Curling around a sheltered sandy inlet 11km north of St Helens, Binalong Bay is the only permanent settlement in larapuna/Bay of Fires. It was first used by fishermen and farmers around 1900, but no one (no one European, that is) actually lived here until the 1940s. Now, this quiet spot is a beachy holiday town. There’s not much here – the beach, a restaurant and a hillside dotted with pricey holiday houses – but this is precisely why everyone loves it.
There’s good surf in and around the bay, and great swimming on calm days. Snorkellers head to Binalong Gulch, where they can pick up abalone (with a licence). This is also one of the best spots in Tasmania for diving: the elusive weedy sea dragon often hangs out here.