Scamander, St Helens and the Bay of Fires
Scamander, St Helens, Binalong Bay and the Bay of Fires at the northern end of the East Coast offer a beautiful Tasmanian coastal experience with some of the best beaches in Tasmania to explore and picture perfect views.
Scamander is an idyllic tourism town on the waters edge with Scamander Beach offering great surfing and swimming during the summer months and fishing all year round. There are some great short walks located nearby with Henderson Lagoon and Scamander Forrest Reserve offering the chance to spot a variety of local wildlife.
St Helens is the largest town on the East Coast and the second largest fishing port in Tasmania offering some delicious fresh seafood right off the boat. St Helens is a great base to explore from as it's around 2 hours drive from Launceston and only a short drive north to Binalong Bay and the Bay of Fires. St Helens is close to some amazing surf beaches as well as Peron Dunes and has some of the best game fishing in all of Tasmania.
Binalong Bay at the southern end of the Bay of Fires is a small tourist town with plenty of accommodation and easy access to local beaches and the Bay of Fires Conservation Area. The Bay of Fires offers plenty to do including walking and swimming as well as some great snorkelling and fishing around the beautiful lichen covered red rocks.
A Brief History of Scamander, St Helens, Binalong Bay and the Bay of Fires
Scamander was first settled in around 1830 and was known for it's difficult river crossing and bridge collapses.
St Helens was first established as a base for whalers and sealers in the early 1800's and was later transformed into an export port for mining after tin was discovered in the surrounding area. As whaling and sealing ended the town was transformed into a major centre for commercial fishing and tourism.
The Binalong Bay and the Bay of Fires area was first discovered by Tobias Furneaux who sailed the coast in 1773, the area was named for the fires on the beaches lit by the local Aboriginal tribes.
Our Local Tips
- Go for a swim on any number of amazing local beaches and make sure to check out Peron dunes near St Helens.
- Try some local sea food including the local oysters.
- Go for a walk at the Bay of Fires and check out the amazing red rocks, especially around Sunset.
- Take the dirt road up to the Eddystone Point Lighthouse in Mt William National Park.