The Tasmanian Fishing Town and Gateway to the Bay of Fires

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.

St Helens • East Coast, Places (Towns/Cities)

The Tasmanian Fishing Town and Gateway to the Bay of Fires