St HELENS is a modern beach town on the north east coast of Tasmania. It has many facilities, plus access to many lovely beaches. Just north of St Helens is the famous BAY of FIRES, which includes the famous beaches of BINALONG BAY. There are many facilities and much accommodation at St Helens.
St Helens is isolated by mountains and forest from the rest of the NORTH EAST, but it is part of a long strip of coastal towns, including; St MARYS, BICHENO, SWAMSEA, COLES BAY and ORFORD that make up a geographic unity called the EAST COAST. Driving down the relatively straight A3 Tasman Highway on the EAST COAST is easy.
View Region East Coast of Tasmania 3 in a larger map. Unfortunately, you need to go to the Google Page 2 map to see all the features I have marked.
FACILITIES: There is a large shopping precinct at St Helens and much accommodation at St HELENS.
TOURIST information is located at 6 Cecelia St, St Helens. The telephone number is (03) 6376 1744 or the internet contact is www.visitsthelenstasmania.com.au
For more information on holidays facilities in the Bay of Fires area the telephone number is (03) 6392 2211
SIGHTS: St HELENS is the largest town on the east coast. It is a tourist and fishing town, where Tasmanian holiday makers flock. It is famous for its beaches with their water activities like fishing, diving, snorkeling and kayaking, as well as its sea food.
Just north of St Helens is the famous beaches of the BAY of FIRES. Thus, St Helens is a great place to stay, if you want to visit the attractions of the northern EAST COAST. The St Helens area boasts the following attractions, including the:
BINALONG BAY is the start of the Bay of Fires. Drive north on Binalong Bay Road. This starts just west of St Helens.
BAY of FIRES Walk starts at Bay of Fires Lodge and goes passed Eddystone Lighthouse to ANSONS BAY. See above.
GEORGES BAY Walk begins just south of Georges Bay and continues into the Parnella Coastal Reserve.
GOULDS COUNTRY is a beautiful valley west of St Helens.
St HELENS POINT Walks are on the peninsula on the South side of Georges Bay. They include the Dora and Humbug points walks. The famous PERON DUNES are in this area.
BINALONG BAY is accessed via Binalong Bay Road, which starts just west of St Helens.
You can reach ANSONS BAY in the Mt WILLIAM National Park to the north by driving north on Ansons Bay Road, which starts just West of St Helens. However, it is a rough gravel road and is only suitable for 4WD vehicles.
- St HELENS
- BINALONG BAY
1/ St Helens is on the east coat of Tasmania. It is a modern town servicing a very large holiday town and a fishing fleet. It is a holiday venue for Tasmanians.
2/ This is the modern tourist information centre. It is located in Cecilia Street in the St Helens CBD.
3/ Located next to the information centre of St Helens is this pioneers mural.
4/ There are a number of older buildings in St Helens, like this classic Anglican church in Cecilia Street.
5/ Nearby is the lovely old Catholic Church of St Helens.
6/ There are a number of lovely heritage homes in St Helens like this one, which is balanced by two pines. The pines demonstrate that St Helens has some of the warmest weather in Tasmania.
7/ As you approach the downtown area of St Helens, the buildings become more modern, reflecting the modern tourist age that has exploded in St Helens.
6/ This is the ultra modern ANZ bank in Quail Street, St Helens. Sea blue is the linking color in the St Helens CBD.
7/ The Portland Hall of St Helens has been modernized.
8/ The St Helens CBD offers visitors many luxury services, like this hair salon.
9/ The war memorial of St Helens is now balanced by an interesting mural of the four services.
10/ St Helens began as a fishing village. Now its marina moors many luxury pleasure craft.
11/ These are two of the boats that work the rich fishing grounds off the coast of eastern Tasmania.
12/ This fishing boat is stocked with cray pots. In the distance is the modern St Helens suburb of Fairlea.
13/ St Helens is located on Georges Bay. This view looks past the boats towards the narrow opening of the Bay.
14/ This is a closer view of the entrance to Georges Bay. It is quite shallow and the bar is difficult for boats to cross.
15/ The east coast of Tasmania is replete with bird life. This shows a huge gathering of swans near the St Helens Marina.
16/ Georges Bay at St Helens is popular with kayakers. This kayaker sails the peaceful waters near Stieglitz.
17/ This is the old pier at Stieglitz, a St Helens suburb. It looks west towards the entrance of Georges Bay.
18/ Just south east of St Helens is the St Helens Point peninsula. It contains some great beaches, plus the Peron Dunes. This photo looks towards the north. The dunes are about 15 metres high and sand skiing is allowed in some sections of the dunes.
19/ This view looks across the Peron Dunes to the beaches south of St Helens. The pointed mountain to the left of the photo is the peak of St Patrick's Head.
20/ This view looks south from across the beautiful blue waters towards Scamander Beach. The pointed peak on the right is St Patrick's Head.
21/ This is Beerbarrel Beach It is at the top of the St Helens Point peninsula. It is a great place to enjoy the pleasures of the beach.
22/ This view was taken from near the boat launch at the top of the St Helens Point peninsula. It looks across Georges Bay.
23/ This view looks east into the Tasman Sea. A fishing fleet operates out of St Helens and catches many kinds of game fish. In the foreground on a rock are cormorants, which are common around St Helens.
24/ This view shows one of the many, lovely, sandy coves in the St Helens area.
25/ This view shows a rock shelf. Note the red color which is common on the rocks near St Helens.
1/ Binalong Bay is at the southern end of the famous Bay of Fires. It is located just north of St Helens on the east coast of Tasmania. It is credited with having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This is the view from the car park. The beautiful white sands of the beach stretch for about 2 kilometres and end in a rock outcrop. To the left you can see a lagoon, which is popular with children.
2/ A pretty, bikini girl statue welcomes you to Binalong Bay. Beyond her is the Binalong Bay car park.
3/ This view shows the beach at Binalong Bay from near the car park. Note the beautiful white sands.
4/ This photo shows the lagoon just west of the beach at Binalong Bay. It is popular with children.
5/ This photo shows swimmers using small surf boards. Since these children are not wearing wet suits, they are probably Tasmanians, who can swim in the cooler waters.
6/ This is the view from the southern end of the beach at Binalong Bay. You can see how large the beach really is. The beach suburb of Binalong Bay is also quite large.
7/ This is a classic view of the red covered rocks at the southern end of Binalong Bay beach.
8/ This view shows waves crashing against the rocks at the southern end of the beach. This area would be very dangerous for swimmers.
9/ I included this photo to show how dangerous the surf can be. This wave pattern shows that there is a strong under current in this area making it very dangerous for swimmers. Care must be taken, when selecting areas to swim in. The day before I took this photo a foreign tourist was drowned near St Helens.
10/ This is one of the many isolated coves, where you can enjoy a good swim.
11/ This sunset view was taken from near the Gardens. This area is north of St Helens. It looks across the waters of the Bay of Fires.
12/ This sunset view looks south across the Bay of Fires. It was taken from near the Gardens.