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Pier Hotel at Georgetown

1/ George Town was founded in 1804. This makes it the second oldest settlement in Tasmania. It boasts a number of attractive historic buildings like this, the Pier Hotel.

George Town

2/ Macquarie Street is the centre of George Town. It has many modern shops, some cafes and 2 hotels. George Town has the best shopping opportunities in the north east of Tasmania. The orange building on the right is the Matthew Flinders Centre. This is the local history museum.

George Town Tasmania

3/ The modern town hall of George Town sits in a park on Macquarie Street, opposite the shops.

Council House at 8/ Whitestones is a well preserved Georgian style house.

4/ This is the modern council house of George Town. It includes a flag pole in the shape of the mast of an ancient sailing ship.

Vietnam memorial at George Town

5/ The war memorial is located next to the town hall. It commemorates all the wars including the Vietnam War. Beyond it is the park.

Band Rotunda at George Town

6/ This attractive band rotunda dominates the park. Beyond it are the shops of Macquarie Street.

pro life display at George Town

7/ George Town now has a exercise cum health facility. Each display has both an exercise machine, plus advice on how to improve an aspect of your health.

George Town Tasmania

8/ The attractive Grove Mansion was built in 1835 for the local magistrate. It is now a luxury BB.

historic cottage at George Town

9/ There are many old houses in George Town. This is Ben Hyron's Cottage. It was built in 1860.

Whitestones Cottage at George Town

10/ Whitestones is a well preserved example of a Georgian style house. It is one of a number of historic homes in George Town.

old house at George Town

11/ This is another attractive historic cottages. The left side of the porch has been turned into a room.

Founding monument at George Town

12/ This memorial commemorates the founding of George Town in 1804. It is located close to the Tamar River Estuary.

tree sculpture at George Town

13/ Near the foundation obelisk is this tree sculpture. It commemorates the ancient fishermen of George Town. It includes a whale to commemorate the ancient whalers. The solitary figure is Matthew Flinders, who first explored the seas near George Town.

York Cove at 9/ This memorial commemorates the founding of George Town way back in 1804.

14/ This is a view of York Cove at George Town. Beyond is the York Cove Estate. This has both luxury apartments, plus mooring for the owners' boats.

old hotel at 9/ This memorial commemorates the founding of George Town way back in 1804.

15/ George Town has another classic Victorian era hotel located in Macquarie Street.

old guard house at 9/ This memorial commemorates the founding of George Town way back in 1804.

16/ This is the old guard house. Here soldiers were station to control the convict workers of old George Town. Beyond it is the modern George Town police station.

Tamar River at George Town

17/ George Town fronts onto the Tamar River Estuary and has a river walking track. This goes north through a bird sanctuary towards Low Head.

Light house at Low Head

1/ Low Head is a locality just north of George Town. It is the sight of 3 light houses, plus the Pilot Station complex. The Pilot Station is a unique historic complex and the light house is a spectacular sight. This view shows the famous Low Head light house. I estimate that it is about 18 metres high. A fog horn is sounded from here at noon every Sunday for the amusement of visitors. Beyond is the estuary of the Tamar River. A penguin tour begins from near this light house at dusk.

Oak Point Light house

2/ There are 2 identical light houses at She Oak Point. These were built in 1882 and replaced earlier stone towers built in 1848. Ships approaching the Tamar River from the sea must change their course until they can see only one light house in order to attain the right angle of approach. This is to avoid Hebe Reef. This reef is visible on the horizon on the left, as this photo was taken at low tide. At high tide Hebe Reef is invisible . On the right in the distance you can see the Low Head light house that is shown above. There is a walk way from She Oak Point that takes you to the Low Head light house shown in the photo above.

Low Head near George Town

3/ Low Head has some magnificent old trees like these Norfolk pines. This photo was taken from near the Pilot Station and looks south towards George Town.

Pilot Station at Low Head near George Town

4/ The Pilot Station is the other major attraction of Low Head. It is a restored, mid 19th hamlet, built to house the pilots, who shepherded the ships into the Tamar River. It consists of 2 streets separated by a village green. The large house to the right is now the museum.

Pilot Station at Low Head near George Town

5/ This view shows the street on the other side of the village green. The first 2 houses shown above are now available for tourist accommodation. Beyond the lamp post is the Tamar River Estuary.

Pilot Station at Low Head near George Town

6/ The Maritime Museum is located in this large building in the Pilot Station complex. It has a lot of interesting exhibits and displays.

Museum at Pilot Station at Low Head near George Town

7/ This view looks at the Maritime Museum from the other side. The plaque in the centre records that this building was built in 1835.

light house at Low Head near George Town

8/ The Low Head lighthouse still lights the way for ships sailing down the Tamar River. This view looks west across the Tamar Estuary towards Greens Beach.

Low Head near George Town

9/ This view looks south past a large house towards George Town. The sheep grazing in the field add to the historic charm of the locality.

Low Head near George Town Tasmania

10/ This lovely old church is located near the pilot station. It was built in 1877.

George Town Low Head

11/ This is a telescopic view of the Low Head Lighthouse taken from Greens Beach to the west.

 

George Town Mount George

1/ Just south of George Town is the signal station on Mount George. It once formed part of a chain of signal towers that stretched all the way south to Launceston. This photo shows the flag pole.

George Town Mount George

2/ This is the signal tower that once sent signals down a chain of towers to Launceston.

George Town Mount George

3/ Adjacent to the signal tower is a lookout. This shows the view to the south of George Town.

George Town Mount George

4/ This shows the view north to George Town on the left and to Low Head on the right.

 

Beechford

1/ Beachford is a huge sand beach with a dormitory settlement. It is located in north eastern Tasmania east of George Town and north of Lefroy. This view looks down the beach towards George Town, which is beyond the point.

Beechford

2/ The beach can be accessed by vehicles, which can then drive many kilometres down the beach.

Beechford

3/ This view gives you some idea as to how wide the sand area is and how far the beach extends towards the horizon, which is about 15 kilometres away.

Beechford

4/ The Blanket River enters the sea at Beechford. This view shows the river at low tide.

Beechford

5/ At the Beechford settlement is a picnic area and a foot bridge that takes you over the river and through the dunes to reach the sand beyond.

Beechford

6/ This is a view of the Blanket River taken from the foot bridge shown above. Just beyond these dunes is the sea.

Beechford

7/ This view looks from the Blanket River into the settlement. It has a variety of new and old houses.

 

Lefroy Tasmania

1/ Lefroy is former mining town east of George Town in north eastern Tasmania. The town once had many thousands of people, but, unfortunately, today it consists only of houses and has no facilities. The large cemetery gives a good insight into how grand Lefroy once was.

Lefroy Tasmania

2/ The cemetery has a deep ethereal atmosphere about it.

Lefroy Tasmania

3/ This is the view as you approach Lefroy from the south. The empty space to the left shows evidence that buildings were once located on it.

Lefroy Tasmania

4/ Lefroy has a war memorial, which mentions an avenue of honour. This is another indication that Lefroy was once a large town.

Lefroy Tasmania

5/ This is another house cluster. The large areas of paddocks once had buildings on them.

Lefroy Tasmania

6/ This lovely cottage is the oldest house in Lefroy. It is on the road to Beechford.

Lefroy Tasmania

7/ There are a number of modern houses in Lefroy. This one was near the Lake.

Lefroy Tasmania

8/ Behind this modern house to the right is a large mound. This indicates that it was once a mine.

Lefroy Tasmania

9/ A Shetland pony grazes on disturbed ground that once held many buildings.

Lefroy Tasmania

10/ Behind this 19th Century cottage you can see mine tailings. Note too the ancient European trees.

Lefroy Tasmania

11/ This resident had a large wood pile. Tasmania is a good place to source vintage cars.

Lefroy Tasmania

12/ This old cottage has a story to tell. It once shared the street with many other cottages.

Lefroy Tasmania

13/ In the fields around Lefroy you see many old mining shafts, where sheep now graze.

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