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Low Head Pilot Station Maritime Museum

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Published June 19th 2017
A Maritime Museum filled with history
Situated on the picturesque Low Head Peninsula at the mouth of the Tamar River, with surrounding calm waters and lighthouses in view, is the Low Head Pilot Maritime Museum. It is in the Low Head Historic Precinct and occupies the whitewashed pilot station, which is Australia's oldest pilot station, dating from 1806!



Low Head Pilot Maritime Museum is located less than one hour from Launceston along the East Tamar Highway and around five- kilometres from the quaint George Town.

The Museum is situated in the historic convict. It was designed by Irish-born John Lee Archer who served as Van Diemen's Land Architect. Pilot's Row was built in 1835 as a terrace of four-roomed cottages to house the Pilots and today the heritage and rich history of Low Head is celebrated across the twelve stunning rooms at the Museum.



The Museum showcases the 1832 convict-built Pilot's Row, the oldest and largest building site. Here you will learn about the stories of shipping on the Tamar River, with the extensive display of relics from the days of sail and steam.

There are interactive and hands-on exhibits filled with history and fun, including handling the ship's helm, operating the engine room telegraphs, sounding the fog horn, ringing the ship's bell as well as sending messages in Morse Code, making these interactive activities perfect for the little ones too!

There is a collection of small craft in the boatshed (open on request) as well as many other interesting exhibits around the Museum.

Image Courtesy from Low Head Pilot Station Maritime Museum Facebook


There are several rooms filled with a weird and wonderful array of exhibits featuring artefacts telling stories of pilots and maritime history of Low Head, interesting facts especially about the Hebe Reef and its shipwrecks, as well as other maritime history of this part of Tasmania.

If you continue to the headland you pass the old cable station through to Australia's third oldest light station. Here is the only operating G-type fog horn in the Southern Hemisphere. It sounds noon each Sunday.

The Museum and marina still houses the pilot boat used to bring in and take out the big cargo ships as of yesteryear.

Image Courtesy from Low Head Pilot Station Maritime Museum Facebook


This family-friendly point of interest attraction features something for all interests and ages, making the perfect attraction to stop by. You certainly do get a feel and touch of life way back.

There is a café in the next building with friendly staff and good prices and accommodation in a number of cottages in the precinct.

Be sure to visit the lighthouse further along the road as well. The view from the lighthouse is magnificently spectacular.

Do keep your eye out on the carpark next to the café. If you see the TasPort car parked there, it means the pilot is out and you are most likely to see a big container ship go by!

Image Courtesy from Low Head Pilot Station Maritime Museum Facebook
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Why? Perfect point of interest for maritime enthusiasts
When: All year round- Closed Christmas Day: 10am-5pm
Phone: (03) 6382 1143
Where: 399 Low Head Road, Low Head
Cost: Adults: $5pp, Concession: $4pp, Children: $3pp & Family: $15
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