Built around 1860, Ben Hyron’s Cottage provides historic accommodation in the heart of George Town, Tasmania, the island state of Australia.
Up to five guests can enjoy the cosy colonial ambience of Ben Hyron’s Cottage with three bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and delightful private garden. The peaceful Cottage features an open fireplace made from convict bricks (firewood supplied), many original features and loads of colonial charm. It is located just one block from the main shopping street, where you can pick up local Tamar Valley fruit, produce and wines.
Ben Hyron’s Cottage is the oldest weatherboard structure remaining in the town. Learn about Ben Hyron, who built the Cottage. He was transported from England to Tasmania in 1818 for passing counterfeit coins, then pardoned in 1832. He ran many successful businesses, including pubs and stage coach runs, and moved to George Town in 1855.
Escape to this era, as you sit in the original rooms Ben built and enjoy warmth from an open fire, some Tasmanian cheese and fruit and a glass of world-class Tamar Valley wine.
The Cottage is an excellent base to visit the many attractions of the Tamar Valley including beaches, wineries, sailing and museums. View the fairy penguins as they swim in from Bass Strait every evening (5 minute drive). Explore the Bass & Finders Centre in George Town. Wander the rolling beaches of the north coast, visit the seahorse farm, the lavender estate and the North-East Wine Trail. Cook up some of the local produce in the fully-equipped kitchen, or simply relax in the extensive garden.
The cottage is situated 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of Launceston in one of Australia’s oldest towns, founded in 1804.
Ben Hyron’s Cottage, in the heart of George Town, is an excellent base from which to explore the town and its surroundings, and the many features of the beautiful Tamar Valley and north-eastern Tasmania.
For a special twist in wildlife viewing, try these unique attractions near George Town:
• Fairy Penguins swim in each night from the cold waters of Bass Strait - at at Low Head (5 minutes drive).
• The fascinating Seahorse Farm and Platypus House are both at Beauty Point, a short drive (7 kms) to the West Tamar.
Tasmania’s history goes back to 1804 with the settlement of Hobart, and George Town was settled in the same year. Its historical links thus go back to convict times. The town also has a proud maritime history, situated as it is at the mouth of the Tamar River, with ships still being piloted in from the wild Bass Strait seas.
• At Low Head, visit the historic Pilot’s Station for its museum, cafe, historic buildings and the 19-metre lighthouse.
• In George Town, the Bass & Flinders Centre gives a glimpse into the maritime past of the town, and houses a full-sized replica of the sloop ‘Norfolk’ in which Tasmania was first circumnavigated.
• The Old Watch House in Macquarie Street, George Town, is the home of the local historical society with fascinating displays from the convict era.
• Hear the story and see the house from which John Batman sailed to found Melbourne.
• Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre is a short 12 km drive.
From unexplored wilderness to elegant art galleries, Tasmania has activities for every taste. Here are just a few suggestions near George Town:
• Swimming and surfing - at the ocean beaches of Bass Strait such as East Beach and Bell Buoy Beach; or the more sheltered family beaches such as Lagoon Beach and Second Sands; or even the local swimming pool.
• Sailing - contact the local Sailing Club, or check when one of the fabulous rigged sailing ships is touching port at Low Head.
• Walking the long, untouched beaches of northern Tasmania, from Five-Mile-Beach, to Bridport, to the famous Bay of Fires Walk in the north east.
• Beachcombing - for rock pools, seaweed and shells, the beaches are endlessly interesting. Spot a fur seal frolicking in the river mouth.
• Visit Bridestowe Lavender Farm, in amazing bloom in January, interesting all year.
• Hiking in nearby Notley Fern Gorge State Reserve.
• Serious trekking in the Great Western Tiers (50 kms).
• Cave tours at Mole Creek (50 kms).
• Antique hunting through the small towns of the Tamar Valley and Tasmanian Midlands.
• Must-see art galleries in Launceston include the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, a branch of the Tasmanian Museum; and the Tasmanian Design Centre featuring Tasmania’s rare and unique woods.
• Take a driving tour of the West Tamar, meandering through small villages, past vineyards and cellar doors, historic old pubs, special bakeries, craft shops, and spectacular look-outs.
Food & Wine
Tasmania is world famous for its pure fresh foods, ranging from seafoods, beef, lamb, cheese, dairy products, stone fruits, berries, apples, vegetables and rare foods including saffron, truffles and ginseng, and its cold climate wines, especially pinot noir.
• The North East Wine Trail takes you to the vineyards and cellar doors of such well known Tasmanian wine labels as Jansz and Piper’s Brook.
• The Tamar Valley is home to dozens of small boutique wineries, fascinating to explore.
• Pick-your-own strawberries (in season) at nearby Hillwood.
• Visit the Raspberry Farm at Christmas Hills for fabulous fruit and treats.
• Local fish, fresh daily, sold from the fishermen’s own boats.
• Amongst many Tasmanian dairies, try Ashgrove’s at Elizabeth Town for a huge range of delicious cheeses.
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