Sean Scott
Sean Scott
Travel Tip

8 ways to enjoy a one night stand in St Helens

Alice Hansen
It’s touted as the biggest thing to ever happen in St. Helens... and it's so much more than a one night stand! On 1 September, Triple J’s One Night Stand is taking over the local footy oval with a free party and mega-guest list that includes the likes of Vance Joy, Peking Duk, oh, and you. Make the most out of your adventure by following Tassie writer, Alice Hansen’s tips on what do around the now famous seaside hamlet.

Shred the Derby trails

If you’re a mountain biker, you’ve found mountain biking mecca at Derby. Hit trails that have seen Enduro World Series action.  Couldn’t fit in the bike? You can hire one. If hiking is more your thing then there are some cracking Blue Tier rainforest walks.

Two mountain bikers on a trail going past a mountain stream
Flow Mountain Bike
The Blue Tier Trail

Binalong Bay bathing

We’re talking about beaches that are off the charts stunning. Orange lichen-licked boulders, white sand beaches and water the colour of a tropical island paradise. The water won’t feel tropical though, so perhaps bring a wetsuit because you’re going to want to dive in.

Man about to walk into the clear blue water at Bay of Fires East Coast Tasmania
Sean Scott
Bay of Fires, Binalong Bay

Great Eastern Drive

Coming from Hobart? Prepare to stop – lots. The Great Eastern Drive is very Instagramable . Seriously fresh fish and chips at Devil’s Corner vineyard, the famous wombats of Maria Island, an ascent up Mount Amos and some beer and a bite at Ironhouse Brewery. Just make sure you get to St Helens by 3pm, 1 September for the party of the year.

man standing on summit of Mt Amos looking at Wineglass Bay beach
Jason Charles Hill
Early morning hike

Swimming hole fun

Cleanse oneself after the festivities at Douglas-Apsley National Park. Just outside Bicheno, the national park has a few choice swimming holes to choose from. Don’t stop at the first, venture further in and you’ll likely nab a private pool all for yourself.

Three people by the edge of a rock pool and waterfall at Douglas Apsley National Park Tasmania
Geoffrey Lea
The river has multiple rock pools like this one

Little Rivers Brewing Co. in Scottsdale

In these parts the locals turn pure Tassie water into craft beer. Find Little River’s headquarters in the tiny township of Scottsdale. Bring your own tucker and enjoy a few beers at the brewery door & bar.

Man sitting at a bar with a beer talking to the Brewer at Little Rivers in Scottsdale
Flow Mountain Bike
Little Rivers Brewing Company

Cruise the Bay of Fires

Hop on an eco-tour from Binalong Bay up to Eddystone Point lighthouse past hidden coves and perhaps a few dolphins. There’s also a one-hour cruise to the impressive Sloop Rock if you’re short on time.

two dolphins jumping out of the water
Sean Scott
Dolphins at the Bay of Fires

Cheese and Cows

Post party quiet time and delicious toasties can be found at the Pyengana Dairy Farm Gate Cafe. They have been making cloth-bound cheddar the traditional way for more than 130 years – do a tasting and order a cheese platter if you’re feeling fancy.

Cloth bound cheeses at Pyengana Dairy Company
Wai Nang Poon
Ageing the goods at Pyengana Dairy Company

Purple Possum Café

It looks like Nanna’s house. And it’s just as wholesome. This wholefoods-store-come-café is all about good country eating. Tucked in a mountain valley, it’s a cosy place to eat or simply stop in and stock up on treats for the road.

Two jars of honey on a shelf at Purple Possum Cafe St Marys Tasmania
Rob Burnett
Not just a place for coffee and cake

 

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