Perched at the top of Tasmania, where the pounding waters of Bass Strait frequently whip the ocean into a frenzy, the Low Head pilot station serves an important duty.
Since 1805 this small station has protected ships entering the mouth of the Tamar River, making it the country's oldest pilot and signal station.
While its job continues, today it has been protected within the Low Head Conservation Area, offering a unique day out just 40-minutes from the Launceston CBD.
History buffs will love wandering among the well-preserved buildings, where you can learn about the legends of the region and its convict-built buildings.
More than just a place of great historical significance, this atmospheric site includes some of the regions best beaches that occupy vast sweeps around the headland, meaning it's possible to find a spot entirely to yourself regardless of the time of year.
But perhaps the best way to enjoy the area is staying in one of its nine charming cottages that range from romantic one bedroom retreats to a four-bedroom pilot's cottage with room for the whole family.
By staying overnight you can make the most of the area, including getting up close to the resident fairy penguin colony that waddle on shore as the sun sets.
No matter how long the visit, make sure you call by the museum that occupies the 1835 convict-built Pilots' Row, the oldest and largest building on the site.
Here you can hear stories about the Tamar River's rich shipping history while exploring extensive displays of relics from the days of sail and steam.
Children will love the hands-on displays that include trying out the fog horn, ring the ship's bell and sending messages in Morse code.
With an onsite cafe that even serves up a glass of local wine, this iconic site makes the perfect day out when exploring northern Tasmania.