The sun’s rays bounce softly across the water as it dips below the horizon to the west. The evening breeze caresses your face; you can almost feel the crisp, cool waters of Bass Strait.
Standing on the balcony at Peppers York Cove overlooking the picturesque Tamar River, you begin to feel at one with nature as all traces of stress simply melt away.
A sleepy seaside hamlet on the eastern banks of the Tamar River, George Town is surrounded by an array of vineyards, orchards, berry farms and lavender fields. Steeped in history and endowed with a rich maritime past, George Town is Australia’s third oldest settlement behind Sydney and Hobart.
Activities & Attractions
Whether you’re looking to plan a romantic getaway or simply want to escape the city life for a weekend, George Town is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Just half an hour from the city of Launceston, this quaint little town offers visitors an endless array of activities and attractions.
For those who love the great outdoors, the beautiful beaches are a must. Just forty minutes away by bike (or ten minutes by car) the coastline of Bass Strait beckons. The ride out to Low Head is beautiful; the scenic coastal path provides visitors with breathtaking views of the ocean, and you can stop by Mount George Lookout. This historic semaphore site provides visitors with unparalleled photo opportunities of the valley and surrounding districts.
Once you reach Low Head, the expanse of East Beach awaits. A popular surf destination, it’s the perfect place to experience the power of the ocean. At times a little too rough for your average swimmer, it’s often a beach best observed from the sand. If you’re looking for calmer waters, the beautiful golden sand along the estuary at Lagoon Bay is ideal – especially for families. After a morning on the beach, stop by Low Head’s iconic Pilot Station. Built in 1805, it’s the oldest group of pilot buildings in Australia – and like the Pilot Station lighthouse, it still operates today.
While visiting Low Head, many tourists stop by Low Head Coastal Reserve to see the world’s smallest penguins. With guided tours available, it’s possible to see these beautiful animals returning up the beach to their nests in the dunes each night.
If you prefer to be out on the water itself, the region presents many opportunities. Book a charter boat and head out on the waters of Bass Strait. Dive along the coast as far as Bridport and Flinders Island, snorkel or scuba dive with seals, or cast a rod into the deep blue waters of the ocean. If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land when fishing, the Launceston Lakes offer excellent fly fishing conditions, with an abundance of brown and rainbow trout on offer.
When it comes to wildlife, the region has some world-leading facilities. Catch the ferry across to the western banks of the Tamar River at Beauty Point and visit the Platypus House. This amazing establishment is the only place in the world where you can see these creatures up close and personal indoors. In a similar vein, Seahorse World is a must-see for those who love animals. This world-leading research facility has more species on display than anywhere else in the world.
It’s hard to visit George Town without immersing yourself in the region’s history. Explore the town’s colourful past at the Old Watch House Museum. While you’re there, grab a map and take a self-guided tour of the town’s historic sites via the George Town Heritage Trail.
When it comes to food and wine, the Tamar Valley region is as good as it gets. Famous for its bountiful vineyards and fresh produce, there’s an endless array of wineries and restaurants to visit. Take a self-guided or organised tour of the Tamar Valley Wine Route – and be sure to visit Pipers Brook Vineyards, the closest winery to George Town itself.
George Town has plenty of gourmet food options. Experience delightfully fresh fish and chips overlooking the water, enjoy jam and scones in the quaint surrounds of a tea room, or dine in-house at Peppers’ very own Cove Restaurant & Bar. Serving modern Australia cuisine made from the freshest local ingredients, the menu is devised with seasonality in mind – Cove Restaurant & Bar is a fine dining experience not to be missed!
While it’s no secret that Tasmania cools off over the winter months, there is still plenty to do in George Town during this time – especially for nature lovers.
The winter months are a great time to visit the penguin colony at neighbouring Low Head. During this time, male little penguins return to renovate their old burrows or dig new ones, so there is plenty to see. When it comes to George Town itself, winter is a great time to visit. While you’ll probably choose to skip a swim at Lagoon Bay, the historic attractions throughout the area offer the perfect winter adventure – as do the wineries. When the mercury drops outside, there’s no better place to be than in front of the fire with a glass of red.
George Town Accommodation
If you’re searching for quality accommodation in George Town, look no further than Peppers York Cove.
With one bedroom Deluxe Hotel Rooms and Deluxe Spa Rooms, and One, Two and Three Bedroom Apartments on offer, there’s an accommodation option to suit couples, families and larger groups alike. Each room is beautifully furnished and features sliding doors that open out onto either a balcony or courtyard with breathtaking Tamar River views. There’s no better place to relax and unwind.