This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in George Town. To help you make friends with George Town before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Located approximately forty minutes north of Launceston on the eastern side of the Tamar River, George Town is situated on the mouth of the river and is considered Australia's third-oldest settlement. It was originally the large centre for the northern part of Tasmania until they moved it to Launceston. To get here, you can take the Riverline coaches bus from Launceston or if you have a car to drive yourself, even better. It will allow you to explore more of the region.
There are some hostels in George Town that are in the downtown region and then there are some further out toward Low Head. If you do not have a car of your own to get to Low Head, it is advisable that you stay in downtown George Town.
Of the things to see and do here, you will find most of it going on in the surrounding regions of George Town. You can explore the rich maritime history of the area in Low Head. This is where they had the convicts erect a pilot station in the 1800s that is still in use today. Low Head is also home to the little penguins that arrive on the beaches at dusk every night coming home to their burrows. Also in the surrounding areas of George Town, you will find some stunning wineries around the Pipers River region. There are also lavender farms at Bridgestone and Rowella that you can go to visit. And for those that love strawberries, there is a farm in Hillwood that you can see to get your hands on some of these flavoursome berries.
Written by local enthusiast for George Town hostelsGlobetrotter