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Journeys : October November 2009
Bay, hook dinner on a reef outside the heads, dive to explore kelp forests or troll for tuna in the game fishing waters on the edge of the continental shelf. The tow n is the gateway to the Bay of Fires, this year's 'Hottest Destination on Earth', according to Lonely Planet. Tasmanians have the luxury of visiting Binalong Bay and points north at any time of the year; and in any season, the sand is the purest white, the water is the colour of sapphire and turquoise and the granite outcrops are bright with orange splashes of lichen. The Bay of Fires stretches north from Binalong Bay to the Mt William National Park, with access points at Ansons Bay and Eddystone Point; anywhere along this beautiful coastline, you don't have to go far to put your footprints on a stretch of remote and untracked beach. As well as a variety of accommodation options in the tow n and close by (try the landscaped gardens and bay views from your balcony at Tidal Waters Resort or the secluded lu xury of Bed in the Treetops, a hilltop retreat overlooking water ways and forests) St Helens has some terrific new places to eat. At the marina, the Captain's Catch ear ned a reputation as one of Australia's best fish and chipperies; the owners have recently established Latris at the same location, offering the same superbly-fresh seafood and an innovative menu of other local specialties. Then there's the new Ripple Restaurant & Bar, just on the south side of the bridge, where locals and visitors are raving over house specialties like the sensational pork belly and succulent duck. Back in Binalong Bay, Angasi is hardly a new restaurant; in fact, the brilliant mod-Oz cuisine has been a north- east culinary highlight for years. They're just three delicious reasons to take a break in St Helens. w w w.tidalwaters.com.au w w w.bedinthetreetops.com.au w w w.angasi.com.au Tourism Tasmania and Glenn Gibson St Helens Point Conservation Area Georges Bay, St Helens Tourism Tasmania & Brian Dullaghan Bay of Fires Tourism Tasmania & Michael Walters Angasi In Tasmania today 41 October / November 09
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