The Low Head Lighthouse, Low Head

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Low Head Lighthouse is in Low Head, Tasmania, about north of George Town on the east side of the mouth of the Tamar River. It was the third lighthouse to be constructed in Australia, and it is also Australia's oldest continuously used pilot station. This light is now unmanned and automated.HistoryDuring the course of their circumnavigation of Van Diemen's Land now Tasmania in the Norfolk in 1798, George Bass and Matthew Flinders made landfall at a place they named Port Dalrymple now George Town, 40km to the north-west of Launceston. In doing so, they proved the existence of a strait between Australia and Tasmania. Flinders reported difficulty in locating the entrance to the channel.Colonel William Paterson arrived on 16 February 1804 aboard HMS Buffalo as the newly appointed Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemen's Land with the first settlers. The first navigation marker he installed at Low Head was a simple flagpole in 1804. Later that year, Paterson established a pilot station and signal station in the sheltered bay below Low Head. He also installed a fire beacon at Low Head to mark the hazardous entrance of the Tamar River. When a vessel was sighted after sunset, a fire would be lit and attended all night by convicts to allow the vessel to maintain sight of the port.
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  • October 2, 2017
    Every Sunday at noon the fog horn sounds at the light house, amazing, only one in the Southern Hemisphere.  more »
  • August 22, 2017
    Certainly worth paying a visit whilst in Low Head. Nice lighthouse with a lot of historic value, well maintained. Interesting on Sunday when the foghorn is on at noon - really impressive!  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    We had read about the Lighthouse in numerous tourist brochures and online, and given it's only an easy 45 minute highway drive from Launceston, it's well worth the visit. The property is very well mai...  more »
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  • July 20, 2017
    what a magical place.. we stayed at the light keepers house for a night.. absolutely loved it
  • February 9, 2017
    Decent views on the walk up. Hard to get panoramic shots near the lighthouse. BRING BUG SPRAY/REPELLANT - this is fly city. Probably not worth the drive if you've got other stuff to do in Launceston.
  • March 16, 2017
    Changing vista as the weather changed from overcast to sunshine. Pleasant destination on a trip out from Launceston taking in the wineries and eateries on an adverse day for hiking.
  • August 31, 2017
    Great history and photo stop
  • January 26, 2017
    If you are staying in the area, well worth a visit as it's free and easy to get to. Gates shut at 5PM.

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