Low Head

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Low Head
Low Head Pilot Station.JPG
Low Head Pilot Station
Low Head is located in Tasmania
Low Head
Low Head
Coordinates41°4′0″S 146°48′0″E / 41.06667°S 146.80000°E / -41.06667; 146.80000Coordinates: 41°4′0″S 146°48′0″E / 41.06667°S 146.80000°E / -41.06667; 146.80000
Population572 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation28 m (92 ft)[2]
LGA(s)George Town Council
State electorate(s)Bass
Federal division(s)Bass
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
16.2 °C
61 °F
9.5 °C
49 °F
677.5 mm
26.7 in
Localities around Low Head:
Bass Strait Bass Strait Bass Strait
Tamar River Low Head George Town
Tamar River George Town George Town

Low Head is a rural residential locality in the local government area (LGA) of George Town in the Launceston LGA region of Tasmania. The locality is about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) north of the town of George Town. The 2016 census provides a population of 572 for the state suburb of Low Head.[1] It is a suburb of George Town, on a peninsula at the mouth of the Tamar River.

It is a popular snorkel and scuba diving area during much of the year, with extensive wide, unspoiled beaches.

The area also has a lighthouse, beaches and a colony of little penguins (Eudyptula minor).

The foghorn, a Chance Bros. 'Type G' diaphone at Low Head Lighthouse, is the only operable foghorn of its type and is popular with tourists as it is sounded at noon every Sunday.


Low Head was gazetted as a locality in 1967.[3] The first Low Head Post Office opened on 12 September 1887 and closed in 1894.[4] In 1996 the MV Iron Baron ran aground on Hebe Reef, off Low Head, causing the worst oil disaster in Australia's history.


The waters of the Tamar River estuary (also known as Port Dalrymple) and Bass Strait form the western to north-eastern boundaries. The George Town Aerodrome is within the locality.[5]

Road infrastructure[edit]

Route A8 (Low Head Road) runs through from south-west to north-west, where it terminates.[3][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "2016 Census Quick Stats Low Head (Tas.)". quickstats.censusdata.abs.gov.au. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  2. ^ Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 2007-11-10
  3. ^ a b "Placenames Tasmania – Low Head". Placenames Tasmania. Select “Search”, enter "1101W", click “Search”, select row, map is displayed, click “Details”. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  4. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
  5. ^ Google (2 April 2021). "Low Head, Tasmania" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Tasmanian Road Route Codes" (PDF). Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment. May 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 August 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2021.

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