St. Helens

Deep ocean adventure near the Bay of Fires.

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St Helens - Peron Sand Dunes
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Gina Fynearts

Kiss A Fish Cooking School - Offering classes where you can learn how to prepare and cook a perfect meal from seafood fresh from the pristine Tasmanian ocean. Set overlooking the ocean and the famous orange lichen covered rocks of Bay of Fires.
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett

Binalong Bay - St Helens is the gateway to the breathtaking Bay of Fires and Binalong Bay one of the most scenic and beautiful places in Tasmania. Famous for its eye-popping orange lichen covered boulders, miles of snow white sandy beaches and crystal clear turquoise ocean.
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The sandy white beach of Binalong Bay
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Great Walks of Australia (Bay of Fires Lodge Walk)
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Georges Bay is known as the game fishing capital of Tasmania. Charter a fishing boat and go offshore for deep sea fishing for Albacore Yellowfin Tuna or throw a line of the jetty for some family fishing fun. The fish are always hungry and biting.
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leahy

Priory Ridge Wines - A small family run boutique vineyard and cellar door in the St. Helens area and part is of the Wine Drive/Trail on the Great Eastern Drive. Savour the depths of flavours of handcrafted cool climate wines that the East Coast is renown for.
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett

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.

St. Helens

Region

St. Helens is the largest of Tasmania’s northeast coastal towns. The town overlooks Georges Bay which is a popular destination for chartered fishing. The waters near St. Helens are teeming with deep sea delights such as marlin, lobster, albacore and yellowfin tuna. Underwater caves and kelp forests feed a dazzling population of colourful fish which beckons divers. As the state’s second largest fishing port, St. Helens attracts ocean-loving tourists from all over the world.

The jaw-dropping beaches of the Bay of Fires have made Lonely Planet’s top-10 regions of the world, and the southern end of those beaches is only a few kilometres from St. Helens. Situated just a few minutes from Binalong Bay, St. Helens is the perfect land and sea adventure destination.

Location

St. Helens sits 164 kilometres east of Launceston and 252 kilometers northeast of Hobart. There is no direct road from Launceston, but a combination of the Midland and Esk Highways will take you there.

St. Helens is a small town with a laid-back vibe, but this small town has all the amenities that any big town has to offer. The coastal town is littered with restaurants, bar and shops, and is a great place for people watching. Grab a seat, a pint and some freshly caught seafood to watch the ships roll in on the harbour.

Red Tag Trout Tours, Tasmania, AustraliaThe main income for St. Helens is the fishing industry. The economy is also driven by nearby timber. But much of the town’s money comes from the tourism industry, so you’ll find plenty of adventure charters, souvenir shops and accommodations. And the locals appreciate the business with a friendly smile.

St. Helens is one of Australia’s best ecotourism destinations and is a must-visit for any outdoor adventurer. It’s easy to toggle back and forth between laidback beach days and more invigorating ocean days.

Henty Dunes, Tasmania, AustraliaThe pristine waters of the Bay of Fires are just a short drive away from St. Helens. The stunning white sands, moss-covered boulders and crystal clear waters make the Bay of Fires a world famous beach destination. Visitors also like the 1-hour return walk to St. Helens Point overlooking the Peron Dunes where you can join beachgoers as they watch surfers battle the waves.

In town, you’ll find all sorts of adventure outfitters. Chartered fishing boats take you out to the abundant waters beyond the bay for a day battling marlin on the line. Or you can squeeze into a wetsuit to explore the kelp forests which keeps the fishing industry vibrant. Image thank to: Tourism Tasmania & Warren Steptoe (Fishing) and Tourism Tasmania and Dan Fellow (Sand dunes)

Getting There

You’ll have to drive to this coastal destination. St. Helens is 3 hours north of Hobart by car, but it’s recommended to take an extra 30 minutes of driving to take the scenic route along the southeast coast. The overland drive from Devonport is the same 3 hours. And while St Helens looks close to Launceston on a map, it’s more than a 2-hour drive because there are no direct roads.

Accommodation Offerings

Bay of Fires Lodge-Spa, Tasmania, Australia

You can find just about any type of accommodation in town and most come with beautiful ocean views of the Tasman Sea. St. Helens is a small town despite the tourism industry, so accommodation is abundant and large resort hotels won’t get in the way of your stunning views. Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Mark Lane (Hotel view)

What to Eat

Most of the restaurants and shops are on Cecilia Street in the heart of town. Seafood is abundant and fresh from the local fishing industry making St. Helens a seafood-lovers paradise.

History

Captain Tobias Furneaux was the first European to explore what would become St. Helens back in 1773. The captain sailed to the south end of Georges Bay and names the peninsula St Helens Point. A small settlement grew in the area and was known as Georges Bay while the local Aborigines were known as the Georges Bay Tribe.

The town was renamed St. Helens in 1935 after an official land grant. It was originally a whaling and sealing port back in the 19th century. Tin was soon discovered in the nearby hills in the 1870’s which forced the coastal town to become a mining port. The economic explosion from the tin industry opened up the first road to St. Helens which had previously only been accessible by ship.

The tin mines prospered until the dawn of the 20th Century. Miners settled into the coastal towns after the mines dried up and over 1,000 migrant Asian miners had a significant cultural impact on the area. Now St. Helens is a fishing port with an abundant tourism industry.

Environment

Skeleton Point Walk, Tasmania, Australia

St. Helens boasts a mild temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are incredibly nice with sunny days and highs in the low 20’s Celsius. The ocean waters insulate the town of St. Helens keeping the winter temperatures warmer and summer temperatures cooler than inland areas. It rains in St. Helens throughout the year and peaks slightly during winter. Needless to say, you’ll need a wet-suit for your adventure diving in the Tasman Sea. Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leahy

Local Tips

There’s a nice walk from the scenic St. Helens Point to Beer Barrell Beach where you can see the impressive Peron Dunes.

Charter fishing is all the rage in St. Helens, but you don’t need to charter a boat for good fishing. Bring your fishing pole to drop in the water right off the jetty. The kelp forests keep the sea life abundant throughout the bay and beyond.

Nearby

St. Helens is a part of the Break O’Day Council which includes the nearby town of Binalong Bay. Binalong Bay is on the southern end of the Bay of Fires and has some of the world’s best beaches. It’s an easy day trip from the tourist haven of St. Helens.

What to do

St Helens

Bay of Fires 3 Day Walk

Bay of Fires

Join Life’s An Adventure on a fantastic 3 day Bay of Fires walk in the beautiful Conservation Area. Situated on the east coast of Tasmania in Australia this magical landscape of stunning contrasts features pure white beaches, vivid orange granite boulders and a ribbon of sapphire and emerald seas, all fringed with rich forests. In 2009, the Bay of Fires area was named one of the world’s hottest travel destination by international guide book Lonely Planet, once you experience it first hand, you’ll understand why. They say “White beaches of hourglass-fine sand, Bombay Sapphire sea, an azure sky – and nobody. This is the secret edge of Tasmania, laid out like a pirate’s treasure map of perfect beach after sheltered cove, all fringed with forest. It’s not long since the Bay of Fires came to international attention and the crowds are bound to flock. Now is the time to visit”.

Bay of Fires Guided Walk with Life’s An Adventure is for those looking for an affordable walking experience with the creature comforts! Your bags will be transported each day, leaving you free to enjoy your walk without having to carry a heavy pack. As the Bay of Fires Conservation Area is a remote and secluded area, you will spend two nights at our  waterfront beach shack on a beautiful Ansons Bay at the Bay of Fires. You’ll be treated to fine Tasmanian Ninth Island wine and cheeses, delicious dinners featuring wonderful Tasmanian produce and more. A wonderful 3 day Bay of Fires walking experience.

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

Bay of Fires - Mt William National Park

Famous for its crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches and orange lichen-covered granite boulders, the Bay of Fires is one of Tasmania's most popular conservation reserves. Enjoy amazing walking and excellent meals with Park Trek.

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4 Day Walking Holiday

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

A 3-day tour exploring the wonders of Tasmania's stunning North East coast including Bay of Fires and Freycinet peninsula. Lots of time to walk world class beaches and at the end of the day relax by the fire in exclusive camp sites

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Where to Stay

St Helens

Sweetwater Villas

St Helens - North East Coast

Situated in St Helens, this apartment building is within 3 km of Percy Steel Reserve, St Helens History and Visitor Information Centre, and St Helens Waterfront. Cerise Brook Orchard and Family Golf Course and Peron Dunes are also within 10 km.
24-hour room service, laundry facilities, and a 24-hour front desk are available at this apartment building. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, express check-out, barbecue grills, and a picnic area are onsite.
Each apartment provides an LCD TV with a DVD player, plus a kitchen with a refrigerator, a stovetop, and a microwave. Guests can appreciate conveniences like a washer/dryer and a dining area, and other amenities include a furnished balcony and a sitting area. Weekly housekeeping is available.

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Situated in St Helens, this vacation home is within 2 km of Percy Steel Reserve, St Helens History and Visitor Information Centre, and St Helens Waterfront.

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BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park

St Helens - North East Coast

Situated near the beach, this cabin is within 2 km of Percy Steel Reserve, St Helens History and Visitor Information Centre, and St Helens Waterfront. Cerise Brook Orchard and Family Golf Course is 4.2 km away.

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Kellraine Holiday Units

St Helens - North East Coast

Situated in St Helens, this villa is close to St Helens History and Visitor Information Centre, St Helens Waterfront, and Percy Steel Reserve.

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    Homelea Accommodation

    St Helens - North East Coast

    Situated by the sea, this motel is within 2 km of Percy Steel Reserve, St Helens History and Visitor Information Centre, and St Helens Waterfront. Cerise Brook Orchard and Family Golf Course is 3.8 km away.

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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.

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