Binalong Bay is a small coastal town in north-east Tasmania, situated at the southern end of the Bay of Fires. Originally a fishing hamlet, the town is now a village with a large proportion of holiday dwellings. It was our first stop on the east coast of Tasmania and we were amazed at the sheer beauty the region has to offer.
The area is one of the most scenic and beautiful places in Tasmania, from the blue sea and fine white sand to the orange-tinged boulders that hug the coast. The small beachside community boasts a beautiful stretch of clean white sand and clear water that has been luring holiday makers for decades. With so much natural beauty, it’s no wonder that Lonely Planet named the Bay of Fires one of the world’s hottest travel destinations.
The coastal landscape features rocky gullies, small secluded beaches, shore-hugging forests and the orange lichen-coloured boulders that many now associate with the name. Binalong Bay and the Bay of Fires offer all kinds of outdoor activities, from scenic coastal walks and beachside fun to some of the world’s best game fishing.
Fascinating sea life can be seen on local guided tours, revealing panoramic views of the coastline and a diverse range of sea life including whales, seals, shearwaters and sea eagles. The Bay of Fires Conservation Area offers beach-side camping and the elevated sites amongst the acacia trees have amazing views of the coast and sea. Binalong Bay is a 2 hr 30-min drive (170 km) from Launceston.
Tasmania has many stunning locations to visit, and the east coast is certainly no exception. From the rugged and rough landscapes that the west coast offer, the pristine clear waters of the east are a beautiful contrast. If you ever have the chance to visit Tasmania I highly recommend seeing as much as the state as possible – you won’t be disappointed!