The Low Head Lighthouse, Low Head

#14 of 69 in Historic Sites in Tasmania
Lighthouse · Tourist Spot
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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  • At the end of the road, The Low Head Lighthouse stands proud and defiant to the blustering winds. A reasonable amount of parking leads to a short track to the lighthouse  more »
  • Off to the north coast to George Town (another county township) then to Low Head. the Lighthouse is very impressive - but come prepared for the blustery conditions!!  more »
  • Well maintained and historic complex, lots of history plaques and points of reference. An accessible historic location even after the gates close at 5pm. Once that happens you have an easy walk up the embankment along pathways and through some gateways, if your lucky enough you may even encounter a baby penguin hiding amongst the bushes, patiently waiting for a feed.
  • Beautiful old light house and fog horn, which is heard any Sunday midday. It played a important role before modern navigation techniques.

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