St Helens

The Tasmanian Fishing Town and Gateway to the Bay of Fires

Region: East Coast

The Tasmanian Fishing Town and Gateway to the Bay of Fires

What to do in St Helens Tasmania

Situated on the north east coast of Tasmania, St Helens is the largest town in the region. The heart of the township is located on the foreshore of Georges Bay which was originally settled because it was frequently used by whalers and sealers in the 1830s. The settlement was renamed from Georges Bay to St Helens in 1882.

Today St Helens is primarily a tourism destination and given it’s on the Sunny East Coast and Georges Bay has such a narrow inlet that it’s akin to a lake, it’s perfect for recreational fishing, boating, holidaying and exploring.

St Helens is the gateway to the beautiful Bay of Fires, world renown as one of the  most beautiful beaches in the world.

St Helens is the gateway to the beautiful Bay of Fires, Lonely Island’s beach of the year for 2009, which stretches 50km from the nearby Binalong Bay. The Bay of Fires is a beautiful beach with pristine pale blue waters and quartz-white sand, but it is most well-known for the iconic orange lichen formations on the rocks of the beach.

If you love fresh seafood St Helens is for you, or perhaps you’re due for well earned round of golf at the local course after a few days exploring Tassie in your motorhome. There’s great food, wine and Pyengana cheese available at the restaurants or if you’re after something more relaxing grab some fresh fish and chips and sneak off in your campervan to one of the quiet beaches or nature reserves in and around the breathtaking Bay of Fires – voted the number one beach in the world by Lonely Planet in 2009.

Things to do around St Helens Tasmania

Humbug Point Nature Recreation Area

Explore the natural wonder of Tasmania’s stunning east coast with beach walks, bird watching and fishing. Head towards Binalong Bay and you’ll see the signs.

Visit the Humbug Point Website

St Helens Point Conservation Area

This general area is a great spot for surfing so don’t forget to bring your board! There’s also plenty of beach access and if you want to go swimming in the sea rather than Georges Bay Beerbarrel Beach is a good place to go. To find it head south through St Helens and just follow Georges Bay until you can go no further!

Fishing Charters

If you’re after a day or half-day on the water and you don’t have a boat then try one of the local fishing charters – Michael Haley’s Gone Fishing ChartersZulu Charterz or Rocky Carosi Fishing Charters. Who knows you might even catch dinner!

St Helens Tasmania Campervan & Motorhome Parks

BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park

There are plenty of facilities available including powered ensuite sites suitable for our rental motorhomes and campervans. Cabins are also available if you’re hiring a car and need a place to stay. Located at 2 Penelope Street, St Helens.

Visit the St Helens Holiday Park Website

Hillcrest Tourist Park

Powered and unpowered sites are available for rental vans and tents as well as cabins with a range of amenities. This park also features a mini-market with a range of grocery items. Located at 10 Chimney Heights Rd, Stieglitz.

Visit the Hillcrest Tourist Park Website

Travel Times & Distances to St Helens Tasmania

From Launceston: app. 2 hours 10 minutes – 164kms
From Devonport: app. 3 hours – 245kms
From Hobart: app. 3 hours 10 minutes – 252kms

Visitor Information & Booking Centre

Address: 61 Cecilia Street, ST HELENS TAS 7216
Phone03 6376 1744
Emailsthelensvic@bodc.tas.gov.au
Opening hours Daily from 9.00 am to 5.00pm.

Visit the St Helens Information Centre Website