A very pleasant beachside town in an area with lovely beaches
The best coastal scenery in Tasmania.
Why we did the scenic route to St. Mary's and Fingal via the Elephant Pass from Bicheno, was so we could stop at the Mount Elephant Pancake Barn. We had heard reports about it, and wanted to try one for ourselves. We were not disappointed, large & delicious, yes, we will return again one day!The road was built by convicts in the mid 1800s and leads...more
Another Waterfall that is worth a stop and a look. A short, 15 minute return walk from the car park to the viewing platform to see the spectacular tall waterfall plunging into the Cygnet River into a gorge. It can get a little slippery on the dirt and rocky track descending towards the wooden platform so do take care! Feeling enegetic? I wasn't!...more
St Columba Falls are the tallest falls in TasmaniaThe waterfall is a lovely, multi tiered falls, that plunge about 90m down the side of Mt Victoria. Much of the falls can be viewed from the road, but do the short 20-minute easy return walk as you pass through giant man and tree ferns.........they are magnificent! For more detailed information, stop...more
Eddystone Point lighthouse is situated in the Mt William National Park 15 kilometres north of Ansons Bay on the easternmost point of Tasmania's north-east coast.It is a circular stone tower made of locally quarried granite and stands 36 metres high. Opened in 1889, it was originally lit by a kerosene lantern, now it is fully automatic and visible...more
After visiting Evercreech, head on another 16 kms to Mathinna Waterfalls. The falls consist of a four tier waterfall which cascades over a total drop of about 80 metres - a spectacular sight! An easy 30min walk will take you to the base of the falls.Access to this waterfall is from a mostly sealed road leading north from the township of Mathinna....more
The Blue Lake is about 1hours drive from Scottsdale, about 17ks on the Gladstone road. The lake is here because of the tin mining carried out in this area. Its a very pretty azure blue. Swimming is allowed, remember, its very deep. Its also big enough for water skiing. You can camp here, and if you want, go fossicking for gems, quartz, topaz and...more
This reserve is located in the Fingal Valley, and is signposted from the town of Fingal. Here, you find the 'White Knights" THE TALLEST WHITE GUMTREES IN EXISTENCE...... more impressive and taller than the Big Trees in the Styx Valley.A 20 minute loop walk takes you past the tall trees, into a grove of manferns and tall Blackwoods, before heading...more
The Bay of Fires is situated between Binalong Bay and Eddystone Point.The entrance to the Bay of Fires - Binalong Bay, is 10 minutes from St. Helens.The Beach here is white, with lovely green/blue water.We stayed at St. Helen's but I would imagine it would be nice staying here, there was accommodation, a general store & cafe, all in this pretty,...more
St Helens, located in a pretty setting overlooking Georges Bay, is the largest town on the north-east coast, with a population of about 2,000, and is also known as 'THE GAME FISHING CAPITAL OF TASMANIA" St Helens is a popular destination for fishing, and each March the St Helens Game Fishing Classic . It's also popular amongst divers for its...more
Photo 1 Sign and scrub in the coastal protection areaPhoto 2 Dunes in the coastal protection areaPhoto 3 Dunes in the ‘Motorised Recreation Area’ Photo 4 Four flats – anyone got a tyre pump?Photo 5 Sign designating uses of the area.The southern bank of George’s Bay is a long sand spit, known as St Helen’s Point. It’s a pleasant drive with...more
Photo 1 Old jetty, George’s BayPhoto 2 St Helens fishing fleetPhoto 3 St Helens marina Photo 4 Ocean mouth, George’s Bay..What a marvellously named bay! George’s Bay is the pleasant inlet on which St Helens is built, with outlying ‘suburbs’ such as Steiglitz on the southern bank. Much of the shores are set aside as recreation and nature reserves...more
Photo 1 St Helens “Village Store & More” Photo 2 St Helens Anglican Church, dating from 1881Photo 3 One of the two supermarkets (the other is larger)Photo 4 The pre-Federation Post Office, still marked “Post and Telegraph”.When people say this part of the world is unspoiled, the key issue is that it’s uncrowded. Contrast this with the Gold Coast or...more
Photo 1 Beach, Bay of Fires, looking south Photo 2 Some of the fine white sandPhoto 3 A quiet little rock pool on the Bay of FiresPhoto 4 Looking north on the Bay of Fires.To quote from the UK “Times on Line” and the story on the Lonely Planet ratings: #1 BAY OF FIRES Tasmania. They say: “White beaches of hourglass-fine sand, Bombay Sapphire sea,...more
Photos 1-3 Scenes at Binalong BayPhoto 4 The statuesque welcoming statue.To reach the little beachside village of Binalong Bay, head out of St Helens on the C850. The trip is only about ten or eleven km, but this places you at the southern end of the Bay of Fires. There are a few limited facilities here, some very scenic rock outcrops, some...more
The Honeymoon Bay walk in Freycinet National Park is only very short - a mere 10 minutes walk from the car park on the way back from Wineglass bay (fortunate for us, because we were too exhausted after our climb to walk much further than 10 minutes!)Again, on a sunnier day, it would be very spectacular. Still, it was pretty even in the shade.more
Wineglass Bay is in Freycinet National Park, further south than St Helens & Bicheno.Most walks in the park are quite lengthy, and gruelling but from pictures I've seen seem very worth it. Wineglass Bay lookout is reached in 1 - 1/2 hours from the carpark. From there you can walk another 2 hours to the beach itself.The walk to the lookout was to me...more
On the way to St. Helens on the east coast of Tasmania, is Scottsdale. this is a rich dairying, agricultural and forest region. About halfway, (Lunch time) is the Weldborough Hotel. We stopped here for a light lunch. On reading the sign outside, we wondered if it was a good idea.Our lunch was quite o.k.Read what was on the Menu in my...more
Photo 1 Salty Seas, alongside the Medeas CovePhoto 2 Choose your order, but it had better be seafood!Photos 3,4 Fish holding tanks and fish, inside the ‘Salty Seas’ Photo 5 Time for lunch of fish and chips.We visited no restaurants in St Helens because we self-catered. We did visit the Salty Seas seafood restaurant and take-away though, for some...more
This is a very interesting shop indeed....it's predominantly a Books, Collectables and Bric a brac shop but they also have an old fashioned sweet shop section (with Tasmanian ice cream & fudges too) PLUS, coffee bar and cakes. If the rich aroma of the cofee permeating the shop doesn't lure you in, the sight of the prices will.Unlike many...more
Be prepared : The journey from Launceston to St Helen’s (via Scottsdale) is a much longer journey than it looks on the map. (I recommend you have a car, motorcycle or campervan, as I didn't notice anu tourist buses and they will not get you to all the great places)
Here's a map of the North Eastern coast to help you orientate yourself a bit.
This is a gallery/shop containing beautifully crafted predominantly silver jewellery.
It was great to see the designer/craftsman there (Knut Lewandowski) working at his machinery at his work bench - added a nice dimension to the experience (especially since it’s free)
I was most impressed by the uniqueness and artistry of his work, the like of which I’d never seen before. Some pieces he crafts are once offs.
It was a breath of fresh air to me in a world of so many commercial jewellery shops.
I liked this place so much I got permission to use a pic of of a couple of the pieces here so you can have a bit of an idea of the style.
What to buy: Jewellery such as silver necklaces, earrings, pendants, brooches etc.
You probably won't believe this, but IT IS TRUE, IT HAPPENED TO ME. Beware of the Big Seagulls (Pacific Gulls) These are larger than our normal seagulls.
I was fishing off the wharf at St. Helens, and decided to get my jacket as it had come in cold. I pulled my rod out of the water incase a fish pulled it in, and laid it against the edge, so nobody would trip over it.
I headed to the car, and not long after heard my husband shouting, a big Seagull had my NEW ROD in his mouth and was flying away with it. He did drop it, and as you may guess, it fell into the ocean never to be seen again, SO, BEWARE!
Photo 1 Sandbank near ScamanderPhoto 2 Beach and picnic area at ScamanderPhoto 3 ‘Chancellor Inn, Scamander Beach’ looking out of place Photo 4 Beach beyond Scamander toward Bicheno.If you head south from St Helens, you will find yourself following yet more lovely and essentially unused beaches until, after about 20 km, you reach the little village...more
Freycinet National Park has a lot to offer the visitor and is a very popular park, especially with campers, walkers and hikers (though it's great for sightseeing too) It's also very popular for boating. These granite rock mountains are quite famous and called "The Hazards". They are different in changing light, from purple, to grey, to pink....more
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Photo 1 Dad and son fishing
Photo 2 Caught something, quick, get it off the hook
Photo 3 No, Mum also says it’s too small – back it goes!
Photo 4 For fisherfolk with larger ambitions.
We were interested to see what appeared to be ‘Dad’ giving his son doing some beach fishing lessons on the St Helens Peninsula. A few minutes later, the young chap had caught something, it looked like a whiting or Australian Salmon possibly. So as they removed it from the line, Mum also came along to see what the action was about, just before the young fellow returned the fish to the ocean.
Of course, if your interest is in the larger end of the finny spectrum, St Helens is a good place to visit. There are fishing charters and a Game Fishing Club – maybe the young chap in the first photos will be found here in a few years!