Location: George Town
Distance from: Hobart - 250 km (3h8m), Launceston - 51 km (41m), Devonport - 107 km (1h27)
George Town is a picturesque little spot at the mouth of the indomitable Tamar River on Tasmania's north coast. Actually, the Tamar River isn't a river at all. It's really a tidal estuary that rises and falls with the tides of the Bass Strait. But George Town serves as the gateway to some of the most beautiful attractions on the whole island. With the beautiful Greens Beach, Briggs Reserve and Narawntapu National Park nearby, George Town is a smart base camp for your exploration of Tasmania's north.
It's recommended to drive north through the Tamar River Valley from Launceston to get to George Town and its Mount George Lookout. The Tamar River Region is chock full of vineyards creating some of the world's best cool climate wines. It's also packed with orchards and cider makers. Make sure to grab a bottle of wine and some dry ciders on your way up.
It's also recommended to head up to the Mount George Lookout right when you get into town as it allows you to see all the way to the mouth of the river and the Bass Strait and beyond. It's a great way to appreciate the lay of the land before your adventures on the north coast begin. The lookout is only a short detour off the main road, there's plenty of parking and it features a safe viewing platform. There are also picnic facilities so you might want to crack a cider for a snack with your family and friends.
The lookout is behind George Town on the eastern banks of the Tamar River. South of town on the on the A8 Highway, you'll find Mount George Road. Simply drive up the mountain for a few minutes to find the well-signposted lookout and its carpark.
The drive from Launceston is quick and rather scenic up the A8 Highway. The drive should only take 30 minutes over 49 kilometres. By how the crow flies, Devonport is very close to George Town, but the drive meanders through the rolling hills of the valley to cross the river's only bridge. The 104-kilometre drive takes about an hour and 20 minutes. Hobart is 3 hours away sitting 248 kilometres to the south.
You'll have to climb a short section of steep stairs to the lookout which requires a minimal level of fitness and mobility.