Congratulations St Helens – Tassie’s Top Tourism Town for 2020!
The Jewel of Tasmania’s North-East, St Helens, has been named the inaugural Spirit of Tasmania Tassie’s Top Tourism Town. One of Tassie’s favourite traditional holiday spots, St Helens have invested heavily into its tourism infrastructure over the past few years, including its new world-class Mountain Biking Network. It is on the doorstep to the iconic Bay of Fires and some of the most pristine coastal areas in Tasmania. And home of some of the freshest seafood you’ll find anywhere in the world.
Life in St Helens is all about the ocean. The beaches, bays and estuaries here are perfect for swimming, beach walking, sailing, snorkelling and scuba diving and every kind of fishing. Hire or bring your own boat, join a charter to fish for big marlin and tuna on the edge of the continental shelf, or simply drop a line from the jetty to try for some of the tasty local bream. This is also the place to indulge in delicious, freshly caught seafood, including oysters, scallops, abalone, rock lobster and all manner of scale fish, sold at the local fish punts and in cafes and restaurants in town.
St Helens is the gateway to the Bay of Fires and Binalong Bay. Closer to town, you can take the one-hour return walk to spectacular Peron Dunes and the vast ocean beach. Browse the town’s shops, cafes and galleries and visit the History Room at the St Helens History and Visitor Information Centre to discover the Trail of the Tin Dragon—a series of experiences from St Helens to Launceston that tells the story of Chinese tin miners who lived and worked in north east Tasmania.
The St Helens Mountain Bike Trails are some of the most scenic trails in the world – where else in the world can you ride Mountains to the Sea, ending your ride in one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the Bay of Fires. Whether you like to shred some serious downhill, enjoy some cross country flow or just want a fun day on the trails with the family, there’s an experience for everyone.
Choose from cosy bed and breakfast, resort, hotel, motel, holiday house or cabin and caravan park accommodation, or experience St Helens’ incredible coastal environment on a camping holiday.
St Helens is 3hrs and 24min from Hobart and 2hrs and 10 mins from Launceston.
- Take the one-hour return walk to Peron Dunes and the wide open beach
- Walk around Georges Bay from Moulting Bay to Dora Point
- Stroll along the foreshore trail from Golden Fleece bridge to Lions Park
- Browse the town’s shops and galleries
- Savour local food and wine at the many cafes and restaurants
- Visit the History & Visitor Information Centre for information on the Bay of Fires walks/tour options and discover the Trail of the Tin Dragon that tells the story of Chinese tin miners who lived in the north east