George Town is historically significant, as it is one of the oldest British towns in Australia and was populated by convicts and overseers who played a vital role in the development of the colonies of Van Diemen's Land and Victoria. Today this area is full of history, spectacular foreshores, local small businesses and family-friendly parks and walks.
George Town has a long maritime history and many stories to tell, but also suitable for the more adventurous with a 79-kilometre MTB trail network. The foreshore is decorated with Tree Wood Carvings and the Bass and Flinders Maritime Museum is ready to tell you the tales of the past.
The surrounding Coastal Reserve of this area is popular for a stroll or a picnic lunch, while to the east are the vineyards and distilleries of Pipers River and the Bridestowe Lavender Farm. In addition, the area is a popular holiday destination with safe swimming beaches and excellent surfing at East Beach.
George Town is a 40-min drive (52 km) from Launceston.