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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. The locals claim to live in the oldest town in Australia, disqualifying Sydney and Hobart as being cities.

Get in[edit]

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

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The attractions in George Town are all in the town centre. It is about 7km to the attractions in Low Head, and you will need a car to travel between George Town and Low Head.

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An entry ticket to many 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. Contains some historical displays, but primarily features a detailed diorama of how George Town looked up until 1850.  edit
  • Bass and Flinders Centre, [1]. 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

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The old pilot's accommodation in Low Head is now available as holiday accommodation.


Get out[edit]

A ferry service runs three return trips daily to Beauty Point just opposite on the Tamar. Saves 40 minutes or so in the drive across the bridge.

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