Backpacking George Town and Low Head

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    SUNSET AT LOW HEAD: Photo - N.R. Goldsmith, Knox Photographic Society, courtesy of Tourism Tasmania. All rights reserved
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    LAGOON BAY AT GEORGE TOWN IS A NICE PLACE FOR VARIOUS WATER ACTIVITIES: Photo - N.R. Goldsmith, Knox Photographic Society, courtesy of Tourism Tasmania. All rights reserved
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    YOU CAN GET SOME NICE VIEWS FROM LOW HEAD LIGHTHOUSE: Photo - George Apostolidis, courtesy of Tourism Tasmania. All rights reserved
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    LEARN ABOUT THE FASCINATING MARITIME HISTORY OF THE AREA AT LOW HEAD MARITIME MUSEUM: Photo - Garry Moore, courtesy of Tourism Tasmania. All rights reserved
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George Town and Low Head highlights

  • See some of the world's smallest penguins come out of the ocean and go back to the beach to their burrows after sunset  

  • Take a boat tour out to Tenth Island where there are over 500 fur seals.

  • Learn about the fascinating maritime history of the region with a visit to the Maritime Museum. There is also one of the best-preserved examples of an early pilot station, built by convicts in 1805.

  • Head to the Bass & Flinders Centre to see the replica of Bass & Flinders boat from 1798, along with a host of maritime history.

About George Town and Low Head

Population 5,700

Located 53 km north of Launceston, George Town is Australia's third oldest settlement after Sydney and Hobart. Today, George Town is an administrative centre to the surrounding region. It is economically driven by the aluminium and tourism industries. Low Head is the small settlement just 3 kilometres north from George Town.

The area's attractions include; various historic buildings, the Low Head Pilot Station, a colony of some of the world's smallest penguins, The Old Watch House Museum, The Bass and Flinders Centre and to the east are the vineyards of Pipers River. Off shore at Tenth Island there is also a colony of Fur Seals, which can be accessed by a local tour company.

Orientation Map for George Town and Low Head


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George Town Visitor Information Centre

Main Road
George Town, Tasmania
Phone (03) 6382 1700
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