Wednesday, 27 May 2015

St. Helens, Tasmania.

St. Helens is the largest town on the East Coast of Tasmania and it overlooks Georges Bay.
St. Helens was first used as a whaling base in the early 19th century. Tin was discovered in the surrounding area in 1870s.  St. Helens became the port for the mines.  At this time a coach service was introduced to the town, previous access was by sea.  The town was named after St. Helens, Isle of Wight.  Today the town is a popular resort for fishing, swimming and other aquatic activities.

Georges Bay Post Office opened on April 1, 1869 and was renamed St. Helen's in 1882.
The first European to explore the area was Captain T Furneaux who sailed up the coast in 1773.  He names the southern point of Georges Bay, St. Helens Point.


A typical Tasmanian Creek, this one is at St. Helens.


A couple of buildings in St. Helens, we spent one night in the caravan park here on our way home to Launceston.

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A shop of which there are several spread out along the highway.  There are 2 supermarkets, Hotel, RSL, a couple of bakery's, a few restaurants, nothing lavish and varies other shops.




Part of St. Georges Bay.


In the photo there is 'the bar' which is notorious to get through for boats. Over the years several people have died either going out or coming in at the wrong time.

30 comments:

  1. LOVE the creek photo. I could never get enough of those. :)

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  2. Love to see all your clicks... Enjoyed them...

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  3. How very lovely. Wonderful for you to share your caravan trips with us.

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  4. Margaret amazing trip and I love the palm trees..

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    1. Yes, those palm trees are of a good kind and take a long time to grow..they are good for a temperate climate..

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  5. Hi Margaret - great to know that bloody winter is only 4 days away. Quite brisk here in Brisbane
    this morning, but you would be far briskier???
    Funny seeing palm trees down in Tasmania. That variety thank heavens has no coconuts so
    to climb them is not necessary - plus they are pretty rough to even try to.
    Again I am mightily impressed with the street cleanliness.
    Congratulations again on such an informative post - you excel yourself with the details.
    Maybe you should have had a job in tourism promotions for your state.
    Cheers
    Colin

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    1. Not long now till winter...was 16deg today and rain.
      Thanks for your kind words :)

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  6. The reflection of the trees in the creek make the water look just like a mirror.

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    1. It does indeed, I have a few more reflections to post...

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  7. Nothing too special about the town, but it looks clean and well kept. I like the light in photo of the boats.

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    1. Some people rave about this place, personally I don't know what there is to rave about, maybe the nice beaches..

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  8. Beautiful pictures of a place in the world I will probably never visit.

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    1. Lindsa don't say that you may never see this place....you just never know..

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  9. From the limited view I have of the photos it sort of looks like a town which time forgot... back to the 50's almost. Which is rather nice with all of the over development elsewhere. That bar looks treachorous!

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    1. Not many new buildings in the town at all. That Bar is not good, even though we live far away from it, news travels..

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  10. Is the bar not dredged so there are shallow spots or does it just have severe wave action?

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    1. I believe it is done when necessary. There have been alternative studies done..

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  11. The reds and blues of the creek and its banks are so beautiful.

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  12. Thanks for taking us along with your travel. Interesting to see the place and the to know the story:)

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    1. You are welcome...makes it more personal when there is a story...

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  13. I thoroughly enjoyed this tour! Thanks so much for sharing it.

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