Going on a trip and want to know all the best things to do in St Helens, Tasmania? We have you covered! Below, you will find our guide to all the top places to go in St Helens and surrounds.
St Helens is a small, charming coastal town in the eastern part of the state with a population of a couple of thousand. Despite having a small population, it packs a big punch when it comes to some good things to see in St Helens Tasmania.
St Helens is somewhere I went many times growing up. We loved escaping to the beaches around here and actually have a collection of photos we would take of our family every few years on a swing set at Binalong Bay as our family grew and we grew up. It’s full of great memories.
St Helens is a great spot to visit whether you are looking for a weekend escape or as part of a bigger exploration of Tasmania. It definitely deserves a spot on your bucket list of Tasmania places to visit.
Below, you will find our list of the top things to do at St Helens Tasmania and nearby as well as the best St Helens Tasmania accommodation depending on your budget. There is also a handy map of all the things to do around St Helens Tasmania that we mention here.
Top 11 Best Things To Do In St Helens Tasmania
Here are the best St Helens Tasmania attractions. Read through and select the ones that fit your interests and timeframe.
Serpentarium Wildlife Park
If you have kids, the Serpentarium Wildlife Park is an especially great place to head when looking for St Helens Tasmania things to do.
This heated indoor reptile exhibit and museum showcases exotic reptiles, such as the Green Anaconda, Indian Star Tortoises, and Reticulated Python. There are also impressive indigenous artefacts with gem and crystal displays.
The wildlife park, in general, wants to promote raising awareness of reptiles, supporting their conservation, as well as overall appreciation of nature.
Address: 5 West St, St Helens, Tasmania
St Helens History Room
The St Helens History Room is one of the interesting things to do in St Helens Tas to get some background information on the town. Located inside the Services Tasmania building with an information centre attached, it’s located in the middle of town.
Visiting this place provides you an excellent introduction to the region- from the housing relics in the mining and maritime history, up to the pioneering years.
Surprisingly, this little museum has over 1,000 items which catalogues the town’s social and natural history. Don’t miss out the film about the Trail of the Tin Dragon tourist route as well, which tackles Chinese tin mining on the northeast of Tasmania.
Address: 61 Cecilia St, St Helens Tasmania
Humbug Point Nature Recreation Area
Offering a huge area for camping and caravans, the Humbug Point Nature Recreation Area also provides easy access to George’s Bay.
It’s a great holiday spot for families popular for birdwatching, fishing, walks, and other fun water activities. There’s also a lot of great sites for beach and rock fishing, paddling, swimming, and so much more. One can also launch a boat at Binalong Bay which is found within the area.
Moreover, the Dora Point camping ground features campsites and toilets with assistance.
Address: 223 Dora Point Rd, Binalong Bay, Tasmania
St Helens Point
This conservation area is right at the point of St Helens in the eastern most part of the area. It’s a picturesque option of the things to do St Helens Tasmania with sand dunes and beaches in the lead up and views of St Helens stunning surrounding coastline including the orangey red rocks, white sands and aqua water the area is famous for.
To get to the actual point, you need to hike for 30 minutes on a flat, well maintained path. There is also a boat ramp at the start of the hiking track.
On the lead up to the point, there are many sand dunes and beaches (including Peron Dunes below).
Address: St Helens Point Road, St Helens, Break O’Day, Tasmania
Just by St Helens Point is another of the St Helens attractions Tasmania, Peron Dunes. This is the place to head for sandboarding, four-wheel driving or just to hang out at a really nice beach which can be basically empty. We visited in October school holidays and found no one here even though all accommodation in the area was booked!
For driving, it’s considered a difficult rating for experienced drivers only. At the northern end are some dunes great for sandboarding down.
Address: Akaroa, Tasmania
St. Helens’ trails are known as one of the country’s most scenic bike trails. Here, you can ride from the mountains to the sea ending your journey at the Bay of Fires, one of the world’s most gorgeous beaches.
Whether you want to shred a serious downhill, do a cross country flow, or just spend the day biking with your family, St Helens have a world class mountain biking area that you don’t want to miss.
With a busy fishing port, St. Helens is popular for game fishing.
Anglers, from beginners to experts, can head into the Tasman Sea via a shipping charter to catch deep sea fish, such as lobsters, and yellowfin tuna. The town is also popular for its scallops, abalone, crayfish and flounder.
For land based fishing, there are several jettys that provide an ideal spot to cast a line to get their catch of the day.
The beaches surrounding St George Bay are excellent for both swimming and surfing.
If you’d like to ride the waves, make sure that you don’t miss out any of the swells on the beaches between Scamander and Akaroa, depending on the mood of the ocean. I’m sure that you’ll ride your wave somewhere!
One of the best ways you can discover St Helen’s scenery is through its many walking trails found across town and the surrounding areas.
You can try the scenic 1-hour return trail starting from the St Helens Point Conservation Area, taking in the glorious Peron Dunes on route, and ending at the Beerbarrel Beach.
There is also a waterfront walk around the town, partly on boardwalk over the water which is very cool and useful for bikes too.
You can also head west to St Columba Falls State Reserve, where the lush flora and fauna, towering trees, and the cascading waters of South George River make an excellent picnic spot.
Bay Of Fires
This famous stretch of coastline is utterly spectacular and a must visit when you are working out what to do at St Helens Tasmania.
The southern end of this area is located just a 15 minute drive north of St Helens. The orangey-burnt coloured rocks make a stunning contrast against the powder white sand and aqua water.
The Bay of Fires is a slice of coastal heaven which stretches up to 50 kilometres from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point. Its pristine, white sandy beaches are ideal for swimming, surfing or just relaxing by the beach.
You can also spend hours snorkeling its inlets, lagoons, and bays. Birdwatching, bushwalking, fishing, and kayaking are also excellent year round activities.
Address: Mount William National Park, Tasmania
When looking for places to visit near St Helens, the town of Pyengana is the perfect place for a half day trip. Located about 25 minutes inland from St Helens, Pyengana feels more like a collection of a few houses than a town. However, there are a few places worth visiting.
First, start with a trip to St Columba Falls. These falls are claimed to be the highest in Tasmania at 90 metres tall and make for quite a sight.
Located a short 7 minute walk down a (slippery) path from a sealed road to the viewing platform at the bottom, these falls are easy to visit and loud and spectacular, especially after rainfall. You can glimpse them through the trees from the small car park.
After working up an appetite, head to the famous Pub in the Paddock which doesn’t just serve good meals and cold drinks but is famous for Priscilla, it’s beer drinking pig. You can buy a special pig beer to give her a drink.
Finally, you’ll want to stop at the Pyengana Dairy on your way out of town where you can try and buy some delicious Pyengana cheese and watch it being made.
Address: St Columba Falls Road, Pyengana, Tasmania
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Accommodation In St Helens Tasmania
Good news – accommodation St Helens Tasmania is easy to find and there is a good range of choices. However, the bad news is that St Helens accommodation Tasmania can fill up quickly in busy times like over the summer and school holidays so I recommend booking in advance.
The following are some great picks for your best accommodation St Helens Tas.
This 87-acre property on St Helens on the way to Bay of Fires, provides guests the opportunity to either stay in one of the self-contained cottages, or impressive Californian villas. It’s just a quick two minute drive to the town of St. Helens, and a 10-minute drive to the famous Bay of Fires.
Thes villas overlook George’s Bay, and guests can watch both the sunrise and sunset from the deck. All units and cottages are self-contained. Some rooms feature a kitchen, and a spacious dining area.
Amenities include a BBQ area, games room and outdoor furniture. There’s free WiFi, self-service laundry, and on-site parking for guests. The use of bicycles is also for guests, as the area is quite great for cycling. Fishing rods are also provided for those who want to go fishing.
MID-RANGE – NRMA St Helens Waterfront Holiday Park Review
Overlooking George’s Bay, NRMA St Helens Waterfront Holiday Park is just a short drive from the St Helens town area.
Guests can kick back, relax, and stay in either a modern cabin or studio which are fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchenette and dining area, flat screen TVs, private bath and shower. A microwave, mini-fridge, stove top, and kettle is also offered.
Amenities include an in-house bar and restaurant, terrace, garden, BBQ and business facilities, a games room, and children’s playground including a jumping pillow. Free WiFi, and on-site parking is also offered for guests.
BUDGET – Homelea Accommodation Review
Nestled just opposite the beach and George’s Bay, this accommodation both offers motel suites and 1 and 2-bedroom apartments.
Fully renovated, the apartments feature a lounge and dining area, and a stove top for cooking.
The 1-bedroom apartments have a 2-person spa bath. Meanwhile, the motel suites include tea and coffee making facilities.
Other amenities include an outdoor dining area with tables and chairs, and free parking for guests. There’s also a BBQ area and a playground for kids. The property offers free WiFi, and on-site parking for guests.
Moreover, the accommodation is just a short walk from shops and restaurants in the area,and approximately a 15-minute drive from Bay of Fires.
How To Get To St Helens
The best way to get to St Helens is in your own car whether that’s one you own or via rental car (check for best prices here).
It’s possible to get a bus to St Helens from Hobart, Launceston or Bicheno.
You can find details on this site.
Note buses do not run often and you may need to change buses. I highly recommend you drive a car here instead especially since you will struggle to see much in St Helens without one.
St Helens is a fabulous place to visit either on its own or as part of a bigger trip. It’s a charming, easy place to be with some awesome attractions in or nearby.
We always have a great time here, and I’m betting you will too!
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Sharon grew up in Tasmania, moved away and then came back with her family twenty years later. She loves re-discovering her home state and sharing it with you here.