BAY OF FIRES

Turning the corner on the road from St Helens into Binalong Bay, the sight is simply jaw-dropping: the turquoise-coloured ocean breaks onto a breathtakingly white beach fringed with huge boulders draped with iconic orange lichen.

The Bay of Fires has been luring holiday makers for decades. Named by Lonely Planet in 2009 as the world’s hottest travel destination, the Bay of Fires has to be included on your Tasmanian holiday itinerary. Take in the view of beautiful Binalong Bay on the balcony of Moresco Restaurant while you dine on some fresh seafood and a local wine.

Spend peaceful hours snorkelling in the region’s crystal clear lagoons, inlets and bays. Place your footprints along the endless stretches of perfectly white sand. A fascinating aquatic world can be discovered with local guided diving and snorkelling tours. View scenic reefs, spectacular sponges and corals, underwater caves, and abundant marine life including weedy sea dragons, boarfish, abalone and wandering rock lobsters in excellent year-round visibility of up to 20 metres.

BEACHES AROUND THE CORNER

Just 5 minutes down the road, in St Helens Point State Recreation Area, lie the beautifully pristine Beer Barrel and Maurouard Beaches. Grab the boogie boards, towels and some wetsuits (all provided) and jump in the ocean! Or wander over the red lichen covered rocks towards the towering Peron sand-dunes.

If you're looking for a sheltered and calm spot to set up for a day on the sand picnic-ing and bathing, head beyond the turn off to the beaches and find the peaceful Burns Bay. There's a collection of secluded bays to explore with beautiful boulders and turquoise-coloured water. Perfect!

INTO TOWN

St Helens town is back in the other direction. There's a local IGA for all your supplies. Indulge in a wide choice of restaurants. Check out the beautiful deck at Salty Seas where you can enjoy fresh oysters and a cleansing white or a fish meal down by Georges Bay.

If in need of a good coffee, head down to Coffee Away! Serving Ritual coffee, Coffee Away is one of those hidden gems you really hope you’ll find in your travels – lucky for you – you just found it. Also serving freshly made cakes, toasted sandwiches and the famous Muffin Of the Day! Don’t miss it, you’ll love it!

FISHING

St Helens is known as the game fishing capital of Tasmania! Compete with the pelicans for a catch of flat-head or trevally in the bay directly in front of the Beach House or hire a game-fishing boat to try your luck out past the Barway. 

After you've caught your catch for the day, Kiss a Fish Cookery School is an ideal way to learn the fine art of preparing and cooking perfect seafood. A delightful way to spend your day with cookery school principal Roz MacAllan in her beach house with specially equipped outdoor kitchen overlooking the red lichen rocks of the Bay of Fires.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Take to the links at the St Helens Golf Club. Go scuba diving, bike riding, chip and putt golfing, orienteering or bush walking. Delicious cherries are grown all around. Stop and grab a bag of fresh fruit in season. 

Take a walk at Ralph's or St Columba Falls, past the Pub in the Paddock (and its famous beer-swilling pet pig!) at Pyengana or explore the Trail of the Tin Dragon.