Low Head Pilot Station

Low Head Pilot Station

Cottages + Cafe + Museum, Low Head

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Low Head Pilot Station, self contained Heritage cottages, Maritime Museum and Cafe is situated at the mouth of the Tamar River in northern Tasmania, perched at the Tamar River gateway.

Low Head Pilot Station is the oldest and longest active Pilot Station in Australia, dating back to 1805 and is still active today. Discover the history of Low Head Pilot Station at the Maritime Museum, stay with us and become part of its story. Immerse yourself in history and enjoy the pristine Tasmanian National Parks grounds.

The Home of adorable Fairy Penguins. We offer affordable beachfront self contained cottages by Low Head Lighthouse. Stunning water views within Tasmania National Park grounds. Book a local Penguin tour & discover the history of Low Head Pilot Station.

Venture up to gaze at Low Head Lighthouse, the third Lighthouse built in Australia (1833) and look out over the sparkling Bass Strait – or even book our Light Keeper’s Cottage next to the Lighthouse.


At Low Head Pilot Station you will find a diverse range of historical accommodation along with a choice of fun things to do on your holiday. This is a popular choice for families and romantic couples, as well as business groups looking for comfortable escapes. The beds are comfy, the Fairy Penguins are cute to watch, there are plenty of fun things to do and the food is delicious.

If you’d like help planning your relaxing holiday, please contact us to discuss your options.


Great-value beach front accommodation with penguins on your doorstep! Join a Penguin Tour every evening at sunset. See the cutest penguins in the world within a short stroll from your front door. Low Head is one of the few places in the world where you can get up close to these Little Blue Penguins.


Our on-site fully licensed restaurant/cafe makes it easy for you to enjoy delicious food that has been thoughtfully created with local produce.

Sip local wine from the Tasmanian Tamar Valley or locally roasted coffee and dine on calamari and cake while looking out over the Tamar River in the on-site cafe.

Join us for our monthly decadent three-course Seafood Evening at our on site restaurant. Pair with a night’s stay for a romantic couples getaway or a well deserved catch up with friends.







Low Head Historic Site

A village of distinctive red and white convict built cottages nestles at the striking kanamaluka/River Tamar estuary, north of George Town, Tasmania. Stroll the lawns and admire the Low Head Pilot Station. Continue on to the Low Head Light Station, majestically perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking Bass Strait.

This maritime precinct has been fundamental to Australia’s history; Batman and Faulkner sailed past Low Head, Tasmania, on their way to found Melbourne in 1835. The port dates back to 1805 with the Pilot Station running since then.  The Light Station has been running continuously since 1833.

Low Head Pilot Station Maritime Museum

Located in the historic Pilot’s Row,  the museum is managed by a local volunteer group, the Low Head Pilot Station Support Group Inc. Encompassing Pilot’s Row, the Storage Sheds, Boat Shed and associated artefacts, the museum is open daily and operates tours for visitors. 

The museum has a collection of artefacts that reflect the era of sail and steam vessels. The accompanying tales of pilots, shipwrecks, explorers, lighthouse keepers and captains that forged their names into Australia’s maritime history will give you a sense of the characters that shaped Tasmania. If you visit the Light Station at noon on a Sunday you will be treated to the sound of the only operating foghorn in the Southern Hemisphere. For more information, see the Museum website​