The Bay of Fires
The Bay of fires is where rolling green pasture meets white sand and orange lichen coloured boulders. It’s where the water is both crystal clear and a stunning shade of turquoise that fades into a deep blue. Where the air is so pristine that you consider bottling it and taking it home. It’s also a place where your families footprints may be the only ones in the sand.
Years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do. So what are you waiting for? Make the time to visit this glorious stretch of coastline now, before the rest of the world catches on that it’s here. The Bay of Fires was so much more than expected!
Where is it?
They Bay of Fires is located on the East Coast of Tasmania in Australia. It extends from Binalong Bay in the South to Eddystone Point in the North. One could make the assumption that the Bay of Fires was given it’s name due to the bright orange lichen coloured rocks. However, this is apparently incorrect. The Bay of Fires was named in 1773 by Captain Tobias Furneaux who saw the fires of the local Aboriginal people on the beaches.
What can I do here?
Even though you can camp, boat, surf, swim and fish here; we spent a magical bare foot two days just relaxing. We strolled in the sand, climbed over the rocks, dipped our feet into the cold water and went wildlife spotting. If we were to visit in the Summer months instead of early Spring, it would have been a different story!
If visiting from the South, Binalong Bay is the main beach and is a great introduction to the area. Don’t spend your whole time here though. There is so much more to the Bay of Fires than Binalong Bay! Driving along the coast to the Gardens area is a must. You can pull over into numerous sandy parking areas and find your own piece of paradise for a few hours.
Check out the information provided by Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service here . They have included useful information on the different sections, access, camping info and a map.
Visiting With Kids
The Bay of Fires is ideal for kids of all ages. At the ages of two years and nearly five, my kids had the best time climbing over the rocks and playing in the sand. The rocks are for the most part, large smooth boulders so I personally didn’t feel that shoes were necessary here. (The photo below makes me look like a liar – Mr nearly 5 is wearing shoes in this one).
There is plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities to occupy them. Older kids will enjoy the scenery, snorkelling, swimming and surfing opportunities.
You can fly into either Hobart or Launceston from various capital cities in Australia. It’s as simple as grabbing a hire car or motorhome and making your way to the East Coast from there. If flying into Hobart and visiting from the South, it is around 263 km (3 hours 18 minutes) to Binalong Bay. If flying into Launceston and visiting from the North, it’s roughly 174 km (2 hours 20 minutes) to Eddystone.
You can always take your own vehicle across the Bass Strait on the well known Spirit of Tasmania as well!
We flew into Hobart and visited from the South, exploring the Tasman Peninsula first before slowly heading up the East Coast to the Bay of Fires.
Where To Stay
Campsites are located in the southern and middle sections of the conservation area. More information by Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service on the various campsites can be found here.
Other accommodation is available around Binalong Bay and the nearby coastal town of St Helens. Unlike Binalong Bay, St Helens offers services and facilities.
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