St Helens

As the sun rises in St Helens, the waters of Georges Bay are transformed with the reflection of ethereal amber, pink and violet hues that ripple with the gentle bobbing of moored boats.

The tranquil silence of the morning only broken by the hum of a cray boat, the cry of a seagull or the distant ‘yiewwwwww’ from mountain bike riders.

Located 2hrs south of Launceston and 3hrs north of Hobart, the township of St Helens is nestled around scenic Georges Bay and is the largest township on the east coast of Tasmania.

Enjoying fish and chips

Credit: East Coast Regional Tourism Organisation

Beach Relaxing

Credit: Sean Scott

Family Picnic
Georges Bay sunrise
Sunrise over Georges Bay

Credit: Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett

Once a busy fishing village, this picturesque town is now a tourism hotspot - once the word got out about the stunning scenery and lifestyle of the area, there was no stopping visitors from wanting to explore and immerse themselves in the enviable ‘coastie’ life… and really, who can blame them.

The people of the coast are a chilled out and friendly crew that appreciate the simple things in life; Freshly caught cray and oysters, a refreshing morning surf before work and a hectic MTB ride in the afternoon all washed down with a local craft beer. If you ask them nicely, they will share all their local secrets with you, so long as you promise not to tell a soul.

As soon as you reach St Helens, take in a deep breath of salty fresh air and feel the anxiety and stress melt away – no really, its actual science and due to the negatively charged ions in the air. Created by the movement of water, the ions help release the ‘happy chemical’ serotonin. If it’s zen your looking for, you will reach nirvana in St Helens in no time.

You could lose countless hours gazing at the water fishing, whether on a boat, jetty, beach or estuary, or you could connect with the beautiful natural environment by exploring St Helens from the water by kayak.

Land lubbers can enjoy a walk around Georges Bay multi-user track taking in the birdlife and serenity. Or maybe you are looking for something to get your heart racing…

If it’s adrenaline you are looking for, head up to the St Helens MTB trails. Built by internationally renowned trail builders World Trail, you can expect quality trails that emphasise the natural environment as well as your riding experience and the best thing… the trails can be ridden all year round and feature everything from beginner green trails to advanced black diamond gravity trails. So whether you are looking for a nice casual ride through the natural coastal bushland or a lot of downhill airtime, you will find a trail for you.

The St Helens trails even feature a purpose built trailhead with plenty of parking, amenities block, recreational space and even a café so you can rest in between rides and share your trail stories with other riders.

Whether its zen, fun or connection to the environment or the local ‘coasties’, St Helens will inspire, intrigue and keep you wanting to come back for more.

St Helens and surrounds itinerary.

Target market: Raw Urbanites - Family (two adults + two children)

Whether you are looking for, a relaxing escape, to sample the best of Tassie’s produce, a hit of adrenaline, or a combination of all three, the east coast township of St Helens is a must stop and stay.

The locals will tell you that if you’re heading to the coast from Launceston, as soon as you start glimpsing the azure blue ocean you will know you are on the right path, and if coming from Hobart along the Great Eastern Drive you will get to follow the ribbon of blue ocean nearly all the way along the coast. Either way, your journey will be scenic and filled with coastal vistas that promise an immersive seaside holiday experience for the whole family.

Enjoy the destination but make sure you relish every moment of the journey!

No matter which direction you choose to get to St Helens, your holiday is as much about the journey as it is the destination.

Make sure you give yourself enough time to really explore the area as there is plenty to see and do for the whole family as well as some down time to just sit back and enjoy the ‘coastie’ life.

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