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Kelso: Where To Go / Sightseeing

kanamaluka Trail

To know Tasmania, is to know its coastline, and this has never been so accessible since the opening of the kanamaluka Trail. Running 6kms from George Town to Low Head, the trail takes in some of the most beautiful and interesting sights of the Tamar Valley - Lagoon Beach, Windmill Point and York Cove. Along its route are museums, historic buildings, nature reserves and the shopping precinct. Continuing to attract tourists and locals, the kanamaluka Trail is enjoyed for walking and cycling and gentle recreational exercise.
Contact the Visitor Information Centre if you wish to hire a bike and ride from George Towns York cove to Low Head's Light House.... what other way would you experience it.

Esplanade North
George Town, TAS, 7253

Located 2.0K from Kelso

Bass and Flinders Centre

The Bass and Flinders Centre is centrally located in George Town on Tasmania's Tamar River. In 1798, the explorers Bass and Flinders were dispatched to 'Van Diemen's Land' to ascertain if Tasmania was an island or not. They sailed with a crew of eight in Her Majesty's Colonial Sloop Norfolk right into the Tamar River and anchored off what is now George Town.
In 1998, Bern Cuthbertson in the replica Norfolk, re-enacted the Bass and Flinders journey. Like Bass and Flinders, Bern established a relationship with George Town and asked if she could be berthed on the banks of the Tamar at George Town.
Bern and his team of volunteers in Hobart constructed the replica Norfolk. The hull is Huon Pine and the mast and deck are made out of Celery Top Pine. Not a screw or a nail was used - trunnels or treenails hold the vessel together.
The Bass and Flinders Centre is now the home of the replica sloop 'Norfolk', together with the 'Elizabeth', a replica of the whale boat rowed by James Kelly around Tasmania; the ex-naval cutter 'Kenneth Dickenson'; two old racing 'fours'; a banana boat surfboard and the gentle 'Melanie' and many more.

8 Elizabeth Street
George Town, TAS, 7253

Located 2.5K from Kelso

Watch House - The

The Watch House at George Town in Northern Tasmania is the historic old gaol site and features a range of display's conveying the regions rich history.
The present building was built in 1843 and was reopened in 2004 as part of George Town's Bicentenary of European settlement. Features include a wonderful model village which allows visitors to imagine what early nineteenth century life was like in George Town, the acclaimed 'Departures and Arrivals' display describing the Female Factories and links to the convict experience, and a primitive cell where visitors can enter to get an idea of the tough life of prisoners awaiting trial. The Community History Room contains a wealth of local information for historians and those researching their ancestry.
The Watch House also houses changing displays featuring the best in Tasmanian arts and crafts.
Whether you are a local, former resident or first-time visitor to George Town, you are sure to find something of interest at The Watch House.

Corner of Sorell Street and Macquarie Street
George Town, TAS, 7253

Located 2.7K from Kelso

George Town to Low Head Kanamaluka Walking and Cycling Trail

The George Town to Low Head Kanamaluka Walking and Cycling Trail follows the Tamar River.
Suitable for walkers, runners and cyclists, this free and easily accessible trail was opened in 2011 and was designed to be used by people of all abilities. It is six kilometres in length and begins at York Cove in George Town. Cycling is one of the most enjoyable ways to experience the trail, and bicycle hire is available from the George Town Visitor Information Centre for use on the trail and around the George Town area.
The Kanamaluka trail links together key historical sites and areas of natural beauty and wildlife interest, such as Lagoon Bay, York Cove, Windmill Point and the Low Head Pilot Station. You will learn lots along the way about Tasmanian wildlife, colonial and convict history and how Tasmania communicates with the rest of the world.
Did you know that where the Tamar River meets Bass Strait, is one of the deepest points of the entire Bass Strait? This makes it popular for shipping and also highly rich in biodiversity, providing you with plenty to see whether it be marine vessels or wildlife.

92-96 Main Road
George Town, TAS, 7253

Located 3.9K from Kelso

Low Head Pilot Station Maritime Museum

On the picturesque Low Head Peninsula at the mouth of the Tamar River is Australia's oldest pilot station, dating from 1806. It is a delightful collection of cottages in a beautiful setting. The Museum occupies the 1835 convict-built Pilots' Row, the oldest and largest building on the site. It tells stories of shipping on the Tamar River, and has an extensive display of relics from the days of sail and steam.
The museum is well-suited for families, having something of interest for people of all ages. Children are encouraged to handle the ship's helm, operate the engine room telegraphs, sound the fog horn, ring the ship's bell and send messages in Morse Code. There is a collection of small craft in the boatshed (open on request) and other exhibits around the grounds.
Continue to the headland, past the old cable station to Australia's third oldest light station, with its grand lighthouse. Here is the only operating G-type fog horn in the Southern Hemisphere. It sounds at noon each Sunday.
Low Head is less than an hour from Launceston along the East Tamar Highway and only five kilometres from George Town which has museums, good accommodation and shopping facilities.

399 Low Head Road
Low Head, TAS, 7253

Located 4.1K from Kelso

Sculptured Gallery

We have created a gallery housing Tasmanian timber free-form sculptures, furniture, serving platters and boards, plus craft timber pieces and timber slabs for visitors to create their own artworks at home. We specialise in Huon Pine, Myrtle, Sassafras and Tasmanian Oak, but also have less well known varieties available. Our property also has a large park-like garden area adjacent to the gallery, for visitors to wander through.

11 Clarence Point Road
Clarence Point, TAS, 7270

Located 4.8K from Kelso

Low Head Foghorn

Each Sunday at noon, come and hear "the magnificent roar of a thousand elephants" echo through the Low Head area and beyond.
The Low Head Foghorn, at the mouth of the Tamar River, is a unique piece of Tasmania's maritime history.
The Foghorn was installed in 1929 and decommissioned in 1973. It was restored in early 2000 by a group of volunteers. It is the only operational G-type diaphone in the world. The building also houses a very rare Gardner model 2 DCR kerosene engine.
Under ideal conditions the Foghorn can be heard approximately 30 kilometres out to sea.
Hearing protection is recommended.
Enjoy the beautiful sea views from the headland and feel free to have a chat with the volunteers in attendance every Sunday at noon. At other times, use the QR codes on the signage to experience this unique attraction.
The associated Lighthouse was built in 1888, replacing the original 1833 convict-built structure. With an elevation of 43 metres, it dominates the headland.
Nearby, is the Low Head Pilot Station, commencing in 1805, it continues to provide pilotage for visiting ships.
You can visit the Maritime Museum and a have a light meal at the Coxswain's Cafe.

Light House Precinct
Low Head, TAS, 7253

Located 5.3K from Kelso

Kelso: Events

George Town Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea

Join the community of George Town for the 2019 Biggest Morning Tea. Only $5.00 per person for two hours of morning tea, social engagement, games and guest speakers.

Event Dates
      17th May

Macquarie Street
George Town, TAS, 7253

Located 2.7K from Kelso

Convicts and Wenches Beach Run

A running event commemorating our convict heritage. Contestants are encouraged to wear fancy dress and to participate in the Woolmers Estate fancy dress competition. Surplus proceeds go to Wombat Rescue Tasmania.

Event Dates
      28th Apr

Greens Beach Road

Located 4.5K from Kelso

Kelso: Travel Tips

George Town Visitor Information Centre

The George Town Visitor Information Centre helps over 10,000 people a year with brochures, maps, bookings and travel information. The volunteers are all local experts, experienced in what George Town and it's surroundings has to offer, such as attractions, tours and places to stay.
If you have your holiday planned and just need to make your bookings, or are still in the early stages of planning and simply want some great tips on making the most of your time in Tasmania, then get in touch with their team of volunteers at the Information Centre!
Open seven days a week, 9am to 4pm, closing only for Christmas Day and Good Friday.
George Town is a 40-minute drive from Launceston on the A8 East Tamar Highway.

92-96 Main Road
George Town, TAS, 7253

Located 3.9K from Kelso

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