Bay of Fires

The Bay of Fires is known all over the world for its extraordinary clear blue seas, brilliant white beaches and striking orange lichen-cloaked boulders. It inspires a string of superlatives from every person lucky enough to come here, and it’s one of the most idyllic holiday destinations imaginable.

The Bay of Fires coastline stretches for 50 kms from Binalong Bay in the south to Eddystone Point in the north. Take the Great Eastern Drive to St Helens, and then follow the signs to reach this dramatically beautiful part of the East Coast. Factor in some time here, because it is truly incredible. Explore the vast white-sand beaches and turquoise seas between Anson’s Bay and Eddystone Point or discover the many beaches like the Gardens, Jeanneret, Swimcart and Cosy Corner.

You can explore the Bay of Fires from your base in St Helens or Binalong Bay, choose a campsite with a truly incredible view, or treat yourself to a luxury eco-lodge experience with the award-winning Bay of Fires Walk, or the new wukalina walk, a 4 day guided walk based around the magnificent landscape of the larapuna (Bay of Fires) and wukalina (Mt William).

Getting there
  • Get up early and experience the wonders of a Bay of Fires sunrise
  • Walk for miles along sugar-white beaches and swim in the clear blue ocean
  • Join a guided experience and discover the Bay of Fires on foot, by four-wheel drive, or on a cruise with chances of encountering local sea life including whales, dolphins and seals
  • Walk from Policeman’s Point to The Gardens along the beach and over rocky coves
  • Trek from Skeleton Bay to Dora’s Point and George’s Bay
  • See incredible views from the Binalong Bay viewing platform or from the headland at The Gardens

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Larapuna / Bay of Fires / Binalong Bay Ideal Itinerary

Day 1


Begin your romantic escapade with a leisurely stroll along the pristine Binalong Bay Beach, where crystal-clear waters and unique red lichen-covered rock formations await, showcasing the Bay of Fires’ renowned beauty.

Embark on a culinary adventure at Lease 65 Oysters, indulging in the freshest oysters plucked straight from the waters in front of you. Pair them with a gourmet picnic lunch curated by Salty Picnic Co., who will set up your luxe experience at Sloop Reef Cove, a secluded spot tailor-made for a romantic beach picnic. Don’t miss the opportunity to dip into the Mermaid pool, a near perfectly round, 3m deep rockpool, naturally carved by the oceans power into the granite boulders, just above the high tide mark. Be sure to pack your snorkelling gear and head to ‘The Gardens’ for an underwater exploration of fascinating marine life and sea gardens of temperate climate seaweeds of all shapes and sizes. If you are lucky, you may even spot a weedy sea dragon (seahorse), southern rock lobster or black lip abalone.


Take to the azure waters on a boat tour with Bay of Fires Eco Tours, departing conveniently from Binalong Bay’s main street. Encounter thriving seal colonies, seabirds, and perhaps even playful dolphins or majestic humpback and southern right whales, if you’re visiting between May and December. Your knowledgeable guide will share the salty stories of Binalong Bay and rich history of the Bay of Fires, including history of how first British explorers named the Bay of Fires when they saw fires burning along the coast line, lit by the palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) people.


Retreat to the Bay of Fires Bush Retreat, where luxury bell tents nestled in tranquil bushland offer the perfect romantic hideaway. Utilise the 5-star camp kitchen to prepare a delicious meal sourced from the onsite organic garden, or indulge in chef pre-prepared delights from the menu. End your evening by the campfire, toasting marshmallows under the starlit sky, stargazing into the night sky in one of the best places in the world to see the sparkling galaxies above.

For a more intimate retreat in Binalong Bay, discover the essence of wabi sabi at Sabi Stays. Inspired by Japanese onsen, the primary suite has a dedicated furo (deep Japanese bathtub). Embrace the charm of rustic simplicity and organic textures, allowing the serene atmosphere to inspire mindfulness and appreciation for the fleeting moments of tranquillity amidst nature’s embrace.


Day 2:


Awaken to the melody of kookaburras and savour a home-cooked breakfast at the Retreat before embarking on your chosen adventure. Thrill-seeking couples can tackle the world-class Bay of Fires Mountain Bike trail, offering panoramic views of mountain ranges and coastline. It’s an adventure trail like no other. Starting high up on the Blue Tier in sub-alpine terrain you are instantly treated to endless vistas of the surrounding mountain ranges and stunning coastline. It’s hard to keep your eyes on the trail as you contour and climb through monolithic granite boulders and suddenly catch glimpses of the world-renowned Bay of Fires. The final descent darts across endless ridgelines before delivering you to the pure white sands of Swimcart beach. All your MTB gear hire including top quality bikes and transfers can be arranged with Vertigo MTB  or Gravity Isle.

For those looking for a more relaxed activity, visit Christie Lange Art Studio to create wonderful pottery inspired by the vibrant colours of stunning landscapes of the Bay of Fires depicted in her earth ware and ceramics.


Indulge in lunch at Meresta Restaurant, which surely must have the best ocean view in the country, looking northward to the blinding white sands and blue waters of Binalong Bay and Skeleton Rock that stretch out to the horizon. Savour sumptuous dishes paired with fine Tasmanian wines, creating unforgettable moments with your loved one. Take a leisurely stroll around Binalong Bay, admiring retro shacks juxtaposed with stunning examples of modern coastal architecture, before concluding your seaside exploration with rock-hopping and exploring vibrant rockpools. Capture the magic of Binalong Bay one last time from the lookout, preserving cherished memories with a photo.


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