Climb aboard... MATTHEW FLINDERS sloop NORFOLK

The Bass and Flinders Centre is centrally located in George Town on Tasmania’s Tamar River. A must see hands on display. In 1798, the explorers Bass and Flinders were dispatched to ‘Van Diemen’s Land’ to ascertain if Tasmania was an island or not.
They sailed with a crew of eight in Her Majesty’s Colonial Sloop Norfolk (built on Norfolk Island as seen on the video) into the Tamar River and anchored off what is now George Town.
The Centre is the proud home of the full size working replica of the sloop ‘Norfolk’.


The 1998,  200 year re-inactment of Norfolk on her circumnavigation of Tasmania ( Van Diemens Land)

Tom Thumb

The small rowing boat bought out from England by George Bass


The whale boat, captained by Kelly in mapping the west coast of Tasmania in 1815.

Bass and Flinders Centre wheelchair friendly

We are very wheelchair and elderly friendly with gentle sloping walkways.

Ticket Prices

  • Adult $10
  • Children $4
  • Concession $8
  • Family $24
  • Tour Groups please contact us

Opening Hours

 Mon – Frid 10am – 4pm


Weekends 11am – 2pm

Contact us

Contact us to see what we can do for you.  We can help you by giving you free advice on the various attractions in the area.

Spend some time exploring the local attractions

Get advice from the staff on places to see and plan to spend some time in the area.
Allow a lot of time to see, not only us, but all the attractions in the area.

Go off the beaten track

See the pine tree carving locals are familiar with, both in George Town and Low Head.

The heart of the wine region.

Tasmanian has some great wines that can be found in the Tamar Valley and regions only 30 mins drive along the Tamar or North East on the Bridport Road.


  • Norfolk
  • Elizabeth
  • Tom Thumb
  • Captains Cabin theatrette

Films to see

  • Life of Flinders
  • Building the replica Norfolk
  • The Navigators


  • Admin
  • Ph 03 63823792
  • Email

The Bass and Flinders Centre is operated by volunteers under a trust arrangement and is self funded.

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