St Helens

Destination overview

Just over the Blue Tier from Derby, St Helens is a cute little beach town with an epic wilderness ride, and trails to suit everyone from the gravity fiends to adventure-hungry XC whippets.

By now, you’ve probably heard of The Bay of Fires Trail, a 42km wilderness ride that kicks off with a 14km descent. Starting from the top of the Blue Tier, The Bay of Fires Trail takes riders on a journey from the wispy subalpine scrub, 1360m down through a myrtle canopy, into lush rainforest and dry sclerophyll forests, leading to the white sand of Swimcart Beach.

Don’t forget about Flagstaff

The Flagstaff Stacked loops are a short 6km pedal from the town centre, all on purpose-built bike paths and singletrack, totally protected from cars.

With over 60km of trails, you can pedal the stacked loops, or head out to the Dreaming Pools for a 27km adventure ride. If gravity is more your thing, jump on one of Gravity Isle’s shuttles up to Loila Tier and check out the rock work on Mack 10.

Cast a line or catch a wave

St Helens is the sportfishing capital of Tasmania, so there is plenty to do on the water, and the seafood is to die for. Jump on a charter and go deep-sea fishing or hire a kayak and explore the saltwater estuaries. If fishing isn’t your jam, grab a board and hang ten or a respirator and explore the briny deep.

St Helens hosts two days of the Dragon Trail MTB stage race, across The Bay of Fires Trail and Flagstaff.

Before mountain bikers came to town, St Helens was already an established tourist destination, so there are plenty of places to eat and stay.

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