The Bay of Fires & Binalong Bay

Turning the corner on the road from St Helens into Binalong Bay, the sight is simply jaw-dropping: the turquoise-coloured ocean breaks onto a breathtakingly white beach fringed with huge boulders draped with iconic orange lichen.

Bay of Fires

The Bay of Fires has been luring holiday makers for decades. Named by ‘Lonely Planet’ in 2009 as the world’s hottest travel destination, the Bay of Fires has to be included on your Tasmanian holiday itinerary.

Spend peaceful hours snorkelling in the region’s crystal clear lagoons, inlets and bays. Place endless footprints along the endless stretches of perfectly white sand. A fascinating aquatic world can be discovered with local guided diving and snorkelling tours. View scenic reefs, spectacular sponges and corals, underwater caves, and abundant marine life including weedy sea dragons, boarfish, abalone and wandering rock lobsters in excellent year-round visibility of up to 20 metres.

Extending from Binalong Bay, 10 kilometres north of St Helens, in the south to Eddystone Point in the north, the Bay of Fires is a glorious combination of untouched wilderness and perfect strands of beaches.

Laid-back and relaxing, Binalong Bay is a charming village of holiday homes and campsites hidden among the acacia trees fringing the shores, and a great place to take time out swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking and walking.

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Scenic lagoons border nearby Humbug Point Nature Recreation Area at secluded and lovely spots like Skeleton Bay, Grants Point and Elephant Head. Popular for bushwalking and bird-watching, the Humbug Point heathlands attract a rich array of birdlife including yellow-tailed black cockatoos, wattlebirds and honeyeaters, while seabirds seen in the area include magnificent white-breasted sea eagles, Pacific gulls, gannets, petrels and albatross.

In spring, the area is ablaze with wildflowers, including native orchids and the distinct yellow flowers of native Banksia.

Further north is Cosy Corner Beach, situated on the road to the delightful little holiday hamlet known as The Gardens, simply breathtaking.

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