“…one of the oldest towns in Australia…”
George Town (Palawa_kani: kinimathatakinta) has a rich history including being the 3rd oldest settlement behind the cities of Sydney and Hobart and was discovered in 1798 by Bass and Flinders and settled in 1804 by Lt Col William Paterson.
It has an ideal location at the mouth of the Tamar River on Tasmania’s northern coast, and is an easy thirty minute drive from the city of Launceston via the East Tamar Highway. Best known for its cultural assets, the town’s features also include amazing surfing and fishing locations, beautiful beaches and the historical prescient at nearby Low Head, and the close proximity of the deep-water port and industrial area at Bell Bay home to Australia’s first Aluminum smelter Pacific Aluminium and BHP Billiton.
With a population of 6600 people, the busy town boasts three primary schools, two secondary schools, a new hospital, and a community supported multi-function sporting complex which houses a variety of sporting clubs such as football, netball, cycling, tennis, cricket and soccer.
George Town’s retail business precinct is centred around Macquarie Street and features a variety of specialty shops, cafes and award-winning accommodation in addition to the core services expected in a bustling community.
The many historical attractions of the area include the Low Head Pilot Station and maritime Museum, The Bass and Flinders Centre (home to the sloop ‘Norfolk’), Georgian historic home ‘The Grove’ and the old Watch House.
Please ensure you visit George Town when you are next in the area!
Come see what the area has to offer