Tasmania North East Attractions
The North East region features a variety of attractions.
Mount William National Park
140 sq.km.Mount William National Park is of interest particularly as the home of the rare Forester kangaroo. Above the dunes and heathland along the coast rise forest-covered hills. In the north of the park, on both sides of Cape Naturaliste, are long open bays, good for swimming and surf fishing. Extensive eucalyptus forests cover the slopes of Mount William (216m) and Bailey's Hill. There is a varied fauna including seabirds and land animals, mostly nocturnal. With a bit of luck visitors may even see a Tasmanian devil.
Entrance fee in AUD: Vehicle plus all occupants $22.00, Adult $11.00
Useful tips: Best time to visit: summer. Access via Tasman Highway, then road running east from Herrick via Gladstone; only tracks within park.
Gladstone (pop. under 200; hotel) was once an important mining town and now a good base for excursions to Mount William National Park. In the 1870s this was a flourishing gold- and tin-mining area, and round Gladstone are many ghost towns (abandoned mining settlements), among them Boobyalla and Moorina.
St Helens, Australia
St Helens (pop. 1200), a resort famed for its fish restaurants which is particularly popular in summer, lies on the northeast coast of Tasmania. Originally a convict colony and a whaling station, it later developed into the most important fishing port on the east coast. Round the town are a number of good, safe beaches, including Georges Bay. Some of them are popular with surfers.
The area around St Helens features a number of attractions.
Bay of Fires
To the north of St Helens is the beautiful Bay of Fires. Some sections of coast in this area are nature reserves. Camping and walking are allowed.
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