St Helens is a two hour drive (163km) east of Launceston and the largest town on Tasmania's East Coast and just a few kilometres from Binalong Bay and the southern end of the Bay of Fires. The town overlooks beautiful Georges Bay and is the state's second largest fishing port making it a popular destination for recreational fishing, fishing boat cruises, and diving to explore kelp forests, underwater caves and colourful sea life. There's also no shortage of amazing fresh seafood to sample at local eateries!
Bay of Fires
The Bay of Fires with its aqua blue waters, white sands and red rocks has to be some of the most beautiful coastal scenery around. There are plenty of walks along the coast line and even up into the mountains. The area is also known for its snorkelling and diving, with scenic reefs, corals, underwater caves and abundant sea life.
Beach activities and bird-watching are popular in this beautiful reserve. You may even see a pod of dolphins as they cruise along parallel to the beach.
Mountain Biking – St Helens Mountain Bike Trails
For those seeking high octane adventure then look no further. The St Helens Mountain Bike Trails are 42 km wilderness trail that winds from the top of the Blue Tier and winds all the way down to Swimcart Beach in the Bay of Fires. Shred your way through ancient forest on one of the world’s most picturesque mountain bike trails. If shredding is not quite your style, then there are also more leisurely family trails that gently wind through the forests on purpose built trails.
St Helens History Room
The St Helens History Room, on the East Coast of Tasmania, is the local regional museum documenting the settlement of the township of St Helens and featuring ”The Chinese Experience”.
The museum is open seven days a week and is situated at the St Helens History and Visitor Information Centre behind the St Helens Library building, opposite the Post Office. Look for the Tin Dragon sculpture outside - he'll point you in the right direction!
Bay of Fires Eco Tours
Bay of Fires Eco Tours, situated at the northern tip of the Great Eastern Drive is a great way to explore the best of the Bay of Fires by boat. Experience the white sandy beaches, aqua clear waters, the hidden bays and striking headlands of this breathtakingly beautiful coastline. See the wonderful sea kelp gardens. With different tour options, we cater for all ages and interest levels. There are tours for the whole family to enjoy and a unique way to experience the Bay of Fires coastline.
St Helens is renowned as the deep sea fishing capital of Tasmania and it’s a great place to catch a whopper! Go out on one of the many deep sea charters and try your luck in the deep or stay in the bay on local Michael Haley’s Gone Fishing Charter and be shown some great places to ensure you don’t come back empty handed.
Priory Ridge Winery
Priory Ridge Winery is situated in the small town of Priory just 3km from St Helens. This family winery is set of 20 hectares of north-facing slopes, which are rich in minerals, producing wines that have a unique “terroir”. Open through spring and summer, be sure to pop in for a taste of these award-winning wines.
St Helens Point Conservation Area
St Helens Point on Tasmania's east coast is a delicate and complex reserve of low sand dunes and ocean beach just ten minutes from the town of St Helens and popular for surfing, fishing, beach walks, boating, bird-watching and camping.
Want to experience St Helens incredible mountain biking trails but don't have a bike? There are a few shops in St Helens that hire out bikes so you can hit the tracks. GIANT St Helens (03) 6376 1081 and Vertigo MTB 0407 514 424 have got you covered. There is also a company called Gravity Isle that offers a shuttle service for a small fee to take people to the start of the main mountain bike trails and also hires e-bikes - 0474 371 365.