Low Head Pilot Station
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Low Head Pilot Station

399 Low Head Rd, Low Head, Tasmania 7253 Australia
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view over pilot station
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Great view.  Service and food really good.  Coffee is Lavazza.  Good drop!
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Charming
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Languages Spoken
English
Property amenities
Free parking
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Coffee shop
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Restaurant
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Seating area
Kitchenette
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Non-smoking rooms

Location

399 Low Head Rd, Low Head, Tasmania 7253 Australia
Getting there
Car recommended
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LeonieshorncliffeQLD wrote a review June 2021
Brisbane, Australia1,231 contribution177 helpful votes
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
We chose the Queenslander for 3 nights stay as it was in the wine region and right on Bass Strait. We stayed in Winter and it certainly was rugged and windy which we enjoyed. The onsite café was not open during our stay so we were aware we would need to provision ourselves but we did get a breakfast basket included for our first morning which was on the table after we collected the key via a security box.
This is a very large and very old house with the bathroom by the entry door and the 4 bedrooms down a hallway beyond the kitchen. There was an extra powder room in the hallway. The house has central heating so it was very warm but it would have been nice to be able to light the fire in the fireplace. This isn't an option.
The house has an old world charm but it is more rustic than luxurious and they have used minimal decor and details.
The view over Bass Strait and the mouth of the Tamar river from the wrap around balcony was amazing but the windows in the house itself are small (classic of the era). The walk to the beach just down the hill was very picturesque and there was quite a lot of wildlife around.
You are quite isolated out here except for the tourists visiting the lighthouse on the hill next door. It was quiet during June. Bill gave us some good recommendations of restaurants to go to via email before we arrived and they were good but about 30mins drive away.
We had a couple of issues, including a field mouse and the bathroom shower drain blocking up, which we were told was probably a plumbing issue rather than a blocked drain on check out. I would recommend it but I am not sure I would stay again.
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Date of stay: June 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Pierre SX wrote a review Feb 2021
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nobody does authentic like Tasmania. If you're the type who shuns the theme park holiday then the Pilot Station might just be the place for you.
We were blown away by the immaculately presented grounds and historic buildings and were more than pleasantly surprised by our accommodation for the next two nights. Our digs (Boat Crew West) were one half of one of the original buildings and comprised a large kitchen/dining area, very generous full bathroom with a deep bath, shower and toilet. Strangely, in a room this size, there was no vanity to put toiletries, just a basin that filled the pedestal it was on. We also scored a good sized loungeroom with gas fire and TV and a good sized bedroom with a very comfy double bed . The decor was modern without overwhelming the historic feel. We loved the polished timber flooring throughout but you'll need to watch your step going from the dining area to the loungeroom. I kept tripping up the small step, entirely my own fault. We also had lovely views from all rooms.
The place was clean, quiet and lovely to come back to at the end of the day.
An added bonus was the one minute walk to the very nice cafe/restaurant and museum on site.
If you're a fan of lighthouses, you'll be spoilt for choice, they were everywhere, Low Head is a pretty dangerous spot for sea vessels .
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Date of stay: February 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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PeterLangston wrote a review Feb 2023
Tamworth, Australia1,070 contribution286 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
From there we went to the oldest, continuously functioning Pilot station in Australia, the Low Head Pilot Station. It’s a collection of buildings, all of which served specific purposes in past days but now house a cafe, tourist accommodation and a rather well curated museum. Set out into themed rooms, there is just the right mix of written information and interesting artefacts. Outside, we watched a big freighter coming down the Tamar and a Pilot boat joining it to safely guide it through the many obstacles contained inside and at the entrance to the river. Bell Bay, on the Tamar, is Tasmania’s busiest sea port.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Hannah wrote a review Dec 2020
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed at the Queenslander - Gorgeous views but cannot say the same for the state of the house. The house itself is amazing, old & comforting but on arrival, we were met with dead flies & spiders all over the benches, cobwebs hanging down from all the door frames, dirty wooden floors all throughout the house, dirty dining room table, dirty glassware so we used plastic cups instead, beds were dusty in all rooms and my bed was missing a towel (lucky i bought my own along as there were no spares anywhere in the house). Also the property had one small bin in the pantry to last 8 adults a whole weekend (also no rubbish or recycling wheelie bins like last time). 2 toilets and only one roll of toilet paper in each, no spares, Carpet in lounge room covered in stains, We had previously stayed in this property and it was amazing! But after this disappointing stay this time round, we will not be staying again. For the large price paid, you expect to not have to clean accommodation on arrival.
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Date of stay: December 2020
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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MAW wrote a review Jan 2023
Melbourne, Australia351 contributions87 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here to do the penguin Tour, the cottage has been upgraded to include modern cons. Very little bench space to prepare any meals or put anything you may not like to leave in your car.
Tip, if you are older and require going to the toilet during the night, not only is the bedroom the room furthest away there is also a step down from the lounge area to the kitchen that you may well forget about if you are half asleep. The second night l put a chair in the doorway to remind me.
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Date of stay: November 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nevest61 wrote a review May 2022
Gold Coast, Australia285 contributions153 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We enjoyed one night in the school house. It was typical of a old weatherboard home from yesteryear, high ceilings in most rooms and unique furnishings. The heating in the kitchen and bedroom was excellent, the lounge was a large room facing the ocean with great views. This is such a unique place to stay situated right on the beach front. Highly recommend this as a unique experience.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The cafe isn’t always open. The Low Head Penguin Tour is just up the road and well worth doing.
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stueyde wrote a review Dec 2023
Melbourne, Australia63 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The museum is an interesting little place full of fun and interactive stuff for kids too. Well maintained and easy to follow.
In general a good place to visit with children. The need to 200 characters means I have to write this but which is silly
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Patricia Arnold wrote a review Sept 2023
Cleveland, Australia1,224 contribution369 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved the location of the Pilot’s Cottage/House at Low Head. Check in was easy through the machine at the Cafe, however, the sign on the house says Pilot’s Cottage, and our key said Pilots House. As there were many different forms of accommodation at this property, I would have liked the key to match the sign as we were tired from our travels.

We were freezing and as our luggage had not made the flight to Tasmania with us, only had the clothes on our backs. My husband is an electrician, and could not get the air con/reverse cycle to heat. There are no fireplaces in this house either. It is a LARGE house with a lot of bedrooms. I can’t imagine staying here in winter without heat. It actually detracted from our experience. Thank goodness the bed had electric blankets. The fridge was stocked with our requests from the provisions. Thank you.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Helen H wrote a review Apr 2019
Hobart, Australia16 contributions11 helpful votes
+1
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I checked out the reviews of Low Head Pilot Station accommodation; most reviewers appear to be very satisfied. The Light Keepers house sleeps 9, there is only one toilet, and only one toilet roll on arrival; don't arrive late. We had to buy a broom to sweep the floor during our stay and a shower caddy for at least aged members of our group as there was nowhere to put the soap! The front foyer is a disgrace as are the signs ordering everyone what to do and not to do, the furniture is filthy with stains, inadequate lighting in the kitchen and a pretty crappy stove along with bargain basement cutlery, glassware and crockery. There's a missing gate which allows tourists to enter the back yard of the house, and the list goes on; including a clothes airer (not dryer as advertised) held together with wool yarn! This showcases Tasmania's heritage??? It needs a thorough clean of window sills, windows, doors, air con, etc. and items repaired such as broken furniture, porch doors and crockery. At a cost of $1050 for 4 nights as opposed to $1400 for 7 nights at the Balmoral Estate, Scotland, it just doesn't compare. Come on Van Dieman Land Estates, put some money and pride into the enterprise.
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Date of stay: April 2019
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Look elsewhere
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Rowena A wrote a review Oct 2016
4 contributions2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Visited the Pilot Station cafè today. Some of the reviews on here recommend the cafè: I recommend you do not go. I ordered a scallop pie, a personal favourite of mine at other cafès and bakeries. However, not here. My pie was watery and the scallops were tiny. (Attached is a picture of my misfortunate pie). Atmosphere is lacking. Service needs work. If you want a nice scallop pie, go to Tamar Cakes. Don't waste your time going here.
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Date of stay: October 2016Trip type: Travelled solo
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Answer from tchrs
Tucson, Arizona481 contributions220 helpful votes
Only by calling during the day. Nobody there after about 7pm.
Tessa W asked a question Apr 2017
Launceston, Australia53 contributions14 helpful votes
We have very small non shedding dog. Are we able to bring her?
Answer from tchrs
Tucson, Arizona481 contributions220 helpful votes
Give them a call. Some last year yes.
Nevest61 wrote a tip May 2022
Gold Coast, Australia285 contributions153 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The cafe isn’t always open. The Low Head Penguin Tour is just up the road and well worth doing."
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Helen H wrote a tip Apr 2019
Hobart, Australia16 contributions11 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Look elsewhere"
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bj1d2 wrote a tip Feb 2018
Brisbane, Australia64 contributions70 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Perhaps staying in one of the other buildings at Low Head Pilot Station maybe better"
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PerthVijay wrote a tip Jan 2018
PERTH AUSTRALIA340 contributions46 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Best Views"
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John T wrote a tip Nov 2016
Newtown, New South Wales, Australia12 contributions6 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take a mask and cleaning gear, or go somewhere else"
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PRICE RANGE
AU$192 - AU$230 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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Frequently Asked Questions about Low Head Pilot Station
Which popular attractions are close to Low Head Pilot Station?
Nearby attractions include Bass & Flinders Maritime Museum (5.2 km), The Low Head Lighthouse (1.1 km), and Low Head Pilot Station Maritime Museum (0.01 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Low Head Pilot Station?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Low Head Pilot Station?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Low Head Pilot Station?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Low Head Pilot Station?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Low Head Pilot Station?
Conveniently located restaurants include George Town Seafoods Pty Ltd, Gray's Hotel, and Cafe 1069.
Are there any historical sites close to Low Head Pilot Station?
Many travellers enjoy visiting York Town Historic Site (10.0 km).
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