St Helens

Eddystone Lighthouse, Australian Geographic

Population 2049

At the head of Georges Bay, St Helens is the largest centre on Tasmania’s east coast. Excellent sport fishing, aquamarine water, pristine white-sand beaches and mild sunny weather year-round make it a very appealing and popular holiday destination. It is the base for those planning to fish the East Australian Current for tuna, marlin and shark. For land-based and inshore anglers there is the long, narrow estuary of Georges Bay.

Visitor Information

61 Cecilia St; (03) 6376 1744.

Nearby national parks

  • Mount William National Park

    Tucked away in the remote north-east corner of the state, Mount William National Park is fringed with gorgeous bays stretching from Ansons...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

  • 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

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

  • Derby

    This small north-eastern town was born when tin was discovered in 1874 and the 'Brothers Mine' opened two years later. The Cascade Dam was...more

  • Fingal

    Poet James McAuley wrote of Fingal's 'blonding summer grasses', 'mauve thistledown' and the river that 'winds in silence through wide blue...more

In Town

St Helens History Room: browse memorabilia and models of local history, from a mine water wheel and a horse-drawn hearse to a vintage church organ and life-sized Tasmanian tiger; open Mon–Fri, 9am–1pm Sat and 10am–2pm Sun; 61 Cecilia St; (03) 6376 1744.

Beaches: sheltered coves in the bay and surfable waves at nearby ocean beaches.

Fishing: St Helens is famous for its fishing, offering everything from bream and trout in the Scamander River to blue-water game fishing offshore. Charter boats and tours are available for deep-sea fishing and dinghy hire is available for bay fishing. Check with visitor centre for details.


Binalong Bay This small holiday town with gorgeous beaches is renowned for its excellent surf and rock fishing. 11km NE.

St Helens Point: walks with stunning coastal scenery along Maurouard Beach; brochure from visitor centre; 9km S.

Bay of Fires Conservation Area: named by Captain Furneaux for the Aboriginal campfires burning along the shore as he sailed past in 1773, this area features magnificent coastal scenery, good beach fishing and camping. Aboriginal middens are found in the area. A guided walk takes in the scenery to the north (see Gladstone for details); begins 9km N.

Beaumaris: good beaches and lagoons; 12km S.

Blue Tier Forest Reserve: walks with wheelchair access and interpretive sites; 27km NW.

St Columba Falls: dropping nearly 90m, the falls flow down a granite cliff-face to the South George River. Walks through sassafras and myrtle lead to a viewing platform; 38km W.

Scenic flights: flights over the world-renowned Bay of Fires; Bay of Fires Aviation; St Helens Aerodrome, St Helens Point Rd; 1300 391 221.

Fishing spots near town

St Helens 2 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

Bay of Fires Walk 33 km

A deluxe four-day walk along the magnificent north-east coast at the edge of Mount William National Park, staying in solar-powered accommodation designed for sustainable living, is one of the newer ecotourism treats in... Find out more

Diving and snorkelling along Tasmania's east coast 62 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

Forest Ecocentre, Scottsdale 64 km

The uniquely designed building is probably the key attraction here. Designed to use 20 per cent less energy than conventional structures, it has a building within a building, with a central funnel and large fan. Learn... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Barnbougle Dunes Links (Lost Farm course) 76 km

When Barnbougle Dunes opened for play in 2004 it did have a few critics who suggested it was too far away from the golfing masses to be financially successful. How wrong they were. If a golf course is good enough,... Find out more

Barnbougle Dunes Links 77 km

Bridport used to be a sleepy fishing village on Tasmania’s north-east coast. That all changed in 2004. In December of that year Barnbougle Dunes Links opened for play on the eastern outskirts of town – and... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

The Pelican Restaurant

The modern Tidal Waters Resort has a gorgeous fine-dining à la carte restaurant specialising in Tasmanian seafood, cooked with style and panache. The flavours are Asian and the ambience is contemporary and... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

Purple Possum Wholefoods and Cafe 29 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

Moulting Bay camping area 5 km

There is space here under the trees for the biggest of big rigs and, with the convenience of a boat-launching place, this is a fantastic spot to set up camp close to the excellent fishing in Georges Bay. Bring water and... Find out more

Dianas Basin camping area 7 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

Dora Point camping area 8 km

This delightful camping area looks out over the Georges Bay narrows to St Helens Point. There are plenty of sheltered sites next to a safe swimming beach, and the kids will love exploring the rockpools at low tide. Come... Find out more

Grants Lagoon camping area 8 km

This is an open, grassy area with boat access to the lagoon and sites suitable for larger rigs. Nearby is a day-use area with access to the beach. Head along Binalong Bay Rd (C850), turning left after 8 km to the... Find out more

Paddys Island camping area 9 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

Jeanneret Beach camping area 10 km

This gorgeous cove has secluded and well-sheltered camping sites at its northern end, nestled in the trees at Round Hill Point. These sites are accessible to larger vans. Swim and snorkel to your heart’s content,... Find out more

Swimcart Beach camping area 10 km

There are sandy camping sites accessible to smaller vehicles all along this renowned surf-fishing beach, and a picnic area at the northern end near a small lagoon. Take care swimming as the beach drops away steeply.... Find out more

Cosy Corner (South) camping area 11 km

This camping area is next to a little cove with sparkling white sand. The access track is off Gardens Rd C848, 5.4 km north of Binalong Bay Rd. Sites are sheltered from the wind among trees or close to the beach.... Find out more

Cosy Corner camping area 11 km

This camping area is right behind the beautiful Cosy Corner Beach. The northern end is best suited to bigger vans and the southern end has sheltered sites among trees. Access is signposted off Gardens Rd (C848) and there... Find out more

Sloop Reef camping area 13 km

This spot on the point between Taylors Beach and Seaton Cove is everything you imagine Bay of Fires to be: clear blue waves and a deserted curve of pure white beach. There are no toilets here and it is suited to small... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park 1 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

Bicheno East Coast Holiday Park 62 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

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Bayside Inn

The Bayside Hotel was once a rather attractive seaside hotel but these days it’s more functional than funky, with over 80 motel units and hotel rooms, a bar and bistro, gaming and a drive-through bottle shop. Close to... Find out more

The Old Headmasters House

Although not usually known for their good taste and style, this particular headmaster must have been an exception to the rule. His grand turn-of-the-century home now offers luxury B&B accommodation in three gracious... Find out more

Tidal Waters Resort

This modern resort on the foreshore of tranquil Georges Bay is just a short stroll from the centre of St Helens. It has 60 stylish ensuite rooms with balconies looking over the water or facing landscaped native gardens.... Find out more

Bay of Fires Character Cottages

Overlooking aquamarine water and white sand, these self-contained cottages tucked into the corner of picturesque Binalong Bay are just a few steps from the beach. Well equipped with laundries and full kitchens, most... Find out more

Bed in the Treetops

Among the wildlife and forests near Binalong Bay, this pole house perched in the treetops provides unforgettable B&B accommodation. The two luxury suites show off the best of Tasmanian craft timbers and there are... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Rainbow Retreat 27 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

St Helens park area 2 km

At St Helens

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

Moulting Bay camping area 5 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.

Dianas Basin camping area 7 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.

Grants Lagoon camping area 8 km

T/O at St Helens

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

Dora Point camping area 8 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.

Paddys Island camping area 9 km

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

Just off the highway surrounded by scrub.

Jeanneret Beach camping area 10 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 11 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 11 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 11 km

T/O at St Helens

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

Scamander Forest camping area 13 km

T/O at Beaumaris

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

Shelly Point Camp Area 13 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.

Little Beach camping area 34 km

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

Well off the highway and near the beach.

Lagoons Beach camping area 36 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.

Derby park area 43 km

At Derby

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

Denison Beach rest area 56 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.

Bicheno park area 61 km

At Bicheno

On the foreshore on the north side of town.

Scottsdale rest area 63 km

At Scottsdale

Just off the highway. On the east side of town.

Sideling Lookout park area 69 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 74 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.

Friendly Beach Camp Area 75 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.

What's on around town

Market: visitor centre carpark; Sat.

Regatta and Wood Chopping Festival: Jan.

Tasmanian Game Fishing Classic: Mar. 

Tasmanian Sand EnduroPeron Dunes; Nov.

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