flight, George Town Aerodrome - Soldier Settlement Road, (03) 6382 4700, [9]. Learn to fly a plane. You can take the controls and experience the freedom of flight by learning to fly. Enjoy awesome Tasmanian scenery while learning to fly in a fully enclosed two-seat, dual control Australian made and designed Jabiru recreational aircraft, under the supervision of a fully qualified senior instructor.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Signature Cafe, Highlights info row image 48 Macquarie street 7253 George Town, (03) 6382 1748, [10]. 08:15-1:00. Serves breakfast, lunch, coffee and drinks. Great Cafe, warm and friendly atmosphere, good food and excellent coffee.  edit
  • Hebe Reef Cafe, 68 Macquarie Street, 0467 284 137, [11]. Hebe Reef Cafe has unique Hebe collection, home made cheesecake, scones, raspberry jam plus an extensive menu.  edit
  • Tamar Cakes Bakery, 52 Maquarie Street, (03) 6382 1771, [12]. 05:00 - 16:30. Fresh cream daily, Tasmanian Scallop Pie when in season, Artisan breads daily. Head baker and owner has worked in this bakery for 33 years.  edit
  • Gray's Hotel, 75-77 Macquarie Street, (03) 6382 2655, [13].  edit
  • Pier Hotel, 5 Elizabeth Street, (03) 6382 1300, [14].  edit
  • The Oven Bakery, 95 MacQuarie St, (03) 6382 2560.  edit
  • George Town Seafoods, 38 - 44 Franklin St, 03 6382 3466, [15]. 12:00-14:00. Experience cooked seafood, you have a choice from gourmet fish and chips, fish burgers, seafood wraps, cooked scallops and more.  edit
  • Miriam’s On Macquarie, 30 Macquarie St, (03) 6382 1069. Pizza (with attitude) and Italian food  edit
  • Gunn Deck Cafe, 8 Elizabeth Street, (03) 6382 3792, [16]. 10:00-16:00. Cafe upstairs at the Bass and Flinders Centre. the museum is good but you don't have to buy a ticket to go to the cafe. Coffee, cake, burgers and toasted sandwiches (Gluten Free available most days)  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Tamar Valley Wine Route, [17]. Seven vineyards (of the wine route's total of thirty-two) are in the region.  edit
  • Jansz Tasmania, 1216B Pipers Brook Rd, Pipers Brook 7254, [18]. 10:00-16:30. Jansz Tasmania is a pioneer of deluxe sparkling wine in Australia. With a sole focus on sparkling, it's produced to perfection. Open 7 days a week. Open from 12 noon on Anzac Day. Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday. Groups of 10 or more by appointment only.  edit
  • Bay OF Fires Winery, 40 Baxters Rd, Pipers River 7252, (03 6382 7622, [19]. Bay of Fires Wines offer award-winning wines and are located at Pipers River in Tasmania's north.  edit
  • Pipers Brook, 1216 Pipers Brook Rd, Pipers Brook 7254, (03) 6382 7527, [20]. Established 40 years ago, Pipers Brook Vineyard is known as the cool-climate pioneer for fine wines in Australia.  edit
  • Delamere Vineyard, 4238 Bridport Rd, Pipers Brook 7254, (03) 6382 7190, [21]. Delamere Vineyard is amongst Tasmania's oldest plantings of pinot noir and chardonnay vines.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Low Head Pilot Station, 399 Low Head Rd, Low Head, +61 (0)3 6382 2826, [22]. A unique and historical precinct situated at the entry of the Tamar River in Northern Tasmania just 40 minutes drive from Launceston, Australia.Oldest Pilot and Signal Station in Australia run continuously since 1833. Offering a diverse range of 19th century buildings overlooking Bass Strait, surrounded by pristine beaches and magnificent views. Escape and relax in one of 9 newly renovated self-contained cottages.  edit
  • Pier Hotel, 5 Elizabeth Street, +61 (0) 3 6382 1300, [23]. The 4 Star Hotel is George Town´s most luxurious and elegant Hotel. The Pier offers a choice of accommodation Styles, with absolute waterfront views. Choose between one or two bedroom Luxury Self-contained Villa Units, one Bedroom Studio-style Grand Hotel rooms or the Boutique Style Pier House on York Cove with 2 Master Bed rooms and each featuring Queen size beds.  edit
  • George Town Motor Inn, 100 Agnes Street, (03) 6382 1042. There are a range of accommodation options including double, twin and a family room. Each room accommodates two guests and the family room can sleep three children and two adults. The rooms have a television as well as tea and coffee making facilities  edit
  • The Charles Robbins, 3 Charles Robbins Place, 03 6382 4448, [24].  edit
  • Low Head Tourist Park, 136 Low Head Road, George Town, (03) 6382 1573, [25]. (41°05'00.30S,146°48'42.54E) edit
  • The Grove, corner Elizabeth & Cimitiere Streets (25 Cimitiere St), +61 (0)3 6382 1336, [26]. Nanna's Cottage Within the gardens of The Grove (c.1835) and decorated in the style of about the 1920's, Nanna's is a self contained cottage with bedroom and ensuite bathroom, lounge and small kitchen, (35m2). Grove Cottage Is a larger self contained cottage (70m2), featuring exposed old oregon beams and oregon feature wall, has a queen size bed in one bedroom and two single beds in the other. There is a full kitchen and bathroom.  edit


Contact[edit]

George Town Visitor Information Centre
Email: info@georgetown.net.au
Phone: 03 6382 1700
Address: 92-96 Main Road, GEORGE TOWN TAS 7253
Mail enquiries: PO Box 161, GEORGE TOWN TAS 7253

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