The Bay of Fires in Tasmania has been voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world year on year. The 29km-long stretch of white powdery sand, interspersed with lagoons, rocky headland and coastal bush, is an incredible place to visit on your travels and well worth adding to your personalised Australia itinerary.
As well as the pristine sand, The Bay of Fires is famous for its crystal clear waters and the orange lichen-covered granite boulders that give it a distinctive look and feel. The Bay of Fires also lies inside one of the most popular conservation areas in Tasmania, stretching along the coast from Binalong Bay in the South to Eddystone Point in the north. If you’re looking for a picturesque hamlet to spend the night in, it’s worth checking out Ansons Bay, which also lies along the conservation route.
Make sure to bring your snorkel mask, as The Bay of Fires provides some of the most tranquil swimming conditions on the island. Waiting to be discovered within the region’s clear turquoise lagoons, inlets and bays is a diverse and fascinating aquatic world. Local guided tours of varied levels provide opportunities to go diving and snorkelling. You will get to see some spectacular reefs and corals and swim inside mysterious underwater caves. The marine life found in the Bay of Fires ranges from fish of all colours to sea dragons and rock lobsters, and visibility along this stretch is excellent all year round: you will typically be able to see up to 20 metres.
If snorkelling and diving are not for you, why not try one of the many other activities on the coast. You can take to the waters on a fishing trip, go boating around the coast as the sun sets, hire Kayaks or try your hand at surfing and bodyboarding.
Once you’ve dried off under the sun, discover some of the lovely lookout points by making your way along the walking trails. You can book a spot on a guided walk or you can explore on your own terms. These will allow you to visit Skeleton Bay, Grants Point and Elephant Head. Whilst on these picturesque walks you will no doubt see some of the best wildlife Tasmania has to offer. Birdlife including wattlebirds, pacific gulls, sea eagles and yellow-tailed black cockatoos can all be spotted among the native orchids and Banksia.
There are a variety of places to stay inside the conservation area, with the option to camp in the southern and middle sections of the conservation area. The coastal town of St Helens also provides a range of hostels, b&bs and hotels for you to bed down in while you enjoy this standout coast!