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Bay of Fires


Known as the hidden gem of Tasmania, the Bay of Fires is nature’s treat for your eyes and soul. While the name might make your imagination a hot place full of fire, this Tasmanian natural wonder is one of the most famous conservation reserves that has large granite boulders covered with orange lichen, crystal clear waters, and gorgeous white sandy beaches. Containing rocky gullies, various inlets, and many secluded beaches, you would love to explore this beautiful creation of nature!

Extending along the coast from Eddystone Point in the north to Binalong Bay in the south, the Bay of Fires is divided into three sections. Having a wealth of wildlife to observe, you will get to spot Bennett’s wallabies, Bicheno Penguins, Forester Kangaroos, Wombats, and Tasmanian Devils. Ranked by Forbes at the Hottest Travel Destination, brace yourself for exploring the pristine beaches and the untouched wilderness of Tasmania’s hidden gem!


Location: North East Tasmania

Nearest Airport: Hobart

How to reach: Regular flights from Australian cities to Hobart, from Hobart this is a 4 hours drive

Famous for: Orange granite mountains,

Bicheno penguins


Places: The Gardens, Binalong Bay, Skeleton Bay Reserve

Waterfalls: Russell Falls, St. Columba Falls, Lilydale Falls

Wildlife Species: Forester Kangaroos, Bicheno Penguins, Wombats

Type of Forest: Dry Sclerophyll Forest

Visit the beautiful Bay of Fires and walk along the white-sandy beaches, swim in the crystal clear ocean, and get the feeling of pure bliss!


orange rocks near bay of fires beach

Geological Significance of the Bay of Fires

Located on Tasmania’s northeastern coast, the gorgeous coastline of the Bay of Fires stretches over 50 km from the Eddystone Point in the north to Binalong Bay in the south. While the southern point serves as the conservation area, the northern point is a part of the famous Mount William National Park. The Ansons Bay divides the north and south ends of the conservation area. The conservation area attracts a lot of visitors because of the beautiful string of beaches, sprinkled by rocky bluffs and lagoons. The orange granite boulders covered by lichens combine with turquoise water and white sand to give the bay a spectacular view. The secluded beaches and the inlets make it one of the most magnificent natural wonders of the world!

rainbow shows up at sunset on bay of fires beach

Experience the delightful Bicheno Penguins

Tasmania is one of the best sites to observe penguins due to its proximity to Antarctica. The unique species of penguins present in Tasmania are the Bicheno Penguins. Also referred to as the world’s smallest penguins, these fairy penguins are sedentary and return to their burrow at night after spending the whole day at the beach. As most of these tiny creatures call the bay their home, therefore, it becomes the best place for you to observe them. There are a lot of penguin tour Bicheno for the tourists, but you should be extremely careful around them as these creatures are very shy and timid. Whenever you go to see these tiny birds, be calm, and do not make noise in excitement as they get scared of the noise and too much movement. Another important thing is to use dim red light so that you do not cause any problems for them. While you take a trip to the bay, do not miss out on watching these penguins as you will not get to see them anywhere else in the world!

wildlife found near bay of fires

How to reach the Bay of Fires

This hidden gem is not as far from the main cities of Tasmania, and it would only take you 4 hours from Hobart to get here. Discovering this magnificent bay would take you a 3-hour long drive from Launceston, and if you are coming from St. Helens, then you have to ride along the Binalong Bay for ten minutes to get there.

colorful parrot behind leaves near bay of fires

The Gorgeous St. Helens

Tasmania’s largest northeast coastal town, St. Helens, is a very famous destination for fishing. The waters at this place are full of sea delights like lobster, marlin, yellowfin tuna, and albacore. The kelp forests and the underwater caves have a huge population of vibrant fish. Also called the ideal destination for land and sea adventure, St. Helens is the perfect place to take out the chartered fishing boats to the waters beyond the bay for the best fishing experience of your life. If you want to explore the beauty of the underwater kelp forests, squeeze into your wetsuit and dive into the marine wonderland. Being a must-visit place for an outdoor adventurer, it attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world throughout the year. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the delicious seafood in this small town called St. Helens!

waves hitting the granites in bay of fires

Get stunned by the beauty of Mount William National Park

If there is an ideal place for you to see the gorgeous wildlife of Tasmania, then it is the Mount William National Park. Located far in the northeast corner of Tasmania, it is significant for conserving the dry sclerophyll plants and coastal heathlands. The most common plant in the park is the Xanthorrhoea plant that has a tall flower spike and a grass-like skirt. You will get to spot a large variety of wildlife animals like the Tasmanian Devils, Forester Kangaroos, Mutton birds, Bennett’s Wallabies, Pademelons, and several other exclusive animals and birds. Activities like swimming, trail walks, and fishing are very famous in the park. The Eddystone Point and Georges Rocks are the offshore reefs, which are the best sites for diving in the whole state. If you are a camping person, then it is the best place for you to camp!

orange granite in bay of fires