St Helens

Petrol and Oil Restaurant, Licensed Restaurant or Hotel counter meals Refreshments Accommodation Camping Area Caravan Park Liquor Supplies Youth Hostel Public Toilets Boat Ramp BBQ Picnic Area Visitor Information Staffed Tasmanian Visitor Information Centre

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DISTANCES: Launceston (via St Marys) 166Km, (via Scottsdale) 164Km, St Marys 36Km

The economy of St Helens, a popular resort area and the largest town on the east coast, is based on fishing, timber and particularly tourism.

The town is built on the western and southern shores of Georges Bay, a 120 sq km expanse of water with development stretching around the shores to the nearby ocean beaches.

The town offers Y.H.A. accommodation, numerous B&B operations, self contained units/cottages, hotel and motel. There is a good shopping centre. Commercial recreational facilities include, golf, bowls and deep-sea fishing charters as well as a small airport.

St Helens is a popular base from which to explore the north eastern sector of Tasmania which contains some of Tasmania’s finest beaches and coastal scenery.

One of Tasmania’s busiest fishing ports, St Helens ranks high in catches of crayfish, scale fish and abalone.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO

Drives to Binalong Bay (11 km), the start of the popular Bay of Fires area, Sloop Rock and Swimcart Beach, Stieglitz, Akaroa, St Helens Point and Peron Sand Dunes, St Columba Falls (38 km), game fishing (charter boats available), history room, old mine workings, wild flowers, sea shells, birds and game.

Organised day and half-day tours to points of scenic beauty and historic interest are available from the history room, and a private 4WD Operator.

There is a local market held in the town centre each Saturday.