Q. Where is the Bay of Fires?
A. The Bay of Fires is on the northeastern coast of Tasmania in Australia, extending from St Helens Point in the south, including Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point in the north.
Q. Where does the Bay of Fires start and finish?
A. The Bay of Fires starts at St Helens Point and extends to Eddystone Point.
Q. Where is Binalong Bay?
A. Binalong Bay is a small coastal town in north-east of Tasmania, situated at the southern end of the Bay of Fires.
Q. Is the Bay of Fires or Binalong Bay a national park or reserve?
A. The northern section of the Bay of Fires, from north of the outlet of Ansons Bay to Eddystone Point lies within the Mount William National Park. The middle section of the Bay of Fires lies in the vicinity of Ansons Bay. It can be accessed via Policemans Point (within the Bay of Fires Conservation Area) or the northern shore of Ansons Bay, however be aware that it is not possible to cross the outlet of Ansons Bay. The southern section of The Bay of Fires is in the Conservation Area, situated along a 13 km stretch of coast between Binalong Bay and The Gardens.
Q. How far is Binalong Bay from Launceston, Hobart and St. Helens?
A. To drive from Launceston to Binalong Bay (175 km) will take approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. To drive from Hobart to Binalong Bay (263 km) will take approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes. To drive from St. Helens to Binalong Bay (11 km) will take approximately 10 minutes.
Q. What is the closest town to Binalong Bay?
A. St Helens is the closest town to Binalong Bay and is the largest town on the north-east coast of Tasmania, Australia, on Georges Bay.
Q. Where can I go to get food, fuel or shopping?
A. Take a look at our food and accommodation pages for great places to eat or our local services pages for a myriad of places to shop or to fuel up the car. There are two fuel stations in nearby St Helens…a BP and a United Petroleum.
Q. Is there a youth hostel, hotel or motel in Binalong Bay?
A. There is one youth hostel in St Helens…St Helens Backpackers, located at 9 Cecilia St, St Helens. There are several motels, again in St Helens…the Anchor Wheel Motel And Restaurant, located at 59-61 Tully St, St Helens, Queechy Cottages, located at 2 Tasman Hwy, St Helens and the Bayside Inn, located at 2 Cecilia St, St Helens.
Q. Where can I get medical assistance in Binalong Bay?
A. There are no medical services available in Binalong Bay, but, depending on your needs, there are several options for medical services…in an emergency, please dial 000 for an ambulance, visit St Helens District Public Hospital, located in Circassian Street, St Helens – phone 03 6376 5222 or make an appointment at St Helens General Practice located at 11 Pendrigh Place, St Helens – phone 03 6376 1744 or 1300 780 011 after hours.
Q. Where can I find a chemist in Binalong Bay?
A. In St Helens, you can find the Ernest Targett Amcal Pharmacy. Located at 36 Cecilia Street, St Helens they are open late most nights, Monday to Wednesday, 8.30am – 6.00pm, Thursday and Friday, 8.30am – 7.00pm and Saturday, 8.30am – 6.00pm.
Q. What medical assistance is available after hours in Binalong Bay?
A. There are no medical services available in Binalong Bay after hours, but you can dial 000 for an ambulance in an emergency, visit St Helens District Public Hospital, located in Circassian Street, St Helens – phone 03 6376 5222. Available seven days a week, 24 hours. The doors are locked at 7.00pm (Present to the Emergency Department Door – press red call button for assistance). Alternatively make an appointment at St Helens General Practice located at 11 Pendrigh Place, St Helens – phone 1300 780 011 after hours.
Q. What car repair/maintenance services are available in Binalong Bay and where are they?
A. There are no car repair/maintenance services available in Binalong Bay, but you have various options in St Helens…Heinz Mobile Mechanical Service, located at 20 Nicks Close, St Helens – dial 0418 745 850 for service, The Car Barn, located at 116 Tully Street, St Helens – dial (03) 6376 1339 for service, THAT’S Howe! St Helens Mechanical, located at 16 Cecilia Street, St Helens – dial (03) 6376 2900 for service and for maintenance and repairs to outboards, inboards, boats, trailers and small engines, contact East Coast Outboards, located at 36 Tully St, St Helens – dial 0409 952 296 for service.
Q. Are there any camping/caravan areas in Binalong Bay or the Bay of Fires area?
|Toilets||Firewood||Rubbish collection||Water||Boat ramps|
|Grants Lagoon||Large, open, grassed camping areas with access to the lagoon (allows caravans and motorhomes).|
|Jeanneret Beach||Day use area, with grassed, secluded and well-sheltered campsites at adjoining Round Hill. Maximum stay 4 weeks (limited access to caravans/motorhomes).|
|Swimcart Beach||Ample grassed and sandy, sheltered campsites. Maximum stay 4 weeks (takes small caravans/campers).|
|Cosy Corner||Has 2 separate entrances. One leads to well protected campsites amongst the trees, the other, on the far side of the lagoon, leads to a more open, grassy camping area (larger caravans/motorhomes can access this area). Maximum stay 4 weeks.|
|Seatons Cove||Day use only. Sloop Reef – Bayside campsites on either left or right of access road into the reserve (cars and tents only). Maximum stay 4 weeks.|
|Sloop Lagoon & Big Lagoon||Off the Old Gardens Road, offer sheltered secluded sites. Maximum stay 4 weeks.|
|Policemans Point||At this campground you will find numerous campsites amongst the trees, many with beach access. Maximum stay 4 weeks.|
|Taylors Beach||Day use only area.|
|The Gardens Beach||Day use only area.|
Q. Where can I find drinking water for camping in Binalong Bay or the Bay of Fires area?
A. There is a fresh water tap on the northern side of Binalong Bay Road, opposite the Tidal Waters Resort. Please be aware this tap gets high usage in the summer months. If you require a hose for filling caravan/motor homes, you will need your own hose.
Q. Are there any camping restrictions in Binalong Bay or the Bay of Fires area?
A. Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania has a great fact sheet on sustainable camping which covers all of the basic do’s and don’ts.
Q. Are there any fire restrictions for campers in Binalong Bay or the Bay of Fires area?
A. Before heading out camping, check the Tasmania Fire Service website for any fires or incidents in the area. You can also check the current fire danger rating forecast and whether that particular day has been declared a Total Fire Ban. Campfires are generally allowed in most areas at most times, but please take care, especially during summer in times of high fire danger. The Tasmania Fire Service states that in normal conditions, campfires must comply with the following:
- Be at least 3 metres away from overhanging branches, stumps, logs and trees and other flammable material;
- Not be lit on peat soils or grassed sand dunes; and
- Have someone stay with the fire until it is completely extinguished.
Q. What activities can we do in Binalong Bay?
A. There are plenty of great activities to do around Binalong Bay, just take a look at our page of things to do and see…including surfing, diving, boating (power boating and sailing), walking, bicycle riding, horse riding, four wheel driving, snorkelling, sun bathing, canoeing, photography, landscape painting, water skiing, fishing, game fishing, surf fishing, bird watching (twitching), body boarding, hiking and camping.
Q. What safe beaches can I take my children to in Binalong Bay?
A. Swimming and water activities are the responsibility of parents and/or carers. It is important that you check local weather forecasts and assess beach/sea conditions to ensure the safety of friends and family. There are no beaches patrolled by lifesavers.
Q. Do I need a fishing, abalone or crayfish licence in the Bay of Fires?
A. You do not need a licence for salt water or marine fishing with a rod and line but an Inland Fisheries Licence is required for any fishing in inland waters, which includes some river mouths and estuaries.
A recreational sea fishing licence is required for any of the following types of fishing:
- Abalone (taken by any legal method)
- Rock lobster dive (fisher must be over 10 years old)
- Rock lobster pot (fisher must be over 10 years old)
- Rock lobster rings (fisher must be over 10 years old)
- Graball net
- Mullet net
- Beach seine net
- Scallop dive
The licensing year begins on 1 November. Licences are valid from the date of issue to 31 October. Separate seasons apply for rock lobster and scallops.
The licence holder must personally set and retrieve any fishing gear that requires a sea fishing licence.
Q. Where do I get a fishing, abalone or crayfish licence in the Bay of Fires?
A. Licences are available at most tackle shops or online at ifs.tas.gov.au. For more information you can call the Inland Fisheries Service on (03) 6233 4140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. Where can I launch my boat or canoe/kayak?
A. You can launch boats at the following boat ramp locations in and around the Binalong Bay/St Helens area:
- Binalong Bay Boat Ramp – Binalong Bay Road, Binalong Bay
- St Helens Wharf Boat Ramp – Georges Bay Esplanade, St Helens
- Burns Bay – South Boat Ramp – St Helens Point Road, Burns Bay
- Burns Bay Boat Ramp – St Helens Point Road, Burns Bay
- O’connors Beach Ramp – St Helens Point Road, St Helens
- Stieglitz Boat Ramp – St Helens Point Road, Steiglitz
- The Gardens – Coffeys Gulch, St Helens
Jetty locations in and around the Binalong Bay/St Helens area:
- St Helens – Parnella Jetty – St Helens Point Road, Parnella
- St Helens Berthing Piers – Georges Bay Esplanade, St Helens
- Binalong Bay Jetty – Binalong Bay Road, Binalong Bay
- St Helens Wharf – Georges Bay Esplanade, St Helens
- St Helens – Kirwan Jetty – Tasman Highway, St Helens
- St Helens Opp Cunningham St – St Helens Point Road, St Helens
You can view more information about all of these locations at Marine and Safety Tasmania.