Bay of Fires

Awarded one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

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Bay of Fires, perfect clean white sandy beaches and the famous red rocks on the east coast of Tasmania.

Great Walks of Australia (Bay of Fires Lodge Walk)
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Picnic at Bay of Fires
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The Bay of Fires is a bay on the northeastern coast of Tasmania, extending from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point.
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Great Walks of Australia (Bay of Fires Lodge Walk)
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Bay of Fires with its unique and eye-popping colours is a slice of coastal wonderland. Famous for its orange lichen-covered granite boulders, miles of snow white sandy beaches and crystal clear turquoise ocean.

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Bay of Fires

Home to what is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the Bay of Fires is not to be missed during your Tasmanian holiday. There is a reason it was named by ‘Lonely Planet’ as the world’s hottest travel destination.

Bay of Fires , Tasmania, AustraliaThe Bay’s iconic name comes from Captain Tobias Furneaux as he sailed past in 1773, spotting Aboriginal fires lighting up the coast line. Evidence of these first Tasmanian inhabitants in the form of shell and bone piles (middens) are dotted in and among the grass. The name could also apply to the brilliant orange lichen that grows on the granite boulders lining the bay.

The Bay of Fires is located on the northeastern coast of Tasmania. It includes a gorgeous coastline that stretches over 50 kilometres from Binalong Bay in the south to Eddystone Point in the north. The northern section of the bay is part of Mount William National Park; the southern end is a conservation area. The conservation area is divided into three sections, with Ansons Bay dividing the southern and northern ends. Drawing in visitors for decades, this popular conservation reserve is actually a string of breathtakingly beautiful beaches, interspersed by lagoons and rocky bluffs. Famous for the orange lichen-covered granite boulders, combined with the powder-white sand and turquoise waters, this ideal setting is a spectacular place to soak in the sensational views and experience a dreamlike walk along the beach. These magnificent secluded beaches and inlets are a sight to behold and give the Bay of Fires its reputation as one of the most pristine natural wonders of the world.

Activities and Things to See and Do

Binalong Bay is the area’s main beach and a wonderful spot for swimming or surfing. Abundant marine life and clear waters around the offshore reefs also make for terrific diving and snorkeling conditions.

Head inland for a bit to explore the serene rural valley of Priory. Travel through the Mt Pearson Reserve and experience a local wine tasting at the cellar door.

In the northern end you’ll find Ansons Bay, a quiet holiday hamlet that is renowned for fishing and boating whilst the Ansons Bay Lagoon is a perfect haven for kayaking. If you have a license, you can catch some dinner to enjoy on the beach, as the bay is rich with crays and abalone.

Consider driving along the coast to the Gardens for a scenic glimpse of deserted sands and visiting Eddystone Point, just north of Ansons Bay, where the iconic lighthouse sits. Witness a sunset on one of the secluded inlets.

There’s a wealth of local wildlife to see on self-guided and guided walks in this untouched wilderness. Popular for bushwalking and bird-watching, the Humbug Point heathlands attract a diverse range of birdlife including Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos, Wattlebirds, Honeyeaters, and magnificent seabirds such as the White-bellied Sea Eagle. In the springtime, keep your eyes open for the native orchids in bloom. Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Simon Kenny & Great Walks of Australia.

Getting there

Bay of Fires is approximately 4 hours from Hobart and 3 hours from Launceston. Binalong Bay is less than a ten minute drive from St Helens.

Accommodation Offerings

You can easily explore the bay from your base in St. Helens or Binalong Bay. Accommodation options are plentiful, including holiday homes, campsites, eco-lodges or even glam camping.

St. Helens is located at the southern entrance to the conservation area and offers more options with additional services and facilities. Alternatively, some of the best free camping in all of Tasmania can be found in the Bay of Fires. Camping sites are located in the southern and middle sections of the conservation area, or in the adjoining Mt William National Park at the Bay’s northern end. Toilet facilities are available in the southern beach sites. Image thanks to:Tourism Tasmania and Supplied Courtesy of Ratho Farm.

Where to Eat

Nearby St. Helens and Binalong Bay provide an array of options including cafes, bakeries, seafood, Chinese, Indian, Italian, and of course Australian. The cool-climate wine making has produced some award-winning nectar that should also be savored while you’re in the region.

Bay of Fires

what to do

wukalina Walk

The Walk is the first of its kind in Australia – designed, owned and operated by the Aboriginal
community. The purpose of the Walk is to deliver a cultural experience that deepens un-
derstanding of palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) culture and community, while showcasing the
natural beauty of the wukalina and larapuna/Bay of Fires areas.

palawa people are the only group of humans to evolve in isolation for over 10,000 years –
their culture and heritage is distinctively different from mainland Aboriginal cultures, both
in traditional times and since European occupation. Contemporary palawa culture is most
strongly tied to this part of Tasmania, which incorporates the Furneaux Islands.

The wukalina Walk is a three night – four day, fully inclusive guided walk, incorporating
coastal and inland aspects of the famous Bay of Fires region – the cultural homeland of the
palawa.

Up to ten guests and two guides spend two nights in bespoke palawa inspired (domed) huts,
within a standing camp in the National Park, and one night in a meticulously renovated
Lighthouse Keepers Cottage on Aboriginal held land at larapuna/Eddystone Point.

The structure and delivery of the Walk is along the same lines as more established walks
such as, the Bay of Fires Walk, the Freycinet Experience Walk and the Maria Island Walk.

 

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Bay of Fires and Mt William National Park 4 day walking holiday

Bay of Fires - Mt William National Park

The Bay of Fires and Mt William National Park is a truly stunning walking destination. The conservation area contains rocky gullies, with many small secluded beaches and inlets to explore. It has beautiful beaches and a wealth of local bird life and wildlife.

Our four day walk includes accommodation in lovely farmhouse-style accommodation in Mussell Roe Bay plus all meals.

Relax, unwind and unplug in one of the world’s most beautiful coastal walks.

 

Tour inclusions:

  • Three nights at Icena Farm House (twin share unless single room organised at time of booking)
  • All transport and guiding
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners, plus plenty of fresh fruit, trail mix and nibbles
  • Visit the pink granite lighthouse at Eddystone Point, stunning Mt William National Park and beautiful Anson’s Bay
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4 Day Walking Holiday

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3 Day - North East Tasmania - Bay of Fires and Freycinet Peninsula

This tour starts and finishes in Launceston. 3 Days (2 nights in private camps) Departs Launceston approx 8.30am Day 1 – Returns Launceston approx 4.30pm Day 3. In three adventurous days, we visit some amazing cool temperate rainforests, wonderful waterfalls and world class beaches. A full day is reserved for exploring Freycinet Peninsula’s longer walks where we’ll climb up through the Hazards to view magical Wineglass Bay or walk the whole circuit. Each day we participate in walks from 3 – 5 hours and travel by mini van or four-wheel-drive.

We begin by leaving Launceston approx 8.00am and head to Bay of Fires. End the first day by staying at a Bay of Fires Bush Camp. On day 2 we head on to the Freycinet peninsula. Drive down the scenic east coast on dazzling blue waters and white sands exploring coastal towns and beaches along the way. Enjoy dinner around the campfire at a Private Safari Camp. On our third day, we get to explore the East Coast and Bay of Fires and experience the Wineglass Bay – Hazards beach loop walk and enjoy a great lunch on the beach before completing the loop track. A transfer back to Launceston via Campbell Town will complete your adventure

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Bay of Fires

Where to Stay

Tidal Waters Resort

Situated in St Helens, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Percy Steel Reserve, St Helens History and Visitor Information Centre, and St Helens Waterfront. Cerise Brook Orchard and Family Golf Course is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.
Along with a restaurant, this smoke-free hotel has an outdoor pool and a bar/lounge. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include conference space, laundry facilities, and a 24-hour front desk.
All 60 individually decorated rooms feature free WiFi and DVD players. Guests can appreciate conveniences like sitting areas and refrigerators, and other amenities include balconies and TVs.

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Villa Vista

Binalong Bay - North East Coast

Situated in Binalong Bay, this beach villa is 0.2 km from Binalong Bay and within 15 km of Percy Steel Reserve and St Helens History and Visitor Information Centre. St Helens Waterfront and Cerise Brook Orchard and Family Golf Course are also within 15 km.
Along with laundry facilities, this smoke-free villa has tour/ticket assistance and barbecue grills. Self parking is free.
The villa provides a kitchen with a refrigerator, a stovetop, a microwave, and a dishwasher. For a bit of entertainment, an LCD TV comes with a DVD player, and guests can also appreciate conveniences like 2 bathrooms and a washer/dryer.

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Pelican Sands Scamander

Situated on the beach, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Scamander River Golf Club and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Winifred Curtis Scamander Reserve. Henderson Lagoon and Four Mile Creek Lookout are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Along with a seasonal outdoor pool, this apartment building has laundry facilities and a garden. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include barbecue grills and a picnic area.
Each apartment provides a TV with a DVD player, plus a kitchen with a refrigerator, a stovetop, and a microwave. Comforts include a pillowtop bed and Egyptian cotton sheets, and also available are free WiFi and a coffee/tea maker.

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Bed in the Treetops Bed & Breakfast

Binalong Bay - North East Coast

Situated near the beach, this luxury bed & breakfast is 3.4 km from Binalong Bay and within 10 km of Percy Steel Reserve and St Helens History and Visitor Information Centre. St Helens Waterfront and Cerise Brook Orchard and Family Golf Course are also within 15 km.
Free breakfast, free self parking, and free WiFi in public areas are available at this bed & breakfast. A manager’s reception is free.
Housekeeping is available once per stay.

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