Chain of Lagoons
When travelling south on the Tasman Highway between Scamander and Bicheno, the oceanside community of Falmouth is the only settlement of any significance you will pass. But that hasn't stopped travellers from stopping by the roadside to take in the beauty of this relatively deserted section of coastline. Aware of its appeal and the increasing number of motorists who pull off the highway to enjoy the view, the local council has established numerous camping sites so travellers can do this in safety.
Chain of Lagoons campground, located about halfway between St Helens in the north and Bicheno, is one such camping area. Close to where Elephant Pass road from St Marys joins the highway, this large camping area has numerous sites of different sizes; some secluded and well sheltered, and ideal for tents, while others are wide open and more suited to motorhomes and such. Facilities such as toilets are provided. Water can be obtained at either Bicheno or St Helens, where you should also be able to source firewood.
All wood, living or dead, is protected at the camping area and should not be used for firewood. The beach is accessed from the northern end of the grounds. A very long beach with clear, blue water, and glistening white sand, provides a great day walk to reach either end from the campground. To the west is Mt Elephant (also known as Elephant Mountain) and the ranges surrounding the pass to St Marys, a great backdrop to this lovely location.
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The area is synonymous with farming, fishing beach holidays, surfing and its pristine environment. Four Mile Creek drains into an open 2 km wide northeast-facing embayment containing two beaches. Four Mile Creek Beach - a 1.6 km long east-northeast-facing beach bordered by a sloping granite-boulder-strewn point in the north - is the larger of the two. The usually blocked creek mouth and a low rocky point are at the beach's tsouth end. The Four Mile Creek Road circuits the rear of the beach, with a roadside car park providing access to the northern end of the beach. There are four surf breaks along the beach, a northern rock break called Cattle Grids, a left off the northern point, a bombie right off the southern point, and beach breaks along the beach.
The Cray Drop-In holiday village is located on the slope and crest of the eastern Ironhouse Point. Iron House Brewery is located at White Sands Estate on Ironhouse Point near Four Mile Creek. a small boat ramp, groyne and launching area have been created on the eastern side of the bay. Tastings and sales are available from the White Sands Restaurant and Brewery Bar everyday during lunch from noon onwards and dinner, except Sunday evenings. White Sands Resort provides self-contained accommodation at Iron House Point. The 80-hectare property has a five-bedroom lodge and fully licensed restaurant. Guests can spend the day relaxing on the private, secluded beach or book a fishing charter and enjoy excellent coastal fishing. If you are keen to catch a trout, hire a rod and try your luck in the well-stocked trout lake.
The beach located on the southern side of Piccaninny Point curves to the south for 300 m as a rock-dominated beach. It has a large rock platform at the north end, a 100 m long central rock outcrop and a smaller southern boundary outcrop all in amongst the sand of the beach and surf zone.