Ansons Bay, Tasmania

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.

Mount William National Park

Mount William National Park is an isolated wilderness area fringed with gorgeous bays stretching from Ansons River to Musselroe Bay. The landscape is one of rolling hills, rugged headlands and pristine white-sand beaches, some strewn with pink-granite boulders, while in the north a string of marshy lagoons sits behind windswept coastal dunes.

From its long, lonely beaches to its teeming wildlife; from its unique history to its abundant plant life, Mt William National Park is a place of constant fascination. Nestled in the far north-east corner of the State, the park is an important area for the conservation of Tasmania's coastal heathlands and dry sclerophyll plants. Whether you fish or swim; watch birds or wander by the sea, there's always something more to see in this beautiful national park.

Mt. William National Park has an amazing diversity of animals. It is an important sanctuary for the Forester (or eastern grey) kangaroo (now restricted to several properties in the Midlands and north-east of the State), wombats, Bennetts wallabies and Tasmanian pademelons are also common. They are usually best seen in the early morning or around sunset. Another common animal is the echidna. It can often be found during the day, particularly in the summer months, foraging for ants. Brush-tailed possums and Tasmanian devils are common in the Park, but being nocturnal are not readily seen during the day.