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St Helens Waterfront

North East, Tasmania

St Helens Waterfront

North East, Tasmania

Things to do

Bay of Fires and Binalong Bay

Rated as one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 regions in the world, St Helens is known as the gateway to the Bay of Fires. The white sandy beaches, lichen-covered granite boulders and crystal-clear waters provide the perfect conditions for swimming, snorkelling, surfing or relaxing on the sandy shoreline. The bays are set within a conservation reserve extending along the coastline and are home to an abundance of bird and marine life.

The name Bay of Fires can be traced back to 1773, when ships sailing along the coastline spotted fires burning on the shore lit by the Indigenous people, but the name could also apply to the bright orange lichen that drapes the boulders lining the bay.

Walking Trails

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. Close to town, follow the track from St Helens Point Conservation Area to Beer Barrel Beach, a local favourite.

This one-hour return trail takes in the spectacular Peron Dunes, ensuring your effort is worthwhile. To explore the surrounding lush forests venture west to the St Columba Falls State Reserve, towering trees and the cascading waters of the South George River make this the perfect spot for a picnic. For the best view, follow the short walking trail that winds through the dense woodlands to a viewing platform at the base of the falls.

Fishing

The second largest fishing port in Tasmania and well known for its fantastic game fishing, St Helens is an angler’s paradise regardless of your level of experience. Head out in to the Tasman Sea on one of the game fishing charters for the chance to catch deep sea fish, including abalone, tuna and lobster. Or if you’re looking to stay closer to shore, take your boat out and fish in the bay.

For land-based fishing you’ll be spoilt for choice with a number of jetty’s providing the perfect spot to cast a line and catch a tasty bream. Local favourite spots include St Helens Wharf, Beauty Bay, Kirwans Beach, Talbot Street and Cunningham’s Jetty.

Wine and Dine

The bustling oceanside town of St Helens has no shortage of eateries to indulge your tastebuds. The thriving fishing industry in town ensures delicious and freshly caught seafood is in plentiful supply no matter where you choose to dine.

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 seafood, while offering beautiful bay views. Or for a boutique vineyard take a visit to Priory Ridge Wines. The only vineyard in St Helens, the cellar door is set on a historical ancestral property just 10 minutes from the Bay of Fires.

Outdoor Activities

Breath in the fresh air and take advantage of the stunning natural environmental surrounding St Helens. The area is an adventure lover’s paradise and provides the perfect locations for snorkelling, diving and biking. The north-east coast is a diver’s paradise, the regions rich maritime history ensures there is an endless supply of shipwrecks to discover. Locals recommend Georges Bay and the Bay of Fires.

Prefer dry land? The region is fast becoming recognised as a national and international hub for mountain biking enthusiasts. The town of Derby, only one hour from St Helens has one of the best mountain biking trails in the world, with construction underway between the two towns.

Art and History

St Helens is a town brimming with culture and history. Browse the many galleries, boutiques and cafes in St Helens before learning more about the individuals and industries that shaped the town at the History Room, located in the St Helens History and Visitor Information Centre. The insightful display houses many relics from maritime history and pioneering times, while also telling the stories of the Chinese tin miners who lived and worked in north-east Tasmania.

Immerse yourself in the towns artistic flair with a visit to the Gallery Parnella. Home to a range of contemporary art, the gallery is the perfect spot to indulge your creative side and learn more about what goes into creating a master piece.