Welcome to St Helens
On the broad, protected sweep of Georges Bay, St Helens began life as a whaling and sealing settlement in the 1830s. Soon the ‘swanners’ came to plunder, harvesting the bay’s black swans for their downy underfeathers. By the 1850s the town was a permanent farming settlement, which swelled in 1874 when tin was discovered nearby. Today the town, suitably named after a ship, harbours the state’s largest fishing fleet. This equates to plenty for anglers to get excited about – charter boats will take you out to where the big game fish play – while St Helens will likely also figure soon on the mountain-bike map, with plans for a 66km extension of Derby's trail network to be added here.