about George town
George Town is located a short 40 minute drive from Launceston and sits alongside the majestic Tamar River. George Town’s culture is synergistic with the essence of steampunk and has a European maritime history dating back to Victorian times which is proudly celebrated through historic sites and commemorative exhibitions, two unique and outstanding exhibitions being the Bass & Flinders Centre, home to the replica of the Norfolk, and the Low Head fog horn, installed in 1929 and believed to be the only fully operational model of its type in the world. George Town is also the largest heavy industry precinct in Tasmania. Steampunk Tasmania festival aims to create a playful integration of George Town's seemingly disparate cultures and engender a stronger sense of place and pride embedded in industry and maritime heritage. All activities, music, exhibitions, displays and workshops are authentic and reflect the playfulness and uniqueness of Steampunk. .
things to do near george town, tasmania
Low Head Lighthouse & Foghorn - LOW HEAD
Sounded each Sunday at noon, the Low Head Foghorn, at the mouth of the Tamar River, is a unique piece of our maritime history. The Foghorn was installed in 1929 and decommissioned in 1973. It was restored in early 2000 by a group of volunteers. It is the only operational G-type diaphone in the world. The building also houses a very rare Gardner kerosene engine. Enjoy the beautiful sea views from the headland and feel free to have a chat with the volunteers in attendance every Sunday at noon. Under ideal conditions the Foghorn can be heard approximately 30 kilometres out to sea. Hearing protection is advised. If your visit does not coincide with the Sunday sounding, scan the QR codes on the information boards to 'hear' the foghorn and the Gardner engine operating. The associated Lighthouse was built in 1888 and shares the 'three-short' signal with the Foghorn. Nearby there is the Low Head Pilot Station, being the first pilot station to operate in Australia. The pilot service dates from 1805. You can visit the Maritime Museum and have a light meal at the Coxswain Cafe. However access into the buildings is not available. Interpretive boards explain the history of the lighthouse and the wrecks that lie around Hebe Reef.
Address | End of Low Head Rd, LOW HEAD 7253
low head pilot station Maritime Museum - low head
Low Head Pilot and Signal Station is the oldest in Australia offering a range of historic buildings which over look the picturesque Bass Straight. This building was in action from 1805-1833, and now tourists and locals can be apart of the historical culture of station by visiting the Maritime Museum.
10am – 4pm daily except Christmas day. A small entry fee applies.
Address: 399 Low Head Road, Low Head, Tasmania
Mt george - george town
"The appearance of Europeans in the Tamar Valley in Northern Tasmania is very recent. They came to stay in this ancient land just over two hundred years ago. Some were driven by scientific enquiry and the desire to explore new worlds. Some were empire builders seeking control of the seas. Others came as refuse from the streets of England, as entrepreneurs seeking wealth and status, and as ordinary people escaping poverty and famine. These migrants discovered, built, killed, destroyed, created, mined, divided, bought and sold. They changed the landscape enough to make them feel at home and also learned to accept and adapt and they grew to love this place." Through Outcast Eyes is a journal with a companion CD that takes you on a journey in the Tamar Valley of Northern Tasmania. You are invited to explore the landscape, places of interest, history and people of this special place through the eyes of those who became outcasts through both force and choice. Visit the Visitor Information Centre to purchase your copy of "Through Outcast Eyes".
Address | Low Head, George Town, Mt. George and the Tamar Valley
Kanamaluka trail - George town to low head
To know Tasmania, is to know its coastline, and this has never been so accessible since the opening of the kanamaluka Trail. Running 6kms from George Town to Low Head, the trail takes in some of the most beautiful and interesting sights of the Tamar Valley - Lagoon Beach, Windmill Point and York Cove. Along its route are museums, historic buildings, nature reserves and the shopping precinct. Continuing to attract tourists and locals, the kanamaluka Trail is enjoyed for walking and cycling and gentle recreational exercise. Contact the Visitor Information Centre if you wish to hire a bike on 6382 1700.
Address | George Towns York cove to Low Head's Light House
watch house - george town
The iconic George Town Watch House was built in 1843 as a Gaol site and was reopened in 2004 to display the rich history in this area of Tasmania. Visitors today can expect to see a History Room, descriptions of the convict experience and knowledge about the female factories. The favourite attraction is definitely the real cell where you can experience what it was like to be a prisoner in the 19th Century.
Adult: $3, Child: $1.
Address | Corner of Sorell Street and Macquarie Street, George Town, Tasmania, 7253
bass and flinders centre- George town
The Bass and Flinders Centre is a small museum that highlights the story of Matthew Flinders and George Bass who were British Navigators, who visited the coats of Tasmania in 1798. This is when Tasmania was proved to be an Island. The museum boasts a wooden boat display as well an onsite cafe.
Open daily 10am – 4pm summer; 11am – 3pm winter. Entry fees apply..
Address | 8 Elizabeth St, George Town
east beach, lagoon bay & bell buoy beach
The Low Head and George Town area boasts a longline of safe and beautiful beaches to visit and explore. We have mapped out three popular beaches for you, East Beach and Lagoon Bay in the heart of the town, and also Bell Buoy Beach which is a quick 12 minute drive from George Town's iconic Post Office.
Sunset strolls along the beach and the views of the Low Head Light house make visiting these Tasmanian beaches a very unique experience.
The Tamar Valley Wine Route
The Tamar Valley Wine Route is a holiday and recreation destination in its own right. The famous Tamar River defines the heart of northern Tasmania with its generous life-giving waterways. It is Tasmania’s principal wine producing area where wineries snuggle side by side with picturesque orchards, forests and fertile pastures.
The Tamar River is distinguished as Australia’s longest tidal navigable river. It’s long, lazy bends wind 65 kilometres inland, around hills and plains, beaches and bush. At the river’s head is the bustling city of Launceston. At it’s mouth – wide sandy beaches.
Fed by the fresh, flushing waters of the North and South Esk Rivers, the Tamar has created a glorious fertile valley of high-yielding vineyards, famous for our chardonnnays, sparklings, the aromatic whites and pinot noir.
For all your accommodation booking needs, call or visit:
George Town Visitor Information Centre
Main Road, George Town