This trek note takes in the southern Bay of Fires
section between Binalong Bay
and The Gardens
. The trek also takes you through the Humbug Point Nature Recreation
Area, where you can go on one of the many bushwalking tracks ranging from 1 to 6 hours long, and visiting places
such as Skeleton, Grants and Humbug Point. Some of these walking trails are close to the coast and it always seems surreal walking through the bush and being able to hear the ocean!
The major highlights of this trek includes; the historic fishing and timber town of St Helens, the secluded Dora Point, the lovely Cosy Corner
and without doubt - the picture-perfect Binalong Bay
. Binalong Bay
is up there with Tasmania
’s best beaches, offering hourglass-fine white sand, azure blue waters and granite rocks - which are speckled with orange
lichen that gives the view an attractive glow. These rocks are nicely rounded and protrude above the water on low tides - a photographer’s delight! Binalong Bay
also offers an array of accommodation, fishing and diving facilities, and a general store and cafe.
To the northern end of the trek is a small town called The Gardens
, named by Lady Jane Franklin, the wife of Governor John Franklin, who spent some time in the region in the 1840s. If you go out to The Gardens
, you will need to double back a bit to pick up the track. There are sweeping views of the coastline to the north, good (unpatrolled) swimming beaches, lots of rock pools to explore and orange
lichen-covered boulders to climb over and paddle between. Within the Bay of Fires Conservation Area
, there are heaps of free camping
spots with most overlooking the beach, and being a conservation area, rather than a national park - you can even bring your dog!!
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No permits are required for Bay of Fires Conservation Area
or the Humbug Point Nature Recreation
Area. Please be aware that Aboriginal middens (shell and bone deposits) are found in the sand dunes. Please do not disturb these protected sites.
For more information for the region please click: Bay of Fires Conservation Area - Southern Section
St. Helens Field CentreEagle Street
PO Box 353
St. Helens TAS 7216
Phone: (03) 6376 1550
Fax: (03) 6376 1258
Things to See & Do
The majority of this trek note is on good bitumen roads or gravel tracks that head towards the many beaches and coves en-route. Please note that food and fuel must be obtained from St Helens, so make sure you stock up because there are very limited supplies and/or facilities to the north.
In the southern section of the Bay of Fires Conservation Area
, there is no fresh water or firewood supplied at any of the campsites; therefore you must bring your own. Please take all rubbish away with you. For camping with facilities, please use the commercial caravan parks in the townships.
Fuel Supplies & Usage
||Diesel||4cyl 6 litres
||ULP||4cyl 7 litres
||LPG||4cyl 9 litres|
|6cyl 7 litres||6cyl 8 litres||6cyl 8 litres|
|8cyl 7 litres||8cyl 8 litres|
Camp Sites & Accommodation
The beaches in the Bay of Fires
are pristine white in colour, whilst the ocean backdrop ranges from an azure bluey-green. There are many rocky outcrops that are scattered with super-sized granite boulders covered in bright orange
In regards to flora within the Bay of Fires Conservation Area
, you will find heath, which attracts a large number of birds, including yellow-tailed black cockatoos, wattlebirds and honeyeaters. Coastal and sea birds include the spectacular white-breasted sea eagle, gannets, petrels and even the occasional albatross.
During the Spring wildflower season, the area is ablaze with colour. The distinct yellow cones of Banksia marginata are a common sight. Early European explorers
observed that Aboriginal people would pluck the flowers and suck them to extract rainwater and nectar. The yellow fleshy fruit of pigface (Carpobrotus rossii) was also considered to be a delicacy.
Bay of Fires
was given to the area by Captain Tobias Furneaux, in 1773, when he noticed numerous fires along the coast. This led him to believe that the country was densely populated. Abundant evidence of this occupation by Aboriginal people can be seen along the coast today.
Just 20km from Binalong Bay
is an area known as The Gardens
, named by Lady Jane Franklin, the wife of Governor John Franklin, who spent some time in the region in the 1840s.