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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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  • It's had to believe that Australia had a shipwreck as late as the 1990s but Hebe Reef, 2 miles off shore from the entrance to the Tamar claimed another victim 80 years after she was named after the He...  more »
  • While looking around the lighthouse we were shown where there were some penguins amongst some bushes. The penguins were from the colony that live on the foreshore and they had almost completed their m...  more »
  • Great place to spend a Sunday afternoon ... get there before 12 to appreciate the serenity before that horn goes off!!  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.
  • 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.
  • proper lighthouse :), worth the drive