Ignite your spirited side and marvel at some of Mother Nature’s best work on a Tassie adventure you’ll never forget. 

Boasting the title of one of Australia’s most untouched locations, Tasmania’s Bay of Fires region is as captivating as it is colourful. Just one glimpse of its orange lichen-covered boulders is enough to mystify you – and that’s before you’ve even set your sights on its crystal-clear waters and picture-perfect, white sandy beaches. Whether you want to wander the coastline on an epic walk, explore the charming town of St Helens, delight your tastebuds with local wine, or take in the serenity of Binalong Bay, you’ll never get bored of discovering this underrated area’s natural beauty. 

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Pure white sand and crystal-clear water of Tasmania's Binalong Bay

Walk the beach of Binalong Bay

Australia might be known for having some of the world’s best beaches, but the Bay of Fires area is known to have Tasmania’s best beaches and Binalong Bay is the main reason why. Featuring sparkling azure water, pure white sand, and more of those orange, lichen-covered rocks everyone’s obsessed with, this paradise-like spot caters for a range of activities promising a whole heap of fun.  

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Sip on some delicious, local wine

One of the best things about the Bay of Fires is its beautiful, natural landscape but coming in at a close second is the delicious wine this landscape creates. Whether you’re in need of a cheeky beverage after all that exploring or you just want to sip on some of this region’s grape-y produce, the Bay of Fires winery offers cellar door tastings that are guaranteed to delight your thirsty tastebuds. 

Two boats bobbing gently in the waters off St Helens on a clear day

Explore the quaint town of St Helens

While St Helens may not look like a must-visit destination on the outside, there’s actually plenty to discover bubbling just below the surface – literally. With waters boasting lobster, marlin, yellowfin tuna and albacore that are perfect for fishing and deep-sea caves that lure divers with their kelp forests and impressive collection of colourful fish, you simply can’t go past this quaint town if you’re after an unforgettable adventure, both on land and at sea.  

A wooden boardwalk surrounded by a thick forest of trees

Wander through the Blue Tier Forest

If you’re looking for a one-stop shop full of eye-opening experiences and fascinating adventures, then the Blue Tier Regional Reserve is the perfect place for you. Home to a wide variety of captivating walks (including the Goblin Forest Walk and the Australia Hill Circuit), heart-pumping and leg-burning bike tracks, and historically rich heritage sites left over from the region’s mining past, you’ll never run out of things to do in this beloved Tasmanian landscape. 

A group of travellers making their way over orange coloured rocks at the Bay of Fires

Play among the brightly coloured rocks

Prepare to be utterly entranced the instant you catch sight of the orange-coloured, lichen-covered granite boulders the Bay of Fires is famous for. While the reason for this vibrant phenomenon is scientific, you can’t help but believe there’s a little magic at play as well when the sun’s light dances on each rock’s textured surface. Spanning over 50km along the northeastern coast of Tasmania, this brilliant act of nature deserves to be seen and marvelled at. 

The faraway structure of Eddystone Point lighthouse with brightly coloured rocks in the foreground at sunset

Discover the Eddystone Point Lighthouse

There are few manmade structures that bring as much enchanting flair to a landscape as a lighthouse does and once you set your sights on the one in Mount William National Park, you’ll know exactly what we mean. Looking like something straight out of a fairytale (Rapunzel anyone?), the Eddystone Point Lighthouse is made up of pinky grey granite slabs to stand at 35 metres tall and acted as a beacon for ships navigating the Bass Strait in the late 1800s. 

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Getting to the Bay of Fires region is extremely easy thanks to numerous access points along the northeastern coast of Tasmania. If you're coming from mainland Australia, you can fly into Launceston Airport and drive the 2 and a half hours to get to the Bay of Fires, or, you can catch the ferry across the bass strait and drive to the Bay of Fires from the port town of Devonport. If you're coming from a location within Tasmania, driving to the Bay of Fires is the easiest option with no public transportation available. 

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The weather patterns experienced by the Bay of Fires region are similar to that of the rest of Tasmania, enjoying mild to warm summers and cold winters. The hottest months are January, February, and December with an average temperature of 21°C and the coldest months are June, July, and August where temperatures drop down to a low 13°C. However, the weather is pretty agreeable all year round. 

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The Bay of Fires region can be enjoyed year-round so there's no particular 'best time' to visit, however, if you're after warmer weather then travelling in summer is the way to go. While Tasmania's temperatures never reach incredibly high levels, summer is still lovely and sunny and offers little to no rainfall, allowing you to explore everything the region offers. Having said that, winter and the shoulder season of autumn are still fantastic times to visit the Bay of Fires with plenty of activities to enjoy like hiking and lichen-covered rock exploring. 

There's plenty of natural beauty to go 'round in the Bay of Fires and one of the best ways to soak it all up is to explore it on two feet. Boasting several epic walking tracks ranging from 'this is so easy' to 'I'll never catch my breath', there's one to suit every age and fitness level. 

The Bay of Fires region is a wondrous landscape full of beautiful things to see so it only makes sense it would be home to several coastal and bush walks. Here are a few of our favourites:

  • Bay of Fires Lodge Walk (4-day walk)
  • Musselroe Bay to Policemans Point, Mount William National Park
  • Halls Falls Track, Blue Tier National Reserve
  • Australia Hill, Blue Tier National Reserve
  • Wukalina Summit Track, Mount William National Park 

What to pack for the Bay of Fires largely depends on what time of the year you're travelling in. Winter can be quite cold so packing lots of layers and waterproof clothing will help you explore the region warmly and comfortably. Alternatively, if you're travelling in summer, you should pack t-shirts, shorts, dresses, and sandals so you don't get too hot. Remember to pack your camera, a reusable drink bottle, a backpack, and sunscreen regardless of what season you're travelling in. 

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