From Low Head, you can take a penguin tour to see the world’s smallest penguins clamber to their nests each night, or visit the two main beaches, East Beach on Bass Strait, or the quieter and safer Lagoon Bay, on the estuary. Picnic areas with electric barbecues are featured near both beaches.
Platypus House offers you a rare chance to see the unique Tasmanian Platypus and Echidna in an indoor setting. It is the only place in the world you can experience this amazing animal up close and personal. Platypus House sits on the western banks of the Tamar River at Beauty Point. Watch platypuses feeding and playing on a fully guided tour of platypus ponds.
Seahorse World proudly provides an excellent educational experience and leads the world in research and development to alleviate the plight of the wild seahorse. Seahorse World provides visitors with an opportunity to experience the secret life of seahorses, from pregnant males through birth up to adulthood. More species of seahorse are exhibited here than anywhere else in the world.
The Tamar Valley, Tasmania’s premier wine growing region, is just on our doorstep. Acclaimed for its cool climate wines, many of the vineyards are small and family owned, and often the growers themselves will greet you to explain how the wine is made and give you a tasting. The region is also renowned for its fresh local produce, including fantastic berries and cheeses.
Located on the edge of the small Tasmanian town of Bridport, Barnbougle Dunes is a 30 minute drive east of George Town, is right on the north coast that overlooks Bass Strait. Barnbougle Dunes, is ranked 35th in the world, welcomes everyone to play and enjoy the first class clubhouse facilities. The Barnbougle Dunes experience includes a championship 18 holes links golf course; driving range, putting green and chipping green with bunkers; and a spectacular public clubhouse.
Seal and Sea Adventures have boats to charter for diving and fishing trips in Bass Strait, offering guests the opportunity to dive along the coastline as far as Bridport (in the east) or to Flinders Island. Guests can also snorkel or scuba diver with the seals, with a shark shield device, if required.
Launceston Lakes provides private fly fishing for trout and tuition in angling. Surrounded by natural bush land, the lakes have a total shoreline of more than 5kms. They are well-stocked with brown and rainbow trout, with fish up to trophy size of six kilos and more. Only fly fishing is permitted. No fishing licence is required.
Tasmanian Escape operate luxury four wheel drive day and extended tours to all the popular destinations, or to off the beaten track out of the way places - the choice is yours. Everything from sightseeing, fishing, golfing, flora and fauna, historical and heritage, bushwalkers drops and collections at all destinations.
To the north, at nearby Low Head, you can explore one of the best-preserved examples of an early pilot station, which was built in 1805 by convicts. Today, the complex includes 10 rooms of maritime and communication memorabilia, including a complete deep diving suit and air pumps and artefacts recovered from wrecks.
The coast at the mouth of the Tamar River is far more treacherous than the placid waters of the river suggest. In all, a dozen ships were wrecked in the hundred years to 1903. In 1888 the original convict-built station was pulled down and replaced with the white lighthouse on the site today. The bold red stripe on the tower was added in 1926 to improve the lighthouse’s daytime visibility.
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