Things to Do
Low Head Tourist Park is located in Low Head in Northern Tasmania and is a 5-minute drive from George Town and a 35-minute drive from Launceston. Low Head is home to many historical attractions such as the Low Head Lighthouse and Foghorn, Low Head Pilot Station, Low Head Maritime Museum as well as the Bass and Flinders Centre and Watch House Museum (located in nearby George Town).
Being situated along the Tamar River, there are plenty of safe beaches, such as beautiful Lagoon Beach, within walking distance - suitable for swimming, fishing, kayaking, windsurfing and other small watercraft use. Boat parking is permitted on-site at Low Head Tourist Park and we also offer bait and ice for purchase at reception. In addition, the Kanamaluka Trail is located just opposite Low Head Tourist Park - the perfect trail for a leisurely bike ride into the heart of George Town or to the Low Head Lighthouse and Pilot Station.
Nestled in the Tamar Valley of Tasmania, Low Head Tourist Park provides excellent budget accommodation for those looking to stay in George Town and Low Head, especially if you’re interested in the Low Head Penguin Tours! Not only that, but Low Head Tourist Park is also the perfect accommodation for those exploring attractions nearby in the Tamar Valley Region such as Bridestowe Lavender Estate, Seahorse World and Platypus House in Beauty Point, Hollybank Treetops Adventure, Hillwood Berry Farm and more.
Bridestowe Lavender Farm
Bridestowe Lavender Estate is Tasmania’s largest privately-owned lavender farm. Set over 260 acres, you can explore the working lavender farm and walk amongst the lavender, buy lavender gifts in their extensive gift shop and also taste the lavender from the farm for yourself in their delightful cafe. Open year-round, a trip to Bridestowe Lavender Estate offers a truly unique Tasmanian experience.
Seahorse World is a working seahorse farm dedicated to breeding, education and conservation. Visitors of Seahorse World will have the chance to learn about the types of seahorses, see the seahorse farm in action from birth to adulthood and also see other bizarre marine species such as the Tasmanian Giant Crab in a guided tour.
Nestled on the water in the beautiful Tamar Valley of Tasmania, Platypus House offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch live Tasmanian platypuses and echidnas in a fun and educational guided tour. In addition, Platypus House also had a gift shop and cafe overlooking the Tamar River.
Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre
Embark on a historical journey of Beaconsfield and the Tamar Valley at the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre. Approximately a 30-minute drive along the beautiful Tamar River and through the Tamar Valley from Low Head, the Centre is full of interactive displays for children and adults alike.
Hollybank Treetop Adventures
Hollybank Treetop Adventures is Tasmania’s most breathtaking adventure attraction. With zipline tours, ropes courses and segway tours, Hollybank Treetop Adventures offers visitors the opportunity to explore Tasmania’s beautiful forests from above and below.
Hillwood Berry Farm
Hillwood Berry Farm is a second generation family farm in the Tamar Valley. Because of their ideal location and climate, they are able to offer the finest in Tasmanian berries. Explore the berry farm and pick fresh berries for yourself or enjoy a delicious treat from their berry cafe - it’s a must do Tasmanian experience.
Low Head Penguin Tours
Low Head Penguin Tours offers a fully guided tour offering visitors the opportunity to see species of penguins unique to Australia and New Zealand. A one-of-a-kind Tasmanian experience, Low Head Penguin Tours runs a tour every day commencing at sunset. Commentary on penguin behaviour is provided, as well as maritime and colonial history of the Low Head area.
Low Head Lighthouse
The Low Head Lighthouse is the third oldest lighthouse in Australia and the second oldest lighthouse in Tasmania. The Low Head Lighthouse’s origins date back to 1833, when it was first built, and was replaced by the present (now fully automated) lighthouse in 1890. Like the Low Head Pilot Station, the Low Head Lighthouse is still in operation today.
Low Head Pilot Station
The Low Head Pilot Station, situated at the mouth of the Tamar River in northern Tasmania, is the oldest group of pilot buildings in Australia. As the Tamar River is a dangerous estuary with a complicated navigation channel through the Tamar Valley, the pilot station still operates from this site to this day and is a very integral part of Tasmania’s history.
Low Head Maritime Museum
The Low Head Maritime Museum is located in historic convict-built ‘Pilots’ Row’ which was originally built in 1835 as the accommodation to house the pilots. Situated at the Low Head Pilot Station in Low Head, the museum has 13 rooms, each with its own theme of maritime history in the Low Head area.
Bass and Flinders Centre
The Bass and Flinders Centre, located in George Town on Tasmania’s Tamar River, is the proud home of the full-size working replica of Her Majesty’s Colonial Sloop ‘Norfolk’. In 1788, sailors Bass and Flinder were dispatched on the ‘Norfolk’ to ascertain if Tasmania was an island or not. The Bass and Flinders Centre houses many historical displays and also has a cafe for visitors to enjoy.
The Watch House
The Watch House in George Town, located just a few minutes’ drive from Low Head, is the historic old gaol site and features a range of displays conveying the region’s rich history including a model village which allows visitors to image what early 19th century life was like in the George Town and Low Head area.
Tamar Valley Wine Route
Tasmania is the oldest wine-producing region in Australia and today, the Tamar Valley produces 40% of Tasmania’s premium quality wine. Because of Tasmania’s temperate climate, the Tamar Valley also produces some of Australia’s best sparkling wines. Along the Tamar Valley Wine Route, there’s wine for all seasons and a taste for all times.
Located near Bridport, Barnbougle is home to two of Australia’s top ten golf courses - The Dunes and Lost Farm - as well as an indulgent spa and fine dining experiences. Boasting sensational views and a spectacular atmosphere, Barnbougle is a destination not to be missed.
Mount Direction Historic Site
The Mount Direction historic site is one of the only ‘semaphore system’ communications stations remaining in the Tamar Valley. The Tamar Valley system was one of the earliest established in Australia and provided communications from Launceston to George Town and Low Head. Now, the historic site contains the ruins of the station and dwellings occupied by the signalmen and their families in the 1800s.
Mt. George Scenic Lookout
Enjoy views of Bell Bay over the Tamar Valley towards Launceston and the Bass Strait from the Mt. George Scenic Lookout. Located just moments in the township of George Town ( from Low Head), from the lookout you can take in panoramic views and get a lay of the land of the north-east coast. The lookout is only a short walk from the car park and there are picnic facilities for your convenience.