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Binalong Bay: As if White Sand Weren’t Enough

Binalong Bay, set along Tasmania’s Bay of Fires, is in the business of beach holidays with a scenic twist. Fine white sand and crystal blue waters already make for postcard material on their own. But Binalong Bay’s iconic boulders, covered in orange reddish lichen, add a unique touch.

Surrounded by natural beauty, travellers will have numerous opportunities to stay fit as they discover one of Australia’s hottest destinations, as named by Lonely Planet. Snorkel, hike, swim or fish - and keep your camera close at hand.

Binalong Bay is, primarily, a holiday town, so rentals abound, from spacious beachside villas steps to rustic chic cottages with sweeping bay views.

Binalong Bay Beaches

The beaches along Binalong Bay boast some of the whitest sand in the world, bordered by crystal clear water. Binalong Bay Beach, the town’s main beach, is lined by tall grass and bushland. It seems to stretch on for miles, so it won’t be difficult to find a secluded spot.

Swimcart Beach is the local choice for surfing and fishing. Swimmers, however, must watch out, as the water gets deeper very quickly and steeply. There are picnic facilities next to the lagoon, on the north side.

For prime photo opportunities, head to Cosy Corner Beach and capture shots of granite boulders and the area’s iconic orange lichen against a backdrop of white sand.

Binalong Bay Fishing

Fishing is a popular year-round pastime in Binalong Bay. The sheltered waters provide ample opportunities to reel in many species of fish. Colder months offer the best estuary and bay fishing, whereas rock and beach fishing is optimal in the spring and summer.

Meanwhile, conditions for deep sea fishing are ideal no matter the season. Bring your own boat or hire a charter for the day, taking advantage of Binalong Bay’s boat ramp to launch your vessel. Who knows, you might reel in a salmon weighing up to 3 kg!

Walks around Binalong Bay

Getting to know the Binalong Bay area on foot is both scenic and convenient. Birdwatchers can head to the Humbug Point Heathlands to observe numerous local species go about their business. Keep your eyes open for cockatoos, honeyeaters and even albatross, if you opt for the coastal trails. In springtime, take a colourful walk through fields of wild orchids and Banksia.

For more of a workout, spend the day at Mount William National Park, with its trails leading to the summit. This trek will take approximately 90 minutes. To learn more about the Bay of Fires’ natural and cultural heritage, sign up for a guided walk. Some of these adventures, led by locals, last up to 3 days.

Marine Life Observation in Binalong Bay

With underwater visibility off the coast typically exceeding 20 metres, snorkelling and diving are popular activities in Binalong Bay. Join a guided snorkelling or diving tour to discover reefs, caves and all sorts of fish and other aquatic species.

You can also rent equipment to explore the protected bays and quiet lagoons by yourself. Try to spot some rock lobsters, abalone or sea dragons on your journey. New to snorkelling or diving? Take a course in Binalong Bay. There are classes for all levels, from beginner to advanced.

How to Get to Binalong Bay

Binalong Bay, on the southernmost tip of the Bay of Fires, is a 2.5-hour drive from Launceston and a 3-hour drive from Hobart. If you’re coming from Hobart and opt for the scenic route along Tasmania’s East Coast, it will take about 4 hours, but this road has the added bonus of beautiful views.