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Touring Tassie: Bay of Fires

  • June 24, 2019
  • By 50 Shades
  • 16 Comments
Touring Tassie: Bay of Fires

Touring Tassie: Bay of Fires

I thought the east coast of Tasmania was picturesque, however I had no idea what was in store for me once we arrived at the Bay of Fires coastline on the north eastern coast. Bay of Fires indeed! It was afire with some of the most spectacular beaches and orange lichen covered granite boulders I have seen anywhere in the world!!

The Bay of Fires, so called because explorers from the ship saw fires blazing lit by native Aborigines, when they passed these shores, extends from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point. However we were only able to travel on sealed roads as far as The Gardens then the road is gravel to Eddystone Point.

Binalong Bay

A small coastal town and the starting point for the Bay of Fires region with a small population, mainly consisting of holiday homes and shacks. It is popular for all types of water activities including boating, fishing, swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving and sailing.

Binalong Bay Sign

Binalong Bay Sign

There isn’t much in the way of shops or eateries in Binalong Bay except for a general store and the Binalong Bay Cafe which boasts a large deck overlooking the bay. The nearest shops and services are at St Helens which is 25Km south of Binalong Bay.

Binalong Bay Beach

Binalong Bay Beach

Accommodation in Binalong Bay consists of holiday home rentals, but further north there are plenty of great free camping areas situated right on the beach.

Binalong Bay Beach

Binalong Bay Beach

The water clarity is crystal clear.

Lichen covered rocks in the clear water

Lichen covered rocks in the clear water

Bay of Fires Camping

There are free campsites north of Binalong Bay including:

  • Grants Lagoon
  • Jeanneret Beach
  • Swimcart Beach
  • Cosy Corner
  • Sloop Reef
  • Policemans Point
  • Sloop Lagoon
  • Big Lagoon
Cosy Corner Camping Ground

Cosy Corner Camping Ground

A short walk to the beach revealed these treasures:

Bay of Fires Beach at Cosy Corner

Bay of Fires Beach at Cosy Corner

The campsites at Bay Of Fires are pretty much as good as you will find, made all the more remarkable by virtue of the fact of this unbelievable location. You can stay for up to four weeks for free, but there are no facilities apart from pit toilets.

Bay of Fires Beach

Bay of Fires Beach

The granite rock formations are amazing.

Bay of Fires Granite Boulders

Bay of Fires Granite Boulders

This rock looks as though someone has painted it orange.

Bay of Fires Orange Boulder

Bay of Fires Orange Boulder

The Gardens

The drive further north towards The Gardens is one that I remember oohing and aahing as we followed the coastline along with the most stunning scenery I have ever seen unfolding before my eyes. It literally took my breath away!

Beach at Tea Gardens

Beach at The Gardens

The beach is long with the whitest sand I have ever seen, pure aqua waters with pale green coastal grasses flickering in the wind.

Tea Gardens Beach

The Gardens Beach

The Gardens has a smattering of gorgeous beach houses along the beachfront and then verdant green farmlands to the west.

Tea Gardens

The Gardens

There are rock pools like these everywhere.

Rock Pool at The Gardens

Rock Pool at The Gardens

And long white sanded stretches of beaches like these.

The Gardens long stretch of beach

The Gardens long stretch of beach

Bay of Fires is around 200Kms north of Hobart and 100Kms east of Launceston. Further north of the Bay of Fires coast is the Mt William National Park where there is even more scenic coastline with granite boulders and long sandy beaches.

This slice of absolute heaven was a big highlight of our Tassie trip and I am going to go out on a limb and say, forget Wineglass Bay or Whitehaven Beach, these beaches are the best I’ve seen in the world!

 

 

 

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By 50 Shades, June 24, 2019 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

16 Comments
  • Paula McInerney
    January 16, 2016

    It has been a while since we were down in Tassie. Must rectify that this year. Nice photos and great inspiration

    • Kathy
      January 16, 2016

      Thanks Paula. I thought the Bay of Fires was a gorgeous, pristine and virtually untouched area in Tasmania. I could have taken a thousand photos and still not touched the surface. Magical! :)

  • corinnevail
    January 16, 2016

    Oh stop it you! I’m already gutted I haven’t been to Tasmania…and these photos! Ouch! I need to go! Beautiful!

    • Kathy
      January 17, 2016

      Tasmania is a wonderland of undiscovered treasures for sure! I loved every bit of it. :)

    • corinnevail
      January 20, 2016

      Thanks for linking up with #wkendtravelinspiration! Hope to see you next week as well!

      • Kathy
        January 20, 2016

        Thanks Corinne. I’m off on a cruise for a couple of weeks but will link up again when I return. :)

  • budgettraveltalk
    January 16, 2016

    Was that your van at Cosy Corner. The water clarity is wonderful – a pity it was too cold to swim as it looks so inviting.

    • Kathy
      January 17, 2016

      Ha ha, the Wicked van – No! However the campervan we rented wasn’t much bigger and was not at all comfortable for two people. Yes the wind was freezing even though we had blue skies. My husband had a dip though because the water was just too tempting!

  • Sally@Toddlers on Tour
    January 17, 2016

    Gotta love free camp sites in such a stunning location, even if it is with a toilet.

    • Kathy
      January 17, 2016

      These free camps at The Bay of Fires were some of the best I’ve ever seen. Lovely shady areas right near the beautiful beaches. Superb!

  • InsideJourneys
    January 18, 2016

    Wow, wow, wow, how absolutely stunning! I love how clear the water is and how deserted the beaches are. I’m in love with Tasmania!!

    • Kathy
      January 18, 2016

      Tasmania is extremely easy to fall in love with! It is one of the most pristine and untouched beach areas I have been to in the world. :)

  • Ruth
    January 18, 2016

    This place is beyond amazing! I was reading a story of what a place to visit on 2016. I think these pictures speak more than the article.

    • Kathy
      January 18, 2016

      Thank you Ruth. I was too utterly blown away by the remarkable beauty of The Bay of Fires. I could not stop clicking the shutter button on my camera! :)

  • marievonow
    January 19, 2016

    What lovely photos, Kathy. I visited Tassie many years ago but didn’t go to Bay of Fires. I loved what I did see of Tasmania.

    • Kathy
      January 20, 2016

      The photos are truly magical. I’m so glad that we included The Bay of Fires on our Tassie itinerary. It was my favourite part.:)

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