Welcome to George Town
George Town stands sentinel on kanamaluka/Tamar River’s eastern shore, close to where it empties into Bass Strait. Originally the territory of the Leterremairrener people, it was occupied by Europeans in 1804 as part of the British attempt to stave off settlement by the French, who had been reconnoitring the area. It was the third British town established in the new colony after Sydney and Hobart. A number of buildings in the town centre date from the 1830s and 1840s, when George Town prospered as the port linking Tasmania with Victoria. With its economic links to the smelters at nearby Bell Bay, George Town's fortunes fluctuate, but it’s a good place to bunker down among history and explore Low Head and the lower reaches of the Tamar Valley.