STAY & PLAY
St Helens and surrounds is all about the great outdoors so join us for an adventure!
We have plenty of beaches, walks, waterfalls, on-water activities, fishing, surfing, kayaking… we could go on and on!
Frankly there is just heaps to see, do and enjoy in the area and plenty of information around but we would recommend you start by Asking a Local Legend, just look for someone wearing this symbol, and they will be more than happy to tell you the best things to see and do!
Otherwise you can also check out these websites to whet your appetite before your wheels hit the trail.
Here are our favourite places to stay and eat – this will be populated with our platinum and gold ambassadors.
BEACH & CHILL
Why not head to one of our spectacular beaches for a spot of fishing, a surf or just chill; we seriously have so many beaches to choose from that it is not unheard off to have a whole stretch of beach to yourself!
You can check out the beautiful Bay of Fires where you will find plenty of free camping, white sand, turquoise waters and the infamous orange lichen covered rocks… if you’re lucky you may even spot a whale, dolphin, seal or two.
If you like to ride the waves as well as the trails, make sure you check out the swell at any of the beaches between Scamander and Akaroa as depending on the ocean’s mood you will find something to ride somewhere!
The same goes for fishing, whether its estuary, deep sea, jetty, kayak or jetty, your chances of hooking dinner are better than your chances of avoiding a Yeeeeiw on the trails.
SWAPPING THE PEDALS FOR PADDLES
There are plenty of places for you take out the paddle board or kayak. From the bream filled waters of the Scamander River to the calm waters for Georges Bay, there is plenty of open water to explore and enjoy.
HEAD FOR THE HILLS
There are simply too many great walks in our area for us to tell you all about them here so we recommend you check these sites out but for a quick snap-shot here’s a few of the locals’ faves:
If you are driving to the East Coast via St Marys you will spot a pyramid shaped hill behind the township, this is St Patricks Head, or Paddys Head.
This is a challenging walk and will take around 3hours return as it climbs steeply to 683m above sea level, but once at the top, the 360 degree views across the Fingal Valley and north and south up the east coast make it all worthwhile.
ST COLUMBA FALLS
Located 40 minutes drive from St Helens and passing through the dairy capital of the area, Pyengana, St Columba Falls is a an easy 20 – 30 minute return walk.
The falls are one of Tasmania’s highest at 90 metres high and are at their most spectacular after a good rainfall. You can find more information here.
EVERCREECH & MATHINNA FALLS
Located in the Fingal Valley near Mathinna are the tallest white gums in the world, the ‘White Knights’, as well as the nearby Evercreech Falls.
The perfect spot for a picnic with BBQ facilities right by the creek, both walks, to the White Knights and the Falls are not difficult and worth a look.
Located just over 20 minutes drive from St Helens, Halls Falls is a truly spectacular place as it features twin falls flowing in to a peaceful, tree fern lined rockpool. It is a lovely spot to escape the summer sun and enjoy a quiet picnic. It is an easy but in parts steep walk down to the falls so make sure you wear some good shoes. You can find some more information here.