The Bay of Fires region on the east coast of Tasmania is a feast for the senses – famous for fresh food and head-turning scenery. Whether you choose to eat from a plate or a picnic hamper, expect to indulge in the freshest seafood, sweetest honey, locally raised beef and pork, world-famous cheese, fantastic wines and peculiar pepper-berries.
To get you started we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite places to indulge in local culinary delight.
Lifebuoy Café and Quail Street Emporium
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The Lifebuoy Cafe and Quail Street Emporium is the perfect mix of vintage and modern. Located on Quail Street, this niche dining experience allows you to dive into a variety of antiques, books and collectables, while enjoying a diverse, reasonably priced. Lifebuoy Café and Quail Street Emporium is open from breakfast until after lunch.
Holy Cow Café
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Take a trip to escape the beautiful white sand beaches of Bay of Fires and immerse yourself in the vistas of the Pyengana Valley. The Holy Cow Cafe, located at the Pyengana Dairy Company has a menu of homemade goodies, lush handmade ice cream and the finest of Pyengana cheeses to choose from.
Pub in the Paddock
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The Pub in the Paddock is a Tasmanian must see, being one of the oldest pubs in the state and home to a very special beer-swilling celebrity, Priscilla the Pig. Located just 30km inland, and open 7 days a week, and licensed for over 100 years, this place is full of history and charm.
More than your standard fish n chips
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St Helen’s is a haven for seafood lovers. Pack up the picnic basket or dine on the dock. Check out the waterfront fish punts for the pick of today’s catch from crayfish to oysters and good ol’ fish and chips. One of the most popular spots is Salty Seas Seafood and Skippers Fish Shop.
Priory Ridge Vineyard
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Wine lovers rejoice and take a trip only minutes from St Helens to visit the beautiful Priory Ridge Vineyard. This humble, boutique vineyard, in the picturesque Prior Valley has been converted from a shearing shed to into a unique cellar door experience. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon sampling the award-winning Sauvignon Blanc and exceptional Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.
Furneaux Restaurant & Comptoir
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If you’re celebrating a special occasion and looking for somewhere equally as special to go in St Helens, Furneaux Restaurant & Comptoir serves a combination French and Modern Australian Cuisine, as well a great menu championing local produce. With rave reviews, excellent staff, beautiful views over George’s Bay and outstanding meals, this fine dining experience is one you don’t want to miss.
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It will be hard to draw your eyes away from the view to your plate when you dine at Lichen Restaurant and Café, overlooking Binalong Bay. It’s well-known for its locally sourced menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner is also a great spot to stop for coffee and cake.
Parkside Bar and Kitchen
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If you’ve had a busy day exploring the beautiful St Helens area and don’t feel like venturing far for a bite to eat, enjoy fine dining at Parkside Kitchen and Bar. The brand new architecturally designed restaurant, bar and providore offers both indoor dining and an alfresco setting. Enjoy seasonal produce and the very best of Tasmanian craft beer, wine and cider while you soak up the sensational views over lunch or dinner.
Stay the night at NRMA St Helens Waterfront Holiday Park
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