Binalong Bay, Tasmaniaa
10 minutes north of St Helens is the little community of Binalong Bay, which marks the beginning of the Bay of Fires. Originally a fishing hamlet, the town is now a village with a large proportion of holiday dwellings. Noted for its rock and surf fishing, it is here that visitors first see the bay's large expanse of untouched coastline, lined with clean, white beaches punctuated by picturesque granite outcrops covered in orange lichen. With an array of accommodation, fishing and diving facilities, and a general store and cafe, Binalong Bay is an idyllic location for those seeking a 'holiday in heaven' and an ideal starting point for walks along the coastline.
Where Is it? 9 km north of St Helens.
The township marks the southern extremity of the Bay of Fires, an iconic 29-kilometre stretch of coastline renowned for its giant granite boulders covered in orange lichen, not to mention its white sandy beaches (they are often named among the best beaches in the world). This whole coast is popular with divers because of its kelp forests and underwater caves.
There are many secluded coves and bays to the north of Binalong Bay within the Bay of Fires Conservation Area that are ideal for camping, fishing, swimming or just lazing around and taking in the eye-pleasing coastal vistas. Please note, facilities are very basic - you will need to carry your own food and water. Many campsites are sheltered, being popular with fishermen, photographers and birdwatchers. At Bay of Fires you can expect to experience grey kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, echidnas and possums plus many sea and forest birds.
A short coastal drive from Binalong Bay, The Gardens is a picturesque area was named by Lady Jane Franklin, the wife of Governor John Franklin, who spent some time in the region. If your visit to the area is a brief one, the drive along the coast to The Gardens from Binalong Bay is recommended. Along the way are Jenneret Beach, Swimcart Beach, Cosy Corner and Sloop Point, all of which give access to the beach; some have camping facilities. Cosy Corner and Sloop Point have some great photo opportunities.
Jeanneret Beach is located on the southern side of Round Hill Point and consists of an embayed 250 m long east-southeast-facing beach, bordered by granite rocks and points, with a central rock outcrop. A rip runs out against the southern rocks during higher waves. It is backed by a low grassy foredune with a central car park and camping area behind the northern end of the beach. The Gardens Road is located 300 m to the west. It has parking for 10 vehicles. The secluded and well-sheltered camping sites are nestled in the trees at Round Hill Point. These sites are accessible to larger vans. Swim and snorkel to your heart s content, or hike along the Binalong Bay Coastal Walk. Turn off Gardens Rd, 3.2 km from the Binalong Bay turn-off.