Bay of Fires and Binalong Bay
Named by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 regions in the world, the area is known as the gateway to the Bay of Fires. A slice of coastal heaven, the Bay of Fires stretches over 50km, extending from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point. The white sandy beaches. Lichen-covered granite boulders and crystal-clear waters provide the perfect conditions for swimming, snorkelling, surfing or relaxing on the shoreline.
One of the best ways to discover the stunning scenery in the region is along one of the many walking trails dotted throughout the town and its surrounding areas. Try the picturesque 1hr return trail which begins from St Helens Point Conservation Area and ends at local’s favourite Beerbarrel Beach, and takes in the spectacular Peron Dunes on route. Venture further west to visit the St Columba Falls State Reserve, where the towering trees and the cascading waters of the South George River make for a perfect picnic spot.
Wine and DineThe bustling oceanside town has no shortage of eateries to indulge, whatever your taste. If you’re looking for a unique experience, stop in at Skippers Floating Eatery. Moored at the marina, the boat turned restaurant serves up the freshest of all seafood, while offering beautiful bay views. Or sample the local grape at the Priory Ridge Wines, the only vineyard in St Helens.
Art and historyA town brimming with culture and history, St Helens History Room an excellent introduction to the region, housing relics from mining and maritime history, and pioneering times. While a visit to the Gallery Parnella showcases contemporary Tasmanian and Interstate artists, including painters, sculptors, ceramists, photographers and much more.
St Helens is truly an adventure-lovers paradise and provides the perfect locations for snorkelling, diving and biking. For keen divers, the region’s rich maritime history provides a plethora of shipwrecks to discover, with George’s Bay and the Bay of Fires a popular with locals and tourists alike. While the region’s mild climate, gently curving roads and incredible views create a superb environment for biking.
FishingBeing the second largest fishing port in Tasmania, it’s no surprise St Helens is well known for its game fishing. Anglers of all experiences can head out into the Tasman Sea on a fishing charter for the chance to catch deep sea fish, including yellowfin tuna and lobster. Or, for land-based fishing there are a number of jetty’s providing the ideal spot to cast a line and while away the day.
Where to stay?Set overlooking the stunning Georges Bay and close to the regions natural attractions, NRMA St Helens Waterfront Holiday Park location and range of accommodation – choose from cabins, studios, caravan and camping sites, and facilities, makes it the ideal destination for a relaxing break.
- Explore the renowned white sandy beaches along the Bay of Fires
- Hit the mountain bike track to find spectacular look out points
- Discover the stunning scenery with dedicated walking trails
- Sample fresh local seafood at Skippers Floating Eatery
- Dive into crystal-clear waters for scuba diving and snorkelling