George Town is one of the oldest European settlements in Australia. It was first settled in 1804, two years before Launceston.
As early as 1804 William Paterson camped on the site and by 1811 a permanent settlement had been established by Lachlan Macquarie and named after the English king, George III.
Paterson ran the HMS Buffalo aground at York Cove and, apparently nonplussed by his misfortune, duly ran up the flag, fired three volleys in the air, and played the national anthem. A memorial to the event stands on Esplanade North at Windmill Point - continue west down Macquarie Street from the Main Road.
In The Savage Crows, the novelist Robert Drewe paints a rather grim picture of George Town in the 1830s. He describes it as 'a dull, lifeless place, few people remaining there except those connected with the Government. There was a good wooden jetty and a gaol but no church. The only other major buildings were the lunatic asylum and the female factory, both swarming with inmates.'
George Town is a must visit and accommodation considerations will have to include Low Head.