George Town is the third oldest settlement in Australia after Sydney and Hobart. The town sits on the banks of the Tamar River and has a rich maritime history.
At nearby Low Head, at the mouth of the Tamar, you’ll find one of the best-preserved examples of an early pilot station, built by convicts in 1805 to guide ships into the river. The pilot station, like the Pilot Station lighthouse, is still in operation today.
The lighthouse has the only still working Type G diaphone fog horn in the world. With a range of up to 32 km, it’s also the largest ever constructed. The fog horn is test sounded every Sunday at noon.
Also at Low Head is the Low Head Coastal Reserve, a popular spot to watch the world’s smallest penguins waddle in from the sea each night, while to the east are the vineyards of Pipers River and the Bridestowe Lavender Farm.
George Town is a 40-min drive (52 km) from Launceston.
George Town is an Urban Location area within the local government area of George Town in Tasmania, it is located approximately 202kms from the capital Hobart and extends over an area of 104.657 square kilometres. George Town has a recorded population of 4347 residents and is within the Australian Eastern Daylight Time zone Australia/Hobart.
If you are planning a visit to George Town we’ve put together some of the things you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one of the buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know George Town and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.