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George Town Watch House
George Town Watch House

George Town Watch House Tours and Activities

Established back in 1804 when Tasmania was still called Van Dieman’s Land, George Town is one of Australia’s oldest and most historic settlements. Here on the grounds of the George Town Watch House, a gaol was established for housing convicts and putting them to work—which earned it the moniker of “female factory” for its number of female convicts.

When visiting George Town Watch House today, step inside a cell to experience the lives of early convicts, and look at a model of how the complex was laid out in the 1800s. Much more than simply a jail, the watch house is also indicative of life in 19th century Australia, from the types of chores the prisoners were tasked with, to the harsh realities of living on such an isolated coast. For many years this was the only jail in Tasmania’s entire Tamar Valley, and while small in appearance when viewed from outside, the George Town Watch House is a fascinating stop for history buffs, families, curious travelers, or anyone fans of colonial heritage.

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Monday-Friday 10am-3pm, weekends 1-3pm
84-86 Macquarie Street, George Town, Tasmania, Australia, 7253

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What are George Town Watch House hours of operation?
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George Town Watch House hours of operation: Monday-Friday 10am-3pm, weekends 1-3pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.