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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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  • You are free to simply walk around the lighthouse and get a great view of the northern coastline. No entry fee, no shops, no cafe. Just enjoy the quiet surrounds.  more »
  • Low Head Lighthouse was the last destination of our Tamar Valley road trip and it was definitely a highlight - because of the sunset we saw! Near the lighthouse, If you walk by the side of the cottage...  more »
  • Great views up and down the coast, and great to see a piece of history kept in working order even better if you're around oat Midday on a Saturday when they fire up the fog horn.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wonderful place for sunsets, just pick the right evening!
  • If you are staying in the area, well worth a visit as it's free and easy to get to. Gates shut at 5PM.
  • Loved it here.