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Follow the beautiful Tamar River north past the rolling fields, wineries and vineyards; up to the mouth where the crystal clear water pours into the Bass Strait; and you’ll find the historic hamlet of George Town sitting on the western banks. This north coast town features easy access to the Bass Strait, breathtaking views and robust infrastructure. You’ll find supermarkets, a variety of restaurants, stores and a Regional Hospital.

You wouldn’t guess it, but George Town is Australia’s 3rd-oldest city behind only Hobart and Sydney. But it is difficult to focus on the history of this vibrant north coast town as you drive in through beautiful orchards, lavender fields, berry farms and vineyards. Once you get over the stunning inbound drive, head over to the Old Watch Museum. This retired lock-up is now a history museum for George Town and the area. You’ll be impressed by the depth of the area’s maritime history.

When you’re done touring the museum, pick up a self-guided George Town Heritage Trail brochure. The pamphlet will walk you through town past some of Australia’s most historic sites. But save some energy for hiring a bicycle. The 4-kilometer ride to nearby Low Head Pilot Station takes you down a scenic coastline to an 1805-built pilot building. The building, still in use today, was erected by free convict labour at the dawn of European history in Tasmania.