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The Low Head Lighthouse, Low Head

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4.5/5 based on 60 reviews on the web
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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  • spent a good couple of hours here waling around the light house and down to the beach. Looked at the driftwood and took photos 
  • We had a chance to see the inside of the building beside it. Chatted with the staff that take care of this lighthouse. It was great to see and learn more about it. 
  • 從遠方眺望就可了, 開車來了看企鵝,燈塔在旁就想說也去看一下,但這裡是鎖著,沒辦法進去, 所以只可遠望了,沒辦法。 但黃昏時從遠望也是很漂亮的一個地方。 
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