St Marys

Population 524

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 eastern highlands. The roads to and from St Marys venture through picturesque forests or down through the valley.

Visitor Information

St Marys Coach House Restaurant, 34 Main St; (03) 6372 2529.

Nearby national parks

  • 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

  • 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

  • Fingal

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

  • 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

In Town

Rivulet Park: platypus, Tasmanian native hens and picnic and barbecue facilities; Main St.

St Marys Railway Station: restored with cafe, Woodcraft Guild and Men's Shed giftshop; Esk Main Rd.

St Marys Hotel: iconic building; Main St.


St Patricks Head: challenging 1 hr 40 min return walk to top of rocky outcrop for great 360-degree views of coast and valley; 1.5 km E.

South Sister: an easier lookout alternative to St Patricks Head, a 10–15 min walk leads through stringybarks and silver wattles to spectacular views of Fingal Valley; 3 km NW.

Cornwall: miners wall and Cornwall Collectables shop; 6.5 km W.

Falmouth: small coastal township with several convict-built structures, fine beaches and good fishing; 14 km NE.

Scamander: holiday town with sea and river fishing, good swimming, and walks and drives through forest plantations; 17 km N.

Douglas–Apsley National Park: see Bicheno; 25 km SE.

Fishing spots near town

St Helens 29 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 34 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 61 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

Bay of Fires Walk 62 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

Forest Ecocentre, Scottsdale 73 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

Cafes & restaurants around town


Beyond the forested hills of St Marys, the coast road leads to wide blue seascapes where this modern resort restaurant sits overlooking pristine ocean beaches. Uninterrupted views, fresh Tasmanian produce and the... Find out more

Mt Elephant Pancakes

Having wound your way up through the forested hills and valleys from St Marys, this pancake cafe is an unlikely – but heavenly – find. The crispy edges of their delicate melt-in-your-mouth crepes drape off... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

Purple Possum Wholefoods and Cafe

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 10 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

Lagoons Beach camping area 12 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

Trout Creek camping area 16 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

Leeaberra Track (walk-in camping) 17 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

Shelly Point camping area 17 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 22 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 25 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

Griffin camping area 31 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

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

Moulting Bay camping area 34 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

Dora Point camping area 35 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

Caravan parks around town

BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park 28 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 34 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

Addlestone House B&B

St Marys has a scattering of lovely 100-year-old weatherboard houses that provide a hint of the town’s past life as an important coalmining centre. Although it too is a century old, Addlestone B&B is... Find out more

Rainbow Retreat

At this solar-powered, carbon-neutral lodge set in such high biodiversity forest that it is protected forever by a conservation covenant, they have turned the philosophy of ‘think globally, act locally’ into... Find out more

St Marys Hotel

For almost 100 years the long wide verandahs of this grand old corner hotel have looked out over the main intersection in St Marys, from where the convict-built roads north and south wind through steep mountain passes to... Find out more

Ivory Fields Spa Retreat 
and Herb Farm

Expect much more than just a herbal tea at this country retreat. The cedar lodge overlooking an organic herb farm has all you’d expect at a spa – outdoor hot tub, sauna, banana lounges and a choice of... Find out more

White Sands Resort

On an isolated and very beautiful stretch of coast a few minutes from St Marys, this fast-growing resort has dozens of units and a load of activities on offer for families as well as twosomes. First, there’s the... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Rainbow Retreat 3 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

Little Beach camping area 12 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 12 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.

Scamander Forest camping area 16 km

T/O at Beaumaris

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

Shelly Point Camp Area 18 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.

Paddys Island camping area 22 km

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

Just off the highway surrounded by scrub.

Dianas Basin camping area 25 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 27 km

At St Helens

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

Denison Beach rest area 28 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 34 km

At Bicheno

On the foreshore on the north side of town.

Moulting Bay camping area 34 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.

Dora Point camping area 36 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 37 km

T/O at St Helens

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

Jeanneret Beach camping area 39 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 40 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 40 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 40 km

T/O at St Helens

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

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 Lagoon camping area 57 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.

Derby park area 58 km

At Derby

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

Coles Bay Camp Area 61 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.

Swansea park area 62 km

At Swansea

On the south side of town via the esplanade.

Cressy Beach park area 66 km

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

Secluded in scrub just off the highway on the foreshore.

Spikey Beach park area 68 km

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

Just off the highway and on the foreshore.

Conara rest area 68 km

At Conara

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

Campbell Town rest area 70 km

At Campbell Town

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

Scottsdale rest area 72 km

At Scottsdale

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

Sideling Lookout park area 73 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 75 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.

Mayfield Bay camping area 75 km

34km N of Triabunna (R) or 15km S of Swansea (L)

Just off the highway among trees on the foreshore with excellent coastal views.

What's on around town

New Year's Day Races: Jan.

Winter Solstice Festival: June.

Car Show: June.

St Marys to Fingal Bicycle Race: Oct.

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