Population 340

Poet James McAuley wrote of Fingal's 'blonding summer grasses', 'mauve thistledown' and the river that 'winds in silence through wide blue hours, days'. Indeed, the crags of Ben Lomond National Park and the lush valley make Fingal a quiet inspiration for many writers. The town was established in 1827 as a convict station and distinguished itself by becoming the headquarters of the state's coal industry. Just north of Fingal, at Mangana, Tasmania's first payable gold was discovered in 1852.

Visitor Information

Old Tasmanian Hotel Community Centre, Main Rd; (03) 6374 2344.

Nearby national parks

  • Ben Lomond National Park

    Ben Lomond National Park, enclosing the largest alpine plateau in the state, is a mountain environment with extensive and dramatic dolerite...more

  • Douglas–Apsley National Park

    Situated between the Douglas and Apsley rivers, this national park spans rugged hills of superb dry sclerophyll forest. Its tranquil...more

  • Freycinet National Park

    Freycinet National Park protects a whole peninsula of rugged mountains fringed with sea cliffs and picturesque white-sand beaches including...more

Nearby towns

  • St Marys

    Despite being the chief centre of the Break O'Day Plains, St Marys is a small town overshadowed by the magnificent St Patricks Head in the...more

  • Bicheno

    Bicheno (pronounced 'bish-eno') has a chequered history. It was set up as a whaling and sealing centre in 1803, predating the official...more

  • St Helens

    At the head of Georges Bay, St Helens is the largest centre on Tasmania’s east coast. Excellent sport fishing, aquamarine water,...more

In Town

Historic buildings There are many heritage buildings throughout the township, particularly in Talbot St, including the Holder Brothers General Store (1859), St Peter's Church (1867) and Fingal Hotel (1840s), which claims to stock the largest collection of Scotch whiskies in the Southern Hemisphere.


Evercreech Forest Reserve This reserve is home to the impressive White Knights, the tallest white gums in the world, including a specimen 89 m high. A 20 min circuit walk passes through a man-fern grove and blackwoods, then up a hill for a superb view. There is also a 45 min return walk to Evercreech Falls, and many picnic and barbecue spots. Contact Forestry Tasmania on 1800 367 378; on the road to Mathinna; 30 km N.

Avoca: small township with many historical buildings; 27 km SW.

Mathinna Falls: magnificent 4-tier waterfall over a drop of 80 m, with an easy 30 min return walk to falls base; 36 km N.

Ben Lomond National Park: see Evandale; 72 km NW.

Fishing spots near town

St Helens 42 km

Most mainlanders once regarded Tasmania’s east coast seaport of St Helens as a gamefishing destination, and little else. Anglers came here to head offshore in search of marlin, tuna and sharks. However, the... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Diving and snorkelling along Tasmania's east coast 38 km

Although diving might not be your first thought when you head south to Tasmania, the temperate waters usually provide much greater visibility than tropical waters, and offer a surprisingly rich and diverse range of flora... Find out more

Freycinet Adventures 60 km

One of the best ways to experience the Freycinet environment is a morning paddle with Freycinet Adventures. You glide across Great Oyster Bay to a beautiful secluded beach, indulging in a scrumptious morning tea with... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

Purple Possum Wholefoods and Cafe 19 km

Purple Possum is in the great little town of St Marys, midway between St Helens and Bicheno. The cafe is wholly vegetarian, and you can take away a range of organic fruit and vegetables and locally grown supplies.... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Iron House Brewery 29 km

When White Sands Resort came on the market a few years ago it proved too tempting for Devonport businessman John White, who already runs several companies bearing his surname. Rebranded as White Sands Estate, the... Find out more

Campsites around town

Griffin camping area 21 km

Along the banks of the South Esk River are pleasant, grassed camping sites close to a network of tracks heading into the North East Forests, so this place is ideal if you are into trail bikes or ATVs. There is good trout... Find out more

Leeaberra Track (walk-in camping) 22 km

This moderate-grade 28 km walk to waterfalls, lookouts and gorges is named from the Aboriginal word for Douglas River. There is walk-in camping at Heritage Falls, 2 hours from the trackhead, and at Tevelein Falls on the... Find out more

Lagoons Beach camping area 27 km

Between a long lagoon and a beautiful white beach, this extensive camping area has enough sites to accommodate everyone and is rarely full. Although it is very popular with families, the beach is wide and you will still... Find out more

Bush camping 28 km

Bushwalkers can camp anywhere in the park, as long as they are at least 500 m from any road. You’ll need to carry drinking water and a gas/fuel stove, and be prepared for all weather conditions. Walkers should... Find out more

Trout Creek camping area 31 km

This leafy camping area beside Trout Creek has perfect spots to set up your deckchair for an afternoon’s fishing in comfort. With a bit of luck you will have a nice bream, trout, mullet or cocky salmon to throw in... Find out more

Apsley Waterhole camping area (walk-in camping) 31 km

For camping spots in dappled shade a short walk from the delightful Apsley River swimming hole, in the south of the park, turn inland from the Tasman Hwy (A3), 4 km north of Bicheno, onto Rosedale Rd. Drive 7 km to the... Find out more

Ben Lomond camping area 34 km

At the picnic area beside the road, 1 km inside the park boundary, there are 6 camping sites in an area of beautiful lowland gums, mountain pepper bushes and snowberries. The water here should be boiled or treated before... Find out more

Shelly Point camping area 34 km

This camping area has sheltered sites which suit smaller caravans and campervans. There are not many facilities, but this beautiful place is well worth a stopover to soak up uninterrupted ocean views and explore beaches... Find out more

Paddys Island camping area 38 km

With white-sand beaches stretching to the horizon north and south, this camping area between the highway and the sea is ideal if you love long beach walks. All along this coast there is evidence of Aborigines having... Find out more

Dianas Basin camping area 40 km

This lovely camping area has a lagoon on one side and Beaumaris Beach on the other. Swim, surf, fish or head north or south along the beach for hours of beachcombing. You may bring your dog to the camping area but not to... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Bicheno East Coast Holiday Park 38 km

This is a good quality tourist park with a larger number of sites. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies over public holidays.... Find out more

BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park 41 km

This is a good quality establishment 1.5 km south of town. The park is a popular holiday destination and bookings are required in peak periods; a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas, Easter and long weekends.... Find out more

Ross Caravan Park 59 km

Close to the centre of town, on the banks of the Macquarie River and adjoining historic buildings, this small, appealing park is one of the better parks in the midlands. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Glenesk Holiday Cottage

This five-room self-contained cottage nestled behind Fingal’s historic post office sleeps four in a double and twin bedroom, each with pretty brass beds. The kitchen and lounge room are warm and cosy, and there are... Find out more

Mayfield Manor

This lovely turn-of-the-century home is set in pretty gardens in the sleepy main street of Fingal amid picture-perfect scenery. Mayfield’s guests are accommodated in spacious rooms garlanded in swathes of floral... Find out more

The Fingal Hotel

There’s no doubt this charming old sandstone hotel would have a few good stories to tell. Built in the convict period of the 1840s, it has seen Tasmania’s first gold rush come and go and, in keeping with the... Find out more

St Pauls River Cabins

On the valley slopes between the St Pauls River and a spectacular domed hill, these two modern cabins offer comfortable accommodation and access to fantastic trout fishing right outside the door. Each two-bedroom cottage... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Rainbow Retreat 23 km

The owners of this 30-hectare nature reserve at St Marys are wildlife carers who rehabilitate then release wildlife on the property, so there are plenty of their old friends wandering around, including wombats,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Lagoons Beach camping area 27 km

T/O 29km N of Bicheno (R) or 28km S of Scamander (L)

Well off the highway with numerous secluded sites in the scrub between the lagoon and the beach.

Little Beach camping area 28 km

T/O 32km N of Bicheno (R) or 25km S of Scamander (L)

Well off the highway and near the beach.

Scamander Forest camping area 31 km

T/O at Beaumaris

Among trees on the banks of Trout Creek 11km west of Beaumaris via Skyline Dr.

Denison Beach rest area 32 km

6km N of Bicheno (R) or 51km S of Scamander (L)

Very small secluded area surrounded by scrub near the foreshore and adjacent to the highway.

Shelly Point Camp Area 34 km

4 km N of Scamander (R) or 14 km S of St Helens (L)

Small camp area located just off the highway in the scrub near the foreshore.

NOTE: Campervans only.

Bicheno park area 37 km

At Bicheno

On the foreshore on the north side of town.

Paddys Island camping area 38 km

8km N of Scamander (R) or 10km S of St Helens (L)

Just off the highway surrounded by scrub.

Dianas Basin camping area 40 km

T/O 10km N of Scamander (R) or 8km S of St Helens (L)

Well off the highway with numerous secluded campsites located in the scrub between the basin and the beach.

St Helens park area 41 km

At St Helens

On the foreshore on the south side of town. Adjacent to the highway.

Friendly Beach Camp Area 47 km

T/O 34 km NE of Swansea (R) or 9 km SW of Bicheno (L)

Small camp area located 14 kilometres south of the highway on the foreshore.

NOTE: Access road part unsealed.

Moulting Bay camping area 47 km

T/O at St Helens

In scrub near the foreshore 7km north-east of St Helens via Binalong Bay Rd and 1km (unsealed) south via Moulting Bay Track.

Conara rest area 49 km

At Conara

Just off the highway at the turn-off into town.

Dora Point camping area 50 km

T/O at St Helens

In scrub near the foreshore 8km north-east of St Helens via Binalong Bay Rd and 5km (unsealed) south of Binalong Bay via Dora Point Rd.

Grants Lagoon camping area 50 km

T/O at St Helens

In a natural bush setting 10km north-east of St Helens via Binalong Bay and Garden rds.

Campbell Town rest area 52 km

At Campbell Town

On the banks of the river on the south side of town.

Jeanneret Beach camping area 52 km

T/O at St Helens

Surrounded by scrub on the foreshore 12km north-east of St Helens via Binalong Bay and Garden rds.

Swimcart Beach camping area 52 km

T/O at St Helens

Surrounded by scrub on the foreshore 13km north-east of St Helens via Binalong Bay and Garden rds.

Cosy Corner South Camp Area 53 km

T/O at St Helens via Binalong Bay Road

Large camp area in the scrub on the foreshore 14 kilometres north-east of St Helens via Binalong Bay Road and Garden Road.

Cosy Corner North camping area 53 km

T/O at St Helens

In the scrub on the foreshore 15km north-east of St Helens via Binalong Bay and Garden rds.

Moulting Lagoon camping area 54 km

T/O 34km NE of Swansea (R) or 9km SW of Bicheno (L)

On the foreshore surrounded by scrub 22km south of the highway via Coles Bay Rd.

Swansea park area 55 km

At Swansea

On the south side of town via the esplanade.

Derby park area 57 km

At Derby

Adjacent to the highway on a riverbank. Town's north side.

Ross park area 59 km

At Ross

At the historic bridge on the road into town.

Cressy Beach park area 60 km

44km NE of Triabunna (R) or 5km SW of Swansea (L)

Secluded in scrub just off the highway on the foreshore.

Coles Bay Camp Area 60 km

T/O 34 km NE of Swansea (R) or 9 km SW of Bicheno (L)

Large camp area located 29 kilometres south of highway near the foreshore. Limited shade.

NOTE: Powered sites available.

Spikey Beach park area 61 km

42km NE of Triabunna (R) or 7km S of Swansea (L)

Just off the highway and on the foreshore.

Sideling Lookout park area 62 km

17km SW of Scottsdale (L) or 45km NE of Launceston (R)

Adjacent to the highway with good views over the surrounding countryside.

Myrtle Park camping area 62 km

T/O 31km SW of Scottsdale (R) or 31km NE of Launceston (L)

Well off the highway on the banks of St Patricks River.

What's on around town

Fingal Valley Festival: incorporates the World Coal Shovelling Championships and Roof Bolting Championships; Mar.

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