Ansons Bay

Ansons Bay is the name of both a geographical feature and a small township on the extreme north-east coast of Tasmania. For much of the 20th century the timber industry was predominant but it is now mostly involved in fishing and tourism.

Time has stood still at Ansons Bay. This small fishing village on the far north eastern coast of Tasmania hasn't changed since the 1940s. The temporary fibro houses, the tinnies waiting to be pushed off in search of fish and the quiet and sleepy holiday ambience make it one of those wonderful secrets which is known only to the locals and a select group of anglers. Fishing is spectacular around Ansons Bay. The best time to visit is in October and there are plenty of great fishing spots. The Bream fishing is especially good and the best bet is to fish in around 2 foot of water around the weed patches. There are also plenty of great Australian Salmon to be caught on the Anson River.

Another great activity is to go Kayaking along the Ansons River. The experience will leave you breathtaking as you take in the wonderful natural environment. On your eco paddle you will also see plenty of water birds like cormorants, swans and pelicans. Eagles will more than likely soar overhead to making a magical experience.

Ansons Bay sits on the Bay of Fires, a beautiful piece of wilderness coastline in the north-east corner of Tasmania, stretches from Eddystone Point in the north to Binalong Bay in the south. Characterised by stunning blue water, fishing lagoons, spotless white sandy beaches and orange lichen covered granite boulders, the area is often mentioned internationally in lists of the world's top beaches. It stretches from Eddystone Point in the north to Binalong Bay in the south.

On 5th March, 1788 Lieutenant Henry Lidgbird Ball, whilst exploring the east coast of Tasmania, named the bay after George Anson, a British admiral who was fondly remembered as a great explorer and had been the first Lord of the Admiralty from 1751 until his death in 1761. European settlers moved into the area in the 1830s when the dominant industry was logging. There was the potential for fishing and by the twentieth century the milder weather and good supplies of bream had attracted many anglers to the area, as they still do today.

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Bay Of Fires

A place of tranquil beauty and one of Tasmania s most popular tourist destinations, this 29-kilometre ribbon of sea, surf and sand is renowned for its island beach culture, cosy cottages and nature walks, not to mention its natural beauty. The bay's unusual name was given to the area by Captain Tobias Furneaux, in 1773, when he saw the smoke from the fires of the local Kunnara Kuna tribe. This led him to believe that the country was densely populated. Abundant evidence of this occupation by Aboriginal people can be seen along the coast today.

Travellers have always been drawn to the Bay of Fires Conservation Area, a ribbon of white sand and azure sea. Aborigines were the first, their campfires giving Europeans a name for their maps. Despite its fame, you re still likely to have these wide ocean beaches and shell-strewn coves to yourself. The maximum stay in any of the campsites is 4 weeks, and you need to bring in your own firewood and water. Access is via Binalong Bay Rd and then Gardens Rd, which runs north along the shore and ends at the Gardens. Tracks lead to the coast along its length.
Eddystone Point

The main attraction in the area is the Eddystone Lighthouse which is located 13 km north of Ansons Bay at the northern end of the Bay of Fires. Eddystone point was first sighted by Captain Tobias Furneaux, in 1772 when he was captain of the HMS Adventure. Furneaux was accompanying Lieut. James Cook on his second voyage to the South Seas when he was separated from the rest of the fleet. He explored much of the eastern coast of Van Diemen's Land and named the point, which obviously had no lighthouse at the time, after the famous Eddystone lighthouse near Plymouth on the English south coast.

The lighthouse was built out of pink granite in 1889, stands 42 metres above sea level, and can be seen from 26 nautical miles out to sea. The light was serviced by sea and over the years the landing areas took a battering with jetties having to be rebuilt several times. The lighthouse is in the Mount William National Park. It can be reached by unsealed roads of a fair condition from St Helens or Gladstone (32 km).

Called Larapuna in the local Aboriginal language, Eddystone point is part of the traditional territory of Tasmanian Aborigines. Aborigines have re-occupied Eddystone Point since 1999 when the Tasmanian Government agreed in principle to the return of Eddystone Point and Mt. William National Park. The point is essentially one huge midden - and there are over ninety individual middens - nearly sixty artefact sites and some burial sites in Mt. William National Park, which surrounds the point. All are unmarked to protect them from being vandalised.

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 River to Musselroe Bay. Mt. William National Park was established in the 1970s, in part to provide a refuge for the Forester kangaroo, a Tasmanian subspecies of eastern grey kangaroo which was in grave danger of extinction at the time. Like so much of Tasmania s east coast, the geology of Mt. William is dominated by granite. Due to its high quartz content, granite breaks down into a very pure sand which has formed beautiful white beaches that are one of the features of the park.

There is a large population of marsupials - wombats, Forester kangaroos, Tasmanian pademelons and wallabies, particularly along Forester Drive. With a rich diversity of coastal vegetation boasting spring flowering, the park is an important area for the conservation of Tasmania s coastal heathlands and dry sclerophyll communities or plants. Heath is found on poorer soils, such as those here, which result from weathered granite and wind blown sand.

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