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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  • A lovely drive takes you to the lighthouse where the views are spectacular. The little town is sweet and worth a look. The car park at the lighthouse isn’t suitable for RVs and large caravans......I s...  more »
  • We drove in here as we were exploring Launceston and it is a pretty far drive to see a lighthouse. Viewing rooms were closed when we got there, so we pretty much only had the lighthouse, and the views...  more »
  • Great spot in Northern Tasmania. I'll make it interesting and great view of the Bay. Strong wind throughout the visit.
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  • Fantastic little spot, small little track offered with great views of that beautiful water. Fact boards around with very interesting facts. If your in the area I think it’s worth having a stop here.
  • Easy access. Short walk from the carpark and great views from the headland. You can certainly spend time here and explore the nearby coastline. Although I image, it could be windy here, the bonus is visitors would often have this place to themselves to enjoy the views, appreciate the history and image what it would have been like living and working here.
  • Very picturesque place, with a walk down to the ocean. Lots of amazing photos for our family memory book.
  • we come here for the Low Head penguin tour which is great ! the guide is very experienced and shown us the living habit of the penguin as a group and as an individual :) the guide told us that the Light house is one of the many REAL light house with it's unique signal (signature) by flashing the light to make people recognize it's the Low Head Lighthouse it's just around 2 hour drive from Launceston downtown and would highly recommend it !
  • Beautiful place. Make sure you are there on Sunday at Noon for the foghorn. No bathroom or tables so bring a picnic rug if you want to sit.
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