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George Town  Tasmania

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George Town lies at the mouth of the Tamar River on its eastern bank. The town was the third in Australia to be settled by Europeans, after Sydney and Hobart. There is a self-guided Discovery Trail which highlights some of the historical buildings around the town. The Grove is a historic Georgian-era house which is open for inspection.

These days, George Town is a service town for the nearby industrial area at Bell Bay. The first industry to be established here was the Comalco aluminium smelting plant, later joined by many flagship Australian companies operating a ferro manganese smelter, a medium density fibreboard plant and an aluminium paste and powder plant. Tours of some of the plants are available.

The cool climate wineries in the Piper's Brook region are close by, with tastings, cellar door sales and tours.

Just a few kilometres to the north, the historic village of Low Head features Australia's oldest continuously operating pilot station, now a Maritime Museum. Low Head lighthouse has sweeping views across the river mouth, surf and river beaches.

Nearby there is a colony of fairy penguins and you can take a sunset tour to view them as they return to their burrows. You can also take a cruise to the fur seal colony at the river mouth.

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