2009 Lonely Planet International Guide hails Tasmania's Bay of Fires at Binalong
Bay as '... the world's 'hottest' travel destination, a castaway bay with a 29 km
ribbon of sea and surf spooling out from the old whaling town of St Helens...'.
Not only are the beaches blessed with the finest white sand but with a '... Bombay
Sapphire sea, an azure sky - and nobody' the guide says. The Bombay Sapphire sea
certainly has an intoxicatingly appealing sound to it!
If deserted, never-ending stretches of sand and sea are what you crave as
your place to relax and unwind, then Tasmania's East Coast boasts impressive
expanses of beaches, coves and inlets, with dramatic coastal scenery along the
The coastal road south from St Helens passes the quiet seaside towns of
Beaumaris and Scamander, offering surfing and fishing plus well-marked walking
tracks and magnificent views of coast and hinterland. Falmouth, Four Mile Creek
and Chain of Lagoons pop up along the road to Bicheno.
Here, in the Douglas-Apsley National Park, walks through forests, where over
half of the State's eucalypt species are found, are interrupted only by the
intermittent sounds of more than 65 bird species and cool tranquil rock pools.
Bicheno is home to East Coast Natureworld where you can meet Tasmania's devil
and a visit to the Blowhole is a must.
Continuing south, passing several first class vineyards, the State's oldest
historic coastal township of Swansea, settled in the early 1820s, appears, with
spectacular vistas of the Peninsula across Great Oyster Bay. Swansea is an ideal
base to explore historic midland towns, Freycinet National Park at Coles Bay,
with Wineglass Bay just beyond, and is only 35 minutes to the ferry for the
award-winning Maria Island experience. Swansea also offers a variety of good
eating places and excellent accommodation choices.
So, if you want a holiday with boots, backpacks and bush-bashing - Tasmania
is for you. If you prefer bays, beaches and basking in the sun, on quiet shores
listening to the waves and birds - then Tasmania is certainly for you too.
If you want a holiday with the lot - do we have it? I think so.